User talk:Zanimum

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Future talk 2[edit]

Hello, I would like to invite you to attend our second future talk, it will be held on Monday, August 1 at 21:00 UTC. It will be held on the Wikinews IRC channel #wikinews For more information please see the page on meta The main topics will be audio Wikinews, WNN and portals/neighborhoods It would be great if you will be able to attend. --Cspurrier 15:42, 30 July 2005 (UTC)

Great job with Mixed success for Brampton Day at Ontario Place[edit]

The pictures and the article text really compliment each other well! -- user:

Thanks! -- user:zanimum

Local news[edit]

Hi there! I see you've been writing lots of local news so I wanted to point you to the page I have been working on, Quakers which is similarly specialised. You might want to consider utilising some of the features and potentially keeping some of the stories on the local Brampton page rather than the main page. Otherwise I think you're going to be asked to make lots of effort explaining the international context of Dr Kuldip's bbq :) You'll see on the Quaker page that we have stories that are only on that page as well as some that have been 'promoted' to the international page if they are of sufficient interest. I'm keen to see lots of local community news pages being developed so happy to help if I can! ClareWhite 16:15, 25 August 2005 (UTC)

He is inviting everyone to the BBQ, so a reader might want to jet set from Taiwan to the event. ; ) Anyway, thanks for showing me the Quakers page, Clare. I'm think of working on a Portal:Brampton, Ontario for the content, as a redirect from category:Brampton, Ontario. On another note, I'm a volunteer writer for a new weekly local paper. I essentially write one version of the article for Wikinews, one for the paper. I was thinking of maybe streamlining things by actually seeing if they'll print the Wikinews articles, with the proper credits. Have you personally heard if this has been done before with Wikinews content? -- user:zanimum

Heh, I might come along then :) I'm thinking along these lines too, my magazine is a weekly for Quakers and what I'd like to see if it being used as a tool for reporting from all over the world, which essentially our magazine could use as a source if required. In theory there are no barriers to using Wikinews reports anywhere, i think it's more likely that a newspaper might prefer rewrites, and if a story has been published, you need to rewrite it for Wikinews. The closest I've come (and it's the only example I know of) is someone submitted a story to my magazine and with their permission I used it on Wikinews directly, it was then published in my magazine later. To me it feels more ethical to have the author's permission to use work in this way but of course you should be able to do the same thing with your writing as you are the copyright holder and once you've submitted it, others on Wikinews or your editors can develop it in different ways. Anyway, exciting stuff, I hope we can work together. In the meantime I've tinkered with your barbecue story and added a Local only category which will put it onto the portal but not the main page. It's up to you of course if you use it, take it off if you like, but you'll probably already have noticed the distorting effect of having lots of stories about a specalism on the news list which is why we adopted it for the Quaker page. ClareWhite 09:40, 26 August 2005 (UTC)

Lead Article[edit]

Thanks for putting up my story as the Lead Article. A first for me. :) Brianmc 13:33, 15 September 2005 (UTC)

No problem, it is an important story, very good article on the story, and the front page hadn't been updated since the 11th. Any other time you have something you'd like on the front, just go here, and go here.[1] -- user:zanimum

Use of the byline template[edit]

Use of Template:Byline is generally reserved for OR articles (where the reporter is actually on site). Please see Wikinews:Style guide for more information. --Chiacomo (talk) 22:43, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Oh, thanks for that, Chiacomo. I just discovered the template yesterday, and assumed it was the new overall standard. -- user:zanimum

Re: Thanks![edit]

You're welcome, good luck on the job when you receive accreditation! BTW, I'm sort of a fan - how was being on Call for Help? :) --MrMiscellanious (talk) (contribs) 01:54, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

It was good. Taping was running behind that day, because Leo was late arriving on set. They were both quite nice, and was quite helpful in talking me through my pre-show jitters. Leo says he's quite a fan of Wikipedia; he didn't really even try to challenge me on reliability, etc of the project. Mike Lazazzera was also a fan, and before my segment asked to make sure everything was alright at Wikipedia, because the site was down the day before, and no message was "site down" showing. I'm anxious to see the episode when it comes on... it's yet to debut in Canada, yet alone the US and Australia. They film the episodes out of order... episode 276 was filmed right before me, yet their on to 285 already. -- user:zanimum

News categories[edit]

The art-related categories you created seem more encyclopedic than news-oriented. Are you sure they are appropriate for a news site? - Amgine | talk 18:55, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

There's a fair amount of news from the art world, despite the fact we don't have rigourous reporting on it yet. There's 2170 Google News results for "graphic design" [2], 8,410 for "art gallery" [3] , and 7290 for "fine art" [4]. I'm sure the numbers are exaggerated, thanks to columnists and interviews, but they still register fairly high numbers. I've added some existing articles into the cats, and I'm working on an article right now about the death of Iranian graphic art, so yes, I think its worth it. -- user:zanimum
What I meant, I think, is that "fine art" (as an example) is not a news category. "Arts" sometimes may be; more usually a fine art related news event would be classified under other categories depending on the news event: Crime and law for an art theft, Culture and entertainment for a showing, perhaps Politics and conflicts for a story about recovery of objects looted during WWII. Some papers have an "art beat" for weekend editions; it's broken down into events and reviews, performance events and reviews, and film events and reviews; while I am impressed with some of your articles in these latter categories, Wikinews has pretty consistently been opposed to reviews. - Amgine | talk 01:15, 27 November 2005 (UTC)


Hello, to receive Wikinews credentials I need your Location, Areas of coverage and whatever Contact information you want published --Cspurrier 19:41, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

Here you go. Thanks for accrediting me! There was that whole press credentials debate on foundation-l recently. Whatever was concluded? I'm interested in working on a redesign of the pass. -- user:zanimum
Congratulations, you are now an accredited Wikinews user :). The debate on foundation-l was never officially resolved, but the board has essentially said they support it. --Cspurrier 19:55, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

Moreau, Nicholas (Wikinews user Zanimum)[edit]

Location: Brampton and Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Areas of coverage include: Culture, entertainment, art, design, Canada, Swaziland
Contact information: E-mail: nicholasmoreau((@))
More information: Wikinews user page | Contact reporter via Talk Page | Browse recent activity | Email this user

Image:Stanjan.png -- Fairuse[edit]

