User talk:Skenmy/Archive 1

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Hello and welcome to Wikinews! I see you've come from Wikipedia so you're already familiar with how this all works. I've no doubt someone will be along shortly to give you the official welcome. For the moment, may I just congratulate you on a very professional sounding recording for Pluto's moons named. Very impressive. Keep it up. WillJenkins 17:35, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi WillJenkins. Thank you for your kind comments - and the welcome! I used your recordings as a base for mine - so thank you also for your wondeful contributions to the community! They were an inspiration for me. I am also having a few ideas for new ways that Spoken Wikinews can be used on Wikinews to further increase the usability of it. I'll probably detail them on the Audio talk page before long! --Skenmy 17:38, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

ditto willjenkins on Pluto's moons named. and below is the promised welcome :) Doldrums 17:52, 23 June 2006 (UTC)


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Doldrums 17:52, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Original reporting

I need to see some confirmation of original reporting so I can label the Google Checkout article with it. I don't believe that using a press release exactly counts. I mean, if were at a press confrence or watched it on television and take notes, then sure, that would be original. --TUFKAAP 16:40, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Nope - I can agree with you on that one. It's literally just transferred from Press Release to News Article - not exactly original. I labelled it as Original because it wasn't just a write up of a different news article. Thanks! --Skenmy(talk)|(ideas) 18:34, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Image:Google-checkout.gif source

Yeah, the image is fine. However we need the url where you got it from. Thanks. Bawolff ☺☻  21:46, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

The image is from the Google Checkout page - [1]. Cheers Bawolff. --Skenmy(talk)|(ideas) 06:33, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. Thats a good source. I've found recently though everyone (like me) is forgetting to watch image pages. Pretty soon were going to run into a copyright problem me thinks. Thanks again for the source. 07:17, 30 June 2006 (UTC) (user:Bawolff)
Thanks for bringing it to my attention! --Skenmy(talk)|(ideas) 09:14, 30 June 2006 (UTC)


welcome i am trying to contribute my share in wiki but not able do so please guide me what went worng with my posting. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Drawat123 (talkcontribs) - verified by Skenmy


thanks, Skenmy, appreciate the praise, especially the "crazy" bit. :)  — Doldrums(talk) 13:38, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Plane crash

Thanks for your quick editing - Im just a newbie and you did just what was needed. Fentonrobb 14:58, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Help and advice please - there's a picture and bio of the Suktan at BBC

Can any of this be used and, if so, where do I find out how to copy a photo across? Fentonrobb 16:43, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the advice Skenny. I am on a long slow learning curve! Fentonrobb 18:06, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Good thinking getting the METAR! So much for eyewitnesses. The whole thing needs careful watching - I'm not much good on Nigeria, but there seem to have been a lot of VIPs on board. Both the plane and the operator seem to have good safety records. Let's try to stick with it. Fentonrobb 18:41, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Re the weather report - Reuters cites State radio said there had been bad weather as the plane took off[2]

Glad to know you are aviation enthusiast - was a PPL myself many years ago - now have to be content with X-Plane! Fentonrobb 19:08, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

RE:anon edit

Sorry, he had two 'Trophy' messages. I got 'em confused. My bad! Thanks for letting me know. I'll go change that. Thunderhead(talk) 18:33, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

The way I edit here, it sometimes feels like I do. See some of my other edits and you'll see what I mean. Thunderhead(talk) 18:35, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

RE Rfa

Well edit more, write some more article maybe participate in some discussions. My current vote does not reflect future votes. It took me a long time to be an Admin. No offense, you may make a good one, but make some more edits and participate more and or write a few articles. I hope that my vote does not discourage you. Jason Safoutin 20:27, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

I agree. You are an excellent user, and I am very glad you are editing Wikinews, however I just don't know if you'd "use the buttons" as much as some of our other administrators. However, like Illya said, if you apply in maybe February 2007, I would definintly support it for ya. Thunderhead(talk) 21:20, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I admin a wiki on Wikia, if you wanted to be an admin on that, and help me, I'd agree. Thunderhead(talk) 21:44, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
Nationstates Wikia. My username there is Thunderhead. Thunderhead(talk) 21:48, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
Okay, I probably will later, but until then, thanks for considering it! Thunderhead(talk) 21:54, 2 November 2006 (UTC)


