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October 31

Greek Referendum Announcement

Article: Greek economy referendum, 2012 (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Greek Government announces that there will be a referendum in 2012 regarding whether Greece should remain in the Euro. (Post)
News source(s): Reuters, BBC, The Guardian, New York Times, Al Jazeera

Nominator's comments: It is a major decision which has shaken the global (and Greece's national) economy overnight, and could have grave consequences. Regardless of the result of the referendum itself, the consequences of the announcement included a fierce response from governments all around the world, and as Al Jazeera wrote on their article: "The Greek government faced possible collapse on Tuesday as ruling party lawmakers demanded Prime Minister George Papandreou resign for throwing the nation's euro membership into jeopardy with a shock call for a referendum." It is all over the news around the world. ¬ laonikoss (talk) 06:03, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

  • Strong Support This is clearly an extremely notable event and the article is well-referenced. This has been a leading news story in media around the world. While some editors may feel that posting this item should await the outcome of the referendum, I point out that the ramifications of the announcement of the referendum have already been immediate and far-reaching. I was considering nominating this myself, but nominations of items related to the Eurozone seem to be swimming upstream around here lately. Deterence Talk 06:26, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose for now It's just Papandreou's political promises, until an exact date for the referendum is announced. Also, the blurb is mistaken in that the referendum is not about whether Greece will stay in the euro, but whether it will accept the eurozone bailout package, that was announced last week. Also, the referendum might still turn out unnecessary if eg. Greek government falls in this Friday's vote of confidence and/or the eurozone decides to dispel Greece. --hydrox (talk) 08:38, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong sypport per Deterence. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 14:51, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose its a campaign promise, like withdrawal from Iraq. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:12, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose for now - This will be extremely significant news if it actually happens, or even if a date is set. For now, however, it's just an announcement of a plan by a crisis-plagued government which may not survive the week. -- Black Falcon (talk) 16:18, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait. Post it when it happens, not when it is announced. --bender235 (talk) 18:55, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment For goodness sake, you guys would have waited until 6 months after the lines at the soup kitchens stretched around the corner before posting an ITN item about the Great Depression. This place is becoming more farcical by the week. Deterence Talk 20:49, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
Associated Press is now reportng that the referendum has been canceled, only four days after it was proposed. I think the caution is well-warranted here. There's no point in rushing to the main page just to have the item pulled the day after. --hydrox (talk) 16:05, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

[Reposted] Palestine admitted to UNESCO

Articles: State of Palestine (talk, history) and Member states of UNESCO (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The UNESCO becomes the first UN agency to accord full membership to Palestine. (Post)
News source(s): Russia Today, The Telegraph

Article updated

Nominator's comments: After the much covered Palestinian bid at the UN, this is the first time where the Palestinian state gets full membership at a UN agency. Given the significance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is echoing globally --Tachfin (talk) 13:10, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support Quite a significant event, Palestine makes it into a UN agency. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 13:20, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Technically, Palestine isn't a member until it ratifies, although maybe that's too much pedantry to worry about. --FormerIP (talk) 13:21, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, important breakthrough in the Palestinian bid for statehood. --Soman (talk) 13:26, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: It would be interesting to have a specific article for the votes e.g. who voted for, against or abstained, I don't know if such article has been created yet. Tachfin (talk) 13:33, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Notable event in the politics of international relations, though God only knows why the whole world is obsessed with Israel and Palestine. Deterence Talk 13:38, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Very significant event given the other United Nations angle to Palestine statehood bid etc. Notable, current and with a world view beyond the Anglosphere, I think that ticks most of the ITN boxes. Additional source here - doktorb wordsdeeds 13:47, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Article has been updated with information beyond a list here. It is a simple sentence, which could be expanded further. Mamyles (talk) 16:23, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Note that it won't be admitted as a member until signs the instruments of accession, so updating the article to say it's a member already will be inaccurate until it's done this. Nightw 17:03, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
comment the article has only 1 line of prose, suggest we add more now (reactions perhaps) or wait till its done.Lihaas (talk) 17:09, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Suggest Palestine 194#UNESCO, which gives much better context. There's currently a content dispute though so it's in a constant state of flux. Nightw 17:48, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
I've updated the blurb's bold link to the above article, as it contributes much more than a list. As this is multiple paragraphs of new information, I'm also marking this nomination as updated and ready. Mamyles (talk) 19:10, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
A lot of the relevant content keeps being removed by another user. Unfortunately, I won't get a chance to restore it until tomorrow. Nightw 19:18, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Strong support - Also note that the USA no longer contributes to the UNESCO, which is notable as they provide 22% of the overall UNESCO budget. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 17:58, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Palestine being admitted or the U.S. spitting the dummy -- what's the bigger story? Nightw 18:00, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is making big waves, with USA also withdrawing its funding to UNESCO. Not sure which one is bigger news.. maybe have them both in the blurb? "UNESCO accepts Palestine as its member, bringing end to funding from the USA." ? Note that this is not a political reaction from the present US administration to the news, but the decision is based on a bill from 1990s that forbids USA from funding any United Nations organizations that accept Palestine as their member. --hydrox (talk) 19:21, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Unless your looking at some super-up-to-date news that I haven't seen, the US hasn't actually made that decision yet and there is no urgency for it to do so (a question for their lawyers and diplomats to chew over, even if the end result is predictable).--FormerIP (talk) 19:39, 31 October 2011 (UTC) "The United States is cancelling funding for the UN cultural body Unesco after it voted to grant full membership to the Palestinians. [...] A US state department spokeswoman said a payment of some $60m (£37m) due next month would not be made. Membership dues paid by the US account for about a fifth of the organisation's annual budget. [...] A US law passed in the 1990s bars giving funding to any UN body that admits the Palestinians as full members before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached. [...] while continued US funding was impossible, the administration wanted to remain an active member of Unesco. " --hydrox (talk) 19:55, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
It's not actually a new decision, it's the result of a law passed a while ago which said that any UN agency which recognizes Palestine would not receive funding from the U.S. I don't know how that'll work out in practice though. JimSukwutput 05:24, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted -- tariqabjotu 19:22, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Following a copyright concern at Palestine 194, the news was taken out. I suggest it be replaced by Member states of UNESCO#Admission of Palestine, please improve that section if you see any errors in order for this to be posted again. Thank you. Tachfin (talk) 09:02, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
    • I Support reposting with the above article bolded. This is a world event of long-term importance. Mamyles (talk) 12:18, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
    • Strongly support reposting the article ASAP. By far the most important news at the moment and article is in good enough condition. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 12:48, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Reposted by User:Fox as of 12:20. Mamyles (talk) 14:27, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

World population reaches 7 billion

Article: World population (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The United Nations marks a world population milestone of 7 billion people. (Post)
News source(s): UN page, Monday's child: 7 billion milestone, UN marks 7 billion population milestone today, plus 200+ others.

