User is a vandal edit

Jason, thankyou for your swift addressal towards my 'test' edit, but in fact it was not a 'test' as you would have ascertained if you had read it. Please in future do not welcome 'new users' by rm'ing their content, it is simply not kind. Retribution toward me for replying to your apparent taunt will be repaid in kind. -- Cranbourne 13:16, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Break edit

I might be taking a break from Wikinews as some administrators believe that they surpass the community and that they have unlimited power. Until this can change, and policy violations stop getting "picked", then I may not want to be part of this project. Feel free to e-mail me (on my user page) or leave a message here. I will likely reply to my talk page for a few days to see what happens. Jason Safoutin 02:25, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

"Seems" edit

Again sorry for "the grumpy" last night/morning, whatever.  ;) My stance regarding the word "seems", is that it actually avoids NPOV. Stating that something "seems to contradict" is more cautious and brings the focus to the facts, not accusations.

I think it might have been more about the wording surrounding that part that was the problem. You seem to be on board with that, I think. Since I changed the structure but kept "seems".

But the main thing is to apologize for possibly being grumpy guy. (AntelopeInSearchOfTruth 20:22, 2 March 2006 (UTC))

math edit

2006 - 1961 = 45 No? :) I got a laugh from the D. Reeve age snafu! Best regards. -Edbrown05 01:53, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

And without trying it, I bet Buffalo NY magazine to publish Prophet Muhammad cartoons is one of your better stories. -Edbrown05 04:41, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

North Korea fires missiles during training exercise edit

Can you take a new look at your editing of named article. I cant understand your reasoning. International 16:55, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Personal Attack edit

I love how people (International) attack you [1] and then try to cover it up, especially before you can see it: [2] Jason Safoutin 23:34, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

Strange editing edit

I think you made a little misstake when edit on Admin action alerts, can you lock at it again and fix it? International 21:39, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Ok, I fixed it. Be carefull so you dont editing others statement by misstake. International 21:57, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes it ws a mistake, sorry.

Thoughts on zoning and variances edit

The C-2 "Community Business District" is defined in Chapter 511, Article X of the Buffalo City Charter -- specifically, §511-31 through §511-34. Under Section 511-32, hotels are specifically listed as a permitted use.

Without knowing what was actually discussed at the meeting you attended and based only on what you said in channel, it appears that folks were concerned about greenspaces.

Following an excerpt from Section 511-34, Subsection A.1, titled "Lot, area,and bard requirements"

Lot area, yards and courts for dwellings and dwelling portions of buildings other than hotels: same as the R5 District, except that the front yard requirements shall be waived for dwellings erected above the ground floor of a building when said ground floor is designed and used exclusively for commercial purposes. Side yard requirements for such buildings shall be similarly waived, except where the lot adjoins the side lot line of premises situated in any R District.

The emphasis is mine... Hotels are specifically exempted from the lot area and yard requirements in the R5 District. The R5 District is set aside for apartments and hotels.. I don't really know why they wouldn't request a rezoning to R5 rather than C2 -- except that as a C2 district, they are permitted to have other commercial operations within the building (shops, etc).

Section 511-33 permits a maximum height of 40 feet for buildings in C2 zone -- but exceptions can be made under Section 511-113. Section 511-113, Subsection B says:

Hotels, motels and office buildings in a C2 District as approved individually by the Common Council under such terms and conditions as the Council may prescribe.

Make of that statement what you will -- it appears that the Common Council can permit hotels, motels, and office buildings to exceed the 40 foot restriction, but such exceptions must be made individually. The Common Council can set their own terms when making this exception so long as those terms don't violate other parts of the C2 zone definition (along with the R5 restrictions where applicable).

Thus far, except perhaps for the height, I can't see why they'd request a variance.... Except that it's possible hotels constructed under C2 might still be subject to side-yard and lot size requirement contained in the R5 definition. I suspect that they are not subject to these restrictions, but I'm going to read any more tonight. It'll be tomorrow afternoon before I look at this again.

