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Amsterdam to invest in affordable housingEdit

Hello. There is a problem with this article. The sources are in Dutch, and nobody understands Dutch. If you could

  1. Replace them with English sources (or)
  2. Translate the Dutch sources to English manually

it would do.
acagastya PING ME! 10:28, 22 July 2017 (UTC)[]

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--Pi zero (talk) 11:11, 22 July 2017 (UTC)[]
Thanks for your feedback acagastya and Pi zero. This is the first time I posted an article on the English version of wikinews. I appreciate the thorough review process (and the work you people do to make it happen). At the same time, the requirement to translate sources creates a pretty high barrier for posting stories on news from the Netherlands (in many cases the only sources in English, if any, will be websites targeting expats that use the same Dutch sources I’m using). For my information, has it been considered using google translate to check non-English sources? Nuams (talk) 17:28, 22 July 2017 (UTC)[]
The thing is: machine translation has often resulted in saying things opposite to what it means. For checking English Sources, of we do that, we are no longer uninvolved reviewers, and so we won't be able to review it. I could have done it, but due to real life problems at the moment, I wouldn't be able to. I am sorry for that. I know first contribution means a lot, and I know that feeling. I hope you would look for some English sources for the next time. I hope I could be more helpful from the next time you write an article. But, I think @George Ho: or @Numbermaniac: can find sources for this article. George Ho, numbermaniac, could you please take care of this? I would try to review it tomorrow, and I hope the article won't lose freshness.
acagastya PING ME! 17:52, 22 July 2017 (UTC)[]
@Acagastya: I've found two English-language articles that verify almost all the statements in the article. Make sure to check the comments - there are some minor discrepancies here and there. -- numbermaniac 02:38, 23 July 2017 (UTC)[]
Thanks for checking the sources numbermaniac. I’m not sure whether this is the right place to respond? As for the rise in house prices: Parool says 'over 21%' whereas Dutchnews says 'some 20%' - I guess a safe approach would be to use the latter? As for the publication date of the NLTimes article, it might actually be correct: on 22 June the city government issued a press release announcing the Housing Agenda (https://www.amsterdam.nl/bestuur-organisatie/college/individuele-paginas/lau-rens/persberichten/amsterdam-gaat-80/), but it wasn't adopted by the city council until about a month later.

From what I could understand, it came into effect on Wednesday night -- and today is the fourth day, so it is no longer fresh. I am really sorry.
acagastya PING ME! 10:12, 23 July 2017 (UTC)[]