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Tempodivalse [talk] 19:54, 2 July 2010 (UTC)


Hi, Tyrol5. I was just wondering- are you a reviewer, administrator or contributor here? It's just a question, not to be taken as offensive.

--Shankarnikhil88 (talk) 13:45, 9 July 2010 (UTC)


Hey! I should let you know, it has been raised at WN:AAA that it may no longer be needed for the archive conventions to say that anyway, since there is an automatic list on that page now. So it may soon be that you don't need to after all. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 16:43, 12 July 2010 (UTC)


Since you voted oppose on me,, I have since created more articles. Are you still against me or nuetral. I doubt that you would support. --Nascar1996 03:19, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for changing your vote, even it is now support or oppose, I just know that it is accurate. --Nascar1996 14:00, 13 July 2010 (UTC)


Hi, please note that the style guide says that dates should always be in M, D, Y format, so I changed 19 August 2010 to August 19, 2010. Thanks, fetch·comms 23:16, 20 August 2010 (UTC)


I've nominated you at WN:FRRFP. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 13:29, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

I promoted you. Have fun! Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:35, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! Tyrol5 (talk) 20:05, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
You're welcome. There's a template which, although impersonal, has all the links... but I forget which it is. Doesn't matter much, I'm confident you don't need to go over that old ground anyway. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:12, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Reviewer PromotionEdit

I have promoted you to the Wikinews:Reviewer class, entrusting you with the ability to mark revisions of articles as sighted (review). Please take a moment to read:

You are welcome to use {{User Wikinews reviewer}}.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask for help on my talk page, and thank you for contributing to Wikinews!

Diego Grez return fire 21:23, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. Although I am familiar with these policies, having this template here will serve as a good quick reference. Tyrol5 (talk) 21:24, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Wow, you're quick! Firstly, I didn't promote you; Secondly, I wished to congratulate you for this! :-) --Diego Grez return fire 21:25, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
As for your first point, that's obvious (BRS did and you're not an admin). As for your second, Thanks! Tyrol5 (talk) 21:27, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Closing Accreditation RequestsEdit

Hi. I'm just dropping this to you to let you know that, although your reason was correct, technically you shouldn't be closing accreditation requests. That is normally done by an Administrator, since it grants a form of authority to the user for external reporting. I have endorsed your recent closure, but would ask in future that you leave closures to administrative staff, please :) Thanks, BarkingFish (talk) 01:59, 6 October 2010 (UTC)


A neat little trick — when adding several categories at once, if you use + to start adding the second one before you click Ok on the first one, that puts HotCat into a mode where you can add all of them in a single edit. --Pi zero (talk) 13:54, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Ha! Now I feel like an idiot! Anyways, thanks, this makes it so much easier! My logic always told me that there had to be a function like that somewhere (I just couldn't figure out where!) Tyrol5 (talk) 14:04, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Hello Queen Thando (talk) 21:03, 21 July 2021 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!Edit

fetch·comms 23:04, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Injured NASA astronaut replaced on crew of upcoming missionEdit

and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury ... not sure what happened but I redirected the unpublished one. fetch·comms 02:59, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Space ShuttleEdit

We already have an article I started earlier on this Space Shuttle Discovery successfully launched. I suggest merging the two? JoshuaZ (talk) 22:52, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Sounds good. Moving over details to your article now. JoshuaZ (talk) 23:09, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Looks good to me. I'm listening to the press conference now to see if there are any other details. JoshuaZ (talk) 23:22, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Please do not sight revisions without first making sure the article passes a peer review. Regards, — μ 23:25, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
They are talking about in the conference a minor issue with some foam coming off but looks like it won't be a problem. I'm not sure if we should mention that in the article until we have more info. JoshuaZ (talk) 23:38, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi Tyrol5, just about the sentence "..Discovery and the crew of STS-133 are scheduled to spend just under two weeks " in the article "Space Shuttle Discovery launches on final mission". The point is about: "..just under two weeks". What about deleting "under"? It would seem pleonastic! Thanks a lot in advance! (talk) 10:53, 4 March 2011 (UTC) Thanks a lot in advance!