Nominator's comments: This is a significant milestone, and is making headlines globally. --SMasters (talk) 01:27, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Note: Day of Seven Billion is currently scheduled to appear on DYK during the 12:00 31 October 2011 (UTC) update. --Allen3 talk 01:33, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. I was thinking of nominating this myself but, when you look into it, there are various conflicting official estimates of the world population. We will be celebrating the same milestone next April, apparently. --FormerIP (talk) 01:30, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree that there are many different organizations giving estimates. But this is the UN. If you wait till April, I doubt you will get the 200+ news sources around the world headlining this story now. By then, this will be old news. – SMasters (talk) 01:39, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support We don't have to say the world's population is 7 billion. Just say that the UN claims there are at least 7 billion people. Marcus Qwertyus 01:36, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Milestones are not news. They are expected and have no independent effects. JimSukwutput 02:35, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • comment Support if update is complete with picture of guy number 7,000,000,000.·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 02:52, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Like some other editors, I briefly considered nominating this myself. But, DYK is more appropriate for such a milestone. Deterence Talk 03:06, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Just an estimate that cannot be verified beyond reasonable doubt. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 07:39, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • oppose per Mythic Writerlord whos to know the population in such 3rd world slumds that cant be counted? whos to know who the 7 billionth baby is? its conjecture and nothing moreLihaas (talk) 07:47, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - DYN is a good place for this. ITN is for significant news, rather than a number based on conjecture. Mamyles (talk) 12:40, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Trivia like this should go to DYK. Lynch7 17:58, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

October 30

[Posted] Qantas dispute "terminated"

Article: Qantas (talk, history)
Blurb: Qantas is ordered to resume flights as an ongoing dispute is terminated. (Post)
News source(s): ABC News, The Globe and Mail, BBC

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Breaking news at the moment — Joseph Fox 15:57, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

  • I'm in no position to update, I'm afraid, just a drive-by nom. Could replace the current (now inaccurate) blurb. — Joseph Fox 15:57, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Please update. Present tense blurb usage is again making it look like the strike is still in effect. I dont care who says what about "historic present", ITN is on the web and if we insist on using present tense then we need to try and keep the blurb present too. -- Ashish-g55 22:46, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support While it's not technically incorrect, the present wording on the main page makes it seem as if nothing of note has happened since Qantas grounded its fleet; this is certainly not true and will most definitely be incorrect in the very near future. Ther's a bit of an update at 2011 Qantas trade union disputes#Fair Works Australia orders--presumably that would be the bold linked article, like "Qantas is ordered to resume flights as an ongoing dispute is terminated"? C628 (talk) 01:53, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait until they are in the air and then just update the existing blurb. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 04:29, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    • First Qantas aircraft left Sydney bounding for LA at 2pm AEDST. YuMaNuMa (talk) 06:30, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Alaa Abd El-Fatah arrested

Nominator's comments: Breaking News: Alaa is one the main activists behind 2011 Egyptian revolution -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 13:33, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support : as nom. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 13:33, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    I don't think this guy is particularly well-known outside the Arab world. Nightw 14:07, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    He is. Andy Carvin knows him and alaa was in the oakland protest when the police cracked down. And even if he is not, ITN is not a regional thing but covers the biggest news world wide. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 14:36, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    I'm not convinced how big this is based on the very weak sourcing in his article. If this is a well-known international figure - why doesn't the article reflect that? --Cameron Scott (talk) 14:41, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    The article is in horrible shape. True but so is/was most of the articles about MENA figures. We dont pay enough attention to MENA articles for the most part. I will be working tonight on the article to try to get it what to standards. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 16:07, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    I don't know who Andy Carvin is either, but I do know that being an acquaintance of him and being in a political protest does not make a person notable. You nominate items from Egypt almost every other week, so forgive me if I'm somewhat sceptical as to the significance of this. So how is this big news? Nightw 15:29, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    Last time I nominated any news from Egypt to be in ITN was the Maspero demonstrations which I believe was the biggest story of the day. I dont push POV or Egypt news but I do focus on MENA/Business/Science news because they're a personal passions of mine. and again like I said, It's breaking news (Happened few hours ago) so the story will be picked up by more news outlets. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 16:07, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment The more things change, the more they stay the same. While this event is not sufficiently notable for ITN, it is symptomatic of the very kind of repression that illustrates how the Arab spring is little more than a changing of the guard of those doing the repressing. But, ITN needs something a little more significant than the arrest of a blogger - worse than this happens in Democratic Western countries every day. Deterence Talk 22:15, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    Would you mind not turning WP:ITN/C into a blog for your opinions? You've been warned about this before, and yet you are continuing to persist. Other than that, yes, this is an isolated incident that by itself is not worthy for posting on ITN.--WaltCip (talk) 03:50, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Time for you to chill-out, step away from the keyboard and go for a walk. Deterence Talk 03:57, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Mind you this comes 3 hours after he "ignoreD" the asame warning of his pov-pushing/soapboxing.Lihaas (talk) 17:15, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Pray tell, what POV am I pushing around here? From memory, the only case where I have actively taken a side on an ITN item was when I called Alfredo Astiz (aka The Blonde Angel of Death) a "monster", and I make absolutely no apologies for that, whatsoever. Deterence Talk 22:50, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Yeah, that's what I thought. Deterence Talk 06:30, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, some activist being arrested in some country is not notable news. Even in Egypt this gentleman isn't. Tachfin (talk) 06:06, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Alaa is as big as Wael Ghonim in Egypt BTW. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 18:13, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • 'Support Per nom. WikifanBe nice 04:34, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: Major news world wide. The story in on every major news outlet, it is quite telling of how the process of neutralizing the revolution by SCAF is underway. It basically speaks about one of the most important events of this year being hijacked.--Taliawi (talk) 15:57, 1 November 2011 (UTC) -- (talk) 15:54, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose still not convinced by what I see in the article. --Cameron Scott (talk) 16:01, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose unless there is an interesting answer to the question: And then what happened? He's been arrested ("detained" is the sugarcoated wording used by the sources) for 15 days but I can see no indication of any wide-ranging consequences. He has not been found guilty of or sentenced for anything, as far as I can tell, and the reaction to his arrest does not appear to have been overwhelming, though it has attracted international attention (e.g., from Amnesty International). I don't mean to downplay the personal or even local significance of this, but I do not quite see how this is not just another case of "Democracy-challenged government arrests activist who was totally harshing their mellow". -- Black Falcon (talk) 15:57, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
  • "Democracy-challenged government arrests activist who was totally harshing their mellow". Are you referring to Egypt or to Oakland? ;-) Deterence Talk 21:29, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Syria on the brink of civil war

Article: 2011 Syrian uprising (talk, history)
Blurb: No blurb specified (Post)
News source(s): Al-Jazeera, BBC, Telegraph
  • Nom. Not so sure about the blurb, tho. Since Friday, violence is escalating in Syria, more than 50 people died (in Homs and Hama, among other cities; most in half a year of protests). Opposition begins fighting back by force of arms, calls for Western intervention. Assad threatens to set the "whole region on fire". This is definitely a turning point in this uprising. --bender235 (talk) 10:02, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Object "on the brink" is not "news" doktorb wordsdeeds 10:06, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Obvious wait till something actually triggers the commencement civil war. So far it's just speculative media report from tension of both(?) parties but as we know tensions don't result in wars for at least weeks or even months. YuMaNuMa (talk)
  • Comment Just how long is Wikipedia going to pretend nothing is happening in Syria? Deterence Talk 21:59, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    this is the 2nd time in about as many days as youre trying to push a pov with ITN. ITN doesnt DRAW ATTENTION to what editors deem necessary. WP is not a news service as youre insinuation that it should IGNORE or SANCTION. twice youve clearly shown the intent you seek from WP. Syria "on the brink" of civil war th is conjecture, Yemen is closer and sourced as saying "on the brink of..."Lihaas (talk) 07:50, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    Blah blah blah. Ignored. Deterence Talk 12:47, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
    This should have been posted during the commencement of the uprising in March but was blanketed by the Japanese earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. YuMaNuMa (talk) 04:45, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • What about a sticky? --Tone 22:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
    I'll agree with a sticky mentioning Syria, it's probably the biggest news story so far. Secret account 04:52, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose until something actually happens. So far, in an attempt to trigger a "revolution", news agencies have been pushing this "Syria is on the brink of something big happening" with daily ~30 deaths stories while relying solely on democracy activists bloggers reports (One of them turned out to be living on the other side of the planet). Wait until we have confirmed news and the propaganda game ends. Tachfin (talk) 06:25, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose any blurb along the lines of "Syria on brink of civil war" which would be pure speculation. I should point out that of the three sources cited only one even uses the term "civil war" and that one is dated almost a month ago. Hut 8.5 10:00, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, speculative. Syria should be frequently posted as long as present conflict persists, but the blurb must have a concrete event. --Soman (talk) 13:31, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose proposed blurb as speculative. Also, while the uprising in Syria is, without a doubt, major news (just not of the kind that's always easy to reflect in an encyclopedia), I don't think a sticky is justified. There are other ongoing conflicts that have persisted for much longer and are more deadly, and ITN simply does not have enough room to accomodate them all. -- Black Falcon (talk) 16:03, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

