Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/Submissions


Submission DeskEdit

Please propose Signpost stories you want to write (or have already begun writing). Submitted stories are published subject to the approval of the Editor-in-Chief, Smallbones. We value the involvement of Wikipedians, and appreciate your submissions. If you have ideas or questions that don't fit neatly into this framework, don't hesitate to address us on our user talk pages, by email, or as a last resort, on the general Signpost talk page.

The Signpost's content guidelines may be useful to aspiring writers; take note, especially, of the statement of purpose section. We encourage you to contact us early in the process of developing a story. Different writers have varying levels of interest in editorial input, and we pride ourselves on finding the right balance with each writer; but in most cases, a brief discussion early on can help all parties shape our expectations, and can help produce a strong finished piece. We aim to support Wikimedians wishing to share news with their peers, and look forward to working with you.

Create a draftEdit

To create a draft of an article in your userspace, click the below button. This will preload a form, which you can use to create a draft article. It is best to save the pre-loaded draft without making any edits to the pre-loaded form first. If you lose the page you can find it at Special:Mypage/Signpost draft.


ProposalEdit

TITLE:4 years in the trenches at Wikimedia UK CommunicationsEdit

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Accepted

A newbie reflectsEdit

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Accepted
  • Submission: User:Gog the Mild/sandbox5
  • Column: Opinion
  • Author: Gog the Mild
  • Discussion:
    This piece is a reflective essay I wrote to contemplate my first 13 months or so of being active on Wikipedia. That was 13 months ago and it occurs to me that it may be of some general interest. It fails to clearly highlight any problems, offer any opinions or generalise from the specific, so feel entirely free to toss it back. Withershins, if you would like it expanding and/or focusing in any direction, feel free to point me that way. Gog the Mild (talk) 23:27, 24 February 2020 (UTC)

The Lindberg AffairEdit

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Unreviewed
  • Submission: User:Indy beetle/Global Growth
  • Column: Op-ed
  • Author: Indy beetle
  • Discussion:
    I have created a draft for a potential Signpost op-ed on paid editing at Greg Lindberg in my sandbox here: User:Indy beetle/sandbox#Signpost draft : The Lindberg Affair. I wrote it in a similar vein to the Jeffrey Epstein one that ran this addition though, considering my own involvement in the affair—and Smallbones'—and my opinions on it (which are reflected) I think it would be incorrect to try and submit it as a regular news piece. It's not finished but I'm nearly there. Would the Signpost like to run it next edition? -Indy beetle (talk) 07:53, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
@Indy beetle: I made room for feedback and asked for a summary at User:Indy_beetle/sandbox#Feedback. Thanks for submitting.
For any other reviewers - I would really appreciate other comments on this story. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:55, 5 April 2020 (UTC)
Withdrawn -Indy beetle (talk) 02:17, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Proposal for a multilingual WikipediaEdit

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Accepted

Transit routes and mapping during stay-at-home order downtimeEdit

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Approved
  • Submission: User:Ɱ/sandbox5
  • Column: Opinion
  • Author:
  • Discussion:
    Hi, as recommended by others, I wanted to feature a recent project, enabled by the stay-at-home order in Ohio and me being furloughed as a result. It's mostly a mapping project highlighting some collaboration with this project and OpenStreetMap editors, something apparently uncommon. Please let me know what you think, --ɱ (talk) 20:36, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

GA backlog driveEdit

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Approved
  • Submission: User:Eddie891/Signpost draft
  • Column: TDB
  • Author: Eddie891
  • Discussion:
    Coverage of the GA backlog drive and hopeful proposals for revitalization... needs a bit of work-- will be put in this weekend with any luck. All comments would be appreciated. Possible 'in focus' or something else Eddie891 Talk Work 21:36, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Interim Case Review CommitteeEdit

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Needs review
  • Submission: User:Nosebagbear/Interim Trust & Safety Case Review Committee
  • Column: News
  • Author: Nosebagbear
  • Discussion:
    This piece is about the WMF announcing the creation of the Interim Trust & Safety Case Review Committee, designed to allow review of certain (not all) cases decided by the WMF (appeal by either the accused or the accuser (in cases where the WMF chooses not to act)). It will be based mostly off the proposed charter, application process, and (probably most interestingly) Maggie's (general counsel of the WMF) specific answers to questions. There were some interesting facets such as the unprecedented focus on secrecy. I am inclined to do it as a straight news piece, with any op-ed to follow, but welcome to thoughts on that. Nosebagbear (talk) 19:00, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
@Smallbones: - hi there, done an initial stab over the content. I have a couple of requests for comment pending, but can add them in tomorrow if they come in. We're likely to get some additional detail (like the contract they sign) in the next week or two, but no idea if there's anything interesting in that on top of the updates they made two weeks ago. Alas, not really any pictures unless you'd like me to add one in of Maggie Dennis, which wouldn't seem to add much to the article. Nosebagbear (talk)

Notability and significant coverageEdit

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Cancelled
  • Submission: User:Z1720/Signpost draft
  • Column: TDB
  • Author: Z1720
  • Discussion:
    This piece is describing flaws in the AfD system where articles that might be notable are deleted because of a lack of sources. The piece proposes to instead move articles without references that might be notable to a draft space that can be easily accessed and improved. Z1720 (talk) 23:28, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

I have decided to withdraw this submission. Z1720 (talk) 15:02, 23 October 2020 (UTC)

EspernazaEdit

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Unreviewed

Contributing to complicated discussionsEdit

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Unreviewed
  • Submission: Wikipedia:Contributing to complicated discussions
  • Column: Essay
  • Author: Sdkb
  • Discussion:
    I'm not sure how I never noticed the submissions page before... Anyways, this essay explores options for when one comes across a complicated discussion, something that pretty much all experienced Wikipedians have encountered at some point or another. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 05:21, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

Build content to endureEdit

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Unreviewed
  • Submission: WP:Build content to endure
  • Column: Essay
  • Author: Sdkb
  • Discussion:
    This essay lists steps everyone can take to ensure that content they write will not degrade or become outdated over time. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 05:24, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

Signpost Stats 2020Edit

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In development
  • Submission: —
  • Column: Special Report
  • Author: DiplomatTesterMan
  • Discussion:
    This is a continuation of the 2018 and 2019 reports. DTM (talk) 03:33, 12 January 2021 (UTC)