I did change it, although not quite for your reasoning. The mission has been extended by one day twice already, so it would be inaccurate to say "just under two weeks". At any rate, thanks for bringing the sentence to my attention! Tyrol5 (talk) 19:14, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

"Tonight" on the main pageEdit

Re [1], just a reminder that WN:ML now says "Please remember to not use time-sensitive phrasing in Main Page leads, such as "yesterday" or "today" – the leads are sometimes around for several days after publication, and the phrasing becomes out of date quickly." Regards, Bencherlite (talk) 11:21, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

I missed that while publishing. Thanks for letting me know, Tyrol5 (talk) 19:20, 11 April 2011 (UTC)


Also, thank you for the work you made in contributing to your article. I am grateful for your efforts. --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 09:52, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

No problem at all. Pleasure working with you. Tyrol5 (talk) 19:22, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

Admin status grantedEdit

Congratulations, acting in the name of, and on the advice of the Cabal of Wikinews Inc I hereby have made you a admin! You have volunteered for boring housekeeping activities which normal users sadly cannot participate in. Sysops basically can't do anything: They cannot delete pages arbitarily (only obvious junk like "jklasdfl,öasdf JOSH IS GAY"), they cannot protect pages in an edit war they are involved in, they cannot ban users except in cases of obvious vandalism or excessive edit warring (24-hour "cool down" ban). What they can do is delete junk as it appears, ban vandals, remove pages that have been listed on Deletion requests for more than a week, protect pages when asked to by other members, and help keep the few protected pages there are up to date.

Note that almost everything you can do can be undone, so don't be too worried about making mistakes. You will find more information on Wikinews:Administrators, please take a look before experimenting with your new powers. Drop me a message if there are any questions or if you want to stop being a sysop (could it be?). Have fun! :) Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 11:26, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! Tyrol5 (talk) 16:26, 25 June 2011 (UTC)


Good night Tyrol5. I feel slightly concerned about two things: firstly, the way you blocked Magnifying Glass (talk · contribs); in these situations, I'd recommend just blocking access to the talk page, since it is about a case of long-term abuse, I've had to deal with Kittiesonfire's socks several times, including once, I was travelling and my connection was crappy! But anyway, I blocked all of his socks, back on March 1. Well, the second point is: you're one of those users who leaves the project for some time without saying anything, and then come back for a sudden activity; I did not comment on this on your request for adminship, but I wanted to point out this to you now, I hope you don't leave the project after one of these sudden and unannounced retirements, or wikibreaks! Cheers, and congratulations with your new trabajo! アンパロ Io ti odio! 02:46, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

P.S. In these cases it is also convenient to simply delete their talk pages, since it becomes some kind of trolling playground. アンパロ Io ti odio! 02:50, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Diego. I was unfamiliar with that sock situation, and merely blocked the user on the grounds of an admission of socking (obviously a trolling attempt). For your second point, please rest assured that I do not plan to leave the project anytime soon; this is merely due to the fact that I devote most of my free time to WP, but will go on "editing sprees" over here when stuff needs done. And thank you for your congrats. All the best, Tyrol5 (talk) 12:28, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

reviewer mattersEdit

Hey Tyrol5. I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting my reviewer nomination, and also for closing it and giving me the privileges. :) Cheers, Ragettho (talk) 02:40, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

No problem; you deserved it! Good luck and happy editing/reviewing! All the best, Tyrol5 (talk) 11:41, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Template for SudanEdit

Do you think that South Sudan should have its own template? It doesn't seem right in South Sudan gains independence to have Sudan's template there. Regards, Mattisse (talk) 17:51, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

As a matter of fact, I just created one. See Template:South Sudan. Tyrol5 (talk) 17:52, 11 July 2011 (UTC)
Great. It's beautiful. I love that flag! Mattisse (talk) 17:57, 11 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, and I have to admit that I do like South Sudan's flag better than Sudan's! Tyrol5 (talk) 17:59, 11 July 2011 (UTC)



