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Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!

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Have the new welcome template! --Brian McNeil / talk 12:20, 30 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hey.. edit

so I herd u leik mudkips? 06:08, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Of course. Who doesn't? GreenReaper 06:10, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
well, uh, I happen to have a mudkips right here. 06:14, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
Oh, really? Hmm. Why don't you . . . walk away for a while? :-) GreenReaper 06:16, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

open proxies edit

thanks for the heads-up. have blocked some of these that i could identify as open proxies.  — Doldrums(talk) 07:50, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

GreenReaper edit

Is ruining the internetz, he is letting his deviant sex practices get the best of him. ALLAH ACKBAR!! ALLAH ACKBAR!! (preceding unsigned comment by Hojhoto )

fur story edit

How does it qualify as an interview? Bawolff 03:30, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

See this revision - Zanimum was the person who decided to add that to the article. I'm not a regular at Wikinews, so I don't know what qualifies as an interview. It wasn't exactly one-on-one, but there were more board members than people attending the meeting. GreenReaper 04:22, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
Well that's slightly pushing it, but I think its okay. Bawolff 04:32, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
p.s. do you want me to revert the crap on this page? Bawolff 03:30, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
It is history. Let it remain. :-) GreenReaper 04:22, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
ok. Bawolff 04:32, 10 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Gamespy story edit

I give up, you find the talk page with my comment on it and move it to match the current article. Oh, and you've created a slew of redirects that need fixed too. :-) --Brian McNeil / talk 22:17, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

I did! You can delete the redirects if you want, since it's not been published. GreenReaper 22:20, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
I went to recent changes after posting the above comment and saw you were already on the case. We're not as anal as Wikipedia about redirects, so it's more a case of the dreadful ones you list on WN:ALERT, the rest are at the mercy of our merry band of rouge admins. ;-) --Brian McNeil / talk 22:28, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Original Reporting edit

I hereby award the Original Reporting Barnstar to GreenReaper for his utterly fantastic work on this article --Skenmy(tcwi) 20:48, 17 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

RE Related edit

Normally we don't add related news to the older articles. Or maybe I misunderstood your question? DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 19:04, 26 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

No, that was my meaning; if that's not what Wikinews does, then fair enough. I figured it made as much sense as having the old stories linked in the new ones, since people are just as likely to start reading the oldest as they are the newest - perhaps more so, as that one is featured. GreenReaper 17:10, 27 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

Webcomix article edit

I noticed your remark on the webcomics article I did <mumble> years ago. Things have changed here on Wikinews, as well as in The Other Place in the intervening time; we now actually have an honest-to-goodness comments namespace. I know Wikipedia is not the place for flamewars, and provocative comment, but our comments namespace _is_.

So, if there is 'yet another deletionist purge' that is annoying the webcomics community, I'd have no problem seeing it played out against that backdrop. It would show our content as still-relevant, and links back into what made the article newsworthy in the first place.

Oh, and I'd welcome feedback on our new welcome template (inserted above), it is hoped this might help with getting people started on-project. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:20, 30 May 2012 (UTC)Reply