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Tempodivalse [talk] 22:47, 22 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A thought edit

Thanks for your help on Talk:Works valued at €100 million stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Ever thought of requesting the WN:Reviewer right? I'd support you, even more so now that I see you're trusted on other WMF projects. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 00:13, 21 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not really, but I'll probably request it. I can fail more articles this way :). Griffinofwales (talk) 00:36, 21 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Diego got to it. You're officially invited to support. :) Griffinofwales (talk) 00:57, 21 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Damn that Diego! I get him off an indef block and this is how he repays me? Most displeasing! I've supported you, though! :) HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:07, 21 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reviewer Promotion edit

I have promoted you to the Wikinews:Reviewer class, as I feel you can be trusted to mark revisions of articles as sighted (review). Please take a moment to read:

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask for help on my talk page, and thank you for contributing to Wikinews! Tempodivalse [talk] 17:49, 23 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

congrats. --Diego Grez return fire 17:51, 23 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Likewise, congrats. I'm sure you'll do a good job :) HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 18:35, 23 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks all. I'll make sure to break every rule in the book :) Griffinofwales (talk) 19:40, 23 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Linking and category stuff edit

Just wanted to remind you that we discourage overlinking to Wikipedia; local links are preferred. We wouldn't want people to go to the Other Place, would we? We want to keep our readers trapped interested in Wikinews! :) Benny the mascot (talk) 14:12, 27 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Didn't realise we had all those cats. I'll check more thoroughly next time. Thanks :) Griffinofwales (talk) 22:33, 27 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: Scottish Dario Franchitti wins Indianapolis 500 edit

Updated the results. Tjc6 01:12, 31 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cool, working on the review. Griffinofwales (talk) 01:19, 31 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Turkey bans Google edit

i have developed the article since your review.

--Polysynaptic (talk) 17:04, 5 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Statement doesn't interfere with NPOV edit

For Chicago mayor proposes new strict gun regulation, most leading researchers and analysts agree that the United States Supreme court is indeed conservative. So that statement doesn't conflict with the NPOV policy.

--Shankarnikhil88 July 1 2010

Source? Griffinofwales (talk) 01:21, 2 July 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reason on speedy delete edit

Please don't taunt the folks who create these pages, regardless of whether they're trolls, vandals, or... whatever. In the suite of principles I've been slowly developing (off-line, because I'm a perfectionist) to replace AGI, one of my items lately has been "Don't make it personal", with sub-items "Don't be the first to make it personal" and "Don't be the second (or n th) to make it personal". If they're really trolls, you've given them what they want, and if they aren't you may have unnecessarily hurt someone's feelings. --Pi zero (talk) 07:00, 5 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

privs edit

Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!

Note! Your privileges on English Wikinews have been reduced.

Under the Privilege expiry policy (enacted October 13, 2012) the rights held by your user account have been reduced due to inactivity, or lack of privilege use. You can view your user rights log here.
Point 4 of the Privilege expiry policy provides for fast-tracking reacquisition of privileges. We all understand that real-life commitments can severely curtail the level of commitment you can give to Wikinews; the privilege reduction is in no way intended as a reflection on your past work, or to imply you are unwelcome. The aim in curtailing privileges is to address security risks, and concern that a long period of inactivity means you may not be up-to-date with current policy and practices.

--Pi zero (talk) 21:13, 19 December 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]