October 29

[Posted] 2011 World Series

Article: 2011 World Series (talk, history)
Blurb: ​In baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers to win the 2011 World Series. (Post)
Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

 -- (talk) 09:57, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment It is ITN/R, so the only issue regarding posting is whether the updates are sufficient. Given that, what on earth is the point of posting this more than 18 hours before any such update is possible? Kevin McE (talk) 10:14, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
    And this is bad because...? As long as it's not 25 hours away it's OK.
    Anyway, at the rate the people are updating the page, it's a safe bet this should be posted quickly. –HTD 13:06, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
    For one thing, the game won't end until the 29th (it won't even start til then in UTC time). Hot Stop talk-contribs 13:56, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support When it ends. Truthsort (talk) 22:44, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The game is over, and I've updated the blurb to reflect that the Cardinals have defeated the Rangers. OCNative (talk) 03:29, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, ITN/R, plus article in good shape. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 03:32, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Definitely meets update standards, 2011_World_Series#Game_7 has been updated with referenced prose. SpencerT♦C 04:39, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Marking 'ready'.--Johnsemlak (talk) 06:16, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
comment NOT READY -- there is not even ONE line of prose update about the victory -- agame 7 section only mentiosn BEFORE the game, that is not what its nom'd for here.Lihaas (talk) 06:43, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Super ready. Dunno what article Lihaas was reading, tbh –HTD 06:59, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
There are now three referenced paragraphs. Definitely ready.--Johnsemlak (talk) 08:35, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Qantas grounds entire fleet

Article: Qantas#Fundamental structural change (talk, history)
Blurb: Qantas, the national airline of Australia, grounds its entire fleet in response to continued union action. (Post)
News source(s):

Nominator's comments: National airline; unprecedented. -- (talk) 06:53, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support - Quite significant, thousands of travelers will be stranded in international locations and according to The Daily Telegraph, 37000 employees will be without pay until this situation is resolve. As far as we know, this is an indefinite ceasing of operation for Australia's largest airline. YuMaNuMa (talk) 07:18, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Quite unusual event (Has anything like this ever happened?). International notice, BBC Nb. It has been reported that Qantas said they will get everyone to their destinations. Hopefully therefore not thousands stranded (fingers crossed!) Whether this includes those who have not yet taken off is another thing. - 220.101.30 talk\edits (aka 220.101) 07:49, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Obvious immediate impact. But the blurb needs to change to something like "Qantas, the national airline of Australia, grounds its entire fleet in response to union action." The current blurb implies that the unions directly caused the grounding. While management may want the public to think that, it's a management decision to ground the fleet. HiLo48 (talk) 07:39, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Changed. IgnorantArmies 08:03, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: Exceptional event, immediate impact, international coverage (bbc, cnn]). Could do with more info on the Qantas article. IgnorantArmies 08:06, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support breaking and headline news over here in Australia. Probably the first time a major airline had to completely ground entire fleet. Industrial actions have been going on for a while. I suggest "Qantas, the national airline of Australia, suspends all domestic and international flights indefinitely in response to continued industrial action." --Sp33dyphil ©© 08:21, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment - This is not the first time employee disputes have grounded all flights but on a much smaller scale. 1989 YuMaNuMa (talk) 08:35, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Note I've started an article on the whole dispute at 2011 Qantas trade union disputes. --Sp33dyphil ©© 12:53, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
I've improved it a bit, but it might be a good idea to expand it a bit more before we link to it in the blurb. IgnorantArmies 13:30, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Off-topic comment: Anyone else notice the relation between this story and the TFA for today? Nice coincidence. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 16:23, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, global impact, possibly global news too. Getting plenty of coverage in the UK. Mjroots (talk) 16:46, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Looks good now. Quantas-biased Main page today... --Tone 18:13, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Post Oppose This is just a routine lock-out in the on-going conflict between 3 strong unions who are fighting to protect the employment, safety and conditions of their members and the management of Qantas who are fighting to improve their commercial efficiency in an increasingly competitive airline industry. Such tit-for-tat industrial action has been taken by both sides to the dispute (albeit on a lesser scale) for a few years now. For some reason, media attention (and the Wikipedia community) is disproportionately drawn to events relating to airplanes. Deterence Talk 21:48, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Wouldn't you say that the event is fairly significant on its own, even if media attention may have been disproportionate relative to similar incidents in the past? JimSukwutput 04:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • This lock-out pales in significance next to some of the general strikes that Europe experiences. I would be surprised if any of them make it into ITN. I'm surprised this story even got nominated, let alone speedy-posted. Deterence Talk 05:47, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm not on the ground in Oz but it sure doesn't look that insignificant to me. It's caused a great deal of traffic disruption and continues to be a top headline on the BBC. 10s of thousands of passengers are stranded; cost is 250m per day.--Johnsemlak (talk) 11:59, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

October 28

Skate Canada International

Articles: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (talk, history) and Patrick Chan (talk, history)
Blurb: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Patrick Chan win gold medal at the 2011 Skate Canada International. (Post)

Both articles updated

Nominator's comments: A major figure skating competition --♫GoP♫TCN 12:55, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Oppose One of 6 qualification events for a grand final, which is itself of questionable status compared to the Four Continents championship, and surely of lower status than the world championship. Perhaps "a major competition", but a long way short from "the major championship" of the season. Kevin McE (talk) 13:13, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose If this makes it into ITN while the civil war in Syria remains in ITN purgatory then I'm quitting Wikipedia. Deterence Talk 22:01, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per Deterence. Hot Stop talk-contribs 22:14, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Syrian protests

Article: 2011 Syrian uprising (talk, history)
Blurb: Syrian security forces kill 40 civilians across the country following protesting against the government's rejection of a cease-fire. (Post)
News source(s): NYT Haaretz

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: I know Arab Spring-related events have been covered heavily on the main page, but as far as I know this is the largest act of killing in a single day since protests began in March. Thoughts? WikifanBe nice 02:18, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support This is not ITN/R. The Syrian uprising has been going on every day for many months so it is quite difficult to decide which events are sufficiently notable for ITN . But, a day of such heavy civilian blood-shed, that signifies the government's total rejection of even a hint of compromise, is worth bringing to the attention of Wikipedia's readers. Further more, the article is excellent and extremely well-referenced. Deterence Talk 02:26, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
STRONG oppose per Deterence's comments. 1. been going on every day for seven months, 2. 40 deaths in the ME would barely make it news on ITN for attacks unless the target was notable, 3. ITN i s not to POV-push which is what "worth bringing to the attention of Wikipedia's readers" is all about and wreaks off. doesnt get more of an admission of pov-pushin g that that.Lihaas (talk) 06:46, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Newsflash: "worth bringing to the attention of Wikipedia's readers" is what ITN is all about. Deterence Talk 21:28, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
NO, ITN is about what IN THE NEWS thats why we cite what is on top of many media outlets and making news all over.Lihaas (talk) 17:36, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • What rock have you been hiding under? The civil unrest in Syria has been a leading international news story for for weeks. Deterence Talk 22:17, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Irish presidential election

