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Are you back?Edit

Are you back back? BRS is back. (Finally I get to say it. I freaking get to say that! Have been waiting since 2015, I trust. Would be great to have three reviewers. You never told us if you were really back, or maybe I missed that.
•–• 18:11, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

I can't commit to anything. I have many things going on IRL which are far more important. I don't plan on "retiring" but I will not be able to say I will be here every day for a long time. I'm sorry if that's not what you wanted to hear. Cheers, --SVTCobra 01:18, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

Way overdueEdit

This award is presented to Wikinews reporters upon their 100th published news article. Looks like you've got 259. I figure you reached #100 around November 4, 2007. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 03:12, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

List of articlesEdit

That list of articles you started on your userpage. Is there a bot for that I could use or did you fill it by hand? Darkfrog24 (talk) 11:37, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

It was all manually done. And I think a little out-of-date. Sorry if that's a disappointing answer. Cheers, --SVTCobra 04:44, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
Impressive, though. Darkfrog24 (talk) 12:59, 11 March 2019 (UTC)


Are you interested in testing this tool? There are sign-up instructions on its page. --Gryllida (talk) 05:14, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

I signed up. I am wondering, though, if you won't run into problems with people not spelling categories exactly the same as we have them in WN, etc. Cheers, and good luck. --SVTCobra 05:36, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! I've added the list page for you, you'll get notifications shortly. The first one might be massive due to this possible bug and I usually simply remove it. The next ones are currently working as expected. Please just contact me, or query this talk page, to report bugs. Gryllida (talk) 05:41, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
Was I supposed to get all the notifications I just got (see below)? --SVTCobra 06:11, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
It's OK if it is a test, of course. --SVTCobra 06:15, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
It's the possible bug in DynamicPageList, I just clicked 'edit source' and removed all content from that section. The next notifications after this will be normal. I expect to implement a workaround for it this week. Gryllida (talk) 09:37, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

Where do I request un-deletion?Edit

I heard a few months ago that it was possible to un-delete an article. Someone just deleted an essay out of my userspace, giving an edit summary that I feel dangerously mischaracterizes my actions, and I'd like to put it back, not the least so people can see for themselves that it is harmless. Do you know where I can go to request this, through formal channels? Darkfrog24 (talk) 03:06, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

Looks like you found the appropriate section on WN:DR to request un-deletion. --SVTCobra 03:57, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
I did, thanks. Darkfrog24 (talk) 04:10, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Deleting admin here; my perspective on the incident. Darkfrog24 wrote a page set up to look like recommended advice for newcomers, telling them we're here to write synthesis, long Wikipedia-style debates are great, and if they decided they didn't like how a discussion was going they could announce that everyone else would have to play a childish game (with the obvious corollary that Wikinews is a joke). It would have deserved to be deleted as either patent nonsense or trolling, or maybe vandalism, from the start, but instead I chose to treat it more seriously than it deserved, availed myself of the invitation to trim, and explained what I was doing, step by step. (I could have elaborated on each of those steps, but explaining things to Darkfrog24 has been consistently unrewarding, and I wasn't asked for further explanation.) Darkfrog24 reverted my edits with a trolling remark; I concluded the whole essay was an act of trolling, and deleted it as such. I might add some comments on the context for all this; but I'm posting this part first. --Pi zero (talk) 03:51, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Pi zero, none of that, not even if you sincerely believed the essay was trolling, meet our criteria for speedy deletion.
That is not what the page said. It was instructions for how to end a big, Wikipedia-style debate. By "availed myself of the invitation to trim," he means he said "this is nonsense" and blanked the entire thing.
Pi zero, would you please just put it back, by yourself, without turning this into a bigger deal than it already is? Maybe you were tired. Maybe you were in weird headspace. Just put it back and I'll remove the un-deletion request and we'll both take a nice deep breath. Darkfrog24 (talk) 04:10, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
I set out to comment here before Darkfrog24 started the request over at WN:DR. So now we've got stuff in multiple places. Sorry about that; nobody's intent, I'm sure, and I'll be focusing my remarks over there. (I can't say anything similarly sunny about Darkfrog24's other recent behavior on the project. But, over to the other page...) --Pi zero (talk) 04:22, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
It is certainly possible for the deleting admin to restore the page and avoid the drawn-out process at WN:DR, something I loathe to have to sift through as these things always seem to carry baggage and drama. Since it has been submitted to WN:DR, I intend to make my pointed comments there and encourage all to move any further discussion away from my talk page. Sincerely, --SVTCobra 02:58, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Wikinews recent additions 23:58, 13 March 2019 (UTC)Edit

--Trigonidiida (talk) 23:58, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Re: welcome-a-bit (March)Edit

Hi SVTCobra

It has been several weeks after you signed up for the 'welcome a bit' notification. Did it help you with editing new drafts? Do you wish to continue receiving the notifications?

