Wikinews talk:Style guide

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Discussions which have been implemented in the style guide have been refactored out. Please create a new section to discuss new changes and ideas.

  • 15 May 2005
    • Title Capitalization poll, reference vs. source, date vs. dateline vs. byline, date format and templates, use of subpages, use of fullstops in abbreviations, non-internet reference/original notes, names/titles of people, POV issues, spelling, sections, currencies, wide range of updates w/o discussion and w/discussion, citing wires.

From Talk:China detains and beats mourners for Zhao Ziyang[edit]

In an article, the use of links are defined as follows:

  • See also
    • Links to related Wikinews, Wikipedia articles, Wikisource documents, Commons and Upload files
  • Sources (used in article)
    • Online articles or sites - these are by nature ephemeral and may change, move, or disappear
    • Witnesses and personal observations - these are elements of Wikinews:Original reporting and should be archived online under [[Talk:Article name/Notes]]
  • References
    • Texts - should be cited using Author, Title of work, Publisher, copyright and year of publication, ISBN if available
    • Periodical artical (Journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.) cite Author, Title of article, Title of periodical, Volume and/or issue, Publisher, additional identifying characteristics if known.
  • External links
    • Online articles or sites which contain related subject matter. Wikinews does not take any responsibility for nor imply support or a relationship with external sites

Article length[edit]

See discussion about this at Wikinews:Water_cooler/policy#Minimum_length_of_articles_and_breaking_news


Updated section on italics per conversation here at "Longtime leader of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe dies aged 95" — Wikinews, September 7, 2019. Darkfrog24 (talk) 16:05, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

I'd been thinking some minimal addition might be in order; thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 16:44, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Wikinews:Style guide#Names of publications and articles[edit]

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With DannyS712's attention to detail highlighting a flaw here, well not a flaw, but over-simplicity and lack of nuance and breath of possible sources. User:Pi zero recently commented italicization should depend on whether ABC News (Australia) was referred to as ABC or ABC News. If this is not corrected soon, I fear Wikinews could develop a formatting style which is unique and not used anywhere else in the world. Developing a unique style which is not widely accepted elsewhere would impede contributors. It would also increase difficulty for reviews by someone like me. I am very familiar with w:The Chicago Manual of Style and w:WP:MOS and they are largely in agreement. AP Stylebook barely differs, as far as I know. I would not mind writing a proposal for this section of our WN:SG. --SVTCobra 21:09, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

@SVTCobra: There seems to be some confusion over what the style guide says to do, which presumably needs to be cleared up before we can meaningfully discuss the merits of what it says to do. For example, I saw you correctly removed the italics from "NBC", but your edit summary suggested you might not have been aware that what you were doing was what the style guide said to do. I've tried to further clarify the phrasing of that passage. --Pi zero (talk) 03:48, 25 September 2019 (UTC)