I don't believe the above image can be used under any of the fair use exceptions permitted on Wikinews. Before deleting, will you please include the URL of the page from which the image was retrieved on the image description page so we can check for sure. --Chiacomo (talk) 23:55, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Oh, darn. Go to, then click "About the Bears" to find a small version of the pic. I don't know where this copy was from now, but I doctored it to not have a yellow glow around it. -- user:zanimum
Apparently, Chiacomo didn't delete it... I put it on Wikinews:Deletion_requests#Image:Stanjan.png, please comment.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 17:00, 11 November 2006 (UTC)


I replied by e-mail, but here as well. I don't know where the edits are at the moment; if the edits were deemed libelous by the legal team they may have been removed from the article history. I don't remember this particular interview, could you send me the link? - Amgine | talk en.WN 19:20, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Human Rights[edit]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 23

   1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
   2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
   3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
   4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Article 25

   1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
   2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26

   1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
   2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
   3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

- Amgine | talk en.WN 00:45, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

the Local Only category[edit]

is now up for deletion


I've noticed you haven't provided any licensing information. Please be sure to provide them as soon as possible, lest the image gets deleted. —THIS IS MESSEDR with umlaut.pngOCKER (TALK) 21:31, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

It was a reupload, I don't know anything about the source. -- Zanimum 21:30, 20 May 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed a short while afterwards. Thank you for responding anyways. —THIS IS MESSEDR with umlaut.pngOCKER (TALK) 21:30, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

a question concerning your article "RAGGS debuts on Australia's Seven Network"[edit]

I just reread the article, and got it this time. Therefore forget about my question, since I do not have it anymore. :-) 16:21, 20 May 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for your help on Malaysia bans "Last Communist". The article sounds succint. You put it together really fast! - Tshase 01:18, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

Your welcome, I'm glad that I could help. I used a few paragraphs from existing articles, to provide the back history on the topic, that's why it was so fast! I encourage you to keep writing articles about Malaysia. You're the only Wikinews contributor from the country, and we need to keep your country's issues in the spotlight, with the rest of the world. -- Zanimum 17:29, 19 June 2006 (UTC)


hi, here's Wikinews:Wikibureau Canada, i've added ur name to it, and deleted Wikibureau Canada, which u created, as bureaus belong in the 'wikinews:' namespace. Doldrums 19:36, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

my mistake, shld've said Wikinews:WikiBureau Canada, to which i have added ur name, but not location. (also, i deleted the one u created, as it would be a duplicate of the existing bureau.) Doldrums 17:09, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Re:Tennis wierdness[edit]

should be fixed now. Doldrums 04:09, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Portal:Ottawa, Ontario[edit]

I really don't think that merits the geo-portal treatment, after all the lead you've put up is months old. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:09, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, it's the capital of my country, and portals encourage people from the area to take an active role in Wikinews, since they think "they love my town!", which is always good. Don't worry, I don't plan to create more portals anytime soon. -- Zanimum 19:23, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Good job[edit]

That article in development looks good!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:14, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Mmmm, and just a moment later I find this without sources... Mayfield Exposed! highlights artworks of Brampton high school students. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:18, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

I don't know if you saw this[edit]

I don't know if you saw this, but someone semi-responded to your oscar thing on the water cooler. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 02:30, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

well done[edit]

Nicely done with the Curtis Grant interview. TRWBW 17:06, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Oh, thanks. It's actually just a template interview; I've emailed essentially all of the Brampton and Mississauga council candidates (somewhere around 200 total, I'd guess), and if they agree, they get a set of questions common to everybody in their particular city. Basically I just sit back and hope things work out. -- Zanimum 18:31, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Liberal leadership[edit]

As a reporter. Crimson 22:55, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Do you have a camera, and mind taking it? I feel we could benefit more from free imagery, as a debate could be covered from television coverage. -- Zanimum 15:09, 13 October 2006 (UTC)


Are you going to interview the Liberal leaders? I am in Toronto and not too political but the Liberal leadership seems like a very big deal? Blueline 12:07, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I agree, the Liberal leadership is a great deal for politics, much more important than who'll run each of Toronto/Brampton/Mississauga's wards. However, the reason I've been sticking to local politics for the time being is that it's easier to get participation. Liberal leadership candidates have news outlets around the country vying for their attention, municipal candidates only have a few local outlets. One of our "accredited reporters" had registered to attend the recent debate in Toronto, which I also had a desire to attend, however I haven't seen any results from them. -- Zanimum 14:20, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Image:Head Shot for Innocent Watat.jpg[edit]

Can you list the source? Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 18:45, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

It was emailed to me from the candidate himself. -- Zanimum 19:17, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 19:35, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Dominic The Majestic[edit]

Appears to be someone using Wikinews as a webhost or something. I'm not yet familiar with the deletion procedures on Wikinews so I thought it would make sense to point it out to an experienced user (that is you) and let you either a) deal with it or b) let me know what to do. Thanks. JoshuaZ 18:19, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for alerting me to this. Whenever you see junk, just mark it with {{delete}}, so then it's marked for speedy deletion. Sadly, I'm not an admin, only an "accredited reporter", so I can't delete it permanently. But it should be gone in an hour or two. Thanks again! -- Zanimum 18:32, 23 October 2006 (UTC)


Zanamium, I'd like to apologize to you for my recent absence and for not doing an article on the Liberal debate. I've had some work and computer issues lately, I'm afraid. I do have notes from the debate and would like to use them in an article on the leadership race. Crimson 00:56, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Template:Second lead[edit]

is due for an update. one of the interviews might fit the bill.  — Doldrums(talk) 20:02, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

There's none that are especially good, IMO. I dunno. And the only ones I truely like are Brampton ones, and that could be perceived as favouring one candidate over another, technically. I dunno, which article do you think? -- Zanimum 20:04, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
i haven't really looked thro' them much, frankly (astonishing as it may seem, am not all interested in a municipal election half a world away :). if u think one of the articles reads better than others, i think u can go ahead and use it in a lead without worrying about "favouring". if i remember, each interview also listed other candidates and the template-thing links to the other interviews, that shld be good enough. i think original interviews shld be highlighted by putting (atleast some of) them on the lead.  — Doldrums(talk) 20:09, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
Really? You're not? ;-) I was more wondering if one ward had a prettier name that the rest, or if you had a favourite number. To be absolutely honest, I've not read most of the interviews myself, just skimmed them for obvious signs of libel, which luckily there was none. -- Zanimum 20:16, 30 October 2006 (UTC)