Articles: Irish presidential election, 2011 (talk, history) and Michael D. Higgins (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Michael D. Higgins is elected president of Ireland (Post)
News source(s):

One or both nominated events are listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

 --Kevin McE (talk) 18:31, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Wait - until vote counting is finished.--BabbaQ (talk) 18:36, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
article is great, ITNR, just wait for final result confirmed and also more prose will no doubt follow. this is a sure thing.Lihaas (talk) 06:51, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The result is now known and this article is over and beyond the usual expected standards. doktorb wordsdeeds 09:01, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The result has been declared in Dublin Castle and is now official. Number10a (talk) 16:04, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. The result is now official (29 October). Suggested rewrite: "Michael D. Higgins is elected as the ninth President of Ireland." Here is an appropriate picture. --Kwekubo (talk) 19:36, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Ready Extensive article with updated content. Deterence Talk 22:22, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted I've put it in as an October 27 item. Happy to be convinced to bump it higher or for another admin to do so. --Mkativerata (talk) 22:32, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Higgins is no longer a member of the Labour Party, having stepped down from it upon his election. --Kwekubo (talk) 23:03, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Hmm... he was nominated by the party though, and it is usual practice to mention the winner's party in the blurb. How about "Labour Party candidate Michael D. Higgins..." --Mkativerata (talk) 23:07, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
        • I think that works. --Kwekubo (talk) 23:17, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
          • Done, thank you. --Mkativerata (talk) 23:20, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
            • Could it go higher as the result was only confirmed and announced a few hours ago on the 29th? There is a picture too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:48, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Agree: why has this been placed below the baseball and the ballet? If posting is going to be delayed until completion of counting and official announcement, rather than concession of opponents and inevitability of result, then that is the timing that determines order on ITN. Kevin McE (talk) 08:55, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
I've bumped it up to number 2, alongside the Qantas story as October 29. I can't seem to locally upload the picture though as it's CC BY 2.0, not CC BY 3.0. --Mkativerata (talk) 09:13, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Kevin McE (talk) 09:16, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Pic posted. Not sure what's wrong with "CC BY 2.0", though. --PFHLai (talk) 15:29, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Verdict in Joanna Yeates case

Article: Murder of Joanna Yeates (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak is convicted of the murder of British landscape artist Joanna Yeates and sentenced to life imprisonment. (Post)
News source(s): BBC, Sky News, Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph

 --BabbaQ (talk) 17:39, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. Despite the totally disproportionate attention given by the press, this is in no way no more notable than the resolution of any other murder case, of which there are about 500,000 per year. Kevin McE (talk) 17:57, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
From were do you get that figure? Its like saying we shouldnt post the American presidential election results next year because there "are so many elections each year all over the world", quite hollow.--BabbaQ (talk) 18:18, 28 October 2011 (UTC)--BabbaQ (talk) 18:18, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
That figure is from List of countries by intentional homicide rate. Hut 8.5 20:06, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Simply not that important on a global scale - or on a European scale, or even on a UK or any other scale. Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:20, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I suggest we develop some mechanism to speedy-reject trivial nominations like this, just as we have ITNR for obviously significant events. JimSukwutput 18:50, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
    • There is really no way or reason to blanket ban nomination topics. Some murder cases could very well be significant, such as if there were resulting international relations effects. More nominations is better than less, as we sometimes can't find anything for 30+ hours. Mamyles (talk) 19:30, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose the only reason this murder got so much coverage is that the demographic characteristics of the victim made it good for selling newspapers. I can't think of any reason why an international audience might be interested. Unlike elections the vast majority of murders are not remotely suitable for ITN (roughly 700 people a year are murdered in the UK alone). Hut 8.5 20:06, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Once again, we witness how a murder is deemed more important simply because the victim is a beautiful young white girl. That pisses me off. Deterence Talk 20:42, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose per above, but also because this seems to have not gotten coverage outside Britain anyway. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 03:31, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Bolshoi Theatre re-opened

Article: Bolshoi Theatre (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow re-opens after an extensive 6-year long renovation costing about £500 million ($700 million). (Post)
News source(s): BBC
Article updated

Nominator's comments: This must be one of the most costly theatre reconstructions in history, and that's a good chance to feature something theatre-related on ITN. GreyHood Talk 16:32, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support Bolshoi Theatre is something that really deserves to be included. The amount and the time span are also plausible.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:58, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. I really don't think this requires explanation.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:24, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Conditional support. Interesting minority topic, but the article nowhere near updated enough. Also, I would change "some" in the blurb to either "about" or "over", depending on which is more appropriate. Jenks24 (talk) 17:36, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
    • The blurb fixed. Soon I'll proceed with the article.. GreyHood Talk 17:55, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I've added a brief section about the renovation.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:57, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Thanks, that a good start. GreyHood Talk 19:05, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
      • The article is minimally updated by now, I believe, so it could be marked [Ready] if there are no objections. I'll continue to work on the improvement meanwhile.. GreyHood Talk 19:59, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support and marking ready. --♫GoP♫TCN 20:54, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Not ready In particular, the Current status section is out of line with the new developments. That could be the source of a more meaty update. -- tariqabjotu 21:16, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
I've transferred most of the content of the section to the section about renovation. Marking [Ready?]. Now the structure of the article must be alright. GreyHood Talk 21:38, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Line of Succession

