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What's up, my peeps??!!

Is it just me, or do we have LOADS of reviewers who haven't done much reviewing here in a LONG, LONG TIME?? --Bddpaux (talk) 22:44, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

We really need to get that planned policy in place to automatically de-reviewer after a year's inactivity. I put forth a draft for discussion some months ago to get feedback, got some feedback, and deliberately let it run over a month and get archived to be sure there was plenty of time for comment. Now that ArbCom elections are over, I mean to resurrect it and propose it as a policy. Just have to find time to do so. --Pi zero (talk) 23:17, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
I would support such a policy. :) --LauraHale (talk) 03:53, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
Oh, and another thing: if you find yourself going to the Recent changes and hit "Reviewers" you're taken to Wikinews:Reviewing -- when it would only seem rational that you'd be taken to a list of Reviewers, doesn't it? --Bddpaux (talk) 00:39, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Maybe we should have a huge campaign to get inactive Reviewers back in the game!? --Bddpaux (talk) 00:48, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Nah. Part of the point of the policy I'd crafted is that if you haven't reviewed in a long time, you're probably both rusty and out-of-touch with the community, and going through the process of requesting the bit back is an opportunity to bond with the community and get up to speed with things. --Pi zero (talk) 02:14, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Im new!

Hey Im new! Any tips for n00bs? Guptakhy (talk) 01:11, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Style guide is your friend. Beyond that, look at articles that have been published for examples of how the style guide actually is realised. :) Talk pages are often just as useful to look at as the actual article because it gives an idea of the dialog you may have with a reviewer. :) --LauraHale (talk) 06:27, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

FoIA - Help may be required

  • Good news! Just walked in the door to less mail than I'd feared. However, this includes a DVD from the Office of the Speaker with as much data on websites that both houses have been accessing. :-D
I'm going to take an initial look, then dump the data onto the Journo's workspace. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:55, 12 August 2012 (UTC)


Could some reviewer......any reviewer pass or fail the West Nile article and the India's nuclear power article? I wrote one and helped too much with the other. I get weird indigestion when articles float waiting too long to be published. Heck, just rubber stamp fail 'em least they'll be dealt with. --Bddpaux (talk)

  1. Anxiety over articles aging on the review queue. Welcome to my world.
  2. Granted you're talking about not-ready reviews, but still, don't ever ask for a rubber stamp, even in jest. ("Some things", a saying goes, "some people don't think are funny.")
  3. I looked over the India article, and found some obvious and rather serious problems; I tried to stick to just-the-facts in my review comments, but my opinion is the sourcing on that article has gone over a brink from which it will not be recovered.
  4. I looked very quickly at the West Nile OR, and made a feeble attempt to fix the headline problem; but I can't tell whether it's okay, it might be, so intense reviewer attention is needed for a full review, and atm my eyelids are getting heavy.
--Pi zero (talk) 02:48, 27 August 2012 (UTC)