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Here is a bigass barnstar for your thirty-five billion INTERVIEWS. You are enriching Wikinews! —this is messedrocker (talk) 20:36, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Wikinews Trophy[edit]

I, Brian New Zealand hereby award you this Wikinews Trophy for your interviews. Nice wikinews is getting some good OR

Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 00:52, 7 November 2006 (UTC)


I'd like to nominate you because I feel you should be one, however I'll ask first because if your not already an admin, that may have a reason, e.g. that you decline?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 02:09, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes, thank you, I'd love a nomination. -- Zanimum 16:14, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Optionally, you could activate edit count information, enable email (only if you feel like it, not required at all but I feel this is an extra for admins), and setting your preferences to warn you when you don't enter an edit summary, which I personally believe is very important for admins.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 17:24, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
I agree to the edit counter opt-in terms -- Zanimum 18:11, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Try 2. -- Zanimum 21:34, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Still didn't seem to work. maybe try not actually making any changes to the page (e.g. just delete, or add a newline at the end). Bawolff 22:13, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Voila. There are also some questions to answer. Btw, I see your email is widely posted (e.g. of WN:AR), so it would make sense to activate wiki-email, no? I use it, it has no disadvantages imho.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:02, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Done. Don't know why I hadn't before. I joined when Wikinews first started, well ahead of making any edits, so that might have been half of it. -- Zanimum 18:14, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
By the way, that didn't work. I think you have to put it in the edit summary. Bawolff 21:03, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
I would like to inform you that your RFA has been featured as a 'Rent Message' on User:Thunderhead's user page. Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 20:33, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

deletion request of Image:Stanjan.png[edit]

Please help me Zanimun, I don't want Messedrocker to eat me!

Is at deletion request (Well actually technically it should be at speedy death row, but since its already at deletion request, might as well stay there) because of either not fair use or no source. If you know where it came from, please say so. Thanks

Can you tell me what I am doing wrong?[edit]

I started Former Guantanamo detainees convicted in Morocco. I put a {publish} tag on it. Shouldn't that have put it on the main page?

Thanks! -- Geo Swan 18:11, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Doldrums appears to have marked it for clean up. Go in to the article and rewrite the sources with the source tag he has demonstrated. Once you've got as many of the news sources like that, remove the cleanup tag on the top of the page, and it will be published. -- Zanimum 19:48, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! -- Geo Swan 04:29, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Oscars/Event attendance[edit]

Can you give me a shout on my talk page when you have time to pull something together about what went wrong with the Oscars? This should go up on the water cooler and we may have to take points to the foundation to make sure people can reasonably represent themselves. I would be very annoyed to discover that we effectively had a "ticket" to Oscars coverage and lost it because of internal bureaucracy issues, and I'm sure Jimbo would feel the same. If that's what happened we need to make sure it can't happen again. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:23, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

I've updated the Watercooler to have a timeline of what happened. It was internal at the Oscars, not us. -- Zanimum 02:06, 16 November 2006 (UTC)


Sorry, I do not know anyone from California (except perhaps David Vasquez, but I believe he's no longer on Wikinews). In any case, Wikinews is nowhere near as famous as Wikipedia: Wikipedia's Alexa ranking is 11 and ours is in the 10,000s I believe. MESSEDROCKER 02:17, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Two Brampton residents announce 2010 mayoral intentions[edit]

Well done with the future Brampton mayoral candidates article :) FellowWikiNews (W) 01:28, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks... it's a little weird the article, I must admit. I contacted all four challengers plus the re-elected mayor on Tuesday. So far, only Moulton has replied, and he only sent like ten words! But he replied with the announcement, which just proves that you just never know what you'll get from an interviewee. -- Zanimum 01:35, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
It's great to see local original reporting on Wikinews! I'd like to do some of my own someday :) FellowWikiNews (W) 01:47, 17 November 2006 (UTC)


Hi Zanimum. The community has voted and selected you as a Wikinews Administrator. Good luck fighting vandals and using that mop and bucket :-) -- IlyaHaykinson 15:36, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Congrats Zanimum! —FellowWikiNews (W) 00:20, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
Congratulations! Looks like Ilya beat me to it this time :) Good luck.--Cspurrier 00:39, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
Congrats. Now, where did I park the adminmobile? Bawolff 01:17, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
It's over on my userpage! --Skenmy(tcwi) 19:55, 22 November 2006 (UTC)
If the adminmobile is parked on your property it would be good form to drive it over. Congratjujalations Zanimum, should probably have happened a while back. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:05, 22 November 2006 (UTC)
I even gave it a full wash and polish! --Skenmy(tcwi) 20:09, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks all! -- Zanimum 14:21, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Re: Rfa[edit]

You are very welcome - welcome to the team and don't hesitate to call on me if you need anything! --Skenmy(tcwi) 16:22, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Agreed, you certainly deserve adminship. Now hopefully I shall join your ranks today at midnight! Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 19:00, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

I agree to the edit counter opt-in terms[edit]

I agree to the edit counter opt-in terms I agree to the edit counter opt-in terms

Merry Christmas![edit]

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, Zanimum! I have really enjoyed working with you this year, and I am honestly looking forward to another year just like it. Wikinews is a great community, and I am really excited to be a part of it. Again, Merry Christmas! Thunderhead Wikinews-logo.svg

Merry Christmas![edit]

File:Santa arrest.JPG
HO HO HO! These people got no presents from me this year.
FellowWikiNews is whishing thou a Merry very pegan Christmas , Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever thou calls it, and
realised they had purposefully forgotten about thou. This user is completely thoughtless, doesn't care about Season's Greetings,
and therefore DEMANDS you have yourself a Merry Christmas... NOW!

Failure to comply will result in going to jail with Santa. (Note: Santa is Satan spelt backwards)!

Christmas Story (Children Friendly):

So kids, is Santa Democrat or Republican??!

Often depicted as an obese man wearing a tasteless red, ermine trimmed suit, Santa Claus is a self-employed Caucasian male who's been married to the same woman for several centuries. It appears likely that he is a churchgoer, insofar as he is a Catholic saint and a former bishop. It has to be assumed here that Claus was released from his vows, or else he would not have been married.

Frequent arguments have erupted over the political affiliation of Claus. Ten years ago, Dick Cheney inadvertently dealt a savage blow to the morale of the Republican Party when he misidentified the political affiliation of Santa Claus in his best-selling book, Parliament of Whores. "Santa Claus," he said, "is a Democrat." However it is perfectly obvious from his demographic profile alone that Santa is in fact a Republican.

