Wikinews:Water cooler/technical/archives/2010/August

flagged revs box covers text when javascript disabled

When JavaScript is disabled, the box which says 'This is the stable version, yada yada yada' hovers over the text of the article and cant be hidden afaics. John Vandenberg (talk) 12:26, 2 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

audio wn on google news

Would it be possible to get our News Briefs to show up on Google News? It would definitely give us more publicity... Benny the mascot (talk) 02:03, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I'm sure it is, but I have no idea how to go about making that happen. Turtlestack (talk) 02:35, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
{{Publish}} the news briefs maybe? —Mikemoral♪♫ 02:36, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
The issue with publishing them is that they don't represent the written published story. Since I have to make numerous editing decisions and what-not to most stories, if people are just reading the briefs but not the article, then there will be confusion as to what the real article is and thus will take away from the published actual article and its authors. The briefs can't become the defacto version people turn to to read wikinews and, besides, they really just represent the audio script for the show. Turtlestack (talk) 02:48, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps we can create a simple page layout with just the audio download link/player and a link to the transcript below? Such as:
Wikinews News Brief for August 5, 2010


Description of Wikinews briefs, etc.

Mikemoral♪♫ 02:58, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

That could work nicely. As long as there is no confusion between the briefs for the AW and the actual articles, I see no problem with that. Turtlestack (talk) 03:02, 6 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Just as a sidenote, the brief just has to be linked from the main page to get on google news. It does not need to be published. I don't think we should publish them, as thats what we use to denote articles that are published. Bawolff 07:04, 12 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Facebook to Russian Wikinews

We've got Russian Wikinews. Is there a way we can attach Facebook plugin to news stories, so people can "like" and comment them on Facebook? --Ssr (talk) 18:24, 24 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I think something might be wrong with the Facebook updates... Benny the mascot (talk) 19:14, 24 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Does {{Social bookmarks}} do what you want? An actual like button might be harder. Bawolff 21:31, 24 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]
We'we got an analog of {{Social bookmarks}} at ru:Шаблон:Социальные закладки (can someone please add interwiki to the protected page at {{Social bookmarks}}?) but in can only share, and I wonder about built-in "Like" button: there's a Facebook plugin for websites that can be integrated like this: This could be a great advantage for Wikinews. --Ssr (talk) 03:12, 25 July 2010 (UTC)[reply]
There might be privacy implications. The privacy implications are limited by the fact that this uses an iframe (due to same origin policy), which is much better than the usual way these things are done by loading remote js code. However facebook would still be able to get statistics about how many people visit each wikinews page with the like button on it, what browser they use, if they are logged into facebook, who they are on facebook, if they are the same person who visited the page 2 hours ago, etc. Since there are strong privacy implications, someone at the foundation would have to tell us that its ok with privacy policy and all before we'd do it. Bawolff 07:15, 12 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

From a privacy policy point of view, anything which allows third parties to track user patterns would be out -- passive buttons stored locally and linking to remote services are OK.--Eloquence (talk) 16:56, 16 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]