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OK, I'm going to make a few guidelines for this, I hope people think they're a good idea Dan100 (Talk) 11:08, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC):

  • Golden rule: Don't list stuff you wrote yourself. Be objective.
  • Only chose the best few from a month - these articles should be our "best of the best"
  • They must be formatted correctly (including sources)
  • Have pictures (they should make a good visual impression)
  • Be well-written - see the Wikinews:Style guide
  • Cover the news event comprehensively,
  • But don't ramble - let's highlight good, tight prose here
  • Try and chose articles that were worked on by several editors, to highlight the collaborative nature of Wikinews
  • Try and highlight original reporting - but only items which are in some way more interesting than average, or were missed by the mainstream media

There's only one goal I feel *must* be used - you can't list your own work :-). Oh and please don't edit articles to "bring them up to standard" - our articles are supposed to be a record of what happened at the time, and you'll also make them float to the top of DPLs, which is b a d. Anyway there's no point - this is supposed to be the best of what we published, not the best that we can make now :-)

It's perfectly fine for users to list their own work. If someone has a problem with it, they can easily remove it. NGerda 17:39, Jun 23, 2005 (UTC)
Don't be so arrogant. If other people think you're good enough, they'll say. Don't presume you're "the best". Dan100 (Talk) 18:18, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I never said I was the best, I just said that people should be able to list their own works, and if someone else disagrees with that person's listing as one of the best, they can discuss and possibly remove that piece. NGerda 19:02, Jun 23, 2005 (UTC)
The way WP gets around this issue (and I agree, it can be an issue), is by nominating artcles to this level, and having them voted on. In this way, there is not a flood of articles that are considered "featured" with no real way to catch them. Lyellin 19:13, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
We can definitely do that in the future, but the purpose of the page right now is for Eloquence's conference presentation, which is within a few days. NGerda 19:15, Jun 23, 2005 (UTC)
Regardless, I'd personally prefer a stable process that is unbiased and not flooding the system established first. Do note that articles are already being added, even with the self-nomination rule being there. Having the "Best" means nothing if 40% or some other high number are on the page. Lyellin 19:17, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I agree, so here it is Dan100 (Talk) 22:26, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Non-nominated articles removed[edit]

I have removed articles from the list that had not gone through Wikinews:Featured article candidates. As far as I can tell, that's all of them :-). The reason is that it is very annoying to have to go through the list again at some later point and "re-nominate" articles which haven't gone through the process -- we did this on Wikipedia. Let's try to get it right from the start.--Eloquence 3 July 2005 17:22 (UTC)