This assessment is often rebutted by Democrats with Anne-McCaffery counter-analysis: Santa Claus has no children. High-achieving professionals without children trend Democratic. While the Clausian canon does not specifically address the issue of Santa's children, numerous extra-canonical sources suggest that Claus did, in fact, reproduce. Numerous Christmas TV movie specials alone support this point.

Santa is renowned for an aggressive adherence to a binary naughty/nice list, which suggests an impatience for nuanced moral positions that betrays his Republican preferences. Santa's mere willingness to define individuals along a naughty/nice axis demonstrates his indifference to the philosophical stance of, say, The New York Times. And note that no canonical or extra-canonical Clausian text indicates that Santa ever attended college or, God forbid, graduate school.


FellowWikiNews approves of this story.

Scheduled attendance[edit]

Could you go there on meta? There's an interesting discussion on the talk page relating to m:Press Corps.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:41, 5 January 2007 (UTC)


Hi, I just noticed you posting that you are planning on trying to get an interview with Drake Bell. If you manage to get this (not sure if you have already done this) one question that could be asked is if his music is given freedom to be played in the Nick show, Drake and Josh. --Nzgabriel | Talk 08:59, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the question. Just to clarify, the question would be:
Have producers ever considered using your music on the series?
The PR people were sounding optimistic, but during the holiday season when I contacted him, he was on tour promoting his album. I'll likely contact them again in a week or so. -- Zanimum 14:32, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

UFO alert[edit]

care to wade into UFO Website: "Vatican official" says extraterrestrial contact is "real phenomenon"? can use some help.  — Doldrums(talk) 16:44, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Re: Tigger incident[edit]


BTW, thanks for "We are not allowed to change original quotes on Wikinews." That's hilarious. -- Zanimum 18:16, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Huh? I don't understand. How is it hilarious? FellowWikiNews (W) 20:15, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

I just found it amusing that you were defending my transcription. I transcribed it from a video that, indeed, they did use lazy slang in. It's just interesting to see people defending my choice to quote them using the improper English they used. I don't know, it was just a half-second grin that I ended up posting about on your talk page. -- Zanimum 15:50, 13 January 2007 (UTC)


No problem. If he starts being disruptive again, feel free to contact me. PVJ(Talk)(Newpages) 10:27, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

The Goings-on Selection[edit]

Welcome to the first edition of this fortnightly Community Newsletter! If you have comments, please voice them. If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe. If you have news for the next edition, please submit it here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:30, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews community[edit]

Wikipedia news - Wikimedia news

edit this

Collaboration requests[edit]


Flagged discussions[edit]

Open polls[edit]

Please vote in open polls! Add {{poll}} to a page to have it listed here.

DR - Image:Reservationprotest.jpg[edit]

an image you modified is on WN:DR. ( Image:Reservationprotest.jpg) please vote/discuss/whatever. Bawolff 23:24, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


That protest photo is amazing. What sort of camera/lens did you use? -- Zanimum 15:00, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, it's not mine. It's from Hrant Dink Towsonu2003 18:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

photos (animation) thingy[edit]

Good job with the photographer thingy for Annie awards. Bawolff 22:46, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. Any sort of pre-planned event in a major metro area, I'm willing to try and get professional photographers to come out to it. I didn't expect many people would want to take pictures of people that are only famous within such a narrow community, but it's amazing how much interest that I got, just through a single Craigslist posting. -- Zanimum 16:04, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
Zanimum — I really want to congratulate you on the story. It's a big thing to move this community past the virtual and into the physical world. Thanks for organizing it! -- IlyaHaykinson 08:32, 20 February 2007 (UTC)


It needs a fractionally larger font, <small> doesn't get bolded, but it looks good on articles even as it is. When a few more people have played with it I'll do a QuoteRight version as well. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:08, 12 February 2007 (UTC)


In all seriousness, eh? Well, I'd be the youngest Wikinews accredited reporter here, so if they would let me in, I might be able to arrange travel with my uncle. I'll have to check around, though. --Thunderhead - (talk) 18:43, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Again, no promises that I'll be able to go. --Thunderhead - (talk) 18:49, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Great, I'll start checking the application requirements. You seem knowledgeable, personable, and a good writer, so I can't see anything against it. They want to market their show and their exhibitors products, and so long as who we send can meet that requirement, I can't see anything wrong with that. I can leave the specifics out until it's approved. -- Zanimum 15:12, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Not great. I've just checked around, and it's a definite negative, unfortunantly.  Thunderhead  ►  17:32, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. -- Zanimum 17:33, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

tigger image ( Image:Tigger looses stripes.jpg[edit]

The source is nbc. Even though there is no alternative, I don't think we're allowed to use it as it comes from a competing news source. Bawolff 01:52, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Well, I could source it to the raw, unedited clip on YouTube. It was originally reported by a Fox affiliate, and most papers haven't credited it to anybody. It was also used as police evidence in the case. -- Zanimum 18:39, 20 February 2007 (UTC)


Hi Nicholas,

could you reply to me at Wikinews:Water_cooler/proposals#Planet_Wikimedia?

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:35, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Could you give me write permissions? I've created, don't know if that's what you need... --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 15:44, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

Re: blogging[edit]


I've been meaning to post but I'm to busy, another OR is one the way... I'll get to it later today, or tomorrow, but I'll certainly try it out. Thanks for your concern, and for posting it!

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:33, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Re: OR Blog[edit]

Yes, I'd love access! --TUFKAAP 22:52, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Can't seem to find it =\ Searched everywhere, spam, trash, inbox, not there, try sending it again or perhaps to my MSN address which is --TUFKAAP 05:00, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Project Video Wikinews[edit]

Hey Zanimum,

Welcome to Project Video Wikinews!

Just so other members know who to contact for certain tasks, are there any specific parts of the project you are interested in? Writing a script? Editing? Presenting?

By the looks of things you are interested in finding a story/ reasearching or, writing the script. If you are, could you start to have a look for a story which could readily be investegated and discussed in much detail. The program will hopefully present stories in as much depth as a 60 minutes story. Don't know what 60 minutes is (the Australian version), it looks into stories at MUCH depth. If you want to see one 60 minutes story, go to

Please look for a story which is currently a major INTERNATIONAL issue or, is a small, local story which is heart-touching.

