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Please, no matter the cause, never place advertising on Wikinews. If you see it, remove it. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:17, 13 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews writing contest reminder

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Points to remember

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Everyone who's new to Wikinews remind yourselves of the article guide and style guide. And, use the Enter an article tab in this template to correctly start your competition articles.

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Start here for competition-ready templates

Use this form to create a competition-ready article. Be sure to check the Main page and Newsroom to see you're not creating a duplicate. Please also add your article and point score to the log so that your score can be counted.

Good luck!

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Review of Twitter goes to the dogs


Why did you fail it on newsworthiness? Please explain why you feel it's out of project scope. –Juliancolton | Talk 17:49, 25 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

I forgot to mention that, the way it is written, this article appears to look like an advertisement at the moment. --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 17:51, 25 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Children's bodies


It just so happened that I wrote Dead children found in car in Sussex, UK at the same time as you wrote your article (well, technically a few minutes before). I have added whatever information there was in your article that was not in mine to my article (per the duplicate conventions: My article was started first), and listed for review. I am happy to split the points (it's worth 5, so I would suggest 2 for you, and 3 for me since I created the page and performed the merge) if that's all right with you. Dendodge T\C 19:38, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

OK, I'll settle for that. --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 19:42, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
We've gone and done it again! 17-year-old boy shot dead in Merseyside, England. you can have the extra point this time, but you have to perform the merge to earn it. =P Dendodge T\C 20:05, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Could you review again this? I added a few English-language sources. --MisterWiki (talk) 20:41, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Also review again Metallica's concert in Chile ends with 120 detainees. While I was adding more sources, you reviewed it. Sorry for the inconveniences. --MisterWiki (talk) 21:33, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
I'll tell you something MisterWiki - timing has played a huge part in my life and on Wikinews today. --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 21:38, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Can't you review it again? --MisterWiki (talk) 23:22, 27 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Alex Reid wins UK's Celebrity Big Brother 2010


Hey, I noticed you were spamming people for help with verifying the information. I don't know which pieces of information are causing a problem, but if you watched the show {{Broadcast report}} is your friend. Dendodge T\C 12:32, 30 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

(copied from my talk page, i responded there as well but wasn't sure whether you were checking it regularly for my response) I'm not sure I completely understand what you want me to do. If you mean that you watched the thing on television, and know that it's correct, but can't find any online sources for it, you could label it as {{broadcast report}} (but make sure to put detailed notes on the talk page about what information in the article was taken from personal observations on the television screen). Hope this helps, Tempodivalse [talk] 14:21, 30 January 2010 (UTC)Reply



I have expanded the article. If possible, please review it within the next eight seven minutes so that I don't need to update the dates :D. Thanks, — μ 23:53, Sunday January 31 2010 (UTC)

The Wikinews Writing Contest 2010 Newsletter


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Abandoned articles


Instead of {{abandoned}}, please use {{subst:aband}}. This avoids having to add a date to {{abandoned}}. Without the date the abandoned article never really expires. Cheers, --SVTCobra 02:54, 3 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Writing contest newsletter: week 2


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Pages in the Portal: namespace are, on the whole, deprecated. There was a recent discussion on completely deleting the entire namespace because it continually ends up with really stale articles where the portal has lead articles.

I noticed this through your edits to the NL portal. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:42, 13 February 2010 (UTC)Reply



hi, you cut out the review tag from the "Metropolis" news. can I presume now, that it's ready to be published? I'm not used to how en.wikinews works, because i'm from de.wikinews :). So what does this mean? greets, --Andreas -horn- Hornig (talk) 21:59, 14 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Re: Wikinews portal banner


I basically just copied all the images I wanted from Wikimedia Commons, and pasted them into Photoshop. Then I arranged them, and added a green layer with 50% transparency. Over that, I put the Wikinews logo and the word "environment" in Arial (I can't remember the size). Δενδοδγε τ\c 18:13, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

