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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 If the "write a brief" instructions are out of date, they should be removed.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)
But if the someone else provides a link to a good source or two... I've done a few. As for interest, the guy who asked about requesting articles did mention that, asked if the topic was boring everyone or something. Turned out it wasn't as boring as it looked; he'd just kind of buried the lead. Darkfrog24 (talk) 05:06, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

It can be requested off-wiki, to. That article about Rooney's retirement, was requested on telegram, and Zerabat wrote it in Spanish and later translated it.
acagastya PING ME! 09:59, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-43[edit]

18:18, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

WikiTribune Beta launched[edit]

You can request an account if you're so inclined. Stories are now live at —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:18, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

I certainly wouldn't touch it with a stick. --Pi zero (talk) 23:21, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
Not for everyone, of course. But it's of interest for this community. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:50, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
When the fork of Wikinews happened, I gave those involved some benefit-of-doubt for good intentions, though I felt it was making some fundamental mistakes, failing to learn things that Wikinews already knew about what works and what doesn't. While I see Wikitribune making a different set of mistakes that fail to learn things Wikinews already knows, and I'm quite willing to extend a benefit-of-doubt regarding intentions to any volunteers who involve themselves, I see no reason to extend such a benefit to its founder. I see a member of the WMF board of trustees making a badly-planned attempt to turn a profit by competing with a WMF sister project. --Pi zero (talk) 00:04, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-44[edit]

00:20, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Participate in Dispute Resolution Focus Group[edit]

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is working with the Wikimedia Foundation to help communities develop tools to resolve disputes. You are invited to participate in a focus group aimed at identifying needs and developing possible solutions through collaborative design thinking.

If you are interested in participating, please add your name to the signup list on the Meta-Wiki page.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn from the Wikimedia community. We value all of your opinions and look forward to hearing from you. JosephNegotiation (talk) 16:22, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-45[edit]

18:44, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Post-dated? - Amgine | t 17:36, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-46[edit]

19:19, 13 November 2017 (UTC)