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Profoundly excellent!!Edit

Great audio!!!! Y' might wanna re-check your pronunciation of LUH.....BUCK. ...and AB....UH.......LEEEEEEEEEN! I'll forgive you, since you're not from the Lonestar state!! :] Also, you said "2011", instead of "2012". Great diction, though! Super great!! --Bddpaux (talk) 17:58, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Gee, thanks for the high-praise! Glad to know I was able to be of some help, although I'm sorry for murdering the place names; I'll try and find pronunciations for them in future where possible. --Mozillaman (talk) 22:14, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
I'd meant to say my own bit of appreciation, but it slipped my mind. Saw you doing a second recording today, and it's good as well. With such a small project, it's hard for people to find additional time to record so the effort is hugely welcome. There's some Wikinews jingles lurking somewhere that you can use on recordings, but damned if I know where; Spoken Wikinews was never my corner, I'm afraid. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 22:52, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
I'm hoping to do a little each day; I find voice work fun and this is a cool way to be helpful and, hopefully, improve at the same time. I did some digging and found some Jingles over here at commons but they seem mostly for the "show"-format recordings. Please let me know any ways I can improve, this is as much an educational experience for me as a contribution one. --Mozillaman (talk) 18:42, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoesEdit

There were changes during review. Changes during review are quite usual, and most such changes are significant or the reviewer probably wouldn't do them. Audio versions really shouldn't be attempted until there's a published version to work from.

(I'll join in the general enthusiasm for someone willing to help out with these!) --Pi zero (talk) 00:47, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Good to know, I'd mistakenly assumed the article was in it's final state before full publishing, I'll wait in future. I have re-recorded the audio and attached it to the final article version. Thanks! --Mozillaman (talk) 18:04, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Without reservation..........Edit

.....you deserve at least this!!

  The Order of the Modest Pencil

For completing 5 edits.

Great audio work! Keep it up!--Bddpaux (talk) 18:55, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Audio for Sydney welcomes home the Australian Olympic TeamEdit

Hey, nice easy one this. ;-)

I hope you're planning to edit in the audio recording included in the article. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:17, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

"Olympians" "Paralympians" and "Paralympics" in the same sentence, not a cake walk! I didn't know if I should include the other audio, but I definitely can. --Mozillaman (talk) 15:23, 20 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Within reason, and sticking to active voice, there's nothing wrong with editing to ease recording. If it's easier to read for a recording, it'll likely be easier for those only looking at the text version. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:28, 20 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Looking though the article and the 18min recording provided from the event I'm not sure of any ways to include event audio in the recording for a spoken article. If it was being edited specifically for audio (such as a News Brief) it would be more possible. Would you be horribly disappointed to have a plain spoken article recording? News Briefs aren't really in my area of expertise >.< --Mozillaman (talk) 15:33, 20 August 2012 (UTC)


Excellent work! That's how a wiki is supposed to work!! I think the final article, though, is a bit too brief for publication. --Bddpaux (talk) 21:48, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks! I'll dig around for some after-the-fact updates after work. I'd like to know additional details as well; hopefully local news sources now have complete stories I can glean more from. --Mozillaman (talk) 21:52, 20 August 2012 (UTC)
  • I was right, lots more relevant details have been released -- I've updated the story to reflect them. --Mozillaman (talk) 02:02, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

See ya Wednesday!Edit

I'll be gone for a bit on a relaxing vacation and won't be doings recordings again until next Wednesday. --Mozillaman (talk) 10:38, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm back, but with a cold. More recordings will appear as my voice recovers. --Mozillaman (talk) 20:02, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thank you for the audio at Sandra Fluke featured speaker at Democratic National Convention. Much appreciated, -- Cirt (talk) 17:05, 7 September 2012 (UTC)