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Template:U[edit]

I don't know if it can be useful. I propose. Template:U, with four automatic links:
1. Link to user page, 2. t=link to user's talk page, 3. c=link to user's contributions, 4. b=link to user's block log

wiki syntax result commentary
{{u|Hégésippe Cormier}} Hégésippe Cormier (t · c · b)  
{{u|lang=en|Hégésippe Cormier}} Hégésippe Cormier (t · c · b) same result
{{u|lang=fr|Hégésippe Cormier}} (fr) Hégésippe Cormier (t · c · b) same with links to French Wikinews account

Probably it could be also used, with a conditional and optional parameter, with code of other projects (Wikipedia, etc.). I did not try. Hégésippe | ±Θ± 06:58, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

We sort of already have it - template:vandal template:user template:admin. but otherwise good idea. — user:Bawolff 08:07, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
We could merge it with those three templates, have parameters, etc. Interesting concept. MESSEDROCKER 08:24, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
Nifty idea. Too bad it won't work with {{U|~~~}} or the like. --IlyaHaykinson (t · c · b)
It has no sense to be used with tildes inside. If you write for example a list of WoW accounts, you don't need to use tildes. smiley Hégésippe | ±Θ± 16:53, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Template is an idea of w:fr:User:Korrigan and others on French Wikipedia. There is also a template for articles or pages, with links to article/page, talk page, history, page's log and Special:Whatslinkshere, see w:fr:Modèle:a. Hégésippe | ±Θ± 17:01, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Google News[edit]

I wondered if we could be listed on Google News, so I suggested our site. Here's what they replied.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 15:15, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi Steven,

Thank you for your note. We've reviewed http://en.wikinews.org but are
unable to include it in Google News at this time. We're unable to include
sites that don't have a formal editorial-review process. We appreciate
your taking the time to contact us, and we'll log your site for
consideration should our requirements change.

Thanks for your interest in Google News.

Regards,
The Google Team


yes, it's alway the same answer... Jacques Divol 16:14, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Yep. Theres been some attempts to get us on before too ( At one point they did three of our articles, then changed their mind. http://wikinews.blogspot.com was another attempt (static wikinews) etc). Bawolff :-)(-: 23:18, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Google sez, "We're unable to include sites that don't have a formal editorial-review process." Yet, sites that mirror Wikinews stories get linked on Google. 207.59.186.117 08:36, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

DynamicPageList2[edit]

There are polls inside French and Italian language communities to see if we could ask (in MediaZilla) for implementation of m:DynamicPageList2 on the whole Wikinews projects or, maybe, only on projects which make the request.
See fr:Wikinews:Salle café#DynamicPageList2 and it:Wikinotizie:Bar#DPL2. On Bosnian and Japanese language communities, two bureaucrats were also contacted and do not seem to be against this possible new feature. Hégésippe | ±Θ± 04:18, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Illya said something previously about moving Wikinews to DPL2. user:Bawolff 04:38, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
The DPL2 is a much better (and newer) version of the DPL extension; it's very flexible and can coexist with the old DPL. The only problem with it is that the addfirstcategorydate isn't working well for our uses (it only works if there's one included category, and outputs time and date in an ugly format). I've corrected this on my local wiki, and am working to get the changes integrated into the main line of the extension. When that's done, I'll add my votes to get this deployed in the right place. -- IlyaHaykinson 10:31, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

Original and "on-the-scene" reporting[edit]

(These questions come on the heels of Talk:Natural gas odor permeates New York and Jersey Cities.)

Is it OK to tag articles as {original} if some information was obtained via third parties (ex.: quoting from an interview conducted by another reporter)?

Also, is there a separate "on-the-scene" tag to indicate that a Wiki-Newsie was present at an event, even if the bulk of the WikiNews article does not merit an {original} tag? ▪ NeoAmsterdamTalkEdits 06:54, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

The whole idea of the OR tag is a bunch of rootin' tootin' crap in my estimation. The tag will go the way of the dinosaurs. 207.59.186.117 08:22, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
That did not answer the question. ▪ NeoAmsterdamTalkEdits 08:50, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
There has been a previous discussion about this, maybe this will make it more clear: Wikinews:Water_cooler/policy/Archive/15#How_much_OR_is_OR.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:47, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
It didn't make it clear before I posed the question, so I posed it in a different light. ▪ NeoAmsterdamTalkEdits 15:00, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't really see a merit for an "on the scene" tag, it's either completely from sources or partially or completely original, I think.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:49, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
I understand what you're alluding to when you mean "completely from sources... or completely original", but where do you draw the line when it's "partially" original?.
I'm not trying to be a jerk or thick-headed, but I want to make sure that this is cleared up before the next time. ▪ NeoAmsterdamTalkEdits 15:00, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
previous unresolved disc. — Doldrums(talk) 15:08, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
The tag is not designed to be anything more then an explanation of why some information does not have a source. Over time it has become a bit more, but the primary purpose remains the same. If there is any information not covered by the source that is OR, then the tag should be used.--Cspurrier 15:11, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
In other words: everything that is not completely from sources, is original. But for example when you watch something on TV, it's not original: the broadcast is the source (some previous report on a television show was marked as "original").--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 15:43, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
I have a better idea of tagging OR now. Thanks, Steven. Thanks, Cspurrier. ▪ NeoAmsterdamTalkEdits 16:52, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

missed prepared story[edit]

Wikinews:Story preparation/U.S. Mint to begin circulation of $1 coins bearing U.S. presidents was prepared ages ago and should have been published on January 1, but was forgotten. What should be done with it now? It seems a shame to let it go to waste. the wub "?!" 15:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

