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 Welcome! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have an essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.
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All Wikimedia projects have rules. Here are ours.

Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

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Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

There are always discussions going on about how the site could be improved, and your input is of value. Check the links here to see where you can give input to the running of the Wikinews project.

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Write your first article for Wikinews!

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!

It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

-- Wikinews Welcome (talk) 09:43, 14 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Obama condemns North Carolina shootings‎ edit

Hi. I added comments on this article about some things that are clearly needed, and some required formatting elements. For perspective on how the project works, you may find WN:Pillars of Wikinews writing helpful. --Pi zero (talk)

This time I went through a full source-check. See my review comments, and history of edits during review. --Pi zero (talk) 04:30, 16 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re creating categories edit

Hi. Your point is well taken about ISIL and Salafism. For perspective, there are some reasons we're reticent about creating new categories — not that we don't do so, in fact we've been pushing a bit to fill in gaps in our categories for some years now, and it shows in that our cat hierarchy has merely a lot of holes in it rather than feeling like it's mostly holes (seriously, it's a lot better than it was). One of the reasons we're cautious about creating new cats is that an incompletely populated category is misleading, so when we create a cat we want to fully populate it. That means we have to figure out which articles, of the twenty thousand or so in our archives, belong in the new category, and some admin has to actually add the cat to each selected article. This can be a good deal of work for admins (depending on how much belongs in the cat).

Since you have created a cat for Salafism, do you have recommendations as to which articles should go in it? Perhaps you'd start with everything in the cat for ISIL? What else? One of the things we do look for when considering creation of a new cat is, will it be clear whether or not any given article should go in the cat. Are membership decisions going to be straightforward for a cat Salafism? --Pi zero (talk) 16:11, 24 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Everything from ISIL should have a Salafi tag. Also, anything associated with the religious establishment of Saudi Arabia would be Salafi. I'm feeling slightly mellow (talk) 17:58, 24 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]