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Thanks for reverting the vandalism to David Shankbone's talk page. --Jcart1534 - (talk) 01:48, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

You're welcome. I don't drop by Wikinews very often, but I'll gladly respond to cross-wiki problems. Regards, Durova - (talk) 21:05, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


Hey, would you be interested in giving some input on WN:COI ? I was thinking we could consult COI policies for news agencies and also non-profit organizations as a reference. Cirt - (talk) 22:08, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Ok, thanks. I'll see what I can do. Durova - (talk) 22:58, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Okay, would also be interested to hear your thoughts on this one: Wikinews:Criteria to use an article as a source on Wikipedia. Cirt - (talk) 02:20, 18 March 2008 (UTC)



Feel free to contact me about anything you need clarifying or help with and I'll be glad to help. I'm in England (GMT+1) :) --Skenmy(tcw) 15:42, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm in California (land of the setting sun, behind everybody except Hawaii). Durova - (talk) 16:01, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Wikinews is more of a "cross your fingers and dive in" project, and I'm even further east than Skenmy here in Belgium. But if you want anything looked over don't hesitate to ask. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:22, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Thank you both! Here's what's on my mind today. Not sure how Wikinews approaches this kind of thing.

New research has revealed that mobile phones are more injurious to people’s health than smoking. Why is that? It seems that mobile phone usage and brain cancer are linked to each other.

Now that's what I call bad science reporting. The reporter relies heavily a single neurosurgeon, who it turns out is speculating about the outcomes of clinical trials that aren't scheduled to end until 2012, and the rebuttal (which is quite damning) is a short paragraph near the end of the piece: the World Health Organization and most international experts disagree with that neurosurgeon. Even if he's absolutely right, there's no way cell phone use could be a bigger public health risk than smoking. And according to Google News, 87 news sources worldwide ran this story. The others I checked were basically as skewed as the example above.

Cribbing a few well-referenced lines from Wikipedia below. The citation format is different (I need to learn these things) Durova - (talk) 17:21, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

From en:Brain tumor In the United States in the year 2005, it was estimated that there were 43,800 new cases of brain tumors (Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, Primary Brain Tumors in the United States, Statistical Report, 2005 - 2006),[1] which accounted for 1.4 percent of all cancers, 2.4 percent of all cancer deaths,[2] and 20–25 percent of pediatric cancers.[2][3] Ultimately, it is estimated that there are 13,000 deaths/year as a result of brain tumors.[1]

From en:Tobacco and health: The World Health Organization estimated in 2002[4] that in developed countries, 26% of male deaths and 9% of female deaths were attributable to smoking. Similarly, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes tobacco use as "the single most important preventable risk to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide."[5]

Tobacco related illnesses kill approximately 438,000 USA citizens per year,[6] about 1,205 per day, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. The World Health Organization has stated that tobacco is set to kill a billion people this century.[7]

Gave this a tryEdit

Image creditEdit

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Image: Durova.

It's a good idea to get into the habit of adding image credits for all images that appear in articles you work on - the above code would go directly after the caption in the image placement, but before the ]]. Cirt - (talk) 01:17, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. I'll try to get into the habit. There's a lot to remember, starting out. I appreciate the assistance! Best, Durova - (talk) 01:27, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for butting in. I also like to credit the images whenever possible, but it is only necessary when the license calls for attribution. PD images can be added without credit. --SVTCobra 01:35, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
I still like to add a credit for PD images, I know it's not necessary, but it can't hurt to give credit. Cirt - (talk) 01:37, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Re: Media reports exaggerate cell phone cancer riskEdit

This just came out recently in The Boston Globe, and in light of the piece you wrote I thought you'd be interested. Cirt (talk) 11:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

Cool, ty. :) Durova (talk) 18:34, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Study: Herd animals detect Earth's magnetic fieldEdit

Did some reformatting for style and minor addition of text to lede paragraph, drawn from the sources. Cirt (talk) 01:04, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for the help. :) Durova (talk) 20:07, 27 August 2008 (UTC)


Yep, the site often does seem pretty inactive, but there's usually loads of users monitoring rc and chatting on IRC. (By the way, asking on IRC is often a good way to get reviews.) Thanks, Anonymous101talk 20:33, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks very much. I never do IRC, though. Durova (talk) 20:39, 9 October 2008 (UTC)


I, Anonymous101talk, hereby award Durova (talk · contribs) the Wikinews Trophy for writing many excellent articles on Wikinews Anonymous101talk 17:59, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Aw, thank you very much. :) Durova (talk) 18:09, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Excessive surgeries swell Medicare costsEdit

Hi Brian, glad to see someone besides myself is here. :) Think you could make time to give my latest article a review? Best, Durova (talk) 08:06, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Just about to jump in a bath before heading off to the hospital for my torturephysiotherapy. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:09, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Replied on your talk page while you were posting this. :) Feel better! Durova (talk) 08:10, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Dont worry about peer reviewEdit

got my eyes on ya :P your pal IDangerMouse (talk) 09:32, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Aw, ty very much. :) Durova (talk) 09:57, 2 November 2008 (UTC)