The story about Sarkozy was also missed. I think it's very unfortunate, but it's overdue and will probably get deleted.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 15:05, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
Too bad... FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 00:47, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikilinks and such[edit]

I have noticed lately that we are forgetting or overlooknig the addition of Wikilinks in articles. We need to have that fixed people. Lets get on the ball here. Also I have noticed that articles are getting sloppy. Where is everyone? DragonFire1024 19:55, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

I havn't been doing very much arround here lately. I'll try and make an effort to proofread/wikify stories. Also another area which wed have lacked recently is RC-patrol. How many times have stewards intervened recently to block vandals just because nobody was arround? (over 4 in the last 2 or 3 weeks at least). Thats not good, we are not a small wiki. Bawolff :-)(-: 05:02, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
I will also try to proofread now and then :) FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 23:20, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Newsroom[edit]

I think the newsroom needs to be redone. The leads should be closer to the top. Articles in development as well. Article requests are IMO pointless because many writers pat no attention to them. I also think that a section needs to be added where articles need to be followed up on or have an updated articles. Example: Officer shot in critical condition...a follow up article would read officer recovered or died etc...Point is there are many articles that should be followed up on but are not. I just think the newsroom is looking highly disorganized. DragonFire1024 20:05, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Newsroom has always been a thing that everyone tries to make popular, but no one ever looks at IMHO. Bawolff :-)(-: 04:57, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
Just like you think nobody reads {{Wn news}}... Of course we don't use it enough, but that's no reason to give up on it! If we make it more useful maybe more people will use it. It's primary target should be to make it a real place for editors to see what articles need work, first focusing on writing new stories and secondly other things like disputed stories. Leads can be left out entirely imho, it would be handy though to have a tool that indicates the time since they were last updated (as suggested before), but that seems to be okay nowadays. Redesigning would be a great idea.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 23:11, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
I like the "tool that indicates the time since they were last updated" idea. I do also beleive that the newsroom needs more attention. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 23:16, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't like "Winners, HomeSense computers hacked" as a headline.[edit]

I have this problem with news papers too. You can use more words in a headline to convey a complete idea.

The headline just does not mean anything to me. The reason is; I don't recognise Winners and HomeSense. It could be because they are assumed global enterprises. But they do not have stores in my country, I have visited some of the countries noted in the article, but their brands failed to impress upon my memory.

I think that people ought to think about who the audience is and write headlines that mean something to everyone. I would have understood a headline "Nokia computers hacked" because most people that use computers to read news would have knowledge of this company.

"Winners and HomeSense corporate database hacked" This would have let me know that Winners and HomeSense are big companies, which I would assume have customers. Which would have made the article have more appeal.

When I read the headline I thought that it was a competition, by a security company called HomeSense, to see if their computer could be hacked.

I agree with you a 100% Bawolff :-)(-: 04:58, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

Stats[edit]

Hi there!

I am researching Wikinews for my masters degree in communications. Most information I've been able to find by myself, but there's something I miss: what's the proportion between OR and condensed articles? Are there tables with those numbers? Or where could I find the raw data?

Thanx! --Mtrasel 18:33, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

According to a count of Category:Original reporting there are 687 articles marked as having Original reporting. Special:Statistics says we have a total of 7,818 articles (might be a bit high). Based off of these numbers about 10% of our stories include Original reporting. --Cspurrier 19:33, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Should be interesting to see how this varied during our short existance, to see if there is an evolution over time.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:58, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
For the big list of stats, including charts on how we varied over time, see special:statistics (specificly the see also section). Bawolff 23:42, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Annie Awards[edit]

I'm going to need the temporary photographer accreditation status for someone soon. The idea was generally approved, and so I'd like to implement it. Is there any press pass images available? -- Zanimum 16:50, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Umm, someone had them, try CSpurrier, Chiacomo, Dan100 (and failing them) maybe Amgine, and mrm. Bawolff 05:44, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Shorts formatting[edit]

it appears that people have different ideas about the style and formatting to be used in Shorts. note that the foll. templates shld be modified to change formatting uniformly for all Shorts article.

i suggest we discuss and fix a Style here. some issues i've observed are listed below-  — Doldrums(talk) 04:15, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

What heading level to be used for headlining briefs?
H2 (i.e. "== ==").  — Doldrums(talk) 04:15, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Use TOC or not?
Yes, multiple independent briefs need a toc.  — Doldrums(talk) 04:15, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
List all sources together at the bottom or for each brief?
List at bottom, blank line between the sets of sources for each article, list in article order and within that descending date order. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:45, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
How to format the Sources section?
Not section heading - screws up toc. — Doldrums(talk) 04:15, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Well why not? just do a third level heading.Bawolff 11:15, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
section headings of all levels show up in toc. if individual briefs get their own sources section, then the toc will read so -
  1. Donald Duck to run for President
    1. Sources
  2. Daffy recovering in hospital; Bugs charged
    1. Sources
  3. Pluto gets Best Supporting Actor
    1. Sources
not so good.  — Doldrums(talk) 11:34, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
I don't really see what's wrong with that, but the alternative is to use Big writing, however it doesn't carry the same this is a heading info with it. Or you could manually make the ToC. Bawolff 23:15, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
How about...
  1. Donald Duck to run for President
  2. Daffy recovering in hospital; Bugs charged
  3. Pluto gets Best Supporting Actor
  4. Sources
    1. Donald Duck to run for President
    2. Daffy recovering in hospital; Bugs charged
    3. Pluto gets Best Supporting Actor
This would best be finished off with a references link at the end of each main section that jumped to its sources in the sources section. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:55, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
A template to format the TOC in a smaller font would probably also be a good idea. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:57, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Link to expanded article?
Yes.  — Doldrums(talk) 04:15, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

