Wikinews:Water cooler/assistance/Archive/11

KDE 4.0 release event


Does anybody interested in attending KDE 4.0 release event ta make interview with KDE developers? I planning to attend and take pictures for Commons. --EugeneZelenko 04:23, 19 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Quiz of 2007


There's a new bumper quiz up at Wikinews:World News Quiz, covering the whole of the past year. Could an admin put a note in the Sitenotice if there's no objection. Also it may be worth mentioning on the blog, who should I contact about that? the wub "?!" 17:13, 31 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I posted it on the blog. But the sitenotice currently doesn't work due to the donation sitenotice. FellowWiki Newsie 17:51, 31 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]
OK thanks. the wub "?!" 17:53, 31 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Actually site notice does work locally now. However it looks really crowded. Bawolff 00:23, 1 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

help requested


I have an article that is in search of a home. Assuming that it wouldn't fit in at Wikinews (even with editing), can anyone think of a place that would welcome this dog of a work? (but it plays well with others!)


--Nbahn 12:52, 6 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

long shot, but you might try to get an interview with him, use the material you've already gathered for background and for presenting other views. –Doldrums(talk) 19:25, 6 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]
As Doldrums says, Interview. You've done all the background legwork to compose a good series of questions. If the guy is with the NYT I can try and get you a contact email address. Drop me a note on my talk page. --Brian McNeil / talk 13:22, 17 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Spelling correction to Caption: Anmensty=>Amnesty


Could someone please correct the spelling in:
Template:Featured picture
I don't seem to have enough privileges to do it myself... Thanks & regards, JohnI 22:58, 17 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Great, looks better now... JohnI 00:18, 18 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

This day in history - 2007?


Just wondering whether the following template should include 2007:


If you add it, I think you'll also have add "2007" to the Main Page#This day in history.

Regards, JohnI 20:48, 18 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Yes it should, and it now does. Thanks for suggesting this! —Zachary talk 22:26, 18 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Tax rebate


Is there a story on the tax rebate? Where can I get a list of all the stories today? Todayroute 00:28, 25 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

The list of articles for today can be found on Category:January 24, 2008. You can also check out the list of articles created (includes stories not published) here. There is no article on a tax rebate yet. Feel free to create one :) FellowWiki Newsie 00:37, 25 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I found a crossword puzzle for Jan 30th 2005 on Wiki, are there more please?

How do I place the news article I am publishing in a specific category? In this case I want to put the article in Wacky news in Vermont.

Who did he endorse?



where can one speculate about possible motives behind the headlines? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ecowizard (talkcontribs)

You may be interested in using the "Comments" tab above any article! There you can air your views about the story. --Skenmy(tcw) 17:42, 2 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

you dont give information about various states' current affairs please do that

Partial solar eclipse


Here is a link to some photos. The Eclipse is currently in progress and is visable from New Zealand.

How can I find this article? march 16, 1992 students study for security high school equivalecy classes boom in shakey market

We haven't written an article on that. try google:. Bawolff 22:55, 23 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Prepared story


FYI - I have created Obama wins "Potomac Primary" states on the Democratic Party side as a prepared story. Diligent Terrier 21:41, 12 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

No English news coverage until yet but WN will delete the article

edit Can anybody do the formal edits that the article can remain? What's wrong with the title? -- 00:58, 14 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

See the tag on the article. The sources need formatting and english sources too. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 01:14, 14 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Actually just noticed no English sources available. Can someone read German to verify the text(s)? DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 01:15, 14 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Non-English source are not a requisite. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:34, 14 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I have cleaned up the article, including a rename and removing the tags, but before publishing I have a concern which I listed on Talk:Historic manuscript "The Housebook" reported sold in Germany. --SVTCobra 23:54, 14 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
glad to see an article needing attention getting it :) appreciate SVTCobra and Stevenfruitsmaak's efforts in fixing and publishing this article. –Doldrums(talk) 10:19, 15 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

TIBE problem.... DAMN and SERIOUS


Why I use this as a discussion topic? Because currently, even though the TIBE (Taipei Int'l Book Exhibition) was recently ended this Monday, and I ever got the press pass from TIBE's officials, but....

