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Tempodivalse [talk] 03:05, 1 September 2009 (UTC)Reply

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Either way, welcome to Wikinews! Thank You for posting your comments on articles. Did you know that you can also write articles for Wikinews? If you choose to help Wikinews by writing articles the links below might be helpful:

Our key policies - if you read anything, read these!

Here a few pointers to help you get to know Wikinews:

There are always things to do on Wikinews:

By the way, you can sign your name on Talk and Comment 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! Diego Grez return fire 19:57, 21 May 2010 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for cleanup edit

But I must state that the word 'travelling' is British English. In American English it's spelt 'traveling', but as I used British English throughout the passage, it would be inconsistent to use the latter. Besides, the single/double quotation marks shouldn't make a difference, though I don't know about the MoS of Wikinews. Kayau (talk · contribs) 02:44, 5 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Active voice edit

Thanks for fixing that lead sentence. I was so keen to make Italy the subject, that I hadn't noticed that I used passive voice. --InfantGorilla (talk) 14:58, 25 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

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Hi Either way, glad to see you around Wikinews. I see you have not created an userpage yet, could you perhaps create it (with a softredirect, a short description), to let know editors who you are in other projects, such as the Simple Wiki. Thanks and cheers, Diego Grez return fire 01:56, 8 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Nah, I'm good. Either way (talk) 02:01, 8 July 2010 (UTC)Reply
Ok, ok. :) --Diego Grez return fire 02:02, 8 July 2010 (UTC)Reply