BrockF5, welcome to Wikinews! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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By the way, you can sign your name on Talk pages using four tildes (~~~~), which produces your name and the current date. If you have any questions, you can ask them at the water cooler or to anyone on the Welcommittee, or ask me on my Talk page. Again, welcome!–Doldrums(talk) 16:12, 11 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

Citizen journalism unconference


I'm curious about what was discussed there, if anything has been said about Wikinews... could you add about this? --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:13, 2 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Brock Lesner hey wrestling help me out man --Cigarlover 14:48, 3 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships



I've changed your articles, please review them to see if I interpreted you correctly. Your English is sometimes difficult to understand, but it is nice to have news from non-English countries, and to have original reporting and such nice images. Keep up the good work.

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:33, 13 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

You use the words "kicked off" really too much... --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:20, 4 September 2007 (UTC)Reply
"launched" is an alternative. Should join us in IRC sometime; people don't use good English there so you'll fit right in. ;) (Don't overlook the comment below on the scanner!) --Brian McNeil / talk 11:21, 17 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

BrockF5, don't forget to add your OR notes to the Talk page. Jcart1534 11:16, 13 September 2007 (UTC)Reply




Would you be interested in Wikiscanner for the Chinese Wikipedia? We can ask Virgil to set that up and you could help translate the interface into Chinese. Then there's the opportunity to check out who has been misbehaving and do a Wikinews report. I'd also think we want to get Virgil to add "Tor End-Node" to the database so you can search for edits from that. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:19, 15 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

I got a great problem b/c Chinese WP didn't have the article about Wikiscanner, oops.... Brock contact... 15:07, 15 September 2007 (UTC)Reply
I was wondering what the Chinese government have been up to as well. Can you drop a note on my talk if you're interested in me passing your email on to Virgil as a contact for a Chinese translation? --Brian McNeil / talk 11:18, 17 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

Userpage Sharing Project


You've been added as a member of the Userpage Sharing Project. You were added by me because I needed people to test the template with. If you wish to be removed, please contact me here. If not, please add {{User:Thunderhead/sharing}} to the top of your userpage (or wherever you want to stick it. Thanks, Thunderhead - (talk - email - contributions) 22:46, 23 October 2007 (UTC)Reply

Doritos Coolpedia


I'm wondering why you are taking a Taiwanese marketing campaign for Doritos and making it "news"? --David Shankbone 15:30, 2 November 2007 (UTC)Reply



你寫的不是新聞,就是廣告,寫錯了,而跟英文的wikinews沒有意思。 還沒有台灣政府的新聞?文化?社會問題?跟中國政府? 為甚麼不翻譯那個消息? .:*:*:DAVUMAYA:*:*:. 00:34, 3 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Publishing v.s. Ready


Hi BrockF5. I set your latest article for "cleanup" as I don't feel it is quite ready to publish as is. It just needs a solid edit to account for some of the translation quirks. It might be a good idea for future articles to tag them as "ready" rather than "publish". That way they can get a grammar/language edit before publishing. Cheers, Jcart1534 16:30, 4 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

We went ahead and edited the article. It is marked as "ready". Could you please review the content to make sure that we understood everything correctly? If it is okay, go ahead and change the "ready" to "publish". Thanks, Jcart1534 21:25, 4 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: The 37th World Cup Baseball Tournament


Sounds good, BrockF5. Look forward to the report. Cheers, Jcart1534 02:52, 7 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Taipei Audio Video Fair


Hi BrockF5. I had a go at editing your latest article. So please have a look to make sure I understood everything correctly and change it back if I didn't. Did you enjoy the fair? How good was the audio in the soundproof rooms? Cheers, Jcart1534 13:34, 10 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews interviews Claire Lin of Pepsico Foods Taiwan


Hi Brock. What do you want to do with this interview.? Is there more content to add (more questions and answers) or should it just be cleaned-up and edited as is? Jcart1534 14:23, 10 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Don't quit!



I hear a rumour in IRC you might stop putting your stories here because your, er... "embarrassed" about your English.

  1. It won't get better if you don't keep trying.
  2. Most times your stories get copyedited into shape.
  3. You cover an under-represented area of the world, and most people here appreciate that and give your language skills allowance to get the stories.

