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 Welcome, Jeffwang! 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.
As you get more involved, you will need to look into key project policies and other discussions you can participate in; so, keep this message on this page and refer to the other links in it when you want to learn more, or have any problems.

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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.

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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.

-- 03:49, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Lead articles edit

Hi! So's you know. We generally don't order the lead articles purely chronologically. Lead 1 should be an especially important story, and the other four usually try to somewhat match prominence against position, also mixing in how they look visually in relation to the other leads that are there. When making a new story a lead, which lead to replace is based largely, though not entirely, on which is oldest, but if the new story isn't important enough to occupy that spot, it might be put elsewhere and then the thing it replaces gets moved up. --Pi zero (talk) 12:23, 30 June 2011 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews publication edit

Your recent edits amounted, when taken together, to an attempt to make your unpublished article the number one lead on the main page. This is unacceptable. It seems you don't understand how publication works on Wikinews. We have a rigorous mechanism of independent review by authorized reviewers before an article is published; this is central to our credibility as a news site, it's at the heart of our identity as a project. Unpublished articles do not go on the main page, and turning a published article into a redirect to an unpublished article would have been —had you understood the consequences of the action— vandalism. Please read our pages provided to help aspiring authors. The welcome template at the top of this page, {{Howdy}}, provides lots of helpful information and links. --Pi zero (talk) 13:22, 21 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Leads edit

You just tried to make an extremely marginal-length article about a needle in a sandwich the number-one lead on the main page. You've been told before we don't use chronological order. Moreover, you were messing around with our leads just after a story was published (which you were clearly aware of), while the publishing reviewer was considering where amongst the leads to put the newly published article. That's quite disruptive. --Pi zero (talk) 20:12, 2 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hello, Pi zero. I think you need to learn to assume good faith. I've never tried to vandalize Wikinews and you are the one who continuously exerts great pressure on me. I didn't know and you shouldn't be harassing me like this, like you have all the power. I was trying to help and that doesn't mean you should threaten me. I thought that a NEEDLE in a sandwich was quite an event; so both of your arguments are void. I clearly remember the non-chrono rule. Please don't harass me any more. Also, I tried to SHORTEN the lead, if you didn't notice. --Jeffwang (talk) 20:17, 2 August 2012 (UTC)Reply
I did not accuse you of vandalism. I pointed out difficulties with what you did, and explained why it was disruptive. Also note that AGF is not observed on Wikinews; we have WN:Never assume, which among other things points out that one should not read more than necessary into a criticism. --Pi zero (talk) 20:26, 2 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Quiz edit

There was a difficulty with the quiz, because, unfortunately, the article in question has a misleading headline, something not realized until after publication. I tried to adjust the question, but I'm not too happy with the result; you may want to adjust it some other way. --Pi zero (talk) 21:25, 2 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Phelps article......... edit

....it should be just about there. Take a look at it. The last paragraph could use a little touching up here and there. Also, please look at the talk page; as I'd said, now that I've dove in headlong as a writer, I can't review it. When you're comfortable with the end result, submit it for review. Man, that dude can swim!! Cheers! --Bddpaux (talk) 04:41, 4 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Well, I suppose you decided not to finish it. Understandable. I've been busy and had to step away for a little while myself. --Bddpaux (talk) 16:55, 5 August 2012 (UTC)Reply
Sorry, I was on vacation. The first night's hotel's internet broke. :P --Jeffwang (talk) 04:29, 6 August 2012 (UTC)Reply