Wikinews:Water cooler/assistance/archives/2009/September


hi ~where can i find the wikinews of the past months、

To see a list of published Wikinews articles sorted by date, you can take a look at our archive lists. Hope this helps. Tempodivalse [talk] 13:42, 2 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]

BP announces "giant" oilfield

This giant oilfield discovery was announced today (Sept 2) and is in a very wide range of media. I came here to update it and was a bit surprised there wasn't already an article on wikinews. The Wikipedia article (newly written) has a lot of information not in most newspapers and may be useful for a wikinews story.

(Crossposted at Wikinews:Newsroom/Collaboration) FT2 (Talk | email) 01:38, 3 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Jack the Ripper identified? Handwriting analysis suggests match

History Detectives, a PBS television show, just updated their status line to say "Have you considered submitting a mystery to the skill and knowledge of the History Detectives? You watch the show. What do you think are the criteria for a strong History Detectives story? (Please keep your comments within this post.)"

Mark Potts replied saying "Well ironically I just solved a 121 yr old mystery. Who was Jack the Ripper? It was a Chicago killer named Herman Mudgett, aka HH Holmes. Mudgett's handwriting matched that of Jack the Ripper's "Dear Boss" letter. I found 14 individual perfect matches in the handwriting. Check out my page and see for yourself. Mark"

I've contacted him, and he's agreed to doing an interview. He supposedly stumbled across this connection by accident, initially thinking someone else was Jack.

This certainly isn't the first time someone's proposed that they ID'd Jack, but I'd personally be interested in investigating this suggestion further, perhaps run the evidence past some experts. Would this sort of thing be an acceptable story? -- Zanimum (talk) 01:44, 9 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Absolutely! This sounds very interesting. Although I don't know anyone off had that we could send such information too. If he has had a independent analysis done on the handwriting and has documentation to back up his claims (i.e. an expert or two to agree with his findings, and maybe if someone on Wikimedia projects knows someone). If he can maybe release some photos of a sample(s) for an article that would be great. I note that this does not need to be an interview per se, this in itself is a news story. I think this should also be discussed on a not so public forum. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 02:33, 9 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Which extension are you using for the news feed on the main page? Thanks!

Hi. We currently are not using an extension. the main rss feed is powered by a screen-scraping bot. Some of our other feeds use the toolserver, and are either php or perl stand alone scripts that have access to our database. See also WN:RSS. Hope that helps. Bawolff 15:14, 12 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]