It really depends when the session is if I can join. If after 9pm UTC - no dice. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:43, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

When is it going to happen? My sleep schedules are so erratic that I was going to nap for a few hours. Can it be later in the evening? Mike Halterman (talk) 18:48, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi, here's the time by time zone:
   * Monday, November 3 2:00:00 PM – Los Angeles
   * Monday, November 3 5:00:00 PM – New York City
   * Monday, November 3 10:00:00 PM – London
   * Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 6:00:00 AM – Beijing
   * Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 9:00:00 AM - Syndey

That's 2pm for me. Cary already made time to be there, so if you join a bit late we can add you in. Best, Durova (talk) 18:50, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't know if I can do 5. Mike Halterman (talk) 18:57, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, but the time is 23:00 CET (my zone). SWMBO is home and the timing is bad for me. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:11, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the replies. If this goes well maybe we'll schedule another that works better for you both. Durova (talk) 20:02, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
I don't even know what WV is. Sounds interesting, though, I guess I may well join in if I know a bit more about it. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:01, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
I don't have a mic for Skype, so no, sorry. Besides, ten is later than I'd like to be about and I'd rather leave instalations until a weekend when I have time to pay proper attention. It does look interesting, though, I'm looking forward to seeing the result. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:12, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Microphones are optional; some people listen and respond in text. If you'd like to install and test it out sometime soon, drop me an e-mail for my Skype ID when you're ready. Best, Durova (talk) 20:25, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

I am ready to join, without microphone. I don't have your e-mail address, but mine is wikinewssvt<at>optonline<dot>net. --SVTCobra 22:18, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm reviewing the article. Also, I have just one question about Wikivoices 20:00 UTC is 20:00 London Time, not 22:00, which is correct? Anonymous101talk 19:55, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Just checked with a couple of British WikiVoices participants; you're absolutely right. Durova (talk) 20:01, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
So which is correct, is it 20:00 or 22:00? By the way, I've published your article. Anonymous101talk 20:04, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
Yes, 20:00. Thanks for confirming. :) Durova (talk) 20:22, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Anonymous101talk 20:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

US voters go to the pollsEdit

Hi Durova, I hope you are keeping an eye on the collaboration page in addition to your frequent updates to the article itself. Cheers, --SVTCobra 01:26, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Will do! :) Durova (talk) 01:31, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Nominated for administratorEdit

I have nominated you as a candidate for administrator. If you wish to be considered, please comment that you accept, under the Questions subsection in your RfA at WN:RFP. I posted another question there as well. Good luck! Cirt (talk) 23:11, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Thank you very much for thinking of me. :) Durova (talk) 23:20, 5 November 2008 (UTC)


Please remember to sight articles you publish, otherwise they wont show up. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 18:47, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Will do, thanks. Durova (talk) 18:52, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Successful RfAEdit


Congratulations, you are now a Sysop! Wield your tools carefully, but don't forget to be BOLD and get involved wherever you can. One of the others will drop round the keys to the adminmobile shortly, as well as a card-key to get into the secret cabal room! If you should need / want anything - don't hesitate to ask! Again, congratulations! --Skenmy talk 10:54, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Congratulations! Cirt (talk) 10:56, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Congrats. Anonymous101talk 13:09, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Ooh, thank you! (Just woke up). :) Durova (talk) 15:54, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Congrats. Bawolff 23:42, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Congratulations, don't wash the Adminmobile with the mop and bucket! --Brian McNeil / talk 23:49, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


Hi Durova. If you want to do some archiving you can see WN:TOARCHIVE for a list. However, please read WN:ARCHIVE to see details on how to do this. Cheers, --SVTCobra 03:01, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Thanks :) Durova (talk) 03:14, 20 November 2008 (UTC)


Thanks ;) Fvasconcellos (talk) 16:05, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Soapbox QuestionsEdit

I wouldn't advertise or represent forum-type material on Wikipedia whatsoever or Wikinews, but somehow my MDCCCXLVIII talkpage on Wikipedia was protected for unknown reasons (the protector said my talkpage was protected due to soapbox use). Outside of advertising and forum, what on Wikipedia would represent soapbox usage of editor talk pages or articles? Between August 15-19 I was writing the edits on that Wikipedia talkpage for my account MDCCCXLVIII due to being frustrated and incredible Wikistress and pressure. Whatever should I do the next time the stress must come at future times rather than write stuff that other Wikipedia editors may see as soapboxing? Melinda Gabrielle is my actual name/identity (nickname is Linda Gayle or Mindy). Linda Gayle is my Wikimedia Commons operating account. Mindy (talk) 01:57, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

My RfAEdit

Just wanted to say thanks for participating in my RfA. I'll be sure to put the tools to good use. :) –Juliancolton | Talk 18:58, 29 August 2009 (UTC)


I've just added a new one. Benny the mascot (talk) 01:17, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Peer review gadgetEdit

Please use the gadget next time. Elvish, Klingon and Na'vi: Constructed languages gain foothold in film was passed without being sighted. Benny the mascot (talk) 19:02, 28 December 2009 (UTC)


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