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Monday, May 14, 2012 

Australian man Don Ritchie, dubbed the “Angel of The Gap”, has died. He earned his nickname after spending decades talking people out of jumping from The Gap, a cliff famed as a suicide spot beside his house in Watsons Bay, Sydney.

Credited with at least 160 rescues, though his family suggest the true figure is 500, reports carry conflicting values of Ritchie’s age; he was in his mid eighties. He moved to a house beside The Gap in 1964 and lived there the rest of his life, quickly earning his first award after tackling a man who was about to jump. At first he held back would-be jumpers whilst his wife summoned help, but then took to approaching them with his palms out and saying simply “Is there something I could do to help you?”

Ritchie had no relevant formal training, but he said last year to “Never be afraid to speak to those who you feel are in need. Always remember the power of the simple smile, a helping hand, a listening ear and a kind word.” According to his daughter, Sue Ritchie Bereny, “that was all that was often needed to turn people around, and he would say not to underestimate the power of a kind word and a smile.” He would then “bring people back to our place for a cup of tea and breakfast.”

Rewarded last year with a Local Hero Award from the National Australia Day Council, Ritchie explained “You couldn’t just sit here and watch them. I mean, I couldn’t. So I would go out and try and help them.” He and his wife Monica were named Citizens of the Year by Woollahra Council in 2010.

Ritchie often clutched at those who jumped in an effort to hold them back. He recently described to The Sydney Morning Herald one nineteen-year-old who was friends with Ritchie’s grandchildren; “He said ‘no’ and stepped straight off the side. His hat blew up and I caught it in my hand.” Much of his time was spent watching the cliff for those in distress; Bereny noted his “sensitivity, he could read some people needed help.”

Ritchie’s “courage delivered small miracles,” said Cr Susan Wynne, Mayor of Woollahra. National Australia Day Council’s interim head Tam Johnston has issued a statement saying “Don’s story touched the hearts of all Australians and challenged each of us to rethink what it means to be a good neighbour… Don was a true gentleman with a smile that could light up the room.” Local politician Malcolm Turnbull, who united with Ritchie and mental health workers to demand suicide prevention measures at The Gap, said “His work lives on forever not just in the lives of those he saved but in his heroism and example of public service.”

Diane Gaddin, whose daughter killed herself at The Gap and who works to prevent suicide, called him “a beacon and inspiration to not only us in Australia but the world because it takes courage, bravery, tenacity… he was a gentle, persuasive man who offered them hope with warm, embracing words.” She describes the former life insurance salesman, who also served in the navy, as saying “I was a salesman for most of my life, and I sold them life.” She said he advised those faced with the suicidal to “Smile. Be friendly and say can I help you in some way.”

Ritchie died on Sunday local time at St Vincent’s Hospital, with his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren by his side.

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Missing teeth can result from a number of circumstances. For example, one or more teeth may be knocked out during an accident; decay might compromise a tooth to the point that it needs to be extracted; or, advanced gum disease may weaken the alveolar bone (the bone that anchors the teeth), leading to tooth loss. Regardless of the cause, the space left by a missing tooth can appear unsightly. It can also pose oral health issues.

Dental implants offer a comfortable, natural-looking solution. This article will explain how they work, and describe the different types. You’ll learn how dentists place them and the factors that influence whether a patient is a good candidate.

Dental Implants Explained

A dental implant is a device (usually made of titanium) that is placed into a patient’s jawbone. There are three pieces to a conventional implant: the fixture, an abutment, and a crown. The fixture has a screw-like appearance. It is implanted into the space left by the missing tooth’s root, and fuses with the bone that surrounds it.

The abutment is a small piece that is placed over the top of the fixture. While the fixture remains below the gumline, and thus unseen, the abutment lies above the gum’s surface. It is typically placed several months following implantation of the fixture.

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The crown is a cap that is placed on the abutment. It is usually made of porcelain, metal, or a blend of both. The crown is fabricated in a laboratory to match the color of the patient’s other teeth.

Endosteal Versus Subperiosteal Implants

There are two major categories of implants – endosteal and subperiosteal implants. In the case of endosteal implants, these are those that are placed in the patient’s jawbone, similar to the natural root of a tooth. These are the most common form of implants used today. The patient’s bone must be wide and deep enough to support the fixture. Bone grafts may be necessary.

Subperiosteal implants are used when the patient’s bone lacks sufficient width or depth. These devices are placed on top of the gumline, and anchored by a special metal frame. The frame is implanted beneath the surface of the gums.

Procedure For Placing Dental Implants

In most cases, an implant can be placed with a local anesthetic. Once the area has been numbed, the dentist makes a few incisions into the gumline. The gums are peeled back to expose the jawbone. The bone is shaped (if necessary) to improve its smoothness.

Once the dentist has identified the target location of the implant, a hole is made into the bone. A series of drills are used to widen and shape the hole in preparation to receive the implant. The dentist will confirm the width and shape before inserting the fixture.

With the fixture installed, the gums are repositioned over the entry site, and sutured. The sutures are typically removed within a week, assuming the patient heals well.

Four to six months following implantation of the fixture, the abutment and crown are placed. The months leading up to this procedure allow the jawbone and gumline to heal, and allow the fixture to fuse with the bone (a process called osseointegration). The gums are peeled back to expose the top of the fixture, and the abutment is placed on top of it. Then, the crown is placed on top of the abutment.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Candidacy for the treatment is based on several criteria, including the patient’s overall health, existing medical conditions, and habits that might lower the likelihood of success. For example, patients who have suffered a heart attack in the recent past are typically precluded from having implants installed. Those with type II diabetes may likewise be poor candidates.

With regard to habits, smoking is the biggest concern since it tends to compromise the density and quality of the bone. Teeth grinding is also a concern.

There are other options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures and bridges. But dental implants remain one of the most popular approaches used today.

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Friday, September 29, 2006 

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 

Hutchison, the company which operates the “3” mobile network in Australia has announced that it’s 2G CDMA customers will have 90 days to migrate to their UMTS based 3G mobile telephone network or be without service. Hutchison said that customers who were under contract and wished to leave would be able to do so without penalty.

In February, Hutchison rebranded their CDMA service from Orange to 3 CDMA to coincide with its 3G network’s company name. Hutchison has been offering their CDMA customers special deals to tempt them into moving to their 3G network and has so far migrated around 200,000 users voluntarily.

It is believed that the migration will cost AU$145 million but will save the company around AU$70 million per year by not having to operate two separate networks.

Kevin Russell, CEO of Hutchison said that customers are looking to get more from their mobile telephone and that customer demand for 3G services is strong. “Customer demand to move to 3G has been very strong,” he said.

“It is clear that customers want more from their mobile service,”

“With a critical mass of our 2G customers now using our 3G service, the time is right to commence plans to close our 2G network” said Mr Russell.

Paul Budde, an independent telecommunications analyst said that some customers might not wish to migrate because of the inferiority of 3G handsets to those used on the CDMA network.

Another hurdle may be that UMTS 3G networks have similar coverage to GSM network cells (base stations), which have around 35 km range of coverage. CDMA by comparison has a 90 km range.

Hutchison was the first telecommunications company to launch a 3G network in Australia, however it only operates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. If users go outside these areas they roam onto Telstra’s 2G GSM network.

Telstra has announced plans to build a AU$1 billion 3G network nationwide and will decommission its CDMA service around 2008. At present Telstra has entered into a sharing deal with Hutchison to use the “3” network while its network is rolled out.

Optus and Vodafone have also announced plans to build a 3G network in co-operation with each other nationwide.

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Monday, May 14, 2012 

Australian man Don Ritchie, dubbed the “Angel of The Gap”, has died. He earned his nickname after spending decades talking people out of jumping from The Gap, a cliff famed as a suicide spot beside his house in Watsons Bay, Sydney.

Credited with at least 160 rescues, though his family suggest the true figure is 500, reports carry conflicting values of Ritchie’s age; he was in his mid eighties. He moved to a house beside The Gap in 1964 and lived there the rest of his life, quickly earning his first award after tackling a man who was about to jump. At first he held back would-be jumpers whilst his wife summoned help, but then took to approaching them with his palms out and saying simply “Is there something I could do to help you?”

Ritchie had no relevant formal training, but he said last year to “Never be afraid to speak to those who you feel are in need. Always remember the power of the simple smile, a helping hand, a listening ear and a kind word.” According to his daughter, Sue Ritchie Bereny, “that was all that was often needed to turn people around, and he would say not to underestimate the power of a kind word and a smile.” He would then “bring people back to our place for a cup of tea and breakfast.”

Rewarded last year with a Local Hero Award from the National Australia Day Council, Ritchie explained “You couldn’t just sit here and watch them. I mean, I couldn’t. So I would go out and try and help them.” He and his wife Monica were named Citizens of the Year by Woollahra Council in 2010.

Ritchie often clutched at those who jumped in an effort to hold them back. He recently described to The Sydney Morning Herald one nineteen-year-old who was friends with Ritchie’s grandchildren; “He said ‘no’ and stepped straight off the side. His hat blew up and I caught it in my hand.” Much of his time was spent watching the cliff for those in distress; Bereny noted his “sensitivity, he could read some people needed help.”

Ritchie’s “courage delivered small miracles,” said Cr Susan Wynne, Mayor of Woollahra. National Australia Day Council’s interim head Tam Johnston has issued a statement saying “Don’s story touched the hearts of all Australians and challenged each of us to rethink what it means to be a good neighbour… Don was a true gentleman with a smile that could light up the room.” Local politician Malcolm Turnbull, who united with Ritchie and mental health workers to demand suicide prevention measures at The Gap, said “His work lives on forever not just in the lives of those he saved but in his heroism and example of public service.”

