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Tech News: 2017-39[edit]

15:59, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-40[edit]

23:25, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

News on Wikipedia[edit]

You might be interest in this discussion on how news and current events are handled on Wikipedia. Waggers (talk) 14:21, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

@Waggers: Thanks for notifying us (truly). I admit, I gave up years ago, in disillusionment, on involving myself in any Wikipedians discussion of Wikinews; such discussions are predictably dominated by false assumptions about Wikinews, and typically about news generally, that there is no point in trying to correct because those making the assumptions don't want to hear that being Wikipedians doesn't make them authorities on other wikimedian sister projects. But it is as well for us to be aware of what they're up to over there. --Pi zero (talk) 16:07, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

Collaborative news online[edit]

Some of you may be interested in this project: (koavf)TCM 23:57, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-41[edit]

14:20, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-42[edit]

15:31, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Article request format[edit]

Someone came to my talk page the other day and asked me what the correct way to request an article is. I suggested 1) just start the article and post a note asking the community to finish it--this is how I interpreted the "write a brief" instructions on the Newsroom page; 2) you're allowed to post requests on specific Wikinewsies' talk pages and 3) there is a "requested articles" page but I don't know how much foot traffic it gets. During the course of this conversation, Acagastya pointed out that we don't write briefs any more.

In a separate incident, just the opposite happened: There was a case in which another Wikinewsie hit "create" but added no content, and it looked to me like he was requesting an article, but he was really planning to come back later and write it himself. He was not happy when he came back twelve hours later to find I'd already done it.

  1. Is it time to establish an official system for requesting articles? (Has this been attempted in the past with poor results?)
  2. Is it time to establish an official system for calling dibs on an article topic?
  3. If the "write a brief" instructions are out of date, they should be removed.

Thoughts? Darkfrog24 (talk) 16:17, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Um, there are two different things; briefs and shorts. While do don't write them anymore, I remember one newbie got a shorts published earlier this year.
acagastya PING ME! 16:30, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
Btw, we actually do have a page for requesting articles. I don't recall that in all the time I've been here it has ever proven itself useful; it just hasn't worked. One might suspect Wikinews writers are more likely to put in the effort to write something they care about themselves than something someone [else] cares about. --Pi zero (talk) 21:05, 21 October 2017 (UTC)