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tempodivalse 19:54, 14 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Hi ! Nice article - some questions


Hi John Harry, seems like noone else has taken the time to say hello yet! So since the article you wrote is exactly the sort I think the wikinews is made for (original reporting!), I wanted to give you a warm welcome.

Regarding your article: I'd love to review and publish it, but their's one thing I think needs clarifing. You wrote the article has been previously published - but that the author retained rights to it. I assume you then would be the author, or if not have permission of the author to publish under the licence we use here (Creative commons-BY). Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet forces us to not take such statements at face value. But there is a system, the OTRS tickets system, which allows a certain amount of verification. I actually don't know how it works, but'll get in contact with one of our colleagues who does in a sec.

Sorry to inconvenience you like this - especially as the only reason I know there may be copyright problems is your own statement on where the article has been published. But I hope you understand that we wish to avert publishing any material without proper consent.

Thanks for your time - I'll get back to you asap. Regards, Sean Heron (talk) 12:53, 15 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

OK, I've not been able to get any answers on the OTRS system - but I reckon thats probably overkill anyway. I think if you can state whether you are the author, or that you have the authors explisit permission for releasing under our licence conditions, that should be fine (please do so on the articles talk page). Thanks for your time, and feel free to get back to me if you have any questions! Sean Heron (talk) 14:02, 15 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Hey, I've replied in length in an email. Just wanted to note that I don't think the citation I added to the article was overly important - it was just that it covered some of the information in the article, and thus allowed for some independant verification. While of course it's fine to be relying on the person who's done the original reporting, I think it doesn't hurt to make info assessible if it's available. Hope that might clear things up a bit. Regards Sean Heron (talk) 12:46, 20 April 2009 (UTC)Reply