Diane Gaddin, whose daughter killed herself at The Gap and who works to prevent suicide, called him “a beacon and inspiration to not only us in Australia but the world because it takes courage, bravery, tenacity… he was a gentle, persuasive man who offered them hope with warm, embracing words.” She describes the former life insurance salesman, who also served in the navy, as saying “I was a salesman for most of my life, and I sold them life.” She said he advised those faced with the suicidal to “Smile. Be friendly and say can I help you in some way.”

Ritchie died on Sunday local time at St Vincent’s Hospital, with his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren by his side.

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This interview is now set. They are running us around 12 hours a day–literally, sometimes 14–to different tech companies, universities, etc. I have to figure out the next story to write. I’m very very tired. Supposedly Ehud Olmert is a go, but no time has been set. –David Shankbone 19:08, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

We are up again for not being used anywhere on Wikipedia. If it is decided that Wikinews can not be used on Wikipedia, I plan to retire from both projects and concentrate on other things I have been developing. If it is important for this project not to be shunted off Wikipedia, then I suggest you make your views known here, and about the Verifiability of the interviews here. I personally feel that if this is an important project to WIkinewsies, then it is important we are part of this discussion. All of us. –David Shankbone 22:10, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Adambro, WP should not have a news section…your point? DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 03:14, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Why does us being a wiki automatically shut us off from the west of the world? Pilotguy roger that 00:23, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

(unindent) Well, the IP’s charges fall flat. First, one only has to go the New York Times or Fox News articles to see many examples where their reporting is biased, wrong or “made up”. Although there are many people who think both those organizations have good reputations for believability, there are certainly many who do not believe much they report to be a basis for forming an opinion on a topic. I actually think we have a stronger code of ethics on here. Second, it is pointless to say we need to earn some kind of reputation because such things are not exactly measured. After all, we are cited, talked about, our interviews with people are held up by them proudly, we are invited to go with other journalists to foreign and local events, our material is carried by other news sites, etc. Any charge one could make about us, has been made about virtually every Mainstream Media source (with real life examples); every measure one could use to show we are taken seriously we can provide. –David Shankbone 13:44, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

(restart indentation) DF, so you are saying it is impossible for someone to make misleading or inaccurate OR notes? I’m not saying we allow rubbish to be published but we can only judge on the information the editor responsible for the OR supplies. Adambro 19:46, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

This is a waste of time. If you want to argue into the night please use another form of communication. Otherwise engage constructively. —Brian McNeil / talk 20:06, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

I am arguing strongly for appropriately limited use of Wikinews as a source at Wikipedia. The key bullet points that I think wikinewsies can help with would be by creating a page of “best practices” and some quick explanations for Wikipedians about those “best practices”. For example, WP:V can be best satisfied for interview articles when the full audio is posted alongside the edited interview. That more or less answers any plausible objections as to verifiability.

Some at Wikipedia seem to be imagining a straw man position in which Wikinewsies would argue for citability of everything on wikinews, but we are not talking about that, but talking about citing a very narrow range of work that conforms to “best practices”. I am sure that both Wikinewsies and Wikipedians share a feeling of horror at the notion that we might have an embarassing situation where a Wikinewsie is posting fake interviews and Wikipedians trust it… and so everyone needs to think hard about best practices to minimize the odds of that happening.–Jimbo Wales 00:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Below I’ve broken down our types of articles and detailed what I think are criteria most Wikinewsies would agree on for WP inclusion. —Brian McNeil / talk 09:20, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

On a related note, and my personal efforts to get enough of an editorial control process in place I have looked at Flagged Revisions, discussed this on foundation-l, and had general agreement from Eloquence that Wikinews should be among the first projects to try this. —Brian McNeil / talk 09:28, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Synthesis articles cannot be referenced in Wikipedia. They can be linked to from articles using the {{wikinews}} template. This is actually only appropriate when we have a good article that draws from several sources and – ideally – has multiple contributors. In such cases where material from the Wikinews article is appropriate for the Wikipedia article it should be traced back to the source(s) we cite.

These should be citeable. There may be a requirement that associated audio has been uploaded, or that the IRC log is available. Interviews conducted by email may be a different matter, but there should be some mechanism to allow verification of the emails without revealing things like the interviewee’s email address. This may require involvement of OTRS volunteers.

Notes and photos should give these sufficient credibility that they can be cited.

What are some ideas we have to make articles more palatable to those concerned about their veracity on Wikipedia? I have mainly argued on behalf of interviews because I find them to be no-brainers in terms of their ability to be included on Wikipedia. I think there are several things we need to consider:

I think these two issues will go a long way toward helping us. Ideas? Suggestions? –David Shankbone 21:24, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

We have practices and guidelines etc throughout Welcome messages, policies, guidelines etc etc. If we need “practices,” we need to gather up all those and put them in a centralized location. Sort of a Wikinews handbook or a Journalists Handbook. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 04:19, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Some thoughts on best practices for interviews:

4.250.138.159 13:52, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Is there a way we could institute the Flagged revisions feature, once (if?) this is implemented? Developers are writing code for this right now for MediaWiki, and it seems to me that a version that has been flagged as a “Quality Version” on Wikinews could be citable in Wikipedia. (I would think that a “sighted version” might only be used for current events, if at all.) I’m heavily involved with the Wikipedia 1.0 project, and so this sort of thing is of great interest to me on Wikipedia; hopefully some of the same methods developed there can work here too. It seems to me that a transcribed interview with Tony Benn, etc, should be citable, as long as there is some sort of tag that says “this has been verified as an accurate transcript of the interview”. Walkerma 06:08, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

I plan to make it standard to include the audio files in the OR notes, unless there is an important reason not to do so; for instance, Augusten Burroughs will not be available. Such cases will be rare, though. –David Shankbone 02:05, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

First, despite my at times strident and strongly-worded complaints (which I promise is more a function of my inability to type with an “inside voice” than any real anger), I really have a lot of respect for the people on this site. That includes Adambro and SVTCobra. When I left law school in 2006 I was a very disillusioned person with a cynical outlook on humanity (post-GWB re-election; post-Katrina; post-9/11; post Abu Ghraib; and post witnessing the corporate automatons in law school). Wiki was almost solely responsible for helping me realize that there are people out there who passionate care about knowledge free of the Frank Luntz deceptive use of language.

That was a year and a half ago. I recognize I have quite a few talents, and I loved the Wiki projects and their reasons for existing that I committed to investing my creativity, energy, intelligence and money into doing what I could to improve them. It was only meant to be a year’s worth of work, and that was July 2006. When I was getting ready to quietly retire, a few in the Wikimedia Foundation asked me to come over here to see if I can help out; after Wikipedia, I think this is one of the coolest projects on the Internet.

I am not retiring or leaving, but my contributions will significantly decrease. Not out of anger or frustration, but simply because there are other things I want to achieve personally. As you can all see from my output, I have invested a lot of time here.

I will still be around, and still produce the odd interview here and there, but what I most hope you will all think about is moving Wikinews to the next level. By all means, keep NPOV; but NPOV does not mean we can’t have other content that is interesting and perhaps something of an editorial. These are some suggestions I have, which I think will greatly increase readership and influence on this site:

Like I said, I really think you guys are great, and I apologize about those moments when I “exploded” or ranted–partly, I have a lot of things going on in my personal life; partly, it was that I had put too much pressure on myself with these interviews. That simply is my nature. I am more than willing to help with anything, from teaching you how to get an interview, to the problems and pitfalls in conducting one. I’m also willing to help with any of the things I mention above. I think if we make a united push for many of the things I listed, you will all find yourselves sitting on a very, very influential site that will actually mean something if you try to shop it for jobs in the real world. I don’t doubt that.–David Shankbone 21:20, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

I started a sub page to begin hammering out what is needed for us to be used as credible sources on Wikipedia. Keep tempers calm, and I also said that none of us should worry if a policy already exists; we just want to workshop and by the end of it maybe everything is already in place that they want and we can show them. It’s more a place to brainstorm – come join User:David Shankbone/Wikinews as a Source–David Shankbone 22:52, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Those of you on Facebook, someone (probably User:Zanimum, I think) has created a product page for Wikinews, so now you can become a fan! If you’re on facebook, try searching for Wikinews in the left-hand search box, and then “become a fan”. –Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:23, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

I’ve started my second interview, this time over e-mail due to conflicting schedules, with Furonda Brasfield. Furonda was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. She is currently owner of an ABA team, the Arkansas Fantastics, and has started production on her own television series, Model Me TV. I’m pushing for the interview to be published this weekend.

