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Wiki Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Vandal

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  • Submission: wikilink to your submission (or red link to where you intend to write it)
  • Submission type: Humour
  • Author: 22mikpau
  • Discussion:
    Once in an encyclopedia far far away... Hey guys I'm back (I helped with an opinion article on task forces in July)but with a new idea. In honor of Star Wars:The Last Jedi coming this December, I thought it would be funny to do a Wikipediafied parody of the film saga. I say this now because I personally think if this one is popular you could create a miniseries on it for future editions. Maybe this a plain dumb idea and I bet you can find ton of reasons why... but on the other hand if you like it, let me know on my talk page. 22mikpau (talk) 22:13, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
@22mikpau: I'm open to the idea. @Barbara (WVS): would you be interested in helping? - Evad37 [talk] 23:38, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
You aren't going to believe this but I started working on this a month ago. Here is a snippet:
Welcome to Yodapedia,
the free encyclopedia that jedi masters can edit.
We now have 4 draft pages in an English-fabricated creole.
May the phorce be with yew. Barbara (WVS)   00:02, 18 August 2017 (UTC)

@22mikpau and Barbara (WVS): Are you still working on this? Our December issue is scheduled for December 15, and the following issue will probably be about three weeks later - Evad37 [talk] 01:45, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

Perfect,I'll start work this weekend and hopefully it will be done by the release ofThe Last Jedi... on The 15th22mikpau (talk) 02:12, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

Please check the current draft of the Humour article. I just couldn't come up with exactly what you want. I hope you can come up a great idea. I am just not "feelin' it". If you come up with a sorta draft, I am sure we can both make it work. I do my best work when I am exhausted because then I can't control my imagination. It just goes off on tangents that are sometimes funny. A good place to start is by looking at what articles are in the Star Wars category, if there is one. Keep in touch. Even if you just come up with some kind of 'skeleton' or story board. I think I can go off on one of my tangents. You will be made to put your name in the by-line just in case I start another fire with content that doesn't amuse people. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS)   20:25, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Look what I found: Category:Star Wars articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction ! How funny is that? I can't believe the category death squad hasn't nuked this yet. Barbara (WVS)   20:28, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
I think another editor has written what we need. I just read Hutt (Star Wars) and can't stop laughing. I love the whole idea of writing about fictional characters as if they were real. Barbara (WVS)   20:31, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
It's hard to type when you can't stop laughing. I found my biography in one of the references: "Zorba the Hutt is an ancient slug with wrinkled, leathery hide that long since faded from a vibrant ochre to pasty grey. Other than his age, extreme even for his long-lived species, Zorba's most recognizable features are his long, white dreadlocks and braided beard."[1] The only thing that doesn't describe me is the beard.

Im sorry but i got busy and though I'll try to work on it i may not have the time22mikpau (talk) 00:36, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Interview with Charlesjsharp

  • Submission: User:Eddie891/sandbox/signpost/interview2
  • Submission type: Interview
  • Author: Eddie891
  • Discussion:
    This piece is an interview with Charlesjsharp. If it should so please the editors, it might be nice to include. Or too much considering the last interview I added was just last issue. Eddie891 Talk Work 21:45, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Looks good. We can keep publishing an interview an issue if you want – or less often, whatever suits you better. - Evad37 [talk] 01:33, 2 December 2017 (UTC)

Women in Red

  • Submission: User:Eddie891/sandbox/WomenInRedContest
  • Submission type: News
  • Author: Eddie891
  • Discussion:
    This piece is about the Wikipedia Women in Red Contest that closed on November 30. They created over 2800 articles. I'll see if I can get it done, and let me know if it is wanted at all. Eddie891 Talk Work 21:49, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Sounds good. Are you planning to interview or get quotes from the organisers? - Evad37 [talk] 01:33, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
Hopefully. Should I conduct the interviews on a different page? Eddie891 Talk Work 01:29, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
However you want to do it is fine. Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/Interviews desk was used in the past, with interviews in subpages. Or since its a wikiproject, you could use Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/WikiProject desk. - Evad37 [talk] 01:58, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
A short interview with Dr. Blofeld is at User:Eddie891/sandbox/signpost/interview3. I can rearrange it to fit in the main page, or we can do something else. Whatever you want, Evad37. Eddie891 Talk Work 23:58, 13 December 2017 (UTC)



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- Evad37 [talk] 07:25, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