What type of Photoshop is it? Is it possible to download it from the internet for free? --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 18:25, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
Only if you do it illegally. I used Photoshop Elements 5. However, the exact same thing can be don in GIMP, which is free and open-source. Δενδοδγε τ\c 18:27, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
Can you download GIMP from the internet for free? --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 18:35, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
Yes, the Wikipedia article I linked above has a link to the website. Δενδοδγε τ\c 19:15, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
I can try to help you, but I'm not too familiar with GIMP.
  1. Download and install GIMP
  2. Create a new document 826 × 69 pixels in size
  3. Find a few images you like the look of that fit your chosen theme (make sure it's on Commons, as the images have to be freely-licensed)
  4. Copy each image and paste it into the document, then crop and/or resize it to make it fit within the area of the banner. Make sure you keep a record of the source filenames for attribution purposes when you upload the banner
  5. Draw a rectangle in your chosen colour on a new layer, then set the opacity/transparency to 50%
  6. Put a copy of the Wikinews logo on a new layer, resize it so that it is the exact same height as the banner, and move it to the left hand side
  7. Add some text in white Arial at the right hand side. Most of the banners use a font much smaller than mine, but whatever looks good should be all right.
I hope that's clear enough—I'm not too clear about the specifics of GIMP, though this is all pretty basic stuff and it certainly has all the required tools. Δενδοδγε τ\c 22:51, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
If you save the logo locally and open it in GIMP, rather than copying and pasting,it should be transparent by default. If not, Wikibooks is your friend. Δενδοδγε τ\c 23:50, 20 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
Looks good to me. The Wikinews logo is slightly stretched, and the background could maybe be a bit darker, but there aren't any major issues as far as I can see. Δενδοδγε τ\c 12:35, 21 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Please remember to use local links when you are linking the names of countries. For example, Scotland instead of Scotland. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 22:14, 21 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Contest newsletter: weeks 3-4


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I just created Wikinews:Story preparation/82nd Academy Awards and I request u to make some stylistic improvements, additions, subtractions,etc. Thank You --Adi4094 (talk) 05:17, 26 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

I've inserted the images into a gallery, if that helps. --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 10:02, 26 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Your edit


Hi Rayboy8, you did a simple edit on my article Chile's President-elect's battle with delinquency becomes personal but didn't actually publish it. Can I get your feedback on it? Thanks, --Soy Rebelde (talk) 02:41, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Breaking News


That's ok. I kinda had that feeling the language barrier would be an issue. I have another pending, all English sources. Breaking news, there was an earthquake in my country. :( I can't reach anyone... --Soy Rebelde (talk) 10:41, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

There is an article on an earthquake in JAPAN, which is also recent. I don't see any other for Chile. Can you send me the link? Thanks. --Soy Rebelde (talk) 10:50, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

That's the one I wrote. I'm adding more to it now.--Soy Rebelde (talk) 10:57, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply
I didn't think I was violatong copyright. I'm still learning. I'll get the hang of it soon though. Yes, the news is going like crazy. Tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast and in Australia. This is awful! --Soy Rebelde (talk) 11:11, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Review style guide


Can I ask you to take another look through the style guide and try to keep a lot closer to it? Numbers of twenty or less must always be spelled out instead of using the Arabic characters (0-9).

As with all publications' style guides, there are a lot of little details that may seem annoying, or pointless; the aim is for a consistency in quality and appearance of all published works.

Stephen King's "On Writing", Strunk's book, the Wikinews style guide, and the recommendation in the first; spend at least one hour each day reading, and another writing.

You've made a considerable volume of contributions to Wikinews, your writing has improved quite noticeably, you're at least as good as the people writing the freebie papers you might get on buses and trains (I'm thinking of "Metro" of whatever-you-call-it that ScotRail hands out).

Take it to the next level; step up to broadsheet quality writing – the equivalent of in-depth BBC or Scotsman pieces. The style guide was fairly well formed when I got involved in this project, but if you review my edit history you'd see I basically sorted out the proper archiving process; simultaneously, I revised the style guide and numerous other policies. I like to think I based that on having followed quality journalism.

Wikinews is, currently, tiny. What will carry it through, is an exceptional quality of writing. Using Wikinews as a place to sharpen your writing skills is worthwhile - I was quoted in the CJR on Friday as a "Citizen Journalist Pioneer". Frankly, everyone on Wikinews is; whether or not you're seen as such depends on being appropriately articulate.

