User talk:Wackywace

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Eleven children injured in Scottish school shooting; two teenagers detained[edit]

Hi. I see at the end of this article it says "Auchinleck Academy has not replied to a request for a comment from Wikinews." That actually needs an OR template and reporter's notes about it on the talk page; otherwise it's unsourced. --Pi zero (talk) 14:35, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Situation at damaged nuclear power plant remains 'very grave', says Japanese Prime Minister[edit]

Thanks for adding the great photo. How did you find it? Regards, Mattisse (talk) 19:59, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Admin nom[edit]

Hi Wackywace! I have seen you around lately, and despite you retired, then came back (happily! :D), I think you'd be a wise choise to nominate for adminship. You are a clueful user, I know you would use the tools well. I want to nominate you, would you accept? Diego Grez return fire 18:54, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Nice pic[edit]

Just wanted to say that the green ball looks cool, even though I haven't got the faintest idea what it is. :) Kayau (talk · contribs) 14:26, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Admin[edit]

Your request at WN:RFP was a success, and I've given you admin rights. Congrats! Of course, help and advice is always on hand as you get used to the tools. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 14:54, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Congratulations on winning the beauty contest! Smile.png I'm sure you'll do well with the tools. Tempodivalse [talk] 14:56, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you both for your support! :-) wackywace 16:37, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

France first to enforce burqa ban[edit]

EPR failed to sight, so it didn't appear on the main page, until I just noticed and sighted it. We hadn't had this problem much in a while (so I don't check articles mispublished as much as I used to), but this is the second time in a few days I've been aware of EPR failing to sight something. --Pi zero (talk) 16:46, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

"Yesterday" on the main page[edit]

Re this, just a reminder that WN:ML now says "Please remember to not use time-sensitive phrasing in Main Page leads, such as "yesterday" or "today" – the leads are sometimes around for several days after publication, and the phrasing becomes out of date quickly." Regards, Bencherlite (talk) 05:17, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Agh, sorry about that. :-/ wackywace 08:02, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

That vs, which[edit]

In the BP article, you've been using a lot of "which"s when I think (at least, per standard written American English) you should have been using "that". Use "which" with commas; "that" without commas. The complicated explanation involving (non-)restrictive clauses may be found here or here. However, I don't know if it's a British English thing to use "which" without commas—can you shed some light on this? fetch·comms 20:23, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

I'll be completely honest—I'm not up to scratch on my grammar :-). wackywace 20:53, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

Just to let you know[edit]

{{usernameblock}} exists (but, of course, the use of it is entirely discretionary) — μchip08 10:57, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

I was looking all over for that template! I knew it existed, but couldn't find it. Thanks; I'll use that one next time. wackywace 12:47, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
Out of curiosity, do you use the User Messages gadget? --Pi zero (talk) 12:54, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
No, I manually inserted {{block}}, since I knew it existed. wackywace 13:07, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
The gadget has a handy menu of possible messages, including "Username Block". (For me, a practical stumbling block to actually using the gadget is always pausing, before clicking anything on it, to check what the template is going to look like — because clicking on the menu will cause the template to be posted without any opportunity for preview.) --Pi zero (talk) 13:24, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Obama[edit]

"More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in America." [1]

That is 40 percent. I don't think that is original research. Just trying to vary the wording so that it is not copying. Thanks, Mattisse (talk) 17:37, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Your article[edit]

As I mentioned on the talk page, I'm in the process of reviewing the article. You might try to avoid over-reaction. - Amgine | t 17:40, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Still working on it, but I haveta do some driving. Will be back at it in a few minutes I hope. Take a look at what I've done so far at User:Amgine/Latest leak review. - Amgine | t 18:37, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
All right, I have multiple hours into reviewing your article, and I've just managed to get to your first section break.
As I'm sure you can see, I have found multiple serious issues with the article. The colored-background sections are everything I have found problems with. Red and Blue background items are serious, review-failing issues. Yellow items almost certainly must be fixed before publication. Green items are moderate to serious editorial issues which should be addressed before publication.
The sheer size of this article, its repetition, and the huge array of sources have made this review extremely slow, and exhausting. Although your heart is in the right place, I think this is too big to address in a single, monolithic article. I would strongly encourage selecting a single angle and working on just that.
As it is, I cannot recommend you to revise it. It will take too long to address the specifics I've already found, and I haven't got anywhere near examining the over-all article structure. Tell me what you think; if you'd like I can complete the review, but I have to move it down in priority as the time investment so far has been huge. - Amgine | t 06:18, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I understand, and am incredibly grateful to you for spending so much time going through the article. I will be able to have a look through it this evening and fix the issues you have raised and try to trim it down a bit. Once again, I really appreciate you having a look through it. Regards, wackywace 06:27, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
You are welcome. btw: I added tooltips for each colored text/background section, which explain the issues I found in that bit. - Amgine | t 06:25, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Royal wedding[edit]

