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Please leave any messages for my attention on my user talk page at English Wikipedia - thanks! FT2 (talk) 13:33, 10 December 2008 (UTC)Reply

NPG article


Jay Walsh just moments ago sent me the official WMF statement - it's on the talk, but I'm too tired to see how to put it in the article. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:30, 14 July 2009 (UTC)Reply

  • I have sighted my last edit for today - I don't know who else is about to check things.
Point to note: inline links that appear to go offsite are discouraged. Wikinews is not Wikipedia, our articles are not a starting point for further research. --Brian McNeil / talk 01:38, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. What is the appropriate way to show a cite or verification for a statements in a new item? FT2 (Talk | email) 01:49, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply
  • I think the NPG one is pretty much done. It'd have been better if you were involved earlier rather than a load of edits post-publication but, perhaps next time. Nobody has complained as such, but I've had a few comments that this is one of the longest Wikinews articles they've ever seen. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:15, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply

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--Brian McNeil / talk 00:01, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply

I am? I suppose thats better than these guys:
with one of these:

Thank you :) FT2 (Talk | email) 00:05, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply
Expect to be told to work faster, all the time. :-P --Brian McNeil / talk 00:06, 15 July 2009 (UTC)Reply