Wikinews talk:Newsroom

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(Un)Disputed articles queue[edit]

You may remove two of my articles from the Disputed section:

I understood why they were not good. I'll try and write better ones. You may delete them permanently, I don't mind. Calusarul (talk) 20:52, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Done You can have the articles moved to your userspace if you'd like. —Mikemoral♪♫ 23:17, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

HELP - story cannot be handled by one person ( Rental unit overrun by maggots)[edit]

I am chasing a story Rental unit overrun by maggots, mould and feces after city program fails landlord, but running into all kind of problems:

  • What should be the title of this story?
  • Is this story significant or is it not?
  • Only the w:Candain Broadcasting Corporation has been covering this story in detail, getting second sources has been difficult, but is finally starting to trickle through
  • It is awkward for me to try and navigate constantly moving wikinews rules when it comes to what is acceptable for publication.
  • As a volunteer I am dealing with an old equipment that freezes, spontaneously erases text, you know what I mean I am sure.

There s no way one volunteer can handle this story! Ottawahitech (talk) 14:09, 29 October 2017 (UTC) Please ping me

The rules aren’t changing. It is just that you did not read the guidelines, or perhaps understood what they meant.
acagastya PING ME! 14:14, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
As I already asked, lets keep this discussion professional, I have no interest in getting inTo personal attacks.
What I am trying to accomplish here is get some discussion going on systemic issues that I see at wikinews,but mostly get help from others on the story that is currently in review. I have to go now. Ottawahitech (talk) 14:51, 29 October 2017 (UTC) Please ping me
See, you fail to tell why do you think rules of Wikinews are constantly moving. You came up with how Wikinews was different from Wikipedia when Pi zero was telling about published articles vs draft. There are only two possibilities -- either you didn't understand the policies and what others were telling you, or you didn't read the policies. To keep things professional, stop accusing the system, or at least provide some cases where you think the system is broken.
acagastya PING ME! 15:06, 29 October 2017 (UTC)


Is this the right place to discuss this ( Rental unit overrun by maggots)[edit]

I am not sure where one is supposed to discuss issues as the one above. I came to this page after clicking a link at Wikinews:Water_cooler saying:

Get collaborative help on an article Newsroom

A discussion which has already attracted four-five editors has started at Talk:Landlord dismisses formerly homeless tenant from filth-filled apartment, claims Salvation Army misrepresented housing program, but that page will most likely disappear because the story will not be published (my prediction) Ottawahitech (talk) 14:25, 29 October 2017 (UTC)Please ping me

The running list[edit]

Okay, that squiggle-squiggle line that's giving out article titles? I tried scrolling down so that it just wouldn't be in my field of view, but it makes the rest of the screen jump up and down as it goes. It's a distraction. Can we chalk this up to "had to try it before we knew it wouldn't work"? Darkfrog24 (talk) 12:58, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

@Darkfrog24: Interesting; I don't recall seeing that before. Likely it's been there all along but depends on some javascript that was broken. I noticed that bawolff — who wrote our automation in Elder Days — made an edit on the project a few days to fix something. --Pi zero (talk) 13:22, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
I would have noticed it if it had been there before. I thought it was a new feature. Any chance we could just disable the darn thing? Darkfrog24 (talk) 22:23, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
@Darkfrog24: I admit I feel bad about disabling something that pretty clearly took a lot of work to make happen in the first place. It's an interesting question where all that work is; my guess is that the enabling javascript may be in our Mediawiki:Common.js, but I'm pretty sure the page markup that actually exploits the device is in Wikinews:Newsroom/header. --Pi zero (talk) 22:46, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
I get that. Maybe we should ask around. I find the darn thing both annoying and difficult to avoid, but if most of the crew likes it or finds it useful, that's important. Still, just because someone worked hard on something doesn't mean it makes the cut. That's pretty much the anthem here at Wikinews. Darkfrog24 (talk) 04:57, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
True. The Newsroom is, so I understand, one of the several pages on the site that some people have used as their home base, and pretty clearly it was intended to be useable for that purpose. I haven't been using it that way myself, as I've used RecentChanges as my base of operations instead — although the recent "upgrade" to the wiki software has greatly degraded that. --Pi zero (talk) 05:53, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
For now I've commented out the ticker. --Pi zero (talk) 01:00, 16 December 2017 (UTC)