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-- 15:54, 26 May 2011 (UTC)



What's your source for this particular revision? In cases like these, please note which source you used either in hidden comments or in the edit summary. The full citation should itself be provided in the "Sources" section. Ragettho (talk) 19:03, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply

Hmm, my source is my television; however, I see a CNN source which cites damage and will change the revision.Ryan Vesey (talk) 19:05, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
Actually, using a TV as a source is totally ok, just as long as you provide a note on the talk page. Ragettho (talk) 19:06, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
How would I do that specifically, my source is Fox News.Ryan Vesey (talk) 19:07, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
Sorry, I hadn't read this message before I reverted you. I'll add it back in. Ragettho (talk) 19:26, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
I was actually in the process of modifying the source, so you don't need to add it back in.Ryan Vesey (talk) 19:26, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I just noticed. :) I appreciate your patience and your contributions! Ragettho (talk) 19:28, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply



I would leave you a talkback template, but I don't know if they have them. :) It's my first earthquake! (Not that close, but close enough to shake my house.) I'm trying to figure it out as I go. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 19:17, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply

Hmm, don't freak out too much or you'll get criticized by the person on my tv screen :)Ryan Vesey (talk) 19:17, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
LOL! He can criticize me if he wants to. This is a Big Deal for earthquakeless me! Hurricanes? I don't even bat an eye. But, wow, the earth moved! --Moonriddengirl (talk) 19:42, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
Does an earthquake simulator count? If this occurred a week from now, I would've felt it too.Ryan Vesey (talk) 19:43, 23 August 2011 (UTC)Reply
(Honesty compels me to come back and admit that my sangfroid in the face of hurricanes isn't entirely true. I own more D batteries than a Home Depot. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 21:19, 23 August 2011 (UTC))Reply

Actually, #wikinews is wired into the USGS alert system; when you know how common quakes are globally, you're likely to be less "rattled" by one. --Brian McNeil / talk 00:24, 24 August 2011 (UTC)Reply