My interview with Keenyah has stalled at the moment, but I’m hoping for that one to be published after Furonda’s. From there I will consider the responses at Wikinews Reports and pick the winner of the Name Your Own Top Model contest. Keep it fierce, Wikinewsies! TheCustomOfLife 09:20, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

See the Wikinews Importer Bot for how to implement importing Wikinews items into Wikipedia portals. For example, Portal:Science and technology/Wikipedia updates Wikipedia:Portal:Science and Portal:Education/Wikipedia updates Wikipedia:Portal:Education. Today’s list of topics imported to Wikipedia portals includes at least the following:

The bot will get a few adjustments to show dates more like they typically appear in Wikipedia portal news boxes. The suggested DynamicPageList coding probably could use some touch-ups as well, like using the story posting date rather than the most recent edit date. What are your thoughts and suggestions about how to best use this bot from here on out? RichardF 04:43, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Okay, here goes… Category:2008 United States presidential election/Wikipedia now updates w:United States presidential election, 2008#See also. Imaging all the possibilities! >;-o) RichardF 23:38, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

I must say, I feel very happy about how sucessful this whole thing is. Wikinews has a bit of a history of getting in disagreements with other projects, or at the least sort of ignoring them, so the fact this is working is very nice. Bawolff ?? 06:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

See w:Talk:Deaths in 2008#Competition? for the first instance I’m aware of for Anti-Wikinews Importer Botism! :-) RichardF 13:42, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Update: It looks like Wikinews is alive and well at Wikipedia’s Deaths in 2008! 😉 Thanks to everyone who stepped in and helped work out a viable compromise, the Wikinews Importer Bot: Setup for articles. :-) RichardF 03:50, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Can someone figure out what went wrong with my w:Sesame Street trial? Portal:Sesame Street/Wikipedia, w:Template:Wikinewshas/Sesame Street… — Zanimum 17:25, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

A discussion is underway to delete the Wikipedia regional current events subportals. I made a counter proposal to import news from here via the Wikinews Importer Bot. This looks like another opportunity for Wikinewsies to weigh in on how the bot can help spread the wikilove! :-) RichardF 03:16, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I posted the following message at the Wikipedia Community Portal.

RichardF 03:32, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

216.54.14.84 (talk • contribs (logs) • block (block log)) seems to be posting a load of VERY questionable excessively incoherent text in articel comment pages. 68.39.174.238 23:08, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I noticed Portal:Europe had a color-coordinated footer available, Template:Europe/Subdivisions, so I replaced the collapsible footer, Template:Europe, with it. Would anyone object if I created comparable footers for the other regional portals and replaced the other existing collapsible footers? RichardF 22:57, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Hey everybody. I have been invited by the tourism board in Rio de Janeiro to join a press junket to Brazil in March. Details will be forthcoming. If anyone has a Rio-based person they want me to request to interview, please let me know. –David Shankbone 19:09, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi. I really need some good advice here from experienced users. A prolific POV-pusher has made a move from Wikipedia to WikiNews and there do not appear to be mechanisms in place there to check him. I am referring to Wikipedia User Cirt. Cirt runs an incredible 5000+ edits per month with the main effect of his efforts being to bring articles critical of (primarily) Scientology to featured and front page status. And you know what, I have no objection to that. Wikipedia is a community and featured articles are the most scrutinized of all and I am comfortable with the community holding him in check so if he can make a Scientology-critical piece into a featured article then more power to him. Of course in areas that are not scrutinized he has more “freedom of expression” as in the article on Bowfinger where the only “Theme”, according to Cirt was that Scientology is a cult, see this. He expanded it a bit after I pulled his little piece though it is still unduly weighted. Or perhaps Curt’s recent spat of AfDing and prodding Scientology-series articles that are, IDK, not sufficiently critical? I am not going to play around with words here, I respect this community too much. I, for one, am 100% certain that Cirt is a reincarnation of Smee (formerly Smeelgova) who disappeared just before Cirt appeared. Their interests, article for article, are identical, as is their editing style and Modus operandi, with Smee famous for bringing material critical of Scientology to the front page under WP:DYK.

So what does this have to do with WikiNews? Well, we were discussing a recent DDOS attack on the CofS on the talk page and whether it was notable (consensus seeming to be no, not notable) and I saw a reference to a WikiNews article so I went over there. I found that someone had been very busy indeed! Not only an article on Jan 20, Hackers attack Church of Scientology website but another today, “Anonymous” releases statements outlining “War on Scientology” and the first raised to FEATURED STORY status. So today, a release by some bunch of anonymous haters is front page news along with Gaza and Iraq. Who would think that? Who would benefit from that thought? Of course, I find that both were essentially written by the same person, Wilhelm. And I happen to know that Cirt’s original name on Wikipedia was Curt Wilhelm Von Savage, an alias once used by Werner Erhard, the founder of EST, another of Cirt’s targets, see the little treatment at Semi-Tough, similar to the treatment at Bowfinger (you may need to go back a bit as recent GA review may have toned it down). I also recognize Cirt’s style in the WikiNews articles but then I am very familiar with it.

So you see my dilemma? So long as Cirt was not repeating Smee’s more offensive errors and working within the community, I had no huge problem with his efforts to push his agenda. I knew that the community was large enough and the structure strong enough to hold him in check and meanwhile the project gets a prolific editor. But this WikiNews thing is a dealbreaker for me. He is using the power of Wikpedia (via WikiNews) to push the ill intentions of a small group of ne’er-do-wells (and read their page if you do not know what they are about) and he is doing it with no regard for the project or for anything other than his agenda. And there do not appear to be mechanisms in place at WikiNews to hold him in check. I really do not know where to go with this. This is a big thing and, if Cirt/Wilhelm is left unchecked, it will only get worse. Help. Please. Thanks in advance. (This is posted on Wikipedia but I am bringing it here as suggested by an admin there.) –JustaHulk 20:53, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Isn’t this discussion becoming more suitable for the Water Cooler? —SVTCobra 02:05, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

I sometimes get a raised eyebrow when I accuse POV-pushers of using this project to promote cyberterrorism to forward their POV. Let’s just take a look at who we are elevating to a level where their attacks and announcements are worthy of featured coverage even before they prove to be anything. See the first hit on this search (I will not link directly to a copyright violation but this is worth seeing).

“Cyber-terrorism is the leveraging of a target’s computers and information technology, particularly via the Internet, to cause physical, real-world harm or severe disruption of infrastructure.”

Does that sound like anything that Anonymous might be involved with. Watch the Fox11 video if you have any doubts. –JustaHulk 22:43, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

No matter how much feedback JustaHulk (talk · contribs) gets from both Admins and editors from both Wikipedia and Wikinews, he continues to disruptively/abusively push this issue regarding me. Please take a look at his recent post to Jimbo Wales’s talk page on Wikipedia. He started a new subsection on Jimbo’s talk page called “WikiNews is a crack whore”. If any of you also have accounts on Wikipedia, it would be much appreciated if you could provide comment over there about what you feel about my recent spate of article writing here – please, whether you feel I have been a positive, or a negative or something else, contribution to Wikinews, I’d appreciate your feedback at Jimbo’s talk page on Wikipedia. If this harassment keeps up, I will try to keep writing good articles and contributing here, because I really like the work you all are doing on this project – but suffice it to say it is difficult not to get frustrated by the bull-baiting. Cirt 16:54, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

I want to thank every single Wikinewsie and everyone who reads Wikinews for giving us the opportunity to announce a milestone for Wikinews.

Since our debut in November of 2004, we have just received our highest ratings EVER. According to Alexa, which to be a little POV, is generally our enemy in ratings, has given us a rank as of January 24, 2008 of 3,538.

The graph, when clicking on MAX, shows the blue line far above any rank we’ve ever had on the project.

This makes me incredibly happy to see that all of us are putting forth dedicated work to form the best news agency on the internet. Keep up the excellent work! DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 03:54, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

Who closes Accreditation requests? —Boricuæddie 23:59, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

I work for a radio station, and we are considering creating a new local, national, and world news morning show. As an avid Wikipedian, and regular visitor to Wikinews.org, I think WikiNews and WikiNews Audio has some great news articles that we could use for this show on a regular basis. I was wondering whether anyone has any suggestions, or whether anyone thinks this is a good idea or not. Sobar 11:36, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

I think I will have a daily weekday show that features local news, as well as a roundup of national and world news. I noticed that the Audio Wikinews seems to be updated frequently, although it’s not exactly very active. Our radio station serves the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts USA. For now, I can use some of the audio from Wikinews Audio, but it would be great for Wikinews contributors to let me know which stories I should include on the show, or even record audio articles for the show. Definitely I will mention Wikinews as our source, and I will refer people to Wikinews on our station’s website. Sobar 21:53, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

The Wikimania 2008 Call for Participation has started.

Discussion moved to WN:WM2008 —Brian McNeil / talk 11:02, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

This week, we were able to secure through Elite Model Management interviews with two former America’s Next Top Model winners. Newcomer Sandy Ordonez (WMF’s former Communications Manager) interviewed Jaslene Gonzalez, and I interviewed CariDee English. Expect the CariDee interview to be up tomorrow and the Jaslene interview soon after. Keep it fierce, Wikinewsies! TheCustomOfLife 20:11, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

have boldly renamed this page and its associates as Archives, and changed the navigation link thingy in the left-hand tab accordingly. awaiting comments, meh’s or frothing-at-the-mouth opposition. –Doldrums(talk) 09:10, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I am interviewing Michael Lucas on Saturday. In addition to owning the largest adult entertainment production company in New York, he is outspoken on topics ranging from crystal meth use, unprotected sex, Hasidic Judaism, Islam, love, etc. He has recently been invited to speak at Stanford University by their student union.

Michael Lucas invited to speak at Stanford University

New York, NY (February 7th, 2007) — Lucas Entertainment President and CEO Michael Lucas will speak at Stanford University in California on Thursday, February 14th. The event, entitled “An Evening with Michael Lucas,” will take place at the Cubberley Auditorium (485 Lasuen Mall) starting at 7pm.

Organized by the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Speakers Bureau (http://speakers.stanford.edu), the event will include a lecture by Lucas, a Q&A session, and a reception. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.