  • In The Media: This American Life writeup by Bluerasberry correctly describes their misunderstandings of the Wikipedia community but perhaps doesn't go far enough. He encouraged me to bring my thoughts here. First of all you might want to read the transcript here. It contains such zingers as "Anyone could use it [the photograph] ... for free ... that was just stealing ... but now anyone could download it from Wikipedia!", "This decision of Wikipedia's to declare the photo public domain ... it was the moment when mother nature was shoved aside..." and "Wikimedia just gave him the finger ..." As Bluerasberry correctly points out this totally conflates Wikipedia the work, the community, and the WMF. But it also has really obnoxious and strident tone towards our decisions, and doesn't address the central issue that we aren't inventing law but interpreting it, maybe in favor of open-knowledge projects towards which we are biased, but nonetheless acting within the same framework as the photographer. In fact the article never mentions open knowledge, or any communities associated with it including the Wikipedia community. The first quote above actually bothers me the most, by ignoring the fact that PD images are obtainable anywhere by their nature; they are reporting this as if Wikipedia (Wikimedia Commons actually but I won't quibble) is an especially devious and antisocial repository of illicit images, like The Pirate Bay or something. I'm struggling with how these things should be captured in the context of a response to a media piece which, seems to me, isn't deserving of the title journalism at all but rather entertainment. ☆ Bri (talk) 05:07, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
The content which is there is first thoughts. When I wrote it even I did not know how to feel or respond. I think we should avoid discussion of whether this is journalism; This American Life is the world's most popular podcast so either it is journalism or otherwise we should avoid labeling them, because they define a concept of reporting. I have a lot of sympathy for the photographer. Regardless of who is right or wrong, that person feels hurt and harassed. They never asked to be at the middle of a social movement with thousands of commentators, and no one should be expected to know copyright law like the Wikimedia community.
I would like to direct this piece into something positive where we can acknowledge that people get confused about Wikimedia and copyright, and assert the Wiki perspective, and also be introspective about what we can do better. Obviously the photographer and the podcast put a lot of thought into their show. My intuition is that they looked for official statements or an explanation and perhaps they failed to find them. Could it be the case that no one from the wiki community has ever talked with the photographer? This Signpost piece could advance that conversation. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:29, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
It might work better split between basic coverage in ITM, and an op-ed for you (either of you) to delve further into what's wrong the piece, give your take on it, make a response, be introspective, etc. - Evad37 [talk] 14:17, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
I'll think about whether another op-ed would be a good thing, since an earlier one by Newyorkbrad appeared in the 2016-01-20 edition. It might be at least worth contrasting's excellent podcast and interview here. They do go into animal-made art, open knowledge, and even the WMF transparency report that discusses the issue. ☆ Bri (talk) 16:55, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
I just found an ITM (2014-08-13) that discussed the coverage of the monkey selfie; it also discusses reactions to the same issue in the WMF transparency report. So maybe there's even less than I thought worth rehashing today. ☆ Bri (talk) 18:08, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
I am watching the suggested deadline in 5 days. I am offline next three days (till Monday). I will re-draft this then, probably following the advice to not repeat the last Signpost piece on this and then to compare and contrast. Maybe this will be an "in the news" and an "opinion", or maybe just in the news. I need to think a bit. I am still on this and aware of deadlines but out for a bit. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:20, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Hi All! Just wanted to note that with the closure of the Wikipedia Women in Red Contest, I plan to be pack on editing the Signpost in December. That is... If you guys can still use an inexperienced writer like me. Eddie891 Talk Work 00:47, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Eddie, good to see you're still around. Welcome back Face-smile.svg - Evad37 [talk] 00:59, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Just added an "in brief" item to next issue's In the media which includes a wikilink to a page in my personal space User:Bri/Wikiturfing. Just putting this out there in case somebody wants to change it to a regular article entry like whitewashing – my feelings won't be hurt. ☆ Bri (talk) 17:50, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
Are you suggesting a cut and paste, then a major editing spree combined with taking all the accolades for the brilliant prose and then claiming that it was written by me? Sounds like it will be future fodder for a humour piece. Barbara (WVS)   23:44, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Technology Report is missing lead stories. Is there anything to report ... do we want to just run it with minor items? ☆ Bri (talk) 03:48, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • @Bluerasberry: Is your ITM contribution done? There are some bulleted items at the end that seem out of place. ☆ Bri (talk) 06:08, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Net neutrality non-event if anybody wants to try to squeeze this into In the Media. Sourcing is weak but here's a starter: [1][2]Bri (talk) 22:01, 15 December 2017 (UTC)

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