Thanks --Symode09 16:51, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

While this is an admirable goal of quality, perhaps it's a little too much? Most stories that I could see people reporting on are somewhere inbetween. A protest, a local business issue, interviews, a furry convention even. But it's hard to land big stories unless you just so happen to be at their heart. The only international story that hit my hometown was the arrest of alleged terrorists. Otherwise, nothing really world-stage worth has happened in my town of 400,000. -- Zanimum 21:00, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I can uderstand that but, we don't have to have a mig well known story - all we need is a powerful one (preferably one that hits people's emotions)

--Symode09 01:03, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Stephen McNeil becomes leader of the Nova Scotia Liberals[edit]

Great job! Could you please put OR notes on the talk page? Thanks! FellowWikiNewsie 15:52, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Actually, the story is by a university student, not me. Full notes on talk page of article. -- Zanimum 18:11, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Normally I would never write an article on wikipedia.[edit]

I only started using Wikipedia because of the first Sivaji: The Boss stills, and I was searching the net and came over wikipedia. Then I worked hard to make it a large article. Rajinikanth is the person I respect the most. If you look at w:Sivaji: The Boss and w:Rajinikanth you will see that I created most of his film articles and I have done lots of work on his current film article. I am sorry to say I am not a film buff, although I know of many Tamil films I do not look into them carefully. Even for high budget films I just know they are made when they come out in the cinema. I can't read Tamil but I buy the magazines every week (about 5 different magazines) to see any new stills about the film and I get my dad to read to me what they say about Rajinikanth. If I had known about wikinews in 2005 december I would have written over 500+ Sivaji: The Boss articles by now. You may not know the sheer level that this film has. This film cost over 5 times than a normal high budget film. Its just amazing. I am eargerly awaiting its release, I sadly cannot see it in India since I have exams. But I will see it on the first day and the first show in the UK. I could say so much more but I need to go to sleep. If you want I can write articles about other films, but I am trying to limit my articles to 1 per day. Even for Sivaji: The Boss I could have written so much from what came out in the news today. ~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 20:45, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

Doldrums is putting me off, I was going to be very rude to him but I thought I can't be bothered.

Talk:'Sivaji:_The_Boss'_is_possibly_the_most_expensive_film_made_in_India and he is editing my article (removing a lot) and de-publishing it... 'Sivaji:_The_Boss'_is_possibly_the_most_expensive_film_made_in_India.~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 20:57, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

OR notes[edit]

Talk:2007 MuchMusic Video Award People's Choice nominees announced needs OR notes.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 10:11, 15 May 2007 (UTC)


Please read: Wikinews:Water_cooler/assistance#Coordination_on_US_elections. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 12:44, 17 May 2007 (UTC)


Did you get my email yet? --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:51, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews:Water_cooler/miscellaneous#Content_of_Wikinewsreports_blog: please join in on the discussion.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 08:36, 8 June 2007 (UTC)


Registration for CES 2008 is now open. I cannot attend this year, unfortunantly. Thunderhead 05:20, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. Do you know of any other Wikipedians that live in the area, that might be interested? -- Zanimum 18:59, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
None in the area, no. Thunderhead 21:09, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Chicken and road joke dates back to 1847, says research website XooxleAnswers[edit]

Sources? Bawolff 00:03, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Regarding Image:Mcgrath photo 1.jpg[edit]

This image is missing details of its source etc. Could you provide these now hopefully you've got more time than when you uploaded the image. Cheers. Adambro 19:19, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

No 5 picture[edit]

Yes, that was confusing: the one with the filename that ends in 5.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:37, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Sorry Z[edit]

I try to work with leads to make them better. The deeper I read into the Bratz story, the better it gets. How does the saying go, "ufixit", hopefully I put in a portion to it. -Edbrown05 10:07, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

Bratz picture filmed at high school in rough area of Los Angeles, while in session[edit]

In your edit summary you said:

No, it's to be published tomorrow. Can I not pre-prepare articles?

Don't you think it would be better to explain on the collaboration page. People are naturally going to work on articles that are in "development". Perhaps you'd be better served by using the Wikinews:Story preparation area. --SVTCobra 16:44, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Ontario happenings[edit]

Just thought I'd draw your attention to Wikinews:Happenings/Ontario in case you were interested in potential events happening in the upcoming week. It will be kept updated, so watchListing it and helping add to the list of events would be greatly appreciated. Sherurcij 02:39, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

I ended up running over the the Schmooze thing after work last night since I had a camera on me and was able to duck out of work a bit early. The photos won't be winning any awards - but if you were just wanting illustration for a story you're already doing up or something, then there's now Image:Hilary Duff MM TO.jpg and Image:Leah Miller2.jpg from the concert, I couldn't stay more than 5-10 minutes. Sherurcij refusing to add Original Reporting until PD Articles are allowed 14:32, 8 September 2007 (UTC)[edit]

UPDATE SESAME! In other words, the website has magically updated.

Re: Ugly Betty[edit]

No problem. I saw that it was created and published by some type of IP address or an unregistered user and then when I read the sentence, I immediately joined IRC and marked it as develop. Thanks for the help. Herb 21:05, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

green party[edit]

They are using Wikinews to spam propaganda, that is not news. 09:30, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

No, they're not. -- Zanimum 15:31, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Russian boy[edit]

Much appreciated. — Nearly Headless Nick {C} 17:23, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

No prob, glad to help! -- Zanimum 17:24, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
I really hope Toronto makes it as the host for the 'Mania 2008. It'll be a major pain in the arse to get visas for the United States. — Nearly Headless Nick {C} 17:29, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Moving pages[edit]

Howdy - thanks for the note on my talk page. Remember, when you move a page you should update redirects, because you create double-redirects on off-newsie sites, like Wikipedia and blogs. --David Shankbone 15:33, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Ontario Votes Interviews[edit]

Awesome work on the interviews. It's great to see some interviews being done around the place. Congrats - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 10:03, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

My Game Summaries[edit]

I never publish any match report with just stats. There's always something written too. I know I created a bunch of pages I ended up not doing anything with. Those are to be deleted. Kingjeff 16:36, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Ontario votes[edit]

I'm really impressed by your work on this project. Great job. --David Shankbone 23:03, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia election coverage[edit]

Hi. Could you add a link to Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Communist Party candidate Shona Bracken, Toronto Danforth on the appropriate Wikipedia page(s)? Thanks. Crimson 18:35, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

