NOTE: I am not particularly active on WikiNews anymore, so if you can, please contact me at my Wikipedia talk page rather than here, as I am much more likely to respond promptly there than on Wikinews. Thanks!Hunter Kahn (contribs) 18:06, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

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Gopher65talk 23:35, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

First articleEdit

I have reviewed and passed the article you requested me to, and I was impressed by your great prose and Wikinews style compliance in the article. I made a minor change by adding an infobox to the side (try to find one on the subject of your next article and put it as a template on the top of the page). Anyways, I hope to see you around, and keep up your good work! R.T. 11:54, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Another user has fixed it, but don't sweat it. I made my share of mistakes in my first few articles. Just keep doing what you have been and you'll get better. Happy editing! R.T. 20:34, 10 March 2009 (UTC)


In case you didn't see it on the water cooler - {{New Jersey infobox}} and {{Pennsylvania infobox}}. Cheers, and welcome to wikinews. Bawolff 07:24, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

[transfered between talks]

Thanks man, these are perfect! And as you can see, I'm already putting them to use! lol. Thanks again! Hunter Kahn (talk) 16:21, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
Glad to be of assistance. Bawolff 02:29, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Pennsylvania lost 41,000 jobs in February, a 13-year highEdit

I had issues verifying one little thing in it. Please see Talk:Pennsylvania lost 41,000 jobs in February, a 13-year high. Thanks. Cheers. Bawolff 05:55, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

User:Tempodivalse/Writing contestEdit

Hallo! I see you're online today. Would you be interested in joining a writing contest that I started? We need more people to join :-). If so, drop a line at the above link. Thanks! Tempo di Valse ♪ 21:25, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

btw, per your suggestion there is now a userbox: {{user:box/tempoContest}} or {{user:box/tempoContest|<days that you stayed in contest>}} Bawolff 23:02, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
Oh yes, and one other thing: you don't have to wait for your articles to be published in order to add them to the article log, they can be added as soon as they have been marked as ready for review. Tempo di Valse ♪ 16:26, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Exceptional Newcomer AwardEdit

I, Tempo di Valse, hereby award Hunter Kahn the Execptional Newcomer award for writing many excellent articles in the period of only a few weeks. Tempo di Valse ♪ 18:22, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

You're welcome! It's always nice to see new contributors around.   Cheers! Tempo di Valse ♪ 18:29, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Editor status suggestionEdit

Would you be interested in obtaining editor status? With that tool, you'll be able to make edits to published articles without a third party having to approve them. Plus, you will be able to review articles then. If you want, you can apply for the tool here. I have no doubt you would pass without any trouble, given your experience here. Best regards, Tempo di Valse  (talk) 01:30, 24 March 2009 (UTC)


On your infoboxes, you might want to clarify the FA's were at wikipedia, as there is also the similarly named WN:FA process. (which isn't quite as popular, but still is there). Bawolff 04:22, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikinews!Edit

Let me join in the welcoming. One tip, however, don't do "Last, First" for author names please. See WN:SG and WN:CS for more. Cheers, --SVTCobra 01:02, 25 March 2009 (UTC)


Sorry I never responded to your message about your first article; I just realised I never responded. I've been really busy over the last month or so and (unfortunately) I haven't had much time to edit Wikinews. Anonymous101talk 09:44, 29 March 2009 (UTC)


Hello. When adding sources to articles, please use this format: *{{source|url=|title=|author=|pub=|date=}}. A clickable template appears just under the edit summary box. Also, we use dates in this format (example) date=March 29, 2009. BTW good job at writing articles and keep up the great work :) DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 17:42, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Re:Not logged in editsEdit

No worries. If you want, I can oversight out hide the edits you made from the IP address, to protect your privacy (a whois of the IP could reveal the city and general vicinity from which you edit). Cheers, Tempo di Valse ♪ 02:06, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