  • 37 articles....wow! You deserve at least this! --Bddpaux (talk) 02:30, 13 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate it! Tyrol5 (talk) 19:53, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

U.S. Congress reaches deal on payroll tax cut extensionEdit

WSJ source is pay-to-view (for me, at the moment; one suspects that if I weren't in Europe, or if the news were no longer fresh, I might have free access, but as it happens I'm not in Europe and the news is still fresh). --Pi zero (talk) 02:01, 23 December 2011 (UTC)


You still around??--Bddpaux (talk)

I am, albeit not as much as I'd like to be or used to be, primarily lurking around here-and-there. I've been spending most of my free time over at Wikipedia, so maybe I'll re-invest some of my time back over here in the near future (don't hold your breath, though). Writing a proper article, for me, involves the better part of an hour's work--and it's rare that I have both the time and the opportunity (a fresh story of specific interest that's still fresh when I do have time to write an article). Rest assured that despite my apparent inactivity, I've not left the project and continue lurk around when I'm not editing or logging actions. Thanks for stopping by and regards, Tyrol5 (talk) 21:22, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Obama, Romney spar in first 2012 U.S. presidential debateEdit

You know, with plenty of time to mull it over, and then actually seeing it with the paragraphs reversed, I thought, why? It's been fine the way it was written, which is after all chronological — first how many people tuned in, then something said during it, and finally what people said about it afterwards — and it was in that form that another comment on the opinions page called it the only unbiased article about the debate on the internet.

So I'm gonna stick with my initial impression of the article when I reviewed it (not allowing my own self-doubts to get the better of me) — I thought, Writing a neutral article about that debate is a challenge, but I do believe Tyrol5 has managed it. :-) --Pi zero (talk) 21:40, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the comment and, thinking about the article myself now, the sequential order of the article is quite logical (if I may say so myself; although, I must confess that did not cross my mind as I wrote the article, but it may have happened subconsciously). But, I digress. Thanks for looking at it and publishing it--and defending it! Tyrol5 (talk) 22:34, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Request for reviewing and other assistanceEdit

Hi. Next week is the start of the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships and two Wikinewies will be attending to cover the para-alpine skiing ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics . This is part of an effort outlined at Wikinews:IPC Alpine Ski World Championships. Immediately following this event, there will be a Meetup in Barcelona where Wikinews, the Paralympics and efforts to similar sport coverage will be discussed. At the moment, there are only two active reviewers on a daily basis. Demonstrating an ability to get reviews for these types of events done quickly is important for Wikinews credibility and gaining access to these types of events. I would really appreciate it if you could sign up on the IPC World Championship page to review, promote articles published during this period, assist in translating these articles into another language or attend the meetup in Barcelona. Thanks. --LauraHale (talk) 09:33, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Wikinews Writing contest 2013 is here. :) Please sign up to participate?Edit

We've created the Wikinews:Writing contest 2013, which will start on April 1 and end on June 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 contest. Unlike the previous version, points are available for people who conduct reviews. (With a University of Wollongong class currently contributing articles, extra assistance is appreciated at this time.) It presents a great incentive for you to renew your reviewing chops, contribute some original reporting not being done by the main stream media, and write some synthesis articles on topics that could use more attention. People should be around to review to prevent a backlog if you just want to write, and several reviewers have access to scoop to make it easier to review any original reporting you do. If you are interested in signing up, please do so on Wikinews:Writing contest 2013/entrants. There is at least one prize on offer for the winner along with the opportunity to earn some barn stars as a way of thanking you for your participation. :D --LauraHale (talk) 10:37, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I don't devote nearly as much time to Wikinews as I'd like to or used to, but I might consider signing up if for no other reason to get more involved again. Soyuz TMA-08M is slated to launch to the International Space Station tomorrow, so perhaps that'll be a good start. Thanks again and take care, Tyrol5 (talk) 23:34, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
Oh, cool. And we have a Category:Soyuz programme and everything. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 00:44, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Yep. I've posted the article but will probably wait until after docking at about 2:32 UTC (about an hour and a half from this posting) to request review. Tyrol5 (talk) 01:09, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Wow again!Edit

....seems like only yesterday you got one of these for 37 articles, and now you're up to 52! --Bddpaux (talk) 21:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you! I remember writing my first article like it was last week (and it's been almost three years now!). Take care, Tyrol5 (talk) 01:30, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Soyuz TMA-12M arrives at International Space Station after delayEdit

I'm just starting to review this.