No, I'm not a supporter. I was approached about doing an interview so I just used all the questions you've been using and added two of my own. Crimson 19:10, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
Fantastic! So, did you contact multiple candidates, or just her? I was tempted to send out a second email to everyone, to see if that would wake people into replying, but it wasn't much help. Glad to see your reminder stimulated at least one candidate. -- Zanimum 19:14, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
What happened was Johan Boyden from the CPC contacted me earlier this week and asked me about how to get interviewed for Wikinews. I told him I could do that and I used your questions as a template (I actually didn't realize you'd done all the interviews to date or I would have consulted you) added two questions aimed directly at Communist candidates, and asked him to have the candidates send me the responses so I could code them. So far I've gotten two. I hadn't realized you'd already tried to contact them - don't know if your messages go to them or not. Anyway, hope I haven't stepped on any toes. Crimson 19:21, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
No, no, no. Please, any time you want to "step on toes", step away. The more interviews the better, I don't care who gets it done.
I contacted all the candidates (or, I think there were five Greens that weren't nominated by the time I sent out to them, but almost all the candidates, from every party). You'd think there would have been more, even if they just had an assistant answer as them. Basically, what's linked to from that template is the only people who replied. There were a few others that replied, but they just sent generic, unstructured biographies that I couldn't salvage into the default format.
I think it would have helped if I had sent to each fringe party individually. I sent to the LIB/PC/NDP/GRN candidates individually, but FCP/FREE/COMM/LIB/CFR/IND all as one. -- Zanimum 19:53, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Here's one more for Wikipedia: Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Communist Party candidate Stuart Ryan, Ottawa Centre. Crimson 04:52, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Federal election coverage[edit]

Bonjour Zanimum,

I am the GPC candidate for Ottawa-Vanier. Feel free to contact me once the writ is droped if you are doing candidate interviews. Jlam 16:08, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Bonjour Julien! This is great, to see people contacting me for interviews, as opposed to me bugging for an interview. Did you learn about Wikinews' coverage through one of the provincial Greens?
Do you off hand know who at the GPC could provide me with a full list of candidate emails, once more are established? I received a media spreadsheet from the GPO, and it made life a heck of a lot easier, rather than manually gathering email addresses from websites and the Elections Ontario info. -- Zanimum 17:55, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Re: Nice Work[edit]

You're welcome. I will be organizing interviews and such regularly for portal Canada. I like keeping track of our special coverage of events. FellowWiki Newsie 17:41, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

By the way, thanks for help with the Results of 2007 Ontario, Canada General Election article. Your help is much appreciated. I asked for people to help on Wikipedia but nobody did much, only two users helped. FellowWiki Newsie 18:05, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Danish Wikinewsies? (Danish Prime Minister calls an election for 2007)[edit]

Are there any Danish Wikinewsies, who could help me arrange election interviews of candidates in this election? -- Zanimum 18:56, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

I am fluent in the Danish language but have no special talents at gaining access to candidates. If you want to contact them in their native tongue, I'd be happy to translate. Likewise, if you receive material in Danish I can translate it to English. I suppose I could be more efficient in navigating Dansih websites to find contact info. Drop me a note on my talk page if I can be of assistance. --SVTCobra 22:18, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
Fantastic, glad to hear you're interested!
Darn, there's no I presumed that I'd send candidates the same 4-8 questions in English and Danish, and if they replied to only the English, I'd post on en.wn, only to the Danish, I'd post to da.wn, and if they replied to both, I'd publish to both; no translation. But if there's no Danish Wikinews, that kills that, translating dozens of interviews into English is not worth it, even if we found multiple other volunteers.
Perhaps only the party leaders then?
Or are there any ridings/wards/districts/regions/whatever where there's a high English population, to make it worth the while of candidates in those ridings to reply in a non-official language? -- Zanimum 18:54, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
I am not aware of any voting districts where English speakers are a worthwhile audience for candidates. Even if there is one or two in Copenhagen, they are all likely guest-workers who have retained their original citizenship and thus can't vote anyway.
All of the Scandinavian Wikinews sites are dormant. An attempt to create a joint Scandinavian one Wikinytt:Skandinavia hasn't yielded much, either.
Further, there are hundreds of candidates for the 179 member Folketing. There are 14 parties represented in the current makeup, plus some more that run without getting any seats. That said, we could attempt to contact some of the party leaders or the parties themselves. Let me know if you want to pursue this. --SVTCobra 23:19, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Some party e-mail addresses:
Everyone else polled less than 5%. --SVTCobra 23:40, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Are we dropping this idea? --SVTCobra 01:18, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
Eek, sorry! Okay, presumably what we'll do is interview them in Danish, and publish the interviews on the English Wikinews in tables, where one column is the Danish questions and answers, another column is in English. That way, it's on an active Wikinews, where they're likely to be found by search engines, and a bit more widely read.
Oh goodness, as I write, I see that it's next week that the election happens. This is the second election (the first being the province of Saskatchewan, Canada) that I've doddled on too long. If you can come up with some general, quick to answer questions in Danish, I'll come up with some introductory text in English, for you to translate and send the two parts off. -- Zanimum 15:15, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
I think we missed the boat, it is already 4:20 p.m. in Denmark on a Friday afternoon. The election is on Tuesday. But if you want to try I can translate when I get home from work in about 7 hours. --SVTCobra 15:20, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Ouch, yeah. (I was reading a British article that said "next week", assumed it was Friday or so.) Well, next election I guess. Thanks for your willingness, though. -- Zanimum 15:39, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Image:Wekipedia bread.jpg[edit]

per WN:IUP: "the fair use defense would not apply to images from other news web sites or blogs." --SVTCobra 17:51, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Mascots for Vancouver 2010 Olympics based on native mythology[edit]

You need to add sources for a lot of the content in this article. It is just not in the ones listed now. Also, the images need fair-use rationale and source information. Last, why the Youtube video? Cheers, --SVTCobra 20:30, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

Protection of Former Chief Operating Officer of Wikimedia Foundation is convicted felon[edit]

Er, why did you protect this? It seems to be interfering with users' attempts to add content and I dont see any compelling reason to protect it. JoshuaZ 17:36, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Template:Featured picture[edit]