This month I have identified a bug in DynamicPageList extension, which prevents me from excluding archived articles from the initial results. This has been addressed by suppressing the first notifications continue to work as expected.

I see you may have received some notifications twice, in the case when one article belongs to two categories which are interesting to you. I hope to fix this by the end of this month.

Do you have any suggestions for improvement? Thanks, --Gryllida (talk) 04:49, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi Gryllida. I signed up mostly to allow you to test your new tool. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean I will have more time for Wikinews. I will, as has been the case for years now, be coming and going. Cheers, and thank you for your efforts to improve Wikinews. --SVTCobra 00:50, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Please reviewEdit

Hi SVTCobra

Please review:

Current review queue as of 22:51, 18 April 2019 (UTC):

For inspiration here is a Kołacz and some honey:


Happy holidays,

--Gryllida (talk) 22:51, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

US Department of Justice investigating Ford over emissions testing problemsEdit

May be interesting for you. The notifications tool didn't pick it up, as rather quickly it was in 'Review' category and not 'Develop'.) --Gryllida (talk) 00:21, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

Ah, so you know SVT Cobras were made by Ford? ;-) --SVTCobra 02:36, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Wow. This is a really nice car. I saw it at your user page before, but it didn't occur to me that this is where your nickname came from. Thanks for pointing out the link. Gryllida (talk) 04:32, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
(As a side note, if you know any literature about car mechanics or history, I would be immensely glad to check it out.) Gryllida (talk) 04:34, 17 July 2019 (UTC)


Some time when you're around, there are several open featured-article discussions; and as I write this there's an open bot-flag request; that could do with an additional voice chiming in. --Pi zero (talk) 04:28, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Talk page protectionEdit

Hi! Contacting you because I know you're active. Would you mind protecting my talk page here? I'm not active and don't plan on becoming active, and it's only been used for porn vandalism. Thanks! TonyBallioni (talk) 22:32, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

  Done I created a soft redirect to your home wiki. Cheers, --SVTCobra 23:00, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Wikinews recent additions 03:10, 17 July 2019 (UTC)Edit

--Trigonidiida (talk) 03:10, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikinews recent additions 00:19, 18 July 2019 (UTC)Edit

--Trigonidiida (talk) 00:19, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

Accidental sightingEdit

I think even I, once upon a time, accidentally sighted a page that hadn't passed a full review for publication. Anyway, I unsighted the revisions for you. --Pi zero (talk) 02:05, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

Huh? Legit scratching my head. I am slightly intoxicated, but where did I ask for this? Cheers, --SVTCobra 02:10, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
I think I've seen this happen about four, maybe five times in the decade-or-so I've been on en.wn. It's clearly not a mistake that happens easily, so it's really hard to say why it happens; very small sample size. --Pi zero (talk)
OK, Pi zero (t · c · b) but I don't know what you are talking about. Cheers, --SVTCobra 02:52, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
It happened again. Do not ever sight an unpublished page in mainspace. Somehow, you ended up sighting various revisions of 'El Chapo' Guzmán is sentenced in the United States; that should never happen. --Pi zero (talk) 02:59, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
Ah, now it makes sense. Yes, if it asked me to "auto-sight" I probably did check the box. I'll try to avoid doing that in the future. Cheers, --SVTCobra 03:02, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
Ugh! I hadn't noticed that box is available to be checked; it really shouldn't be there. Under no circumstances should that priv ever be given to anyone on this project; we voted as a community to get rid of it years ago. (That's another thing I wouldn't dare mention to the devs lest in tampering with that stuff they do more damage.) --Pi zero (talk) 03:19, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikinews recent additions 02:47, 18 July 2019 (UTC)Edit

--Trigonidiida (talk) 02:47, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

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