So, keep trying, and do some reading - perhaps Steven King's "On Writing". George Orwell also wrote a good piece for aspiring writers, something about "shooting an elephant in your pyjamas". Your major issue is you've not fully grasped the grammar/syntax perfectly, a common problem which does not hugely prevent you from basic communication but means you need to keep working at it. Main tip, keep your sentences short. If you have MS Word or another decent word processor, use the grammar checker. Look for a low readability score by keeping sentences short, avoid passive voice (word's grammar checker will warn you about this - sometimes it is unavoidable). Most of all, stick around. You are our key contact with zh.wikinews.org, and were others seeking accreditation from the wiki we'd need your input or opinion on them. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:12, 24 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

i agree with Brian, dont be <quote> "embarrassed" about your English </quote>. My english is bad (hopefully, i do not write much) but some achieved an agreement : my french worst, and i am French... - (flush) Jacques Divol 17:31, 24 November 2007 (UTC)Reply
I don't know if Brock is embarrassed but I think that he is just frustrated that the English speaking users sometimes have a hard time translating his articles. I tried too but since the English was not good I could not fix the English properly. However, this does not mean you should quit. We need more people to report about non-english speaking countries on Wikinews. Taiwan is a good example. Don't quit! We, and I, have nothing against you. If we dispute articles we are doing it because we want the articles to look the best as they can be, without problems, etc. (Hope I made sense.) FellowWiki Newsie 17:40, 24 November 2007 (UTC)Reply



Hey Brock, could you take a look at this post? Thanks. FellowWiki Newsie 04:08, 25 November 2007 (UTC)Reply



Sorry Brock for my extremely insensitive comments on one of your articles talk pages. I was having a bad day, but that is no excuse. I shouldn't complain because you are donating your effort and time to write these articles. Although I would have to ask that you might want to wait until someone with stronger English revise your articles before publishing them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 25 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Category talk:2007 Taipei IT Month


Please don't redirect talk pages to this category. Discussions should be on the talk pages of the appropriate articles. FellowWiki Newsie 21:27, 15 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

Well, we already have that in the template:2007 Taipei IT Month. I'm going to remove the redirects. The event is over so there would be no reason to redirect to a separate category or a discussion page, imo. FellowWiki Newsie 15:13, 16 December 2007 (UTC)Reply
The OR info should be on the talk pages of all the OR articles. And you can additionally add OR info (like you did on category talk:2007 Taipei IT Month) to the talk page of the category for the event. FellowWiki Newsie 15:50, 16 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

bot on English Wikipedia


Someone has written a bot for the en.WP which reads Portal sub-pages here on Wikinews that use a DPL (Dynamic page list) and hourly updates a section or template on the corresponding Wikipedia portal.

Would that be of interest for getting links to stories on zh.WP from zh.WN? --Brian McNeil / talk 14:32, 7 January 2008 (UTC)Reply

2008 Taipei International Book Exhibition: A good traffic condition corrupted by a short-term rain


I would copyedit it, but I don't understand the subject enough. Somebody will do it sooner or later, I am sure. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 11:51, 22 February 2008 (UTC)Reply

I have not got access to the IRC channel. I keep getting errors. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 16:29, 22 February 2008 (UTC)Reply
I use IE6 on XP. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 21:39, 22 February 2008 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for pointing out the archives.

Also wanted to you to know I am a big fan of yours. I think you are doing the kind of original work that everyone on Wikinews should be doing. I also learned how to do all the tags for photos and stuff by editing your work.

Sometimes when I am editing I have questions for you. What is the best way to get you a message, leave it on this page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Leila Monaghan (talkcontribs) 19:49, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Reply

Well Done

You have been mentioned in Issue IX of the Wikinews bulletin for your contributions to Wikinews. Well done! --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 19:57, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews Bulletin Delivery


You are receiving this copy of the Bulletin even if you haven't subscribed because you are mentioned in it because of your excellent contributions. Well Done!

Issue IX - March 19, 2008
Administrators and Accreditations
  • Since our last edition, no users have been given the mop and bucket.
  • No one has became an accredited reporter on Wikinews. You can currently vote on a request by WNewsReporter and Zachary.
Featured Articles and News In Pictures
  • No articles were promoted recently. Eight candidates are waiting for your vote, including a self-nomination by Celticfan383 which could become our first featured sports article.
  • Several images were featured on the main pages, which you can check out in the News In Picture archive.
  • Several images have been featured on the Main Page. A slideshow of these images is available below. (ogg format) -
Original reporting

Since our last edition, many articles have claimed original reporting. Here are the most recent:

Several others wrote stories based on television sources. The Wikinews Reports blog activity was mostly related to some of these stories. You can ask any of the blog authors if you want to help out on the blog.

Editor's note

I would like to thank our users who have helped increase our level of Original Reporting content. Some users who I think have been especially helpful are Leila Monaghan (talk · contribs) who has got interviews despite being a very new user and BrockF5 (talk · contribs) who has continued to provide us with excellent reports and images. In addition, Brianmc (talk · contribs) has been helpful in combatting vandalism. --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 19:47, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Reply

Site activity
IRC activity
  • Some of the IRC topics include the mass deletion of CC-NC or ND images. ... (add more here if you know more...)
Wikimedia News
  • The Wikimania call for participation deadline closes TODAY!. Get your last-minute submissions in or get involved with the Wikinews efforts at WN:WM2008.
  • Wikimedia Commons has accepted the Creative Commons 3.0 license.
  • The English Wikipedia now has more than 10'000'000 pages, all namespaces combined.
About the Wikinews Bulletin

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--Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 20:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Reply

Hehe, you're famous!