  1. DAMN: No one (except User:Skenmy) like to do any copy-editing on my articles since I posted at Final day. I'm sure that someone who want to abandon mines.
  2. Very SERIOUS (view carefully, it's related on WMF's Policy): Some users from Japanese Wikipedia suspect my credential (AR) since I added some photos in articles related to Japaneses, some users thought it as a violation of "Personality Rights" and scared that if an involved person knew his/her images uploaded without my permission. But according to Resolution Policy by Wikimedia Foundation, if someone took a photo related to a lived person and uploaded to Commons with free-license, it should be used into that article, and non-free lived person images should be replaced by those free-licensed ones. Then, WHO WAS WRONG? Before replying, please view those key links below: 1, 2, 3. And I will wait Kanjy's reply to petition for this serious picture usage problem.

Reply carefully. Currently, I feel angry and worried on those 2 problems. Brock contact... 13:06, 23 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

What I know about personality rights, pretty much ends at commons:template:Personality rights, but i always thought if it was a person doing something publicly then it was okay. (as in if the article is about them it is fine, but if say the article is about obesity, and you take a picture of a random fat person walking on the sidewalk without asking them, it is not okay). Maybe someone from commons would be able to help you more on that point Bawolff 22:42, 23 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]



If Wikimania can do several contributions on photos and news wires, why several trade shows, exhibitions can't be so? I'm ever complained by Wikimedia Taiwan because of my participation on COMPUTEX, but I still think they always wrong because there should be an user visiting there. Due to several unhappy experiences, I decided to break off some relationships with Chinese Community. It's still a major problem. Brock contact... 13:23, 23 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

castles of scotland


i am looking for any photographs or any information on Mauldslie Castle witch used to be situated at rosebank in carluke southlanarkshie scotland. it would be great if youcould help me. my email is

We are not an information bureau. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:16, 28 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I received an email that says I have tested the Wikinews


I need to write something somewhere about my name as an Author of my books....—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Armand L. Archambeault (talkcontribs) 04:07, 2 March 2008

Hello Armand. Note that Wikinews does not publish editorials, advertisements, or personal resumes. If you want to contribute to Wikinews, please see the introduction or some of the other links in your welcome message. As an author and, therefore, interested party, you may wish to request an interview for an article on a newly released work rather than writing the article yourself. Hope this helps. --Jcart1534 - (talk) 04:32, 2 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Domas Mituzas


Can someone take a look at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews: Domas Mituzas please? I plan just a short interview; so if it looks ok please let me know and I'll go for it - if not, again I need to know what needs fixed. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:44, 4 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Image Help


I need some help aquiring an image for a story I posted. Im new at this whole news thing, and I dont know where to find something thats not copyrighted. Can I please get some help? Look at the article Six people killed in Memphis home <----Is that the right template? Please, I need some help here. Araxes - (talk) 22:10, 4 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I'd love to provide any assistance i can, however I'm really only on wikinews for the next ten minutes so I probably won't actually be all that useful. With images the rule of thumb is if you made it yourself, if the us federal government made it, or if it is on commons: its ok. What type of image are you looking for.

Quick intro to editing (see help:Contents for more)

  • Link using <nowiki<[[</nowiki> for example to link to main page, do [[Main Page]]
    • Some special pages have a prefix. pages that are portals start with portal. ex [[portal:Europe]] for portal:Europe
    • Some links (image and category) are special. To link to them start with a :. for example to link to category:Europe do [[:category:Europe]]
    • To add a page to a category, do a normal link to the category (add [[category:Europe]] note no colon at front)
    • To add an image, do a normal link to image [[image:smile.png]] makes   (works for any image on wikinews or commons:
  • Templates (using {{template name}} syntax) includes a page on another page. Try adding {{:Six people killed in Memphis home}} to Wikinews:Sandbox.