Nominator's comments: Important as it changes a 300 years old law and determines the future heads of state of the 16 Commonwealth realms. --Philip Stevens (talk) 10:26, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Firstly, can we please not refer to it as the "British throne". I'd normally say wait until it's done, but that could be problematic. How many separate acts are we talking? I know that most countries just defer to British legislation on this, but Canada and Australia have their own lines to legally alter (are there any more?). So since that's at least three legislative changes that are surely not going to happen simultaneously it might be better to just post the announcement. Nightw 10:52, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
The wording needs to be correct. The CHOGM meeting cannot and did not announce that the laws have been changed, only that there was unanimous agreement that they will be changed. Ghmyrtle (talk) 10:59, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
That's what it says. Nightw 11:06, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
"Alter the rules" is ambiguous. Many would interpret that as altering the laws, which CHOGM can't do. Ghmyrtle (talk) 11:15, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
It says "agree to alter the rules", which seems accurate. --FormerIP (talk) 11:18, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
"...agree that the rules be altered..." would be more accurate. Sorry to nitpick, but "rules" is ambiguous, and neither the meeting nor the heads of government themselves have the power to alter the laws - that is up to the legislature of each country. Ghmyrtle (talk) 11:26, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support (now) the announcement itself of the proposed rule changes is a big deal. Hot Stop talk-contribs 13:54, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support A change of head of state is ITNR material: I would contend that changes to the way heads of state are appointed is if anything more notable, particularly when as here it is 16 countries and the Commonwealth in question. As for the precise wording I feel we need to avoid the temptation to be overly pedantic - there is limited information we can put in one blurb and given that space constraint "British throne" is as good a term as any. I certainly wouldn't pander to that temptation at the expense of either the main headlines - the removal of both the sex and religious discrimination elements. Crispmuncher (talk) 14:35, 28 October 2011 (UTC).
  • Support changes 1000+ year tradition. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 16:35, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support interesting and important item. GreyHood Talk 16:37, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • COMMENT there is a ONE sentence update here and another line that was unsourced, there is not way this is updated sufficiently for posting.Lihaas (talk) 17:13, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: The wrong article is being flagged up here. The main article is Succession to the British throne - it is the principle of succession that is the newsworthy item here, not any incidental changes to the line of succession (which will not be affected immediately in any case). The problem is that the main article - Succession to the British throne - is substantially under-referenced, though the newsworthy parts of it have been and are being updated, to a much greater extent than the article on the current line of succession. Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:12, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Highly notable constitutional implications for all the civilised English-speaking countries. Deterence Talk 20:54, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • ...and 39 other countries throw their arms up in disgust... (talk) 07:40, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Relax, I was merely taking a cheeky shot at the Yanks ;-) Deterence Talk 21:27, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
the article is crap and porrly sourced, but the relevant section ive now merged. though it would wait till the law is passed as required, this is just a suggestion and we only pass/post such things when they are in practice as with biz mergesr and laws of notability. (DADT, etc)Lihaas (talk) 06:59, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Proposed revision: The Commonwealth Heads of Government agree that the rules governing the line of succession to the British throne and that of the other Commonwealth realms be changed, to end male primogeniture and allow marriage to Roman Catholics. Ghmyrtle (talk) 07:51, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Comment: Better link, for the reasons already discussed. The other Commonwealth realms (Australia, Canada, etc.) affected should also be mentioned, though I'm not happy about using the word "Commonwealth" twice. We should not wait until the laws are actually passed - that may well happen quietly without any dissent; the newsworthy moment is now. Flagging the article up will lead to further improvements to its text. Ghmyrtle (talk) 07:51, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
So, the update is in Succession to the British throne#Reform initiated in 2011. A couple of words more wouldn't harm. And, is there any chance to summarize the blurb, as it is, it is rather lenghty for ITN. --Tone 10:36, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
It could be shortened in all sorts of ways, down to "It is agreed that the rules governing the line of succession to the throne of sixteen Commonwealth realms be changed." But it's probably important that we say where the change was agreed, and what it means. I've added some quotes to the article - the serious commentary (if any) will probably emerge over coming months. Ghmyrtle (talk) 11:02, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
The edits made to the articles overnight by User:Miesianiacal have now (some of which I have now reverted to allow for further discussion) made the previous suggestion by User:Philip Stevens, or my amended suggestion, unworkable. His/her changes are not technically incorrect, but they make made the reader's job of accessing the information much harder, because the information is was no longer centralised in one place (because of the insistence that we are not talking about the "British" throne but the thrones of a number of separate countries). There is, as yet, no substantial "debate" over changing the rules - what we have is an agreement that the rules be changed. I give up. Ghmyrtle (talk) 07:57, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose My opinion is based on four factors: 1) The blurb refers only to agreement to change the line of succession to the British throne when, in fact, more lines than just the British will have to be altered. Saying "line of succession to the British throne and that of the other Commonwealth realms" is still problematic since it both gives the UK an undeserved prominence and wrongly implies there is one throne for the UK and another for the 15 other Commonwealth realms. 2) The article Line of succession to the British throne is the wrong one to link to, not only for many of the aforementioned reasons, but also because the topic is better covered at the more neutral article Act of Settlement 1701#Amendment. 3) The amendments must first be passed by a number of parliaments and thus aren't guaranteed to be implemented. And 4) not all the Commonwealth heads of government had a say in this matter; in fact, most didn't. Only the prime ministers of the 16 Commonwealth realms did.
I would support if the blurb read something more like: "The prime ministers of the Commonwealth realms agree at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to attempt reform of the rules of succession to the crown shared amongst the 16 countries, ending male primogeniture and allowing heirs to marry Roman Catholics." --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 02:35, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Commenting on the above. (1) While technically correct, it would be helpful to have the information in one place as clearly discussions in the countries are very closely linked. The view that the UK has an "undeserved prominence" ignores the fact that the other countries' systems derive historically directly from the British system. (2) Matter of opinion. The article on the Act of Settlement is not necessarily "more neutral" - they are all (or should be) neutral. (3) True - point I made earlier, though the decision in principle has now been taken. The wording that the heads of government will only "attempt" to change the legislation is disingenuous, as there is no evidence that there will be any substantial opposition. (4) True, though it is also correct to state that the decision was made at the CHOGM. Ghmyrtle (talk) 08:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
The fact that the Commonwealth realms other than the UK derive their systems of governance from the UK is of no consequence to the fact that the UK's prominence amongst them ended in 1926; the UK-first attitude is more than eighty years out of date, and there's no reason Wikipedia should be promoting it. Along the same lines, Succession to the British throne is obviously focused on Britain; information on Canada's line of succession, for example, has no place in it, or, at least, is only tangential. And, lastly, I will reiterate that the proposed wording of the blurb implies these chages are all but done. They are not; there are still great legal hurdles to get over (in Canada alone it's yet to be established if the consent of all ten provincial legislatures is required). --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 13:23, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
An alternative way of stating it would be to say that David Cameron, British PM, announced the changes. Which, like it or not, is a fact. Ghmyrtle (talk) 14:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
It's a fact Cameron made an announcement. But he did not announce any changes, since none have been made. He was also not alone in making an announcement about the subject. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 19:58, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
According to Act of Settlement 1701#Amendment proposals, Cameron proposed the change at CHOGM and it was supported by the other heads of government. He made the initial announcement. Ghmyrtle (talk) 21:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, it appears to have all been set in motion by his initiative. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 22:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
So what would be wrong with: "David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, proposes that the rules governing the line of succession to the sixteen Commonwealth realms be changed, to end male primogeniture and allow marriage to Roman Catholics." Ghmyrtle (talk) 22:47, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
I don't immediately see anything wrong with that. I would only propose that it be tweaked slightly to read: "British Prime Minister David Cameron proposes that the rules governing the Commonwealth realms' lines of succession be changed to end male primogeniture and allow marriage to Roman Catholics." --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 17:00, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment It would be good to hear the views of other editors on Miesianical's proposed blurb, before the issue goes completely cold. I don't like the wording, but it's not much worse than many others I see here, and if there is agreement in principle that what was said at CHOGM was important enough to go in ITN, perhaps the wording could be tweaked. Ghmyrtle (talk) 21:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, as we should wait until all 16 Commonwealth realms have passed their respective amendments to the succession. PS: As for the blurb? I'm not getting involved with those -British vs Commonwealth realms are equal arguments, again. GoodDay (talk) 03:58, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
The point is that the issue is newsworthy now - by the time legislation is eventually implemented, any interest in it will probably have passed. Ghmyrtle (talk) 19:16, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
You've convinced me. GoodDay (talk) 22:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
"British Prime Minister David Cameron proposes that the rules governing the Commonwealth realms' lines of royal succession be changed to end male primogeniture and allow marriage to Catholics."
Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, as these proposed changes effect 16 countries simultaneously, no doubt a first in world history. GoodDay (talk) 22:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

October 27

[Posted] Tunisian elections

Articles: Tunisian Constituent Assembly election, 2011 (talk, history) and Renaissance Party (talk, history)
Blurb: Ennahda wins a plurality in the first post-Arab Spring Constituent Assembly election in Tunisia. (Post)
News source(s): Washington PostAl-ArabiyaReuters

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Support posting once the results are officially announced, blurb should be modified accordingly --Tachfin (talk) 09:18, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support But axe the "victorious" line. Meh. WikifanBe nice 09:47, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Note The results are not there yet. At least not in the article. We cannot post before that. The blurb should be a generic one: The X party, led by Y (pictured) wins plurality (seems it's not majority) in the election. --Tone 10:00, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Constituent assembly results are NOT should be based on its own merits, but as the first Arab Spring election i would support when results are confoirmed. Also agree with toe about PLURALITY beig npov wordingLihaas (talk) 10:28, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Results are going to be announced today. I agree that the blurb should be amended maybe something like al-Nahda wins the most seats in... Tachfin (talk) 10:40, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Appears to be ITNR as per Reuters above "It will also appoint a new interim president and government to run the country until fresh elections late next year or early in 2013." --Alcea setosa (talk) 21:38, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
Note: This is already nominated below. Suggest blurb to follow standards:
Although the article still needs updating. Nightw 11:49, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support when the results are announced. Right now only 39 of 217 seats have declared and the reports that Ennahda has won are coming from Ennahda officials. The event is significant as it is the first election in the country after the overthrow of the previous regime in the Arab Spring. Hut 8.5 18:13, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment led by Rashid Al-Ghannushi. Therequiembellishere (talk) 18:44, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Obvious support per the above. Swarm X 14:47, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support with NW's revised blurb. --FormerIP (talk) 11:00, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
I have moved this nomination because the official results have just been announced. --FormerIP (talk) 21:19, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - first free and fair elections in tunisia..--BabbaQ (talk) 21:22, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, but I prefer something more like NIGHTW's blurb. Mamyles (talk) 00:58, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
marked ready and reworded blurb to consistently use "plurality" on these sort of things and added Arab Spring context WP:BoldlyLihaas (talk) 06:58, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Comment: After much delay, article is more or less ready. Re blurb, I don't think the average reader knows what a plurality is, also the context should link to the Tunisian revolution as there have been elections in Egypt which were the first post-Arab spring.

