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Typo correctionEdit

Unfortunately, I don't understand some of the more technical aspects of editing wikis. Hopefully this isn't misplaced and I haven't screwed up anything too badly. I understand that there are volunteers that can assist with editing protected pages? There is a typo at https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/French_tourists_killed_in_California_bus_rollover_accident -- "Fesno" should be "Fresno."

--2601:199:67F:D680:B91B:25D5:426B:FB8E (talk) 09:38, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

No problem. Done; thanks. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 11:53, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

New to Wikinews . Question about sourcesEdit

Hello Everyone, I am new to Wikinews and I would like to write my first article . I´ve read the guidelines and I would like to make sure if I need two different sources of the content in order to write an article based on it . Is that right ? Would be this and this source ok ? Please let me know. Thanks --Italianfilms (talk) 12:21, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

@Italianfilms: Those sources look like advertising. I doubt they'd be considered "trust-worthy", for any given purpose. Exactly what is okay for what purpose depends partly on the nature of the story — a source that's okay for one purpose might be un-trust-worthy for another. What sort of story did you have in mind?

Btw, if you haven't happened upon Wikinews:Pillars of writing, I highly recommend it, as a compact overview of things. --Pi zero (talk) 13:29, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

@Pi zero: I´ve read the Wikinews:Pillars of writing. Thanks. I would like to write an article based on an interview featured in here and here. The subject of the article has an article on Wikipedia if that makes a difference. When you say that those sources look like advertising you mean that they are not authoritative/independent enough for Wikinews ? --Italianfilms (talk) 14:59, 20 December 2019 (UTC) @Pi zero: Also do sources have to come from a publication in English or they can come from publications in other languages too ? I can´t find that sort of information on Wikinews:Pillars of writing. Many thanks --Italianfilms (talk) 16:27, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

@Italianfilms: We generally avoid articles about somebody else's exclusive; it's too much like republishing somebody else's news, which we (also) don't do. I can think of at least one article we did about (iirc) a controversy that had arisen as a consequence of somebody else's interview. We're generally wary of news about news, which veterans here have been known to call "navel gazing".

Non-English sources: Depending on the language, the way they're used, etc., they can sometimes be managed when they need to be, or can sometimes be a major problem. The place I recall where they're mentioned in our documentation is WN:CITE#Considering the review process. (Yeah, I know, the section heading doesn't immediately suggest "look here for what we have to say about non-English sources".) --Pi zero (talk) 17:48, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

Are there any other requirements for autoconfirmed status (aside from having an account for four days?Edit

--Thanks, Thatoneweirdwikier Say hi 20:00, 28 December 2019 (UTC)

I'm not sure how to check on this, technically. I'd also be curious. @Green Giant: do you know if there's a dweomer to extract this info from the platform? --Pi zero (talk) 21:40, 28 December 2019 (UTC)
I’m not sure either. On most wikis it is a combination of a minimum number of days and a minimum number of edits. The only way I can see it might be modified is by having system access, so I suspect we would have to ask at Phabricator if we ever wanted it changed. See also mw:Manual:Autoconfirmed users. --Green Giant (talk) 22:13, 28 December 2019 (UTC)