OK, I purged the IP address edits from public view, as requested. You might want to check your user page to make sure everything is there; the purge deleted anything inserted by the IP. Tempo di Valse ♪ 02:21, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Yaay! Thanks much for the barnstar. Tempo di Valse ♪ 02:24, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Whoops, I missed your request you made on my talk page a few days ago -- didn't notice it somehow. Sorry. However, it looks as though Cirt (talk · contribs) has deleted the IP edits, so you should be okay. Cheers. ♪ Tempodivalse ♪ 03:44, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia User boxenEdit

Is there a specific benefit to Wikinews having a Wikipedia community achievement user box? - Amgine | t 02:53, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

I can think of several harms to Wikinews, the first and most obvious being they appear to value picayune accomplishments on wikipedia over substantive Wikinews accolades. It also strongly suggests, to me, that you have little or no commitment to the Wikinews community, while valuing that of Wikipedia. In short, they seem divisive to the community of this project. But I'm sure they are important to you. - Amgine | t 04:07, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, I've written 5 articles in the past 2 hours, have something like 10,000 edits on the project, have written, oh, about a third of the current policy content for the project as well as creating or participating in pretty much every major initiative up until a couple years ago, have given up adminship in the project 3 or so times... and I don't think I'm at all committed to the project.
I don't think you can beat me in that particular pissing competition.
At the same time, I really do appreciate your content efforts at Wikinews. I think you are one of the new generation of wiki-journalists, who have great skills and knowledge and will take the project places we oldbies never thought of. But it isn't wikipedia. It isn't nice and cuddly, and it doesn't need people who need their accomplishments somewhere else to make themselves feel confident. It does need people who have vision and dedication, but doesn't need people who are prickly and quick to offense.
Best regards, Amgine | t 05:44, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Amgine = me. - Amgine | t 14:00, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

New userboxesEdit

Nice initiative creating the new userboxes, I think they're great!

I made two more that are more type-specific to this project locally as opposed to Wikipedia: {{User Wikinews FA}} and {{User Barnstaraward}} (for work done on this project). Cheers, Cirt (talk) 20:50, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

3rd placeEdit

Congrats, you've won third place in the writing contest, having lasted for 14 days. (The contest isn't over yet, but only two people are left in the race, so third place has already been decided). I hope you'll still continue to contribute your excellent articles.   Best, Tempodivalse [☎] 00:47, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

{| style="border: 1px solid gray; background-color: #fdffe7;" |rowspan="2" valign="middle" |   |rowspan="2" | |style="font-size: x-large; padding: 0; vertical-align: middle; height: 1.0em;" | 3rd Place in Tempodivalse's 2009 Writing Contest |- |style="vertical-align: middle; border-top: 1px solid gray;" | Hunter Kahn won third place in Tempodivalse's 2009 article writing contest, having contributed 28 articles in 14 days. |}

Well, you only submitted one article for April 3rd, and the rules say you can be granted up to three non-consecutive "free passes" if you write at least two articles the day before, so technically, that counts as being out. However, if I didn't make that clear in the rules due to phrasing it poorly, and you misunderstood, you're certainly welcome back into the contest. ♪ Tempodivalse ♪ 14:04, 4 April 2009 (UTC)
No worries, I'm glad you had fun. Have a nice weekend. Cheers, ♪ Tempodivalse ♪ 14:19, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

On second thought, why don't you take second place. The contest is over, and technically I won, but it might seem like a conflict of interest for me to win my own contest, so I decided to upgrade the other two top finishers and disqualify myself. Plus, I have too many barnstars already, and don't really feel right giving one to myself. So, you can take second place instead. So here's the new star:

  2nd Place in Tempodivalse's 2009 Writing Contest
Hunter Kahn won second place in Tempodivalse's 2009 article writing contest, having contributed 28 articles in 14 days.

Thanks once again for participating! tempodivalse 14:44, 7 April 2009 (UTC)