Suggested blurb: 'In the first elections after the Tunisian revolution, Enahda wins the most seats in the constituent assembly.'

or: 'Enahda wins the most constituent assembly seats in the first post-revolution elections in Tunisia.' --Tachfin (talk) 08:29, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

plurality is posted on every election that does not have an outright majority. this is not new nor is it the simple english WP.Lihaas (talk) 17:16, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
I don't think that they have a plurality rather than a majority is essential information. -- tariqabjotu 21:12, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
It is bvecause they didnt WIN nor tdo they have a majority. We have ALWYAS posted the word plurality and as per the one suggestion above which was MISLEADING it was followed through still.Lihaas (talk) 07:00, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Almost every election is won with a mere plurality instead of a majority (and often the winning candidate doesn't even have a plurality but wins because of the eccentricities of their electoral system). The average voter would be shocked to find out that most elections are "won" with the support of only around 20-25% of the adult population and rarely more than a third of those who vote. Deterence Talk 05:52, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Alfredo Astiz sentenced

Article: Alfredo Astiz (talk, history)
Blurb: Alfredo Astiz is sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity during the Dirty War in Argentina between 1976-83 amongst the crimes are the abudction and murder of Dagmar Hagelin. (Post)
News source(s): [1]
Article needs updating
  • Nom - BabbaQ (talk) 17:17, 27 October 2011 (UTC).
  • Support since it is a life imprisonment for a person highly involved in something that was permanently producing political repression and instability in South America in the late 1970s.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:31, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I have a sneaking suspicion that his punishment is reclusion perpetua and not life imprisonment. I've checked out the Spanish language websites and they mention reclusion perpetua and this might've been lost in translation. –HTD 18:14, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support but trim the blurb. The second sentence is interesting but ultimately trivial in comparison to the rest of the blurb. Limit it to the first sentence at most.--WaltCip (talk) 19:05, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree, I fixed it. Feel free to change it again anyone.--BabbaQ (talk) 19:40, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The crimes, and punishment, of this monster are lessons for us all. As is the ridiculous length of time (over 3 decades!) it has taken to bring him to justice. Deterence Talk 20:52, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
support big stntence for big "War" in a minority topic region. however remove blurb after argentina.
correct me if im wrong, but previously we wait for the sentence to be carried out (unless there is no appeal here then post immediately)Lihaas (talk) 07:35, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment If this is posted, I think the blurb should include reclusion perpetua rather than life sentence as an interesting aspect, as mentioned by Howard. Mamyles (talk) 12:41, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Sakharov Prize

Article: Sakharov Prize (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Five representatives of the Arab SpringAsmaa Mahfouz, Ahmed al-Senussi, Razan Zaitouneh, Ali Farzat, and Mohamed Bouazizi—share the 2011 Sakharov Prize. (Post)
News source(s): European Parliament
Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nom. --bender235 (talk) 14:27, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support - note that this is WP:ITNR. Mamyles (talk) 14:43, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. The article on Zaitouneh is a stub and needs expanding and the Mahfouz one has orange tags (these look as if they will not be too difficult to take care of). --FormerIP (talk) 15:43, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Indeed, we can't use Sakharov Prize as the target article as the nominator appears to have suggested. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:08, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
Why not? It's better than bold-linking five names. Although the prize article is pretty small as well. Nightw 17:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree, bold-linking five names is sub-optimal. The main article has been completely updated so what's the issue? The Rambling Man (talk) 17:17, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
It's got three paragraphs of prose. I'd post it, personally, but others may find it inadequate. Nightw 18:00, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
I know. Don't snigger, it is a featured list as well, so it's not a bad thing to link to.... The Rambling Man (talk) 19:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
We only normally bold link one article, which would be the list article. All the same, the articles for the prizewinners should have no significant issues and not be stubs. --FormerIP (talk) 19:28, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I've removed the unsourced section in Asmaa Mahfouz. It seems that in January someone added a load of content derived from [2] in violation of copyright. However it seems that apart from that one unsourced section the rest of the copyvio content has been subsequently rewritten or removed. Hut 8.5 21:25, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as long as the major maintenance tags are resolved on the other linked articles. The Rambling Man (talk) 17:17, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Sakharov prize is of wide significance, especially when awarded to people involved in something that is still ongoing. I also suggest modification of the blurb with mentioning that Mohamed Bouazizi shares the prize posthumously.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:25, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support--♫GoP♫TCN 19:01, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Not Ready Support or opposition is irrelevant to ITN/R. What is relevant is whether the article has adequate content and updates, and this article barely mentions the recipients of this year's Sakharov Prize other than to include them in a list. Deterence Talk 20:45, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
Updated Sakharov Prize. --bender235 (talk) 07:24, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Where the update? TWO lines of prose in the middle of the lead is NOT sufficient. Plenty of ITNR and overwhelming support articles are notposted with MORE of an update (bolivia for example below) (and kosovo and sebuia with a MASSIVE update)Lihaas (talk) 07:41, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
You are aware that this is only a list, after all, right? And a featured one, just to mention it. You can't expect me to add like five paragraphs on this year's awardees, because this just isn't the right place. --bender235 (talk) 08:21, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
What else would you write, Lihaas? Two lines are perfectly ok... so I mark it as ready--♫GoP♫TCN 11:42, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
It would be inappropriate to add multiple paragraphs for each year, much less each contributor. This is an interactive encyclopedia that allows users to click on links for more detailed information, which we must take advantage of to avoid 500kb articles. Also, note that the article is rated "featured list" (FL), implying that it is meant to be just a list. Mamyles (talk) 12:27, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

[Stale] Eurozone deal

Article: European sovereign debt crisis (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Leaders of Eurozone countries agree a package of measures aimed at preventing the collapse of participating economies. (Post)
News source(s): [3]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The most important meeting in Europe since World War II, according to Angela Merkel. Maybe a neater blurb would be a good thing. --FormerIP (talk) 11:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)--

