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Just thought I would bring this to someone's attention

Looks like some fancruft made its way to the main page. Is there anything you can do to discourage this? I don't have an account. 23:46, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Its a legit story, and passed review from a legit editor. It may not be something you like, but it does not violate any policy. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 23:51, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
I'd have to agree with Dragon. I was not in any way involved with this article, but Wikinews struggles to get news... so I'm in favor of including more rather than excluding. Personally, I dont have any idea who the singer is, but if someone wrote the article, someone must care. I do appreciate your due diligence though. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 03:50, 2 February 2009 (UTC)
I have no personal bias against it; it's simply not notable for inclusion on a news site. The only exception with something like this might be a release related to an internationally-renowned singer or songwriter like Elton John or The Beatles. The term for this is usually "fluff" -- when a media outlet has nothing else to report, it resorts to trivial things like pop-media or otherwise unnotable events.
WikiNews doesn't get very many stories as it is, but let's not encourage users to simply contribute anything they can find because we're desperate. 20:29, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
It wasn't being desperate. It was someone who had an interest in the subject, and wrote about it. That is how our news site works. We write about what we are interested in, rather than being told what to write. That is what makes us different from mainstream news media and makes us unique. News articles on any site are not always liked or enjoyed by everyone. That is just the way the cookie crumbles. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 20:32, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Generally "fluff" articles in major media are done because they need to hit a certain quota. We dont have a quota. We've had days with as little as zero (literally none) articles. As for your concern about notability, I do appreciate that, but we (unlike wikipedia) do not have a notability guideline. We allow local news and encourage it (not that we get a lot of it), but is that really so different than an obscure pop star? I suspect that wikinews will never have a hard and fast "notability" rule. Once we get to the point where we regularly have too many news stories to go on the front page - we'll change the system around so not every story hits the front page. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 02:46, 4 February 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for the support and look forward to many more question.....when asking for accreditation for some events they require an editors email address for contact....what do you suggest and what do others do.....most of the requests are web based forms.Bjornengelhardt (talk) 09:03, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

You can use your own, or you can request a email address from brianmc --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 20:02, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

File:Continental Airlines Flight 3407 Crash.jpg

I do not believe that File:Continental Airlines Flight 3407 Crash.jpg constitutes acceptable fair use, and have requested it be deleted. (please read WN:FU#Fair_use_on_Wikinews). Cheers. Bawolff 02:03, 16 February 2009 (UTC)


Actually, I didn't steal your signature, that was just a coincidence that they are so similar. I have had this signature for ages on Wikipedia, before I even registered with Wikinews. Best, -- ♪TempoDiValse♪  15:42, 20 February 2009 (UTC)


Hi, I'm new to wikinews (I'm an admin on English wikipedia), and was surprised to come back to a short I'd created to find it deleted:,_2009. What should I have done to avoid this happening? And can I get the content back to do an article (Manchester occupation is into its 4th week)? Thanks, Rd232 (talk) 16:56, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

Article restored & moved to userspace, note left on user's talk page. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 23:07, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
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