“The ASSU Speakers Bureau is thrilled to welcome Michael Lucas to Stanford University,” said T. Patrick Cordova, spokesperson for the ASSU. “We are excited to bring together Stanford’s commitment for academic excellence with Mr. Lucas’ cultural and social perspective.”

Lucas has previously spoken at Yale University, New York University, and Rutgers, about topics as diverse as the adult industry, politics, safe sex, relationships, and Israel.

“I appreciate that I am not limited to speak just about pornography when invited to Stanford or other universities,” said Lucas. “Porn is my main job, but there are other fields in which I became expert in and feel confident and comfortable talking about.”

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford’s current community of scholars includes 16 Nobel laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners and 24 MacArthur Fellows.

–David Shankbone 19:15, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I got bored a couple of nights back, and in a moment of extreme madness (I’m one of those people who does stupid things without having to get drunk if the wrong mood takes hold) looked out and contacted Jessica Sierra’s promotional people. Before anyone asks “Who?” (or several less polite varients of the same question), see this and the preceding related stories linked to it. Now, it seems as though we have an interview with her to sort out.

As I sent the email, I will sort out the questions etc. If anyone takes pity and would like to submit something to help out, feel free to use the email feature to send them to me. One high note: the previous coverage by that strange account received a lot of unsurprising ‘this is ****’ type comments aimed more at the contributer than the admitantly unimportant stuff s/he was covering; I could enjoy tht being aimed at me; I am a perverse sort who likes knowing that he’s on the edge of what people find acceptable. That’s maybe unsurprising, as I’m a fan of, amongst other ‘heavy’ genres, shock rock. So bring it! Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:20, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I’ve got the story in prep, those who hadn’t noticed. Please look over Wikinews:story preparation/Wikinews interviews: Jessica Sierra, and at least note on the talk page if you think the list looks ok, as i would like to send it off on Monday, for publication midweek. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 16:26, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

[2] via [3] Nyarlathotep 22:09, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I’ve got my van Canto interview sorted and the questions will be sent any second. However, I’ve been advised on IRC just now about an NPOV issue with the lead. Can someone please copyedit the lead at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews: van Canto for NPOV? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:01, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

I created a lacrosse portal in the sports portal. I’m going to need help keeping up with it. Is anyone willing to help? I can’t be the only lacrosse fan on wikinews, can I?

Visit at Lacrosse

(Twiggslaxfpc 19:36, 10 February 2008 (UTC))

I’ve managed to secure an interview with the Australian Statistician, Brian Pink, and have begun to set things up at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews Australian Statistician Brian Pink. Because I have a strong conflict of interest (he’s effectively my boss), I am inviting close scrutiny of my handling of the interview. I’d also like to get some more ideas for questions. If you have no idea who this guy is or why he should be interviewed, feel free to ask me on my or the article’s talk page and I’ll try to explain anything you’d like to know. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 11:17, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

see [4]. The sources for this article are in Spanish, I can’t read that language unfortunately. Can anybody check whether the article is “overdone”? Thanks, Theo Assen – (talk) 13:39, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

With things moving at a glacial pace in terms of getting the Foundation to condemn the proposals to extend performers’ copyright terms Veropedia has been bold and installed petition software for the issue. I personally have signed the petition and left a comment. There’s not many signatures yet, I think I signed about 10-15 minutes after the petition went up.

I’d urge everyone to sign this, if you don’t know what is at stake ask here, I’ll likely have a lot more on that after tomorrow’s meeting with the EFF. The petition can be found here. —Brian McNeil / talk 14:23, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

If I was to tell a disaffected Wikipedian to go to Wikinews, I would tell them they have more ability to grow as a writer and explore topics Wikipedia may deem not “notable” for encyclopedia, but are “notable” as a news item. If that person washed up on our shores, what then? They have so many questions: how do I write an article that’s news and not like Wikipedia? What do I care about? What is news? What does Wikinews want me to write about? How do I do it? These were questions I had. I think what scares most new contributors is an insecurity in their ideas to contribute: do we want them? Can they write them? How do they do that?

The Wikinews:Research Desk, which has also usurped Wikinews:Reference, is a place to tell people who feel stuck to go and chill out for awhile. There, you can see what is going on in the world of activism, government, financial markets. You can formulate ideas, check notions, and get lost in international intrigue over murder in the art market and and an out-of-wedlock birth that is rocking County Cork.

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to links on the Internet for whatever. If we become large enough to require a Lexis-type research system I can develop that for us. Until then, where we are now, we are trying to birth ideas and create them, and the Research Desk is more an art than a library: It hits the sweet spot between coming up with ideas, and being able to test them a little. It does not overwhelm, and it does not underwhelm. Please add, subtract to the links with good cause and consideration. As of this writing, they can use expansion, and an AzaToth-esque change in formating the page may be needed. One day…that would show huge maturation in our site, needing to reorganize a more complex reference library as a necessity. On can hope. –David Shankbone – (talk) 03:19, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Out here in Oregon, we have a very active WikiProject on Wikipedia, and an active WikiWednesday group as well. Recently, the local Historical Society and a university history department launched a encyclopedia project of their own.

This adds up, we feel, to an excellent opportunity to do some outreach to the public, to educate about the benefits of Wikipedia and of wikis in general. We’re working on a press release about some recent successes, among other things. At least one reporter for one of the bigger Portland papers is interested in a story.

One of our project members suggested that we should seek input from WikiNews folks, since y’all presumably have more experience in the world of news and publicity than us. So please take a look if you have a moment, and help us improve it! Shooting to get the press release out Monday.

There’s more discussion about all this on the wikiproject’s talk page, if you want to dig deeper. -Peteforsyth – (talk) 21:59, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Looks like we’re no longer “cornering” the market on citizen journalism. Look here. It’s been up for about a week or two, it seems people can write stories but it seems more like they take pictures and leave OR notes. Though I will admit, it’s got a big vandal/spam problem at the moment, various patent nonsense or fake stories. –TUFKAAP – (talk) 06:19, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi guys – I mentioned this before. The Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau has invited me down to Rio to do some photos of Rio for Wikipedia articles, some Wikinews articles, and I have requested several interviews with some very well-known Rio-based Brazilians. If anyone has suggestions for what to photograph, or who to interview, I welcome them on my Talk page. I look forward to exploring Rio for Wikimedia. I will be there March 5 through March 11. Dave –David Shankbone – (talk) 02:55, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

David has told me in an e-mail that he has cancelled his trip. –Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:37, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Is anyone interested in attending with a press pass to cover for Wikinews? Let me know if you do. –David Shankbone – (talk) 02:04, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Mister-info.com has republished on of our stories (late, very late, too) with the claim “Copyright Mister-Info.com”. I don’t know if that’s the only one they’ve stolen. See http://www.mister-info.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=10077&format=html Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:41, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Sorry Guys, the “Copyright Mister-Info.com” was a mistake, will be removed immediatly, please advice the best way to give credit concerning your articles. (mister-info admin)

–Remi – (talk) 07:44, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

It seriously sucks giving out your email address on a scrap of paper when you are interviewing or otherwise meeting up with people. To that end it has been proposed we have business cards we can hand out. As it is unlikely the Foundation would pay for professional printing it will be down to us to print our own cards. I bought pre-perforated card for that purpose today, the size of cards on this is 90mm x 50mm.

If you can, design a version, upload it to Wikinews, and put it in its own section below. Feel free to comment on the various proposed designs. —Brian McNeil / talk 16:04, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

As I noted below, it is important to stress people are a “Community Accredited Reporter”. Its probably also a good idea to slip “freelance” in there somewhere too.

The “Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c) registered non-profit” is likely another bit we want to keep. It’d be good to slip “organization” on the end of that, but most of the designs don’t have the space to keep that all on one line. [Aside, US non-profit=US spelling of organization.] —Brian McNeil / talk 08:29, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

This is a fairly “quick ‘n’ dirty” design simply using the logo and what looks fairly close to the font in use on the front page. The logo may be too close to the top to allow for minor slippage as the printer grabs the paper, but it is basic and, I think, effective. —Brian McNeil / talk 16:18, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Uses the logo with text this time. Also devotes a great deal more space to this on the card. —Brian McNeil / talk 18:54, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

There is space on this design for additional contact methods, eg jabber or AIM. —Brian McNeil / talk 18:58, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

A more bold disclaimer in this one, and a slightly smaller version of the labelled logo. —Brian McNeil / talk 19:22, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Logo, logo text per front page, wide space down bottom for people who have long usernames. Note assumes accredited reporters would get a redirect in main namespace to avoid the “User:” section. Uses the word freelance. —Brian McNeil / talk 19:45, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Using a two column design with the logo and wikinews stuff on a gray background, the personal information on the right. AzaToth – (talk) 21:39, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

not so much a design, as indicating text to be used. users with 70 character usernames, have fun. –Doldrums(talk) 20:48, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

similar to design 5, but with an horizontal orientation. AzaToth – (talk) 23:01, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

It looks like the Wikinews logo is sinking. 😛 —Brian McNeil / talk 10:25, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Per feedback from Jay Walsh this version includes the specific terms he wants, “Volunteer” and “Freelance”. Apart from that it is mainly based on Design 4. —Brian McNeil / talk 10:30, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

I’ve printed out a sheet of 10 of these and they look really good. —Brian McNeil / talk 23:16, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, I wanted to submit this before, but things are quite busy here! This design is based on the official Wikimedia business cards for the French chapter. I think it must be kept in mind that a business card shouldn’t be overloaded (as I feel the other proposals are) otherwise the really relevant info (name, position and contact info) is lost among the rest.