I've changed it, but I'm still not sure it feels right. --FormerIP (talk) 13:42, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - they announce that a package was agreed on, but there isn't even funding for it. We cannot say that an announcement, without any planned action, will avoid a collapse. Mamyles (talk) 14:39, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
If it doesn't avoid a collapse, does that mean it is not news? Will you be more convinced if I explain how it affects the US economy? --FormerIP (talk) 15:47, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
An announcement, without any action, doesn't affect anything. At this point, the agreement could easily fall apart with no aciton taken. When it is funded and/or implemented, that will be meaningful. Mamyles (talk) 17:19, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is clearly notable. Business news media have been discussing the potential for this meeting every day for over a week and the markets were hanging on the edge of their seats awaiting the announcement. This announcement is one of the big milestones in the European debt crisis that economic historians will be writing about for decades. Deterence Talk 20:40, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Stocks soared yesterday at a rate unprecedented these couple of years across the globe and may continue to do so in the coming week in response to the deal. This is unarguably notable. YuMaNuMa (talk) 21:14, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
oppose there are countless deals and bailots every few months that make "stocks soar" the DAX has had 3%+ days several times in the last 18 mths. and then what about the DOWNS that we dont post?Lihaas (talk) 07:37, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I think you're kinda missing the point. Deterence Talk 08:20, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Well, its pretty obvious that the discussions weren't based around stock growth but an increase in stock shows the optimism of investors and business after an agreement was reached towards the Euro and Eurozone economy in general. YuMaNuMa (talk) 10:33, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Really? The accidental death of a motorcycle racer gets speedy-posted while the culmination of a multinational, trillion-dollar financial agreement with huge repercussions around the world for billions of people (both positive and negative) gets ignored for days? This is an excellent indication of how superficial and sensationalist the ITN community has become. No wonder the rest of Wikipedia is trying to remove ITN from the main page for its utter irrelevance. JimSukwutput 18:55, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I have to agree with Jim Sukwutput's sentiments on this one. This topic is OBVIOUSLY extremely notable with massive economic implications for Europe and the world. It is appalling that this nomination is languishing in ITN purgatory while ITN is awash with bloody sports. Deterence Talk 21:00, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Support for reasons Jim Sukwutput outlined above.yorkshiresky (talk) 07:17, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Strong support. DS (talk) 16:59, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Can't we post this already support but this is not a minority topic. –HTD 19:29, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Added [Ready]. The update is long, detailed and very well-sourced relative to our usual posts, and we have a strong consensus. In response to HTD, I believe this qualifies as minority under the Business and Economics criterion. JimSukwutput 04:37, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Stale This event occurred on October 26. The oldest event (which, arguably, should be dropped due to the short length of the left side of the Main Page) is from October 27. It's too late for this to go on ITN. -- tariqabjotu 05:38, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Olympus resignation

Article: Olympus Corporation (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Chairman of Olympus Corporation resigns amidst a major financial scandal causing US$1.2 billion in losses (Post)
News source(s): BusinessWeek, CFO Innovation Asia

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Minority topic. An event involving dramatic sacking of a new whistle-blowing CEO, opaque payments by a major Japanese corporation resulted in losses of $1.2 billion (nine zeros) and that wiped 50% off its market capitalisation, and the resignation of the President to assuage shareholders. --Ohconfucius ¡digame! 09:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment Surely, this isn't ITN/R? Deterence Talk 09:32, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
    • No it isn't. I've just removed that defaulted comment. --Ohconfucius ¡digame! 10:43, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • It's interesting story, but Olympus isn't really a major company having not appeared on the Fortune Global 500 since at least 2007. Hot Stop talk-contribs 16:40, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Neutral for one is that Olympus is not one of the "Big Two", which would stood a better chance, though is one of "Japan's Big Five". If one of the pair went into bankruptcy/administration/insolvency, then that's more like ITN material and you gotta be a douche to not know who is the Big Two. Donnie Park (talk) 22:17, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This has been rumbling away for a week or so now. This is a major business story and we don't feature enough of those from outside IT. Crispmuncher (talk) 14:50, 28 October 2011 (UTC).

October 26

[Posted] 787

Article: 787 Dreamliner (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its inaugural flight. (Post)
News source(s): [4]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: I seem to recall this having been deferred to the inaugural flight at the last nomination, and that happened earlier today. --Ks0stm (TCGE) 13:08, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Yes the consensus for my last nomination for the plane's first delivery was to wait till it flies. Well it flew. I still believe it should have been posted earlier but better late than never i suppose. -- Ashish-g55 13:52, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Obvious support I remember how this was rejected last time pending inaugural flight. Today it has flown first commercial flight from Haneda to Hong Kong. --hydrox (talk) 14:55, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per the previous discussion. Swarm X 14:56, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Speedy support per above. I've added a mention of the first flight in the article. Marking ready. Mamyles (talk) 17:26, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support given the level of attention the project received. I also marked it a minority topic since it involves business and technology. Hot Stop talk-contribs 17:29, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Not Ready Yet. I dont see refs and update is the size of the blurb. Needs a little bit more -- Ashish-g55 17:31, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
    • The reason for posting is mainly that the project is complete. There is not much immediate new info to post beyond a successful landing. Consensus before was to wait for the first flight before announcing. The article is B-class and quite well sourced. Mamyles (talk) 17:36, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
      • From the ITN page "updates that convey little or no relevant information beyond what is stated in the ITN blurb are insufficient." There is some info about the flight itself in this article which could be added. Hot Stop talk-contribs 17:45, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Then perhaps we should stop delaying major events, like the maiden flight or first delivery, in anticipation for minor ones. I'm not sure info that detailed (price of the first commercial flight and first commercial passengers) is even relevant enough to the encyclopedic content of the article, being too detailed and temporal. Mamyles (talk) 17:57, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
        • That is ridiculous wiki-lawyering given that this marks the pinnacle of a long development that has previously been agreed to become eligible for ITN on the occurrence of the inaugural flight. In essence, the whole Boeing 787 Dreamliner article is the ITN submission, not just this event. --hydrox (talk) 19:25, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
          • Quite aware of that but this is still no different than when we have a death and articles get pulled from ITN from being posted too fast due to lack of updates, or the fuss we had on nobel prizes. Steve Jobs was pulled even with a whole para of updates. Not really asking a lot but atleast something more than the blurb itself should be required in the article. -- Ashish-g55 19:34, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
          • edit conflict There's other information in the article that could added. China Eastern Airlines canceled its order and Air New Zealand is going to seek compensation for missed deadlines [5]. Both could be included in the service and entry operations section. Hot Stop talk-contribs 19:36, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
          • New info added from suggested BBC article, inaugural flight updates now amount 3 sentences. --hydrox (talk) 19:38, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
          • FWIW I also added more. Hot Stop talk-contribs 19:46, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
Ok, posting. --Tone 19:44, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
Should the blurb mention the 3 years worth of delays, since that's why the flight is notable. Hot Stop talk-contribs 19:49, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
I think mentioning that would be worthwhile, possibly by adding "...after three years of delays." Mamyles (talk) 20:04, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Suggest image on right over current (better crop). --hydrox (talk) 20:32, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

October 25

Coronal mass ejection

A recent coronal mass ejection has produced aurora activity, especially over North America to places as far south as Arkansas and Texas. Solar cycle 24.[6][7][8]. ~AH1 (discuss!) 01:28, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

  • The last time the sky lit-up like that, Britain was over-run by triffids ;-) Deterence Talk 01:59, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

October 24

October 23

UNSC election

Article: United Nations Security Council election, 2011 (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Morocco, Guatemala, Togo, Pakistan and Azerbaijan are voted on to the United Nations' Security Council. (Post)

Article updated

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

 Lihaas (talk) 22:32, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Ready But, the two linked sources go to articles about the protests in Bolivia. Sorted. Deterence Talk 22:43, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Wait. Quoth WP:ITNR: "In previous years, the item has been added to ITN when the new members take their seats (1 Jan on even-numbered years) rather than when the results were announced". That way we get an actual story on 1 Jan, which is otherwise one of the slowest news days on the year. Modest Genius talk 23:28, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
1 January whatever the year, odd or even. Kevin McE (talk) 00:40, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Indeed, you might like to update ITNR to reflect that. Modest Genius talk 12:40, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support When it is official and they actually become members. Rephrase blurb for grammar and readability. WikifanBe nice 01:38, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Anyone mind if I this is closed per Modest Genius' comment? NW (Talk) 03:40, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
We dot have to hfollow OTHERCRAPEXISTS...many times , ad esp. in eng speaking countries, the election ad govt was posted when taking office. BUT if others agree despite this notice then ill withdraw nom tooLihaas (talk) 07:35, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Bolivian highway cancelled

