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 Welcome! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have an essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.
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Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

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Write your first article for Wikinews!

Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!

It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

tempodivalse 23:19, 28 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Re: interwiki

  Done All interwikis have been added. tempodivalse 23:36, 28 April 2009 (UTC)Reply



I have promoted you to the Wikinews:Editor class, as I feel you can be trusted to mark revisions of articles as sighted (review). Please take a moment to read:

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask for help on my talk page, and thank you for contributing to Wikinews! Tempodivalse [talk] 00:31, 8 August 2009 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for trusting me and give me your notice :) ×α£đ~es 16:27, 8 August 2009 (UTC)Reply

Regarding this


Please don't sight your mainspace edits, since they have to be reviewed by someone else, per previous discussions regarding the use of the right. I have 'unsighted' your edit. Thank you, アンパロ Io ti odio! 18:23, 24 April 2011 (UTC)Reply

FARC Leader Alfonso Cano killed


The above article had only been in existence for two days when you added the "abandoned" tag. Please do not add the tag unless an article has not been edited in four days. Thank you. --William S. Saturn (talk) 18:11, 11 November 2011 (UTC)Reply

Sorry. It seems abandoned right now, anyway, thank you for letting me know how to proceed in English Wikinews. --×α£đ~es 18:20, 11 November 2011 (UTC)Reply

Request for reviewing and other assistance


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)Reply

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


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)Reply



Haven't seen you around in a while.......you still in the mix? --Bddpaux (talk) 14:43, 27 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!

Note! Your privileges on English Wikinews have been reduced.

Under the Privilege expiry policy (enacted October 13, 2012) the rights held by your user account have been reduced due to inactivity, or lack of privilege use. You can view your user rights log here.
Point 4 of the Privilege expiry policy provides for fast-tracking reacquisition of privileges. We all understand that real-life commitments can severely curtail the level of commitment you can give to Wikinews; the privilege reduction is in no way intended as a reflection on your past work, or to imply you are unwelcome. The aim in curtailing privileges is to address security risks, and concern that a long period of inactivity means you may not be up-to-date with current policy and practices.

--Pi zero (talk) 17:05, 17 September 2014 (UTC)Reply



Can you please tell the languages that you speak, and your proficiency?
acagastya 08:30, 27 June 2017 (UTC)Reply

I need it for this. Hope you have read the proposal on Spanish Wikinews's Café.
acagastya 09:18, 27 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
@Acagastya: fluently, only Spanish (mother-tongue) and English. There is some mutual intelligibility within other romance languages and Spanish, but I wouldn't be able to produce quality texts in them (e.g. I can understand standard written Portuguese, but I wouldn't take any chances trying to translating something in Portuguese). ·×ald·es 15:21, 28 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
I assume English proficiency is en-4 (near native). You have some special editing rights: Reviewer in French, Russian(?), and Tamil Wikinews, along with admin, bureaucratic and reviewer rights on Spanish Wikinews. Is that correct? Did I miss anything? (And what is your proficiency in French, Russian and Tamil, as well as Portuguese language. It does not matter if it is 0 or N, just let me know what you think should be)
acagastya 15:32, 28 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
@Acagastya: Kinda, I'd say en-3. As you can see my flags here (not just mine, I assume you've asked some other wikinewsies), I have also autoreview rights in ptwn. I'm es-N, fr-1, ru-0, ta-0, pt-2. ·×ald·es 15:44, 28 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
I am not sure what is the role of autoreviewer. Is that right equivalent to reviewer?
acagastya 15:48, 28 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
No. I can only review my own edits. ·×ald·es 15:57, 28 June 2017 (UTC)Reply