Nice jobEdit

Excellent work on US TV host Conan O'Brien rejects NBC's offer to switch his show's time slot. Cirt (talk) 06:36, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks very much, I appreciate it. PSD27 (talk) 06:49, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Google & ChinaEdit

Just sent a text message to my contact with the EFF to see if they've any comment. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:58, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Good. Thanks. PSD27 (talk) 16:59, 13 January 2010 (UTC)


I'm curious about your ditransitive use of behoove — that is, involving two people and an object — which I've noticed in a couple of your articles (good articles, BTW). In my own experience, behoove is a transitive verb meaning, about as Wiktionary currently lists, that the subject of the verb is in the object's best interest. Usually expressed using a leading pronoun to defer the subject, "It behooves this person to do such-and-such". The ditransitive construction "This person behooved that person to do such-and-such" sounds very odd to me, although I'm certainly able to puzzle out the intended meaning. Any idea where you'd have picked up the ditransitive usage?

Curiosity aside (I admit to a hobbyist's interest in language), I recommend against the ditransitive behoove in WN articles since if it sounds awkward to me, that's a reasonably good predictor that it will sound awkward to some significant part of our readership. --Pi zero (talk) 13:45, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
I've heard and have been using the word "behooved" in said context for as long I can remember. But since you've been a contributor to Wikinews for much longer then I have, and you therefore probably have a better sense of the general sensibilities of our readership, I'll take your word for it and I will not use "behooved" in that form in an article again. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Sorry for any inconvenience and/or confusion this may have caused. PSD27 (talk) 21:26, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Re:US President Obama celebrates his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day while in officeEdit

Hmm, you raise a good point. I guess the article wasn't all "fluff" as I first thought. I was a little to quick to give it the proverbial bat. Cocoaguytalkcontribs 01:53, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

(Please see the article talk page for the rest of this conversation)

Good workEdit

Nice job on the article TV host Conan O'Brien accepts US$45 million settlement with NBC. One small point = "Circa" in image captions means around that time. You should just put the year itself, and stop using "circa..." Cheers, Cirt (talk) 23:45, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

Okay, will do. Thanks again. PSD27 (talk) 23:46, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
No worries. And my condolences on the recent news development above. :( Cheers, Cirt (talk) 23:49, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

UAH shootingEdit

I guess we both did this story --SVTCobra 23:23, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Yeah. I'll merge mine into yours. Sorry about the mix-up. PSD27 (talk) 23:25, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Clinton leaving hospitalEdit

Could you please install an in-browser spell checker and fix the numerous typos/spelling errors in this article as well as change, as much as possible, to active voice? Words like "have", "has", and so are all passive voice – good news writing uses active voice as much as reasonably possible. You may want to review Strunk & White's publication on style; an online copy is available here. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:15, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

I would not describe 2-3 relatively minor errors as "numerous." However, regarding what you just told me about the passive voice, I will definitely look into that website as well as take into account what you said when writing articles in the future. Thanks for that advice. PSD27 (talk) 19:24, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Well, it is - when you've been at this as long as me - annoying to hit edit on anything and get the spellchecker throwing in redlined stuff. In any case, I commend Strunk's to everyone. It is a very short book that really focuses on paring back your writing style and getting right to the point. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:46, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks again. PSD27 (talk) 19:48, 13 February 2010 (UTC)


You might want to stick {{editing}} on your article. That'd make it nice and obvious. None of us use that nearly enough. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:22, 18 February 2010

Perfect, that was the exact template I was looking for. Thanks. PSD27 (talk) 19:27, 18 February 2010 (UTC)


Just a random comment, thanks for spotting this. I always get confused about what demonym to use when referring to "Niger". :-) Cheers and happy editing, Tempodivalse [talk] 16:25, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

Congratulations to our newest editor!Edit

I have promoted you to the Wikinews:Editor class, as I feel you can be trusted to mark revisions of articles as sighted (review). Please take a moment to read:

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask for help on my talk page, and thank you for contributing to Wikinews!

Tempodivalse [talk] 15:38, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your support! I deeply appreciate it. I won't let you down. PSD27 (talk) 19:39, 26 February 2010 (UTC)


Just a heads-up, in case you're interested, I've replied to one of your failed article reviews. [1] Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 03:08, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Edit to anon user pageEdit

Out of curiosity, what is [2] about? Bawolff 22:24, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

This IP attempted to review an article. I posted that there as a further clarification so that the article's author or any other user would not be confused. PSD27 (talk) 22:27, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
Oh ok. Makes sense. Bawolff 22:28, 12 March 2010 (UTC)


I edited the talk page of because of serious doubts about the newsworthiness of a local school sports article and then got charged and warned with vandalism. Am I to understand that whenever my local school happens to have a game that results in some kind of score, I'm entitled to consider it newsworthy enough to report it to the whole world and post it on the Main Page of Wikipedia?

I apologize for any inconvenience. (talk) 02:23, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

I do not necessarily disagree with you as it pertains to the newsworthiness of said article. I'd venture to say you may be right. However, while you could and should have constructively made your point in the form of a comment on the talk page, you instead chose to impulsively tamper with the reviewing template. It was at that point in which you crossed the line into vandalism. PSD27 (talk) 03:09, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
Ah. Alright, thank you for the clarification. (talk) 16:08, 16 March 2010 (UTC)


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