Theres lots more. See help:Contents, if you need anymore help feel free to ask here, or on WN:IRC. Bawolff 00:01, 10 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

about customer care


how customer care could be aplied in the public service

Is this worthy of an article?


There was an apartment fire in Green Bay today. It was the second or third time an apartment building burned down there. I saw the smoke and the fire trucks but I couldn't get a good look at the build it self 01:05, 6 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Help with translation needed


Hi. There is a very small problem with the translation of an article for de.wikinews. Is there anyone who can help us with this (see also Franz's comment here)? Thanks in advance. --Angela H. - (talk) 15:50, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I tried to explain it on the talk page. --+Deprifry+ 17:02, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for you help. --Angela H. - (talk) 17:12, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

bussiness report 2007


Iwant to get world top ten revenue earning company (in amount).

Please check story


I have a majorish interview set up here which I believe is roughly ready. Can someone take a look over it and raise any concerns they have before I set it in stone, please? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 13:27, 9 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I apreciate it's kinda long, but at least check the questions? As I'd like a second opinion before they are sent off and what this up ASAP to keep 'one year on' accurate. Thanks. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:02, 10 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

How old is "too old"?


I notice at Wikinews:Requested articles that many requests are marked as "too old". How old is too old?

Specifically, is an event from March 4th too old? The story is the murder of w:Lauren Burk on March 4. I'm surprised that there is not already an article about her murder. It is too late to write an article now?

Could I write that article by copying from Wikipedia then correctly formatting its sources? (Wikipedia is considering deleting that article because it is about a news event, and may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. If there were an article here, then Wikipedia could redirect to here.) Sbowers3 - (talk) 19:31, 9 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

In general, 3 or 4 days is seen as the limit, I think. What you still could do, is write an article based on any recent developments in that case, e.g. from (a few) sources not older than 3 or 4 days. You could then expand on what preceded.
Wikipedia's GFDL license is not compatible with ours, so that you can't copy things from there. If however, you are the only author of that article or you have the permission of all authors, you could copy it here and use that as a start.
Wikipedia doesn't have articles that consist entirely of redirects to other projects, but if there were to be an article, you could use {{wikinews}} to link to here. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:36, 9 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Help publish while still newsworthy


I think the Cassini article is ready to publish except the title is too long. A good title would be something like, "Cassini spacecraft dives in for close flyby". As a newbie, I am not allowed to change the title. This is frustrating; soon this will no longer be news. It was a more exciting story when the survival of the mission was still unknown.Electricmic - (talk) 05:38, 13 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

have renamed the article to Spacecraft Cassini collects sample from geyser on Saturn's moon. –Doldrums(talk) 07:41, 13 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]



I would apreciate someone glancing over Wikinews:Story preparation/Finnish energy company Fennovoima discuses plans for new nuclear facility with Wikinews before I send it off, please. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:32, 14 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I sent them without any checks, owing to a lack of response. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 13:34, 15 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]



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Need Critique


New to Wikinews. Need someone to let me know what i did wrong or right. Only second article: Immigration_Still_Stirring_the_U.S._Political_Agenda:_Congressional_Hispanic_Caucus_Reduces_Visas_Number,_Study_Reveals_Minorities_Will_be_the_Majority Would be most appreciative WikiBlue - (talk)

Review requested for interview


My interview with w:Brian Pink has been uploaded, transcribed, and posted at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews Australian Statistician Brian Pink. Because of my admitted conflict of interest (see the Talk page), I would particularly appreciate a couple of unrelated editors looking it over. I'm looking for a few things to link in, but general style comments are as welcome as any possible NPOV issues. Thanks, Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 12:57, 17 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Hillview Manor Saga


What is wrong with the article? The msg states it will be abandoned unless edited and sourced.

I have edited. I have sent it off to an attorney twice for review and minor changes were made.

I wrote the article myself. I have listed multiple sources. Why is it considered abandoned?

