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You recently contacted me (Nzgabriel), below is the direct reply I gave you on my talk page.
Yes, I have done a few interviews. The way I get in contact with them is usually by e-mail, or some other technological device (I.M.). So try and find their e-mail online.
When I am asking for an interview I usually say who I am, what the interview will be about, and how many RSS readers there are.
I usually like the interview to be done via e-mail, that way I have exact quotes, etc. But I recently did one (not yet released) via telephone. I recorded that by putting the phone on speaker phone, and put my computer microphone next to the speaker. Very basic.
- There are 30,000 RSS readers, this information can be found on the Wikimedia Foundation website here: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Our_projects#Wikinews. To do an interview you could buy a voice recorder, or just jot down notes using pen and paper (yes, those still exist ;) ). I don't know of anyone here who has done a face-to-face interview similar to what you are proposing. Sorry. --Nzgabriel | Talk 02:54, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
Hi Chris !
I read your concern about the article - "EU fines Microsoft $1.35 billion for non-compliance with antitrust decision". I have replied to it on the article's talk page. Please read it and post your comment. I published the news with a description of "what happened" and cited 5 sources. Also, the article met Wikinews' content guidelines and it was not a duplicate, therefore I do not see a reason why it should be unpublished. It is quite obvious that once a news is published on Wikinews, it will be edited by more and more readers and they will add more information if they have. That is the strength of Wikinews.
There is difference between a news and a research article. News has a "time" factor which is very important and we should publish the news (while conforming to the guidelines) as early as possible otherwise it looses its appeal. There are dozens of premier websites which publish news faster than Wikinews.
I am quite new to Wikinews, it was my first news story and it is nice to know that we have serious volunteers like you. Thanks for raising the concern. Such discussions will be helpful in improving Wikinews further.
Hi Chris Mann, I am afraid I do not understand what you mean by:
- "The current code does not create the correct link to the article talk page, it creates a link to the talk space of the namespace the page is currently on. Thus, when used as the header on a Comments: page, it links to Comments talk:, leading to at least some of these. Replacing User_talk with Talk should give the desired effect. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 00:45, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
I are not AnonEdit
I've created it. What was the problem before?
UK study highlights child abuse by humanitarian workersEdit
Soccer match reportsEdit
Hi Chris. I hope you don't feel like I sanitized it too much. Actually, it is quite sad that no other editor took an interest in this article as you have had it in "ready" for about a week. It is a great article. Cheers. --SVTCobra 00:25, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
chris mann thank you he should be banned forever just sick vandal that vandalised wikinews articles and my user page. --220.127.116.11 02:21, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Nominated for AdminshipEdit
Admin status grantedEdit
Congratulations, you have just been made a sysop! You have volunteered for boring housekeeping activities which normal users sadly cannot participate in. Sysops basically can't do anything: They cannot delete pages arbitarily (only obvious junk like "jklasdfl,öasdf JOSH IS GAY"), they cannot protect pages in an edit war they are involved in, they cannot ban users except in cases of obvious vandalism or excessive edit warring (24-hour "cool down" ban). What they can do is delete junk as it appears, ban vandals, remove pages that have been listed on Deletion requests for more than a week, protect pages when asked to by other members, and help keep the few protected pages there are up to date.
Note that almost everything you can do can be undone, so don't be too worried about making mistakes. You will find more information on Wikinews:Administrators, please take a look before experimenting with your new powers. Drop me a message if there are any questions or if you want to stop being a sysop (could it be?). Have fun! Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 18:40, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
If you have not already seen this, please look, comment, and vote both here and on bugzilla. Further assistance such as contact information for Google would be a very useful detail to share and help in petitioning for a listing in their news index. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:00, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
Portal / Category ArcticEdit
- Thanks. Such an entertaining guy (sounds like en.WP is copping some of this guy's vitriol as well). I'm most amused by the fact that he seems to have tried to suggest I may have had some kind of conflict of interest in one of the many non-OR articles I have written, while completely by-passing the great, honking COI OR article I wrote when I interviewed my own boss (and, admittedly, openly announced the COI and asked everyone else to check to make sure I wrote a decent article). Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 01:24, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
Republican Congressman Ron Paul endorses Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin for President of the United StatesEdit
Thank you for supporting me for adminship. :) I'll try to make you glad you did it. So here's a Nadezhda "Harry S. Truman" Durova campaign song. All the best, Durova (talk) 00:28, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
A penny for your thoughtsEdit
Okay, not really, but I am requesting your participation in the following Water Cooler Discussion: OR and Broadcast report. The discussion involves the need for specific policy concerning how Original Reporting relates to information recieved from a broadcast report of an event. This can include both news-style reports and non-news reports, such as a sporting event. Thanks and again, please share your thoughts on this so we can get as many people involved as possible, especially since this relates to an important topic such as OR. —Calebrw (talk) 05:10, 27 April 2009 (UTC)