I had to revert your edit to Template:Featured picture because the picture was taking up the whole main page. I tried to make it 200px but the picture was still huge. There must be something wrong with the picture. FellowWiki Newsie 19:44, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Woops, I reverted after you fixed it. I reverted myself. Now the picture looks better. Not sure why this problem was happening. FellowWiki Newsie 19:46, 20 December 2007 (UTC)
I was copying all of the info from the article's picture, but I forgot to remove the ending }} of the "image credit" template. The templates didn't like that I had left the }} in, and that's why it didn't render. -- Zanimum 19:50, 20 December 2007 (UTC)
Is that really the highest resolution that Jeb Wilson provided? Even at 200px there are jagged edges. --SVTCobra 19:53, 20 December 2007 (UTC)
That in particular was a screenshot from his site. I'm downloading the zip file now, we shall see if he's provided better. -- Zanimum 19:56, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

US Presidential candidates offer condolences to family of Benazir Bhutto[edit]

Isn't quoting paragraph's from blogs and press releases a copyvio. ( I am contacting you as you were one of the users who edited the article). Please respond so I know whether to include it in the Wikinews Print Edition (as I don't want copyvios in the print edition). I am not saying you added the apparent copyvio but I need an answer soon so I am contacting most users who edited that page. User:Anonymous101 09:29, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

No, in this case copying wholesale isn't. These blogs and press releases were created with the express purpose of getting the candidate's message out to the widest amount of people possible. Thus, if they're cited as being from whatever site, and they are shown as being a quote, this is completely fair use.
Occasionally, my local major newspaper has reprinted entire speeches and testimonies, taking up a few thousand words each.
I'm guessing it's too late for the print edition now, but I'm not sure how many would be interested in reading the article anyway. -- Zanimum 17:08, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your response. I will make sure it is in the Print edition by overwriting todays edition as I think some people may have an interest in it --User:Anonymous101 18:28, 28 December 2007 (UTC)[edit]

I am interested in your justification of this edit, as a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Communications Committee? - Amgine | sw 17:40, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

No, there was absolutely no suggestion from WMF or WMFCC that it should be removed. However, what do 99% of the world care about? Some "leak", or the future leader of the free world?
To be honest, your article is actually a series of loosely related stories, that should have been split up as two or three. And frankly, the writing was sloppy in areas. Was the quality of the US election stuff much better? No, it was pretty skimpy. But at least it was of interest to more people. -- Zanimum 15:36, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
I note the second lead article at the time had an even smaller sig. I was just wondering if your justification would outweigh your WN:COI. I'm still not sure it would, especially considering the replacement. - Amgine | sw 03:46, 12 January 2008 (UTC)


I'd love to get an interview with Lordi! There would be no point in attempting to do it on my own; as a student I could never get BMG (or anyone) to take me seriously, so thanks for offering your clout with press credentials to set it up. Fingers crossed from ere, I guess... BMG Finland wuld be the best, IMO, but if you want to check it out, go through, after skipping the intro (or not, if you're interested) and the sound has loaded (it jams up if you try and hit it before, or at least it used to) hit contacts (second gravestone from right, also at the bottom), you get two pages, most of which aren't any use at all but worth glancing over anyway. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:12, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Great, good to hear you're interested. Yes, they have a direct email contact on their official website, Kayja Toivanen, on the Media page.
Where are you? Finland? Are you near a major city where the band would play? if you don't want to post publicly. -- Zanimum 20:41, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
I emailed you a response. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 17:55, 11 January 2008 (UTC)


Hi. Could you add details of the source of each of the elements which make up this image. Thanks. Adambro - (talk) 22:54, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Main page leads[edit]

could you please stop adding the table, it doesn't solve the problem. AzaToth - (talk) 20:33, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes, it completely solves the problem. I don't see what the devil is wrong with this, compared to the horrible coding otherwise. -- Zanimum - (talk) 20:34, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
Have you tried to look at it at resolution 1024x768 and below? AzaToth - (talk) 20:35, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
Yes, and while it's lop-sided at 1024, it's a lot typographically better than having the things spill over like they are. And really, most readers of Wikinews are likely to have at least 1024. So few people have 680, in my experience as a web designer, that it's not worth bothering with. -- Zanimum - (talk) 20:40, 25 February 2008 (UTC)


I saw your interest in my campaign on the Comments page for Ralph Nader's presidential announcement. I will not file with the FEC because I am a write-in candidate and I have no desire to be bound to their regulations. If you have any more questions ask them on my talk page and we could conduct an interview there. Thank you for your time.--Uga Man - (talk) 20:38, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

So you're no more of a candidate than George Clooney or Flavor Flav is? -- Zanimum - (talk) 20:40, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
No. I am still actively campaigning.--Uga Man - (talk) 20:46, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
Ralph Nader ran as a write-in candidate in 1992 receiving over 6,000 votes in the general election and won the 1992 Massachusetts Democratic Primary. He also did not file with the FEC like me. I'd ask that you please seriously consider giving me an interview. I promise it will be very well done and interesting. I have fresh, new ideas for the country.--Uga Man - (talk) 22:01, 25 February 2008 (UTC)


The synopsis of this message is, "Are you interested in Wikimania 2008"? The above link is a page I've started on this and I'm looking to get people to sign up if they're interested in going along as accredited reporters and representatives of Wikinews.

What you'd be required to do is some sort of participation in a panel, possibly a short talk, and definitely a workshop to get other Wikimedians involved in working on Wikinews.

However, the key reason I'm sticking this on your talk as opposed to that of every single accredited reporter is down to trying to get us sponsored to get there. I've contacted the BBC and CBC to see if I can get them interested in providing scholarships for people to go. I'd expect in return you'd be required to do a couple of reports for them and provide pictures they could use from the event. Obviously with someone like CBC they're going to give preference to sponsoring Canadians to attend.

