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Getting a head start as a Wikinews contributor

Welcome! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have a short essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.

As you get more involved you will want to look into the key policies for the project and other discussions you can participate in, so keep this message on your collaboration page and refer to the other links in it if you have problems or want to learn more.

I would recommend that you get a username. You don't have to log in to read or edit articles on Wikinews, but creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, requires no personal information (not even an e-mail address), and there are many benefits of having a username. (If you edit without a username, your IP address is used to identify you instead.)





All Wikimedia projects have rules. Here are ours.

Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

The core policies




Places to go, people to meet

Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

There are always discussions going on about how the site could be improved, and your input is of value. Check the links here to see where you can give input to the running of the Wikinews project.

Where you can help and get involved




Why create an account?

You don't have to log in to read Wikinews. You don't even have to log in to edit articles on Wikinews—anyone can edit almost any article, even without logging in. Nevertheless, creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, and it's a good idea to do so, for many reasons.

If you create an account, you can pick a username. Edits you will make while being logged in will be assigned to that name. That means you get full credit for your contributions in the page history (when not logged in, the edits are just assigned to your IP address). You can also view all your contributions by clicking the "My contributions" link, which is only visible when you are logged in.

You will have your own user page where you can write a bit about yourself. While Wikinews is not a homepage provider, you can use this to display a few pictures, write about your hobbies, etc. Many users use their user page to maintain a list of the articles they are most proud of, or to collect other valuable information from Wikinews.

Also, when you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your IP address at the time of that edit. If you log in, all your edits are publicly associated with your account name. They are also still internally associated with your IP address.

In addition, There are many features of the MediaWiki software (which powers Wikinews) that are only available to registered users. For example, registered users can mark edits as "minor". Minor edits can be filtered from the list of "Recent changes". We do not give the privilege to mark edits as minor to anonymous users because we do not know who is behind a given IP address at any time, so we cannot build a basis of trust. (Marking edits as minor if they are not is considered very rude.)




chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 01:38, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Man charged for triple homicide

Hi, thanks for starting that article. A good guide to writing on Wikinews is the page Wikinews:Writing an article. Articles on Wikinews require at least two independent sources. You put one from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which is great, now the article just needs a second source to verify information. You could start with the first paragraph, what we sometimes call the lead (or lede). This paragraph answers the basics, the Who, the What, the Where, the When, the Why, and the How. So, for example, in this story:

"On Friday in Cobb County, Georgia, United States a grand jury return an indictment against a man accused of killing three people at a golf course in Kennesaw."

If you have any questions, you can ask me on my talk page, or you can ask at the assistance pagechaetodipus (talk · contribs) 06:36, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, I just wanted to let you know the article got renamed "Man charged following triple homicide in Cobb County, Georgia" to fit more in line with the guideline for making headlines. Another editor was able to use the sources you included to expand the article to the minimal length needed for publication. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 22:44, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Should this user be unblocked?

[[User:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] has reviewed's request to be unblocked, and the result was approved. The reason given by {{{1}}} was: {{{2}}}.
You should now be able to edit pages as normal.

This user is currently blocked. The latest block log entry is provided below for reference: 22:22, 27 July 2021 Abuse filter talk contribs blocked talk with an expiration time of 1 week (anonymous users only, account creation disabled) (Automatically blocked by abuse filter. Description of matched rule: cs-spam) (talk) 22:24, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I got blocked, on chess talk page i was trying to ask a question. Not spam. (talk) 22:26, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, I've unblocked your IP address. We have an automated process that's generally fairly accurate at blocking spam that would otherwise get posted here. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 22:47, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


For the unblock. (talk) 23:06, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

{{unblock|sorry}} (talk) 06:41, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
im blocked {{unblock|Saxophone31690 did nothing wrong}} (talk) 22:24, 8 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

saxophone 31690

Permission error Jump to navigationJump to search You do not have permission to create this page, for the following reason:

Your account or IP address has been blocked from editing Wikinews by ‪Abuse filter‬.

Start of block: 22:16, 8 October 2021 Block expiry date: infinite Intended blockee: ‪Saxophone31690‬ The reason given for the block is: Automatically blocked by abuse filter.

Description of matched rule: cs-spam If you believe the block is unjustified, you may add {{unblock|your reason here}} to your talk page to contest it, if your talk page has not been protected from editing. Alternatively, you may be able to contact ‪Abuse filter‬ or one of the other administrators on IRC to discuss the block. You may also e-mail the admin who blocked you using the "e-mail user" link on their user page, by clicking here, if you have not been blocked from sending email as well. The receiving administrator, as well as yourself, will need to have registered an e-mail address in order to do this.

Your IP address is It is recommended that you include this address in any queries that you make.

Were you blocked because your IP address was suspected of being a open proxy? Please note that Wikinews does not allow editing from open proxies due to the potential for editing abuse. However, open proxies occasional close themselves, and a non-proxy IP might get caught up in the block, preventing users from editing. If the IP you are using is no longer an open proxy, or you believe that the block was made in error, please go to your talk page and add {{unblock|No longer open proxy}} to it. An administrator will then check the status of the IP and unblock it if it is no longer an open proxy.

Unblock please

Account creation error Jump to navigationJump to search Your IP address has been automatically blocked because it was used by another user, who was blocked by ‪Abuse filter‬. The reason given is:

Autoblocked because your IP address has been recently used by "Saxophone31690". The reason given for Saxophone31690's block is "Automatically blocked by abuse filter. Description of matched rule: cs-spam"

Start of block: 22:21, 8 October 2021 Expiration of block: 22:21, 9 October 2021 Intended blockee: You may contact ‪Abuse filter‬ or one of the other administrators to discuss the block.

You can use the "Email this user" feature if a valid email address is specified in your preferences and you have not been blocked from using it.

Your current IP address is, and the block ID is #54918. Please include all above details in any queries you make.

{{unblock|abuse filter mistook me}} (talk) 10:47, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Abuse filter

blocked me {{unblock|mistake}} (talk) 22:26, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi it looks like your IP address is not blocked on Wikinews. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 23:16, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ty i will help out now. (talk) 00:06, 10 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Person gets jail time

Don't worry about the article name for now, we can rename it later, if the content becomes substantial.

Write a lede, in which you describe the key elements of this event. Then detail them further in the coming paragraphs. Concentrate on what happened now.

Include your sources at the bottom (we require at least two of them).

If you haven't already, read about our basic principles here. - Xbspiro (talk) 00:42, 14 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Page name

If you are interested, you are able to create an account and you could rename page titles youself. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 04:35, 15 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is the contributions page for an anonymous user who has not created an account yet or who does not use it. We therefore have to use the numerical IP address to identify them. Such an IP address can be shared by several users. If you are an anonymous user and feel that irrelevant comments have been directed at you, please create an account and/or log in to avoid future confusion with other anonymous users.
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