In the News - content[edit]

Normally whomever looks after this portion of the website is very good at keeping it up to date. My question is why is the Picture still on Dolphin Stadium and why is the Superbowl still the top news story 4 days later. Has nothing else of interest happened in the world since Sunday? I would like to say keep up the good work as I check in every day to see what is going on in the world. This Superbowl thing has me baffled. Thanks

Published stories on Wikinews stay on the main page for four days. After four days, they automatically move into the show/hide section. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 16:49, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
Note, if you're referring to wikipedia's in the news, they're different from us and do there own thing. We have no control over what they do. Try asking at wikipedia:portal talk:Current events. Bawolff 06:15, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

WikiNews Widget[edit]

Hi, I created a WikiNews widget is anyone would like it. Here is a link to the zip file of the widget and a screenshot of the widget:

link commented out

WidgetScreenshot.png

Charlie101 03:56, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Looks cool. (Is this for Mac OS X?). Unfortunately the link doesn't seem to work. Bawolff 04:39, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
I've commented out the link as it was no longer functional. Can you tell us a bit more about the Widget, such as licensing and where the source can be found? I can offer you somewhere to host if needed. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:24, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
Cool stuff. Would it be possible to add this to the Google Desktop software section? Would you be willing to program foreign language versions. Also, I think it's officially Wikinews, not WikiNews. -- Zanimum 15:24, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews in the media[edit]

Well, sort of. The published Wikinews article, "Australian Prime Minister targets Obama on Iraq" has been published on New Zealand-based independent news site, Scoop (.co.nz). http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0702/S00272.htm

When I first saw it on Scoop, the story was the second most read world story. --Nzgabriel | Talk 02:51, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

cool (although we have been out of beta for a while now I believe and we are no longer pd). See also WN:MF, and Wikinews:In the news. Bawolff 03:03, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Yeah I noticed that too, :). --Nzgabriel | Talk 03:21, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
So, has anyone sent an email yet? I'm willing to do so, have sent an email to another non-compliant site before. Things like this should be reported on Meta, or maybe we can set up a reusers-page on this site.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:59, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
See WN:MF (Which is horriblly set up, and way overtemplitized). Anyways someone should send him an email. I could if you want, or you could, doesn't really matter. Bawolff 08:52, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
Seems to me that someone beat us to it, since the licence and bèta-issues no longer appear on the Scoop article.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 10:08, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

People should do better fact checking: "...Wikinews, founded in January 2005..." --http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=36649. --Nzgabriel | Talk 18:58, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Markers for used content?[edit]

Hi, is there any way a template or something could be created to "mark" a Wikinews article that has been used in the media? See Talk:Sai_Baba_upsets_Telangana_activists for an example. IronFist 02:59, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

(I just noticed the section above, dealing with the same topic) IronFist 03:00, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

no. Please make one at template:used (or something like that). Bawolff 03:02, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
We do have Wikinews:In the news.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:59, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Interesting idea... Wikipedia has a template like this that is used on article talk pages. But I can't find it. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 19:14, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

Oscar party[edit]

It's not one of the Oscar parties the nominees traditionally go to, but we're (John B. Mueller) into the Billboard Magazine/Children Uniting Nations post-Oscar bash, which features performances by Lil' Kim, Reuben Studdard, Diana DeGarmo, and DMC from Run DMC. In the past Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton have been among the guests. Fingers crossed that Elton John's party organizers let us in to that event too, at the last minute. -- Zanimum 00:47, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Excellent! Actually, I was curious about the deal you have with Mueller, how did you manage to get him? I suspect you compensate him for it or what?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 08:31, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
If memory serves it was from a craigalist advertisement, and I think Mueller is being paid. (don't quote me on any of this) See also pages like Wikinews:Oscars 2008 co-ordination. Anyways, Really good job with all this. Bawolff 08:50, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
I wish we were paying him, but it's solely to help build up his portfolio. The more celebs he can get (Paris Hilton showed up to this event last year, Lindsey Lohan the year before), the better his celebrity photography collection on his website can be, and the more events he can say he's been admitted into. There's no money changing hands, not even compensation for gas. (Thankfully he shoots digital, so that's one less cost.) There's simply no money in Foundation to pay for special projects like this, or WikiWorld. -- Zanimum 20:26, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
Actually, his father-in-law is a pro-photographer too, supposedly, and he was hoping to get him in to the event. Sadly, the organizers are from limiting our access to one photographer, no reporters, red carpet only. Still, there's a possibility for some okay photos. (Annies had actually given us an all-access pass, but I let him stay just for the red carpet, so that he could get home to his wife.)
If anyone can think of any events that happen in LA, let me know, so I can try and arrange access. Doesn't have to include traditional celebrities, but it should include some sort of interesting, newsworthy coverage. Clinton or Obama tour stops, possibly? Major product unveilings? Anything you can think of. Even if he doesn't want it, there's a few other people on my list that are willing to do this sort of pro-bono stuff. -- Zanimum 20:31, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Presidential hopefuls[edit]