If this interests you, stick your name on the WN:WM2008 page and we can take it from there. --Brian McNeil / talk 17:59, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Independents' Day in Cinncinnati allows US candidates to debate[edit]

This article has been tagged abandoned and is in serious danger of being deleted. --SVTCobra 14:29, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

The Next Consortium of ITRI launches RoboScooter aiming for creativity and energy-efficiency[edit]

Did you read The Next Consortium of ITRI launches RoboScooter aiming for creativity and energy-efficiency before you published? If so did you understand it? Just asking. --SVTCobra 23:18, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

LOL. Cirt - (talk) 23:26, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Please provide post delete edit summaries[edit]

Please provide the community with post delete edit summaries/reasons for


otherwise, please undelete them. Thank you. --Emesee (talk) 20:12, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Please see Wikinews:Admin_action_alerts#A_request_to_a_sysop - you are mentioned in an ongoing discussion over there. Cirt (talk) 01:41, 5 July 2008 (UTC)


Hi, could you provide the source of this image please. Thanks. Adambro (talk) 13:57, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Adambro (talk) 18:33, 10 July 2008 (UTC)


If you have not already seen this, please look, comment, and vote both here and on bugzilla. Further assistance such as contact information for Google would be a very useful detail to share and help in petitioning for a listing in their news index. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:02, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikinews previews the 2008 Australian rules football International Cup[edit]

What kind of review did you do of this article? We are trying to be more selective and do real fact-checking. Also, why did you publish as-of two days ago ... you know we don't do that. --SVTCobra 00:43, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Peer reviews[edit]

Since the implementation of FlaggedRevs we have also begun a workflow that includes peer reviews (see {{peer reviewed}}). Therefore we do not publish our own writing anymore. Cheers, --SVTCobra 15:20, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Google news[edit]

Yes, I'd already had that pointed out to me... btw: I've been using this template for the Canadian elections artices, so that they all used the same categories. - Amgine | t 16:55, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

As long as I'm over here, I was wondering why your template uses Category:2008 Canadian federal elections rather than Category:Canadian Federal Elections 2008? I used the latter construction because it will auto-sort by Canadian, rather than 2008, making it easier to find by topic. We should collaborate and use only one category.
Category:2005 Egypt Elections, Category:2005 Iran Elections, Category:2007 French presidential election, Category:2008 United States federal elections, Category:2008 United States presidential election versus Category:German federal elections, 2005 and Category:Liberal Party of Canada leadership, 2006. -- Zanimum (talk) 17:01, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
That previous elections categories are malformed does not justify that we should likewise use malformed categories. It's plainly easier to see a list of categories:
Canadian federal elections 2000
Canadian federal elections 2004
Canadian federal elections 2006
Egyptian parliamentary elections 1995
Egyptian parliamentary elections 2000
Egyptian parliamentary elections 2005
1995 Egyptian parliamentary elections
2000 Canadian federal elections
2000 Egyptian parliamentary elections
2004 Canadian federal elections
2005 Egyptian parliamentary elections
2006 Canadian federal elections
However, if you'd prefer to continue with that format, and you're the only other person I see writing Canadian elections articles, I'm more interested in harmony than logic so I'll change the template. - Amgine | t 17:14, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
I'll go with your category if it makes you happy. However, I was simply going with the first category created. -- Zanimum (talk) 17:39, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
I had already updated the template with your category. Feel free to change the templates if you think the other might be a better naming convention. - Amgine | t 05:45, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Interview reviews[edit]

I started reviewing the interview articles, but they're all the same - none of them have any journalism in them, and all require they go back to development. These aren't articles, they're e-mail responses to spam questions.

To be an article they need a backgrounder on the candidate and the riding. - Amgine | t 16:31, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Please remember to use {{Peer review}}[edit]

When you are publishing articles, please make sure to put a {{Peer review}} on the collaboration page. I noticed that it was forgotten on Movie studios sue, hoping to bar a DVD copying program from market. Thanks. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 16:18, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Oh, and I really suggest if you are going to "Review" & publish any more articles, please please please use that template. IE Actually read and check it for the points we are looking for. Every sentence in that article was a copyvio. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 16:31, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

FYI Chinese new year[edit]

The reason I had left the ox icon up is because the festivities for Chinese new year, run for about a week afterward. No matter. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 19:12, 31 January 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for the visit on my page. I posted a very long query, hence, if you please, you can shorten it. Wikinews talk:Story preparation/EB 2.0 Pardon if I grabbed the opportunity to dare to ask if I can write about myself to do justice to my case, since I cannot blame editors in Wiki due to bad journalism of wacky international writers dealing with dwarfs. But this is a great challenge to EN to go a step further: let the living person be the one to create the Bio unlike in Wikipedia, but subject to approval by EN. Cheers.--Florentino Floro (talk) 07:16, 1 February 2009 (UTC)


Congratulations, your image has been declared as the best news image of 2008. Bawolff 23:03, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

The result of the 2008 Wikinews Picture of the year is as follows:

The winning image, taken by our very own, Nick Moreau (Zanimum). Originally Captioned as: University of Cincinnati hosted Independent's Day, for independent presidential candidates to debate at. Turnout was less than expected.

Tied runner up, taken by Mila Zinkova. Originally captioned as: Mila Zinkova spent ten days near the Halema`uma`u crater capturing this and other images
Tied runner up, this image, captioned: In the 2008 Taipei City New Year Countdown Party, the Taipei 101 skyscraper showed the "Love Taiwan" mark during the New Year celebration fireworks. was taken by C.D.L./ChunDer Lee.

User:Tempodivalse/Writing contest[edit]

Hallo! Would you be interested in joining a writing contest that I started? I'm trying to encourage folks to write more articles for Wikinews, but we need more people to join :-). If you're interested, drop a line at the above link. Thanks! Tempo di Valse ♪ 21:25, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

A penny for your thoughts[edit]

Okay, not really, but I am requesting your participation in the following Water Cooler Discussion: OR and Broadcast report. The discussion involves the need for specific policy concerning how Original Reporting relates to information recieved from a broadcast report of an event. This can include both news-style reports and non-news reports, such as a sporting event. Thanks and again, please share your thoughts on this so we can get as many people involved as possible, especially since this relates to an important topic such as OR. —Calebrw (talk) 05:17, 27 April 2009 (UTC)


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) 23:37, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikinews Writing contest 2013 is here. :) Please sign up to participate?[edit]

We've created the Wikinews:Writing contest 2013, which will start on April 1 and end on June 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 contest. It would be a really great time for you, as a Wikinews accredited reporter, to do some original reporting and conduct interviews. People should be around to interview to prevent a backlog, and several reviewers have access to scoop to make it easier to review any original reporting you do. If you are interested in signing up, please do so on Wikinews:Writing contest 2013/entrants. There is at least one prize on offer for the winner along with the opportunity to earn some barn stars as a way of thanking you for your participation. :D --LauraHale (talk) 10:19, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Wikinews:Inactive Policy[edit]

Per the proposed inactive policy, yopur account has been nominated to have its privileges reduced. Brian McNeil (talkcontribs) 15:26, 11 October 2013‎

We don't need the proposed inactive policy; we have the enacted privilege expiry policy. --Pi zero (talk) 17:11, 11 October 2013 (UTC)


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 10:02, 29 October 2013 (UTC)