It's still marked as abandoned because it's still got the {{abandoned}} template in it, likewise it's still marked as having issues (such as needing sources) because the other template that lists issues is still there. I notice that you have edited it, so technically the abandoned template could be removed, but a quick look at the article itself suggests to me that the issues have not been fully dealt with - the sources are there, although you did something weird when entering the information into the template so that will need to be fixed, the title still needs to be changed to a more "newsy" one, it really needs to be fixed stylistically, and I'm not 100% convinced that it's been written from a neutral point of view. Later I may attempt to deal with the first three, but I'm not sure about the last. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 23:22, 17 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

page started, now gone!?


I started but it is no longer on wiki news. 3 days ago it had been edited by 3 people, now it is gone, as is any mention of it in my contributions list. --Leighblackall - (talk) 04:14, 23 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Sorry It was marked abandoned so I deleted it. But it is now restored. My apologies. I Should have looked better. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 04:17, 23 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Crikey Dragon, that was quick. I thought old news was kept as a news archive btw..? how does that work? What happens to history? This story is still happening btw.. I'll try to keep it as up to date as I can.. --Leighblackall - (talk) 04:48, 23 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Only published news is in the archives. The history is still there...but if it had stayed deleted, then the history is gone as well. But when restored, all is restored. No problem. I know you are working on it now, so i will keep my hands off ;-) DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 04:52, 23 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
No worries Dragon, I'm ok with it. Good on ya for keeping watch and reponding so quickly.. how can I get this published by the way? It is big news in the online education circles but they are all into their blogs and wikispaces, so I can't get them over into MediaWiki too easily.. could you help me get it published? --Leighblackall - (talk) 04:56, 23 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Letter of assignment or approval


I would like to know whether Wikinews do issue letter of assignment to their reporters and editors as a sign to acknowledge them and certify that they are representative from Wikinews?

This has been done in the past. I have written a couple of letters for Wikinewsies, but there is no way on this Earth I'd do it for someone who had not established a reputation on the project first. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:48, 30 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Seeking a Wikinewsie mentor


Hi, I started my first news brief the other day and would like the advice of an experienced Wikinews contributor. Getting started is a bit intimidating. Please respond at my user talk page. Thanks! Durova - (talk) 15:38, 31 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

New article, publication assistance needed


The article I wrote Media reports exaggerate cell phone cancer risk has been published but it's still only linked to from the story preparation page. The main page is full protected; would someone please list it with today's articles? Durova - (talk) 21:00, 31 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

stories are listed on the main page automatically when published, and thus dont need editing to put on the front page. try purging the page to get the latest update. --MarkTalk to me 21:15, 31 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, thank you very much. Durova - (talk) 21:18, 31 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Men's News Daily picked up our story (and attributed it properly).[1] Durova - (talk) 20:27, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Ready for publication


How do you mark an article as ready to be published? I finished one, but I have never published on Wikinews before. 16:30, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

If you are sure it is OK to be published add {{Publish}} to the page. If you think it is ready add {{ready}} to the page --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 16:38, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I've tried my hand at a third article, currently in development with three sources. Would an experienced Wikinewsie give this a look? I think it's about ready for publication, but am still pretty new at this. Thanks, Durova - (talk) 19:07, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I've made a few small edits, it looks pretty good. My only request would be that you WikiLink to Wikipedia articles on things like the University, the city, etcetera. I doubt there's a freely-licensed image out there? Sherurcij 19:13, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Okay, will do. And yes, no free image - unless we use a photo of the Peru landscape. Durova - (talk) 19:25, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

free image of excavations at Jiskairumoko. needs to be commons-ified and used. –Doldrums(talk) 19:30, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Done. :) Durova - (talk) 20:20, 1 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Re-using a dormant account?