If you can get admission to Presidential election stuff that'd be great for our coverage. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:49, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Cool idea. Wikinews would benefit from these events. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 19:19, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
Okay, the Democrats themselves don't have any easy electronic access, nor does Hilary and many individual candidates. Barack, Gravel, Dodd, Richardson, Binden all have direct PR emails, I'll their campaigns first. -- Zanimum 20:21, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

We had windows vista support mirroring us for a bit[edit]

For some unknown reason- http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:seUdZvsxdngJ:www.zero800.pl/news/Vista-Talk:Sydney_residents_protest_anti-terror_laws Bawolff 00:33, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

actually I doubt that was really windows vista support, but still interesting. Bawolff 00:37, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
Yes. They also mirrored my user page and talk page. (see here) FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 00:48, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

recent article aid[edit]

I recently added this [1] short news article its my first one ever so i would apreciate feed back and any edits that will make it better. thanks Maverick423 16:38, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Whats wikinews come to[edit]

My god, what’s wikinews come to, the silliness about the NZ "boobs on bikes" parade is far over the top, grow up people, if are a new site, we report news, and this is news in New Zealand. Jee, the title is now far misleading, “Complaints lodged, police helpless”

<shakes head> This parade happened in New Zealand’s most conservative city and the outcry has been overplayed by wikinews. If that article is not consisted to be news, then I do think when we have Iraq news, which is written about some lefty antiwar person, that is more not news, or why do we have all these articles about gays, okay is it fine for wikinews to have ‘gay’ material, but this ‘normal people’ is wrong? Why New Zealand may have a good article count now, which is no reason to attack a perfectly good peace of journalism.

I ask this question, when was the last time wikinews published a pro- George Bush story? Don’t tell me all Mr Bushes wikinews stories are NPOV. If I was to write a NPOV article on Bush, do you really think it will be published with out remonstration?

If this is wikinews now days, I’m not sure I what to remain, if we keep going in this direction Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 00:12, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

i know the talk page discussion shed more heat than light. for my part, i think the event was newsworthy, we can use a picture or two to illustrate it. the problem is using such a large number of photos, most of which don't add any more value to the article. additionally, especially at the beginning, there was hardly any reporting at all - it just looked like an excuse to run the photo gallery. and that is not a good thing, remember that this event is a promotional stunt, and our reporting shld do more than provide some additional publicity.
its great that contributors are going around doing more OR these days and i appreciate NZG's efforts. we also need to learn more about how to do it. just to illustrate, that photograph of a couple of people looking out of the motel window. if they are a little more recognisable in the photo, we'd be in trouble, i think. privacy laws frown on photographing what people do in their houses (by extension, hotel rooms) through the window.
btw, when was the last time there was a Pro-Bush story to write about? :^)  — Doldrums(talk) 07:34, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

This "don't fit elsewhere" even here, Sim has entered Wiki world[edit]

Hallo boys and girls!

[ removed comments. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:05, 5 March 2007 (UTC) ]

Sim NotAlone1 11:01, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Please stop posting links to your website everywhere, they will be deleted as promotion if you don't. A link on your user page or talk page is fine, please read the guidelines for contributing to the site and follow them. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:22, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

AKon visit to Borderfest 2007[edit]

Hey i just wrote a news story about Akons visit to border fest this weekend and added the basics well acctually pretty much the whole story about it here [2] A reliable news source hasnt been made for this yet because well can i say that the news here is very slow (example of this is the sueing of churches chicken that happened on the 28th of febuary and came out on the 2nd of march) so yea. it should be on the news today but untill then i cannot source the article. as soon as its available i will post the link to it; however i assure you that the main source is more then likely ganna sound the same so please do not take it as copyright since i was the one who wrote it first. please feel free to fix any errors you may find. Maverick423 17:51, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

NCAA championship week[edit]

Since most of the work I do on here is US sports-oriented, I'm going to be busy for the next four weeks or so with the national tournament of NCAA d-1 men's basketball coming up. I've already gotten a start - I've posted a main article detailing the conference tournaments and 30 sub-articles with the tournament brackets of the various conferences. Anyone have any other ideas on how we can incorporate this information elsewhere? The main article is here. Theirishpianist 21:55, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps something similiar to how portal:Olympics were done, or even the chili Finger Incident. Bawolff 00:04, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
I like how Portal:Olympics is done, it would work well for the realm of college basketball as a whole. Perhaps I can devise something to launch in time for the NCAA tournament. Theirishpianist 01:03, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

????[edit]

Can someone give me the rundown of how to get an article "published?" —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jwjoffrion (talkcontribs) 22:20, 5 March 2007

In order to get an article published you put the {{publish}} on it. But personally I would recomend {{ready}}. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a note :) FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 22:30, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
See Publish checklist. –Doldrums(talk) 07:59, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

What I think Wikinews should be about[edit]

Fascinating look into a fraudelent story that much of the MSM bought into. My opinion was always that Wikinews would be exactly the kind of place not to make mistakes like that. I'm not here enough anymore to see if that's what's happening, but I hope it is :-). Dan100 (Talk) 23:11, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Well hopefully not, but currently I think it has the possibility of happening. We basicly just ensure that others are saying the same thing we are. Lots of people were saying your link. Bawolff 23:57, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
Red Cross ambulances hit by Israeli strike.  — Doldrums(talk) 08:55, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Just because one website says that the report was a hoax does not necessarily make it so. There are many 9/11 conspiracy theories out there (some involving the possibility of Israeli involvement) with much more evidence than zombietime. PVJ(Talk)(Newpages) 10:20, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Check the photo evidence on that zombietime page, it is quite interesting and mainstream media have taken the accusations quite seriously. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:54, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
For those who is unable to face facts, there is never enough evidence. OTOH, who needs any facts if you can simply blame Israel/Jews for every conceivable sin. ←Humus sapiens ну? 11:58, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

