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Strong rains in Brazil leave at least 21 deadEdit

Hi. I took a look. Unfortunately I found sourcing and copyright problems. Review comments. Writing for en.wn does take some getting used to, we realize, and cross-language considerations only add awkwardness to the situation. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask. --Pi zero (talk) 16:04, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

I'm sorry things haven't worked out with this article. It seems as if I failed to explain clearly what was needed, and if I'd explained better there might have been a better outcome. Again, looking forward, feel free to ask any questions; I'm happy to try to help. My favorite pages I recommend to newcomers to English Wikinews are WN:Pillars of Wikinews writing and WN:Writing an article. --Pi zero (talk) 21:09, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

Istanbul suicide bombing leaving 5 people deceasedEdit

Hi. Someone else had written an article about this; sometimes you need to use the "refresh" button on the newsroom to be sure the list of articles there is fully up-to-date. (In fact, they had a relatively strong article about it: they had attempted an article about the incident in Ankara last week, which didn't pass review but they were able to carry over some material from that earlier attempt to this one.) --Pi zero (talk) 22:21, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

Frontal system wreaks havoc in central zone of ChileEdit

Sadly, it looks as if this just didn't get reviewed in time. --Pi zero (talk) 01:19, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Earthquake of 7.3 degrees affect the archipelago of VanuatuEdit

Hi. I had problems over the size of the quake (two or three problems, depending on how you count); review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 01:56, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Rouseff articleEdit

By accident, two articles were written on this story. I made a practical decision to review the one with English sources (it was going to be a kind of painful decision either way). So that one has been published. For the first 24 hours after its publication, changes that effect the content are allowed (as long as they don't do something truly drastic, like changing the focus); so any details in your article that aren't in the other could be submitted as edits to the published article. --Pi zero (talk) 18:42, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Obama creates first marine national monument in Atlantic OceanEdit

Hi. Unfortunately, a huge amount of the article I failed to verify. I think VOA replaced its article with an entirely different one. Review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 23:50, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Re: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Miami leaves at least five deadEdit

Hi AlvaroMolina,

Please see review comments.

Thank you.

--Svetlana Tkachenko / Gryllida 23:55, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi again,

Adding new content does not resolve any plagiarism problems in any manner whatsoever.

I had written two paragraphs from scratch which were not mine, to make them easier to read and perhaps eliminate some of the plagiarism issues. I have left the article in the review queue in case it is not stale yet by the time of a next review.

--Svetlana Tkachenko / Gryllida (talk) 02:35, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Donald Trump assumes as the new President of the USA.Edit

Hello. I just wanted to tell you that there is another article under development for the same story (Donald Trump inaugurated as 45th U.S. president). The articles would sooner or later be merged. Pick anyone and collaborate together, I would say. Please notify the other editor, which one to keep.
Agastya Chandrakant ⚽️ 🏆 🎾 🎬 🎤 📰 19:16, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

@Darkfrog24: @Blood Red Sandman: A merge is required. Please make a move accordingly after the discussion.
Agastya Chandrakant ⚽️ 🏆 🎾 🎬 🎤 📰 19:21, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


Hello. Can you please translate this tweet in exact verbatim? "Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS." Thanks
Agastya Chandrakant ⚽️ 🏆 🎾 🎬 🎤 📰 03:59, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Forest firesEdit

This hasn't been working out. There have been several reasons, all contributing to the problem; but, here we all are. I've suggested the possibility of a more focused, simpler article. I feel that if we'd taken the subject in smaller pieces we might have done better with it.

I still mean to take a look at Spanish Wikinews and see what's going on with wikidialog there; I've not forgotten. --Pi zero (talk) 19:49, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Avalanche of garbage leaves at least nineteen dead in Sri LankaEdit

This needs an update; the numbers of dead and injured have changed (alas, that I or someone didn't get to reviewing it sooner). See my review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 13:22, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