Hi. I own the "Heron" account on [2], and I'd like to open an account with the same name here on Wikinews. The problem is that there is already an account with that name, although it has no contributions and no user page. How do I go about requesting to take that account over, please? -- 11:10, 5 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

You get the attention of a bureaucrat, either on their Talk page, on IRC, or on WN:AAA, and request to usurp the account. I highly recommend User:Brianmc for efficiency, customer service, and a mint left on your pillow following usurpation. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 14:03, 5 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Although I see Brian is currently not available, so you may want to go to Special:ListUsers and pick Group: Bureaucrats, unless you want to follow one of my other suggestions. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 14:07, 5 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
You should request the usurption over here: Wikinews:Changing username. Brianmc is on wikibreak, but Cspurrier handles most of these anyway. --SVTCobra 14:10, 5 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the speedy advice, guys. I shall try Wikinews:Changing username first. --RealHeron - (talk) 17:58, 5 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Using the news paper here for stories

moved from WN:WC/Policy

I'm from Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent. This is apparent from how often it is ignored. Check out its last article, written in 2007. I wanna do something about this because its ridiculous that my country doesnt seem to exist to the rest of the world. I myself would go out and do the research but i don't have the time or resources. What i wanted to know is if i could take the articles from one of the 3 newspapers of this country and post them on this site? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 16:47, 7 April 2008

We would be very happy to hear from your side of the world more often! We don't have any active contributors from Africa, as far as I know. You can't post articles from other newspapers directly. You can however write your own summary based on articles from these 3 newspapers, and write the story in your own words (simply translating would violate copyright, you have to summarise in your own words). Make sure to provide links to your sources online. A short article (for example, 2 to 3 paragraphs) is the best to begin. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:55, 7 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Just created an article on Gambia at Former Managing Director of Gambian newspaper appears in court.--Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 17:24, 7 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I'll try to look for sources on Gambia and do an article on that topic within a day or so. I'm on a Africa kick lately. Cirt - (talk) 17:29, 7 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Here are two good sources for Gambia news stories [3] [4] --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 17:33, 7 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Good sources - but maybe we should continue further detailed discussion on this topic at the talk page of Portal:Gambia. Cirt - (talk) 17:38, 7 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

This article could use a lot more work and at least 1 or 2 more sources, I did some formatting but I don't have time for more at the moment. If nothing has been done on it I will come back to it later, but it's not really ready for {{publish}} just yet. Cirt - (talk) 10:49, 9 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

accreditation of photographers


Does somebody know how I could apply for a wikinews photographer accreditation? Thanks.--Mbz1 - (talk) 03:40, 19 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Technically there is no Photographer Accredidation here. There's been a lot of discussion on possibly getting Commons to issue photographer accredidations, but nothing has been done on it yet. Thunderhead 04:16, 19 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
This is also something that the Collaborative Media Network was formed to solve. See [5] for a basic outline. --Skenmy(tcw) 10:03, 19 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you,Thunderhead and Skenmy.--Mbz1 - (talk) 18:52, 19 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I have just created a page at CMN on photographer accreditation. FInd it here

how to fix broken source template


<!Type in a subject in the white box above, then write any question that is ONLY about assistance on Wikinews under this line. --> I am having problem with fixing a broken template on a page i created, how do i fix it?--Wendywaide - (talk) 12:23, 28 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

filtering news items


How do I get all/only news items related to politics in US between the Jan and March of this year? thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Question Requests for 2008 Taipei 101 Run Up


Please see this because it's a provisioned schedule I just got from CTRRA. Brock contact... 04:04, 9 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Request correction


Cambridge, Mass., city council recommends construction firm W. R. Grace remain under DEP supervision for asbestos contamination needs a correction or notice of an error: The line about the "US Department of Environmental Protection" is erroneous, the DEP is an agency of the State of Massachusetts. The United States agency is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This should be corrected or a {{correction}} added. Thanx, 16:38, 18 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

  Done. Cirt (talk) 02:56, 24 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Charley wilson's war


Requesting a fresh set of eyes on Charley wilson's war. What do you do with a page like this? Durova (talk) 02:47, 24 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

  Done, deleted as No context, not news. Cirt (talk) 02:53, 24 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. Durova (talk) 02:58, 24 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