The software I regularly use for desktop publishing is Scribus and it’s free software, so anyone can edit the files provided that one has the Gill sans fonts. guillom – (talk) 09:13, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Vote for as many designs as you wish, but ideally only one or two. Vote will be closed on March 12. [Extended due to late addition of Design 9] I recommend printing these out for review as the impact when cut to size is quite different from what you get here on-wiki.

In this talk page, we’re discussing whether a Cuban referendum received 97.7% support. One user has cited an article from w:Prensa Latina. I’m worried that the news organisation may be affiliated with the Cuban government. I tend to worry about the reliability of official news organisations associated with governments, of any flavour, that lack a free press. Does Prensa Latina qualify as a reliable source? Thanks, Andjam – (talk) 03:22, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Discussion moved to Wikinews talk:Story preparation/Wikipedia founder’s involvement with Rachel Marsden article. Cirt – (talk) 20:16, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

See the preparation page itself which is temporarily at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikipedia founder’s involvement with Rachel Marsden article as the story develops/more sources become available. Cirt – (talk) 20:33, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi,
Some of you may be aware that “Anonymous” are planning more protests against scientology. Please be aware that preparation for the protest is being coordinated at this page. If you think you could report on the article for Wikinews add your name to the list.
Anonymous101 Talk 18:06, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

According to notices on the image page all the images described at this page will be deleted by March 28. Is this still going to happen? –Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 07:14, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

FYI – An anon-IP claiming to be Jeff Merkey has posted a comment at Comments:Jimmy Wales accused of editing for donations#Merkey Responds. I could use the help of one or two experienced Wikinews accredited reporters and/or admins, for verification purposes, to get in touch with Merkey and also to get in touch directly with the Wikimedia Foundation and possibly with Jimmy Wales, in order to set up a potential follow-up piece and allow for these individuals to comment and respond to what has been said (by each of them).

I am neither a Wikinews accredited reporter or admin, so I could use some help/input here. Thanks, Cirt – (talk) 06:36, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Think the front page looks great right now, two breaking stories (and the China one is important and not being covered elsewhere) and an excellent story on Belgium, again important news that isn’t getting attention elsewhere.

Nice job y’all!

Video presentation –David Shankbone – (talk) 05:53, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

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Monday, January 30, 2006 

Edits by Massachusetts congressman Marty Meehan’s staff on his Wikipedia article spurred a Lowell Sun story and a subsequent Wikipedia investigation of all Internet addresses assigned to the Congress of the United States.

While edits from the Capitol are not generally news, the biographical article for Mr. Meehan was carefully edited, removing negative comments while expanding with content from the congressman’s political flyer. The IP address which made these edits has an extensive editing history on Wikipedia, and has been repeatedly blocked in past months for article vandalism and violation of Wikipedia policies (Wikipedia’s log of 143.231.249.141 being blocked from editing).

Wikipedia administrators, alerted to the Marty Meehan article edits, realized that many edits to politically-sensitive articles had been made from IP addresses assigned to the US Capitol building, and have begun an investigation into all edits from such addresses.

At the center of the investigation are edits by the IP address 143.231.249.141, which is the proxy through which most of the U.S. House Internet traffic passes. Jon Brandt, spokesman for the Committee on House Administration confirmed House ownership of the IP [1]. An aide for Rep. Meehan made two edits to the article on Meehan’s biography. The first was on July 18, 2005 and replaced the article with his official biography, which was biased towards Meehan. A later edit on December 27, 2005 removed text referring to Mr. Meehan’s pledge to only run four terms, or 8 years.

The text that was removed said “He also ran on a platform of term limits. However, after serving four terms as US Congressman, the number of terms he pledged that he and no other congressman should serve out, he has since gone back on his word and now is adamently [sic] against the idea of term limits for Congressmen.”

The text was replaced with: “His fiscally responsible voting record since then has earned him praise from citizen watchdog groups.”

Congressman Meehan has served seven terms as Representative of his home state of Massachusetts.

Most of the edits from Capitol Hill IPs have not been harmful edits. Many edits have been made which were neutral, correcting factual, spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. A sampling of both positive and harmful edits to politically-related articles are included here.

The communications director for Rep. Joe Wilson took a different approach to editing Rep. Wilson’s article. She contacted Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales, who advised that she supply a biography on the Wikipedia article’s discussion page, rather than edit the article directly, for other Wikipedia editors to check and to incorporate into the article itself. After she added the official bio to Wilson’s discussion page, Wikipedia editors used it and several other sources to expand the article substantially.

Following the reports of the edits from the House IP address, a so-called checkuser (a check of confidential information to determine the accounts used by staffers coming from that IP) was performed to determine what users logged-in with an account edited from the House IP address, and the edits made by all of those users were checked as well. They all showed little bias and no vandalism. [2]

Unlike the U.S. House, computers from the U.S. Senate are assigned individual IP addresses. To identify possible vandals, the edit history for all senators was checked, and a list of 25 addresses was extracted. While some had good faith edits, others showed unacceptable behaviour.

The entire 156.33.x.x netblock is for Senate use only [3]

The following is a partial list of U.S. Senator biographies on the English-language Wikipedia edited by Senate employees.

While the identity of these IPs are not known, a small sample of edits from Capitol IPs shows both helpful and harmful edits.

A complete list of all the Senatorial IPs that contributed to political articles can be found here.

The attention of Wikipedia administrators was drawn to the pattern of edits to Wikipedia articles by Congressional staffers at 18:47 on January 29. In response, Wikipedia administrators began a systematic examination of all edits to articles made from IP addresses that have been assigned for use by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Administrators found several places where edits from U.S. Senate IP addresses had been to articles on Senators.

Following online discussions using IRC, Wikipedia administrator FireFox blocked the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wikipedia editing privileges for one week while the issue is discussed. The block was lifted shortly thereafter by a dissenting admin. [19]

While the Wikimedia Foundation has not yet issued a statement regarding this, Jimmy Wales was quoted by the AP discouraging the removal of facts. “You don’t delete it,” Wales said. “If they wanted to put in their side of things, that would seem ethically relevant, rather than just omitting it.”

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This interview is now set. They are running us around 12 hours a day–literally, sometimes 14–to different tech companies, universities, etc. I have to figure out the next story to write. I’m very very tired. Supposedly Ehud Olmert is a go, but no time has been set. –David Shankbone 19:08, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

We are up again for not being used anywhere on Wikipedia. If it is decided that Wikinews can not be used on Wikipedia, I plan to retire from both projects and concentrate on other things I have been developing. If it is important for this project not to be shunted off Wikipedia, then I suggest you make your views known here, and about the Verifiability of the interviews here. I personally feel that if this is an important project to WIkinewsies, then it is important we are part of this discussion. All of us. –David Shankbone 22:10, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Adambro, WP should not have a news section…your point? DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 03:14, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Why does us being a wiki automatically shut us off from the west of the world? Pilotguy roger that 00:23, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

(unindent) Well, the IP’s charges fall flat. First, one only has to go the New York Times or Fox News articles to see many examples where their reporting is biased, wrong or “made up”. Although there are many people who think both those organizations have good reputations for believability, there are certainly many who do not believe much they report to be a basis for forming an opinion on a topic. I actually think we have a stronger code of ethics on here. Second, it is pointless to say we need to earn some kind of reputation because such things are not exactly measured. After all, we are cited, talked about, our interviews with people are held up by them proudly, we are invited to go with other journalists to foreign and local events, our material is carried by other news sites, etc. Any charge one could make about us, has been made about virtually every Mainstream Media source (with real life examples); every measure one could use to show we are taken seriously we can provide. –David Shankbone 13:44, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

(restart indentation) DF, so you are saying it is impossible for someone to make misleading or inaccurate OR notes? I’m not saying we allow rubbish to be published but we can only judge on the information the editor responsible for the OR supplies. Adambro 19:46, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

This is a waste of time. If you want to argue into the night please use another form of communication. Otherwise engage constructively. —Brian McNeil / talk 20:06, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

I am arguing strongly for appropriately limited use of Wikinews as a source at Wikipedia. The key bullet points that I think wikinewsies can help with would be by creating a page of “best practices” and some quick explanations for Wikipedians about those “best practices”. For example, WP:V can be best satisfied for interview articles when the full audio is posted alongside the edited interview. That more or less answers any plausible objections as to verifiability.

Some at Wikipedia seem to be imagining a straw man position in which Wikinewsies would argue for citability of everything on wikinews, but we are not talking about that, but talking about citing a very narrow range of work that conforms to “best practices”. I am sure that both Wikinewsies and Wikipedians share a feeling of horror at the notion that we might have an embarassing situation where a Wikinewsie is posting fake interviews and Wikipedians trust it… and so everyone needs to think hard about best practices to minimize the odds of that happening.–Jimbo Wales 00:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Below I’ve broken down our types of articles and detailed what I think are criteria most Wikinewsies would agree on for WP inclusion. —Brian McNeil / talk 09:20, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

On a related note, and my personal efforts to get enough of an editorial control process in place I have looked at Flagged Revisions, discussed this on foundation-l, and had general agreement from Eloquence that Wikinews should be among the first projects to try this. —Brian McNeil / talk 09:28, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Synthesis articles cannot be referenced in Wikipedia. They can be linked to from articles using the {{wikinews}} template. This is actually only appropriate when we have a good article that draws from several sources and – ideally – has multiple contributors. In such cases where material from the Wikinews article is appropriate for the Wikipedia article it should be traced back to the source(s) we cite.