I'm sorry this didn't work out. --Pi zero (talk) 17:23, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
@Pi zero: I should have rewritten the article from scratch to recover the freshness, most of the sources and the writing of the article hovered around the 19 deceased); Plus I have to check the translation, search for sources in English to verify the information of each paragraph, I have to also consider their available time since it is not the first article that I lose because the reviewer could not review in time and the freshness is lost. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 17:40, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, as I get significant semi-automated assistance on-line here, my first priority is to assist reviewers, and then to assist reporters. It's really important for us to help writers; it's just that, it's even more important that we be able to process what they submit. --Pi zero (talk) 17:52, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
@Pi zero: It is understood the fact that here the workload is quite large in terms of reviewing articles, the work that generally in other Wikinews lasts no more than 30 minutes, here can get to last up to days depending on the case. Similarly, there should be some way of prioritizing the review of articles in which their freshness is jeopardized so that the reviewers first review those articles; it's quite disheartening that your effort goes to waste because the reviewer could not review your article in time, which is why I usually dedicate more time to other Wikinews that have few users and news created, and generally here I bring news which I consider important and should be here. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 18:11, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
When stuff gets lost, it's quite disheartening to me as a reviewer, too. It isn't nearly as simple as prioritizing articles about to lose freshness, though; I used to think that way too, and then I had this Awful Realization: I review frankly as much as I can as fast as I can, and it's guaranteed we'll never keep up with the demand for review, because whenever our review capacity increases, after a time delay, the demand increases until it's higher than the supply. Given that we're always going to lose some things, if reviewers always review off the old end of the review queue, that will maximize how old our published news is. Reviewing off the young end of the review queue will maximize how fresh our published news is. If we're really going to have time to review everything, but one thing might go stale before we get to it unless we do it first, then we should do it first. There are also other reasons we might prefer an article even though it's older. But it turns out to be not such a good idea after all to automatically work from the older end of the queue.

All the same, I really am sorry we missed on this article. --Pi zero (talk) 18:22, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

@Pi zero: Well, after all the goal is to deliver the most relevant news to the reader and not an article that already has more than 2 days old. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 18:30, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Petya virusEdit

I was frustrated to realize the Petya article probably couldn't be run without updating (but even so I hadn't gotten to double-checking about that; truthfully things have not gone well for me the past couple of days). I take it you don't think that screenshot is needed for whatever update might be done? --Pi zero (talk) 03:31, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

@Pi zero: Hi, I understand your situation, we all have a real life and responsibilities behind the project, however, this project having 29 reviewers and only 2 are active reviewing articles (bearing in mind that the revision requirements are very high and the news flow as well) Unfortunately it is demotivating to write here, I on several occasions have had intentions to bring an article from Spanish Wikinews here and Ezarate who is an active editor there has also done it lately, however I at least until I find a way that these situations do not continue happening, I will not continue to translate articles here so that later they end up abandoned. They have to assume that 2 days of freshness is an excessively high requirement for a project with few active reviewers (if this were done in other Wikinews as in the Spanish version, 100% of the articles would be lost), there have been times when The review queue has reached 40 articles. When you are aware of making policies more flexible or have a fair number of active reviewers, you may want to re-translate here. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 04:12, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
Thoughts on the screenshot? --Pi zero (talk) 04:26, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
@Pi zero: Delete it, it has no use. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 04:49, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Dialog button charactersEdit

I've been looking at the dialog gadget code that supports buttons, and I see that it generally deals with two classes of characters (via javascript regexp): \s (which is any unicode whitespace character), and \w (which is any ASCII word character, equivalent to [a-zA-Z0-9_]). Sometimes hyphen or slash is also explicitly allowed. My intent was, evidently, to exclude all other printable ASCII characters — various brackets and punctuation marks and whatnot. Unfortunately it also excludes all non-whitespace non-ASCII characters. Afaict javascript regexp syntax doesn't provide any convenient way to specific unicode word characters.

Do you know of a conventional, or convenient, way to deal with this sort of regexp? (I thought I should ask before reinventing the wheel.) --Pi zero (talk) 03:06, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

@Pi zero: I am sorry to say that I am inexperienced in regards to the technical scope of the regex, so I would not be able to tell you what you can do to recognize UTF-8 characters. Billinghurst I think you have a more advanced knowledge on these issues and maybe you can respond better to this. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 05:01, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
@Pi zero: Have you looked at \W which is the reverse of \w?[1] Not sure of the context to be able to offer more advice. Also to remember that you can exclude characters with [^...]. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:29, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Okay, thanks all. I'll figure something out. --Pi zero (talk) 11:24, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Dialog and non-asciiEdit

Remember how, more than half a year ago, you asked me if I could fix the dialog tools so they could handle non-ascii characters, and I said, sure, I should be able to get to that this weekend? Well, funny story. It wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. I think I've got it working now, though. --Pi zero (talk) 04:14, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

@Pi zero: And to the present I have left them abandoned in Spanish Wikinews, another funny story. When I have time I will see if now that has been fixed. Anyway. —AlvaroMolina ( - ) 04:20, 22 February 2018 (UTC)