I was asked to tell everyone that the commons POTY (picture of the
year) vote is coming up. Any wikinewsie with over 200 edits can vote.
Heres there standard press release:
>Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2007 Picture of the
Year competition will be held soon. Any user who is registered at any
Wikimedia wiki and has more than 200 edits is invited to vote.
The competition is among the 514 images that became Featured Pictures
at Wikimedia Commons between 2007-01-01 and 2007-12-31. There are
literally hundreds of beautiful high quality pictures... please help
us choose the best one!
Voting will be conducted through a tool on the toolserver (to make it
easier to count compared to editing on a wiki). Users can request a
voting token on
. You will need to have email enabled for the user account you intend
to vote from. You can only vote once, even if you have multiple
accounts that meet the edit requirement. The voter log will be public
although the actual votes themselves will be private.
There are two rounds of voting. In the first round, you can vote for
as many images as you like, regardless of category. In the final (28),
you can only vote for one image.
Thanks, Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
We are now being syndicated by Wikipedia. Wikipedian RichardF
convinced Misza13 to make [[W:User:Wikinews Importer Bot]], which
allows various wikiportals to display headlines from Wikinews. (For
Basically it copies pages like
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Portal:Television/Wikipedia into the
appropriate wikipedia page.
Anyways I thought that was really cool.
[[LIST MODERATOR:PLEASE EDIT OUT ANDREW'S EMAIL ADDRESS]]
Thank you for your mail.
Your email was passed around and there's some Wikinewsies working on how can
we have the email an article feature - although it is likely to be an ugly
- as far as I know - a feature in every browser, but one of the last things
you'd think of. People are now used to websites making this easy. We should
too, so you were right to email us.
I've copied this response on to the wikinews mailing list where the
aforementioned people who might can do this are. Fingers crossed we can get
something to make life simple.
In any case, it's great to see someone taking the Wikinews coverage as
something they'd like to mail on. We strive to be neutral in our coverage and
do well balanced reports. We don't have enough people on the project to cover
every issue and sometimes our front page can look odd because of people
covering what interests them. I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you
to get involved. It can be as much or as little as you want. Correct
grammatical errors, change passive voice to active, or be really bold and
start your own articles. Wikinews tries to be a welcoming international
community and we have editors all over the world. For obvious reasons the
English project is among the most active, but French, German, and Chinese
projects also manage a respectable article count. What makes me smile is when
we have coverage in multiple languages; we certainly aren't as organised as
Wikipedia is with that, but we try.
Again, thank you for contacting us, we really should publicise this email
"Christ, Andrew (AV)" <xxx@xxx> wrote:
> I wanted to send the article about the burial of the woman leader in
> Pakistan who was assassinated.
> After I sent that e-mail, I can understand why Wikinews wouldn't want an
> 'e-mail article' button. It's one of the ways I keep in touch with a
> friend. Some people will want to know whether Wikinews uses the info
> about which articles get sent in their decisions as to which articles to
> write. Wikinews wouldn't be able to prove that the info isn't used in
> making such decisions. I had forgotten about my browser's 'e-mail page'
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wikinews Information Team [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 9:25 AM
> To: Christ, Andrew (AV)
> Subject: Re: [Ticket#2007122810012695] E-mail this article
> Dear Christ Andrew,
> Thank you for your mail.
> "Christ, Andrew (AV)" <xxx@xxx> wrote:
> > Please consider adding a button to your news articles. By clicking the
> > button, a reader may type in an e-mail address of a friend and send
> > news article to them. Thank you.
> Andrew, looks like you'll get your wish. One of our Serbian contributors
> is more technical than me is working on some code so we can have a "mail
> page" link in the left-hand sidebar.
> Out of curiosity, can you say which specific article you figured you had
> mail on? Just want to know some more about what makes our readers want
> to do
> more than just read.
