I've watched the rise of the blog for the past year with interest. Never thought i'd write one, but things change. Anyways this blog will hopefully chart the progress of Wikinews from its small beginnings - to world domination. Basically this blog is a place for all my rants

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Listen to Wikinews!

Thanks to Amgine and Ilya Wikinews is now available in an audio format! Working from the newly created ''Wikinews Audio'' section the pair have already released a pilot show (Ogg format, 9MB, 3minutes long) read by Amgine. It is truely a sign of our rapid growth that such endevours have already started to pop up. A video broadcast project is also in the works; with DV leading the way there. Truely exciting times!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

French Wikinews

Having studied, but never mastered (or even close to master) the French language, i've decided to join Wikinews-fr to help improve my command of the language. And i've got to say it was a great idea! Its so much fun trying to read and write - and even think in another language.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Growing Pains

Wikinews has begun to slack off, article numbers have halved on most days to about ten and in general the place has slowed down. So today I made a promise to myself - to write 5 articles! I managed it no problem, imagine if ten people had done the same today, we easily have ten good committed writers.

Oh well, maybe im delierious, but I think we can really make Wikinews work, our Papal coverage proved us to the reader, but we cannot sit back on past successes, we most continue to improve the overall quality and depth of our coverage.

BTW: Country of the Week has had a wee bit of an overahaul, take a look.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

IRC

On Monday of last week, i'd never used IRC in my life - I knew noting about it. Today less than two weeks later im addicted to it! The wikinews channel is absolutely wonderful; it is so useful for cordination. Whilst talking with Amgine (several times) he has been able to instantly warn me of a vandel attack, and i've been able to respond instantly. Without the IRC channel that would have been impossible. There is a recent changes channel as well that alerts people to changes in real time. Its all so great!

IRC

On Monday of last week, i'd never used IRC in my life - I knew noting about it. Today less than two weeks later im addicted to it! The wikinews channel is absolutely wonderful; it is so useful for cordination. Whilst talking with Amgine (several times) he has been able to instantly warn me of a vandel attack, and i've been able to respond instantly. Without the IRC channel that would have been impossible. There is a recent changes channel as well that alerts people to changes in real time. Its all so great!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

First on the new Pope

Wikinews was one of the first news outlets to get the Papal election result up on it's mainpage. Thanks to Dan100's quick reaction and my prepared story, we beat the Associated Press, BBC and CNN! Hopefully we can work so well in the future!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Vandalism

Wikinews has been hit by a spat of vandalism lately. One vandel in particular comes several times everyday and posts ''Ass Pus'' on several main page templates. We have reverted and baned so many time, but he's not detered. Apparently he's been doing the same to other wikis for months now.... looks like we are in for the long haul!

Friday, April 15, 2005

Categories

I've created a list of essential categories so that all you have to do is cut and paste the relevent ones into your story. Proper categorization is essential to ensure the new DPL system works correctly.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Back on track

Due to some healthy competition with the poles we had 22 stories today... though they managed over 25!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Poor news day

Its been an awful day at Wikinews - at 22:00UTC there were just 6 stories published - the lowest count in months... i've since added a few, but more are needed.

Monday, April 11, 2005

50,000 edits

Wikinews passed the 50,000 edit mark today!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Nigeria

Country of the Week has gotten off to a great start with 4 articles about Nigeria written during the week. This is certainly an improvement from zero written in the previous five months!

Elsewere the introduction of DPL (Dynamic page listing) has made the wikinews issue and regional pages much easier to update.

Unfortunatly after breaching the 10,000 daily rank mark earlier in the week, we've fallen back to 37,000th place according to Alexa.

Looking on the brightside, based on the first 7 days of April, we are on course to produce 545 news articles this month! That would easily beat my prediction of 512 articles/44.5% growth!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Story Preparation

In response to efforts to prepare a stoy for the Popes death i've started Wikinews: Story Preparation. There we can start work together on stories for planned and expected future events.

Also today the site achieved its 2nd highest ever Alexa Traffic Ranking at 9,851! Keep it up everyone!

Friday, April 01, 2005

Modelling Wikinews' Growth

Taking a leaf from the Wikipedia book i've started a page called Modelling Wikinews' Growth which is a place to make wildly optimistic predictions about Wikinews' future growth. Based on current growth rates, we should be producing 51 articles a day by December 2005! Oh and this blog entry is the 2,000 time Wikinews has been mentioned in a blog (as listed by technorati).

Country of the Week

I've created Country of the Week at Wikinews to help eliminate Western bias from the project. Its been well received thus far - but it remains to be seen how it will actually do in practice. The first country selected is Nigeria which currently has zero articles written about it. Please join!