6:30 news[edit]

I had a suggestion...I thought it would be a cool idea to have someone in the Wikinews community to do a newscast for each country like our evening news. It would combine free audio/visual from the news. This would be a huge feat, but I would be willing to contribute (perhaps run the news??? hehe). Anyways let me know how we can begin getting something like this accomplished, if we should even do this. ~ CPSMATH

That would be cool (However there isn't a whole lot of volunteers available currently for the non-text side of things)? If you're looking for audio, Wikinews:Audio Wikinews is desperatly looking for more volunteers. For video, Wikinews:Broadcast is kinda dead due to lack of knowledgeable contributors, but if you're willing to bring it back from the grave, that would be great. Welcome to wikinews. Bawolff 06:47, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. I think I will begin contributing via audio, and perhaps we can visit the broadcast idea when I have my feet wet a little. This is a new site for me obviously, but I would like to contribute maximally. Perhaps this summer (I'm a busy student,haha.) I can get a green screen up and running and we can revisit this idea.
Glad to hear. Look forward to hearing you. If you need any help with anything, don't hesitate to ask. Bawolff 07:06, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

PACER[edit]

I ended up signing up with PACER, I know some of our contributors won't be able to, so if you've any requests for information out of the system give me a shout. The cost is $0.08 per page, basically an electronic equivalent of a photocopy fee. I don't mind getting the various documents for any cases we report on. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:22, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

I'll add to this that when I say "I don't mind getting", I mean I'll cover the fees. If you have any story involving a US court case let me know as many details as possible and I'll get you any documents the system has on the case. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:45, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

State of the News Media 2007[edit]

State of the News Media 2007 is out. strangely enough, Wikinews does not get a mention. –Doldrums(talk) 09:27, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Is there anything in it you especially recommend we can read? I'm always interested to learn something new.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:22, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
section on digital news media and another on citizen journalism, to name two.
the former sez,"Sites have done the least to tap the Web’s potential for depth — to enrich coverage by offering links to original documents, background material, additional coverage and more. That suggests that putting things into context, or making sense of the information available, is an area Web journalists still need to work on" and "Digital journalism has also not fully exploited the potential for users to participate by commenting and adding their own voice to the information.". rates various news sites on, among other things,
  1. The degree to which users could participate in producing content
  2. The degree to which sites offered content in different media formats
  3. The degree to which sites exploited the potential for depth on a subject
Doldrums(talk) 06:10, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

A new category perhaps?[edit]

I believe we should have a category for articles written about product recalls. Opinions? DragonFire1024 04:55, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

i have an opinion - Category:Product recalls. –Doldrums(talk) 06:11, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
Well DUH on my part lol. DragonFire1024 06:41, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
we've all been there. –Doldrums(talk) 07:57, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

Speaking of Water[edit]

I found this in the Newsroom. What is United States Water? It seems to look like a portal. I am known to tag garbage articles for deletion, but this threw me for a loop since it is not an article. --SVTCobra 02:28, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Well its on deletion. Should of been prefixed with portal to begin with, but even then I don't think it should be here. Bawolff 03:12, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
We should have a policy proposing not to create encyclopedic stuff on wikinews. I notice a lot of users from wikipedia that come here and create this stuff. It usually comes up for DR anyways. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 17:10, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Related off-site project[edit]

In case you're interested, Assignment Zero is using volunteers to report on "crowdsourcing." Maurreen 17:56, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Intreasting (and contridictory) copyright statement at bottom of page. Bawolff 00:36, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Farewell[edit]

I enjoyed my tenure, but I just don't have the interest anymore. Farewell, brothers and sisters. MESSEDROCKER 20:05, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

that's too bad. Hope you change your mind. Bawolff 23:14, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
Messed, keep the flag flying on whatever wiki you choose to grace. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:48, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
was nice having you around, MessedRocker. you know u're welcome back if you change ur mind. –Doldrums(talk) 11:39, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

April fool's[edit]

For those of you not already involved in the Wikinews:Image use policy/New wikimedia policy action plan, April fool's day is around the corner.We need to figure out what to do on the occasion. methinks we shld toe the WP line and restrict our efforts to "truthful whimsy" and no breaking of Wiki interface. others have suggested other possibilities in earlier discussion. lets fix on a consensus so as to avoid making it a "guess who blocked who for vandalism day". –Doldrums(talk) 11:11, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

I thought there was consensus on a Alleged Main Page / User:FellowWikiNews/Wikinews community allegedly deletes main page joke or something?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:30, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
Where's this alleged consensus? –Doldrums(talk) 14:37, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
I think it was an alleged cabal decree. Bawolff 20:06, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

i don't like the slew of half-thought out, half written articles that have been plastered all over the main page. i don't find them funny. i don't see them fooling anyone, especially with the big banner warning tagged on. can we pls get rid of them. we have one wacky news which'll do incely. lets stick to that. pls respond quickly, i'd like to act fast on this. –Doldrums(talk) 04:00, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