> Yours sincerely,
> Brian McNeil
> Wikinews - http://en.wikinews.org
> Disclaimer: all mail to this address is answered by volunteers, and
> are not to be considered an official statement of the Wikimedia
> For official correspondence, you may contact the site operators at
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Onpassing for anyone interested. Probably inapplicable, but FWIW :-)
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From: *Vikki Porter* <kdmcinfo(a)usc.edu <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
Date: 4 Jan 2008 12:02
Subject: Knight Fellowship for Multimedia Training
To: susanpgardner(a)gmail.com <mailto:email@example.com>
Fellowship applications being accepted for:
Technology Training for Editors Workshop
March 25 - 28, 2008
Technology Training for Reporters Workshop
April 15 - 18, 2008
Knight Digital Media Center at
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APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOTH SEMINARS: FEBRUARY 8, 2008
The Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia at the University of
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Workshop participants will learn how to create database-driven map
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.pdf podcasts, and create identities and participate in social
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Participants will receive four days of intense hands-on instruction on
• Produce audio slideshows;
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Hey Guys, (and to be Politically correct, girls..) ;)
For those of you who don't know, I am flying out of NZ on Sunday, heading to
the UK for the year, taking one of those new fangled GAP Years, before
University next year (09).
Thus come this weekend, I can no longer guarantee my editing times. I hope
to be able to return to the project, hopefully sooner rather than later. It
might be 6 months, a year, who knows.
First of all, I would like to say that it is incredible; it is incredible
that nearly three wonderful years spent on Wikinews have sped away
irretrievably. I actually still remember my first time on Wikinews. A few
years back, I was reading Wikipedia's current event's section thus somehow
navigating a link to Wikinews in the process. Like Terinjokes said on this
mailing list a few months back. I found a link to CGI:IRC and said "hi" to
the channel, with Amgine responding with a cool "Welcome BrianNewZealand,
are you a Kiwi?".
I can never forget the community who are the driving forces behind the
functioning of any Wiki. I doubt there are many Wikis which can boast a
group of such dedicated and enthusiastic people with one main objective in
mind - Neutral News.. So many wikinewsies have influenced me in my nearly 3
years of Wikiing here. I express my deepest gratitude to all everyone. I
hope I have not been the cause of many headaches. I would especially like to
thank a few without whom I could never have had such a successful time:
Terinjokes; MrM, Cartman02au, Ironirids and Amgine from the old generation,
that is forgetting DF and Brianmc. I saw the end of the first generation of
Wikinewsies; the era of the second, and now the beginning of the third. For
the last while, I have had the pleasure of working with NZGabriel, who has
turned Wikinews New Zealand into the Official NZ News Source now, according
to the last April 1st article. ;)
Everyone one I have missed, you too, it is late at night while I am typing
this.And everyone else.
I have seen Wikinews, come from a sideproject of Wikipedia, to a project
that could really be something good even if Brian's quote sadly still rings
true we are still a "neglected step-child".
The present community we have is choice, to quote Terin again "Everyone
knows each other, we aren't too small to be boring, but not too large to be
confusing" For these are the people who realise that the future holds more
than the past ever could. That the dreams for our children and grandchildren
are worth more than the base ambitions of men. As with them, all these
things don't make me Left, Right or Liberal. They don't make me right, wrong
or better than you. They make me who I am. A human being with flaws like any
man. A human being who offers his hand and calls you friend. Thank you for a
few wonderful years. I shall always treasure our memories of just being a
part of this Wiki. Thank You.
We have always had the come the end of each Generation, some rouge has got
in, and caused disruption, causing mass quitting and etc, my sincere hope is
that, in the future, we no longer have, this pan-generational hysteria. It
is with some hope, that my term on Arbcom has been peaceful.
Most of you guys have my contact information, Brianmc has stated that he'll
be keeping my wikinewsie.org address (this one) active; feel free to send me
the odd email (and others, who have my gmail address). If any bcart action
is needed doing in a hurry, just yell, might be able to pop in. :)
Now, I have two days left of solid editing left, <gets stuck into some OR>
[[User:Brian]] (Formally Brian New Zealand)
Wikinews accredited Reporter, Adminstrator, Arbitrator, Checkuser, Oversight
and Bureaucrat. <--Oh gosh, that's like everything :S
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in
a thousand things well. ~~Horace Walpole