Hi there, your royal wedding article seems to be getting a bit of stick but I just wanted to say that I for one appreciated it. Thanks for your hard work, and for being bold enough to try something new. the wub "?!" 19:56, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

I just came to say that same thing. Well done, I really thought it was a good article Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 06:36, 1 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, both of you; I appreciate it. wackywace 11:28, 1 May 2011 (UTC)
  • This wasn't a bad piece, by any means - it was reasonably well-written and worked hard on, and it shows. I just didn't feel it was right for Wikinews. (Not sure where you can take that, sadly.) So yes, I certainly don't want you feeling your work was crap - it was actually pretty good. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:06, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

I am soliciting your input please![edit]

I am attempting a Dispute resolution at Wikinews:Dispute resolution/Brian McNeil and Mattisse and I am soliciting your input as to the problem. I urge you to give feedback. Soliciting input is the next step in the Dispute resolution process. Please do! I can't participate in the project until this is resolve. Your viewpoint is valued. Regards, Mattisse (talk) 00:06, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

Time-sensitive language on the main page[edit]

Just a heads-up / reminder that using "today" or "tonight" on main page templates isn't a good idea because they tend to go out of date quickly: see archived water cooler discussion on the point and subsequent change to "make lead" instructions. Apart from that, carry on the good work... Regards, Bencherlite (talk) 18:28, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Four U.N. staff dead after plane crash in Bolivia[edit]

EPR didn't sight. I sighted it for you. --Pi zero (talk) 15:59, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, I appreciate it. wackywace 16:03, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Main page leads[edit]

  • Please double, or better yet, triple-check changes to the main lead before you sight them. You were missing a key word, and you had sighted a revision which contained a spelling error. --Brian McNeil / talk 07:00, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
    • Sorry. I hold my hands up to that one. :-/ wackywace 11:41, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
    • Also, please don't rename already-published articles. Until the GNSM extension is functional this results in dupe entries in Google News. The IMF story now requires a new article rather than more updates. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:47, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

IMF head remains in New York prison; charged over alleged hotel sex attack[edit]

Just a reminder, as I've been reminded of this incident in archiving the article: The {{date}} on a published article is the date when it was published, which is set by EPR and should not be changed after publication. (Also, there is an explicit prohibition against adding any source whose date is after that date of publication.) --Pi zero (talk) 00:59, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

  • I didn't know that; but I'll be sure not to do it again! :-)

South of the border?[edit]

If you are in England or Wales, by contributing to British MP identifies injunction footballer in Parliament, you are in contempt of court. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:58, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Review please[edit]

Hi Wackywace, can you please review this article? It shouldn't be a big deal, if you need help with the foreign sources try Google Translator, it actually does a good job with Portuguese and Spanish. Cheers, アンパロ Io ti odio! 18:38, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Of possible interest[edit]

Of possible interest: User talk:Ragettho#Just a thought. --Pi zero (talk) 19:03, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

privs[edit]

Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!

Note! Your privileges on English Wikinews have been reduced.

Under the Privilege expiry policy (enacted October 13, 2012) the rights held by your user account have been reduced due to inactivity, or lack of privilege use. You can view your user rights log here.
Point 4 of the Privilege expiry policy provides for fast-tracking reacquisition of privileges. We all understand that real-life commitments can severely curtail the level of commitment you can give to Wikinews; the privilege reduction is in no way intended as a reflection on your past work, or to imply you are unwelcome. The aim in curtailing privileges is to address security risks, and concern that a long period of inactivity means you may not be up-to-date with current policy and practices.

--Pi zero (talk) 23:26, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikinews:Inactive Policy[edit]

Per the proposed inactive policy, yopur account has been nominated to have its privileges reduced. --

Privileges[edit]

Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!

Note! Your privileges on English Wikinews have been reduced.

Under the Privilege expiry policy (enacted October 13, 2012) the rights held by your user account have been reduced due to inactivity, or lack of privilege use. You can view your user rights log here.
Point 4 of the Privilege expiry policy provides for fast-tracking reacquisition of privileges. We all understand that real-life commitments can severely curtail the level of commitment you can give to Wikinews; the privilege reduction is in no way intended as a reflection on your past work, or to imply you are unwelcome. The aim in curtailing privileges is to address security risks, and concern that a long period of inactivity means you may not be up-to-date with current policy and practices.
Per this version of WN:RfP, you may review the public announcement of this change. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:01, 29 October 2013 (UTC)