Congratulations, you are now an admin. Have a look at the rules and try to follow them. Be good and have fun :). If you have any questions let me know.--Cspurrier 16:10, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Congratulations, here's some reading to help you get used to your new tools. PVJ(Talk)(Articles I have written)   16:31, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Congratulations, dunno who last had the staff car but it was parked somewhere around here. In the meantime, a bit of advice - don't volunteer a blank cheque, I might cash it in by asking you to join MessedRocker's standards task force to clean up old articles, there's going to be a lot of thankless work to do there. :-) --Brian McNeil / talk 17:21, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks guys! I'm incredibly proud to have become an admin, and I hope that I will be able to assist the community in any way I can - even if it is arduous and boring! (Well, occasionally.) --Skenmy(tcwi) 18:15, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Congrats Skenmy, take care of new tools:) Shyam (T/C) 18:55, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Congrajulations! And it was Steven that had the staff car. I call it next! Thunderhead(talk) 19:50, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Congrats Skenmy! Use your admin tools wisely! —FellowWikiNews (W) 20:48, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
Well done Skenmy! Keep up the good work!Fentonrobb 10:31, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
The offical Wikinews staff car
I just read your userpage again, seeing your age made me feel old :-) But on the other hand delighted to see people of your age taking an interest in the news, and by being on Wikinews, in how it is presented to people. Good luck with the A levels (I'm originally from Scotland and did "Highers"... ask your parents about that), and once again congrats on making admin. Oh, and you might have noticed I found the staff car, yes it has been cleaned. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:57, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
Two words. Woo. Hoo. Thanks everyone! --Skenmy(tcwi) 20:01, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
By the way, Brian, if you think he's young, you'd die if I told you my age! Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 21:31, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
lol. FellowWikiNews (W) 21:35, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

Help please

I have rewritten the Bomber get life article and pulished it as /Temp. Now its shunted into articles. What happens now? As you know I'm a newbie and quite lost at times. I'd welcome advice too about copyright over matters of fact as explained in the Talk to the article. Fentonrobb 20:53, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

If it was {{copyvio}}, an administrator or other Wikinews user will review it, and if it is no longer copyvio, we will move it. Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 21:02, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

AWB request

Hi, the "living god" article has been updated. Could you please AWB it again? Thanks. IronFist 04:04, 8 November 2006 (UTC)


Hello there! Just curious, why did you withdraw from the contest? (Please respond on my talk page, that is if you have a response.) MESSEDROCKER 00:56, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Datrio CSS

Do you mind if I move your version of Datrio's CSS, to Wikinews:Skins/Datrio.css as that way, you can change your skin if you ever want to, without messing up the peoples whose monobook css depends on it. Bawolff 18:57, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Go for it. --Skenmy(tcwi) 18:58, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Saluton Samideano

Mi estas feliĉa vidi alia Esperanto parolanto ĉe Wikinews-o. Eble Esperanto-Wikinews komencos iom tago.  :-) -Richard 'Doc' Kinne 05:40, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Reconsider Accred. Request

Paul, reconsider the accred. request in a couple of weeks. I think you have a great idea, personally. In fact, I was going to start a conversation at the water cooler about photojournalism and what people thought its ramifications where with regard to Wikinews. Your request had a few supports and a couple of neutrals, but no unsupports. It might have been going places, if slowly.

In the interim, show people what photojournalism can do if you want. I'm sure you can deal with some stories and take some pictures without a press pass.

I like the idea. The reason I didn't say so in your accred. request page is because I've been here a grand total of five days and as such my support wouldn't carry any weight. -Richard 'Doc' Kinne 21:11, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Iraq, Syria, Iran restore diplomatic relations.