So, you might want to do the little extras like subscribe to the mailing list, and lurk in IRC; the latter can get you a lot more feedback on what The Cabalreviewers prefer to see in articles. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:23, 27 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Contest newsletter


Would you want to a blurb for the newsletter? Just send it via email. Thanks --Mikemoral♪♫ 20:01, 7 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

Contest newsletter


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Anna Arrowsmith - From porn to Parliament': Woman adult film-maker to be election candidate (surprise, surprise, she's a Lib Dem)


Porn to Parliament: director up for election

First of all you should write your problem with the article or publish again. --GMTV (talk) 21:17, 14 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

What? I believe I made the problems quite clear in the review on the talk page! --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 19:28, 15 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

Review please.


Can you review my articles? They are in overdue! Please. --MisterWiki (talk) 22:09, 17 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

  Sorry I can't do this due to the fact that I am currently on a Wikibreak. I am also very worried that I may make a mistake in the review procress. See you soon! --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 23:13, 17 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

semi-transparent background


(Tempo asked me to respond) There's a couple of ways to do this. The easiest is to make the entire box semitransparent (including the text). You can use the opacity property. For example to make something 50% transparent, use code like

<div style="opacity: 0.5; -moz-opacity:0.5; filter:alpha(opacity=50);"> blah blah </div>

(if you don't want the text not to be transparent, make another div inside that one with the transparency settings reset). opacity is the CSS3 property supported by all browsers, -moz-opacity is the equivelent in older firefox/mozilla, and filter is for internet explorer. Alternative ways of doing this include using a semi-transparent png image as a background (actually you can do really cool effects using semi-transparent pngs - [1]). Also in CSS3 you can specify colours with an alpha channel (so have semitransparent background-color, but i don't think thats widely supported). Hope that helps. Bawolff 02:33, 12 April 2010 (UTC)Reply

p.s. before i forget, you caused Irunongames much confusion - User talk:Bawolff#Make_lead_posting_to_wrong_page_.5Bresolved.5D. ;) cheers. Bawolff 02:35, 12 April 2010 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews Writing Contest Newsletter


Jan 2010 Writing Contest Prize Winner!


Hia Rayboy8. You won first prize in the first Writing contest! Congratulations! First prize is 30 Canadian dollars (about the same as 20 quid). Prize transfer via paypal is preferred. If you have a Paypal account, please send me the email address linked to that account via email: Special:Emailuser/gopher65. If you do not have a Paypal account I've decided that I *am* willing to send out personal checks, contrary to what I said in the prize rules section. If you wish to use this option, please send your name, full address, postal/zip code, and country name to the email linked above. Note that this option requires more personal information than paypal (which just needs an email address), so PayPal is the preferred option. Please respond on my user page if you wish to claim your prize, or not. Again, congratulations, and great work! :) Gopher65talk 02:40, 24 April 2010 (UTC)Reply

Errrr, if you sent an email, I accidentally deleted it. I deleted my spam folder without thinking. So if you already sent an email, please send it again. Sorry about that. Gopher65talk 00:49, 25 April 2010 (UTC)Reply
Just follow the instructions above. If you have a paypal account, email me the email address that you have linked to the account, and I can send the money directly to your paypal account. If you don't have a paypal account then email me a physical address that you have access to I can send a check to in the mail. IE, home address, address of a relative, or, possibly, a workplace, if you're allowed to claim your mail there. Gopher65talk 00:21, 26 April 2010 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for your efforts with my news story. It is very much appreciated.--Thegiantrodent (talk) 13:49, 19 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

The Pope


I might well chip into such an article tonight. We could get a bunch of writers together on this one and shoot for FA. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 16:16, 19 September 2010 (UTC)Reply



Look again. There's between 10 and 20 kb of article; the redirect was merely suppressed when moving to mainspace. Remove the redlink by all means, but that edit summary totally belittled many hours spent reading through testimony from multiple rape and sexual assault victims. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 01:00, 6 December 2010 (UTC)Reply

X Factor


Thank you for putting the prepared on that article. I had no clue the final was this week. I thought it was last week. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 12:56, 18 December 2010 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas!

May your family have
a joyous holiday season
and a new year blessed
with hope and happiness.

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