I'd prefer an explicit "April Fools" section on the homepage in lieu of this Alleged Main Page; we could stick all the the joke articles there. We're trying to be a news service to thousands of people here, not one big in-joke. -- IlyaHaykinson 04:06, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
I am all for April Fools, but can we not screw up the main page? It looks bad and highly unprofessional... DragonFire1024 04:51, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Also how about making the side bar normal again? This is a little over the hedge and I don't think new users would appreciate the fact that we are not taking Wikinews seriously. DragonFire1024 04:52, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
There is also a plain old spelling error, the first allegedly should be spelled "allegedly". In addition, it would be good to remove the huge and hugely unfunny warning. Centrx 05:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Can't we just have a few joke articles for today, and then delete them afterwards. I'm sure people have a sense of humour. --Nzgabriel | Talk 05:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
i don't mind a couple of articles, but the wholesale and haphazard changes to main page design makes it look very bad. and april fools stuff is meant to fool people, something i expect the "deletes main page" article singularly fails to do. the English revolution one does better, i think, but needs a better title. if we are going to have more than one article, then Ilya's suggestion of a "News of the day" section in the sidebar in which all of these can be listed works well. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by User:Doldrums (talkcontribs)

None of the joke articles advance the purpose of this project. But they do weaken WN's image of credibility. They should all be removed as they harm rather than help Wikinews. Please read: WN:NOT#What_Wikinews_articles_are_not:WN:NOT

When you wonder what should or should not be in an article named "whatever", ask yourself what a reader would expect under "whatever" from a trusted news provider.

. - -- Davodd | Talk 09:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

  • My article was just a joke but It's okay if you don't want it on the main page. However, I did like Alleged Main Page. Mabie we could have some Interesting/Wackynews (eg. the cash mouse story) on the main page for today? Or mabie as IlyaHaykinson said, we could have a very small section for April Fools? FellowWikiNewsie 13:27, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Thas agreeable...and the moise story is on 2nd lead i believe :) DragonFire1024 13:39, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Maybe we could have a compilation of what other media outlets used as april fools stories? In Belgium there was something about singer Helmut Lotti starting a bikers club or something...--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't like that idea as it would encourage visitors to leave Wikinews. We should only have our articles on the main page and not other websites. FellowWikiNewsie 21:10, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Wackynews section on main page[edit]

After reading the above discussion, I have come up with an idea. I think we should have a Wackynews section on the main page. This stories are in fact really interesting and enjoyable to read. Does anyone agree? FellowWikiNewsie 14:07, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree. DragonFire1024 14:08, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Replacing Interviews with Wackynews would have been good, but APril 1st is nearly finished in some parts of the world and - when I was a kid - I was told you could only do the jokes before noon. It's 16:14 here now. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
But I'm talking about a regular Wackynews section. FellowWikiNewsie 14:15, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Ah okay, yes. Do a proposed main page redesign, I don't see why we can't have the last 3 or 4 wackynews stories on the main page. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:20, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
We should create Template:Wackynews and cope/paste the formatting from the OR template. FellowWikiNewsie 14:25, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
we can't have a section only for wackynews, what Brian is talking about, i think, is a redesign like User:IlyaHaykinson/Sandbox1 or User:Doldrums/Main_page_yet_another_layout (to name just two), which include a couple of articles from each top-level category, including wackynews. –Doldrums(talk) 14:37, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • With the option of dynamic content I don't see why we can't have a "Latest by main topic" section with all our main categories collapsed. Expanding each could give the latest 3-4 stories and I suspect there's enough space on the main page to do it - I usually see whitespace under the days section following the currently collapsed sections. However that isn't an optimal place for a category expansion section. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:15, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

It's incredible to see how much more wacky stories are usually read, so I guess it would be good for readership. Some news sites have "most popular" links and Britney Spears or Knut or often in the top-10.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

You're right. And Wikinews Celebrity Gossip could be a big hit. Some sites that are totally dedicated to gossip do very well, I hear, I don't actually read any of them myself ;-) --SVTCobra 19:48, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
I've added the Wackynews template to the main page under the 2007 Cricket World Cup template. I also like Brian's idea of putting all the portals in a show/hide box. FellowWikiNewsie 20:42, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Me too, it looks good for the wackynews but could be something to try for all the main portals. First let's have a design to see where to put them.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I've collapsed the Wackynews section like the older news on the page. I'm not up to doing a redesign, but what I'd like to see is the category/portal links under the expanded days as collapsed sections. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:06, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
I would think under the collapsed days?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes. FellowWikiNewsie 21:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
No. :-) I think have 2-3 days news fully expanded, then the categories/portals under expand/collapse links, followed by an older news heading and a few collapsed days. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:20, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Why can't we just copy/paste what Doldrums put here under the collapsed news days section? FellowWikiNewsie 21:50, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Bad idea. I previeved it and it didn't cover the white space at all. FellowWikiNewsie 21:56, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
It works now after Brian fixed it. We should also try to expand the portals section by removing the show/hide thingy. It would totally get rid of the white space but I don't know how to do it. FellowWikiNewsie 01:12, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
If you're going to use the dynamic boxes, might as well have more then two articles per section. Bawolff 03:05, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Gizmo Project[edit]

Terinjokes introduced me to The Gizmo Project which you can make telephone calls to anyone anywhere for nearly free if not totally free. I think this will be helpful for Wikinewsies to get in touch for news and such. Even has a conference call option. My number can be found on my user page inside the accredited reporter box at the top of the page. DragonFire1024 22:14, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Sports writer admin(s)[edit]

I've not been following who is doing all the work in the Sports category, but these guys are doing a good job and getting to the stage they need to re-categorise archived articles. I'm hoping someone is keeping an eye out and looking for potential admin candidates, I don't think any of the sports folks are in that category yet, and they need at least one.