These should be citeable. There may be a requirement that associated audio has been uploaded, or that the IRC log is available. Interviews conducted by email may be a different matter, but there should be some mechanism to allow verification of the emails without revealing things like the interviewee’s email address. This may require involvement of OTRS volunteers.

Notes and photos should give these sufficient credibility that they can be cited.

What are some ideas we have to make articles more palatable to those concerned about their veracity on Wikipedia? I have mainly argued on behalf of interviews because I find them to be no-brainers in terms of their ability to be included on Wikipedia. I think there are several things we need to consider:

I think these two issues will go a long way toward helping us. Ideas? Suggestions? –David Shankbone 21:24, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

We have practices and guidelines etc throughout Welcome messages, policies, guidelines etc etc. If we need “practices,” we need to gather up all those and put them in a centralized location. Sort of a Wikinews handbook or a Journalists Handbook. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 04:19, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Some thoughts on best practices for interviews:

4.250.138.159 13:52, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Is there a way we could institute the Flagged revisions feature, once (if?) this is implemented? Developers are writing code for this right now for MediaWiki, and it seems to me that a version that has been flagged as a “Quality Version” on Wikinews could be citable in Wikipedia. (I would think that a “sighted version” might only be used for current events, if at all.) I’m heavily involved with the Wikipedia 1.0 project, and so this sort of thing is of great interest to me on Wikipedia; hopefully some of the same methods developed there can work here too. It seems to me that a transcribed interview with Tony Benn, etc, should be citable, as long as there is some sort of tag that says “this has been verified as an accurate transcript of the interview”. Walkerma 06:08, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

I plan to make it standard to include the audio files in the OR notes, unless there is an important reason not to do so; for instance, Augusten Burroughs will not be available. Such cases will be rare, though. –David Shankbone 02:05, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

First, despite my at times strident and strongly-worded complaints (which I promise is more a function of my inability to type with an “inside voice” than any real anger), I really have a lot of respect for the people on this site. That includes Adambro and SVTCobra. When I left law school in 2006 I was a very disillusioned person with a cynical outlook on humanity (post-GWB re-election; post-Katrina; post-9/11; post Abu Ghraib; and post witnessing the corporate automatons in law school). Wiki was almost solely responsible for helping me realize that there are people out there who passionate care about knowledge free of the Frank Luntz deceptive use of language.

That was a year and a half ago. I recognize I have quite a few talents, and I loved the Wiki projects and their reasons for existing that I committed to investing my creativity, energy, intelligence and money into doing what I could to improve them. It was only meant to be a year’s worth of work, and that was July 2006. When I was getting ready to quietly retire, a few in the Wikimedia Foundation asked me to come over here to see if I can help out; after Wikipedia, I think this is one of the coolest projects on the Internet.

I am not retiring or leaving, but my contributions will significantly decrease. Not out of anger or frustration, but simply because there are other things I want to achieve personally. As you can all see from my output, I have invested a lot of time here.

I will still be around, and still produce the odd interview here and there, but what I most hope you will all think about is moving Wikinews to the next level. By all means, keep NPOV; but NPOV does not mean we can’t have other content that is interesting and perhaps something of an editorial. These are some suggestions I have, which I think will greatly increase readership and influence on this site:

Like I said, I really think you guys are great, and I apologize about those moments when I “exploded” or ranted–partly, I have a lot of things going on in my personal life; partly, it was that I had put too much pressure on myself with these interviews. That simply is my nature. I am more than willing to help with anything, from teaching you how to get an interview, to the problems and pitfalls in conducting one. I’m also willing to help with any of the things I mention above. I think if we make a united push for many of the things I listed, you will all find yourselves sitting on a very, very influential site that will actually mean something if you try to shop it for jobs in the real world. I don’t doubt that.–David Shankbone 21:20, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

I started a sub page to begin hammering out what is needed for us to be used as credible sources on Wikipedia. Keep tempers calm, and I also said that none of us should worry if a policy already exists; we just want to workshop and by the end of it maybe everything is already in place that they want and we can show them. It’s more a place to brainstorm – come join User:David Shankbone/Wikinews as a Source–David Shankbone 22:52, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Those of you on Facebook, someone (probably User:Zanimum, I think) has created a product page for Wikinews, so now you can become a fan! If you’re on facebook, try searching for Wikinews in the left-hand search box, and then “become a fan”. –Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:23, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

I’ve started my second interview, this time over e-mail due to conflicting schedules, with Furonda Brasfield. Furonda was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. She is currently owner of an ABA team, the Arkansas Fantastics, and has started production on her own television series, Model Me TV. I’m pushing for the interview to be published this weekend.

My interview with Keenyah has stalled at the moment, but I’m hoping for that one to be published after Furonda’s. From there I will consider the responses at Wikinews Reports and pick the winner of the Name Your Own Top Model contest. Keep it fierce, Wikinewsies! TheCustomOfLife 09:20, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

See the Wikinews Importer Bot for how to implement importing Wikinews items into Wikipedia portals. For example, Portal:Science and technology/Wikipedia updates Wikipedia:Portal:Science and Portal:Education/Wikipedia updates Wikipedia:Portal:Education. Today’s list of topics imported to Wikipedia portals includes at least the following:

The bot will get a few adjustments to show dates more like they typically appear in Wikipedia portal news boxes. The suggested DynamicPageList coding probably could use some touch-ups as well, like using the story posting date rather than the most recent edit date. What are your thoughts and suggestions about how to best use this bot from here on out? RichardF 04:43, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Okay, here goes… Category:2008 United States presidential election/Wikipedia now updates w:United States presidential election, 2008#See also. Imaging all the possibilities! >;-o) RichardF 23:38, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

I must say, I feel very happy about how sucessful this whole thing is. Wikinews has a bit of a history of getting in disagreements with other projects, or at the least sort of ignoring them, so the fact this is working is very nice. Bawolff ?? 06:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

See w:Talk:Deaths in 2008#Competition? for the first instance I’m aware of for Anti-Wikinews Importer Botism! :-) RichardF 13:42, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Update: It looks like Wikinews is alive and well at Wikipedia’s Deaths in 2008! 😉 Thanks to everyone who stepped in and helped work out a viable compromise, the Wikinews Importer Bot: Setup for articles. :-) RichardF 03:50, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Can someone figure out what went wrong with my w:Sesame Street trial? Portal:Sesame Street/Wikipedia, w:Template:Wikinewshas/Sesame Street… — Zanimum 17:25, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

A discussion is underway to delete the Wikipedia regional current events subportals. I made a counter proposal to import news from here via the Wikinews Importer Bot. This looks like another opportunity for Wikinewsies to weigh in on how the bot can help spread the wikilove! :-) RichardF 03:16, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I posted the following message at the Wikipedia Community Portal.

RichardF 03:32, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

216.54.14.84 (talk • contribs (logs) • block (block log)) seems to be posting a load of VERY questionable excessively incoherent text in articel comment pages. 68.39.174.238 23:08, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I noticed Portal:Europe had a color-coordinated footer available, Template:Europe/Subdivisions, so I replaced the collapsible footer, Template:Europe, with it. Would anyone object if I created comparable footers for the other regional portals and replaced the other existing collapsible footers? RichardF 22:57, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Hey everybody. I have been invited by the tourism board in Rio de Janeiro to join a press junket to Brazil in March. Details will be forthcoming. If anyone has a Rio-based person they want me to request to interview, please let me know. –David Shankbone 19:09, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi. I really need some good advice here from experienced users. A prolific POV-pusher has made a move from Wikipedia to WikiNews and there do not appear to be mechanisms in place there to check him. I am referring to Wikipedia User Cirt. Cirt runs an incredible 5000+ edits per month with the main effect of his efforts being to bring articles critical of (primarily) Scientology to featured and front page status. And you know what, I have no objection to that. Wikipedia is a community and featured articles are the most scrutinized of all and I am comfortable with the community holding him in check so if he can make a Scientology-critical piece into a featured article then more power to him. Of course in areas that are not scrutinized he has more “freedom of expression” as in the article on Bowfinger where the only “Theme”, according to Cirt was that Scientology is a cult, see this. He expanded it a bit after I pulled his little piece though it is still unduly weighted. Or perhaps Curt’s recent spat of AfDing and prodding Scientology-series articles that are, IDK, not sufficiently critical? I am not going to play around with words here, I respect this community too much. I, for one, am 100% certain that Cirt is a reincarnation of Smee (formerly Smeelgova) who disappeared just before Cirt appeared. Their interests, article for article, are identical, as is their editing style and Modus operandi, with Smee famous for bringing material critical of Scientology to the front page under WP:DYK.

So what does this have to do with WikiNews? Well, we were discussing a recent DDOS attack on the CofS on the talk page and whether it was notable (consensus seeming to be no, not notable) and I saw a reference to a WikiNews article so I went over there. I found that someone had been very busy indeed! Not only an article on Jan 20, Hackers attack Church of Scientology website but another today, “Anonymous” releases statements outlining “War on Scientology” and the first raised to FEATURED STORY status. So today, a release by some bunch of anonymous haters is front page news along with Gaza and Iraq. Who would think that? Who would benefit from that thought? Of course, I find that both were essentially written by the same person, Wilhelm. And I happen to know that Cirt’s original name on Wikipedia was Curt Wilhelm Von Savage, an alias once used by Werner Erhard, the founder of EST, another of Cirt’s targets, see the little treatment at Semi-Tough, similar to the treatment at Bowfinger (you may need to go back a bit as recent GA review may have toned it down). I also recognize Cirt’s style in the WikiNews articles but then I am very familiar with it.