2008 COMPUTEX & WiMAX Expo, the FINAL WARNING.....


I know that someone reverted my publish in my COMPUTEX articles, but in the presence, its schedule is merely close because next Tuesday (June 3) is the Opening Day, in my object: at least one or two articles in the series should be pushed into the main page, but it my have several opposes because no one want to pay more attentions to COMPUTEX, the 2nd largest IT show in the world. I have claimed the official schedule and archived them into Wikinews Mailists, but if no one still looked down its importance, "no English posts will be added during the show hours"! B/C I didn't see any efficiency on my participations except for politics articles. In addition, see User talk:Munchkinguy#COMPUTEX articles. Brock contact... 06:47, 28 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

BTW, to say or not, should two topics - Press Corps @ Meta and Scheduled attendance for Wikinews or Commons @ Meta be resumed? Brock contact... 07:11, 28 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Story Update Request


On September 21, 2007, WikiNews published a story on MIT student Star Simpson.

The story includes the following statements:

  • Massport spokeswoman Lisa Langone described the device as a fake bomb strapped to her chest.
  • "This is a serious event and was handled quickly and safely."
  • Simpson was arraigned today on charges including disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device.

Each of the above three statements leave open questions which have now been definitively answered.

At the 11:00 AM news conference mentioned in the WikiNews article, Major Scott Pare of the Massachusetts State Police reported to the press that the device was found to be harmless. Here is the relevant sentence from the concurrent story in the Boston Globe:

  • Simpson was arrested, and it was quickly determined that the device was harmless.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continued the charge of felony possession of a "hoax device" in the East Boston Courtroom of Judge Paul Mahoney for nine months, never bringing the case to trial.

On Monday 2 May, 2008, the Commonwealth vacated the felony "hoax device" charge after Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley concluded the State could not go forward with the case.

In view of the principles of Ethics in Journalism and WikiNews' own ethical guidelines, please publish a follow-up story so the the world-wide readers of WikiNews will not be left with an unfavorable impression of Star Simpson (or the impression that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ever had a case at all).

More Information

  • Comment on WikiNews Story of September 21, 2007

Moulton (talk) 10:56, 7 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]



Moulton appears to be willing to help wiki-news in this matter; but he needs assistance. I am encouraging him to get involved here. (WAS 4.250 at the English language Wikipedia) 11:28, 7 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Drop the Dead Donkey --Brian McNeil / talk 12:02, 7 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I don't understand the point of Brian's reference to a British TV series. Moulton (talk) 22:54, 8 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I speak very little Brian, but I believe he's saying "it's an issue that is past its time and should be allowed to rest rather than being discussed any further". He can correct me if I misinterpreted there. I, however, think that while current policy says "there is no news in this, therefore there is nothing to talk about", I think it's worth pointing out that we do already have process in place to issue a correction to an article in situations where there is another article that can be linked to. Should we have something to allow a small correction box to be added to an article, that basically says "at the time of writing X was believed true, Y has now come to light"? It's a small thing to do, and my interpretation of NPOV says that it may even be necessary in some circumstances (speaking in general terms here, not specifically on this article). Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 09:40, 9 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Chris pretty much got it. The story is deceased, notnews. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:50, 9 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
What appears to be needed here is some kind of correction/update box that says, "At the time this story was originally filed, WikiNews reported unchallenged assertions by the officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from which they have since retreated and vacated. Specifically, the District Attorney has concluded, after nine months of continuances, that the felony charges filed last September against MIT undergraduate Star Simpson cannot go forward because the State has no evidence to prove intent to deceive under the defining language of the Commonwealth's "Hoax Device" statute. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley conceded that 1) the defendant clearly had no such intent and 2) the security staff at Logan had "quickly determined the [illuminated named tag] device was harmless" at the time of the arrest (as reported by the Boston Globe at 1:15 PM on the day of the arrest, based on an 11AM news conference by Major Scott Pare of the Massachusetts State Police.) Moulton (talk) 12:47, 14 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Photo Help


How can I add photos from Wikimedia Commons to my articles?

You can link them the same way as a local image would be linked: [[Image:Foo.jpg]] If the image is not found on the local site, it will check for the same filename on commons. Nakon (talk) 03:56, 9 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]