Our sports fans seem to have formed their own community around the sports portal, and I think that deserves some recognition. Also, nominating some of them for admin should draw them into the discussions elsewhere. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:23, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree :) DragonFire1024 09:25, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
P.S...As long as they report about the Buffalo, NY Sabres hockey team ;) just kidding. DragonFire1024 09:30, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
ROFL. :) --Brian McNeil / talk 09:36, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
Alright i've read it now Dragon, lol, your a joker. On the topic, what other types of qualities/requirements are you guys looking for? i've recently started finishing any sports article i see, and reading every single published article and adding anything i can see is needed. Anything else i can do? —Dark_Squall 04:48, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews Shorts[edit]

Should the Wikinews Shorts be of articles already published on Wikinews, or articles NOT published on wikinews... DragonFire1024 09:45, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Can be both. If someone does a brief you can expand to a full article and leave in the brief with a link to the full article. If we had enough material we'd have briefs that summarised all articles and linked to them. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:02, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
If you are not planning on writing a full news article then use Wikinews:Shorts. If you have an already published article then do not add it to the shorts. FellowWikiNewsie 22:22, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Accredited Press Gallery members[edit]

Brian NZ and I were talking about becoming accredited press gallery members in the New Zealand Parliament. We would like to know if you (as a Wikinews member) would be supportive of this, and what are your views on this? --Nzgabriel | Talk 08:40, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

The word from a board member is it would be "tricky legal situation" to become one from Wikinews, anyone got any ideas how to do this, with about applying from Wikinews? Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 10:01, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

What is it and why would you want it? -Edbrown05 10:16, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Our American Wikinewise might know it as the "Press Corps". Been part of the Press Gallery, would allow us access to reporting (OR) from parliament, be able to interview politicians etc Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 10:47, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes...you are a freelance journalist. If you have a press badge, I don't see any legal implications as long as you write a story about your parliament visit every time you attend a meeting. If not, then in a way it could seem like a misuse of credentials. Hmmm I don't know why anyone would say tricky legal stuff...doesn't make sense to me. But nonetheless I support. DragonFire1024 21:41, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
My opinion is that the Foundation should be bending over backwards to get you this accreditation/perk. If they aren't then they're failing wikinews. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:47, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree 100%. DragonFire1024 21:48, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Just to add a point, a 100% internet journalist was accredited (they worked for NewsRoom), and is now the Chair of the Press Gallery. (Nzgabriel) 222.154.255.29 01:06, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
the tricky legal stuff may have to do with the fact that in some situations (eg. [3]) an accrediting agency has to agree to take responsibility for the actions and reporting of an accredited reporter. the wikinews credential verification system tries to run around this with some "we're accredited but not really accredited" stuff that may not stand official scrutiny. i don't know whether the responsibility stuff applies to getting into the NZ parl. press gallery, but we'll know when we apply. also, all current accredited members of the press gallery are from news organisations, i see no freelancers. at present, Wikinews reporters, even accredited ones, will have to work as freelancers. –Doldrums(talk) 06:14, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes, Doldrums that's the prob we have got, the only way we might have around it, is set up a "Wikinews New Zealand" in NZ, (the WMF will most likely allow us a trademark and logo agreement to do that) and apply like that. But that is a hassle. Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 07:03, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Jimbo supports Wikimedia censorship?[edit]

Code Of Conduct Proposed For Blogosphere.

Anonymous comments could be removed from Wikimedia sites and a code of conduct enacted to stop some language. DragonFire1024 21:49, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

I can't believe it. The Wikimedia foundation should be free and not discourage anonymous users from contributing. FellowWikiNewsie 22:24, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree...see: Jimbo Wales to create 'code of conduct' for bloggers. DragonFire1024 22:27, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
how'd you/they get that out of it? that's stretching it a bit. Bawolff 23:36, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

How has Wikimedia Changed your Life?[edit]

This message is being crossposted around village pumps and mailing lists - apologies if you receive it more than once!
Have any of the Wikimedia projects had an effect on you in real life, or do you know of someone, or some group of people, who use our projects in real life? If so, we want to hear from you at m:Success Stories - How has Wikimedia Changed your Life?. The hope is that this page can become somewhere to which we can point members of the press so that they can immediately get an idea of the usefulness of our projects. Please, take a look, and add your stories! Martinp23 16:05, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

This sounds like a great idea. FellowWikiNewsie 19:36, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Glad to see a background again[edit]

Heh, yesterday it was all white, I sign on today and we have this newspaper column background, I like it! --TUFKAAP 06:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

See the other section of the water cooler for discussion on it. Bawolff 23:33, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

template for crediting images in caption[edit]

{{Image source}} is now available. looks like so.

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by User:Doldrums (talkcontribs) 20:36, 18 April 2007

So instead of typing: "Credit:[[commons:User:ComputerHotline|ComputerHotline]]", I can now type: "{{Image source|[[commons:User:ComputerHotline|ComputerHotline]]}}"? That seems like a lot of additional key-strokes. --SVTCobra 00:50, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
instead of fiddling about with <small>s and <br>s, u can type "{{Image source ...". will also mean that the formatting stays uniform across articles. that's pretty much why we use templates. –Doldrums(talk) 02:29, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
But couldn't it be made so that "{{Image source|ComputerHotline}}" is all you have to type?--SVTCobra 16:13, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
this is meant to be used for any source, eg. NASA, flickr user etc. we can do a more specialised one for Wikimedia users, which wld like like what u suggest. –Doldrums(talk) 16:15, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I see. I guess the credit in most cases won't be a commons user name, but rather a person's name. So then the typing won't be so much. But if it turns our there are alot of commons users uploading their own pics (of course they do but I mean if we use them a lot) it might be handy to have something like {{Image commons|ComputerHotline}} --SVTCobra 16:25, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Category:World[edit]

whatsit? What do we do about it? –Doldrums(talk) 15:43, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

