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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.

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Write your first article for Wikinews!

Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!

It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

-- Wikinews Welcome (talk) 02:56, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Category:2017 ICC Champions TrophyEdit

Hi. On English Wikinews, before creating a Category, please see if there are at least three articles which can be cat'sed under that category.
acagastya 06:12, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

By the way, for your article, 2017 ICC Champions Trophy:England v Bangladesh, the headlines should be more like a news article that an encyclopedic entry. If I am correct, the match hasn't started yet. So, you can rename the page according to the result: "Team A thrashes Team B in Champions Trophy", "Team A narrowly wins Champions Trophy encounter against Team B" or you can think of some other interesting headlines. By the way, every article MUST have two independent sources. That means, ESPN Crickinfo isn't sufficient. Other source, let it be BBC Sport, The Guardian The Independent or any of your choice except any of the Crickinfo or ESPN will be okay.
acagastya 06:50, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Death toll exceed 200 after heavy rain and mudslides in Sri LankaEdit

The article is published. There were some issues. But as a newbie, it wasn't bad. There is a scope of improvement: did you see the edit history and the comments?--acagastya 13:15, 8 July 2017 (UTC) @acagastyaYes I sawAbishe (talk) 16:43, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

recent articlesEdit

Hi. You've created a couple of pages lately, I notice; but they didn't have status tags when created, have very long first paragraphs (not following our inverted pyramid house style), aren't written in factual style (that's a bad habit that mainstream sports articles often suffer from, admittedly, but, well, don't imitate them), don't use our house style for dates. I suggest brushing up on WN:PILLARS and WN:SG. --Pi zero (talk) 11:42, 29 March 2019 (UTC)


....you at least deserve this!!

  The Order of the Modest Pencil

For completing 5 edits.

Keep it up! --Bddpaux (talk) 21:00, 2 April 2019 (UTC)