Yes, I agree my title was a bit too light for such a momentous event - but the new title is may not be strictly true. The memorandum between Iraq and Syria is a promise to set up embassies etc, and could be said to re-estalish diplomatic relations after a break. I am not too sure about the status of relations between Iraq and Iran, whether they were ever broken or whether this proposed meeting actually restores them. I think Presidents of both have been meeting before. Unfortunately I cannot linger to research this. Best wishes Fentonrobb 21:42, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Adminship thanks

Hi there! I'd like to thank you for your support to become an admin, it's greatly appreciated! -- Zanimum 14:27, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

On Publication of Israel's Supreme Court recognizes foreign same-sex marriages

Thanks, Paul, for the publication. For some reason I always forget about the categories!!  :-) -Richard 'Doc' Kinne 21:54, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

On Not News Articles

Thanks for the comment, Paul. The more I thought about them, especially the article about the fire issues, the more I could see the POV issues, yes. Also, the problem is that they are not citing any sources at all, and have no original reporting notes. Also, as you noted, it has a by-line which we don't do (I should have taken that out).

What I think probably happened here, honestly, is that someone new came in here with no particular account, and submitted the story. I wouldn't be shocked if it was lifted from somewhere else, but I have no proof of that. Without sources, or OR notes, we can't publish it as it is, no. What is worse is that I wouldn't be surprised if the original poster never knows about the problems in the article and never can make an attempt to fix them.

That being said, something like this potentially smacks of original reporting which is something that I'd love to be able to encourage where possible. I think the stories themselves, written to our style, and properly attributed, could be regarded as news.

I'm about to submit a story which is not from the world headlines, and has OR aspects to it. I'll be interesting to see what the community response is.

Your comments, as always, Paul, are appreciated!! -Richard 'Doc' Kinne 18:36, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas, Skenmy/Archive 1! I have really enjoyed working with you this year, and I am honestly looking forward to another year just like it. Wikinews is a great community, and I am really excited to be a part of it. Again, Merry Christmas! Thunderhead  

Merry Christmas!

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FellowWikiNews is whishing thou a Merry very pegan Christmas , Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever thou calls it, and
realised they had purposefully forgotten about thou. This user is completely thoughtless, doesn't care about Season's Greetings,
and therefore DEMANDS you have yourself a Merry Christmas... NOW!

Failure to comply will result in going to jail with Santa. (Note: Santa is Satan spelt backwards)!

Christmas Story (Children Friendly):

So kids, is Santa Democrat or Republican??!

Often depicted as an obese man wearing a tasteless red, ermine trimmed suit, Santa Claus is a self-employed Caucasian male who's been married to the same woman for several centuries. It appears likely that he is a churchgoer, insofar as he is a Catholic saint and a former bishop. It has to be assumed here that Claus was released from his vows, or else he would not have been married.

Frequent arguments have erupted over the political affiliation of Claus. Ten years ago, Dick Cheney inadvertently dealt a savage blow to the morale of the Republican Party when he misidentified the political affiliation of Santa Claus in his best-selling book, Parliament of Whores. "Santa Claus," he said, "is a Democrat." However it is perfectly obvious from his demographic profile alone that Santa is in fact a Republican.

This assessment is often rebutted by Democrats with Anne-McCaffery counter-analysis: Santa Claus has no children. High-achieving professionals without children trend Democratic. While the Clausian canon does not specifically address the issue of Santa's children, numerous extra-canonical sources suggest that Claus did, in fact, reproduce. Numerous Christmas TV movie specials alone support this point.

Santa is renowned for an aggressive adherence to a binary naughty/nice list, which suggests an impatience for nuanced moral positions that betrays his Republican preferences. Santa's mere willingness to define individuals along a naughty/nice axis demonstrates his indifference to the philosophical stance of, say, The New York Times. And note that no canonical or extra-canonical Clausian text indicates that Santa ever attended college or, God forbid, graduate school.


FellowWikiNews approves of this story.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the best for the forthcoming year. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:19, 23 December 2006 (UTC)


Are you still pursuing these? Maybe you could ask bawolff or anyone who might have enough technical knowledge here. Or if this is an old idea, that {{flag}} should be removed.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 20:35, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

image check

Just to make a hundred percent sure, Image:Ntd.jpg is norightsreserved? as yahoo news usually doesn't release stuff like that. Bawolff 02:54, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

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