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Getting a head start as a Wikinews contributor

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Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

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.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

The core policies




Places to go, people to meet

Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

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Where you can help and get involved





DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 02:05, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

style guide complianceEdit

Please note these required changes to bring the Belgian rail crash article in line with the Style Guide. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

  • I think "fuck you" is the only appropriate response to that edit summary! Don't come running to me next time the Wikinews top story is days out of date if that sort of thanks one gets. Physchim62 (talk) 20:52, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Don't worry. If you aren't prepared to accept that the learning curve is steep and get on with it, then we won't dream of asking you to do anything. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:01, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Ah, someone who'll fit in just fine :D --Brian McNeil / talk 21:53, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

The "learning curve" shouldn't be "steep": if it is, then that would be something to change to get more editors onto Wikinews. When I started writing my paper on the Halle rail crash, the top story on Wikinews was three days old! If you want the site to be a personal wiki, then give it a wikia domain name; otherwise, accept that papers will not always be in accordance with the arbitrary style guidelines and edit them without insulting the person who has spent his or her time giving the project a bit of content which might justify its name. Physchim62 (talk) 18:15, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Insult? Where? It was hardly a tucked-away corner of the style guide; you could have ascertained it from looking at any published article. We are prepared to clean up mistakes from newcomers, but that particular mess was avoidable. The learning curve has to be steep. We have deadlines. That's how news works. Note the new bit. As for the rest ('personal wiki' shite that you're spouting) - I won't even dignify that particular strawman with a response. You're a well-established WP editor; you should know better than to use fallacies. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 18:19, 18 February 2010 (UTC)