I've occasionaly sorted stories in this category when I thought they were of international interest, not really bound to a specific region, for example for a "world convention of mathematicians". You could use the guideline from the Meta:list of essential articles; if the Indians of Papua-New-Guinea would be interested, it belongs in that cat.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:14, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
I thought that went for deletion... Every single article is about the world. (except for moon articles) Bawolff 22:29, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
steven, couldn't find the Meta thingy. is there a link somewhere. from what i've seen, national news sources typically use a "World" section to report on international (outside that country) news. that of course is not needed on Wikinews. another option is to use this category to report on international news (i.e. news involving more than one country, not "of interest" to. that is subjective and much more harder to agree on, i think.), i'm not sure how useful that is, though. third option is delete and a happy hour with AWB. –Doldrums(talk) 10:14, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
The Quechua Test. I see keep the category and use it to subjectively classify news articles involving multiple countries and worldwide phenomena.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 11:18, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Mozilla Strong Arms Individual Devs[edit]

You could if you wanted - Augment my story - but it needs my POV removed from it. Naturally I am very angry at the moment.

First Issue[edit]

Mozilla accuses me of Creating with their tools.

http://slashdot.org/~ziggystardust1973/journal/169725 http://www.noisecontrolpublishing.com/drupal http://www.noisecontrolpublishing.com/codeslave/MozDev_Rights_to_NoiseHawk_Trademark.pdf

On a secondary note[edit]

I have always presented my work to the public for free.

http://zebra.noisecontrolpublishing.com http://noisecontrol-liscence.blogspot.com/2006/08/irc-discussion-on-wikimedia-use-of.html

--ChrisBradley 07:45, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Unless it's about a current news event we can't publish it. It's best if you create a sub-page(eg. User:ChrisBradley/Editorial , etc) and paste it there. FellowWikiNewsie 14:48, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

HD-DVD vandalism with link from Digg[edit]

Some idiot just added the HD-DVD numbers to Ancient code desiphered in the Rosslyn Chapel, then dugg it. Hesperian 05:05, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

The code has been added to the spam filter I belive. Bawolff 02:36, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

SQL Query on Meta[edit]

I've requested a SQL query on Meta to determine what articles that have been fully protected from edits and moves, but have not been given an archive tag. Once this is done, I'll post another message, and call for the admin community to start adding the {{archive}} tag.  Thunderhead  ►  21:58, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Dreaded admin tasks !:) FellowWikiNewsie 22:23, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
CSpurrier's bot used to do that I thought. Bawolff 23:33, 18 April 2007 (UTC)


Can I add news from the past?[edit]

I would like to add some information on some past news. So I can link to them from the wikipedia articles. ~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 11:39, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

The shelf life of a story here is about two days. But like everything, it all depends. So try it if it fits, and if it doesn't work, you'll know soon enough. -Edbrown05 11:48, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
The reason why is then I would make 100s of articles for all the things that happened in the making w:Sivaji: The Boss, including political problems. You will see when you see the sheer amount of information me and w:User:Universal Hero have added to that article. ~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 12:00, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
No, you cannot create articles in the past. They would have had to be covered at the time the events happened. But since the articles link to the wikipedia entry, interested readers will be able to learn about past developments that way. --SVTCobra 12:07, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes, it is current events here. -Edbrown05 12:16, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Bloomberg Article[edit]

Can someone please help to get the Article about Michael Bloomberg out of the disputed stories section. No matter what I do and how much I clean it up I can't get it out and I don't want all my work to go towards nothing.The 13th 4postle 02:12, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

  • I think this article is publishable. Newsday had something similar. We need to have guts and put something out there that people will say "Wow" not just something that people will say "saw it on CNN" Momodamonkey 02:15, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
I think the article reads poorly, but I wouldn't want to "spread my communist propaganda" on this story :-/ -Edbrown05 02:43, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

This image seems not to work as a thumb.[edit]

Article - India's Assam state hit by fresh violence
The Image won't show up as a thumbnail. Can someone fix it?~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 17:18, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Done, just needed a size specified. --Brian McNeil / talk 17:22, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
That's weird, it should automatically be sized if you don't specify. Bawolff 23:12, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
I've seen something similar before, and I experimented with the article yesterday: this can happen I think if the image hasn't been used under a specific size before. Images are generally uploaded in large formats so the database needs to generate smaller sizes to use in articles. The first time a specific size is used, there may be a time lag, although in this case it seemed extremely long. But if you try another size, that one may be available and the image appears.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 11:10, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews on Commons[edit]

Template {{wikinews}} has been deleted on Commons. This was used on articles such as Commons:Boobs on bikes parade. I've replaced it with a Sisterlinks-box there, this is how it should be dealt with. If you know of any articles on Commons that had the wikinews-template, please correct it.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 12:52, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Flickr[edit]

For those of you on Flickr, I've invited some people, but more are welcome on http://www.flickr.com/groups/wikinews/

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 12:33, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

I joined :) DragonFire1024 12:55, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Couldn't have found you under that username... Smiley.png. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:58, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Also joined.--MarkTalk 15:58, 24 May 2007 (UTC)