Um. I'm not sure (yet, anyway) quite what to make of the remark on the talk page. If there's broadcast reporting in the article, you need to claim that and provide detailed reporter's notes (we really need to not start down a slippery slope on that). If there's only a little of such stuff in the article, and it's feasible to simply excise it and publish, that's probably what I'll do. If not... well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. --Pi zero (talk) 16:43, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Published, with only one detail cut. --Pi zero (talk) 19:05, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Sorry about that, Pi zero. Not quite sure what I was thinking when I put that note up. I'll be more thorough next time. No harm intended and thanks for reviewing/publishing. Tyrol5 (talk) 00:46, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
I enjoyed the article. --Pi zero (talk) 01:00, 29 March 2014 (UTC)


I just noticed, you used an NYT source for that article. I can't access NYT articles; they're paywalled for me. --Pi zero (talk) 02:53, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

@Pi zero: Ah, sorry about that. I used the NYT mostly for bio info, which I found in a USA Today timeline of his life (which, hopefully, you can access to verify). Thanks, Tyrol5 (talk) 02:58, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
Cool; thx. --Pi zero (talk)
The number one source to avoid these days due to paywall-hazard is NYT. Second is WSJ. The third that comes to mind is The Australian, but since even the writers in Australia don't use that too often it's less of an issue. I don't specifically recall ever having such a problem with any news site other than those three. --Pi zero (talk) 11:36, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
@Pi zero: Sounds good; I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for reviewing and publishing! Tyrol5 (talk) 14:31, 14 February 2016 (UTC)


Haven't seen you around in a while.....you still kicking?? --Bddpaux (talk) 14:51, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

@Bddpaux: I am! I've been fairly busy IRL and spend most of my wiki time over at Wikipedia. But I do lurk and keep up with the goings-on over here. Maybe I'll write an article or something over the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, Tyrol5 (talk) 16:51, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Knock, knock.Edit

A team barnstar for you! A total of seven news articles were published on January 18, 2017, including yous! Cheers.
Agastya Chandrakant ⚽️ 🏆 🎾 🎬 🎤 📰 10:50, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Thank you!! Tyrol5 (talk) 14:52, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Manned Soyuz space mission aborts during launchEdit

Thanks for the article. Good collaborating with you. --Pi zero (talk) 00:20, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

@Pi zero: My pleasure and likewise. Thanks for a thorough review, as always. Tyrol5 (talk) 01:57, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Please reviewEdit

Hi Tyrol5

Please review:

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

For inspiration here is some space food and a space ice cream:


Happy holidays!!!

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

New RfA - acagastya - LINKEdit

Hi Tyrol5

Please consider commenting.

I pinged you previously, but there was no response. This may be the last notification before the vote is closed.

Also, merry Christmas!

--Gryllida (talk) 19:46, 25 December 2019 (UTC)


Good to see you back, Tyrol5. And congratulations on the recently published article!  :-D
•–• 11:11, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

@Acagastya: Thank you — appreciate it. I do lurk and read with some regularity. Tyrol5 (talk) 12:46, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
You are welcome!
•–• 12:48, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Many thanks for helping with a few fixes for original reporting this year. Happy New Year. --Gryllida (talk) 20:50, 1 January 2021 (UTC)


Just a side note that live chat via IRC is available to help contibutors talk, both about news being written and about news they've spotted elsewhere. Perhaps, if you might wish to join it and stay on the chat for a few days, you might meet a few new people. Might help with staying connected with those who are still around. -Gryllida (talk) 04:50, 4 March 2021 (UTC)