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The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.
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Write your first article for Wikinews!
Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!
- I think I might do that, might land me some English extra credit :P Irunongames•play 02:51, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
- We wish, and try, but it doesn't happen, especially with my cheerleader honors teacher. :p Speaking of English, it seems I massacred it... --Mikemoral♪♫ 02:54, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
The article title given here is inaccurate and misleading. The WHO specifically did NOT say that. According to their report, ""The country data reported to WHO make it impossible at this time to conclude whether the (drug-resistant TB) epidemic worldwide is growing or shrinking". This misrepresentation should be correct immediately, in my opinion. (This note is left as a community member and not within the respect of my role as a staff member at the Wikimedia Foundation. This does not represent an OFFICE action). Philippe (WMF) (talk) 22:03, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
New message edit
Hey Peter... edit
Gaza aid convoy vs Israel edit
Here it is:
Public domain images go to Commons not Wikinews edit
- Every time I upload to commons I get yelled at for random reasons, now I get yelled at here....I think I'm done with uploading images :P Irunongames•play 16:51, 24 August 2010 (UTC)
- Oh sorry mate. I didn't mean to yell. I am not used to your name in recent changes, so I thought you were relatively new to uploading images, and it is years since I have been yelled at in Commons, so I was blissfully unaware of it happening to others. Just keep doing it - one of the rest of us can move it to Commons. --InfantGorilla (talk) 17:07, 24 August 2010 (UTC)
Edit to another user's page? edit
Pirate party interview edit
Hi, I enjoyed your interview with Britanny Phelps. It was well done. I would like to point out that from a practical viewpoint, and assuming this was an oral interview, it's not possible to differentiate between someone saying "effective" and "affective". I don't know Brittany Phelps, but it's unfair to her and makes her look ignorant to include the "[sic]" next to the word "affective" (unless of course it was a written interview, in which case it's entirely appropriate). So if this was in fact an oral interview, I would encourage you to remove the "[sic]" and just assume that she meant to say "effective". Thanks!
I hope I didn't step on your toes, here. Mattisse had proposed an edit to the date, restoring some earlier wording, which I'd failed to realize was actually inaccurate (due to the publication date being different from the date when the article was written), and it was pending; then an interwiki was added, and you sighted that. I wasn't sure if that was a goof on your part, accidentally sighting the other edit along with the interwiki. My deepest apologies if I misread the situation. --Pi zero (talk) 18:19, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Request for reviewing and other assistance edit
Hi. Next week is the start of the para-alpine skiing ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics . This is part of an effort outlined at Wikinews:IPC Alpine Ski World Championships. Immediately following this event, there will be a Meetup in Barcelona where Wikinews, the Paralympics and efforts to similar sport coverage will be discussed. At the moment, there are only two active reviewers on a daily basis. Demonstrating an ability to get reviews for these types of events done quickly is important for Wikinews credibility and gaining access to these types of events. I would really appreciate it if you could sign up on the IPC World Championship page to review, promote articles published during this period, assist in translating these articles into another language or attend the meetup in Barcelona. Thanks. --LauraHale (talk) 09:31, 15 February 2013 (UTC)and two Wikinewies will be attending to cover the
Wikinews Writing contest 2013 is here. :) Please sign up to participate? edit
We've created the Wikinews:Writing contest 2013, which will start on April 1 and end on June 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 contest. Unlike the previous version, points are available for people who conduct reviews. (With a University of Wollongong class currently contributing articles, extra assistance is appreciated at this time.) It presents a great incentive for you to renew your reviewing chops, contribute some original reporting not being done by the main stream media, and write some synthesis articles on topics that could use more attention. People should be around to review to prevent a backlog if you just want to write, and several reviewers have access to scoop to make it easier to review any original reporting you do. If you are interested in signing up, please do so on Wikinews:Writing contest 2013/entrants. There is at least one prize on offer for the winner along with the opportunity to earn some barn stars as a way of thanking you for your participation. :D --LauraHale (talk) 10:36, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
Per the proposed inactive policy, yopur account has been nominated to have its privileges reduced. --