So you see my dilemma? So long as Cirt was not repeating Smee’s more offensive errors and working within the community, I had no huge problem with his efforts to push his agenda. I knew that the community was large enough and the structure strong enough to hold him in check and meanwhile the project gets a prolific editor. But this WikiNews thing is a dealbreaker for me. He is using the power of Wikpedia (via WikiNews) to push the ill intentions of a small group of ne’er-do-wells (and read their page if you do not know what they are about) and he is doing it with no regard for the project or for anything other than his agenda. And there do not appear to be mechanisms in place at WikiNews to hold him in check. I really do not know where to go with this. This is a big thing and, if Cirt/Wilhelm is left unchecked, it will only get worse. Help. Please. Thanks in advance. (This is posted on Wikipedia but I am bringing it here as suggested by an admin there.) –JustaHulk 20:53, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Isn’t this discussion becoming more suitable for the Water Cooler? —SVTCobra 02:05, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

I sometimes get a raised eyebrow when I accuse POV-pushers of using this project to promote cyberterrorism to forward their POV. Let’s just take a look at who we are elevating to a level where their attacks and announcements are worthy of featured coverage even before they prove to be anything. See the first hit on this search (I will not link directly to a copyright violation but this is worth seeing).

“Cyber-terrorism is the leveraging of a target’s computers and information technology, particularly via the Internet, to cause physical, real-world harm or severe disruption of infrastructure.”

Does that sound like anything that Anonymous might be involved with. Watch the Fox11 video if you have any doubts. –JustaHulk 22:43, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

No matter how much feedback JustaHulk (talk · contribs) gets from both Admins and editors from both Wikipedia and Wikinews, he continues to disruptively/abusively push this issue regarding me. Please take a look at his recent post to Jimbo Wales’s talk page on Wikipedia. He started a new subsection on Jimbo’s talk page called “WikiNews is a crack whore”. If any of you also have accounts on Wikipedia, it would be much appreciated if you could provide comment over there about what you feel about my recent spate of article writing here – please, whether you feel I have been a positive, or a negative or something else, contribution to Wikinews, I’d appreciate your feedback at Jimbo’s talk page on Wikipedia. If this harassment keeps up, I will try to keep writing good articles and contributing here, because I really like the work you all are doing on this project – but suffice it to say it is difficult not to get frustrated by the bull-baiting. Cirt 16:54, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

I want to thank every single Wikinewsie and everyone who reads Wikinews for giving us the opportunity to announce a milestone for Wikinews.

Since our debut in November of 2004, we have just received our highest ratings EVER. According to Alexa, which to be a little POV, is generally our enemy in ratings, has given us a rank as of January 24, 2008 of 3,538.

The graph, when clicking on MAX, shows the blue line far above any rank we’ve ever had on the project.

This makes me incredibly happy to see that all of us are putting forth dedicated work to form the best news agency on the internet. Keep up the excellent work! DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 03:54, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

Who closes Accreditation requests? —Boricuæddie 23:59, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

I work for a radio station, and we are considering creating a new local, national, and world news morning show. As an avid Wikipedian, and regular visitor to Wikinews.org, I think WikiNews and WikiNews Audio has some great news articles that we could use for this show on a regular basis. I was wondering whether anyone has any suggestions, or whether anyone thinks this is a good idea or not. Sobar 11:36, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

I think I will have a daily weekday show that features local news, as well as a roundup of national and world news. I noticed that the Audio Wikinews seems to be updated frequently, although it’s not exactly very active. Our radio station serves the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts USA. For now, I can use some of the audio from Wikinews Audio, but it would be great for Wikinews contributors to let me know which stories I should include on the show, or even record audio articles for the show. Definitely I will mention Wikinews as our source, and I will refer people to Wikinews on our station’s website. Sobar 21:53, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

The Wikimania 2008 Call for Participation has started.

Discussion moved to WN:WM2008 —Brian McNeil / talk 11:02, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

This week, we were able to secure through Elite Model Management interviews with two former America’s Next Top Model winners. Newcomer Sandy Ordonez (WMF’s former Communications Manager) interviewed Jaslene Gonzalez, and I interviewed CariDee English. Expect the CariDee interview to be up tomorrow and the Jaslene interview soon after. Keep it fierce, Wikinewsies! TheCustomOfLife 20:11, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

have boldly renamed this page and its associates as Archives, and changed the navigation link thingy in the left-hand tab accordingly. awaiting comments, meh’s or frothing-at-the-mouth opposition. –Doldrums(talk) 09:10, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I am interviewing Michael Lucas on Saturday. In addition to owning the largest adult entertainment production company in New York, he is outspoken on topics ranging from crystal meth use, unprotected sex, Hasidic Judaism, Islam, love, etc. He has recently been invited to speak at Stanford University by their student union.

Michael Lucas invited to speak at Stanford University

New York, NY (February 7th, 2007) — Lucas Entertainment President and CEO Michael Lucas will speak at Stanford University in California on Thursday, February 14th. The event, entitled “An Evening with Michael Lucas,” will take place at the Cubberley Auditorium (485 Lasuen Mall) starting at 7pm.

Organized by the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Speakers Bureau (http://speakers.stanford.edu), the event will include a lecture by Lucas, a Q&A session, and a reception. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.

“The ASSU Speakers Bureau is thrilled to welcome Michael Lucas to Stanford University,” said T. Patrick Cordova, spokesperson for the ASSU. “We are excited to bring together Stanford’s commitment for academic excellence with Mr. Lucas’ cultural and social perspective.”

Lucas has previously spoken at Yale University, New York University, and Rutgers, about topics as diverse as the adult industry, politics, safe sex, relationships, and Israel.

“I appreciate that I am not limited to speak just about pornography when invited to Stanford or other universities,” said Lucas. “Porn is my main job, but there are other fields in which I became expert in and feel confident and comfortable talking about.”

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford’s current community of scholars includes 16 Nobel laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners and 24 MacArthur Fellows.

–David Shankbone 19:15, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I got bored a couple of nights back, and in a moment of extreme madness (I’m one of those people who does stupid things without having to get drunk if the wrong mood takes hold) looked out and contacted Jessica Sierra’s promotional people. Before anyone asks “Who?” (or several less polite varients of the same question), see this and the preceding related stories linked to it. Now, it seems as though we have an interview with her to sort out.

As I sent the email, I will sort out the questions etc. If anyone takes pity and would like to submit something to help out, feel free to use the email feature to send them to me. One high note: the previous coverage by that strange account received a lot of unsurprising ‘this is ****’ type comments aimed more at the contributer than the admitantly unimportant stuff s/he was covering; I could enjoy tht being aimed at me; I am a perverse sort who likes knowing that he’s on the edge of what people find acceptable. That’s maybe unsurprising, as I’m a fan of, amongst other ‘heavy’ genres, shock rock. So bring it! Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:20, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I’ve got the story in prep, those who hadn’t noticed. Please look over Wikinews:story preparation/Wikinews interviews: Jessica Sierra, and at least note on the talk page if you think the list looks ok, as i would like to send it off on Monday, for publication midweek. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 16:26, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

[2] via [3] Nyarlathotep 22:09, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

I’ve got my van Canto interview sorted and the questions will be sent any second. However, I’ve been advised on IRC just now about an NPOV issue with the lead. Can someone please copyedit the lead at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews: van Canto for NPOV? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:01, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

I created a lacrosse portal in the sports portal. I’m going to need help keeping up with it. Is anyone willing to help? I can’t be the only lacrosse fan on wikinews, can I?

Visit at Lacrosse

(Twiggslaxfpc 19:36, 10 February 2008 (UTC))

I’ve managed to secure an interview with the Australian Statistician, Brian Pink, and have begun to set things up at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikinews interviews Australian Statistician Brian Pink. Because I have a strong conflict of interest (he’s effectively my boss), I am inviting close scrutiny of my handling of the interview. I’d also like to get some more ideas for questions. If you have no idea who this guy is or why he should be interviewed, feel free to ask me on my or the article’s talk page and I’ll try to explain anything you’d like to know. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 11:17, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

see [4]. The sources for this article are in Spanish, I can’t read that language unfortunately. Can anybody check whether the article is “overdone”? Thanks, Theo Assen – (talk) 13:39, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

With things moving at a glacial pace in terms of getting the Foundation to condemn the proposals to extend performers’ copyright terms Veropedia has been bold and installed petition software for the issue. I personally have signed the petition and left a comment. There’s not many signatures yet, I think I signed about 10-15 minutes after the petition went up.

I’d urge everyone to sign this, if you don’t know what is at stake ask here, I’ll likely have a lot more on that after tomorrow’s meeting with the EFF. The petition can be found here. —Brian McNeil / talk 14:23, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

If I was to tell a disaffected Wikipedian to go to Wikinews, I would tell them they have more ability to grow as a writer and explore topics Wikipedia may deem not “notable” for encyclopedia, but are “notable” as a news item. If that person washed up on our shores, what then? They have so many questions: how do I write an article that’s news and not like Wikipedia? What do I care about? What is news? What does Wikinews want me to write about? How do I do it? These were questions I had. I think what scares most new contributors is an insecurity in their ideas to contribute: do we want them? Can they write them? How do they do that?

The Wikinews:Research Desk, which has also usurped Wikinews:Reference, is a place to tell people who feel stuck to go and chill out for awhile. There, you can see what is going on in the world of activism, government, financial markets. You can formulate ideas, check notions, and get lost in international intrigue over murder in the art market and and an out-of-wedlock birth that is rocking County Cork.

