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-- 00:57, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Welcome!!!! edit

A profoundly astute first-article on the Playstation Vita submission! I didn't wholly agree with some things said about it's newsworthiness, but hey.....tomorrow's a new day, right? Wikinews is a good place and a good thing. Hang in there and let me know if I can help in any way!!! Bddpaux (talk) 04:05, 12 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

News briefs: March 31, 2012 edit

Hey there. You may have missed it, but I actually just finished checking the script right before you came along and added the review template. The current version is cleared for recording! :) Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 14:07, 31 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hi. I not-ready'd this article; it needs to be reorganized, as I tried to explain as best I could in the review comments.

You might (perhaps) find it helpful to take a look at style guide section WN:SG#The first paragraph, and the two sections that immediately follow it. (Not that the whole style guide isn't a good read :-) There's also WN:Writing an article, and perhaps the (under-construction) WN:Article wizard. --Pi zero (talk) 02:33, 6 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

I meant to congratulate you on publication of this, and (inevitably :-) also drop a pointer to the detailed history of edits during review. (We have in mind eventually, if we can arrange it, to have customizable notes like this automatically distributed by the review gadget, whenever an article review is submitted.) --Pi zero (talk) 22:48, 6 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Looks like fairly ambitious OR. Cool. The presentation needs some work, I know. (What else may be needed, of course, I don't yet know. :-)

See review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 20:38, 21 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

KILLER EFFORT! I MEAN THAT!! I did a few spots of cleanup here and there......still not sure if it's going to make it through review or not, but one stellar effort, for sure!! Bddpaux (talk) 00:26, 23 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
{{QuoteLeft}} and {{QuoteRight}} are used in news for quotes that also occur in the article text. (This is different than the way Wikipedia uses them, I gather.) I commented out the QuoteLeft, but it might indeed be better to add the quote into the article text. --Pi zero (talk) 03:26, 23 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Thank you Bddpauxfor your words of encouragement. As for the article, is there something that I can do to get it past peer revision? I made changes today in an attempt to make all my information current and to have all the up-to-date information to inform readers. Mastershake177 (talk) April 25, 2012

Congratulations, I know you worked hard on that story! Good work, Crtew (talk) 21:27, 25 April 2012 (UTC)Reply