Glad to see the Wiki Bulletin noticed all your stories!

Have you ever thought of doing an article on climate change in Taiwan? I'd be happy to work with you on it if you wanted help.

all best,


Leila Monaghan - (talk) 20:52, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Reply

Taiwan Election


Brock, do you have any good pictures to go with this story? Anything to add to it?

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Ma_Ying-jeou_wins_2008_Taiwan_presidential_election —Preceding unsigned comment added by Leila Monaghan (talkcontribs) 14:01, 22 March 2008 (UTC)Reply


Category:Featured pictures 特写照片]应尽快删除,如果其他用户的同意。 --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 14:49, 4 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Welcome and hello templates


Due to the way some of the welcoming templates work it is generally a good idea to use {{subst:<templatename>}} for these. I'm not too sure about {{Welcome}}, but {{hello}} can be really confusing as people can end up trying to edit a protected page if they click in the wrong place. --Brian McNeil / talk 06:46, 14 April 2008 (UTC)Reply



Seeing as how it's the second biggest IT show around... I'd say the earlier the better. I tried translating from Google... but it's acting up on your Google blog causing something to cover the text, but is there some sort conflict going on between convention organizers? --TUFKAAP - (talk) 05:35, 17 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

I agree with SVTCobra (talk · contribs), you really do some great work here and firsthand reporting that we do value. However I also think that sometimes we need to wait a bit before publishing to make sure that readers will be able to understand the articles. Cirt - (talk) 15:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
Well, IRC is certainly a good step. I am not sure if the editors' blog is the right place, but it probably couldn't hurt. Cirt - (talk) 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Thank you


Thanks for blurring the screen on the copyrighted interfaces on commons - the images will now probably be saved. --A101 - (talk) 07:39, 18 April 2008 (UTC)Reply



I have started WN:TO-DO as a place to list what should be daily or weekly points to check for regular contributors. Some parts are admin-only (e.g. Archiving) but others are things that anyone can get involved with. Feel free to add additional points and spread the word about this shortcut to get people helping do Wikignome tasks. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:50, 4 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Your recent blog post at Wikinewsie Editors' Blog



I saw your blog post at the Wikinewsie Editors' Blog, Computex 2008, are you READY?. I respectfully request that you remove mention of me specifically from your blog post, and revise your statements. I have stated in the past, actually repeatedly, that I do value your contributions to Wikinews. This is an issue that has been raised by multiple contributors and Wikinews administrators. If you wish, you could revise to say: "senior administrators", plural - I see no need to single anyone out.

Thank you,

Cirt - (talk) 19:15, 8 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Change phrases per request, but I hope everyone should pay more attention on COMPUTEX 2008. Brock contact... 03:15, 9 May 2008 (UTC)Reply
Thank you very much. It does sound like a very interesting event. What would help me and others to help you - would be if you could gather some secondary sources to go along with your original reporting. That might give us some good context about the events you report on - enough to help you better with copy-editing. Cirt - (talk) 05:22, 9 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Your contributions are valued here


I really don't think you should quit, but I'll leave that up to you. Many people here value your contributions to this project. It's just difficult for us to always get to copyediting your articles, and sometimes some of them really do need a copyedit and shouldn't be "pushed to publish". Whatever you decide, just know that you have made some great contributions here on topics that are varied and unique from other contributors. Cirt (talk) 12:07, 30 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Re: Computex


I do value Computex. My original comments were that I couldn't understand the article, and so I couldn't record it for Audio Wikinews. I went on to IRC to ask people to edit it for sentence structure so that I would sound like I knew what I was talking about when I recorded the article. Original reporting is part of what makes Wikinews great, and I think that writing articles is a great way to improve language skills. Don't feel neglected, but please ask someone to proofread your articles before you put the {{published}} tag on. --Munchkinguy (talk) 04:00, 1 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

I agree with Munchkinguy (talk · contribs) here - please get someone to copyedit, preferably before adding the {{publish}} tag to the article, instead of "push to publish". Cirt (talk) 12:26, 1 June 2008 (UTC)Reply
I still think it is best for you to seek out some copyeditors. Cirt (talk) 12:51, 1 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

2 Original Reporting articles


2 articles that were written by you (here and here) are not ready for wikinews. Both of these articles need to explain to the reader, "What, When, Where, Who, How, Why" events happened. What event happened? When did it happen? Where did it happen? Who did it happen to? How did it happen? Why did it happen? These questions all need to be answered in every article in order to make sure that the reader is aware of what is going on. Gopher65talk 18:49, 26 July 2008 (UTC)Reply



It would be great to see you return, even if it is only a short period of time. I would happily copyedit any articles you write. Thanks, Anonymous101talk 14:43, 4 September 2008 (UTC)Reply