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to links on the Internet for whatever. If we become large enough to require a Lexis-type research system I can develop that for us. Until then, where we are now, we are trying to birth ideas and create them, and the Research Desk is more an art than a library: It hits the sweet spot between coming up with ideas, and being able to test them a little. It does not overwhelm, and it does not underwhelm. Please add, subtract to the links with good cause and consideration. As of this writing, they can use expansion, and an AzaToth-esque change in formating the page may be needed. One day…that would show huge maturation in our site, needing to reorganize a more complex reference library as a necessity. On can hope. –David Shankbone – (talk) 03:19, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Out here in Oregon, we have a very active WikiProject on Wikipedia, and an active WikiWednesday group as well. Recently, the local Historical Society and a university history department launched a encyclopedia project of their own.

This adds up, we feel, to an excellent opportunity to do some outreach to the public, to educate about the benefits of Wikipedia and of wikis in general. We’re working on a press release about some recent successes, among other things. At least one reporter for one of the bigger Portland papers is interested in a story.

One of our project members suggested that we should seek input from WikiNews folks, since y’all presumably have more experience in the world of news and publicity than us. So please take a look if you have a moment, and help us improve it! Shooting to get the press release out Monday.

There’s more discussion about all this on the wikiproject’s talk page, if you want to dig deeper. -Peteforsyth – (talk) 21:59, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Looks like we’re no longer “cornering” the market on citizen journalism. Look here. It’s been up for about a week or two, it seems people can write stories but it seems more like they take pictures and leave OR notes. Though I will admit, it’s got a big vandal/spam problem at the moment, various patent nonsense or fake stories. –TUFKAAP – (talk) 06:19, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi guys – I mentioned this before. The Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau has invited me down to Rio to do some photos of Rio for Wikipedia articles, some Wikinews articles, and I have requested several interviews with some very well-known Rio-based Brazilians. If anyone has suggestions for what to photograph, or who to interview, I welcome them on my Talk page. I look forward to exploring Rio for Wikimedia. I will be there March 5 through March 11. Dave –David Shankbone – (talk) 02:55, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

David has told me in an e-mail that he has cancelled his trip. –Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:37, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Is anyone interested in attending with a press pass to cover for Wikinews? Let me know if you do. –David Shankbone – (talk) 02:04, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Mister-info.com has republished on of our stories (late, very late, too) with the claim “Copyright Mister-Info.com”. I don’t know if that’s the only one they’ve stolen. See http://www.mister-info.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=10077&format=html Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:41, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Sorry Guys, the “Copyright Mister-Info.com” was a mistake, will be removed immediatly, please advice the best way to give credit concerning your articles. (mister-info admin)

–Remi – (talk) 07:44, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

It seriously sucks giving out your email address on a scrap of paper when you are interviewing or otherwise meeting up with people. To that end it has been proposed we have business cards we can hand out. As it is unlikely the Foundation would pay for professional printing it will be down to us to print our own cards. I bought pre-perforated card for that purpose today, the size of cards on this is 90mm x 50mm.

If you can, design a version, upload it to Wikinews, and put it in its own section below. Feel free to comment on the various proposed designs. —Brian McNeil / talk 16:04, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

As I noted below, it is important to stress people are a “Community Accredited Reporter”. Its probably also a good idea to slip “freelance” in there somewhere too.

The “Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c) registered non-profit” is likely another bit we want to keep. It’d be good to slip “organization” on the end of that, but most of the designs don’t have the space to keep that all on one line. [Aside, US non-profit=US spelling of organization.] —Brian McNeil / talk 08:29, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

This is a fairly “quick ‘n’ dirty” design simply using the logo and what looks fairly close to the font in use on the front page. The logo may be too close to the top to allow for minor slippage as the printer grabs the paper, but it is basic and, I think, effective. —Brian McNeil / talk 16:18, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Uses the logo with text this time. Also devotes a great deal more space to this on the card. —Brian McNeil / talk 18:54, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

There is space on this design for additional contact methods, eg jabber or AIM. —Brian McNeil / talk 18:58, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

A more bold disclaimer in this one, and a slightly smaller version of the labelled logo. —Brian McNeil / talk 19:22, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Logo, logo text per front page, wide space down bottom for people who have long usernames. Note assumes accredited reporters would get a redirect in main namespace to avoid the “User:” section. Uses the word freelance. —Brian McNeil / talk 19:45, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Using a two column design with the logo and wikinews stuff on a gray background, the personal information on the right. AzaToth – (talk) 21:39, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

not so much a design, as indicating text to be used. users with 70 character usernames, have fun. –Doldrums(talk) 20:48, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

similar to design 5, but with an horizontal orientation. AzaToth – (talk) 23:01, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

It looks like the Wikinews logo is sinking. 😛 —Brian McNeil / talk 10:25, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Per feedback from Jay Walsh this version includes the specific terms he wants, “Volunteer” and “Freelance”. Apart from that it is mainly based on Design 4. —Brian McNeil / talk 10:30, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

I’ve printed out a sheet of 10 of these and they look really good. —Brian McNeil / talk 23:16, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, I wanted to submit this before, but things are quite busy here! This design is based on the official Wikimedia business cards for the French chapter. I think it must be kept in mind that a business card shouldn’t be overloaded (as I feel the other proposals are) otherwise the really relevant info (name, position and contact info) is lost among the rest.

The software I regularly use for desktop publishing is Scribus and it’s free software, so anyone can edit the files provided that one has the Gill sans fonts. guillom – (talk) 09:13, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Vote for as many designs as you wish, but ideally only one or two. Vote will be closed on March 12. [Extended due to late addition of Design 9] I recommend printing these out for review as the impact when cut to size is quite different from what you get here on-wiki.

In this talk page, we’re discussing whether a Cuban referendum received 97.7% support. One user has cited an article from w:Prensa Latina. I’m worried that the news organisation may be affiliated with the Cuban government. I tend to worry about the reliability of official news organisations associated with governments, of any flavour, that lack a free press. Does Prensa Latina qualify as a reliable source? Thanks, Andjam – (talk) 03:22, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Discussion moved to Wikinews talk:Story preparation/Wikipedia founder’s involvement with Rachel Marsden article. Cirt – (talk) 20:16, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

See the preparation page itself which is temporarily at Wikinews:Story preparation/Wikipedia founder’s involvement with Rachel Marsden article as the story develops/more sources become available. Cirt – (talk) 20:33, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi,
Some of you may be aware that “Anonymous” are planning more protests against scientology. Please be aware that preparation for the protest is being coordinated at this page. If you think you could report on the article for Wikinews add your name to the list.
Anonymous101 Talk 18:06, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

According to notices on the image page all the images described at this page will be deleted by March 28. Is this still going to happen? –Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 07:14, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

FYI – An anon-IP claiming to be Jeff Merkey has posted a comment at Comments:Jimmy Wales accused of editing for donations#Merkey Responds. I could use the help of one or two experienced Wikinews accredited reporters and/or admins, for verification purposes, to get in touch with Merkey and also to get in touch directly with the Wikimedia Foundation and possibly with Jimmy Wales, in order to set up a potential follow-up piece and allow for these individuals to comment and respond to what has been said (by each of them).

I am neither a Wikinews accredited reporter or admin, so I could use some help/input here. Thanks, Cirt – (talk) 06:36, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Think the front page looks great right now, two breaking stories (and the China one is important and not being covered elsewhere) and an excellent story on Belgium, again important news that isn’t getting attention elsewhere.

Nice job y’all!

Video presentation –David Shankbone – (talk) 05:53, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

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By Jane A. Smith

In looking for a government sponsored dental insurance, you have to consider two basic facts. One, that most federal dental insurance plan is for those employed by the federal governments only. Second, there are also government sponsored dental insurance purposely designed for the residents of the state and can availed only by the low income group.

If you are an employee of the federal government, there are many options open to you with regards to your family’s dental insurance plan. There is really no need for you to research on these plans, as you will be provided with the needed handouts related to these governments’ dental insurance offers to federal employees.

All you have to do is find the right option for you from the pamphlet and apply for such coverage. Actually, as a federal employee, you are in a better position for dental insurance coverage as all that you have to do is choose if what options is most suited to your family’s dental insurance need. This is one advantage of being in the government employ.

If you are working as a contractual employee of an agency and receiving a very low pay, you can still avail of these federally funded dental insurance plan which are free for those with lowest income and partially free for those with a slightly higher income. These government sponsored dental insurance plan are given to the residents of the state that are living in or near poverty levels.

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Every year, your state allocates a budget for these governmental support and have it bided to insurance companies. Those residents that would like to apply for these government supported dental insurance coverage plans has to submit proof of their annual earnings to qualify for these dental insurance plans.

For federal employees, it is suggested that if they would want a more comprehensive federal insurance plan with a good coverage on dental care, they can browse the website of their state and study what other options are available for them that can give them more coverage when it comes to their dental insurance need. In fact, in this site, they can also see their own plan, the total amount of their coverage and its status.

On the other hand, if you are out of work or working with a very low pay, you can always seek the help of your city or municipal government for federal dental insurance. If you have the time you can go to an internet shop and search the net for your state or city website. Here, you will come to learn the many free government assisted dental insurance coverage plans and the needed requirements if you want to apply for one.

Usually, the needed information that you have to furnish your city dental health office when you apply for federal dental insurance plan will be your yearly income and the number of children that you have. You have to be aware that if you fall on the lowest income level, you can have the chance of being afforded a totally free dental insurance for your family. With this information, you can now apply for federally assisted dental insurance plan for your family.

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