I'm tired and going to bed. It would be helpful to hear a recording of the meeting or get access to the minutes. Please also keep in mind that I'm not a lawyer, but I do have some experience with municipal zoning (from the POV of the municipality). --Chiacomo (talk) 06:44, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Administratorship edit

I keep coming across work by yourself to keep the wiki running smoothly lately (marking articles, sending hello messages, little clean-ups here and there) in addition to some of your brilliant reporting and despite minor complaints from others a while ago, I think you would be a valuable addition to our administration team. Would you accept if I nominated you? - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 02:02, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

With regards to support, I too thought I would get little and was surprised. We shall take it to the community and see what they think! - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 02:13, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
It has been listed on WN:A, just go and say that you accept and we shall see what happens. I am pretty confident you will be surprised with the results, you are already doing alot of admin-like activities on here - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 02:21, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

about the article "Monk's body pristine, fifteen years postmortem" edit

Dear Friend,

i don't think the article should be deleted or disputed. It contains original reporting which has to do with the information by some coroners as well as the Church opinion. It is the first article(in english) about this specific matter on the internet. Some days ago some guys from Wikinews stated that the english-language sources are not enough. It is characteristic that there are websites that have been referred to the issue through the publication of this article in Wikinews. If you think that the article needs clean up, do it so. However, i do believe that the article, as it is, it contains many information about the matter; even more than International news agencies contain in their reports.

Thanks ( 13:23, 18 March 2006 (UTC))

hotel demonstration edit

A thought occurred me (amazing, huh?). Anyway, in the state of Maryland, it is real estate law that any property up for resale, where there are tenants, the tenants are granted "the right of first refusal". Meaning since they live or work there, they have the right to purchase the property before another interested party could purchase it. -Edbrown05 00:55, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

RfA Withdrawl edit

I notice you have withdrawn from the RfA. It is most unfortunate, but I am sure you eill become an admin in the future, you do some awesome work on the site - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 00:55, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

That is a shame, I feel that you would have been valuable to the WN Admin team :)

Accreditation edit

With accreditation on the site, do you know what happens once you are accepted? - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 07:58, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

You know the WN:AP, you have it :) - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 22:53, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks :) - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 23:07, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Copyright edit

Dear Jason,

You recently queried the copyright status of my first article. This came as a bit of a shock - but as the principle behind it is obviously well intentioned I am not at all offended.

I have now responded by confirming that I have permission in writing to use the material (btw I took the photo). I would be grateful if you could let me know what happens now.

Best wishes,

Meveritt 21:40, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Don't worry - it seems to be sorted :-)

Meveritt 22:10, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Welcoming users edit

Thanks for your work welcoming users... I've heard from Wikipedia editor who tell me how suprised and pleased they are to be welcomed so quickly to our community (even IPs!!!!)... When you welcome a user, would you mind using {{subst:hello}} rather than the simple {{hello}} -- using subst actually copies the text to the page where using a straight "hello" only transcludes the welcome message. Transclusion increases server load and it causes the welcome message on a user's talk page to change whenever we change the standard "hello" message. There are some other good reasons, but I don't want to bore you.. Holler if you have questions! Thanks, --Chiacomo (talk) 02:18, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Exactly! {{subst:test}} will work the same way... --Chiacomo (talk) 02:26, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

news edit

Without a doubt, if you are writing news, people will be interested. That's what news is all about. You've made a successful series contribution here at Wikinews that establishes this as a place to post news stories pertaining to a specific region. My compliments and recognition to your reports... hats off! -Edbrown05 03:07, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Original reporting source template edit

I think there are a couple of pieces of information that should be included with every original reporting article: the username of the reporter, the location of the reporter, and the date that the reporting took place. I've made a start on an original reporting source template that implements this. Usage thus:

|date=March 27, 2006
|location=Sydney, Australia

And looks like this:

This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user Borofkin. The reporting took place primarily on March 27, 2006 at Sydney, Australia. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.

... the idea being that you slap the template onto the talk page, and then add comments after it. Someone may like to make it look prettier, perhaps with one of those boxes? With articles that have more than one original reporter, each reporter would add the template to the talk page with their own details. Feel free to edit the template, or suggest alternatives. - Borofkin 03:12, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the Notes edit

Just thought we needed to get CNBC / MSNBC in there - as they were first to bring the welcome news to me this morning.

Thank god they got one of the hostages out.

-Chris Bradley

Sinking ship edit

Please merge this with the other article: 22:20, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

  • Article above was deleted for being a duplicate. --MrMiscellanious (talk) – 22:21, 30 March 2006 (UTC)