Article: 2011 Bolivian protests (talk, history)
Blurb: Bolivia cancels a proposed highway project following two months of protests culminating in the capital La Paz. (Post)
News source(s): [9] [10]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Development project cancelled following protests ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

  • This is an update on the 'Bolivian protests' column below. We did post a story for the Belo Monte Dam cancellatation in March (that project has now been ruled illegal). ~AH1 (discuss!) 15:25, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Very regional, almost local event. WikifanBe nice 19:56, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Wikifan. The protests might be notable, but the hook should be about them then, not road construction. JORGENEVSKI 21:26, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support. The protests were massive, people were killed by the government, a cabinet minister walked out—it was nominated twice with substantial support, but the update was never done. This is the climax and resolution of the event. Blurb should be shortened though, and I think the protests were mainly about it being through indigenous lands rather than out of any motivation for conservation. Nightw 00:04, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
There are several reasons why the highway cancellation, and not just the protests themselves that involve 2,000 people, are significant and quite possibly ITN-worthy:
    • This is a policy-level executive decision made by a head of state based on protesters' demands, which is very rare even in Western democracies.
    • The proposed highway would be a smaller version of the Trans-Amazonian Highway, and somewhat similar to the Serengeti Highway; this is a major construction project in a nature preserve.
    • Both the highway and the protest story pass the three-continent rule, being featured in news outlets from South America, North America and Europe.
    • Some of the protests have called for the ouster of President Morales, partly for environmentally-destructive policies made by a government that was once often regarded as very pro-environment.
    • Most of the protesters are from indigenous groups, while Morales is Bolivia's first indigenous President, so this is likely to have political fallout as per news sources.
    • News item is an exemplefication of the struggle between economic expansion and environmental/indigenous rights.
    • Announcement of the cancellation came just as protesters reached the capital.
Please feel free to discuss further. ~AH1 (discuss!) 00:33, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I'm no tree-hugger, but, I can't quite believe this story has been blocked every time it has been nominated. It has resulted in worldwide coverage, (even here in New Zealand - and our news is total shit), it has resulted in the resignations of numerous government Ministers, it has pitted "new world" developers against indigenous peoples' living off their historic land, it has resulted in massive political unrest, it is one of the key battlegrounds in environmental politics, and the judicial ruling that the development was unlawful was an astonishing development in a country where public servants are generally bought-and-paid-for. Now we have the Bolivian President doing a u-turn. Deterence Talk 00:48, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per explanation by nominator of why it is significant. HurricaneFan25 00:58, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Let us not let our personal political opinions influence our judgment. JimSukwutput 02:07, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose this affects such a small amount of people it's really not too important. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:19, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
50,000 indigenous groups, who knows how many individuals... The protests caused several deaths, hundreds of detainments, resignation of three cabinet ministers, and the cancellation of a US$ 480-million project due to popular pressure. No wonder it's making headlines, why should we be any different? How many people does the death of a motorcar racer affect? Nightw 04:05, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm opposed to posting the motorcar accident as well and I must say I'm quite surprised that that nomination has somehow received more support than this. But it doesn't change my opinion about this. I see a lot of votes based on - to put it gently - personal political views. JimSukwutput 16:49, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Speaking for this supporter, my friends would be stunned to see how I voted on this issue (I'm so politically incorrect that I literally have the t-shirt). And I personally don't give a rat's fart about the death of a motor-cylist, (which I also supported). But, I set aside my personal preferences and politics to vote for each issue based on ITN notability. Deterence Talk 06:07, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I fully agree with supporters.--♫GoP♫TCN 11:47, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I agree that this is a local issue. The violent crackdown on protestors may have been internationally significant, but cancellation of a project is not. Mamyles (talk) 12:30, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Much more significant than Wall Street protests, but still below the threshold. --hydrox (talk) 15:50, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
strong support its more than the cancellation, the protests that LED to it are just as , if not more, significa,t adn previously had LOADS of support but ot posted.Lihaas (talk) 22:29, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I find the supporters (particularly AH1) most convincing. Swarm X 14:44, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Just because its not front page in North America does not mean it's a local issue. This was pitting modern engineering and development against environmental, cultural and historical preservation, and the latter won the battle. - ʄɭoʏɗiaɲ τ ¢ 15:14, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Note: the planned was scrapped on the 21st not 23rd, so it's almost stale. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:19, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Turkey

Article: 2011 Van earthquake (talk, history)
Blurb: ​A magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes the Eastern Turkish city of Van, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. (Post)
News source(s): [11] [12]

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Article in development, strong earthquake hits major city. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Only fifteen earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher have hit Turkey in the past 100 years, and this one hit a major eastern city. Estimates of casualties are not available at this time, but range from 500 (Turkish Observatory) to 1,000 (AFP et al.) to 10,000+ (USGS PAGER). ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
This earthquake has potentially more impact than the 2011 Sikkim earthquake (which we posted and had 111 fatalities), so please avoid oppose !votes while the article is in development. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:22, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support but wait Possibly thousands of deaths, given the shallowness and strength. Also, I'd like to note that the intensity on the MMI was X (the highest) according to PAGER, so I have no doubt that it will cause a few hundred deaths. HurricaneFan25 14:25, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Four hours ago, the casualty toll was 45 in Erciş alone. That is already notable in itself. ~AH1 (discuss!) 15:25, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. The article gives enough information to show that this is a big earthquake, even in aregion known for some fairly destructive tremors. Physchim62 (talk) 16:13, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support big quake with deaths. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 16:33, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posting. --Tone 17:15, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Update - 138 deaths reported so far. Marcus Qwertyus 23:58, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

ROSAT crash

Article: ROSAT (talk, history)
Blurb: ​German X-ray telescope ROSAT crashes through Earth's atmosphere after disintegrating days prior. (Post)
News source(s): [13]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Limited information available. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Recent updates showed that the chance of debris hitting any person on Earth was close to 1-in-2,000, higher than the recent UARS probe. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Wait for some confirmation of where, when, and if any debris reached the ground. Modest Genius talk 16:10, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose since it came down over the ocean and even if anything did survive to the surface, we will almost certainly never know. Modest Genius talk 12:45, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, this is the seventeenth satellite to make an uncontrolled reentry this year; there were about 23 last year. The only thing that makes this one any different is that the media have blown it out of proportion. --GW 16:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per GW_Simulations. It's just another routine case of crap falling to Earth. Deterence Talk 19:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes satellites re-enter quite ofter, but it would be very unusual if bits of it impacted the surface. Modest Genius talk 19:53, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose You would have thought that the mass media would change their approach after their fiasco just a few weeks ago. One can only cry wolf so many times. JimSukwutput 20:31, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posting] 2011 Thailand floods

Article: 2011 Thailand floods (talk, history)
Blurb: Floods in central Thailand reach Bangkok, affecting over 2 million people. (Post)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Surprised the pretty well-referenced 2011 Thailand floods has never been at ITN. Ever. –HTD 12:31, 23 October 2011 (UTC) HTD 12:31, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Per "Surprised the pretty well-referenced 2011 Thailand floods has never been at ITN. Ever." -- It was nominated and turned down for ITN two weeks ago -- yet for some reason, the reaction here and now was very, very different to that of the previous nomination. Check the archives. You do not have to go back very far. - Tenebris 18:55, 24 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

It's not just Thailand that's being affected, of course. I can say first-hand that the situation in Cambodia is pretty grim. Thailand is a lot better equipped to deal with this than its poorer neighbours, so I'm annoyed that we don't have a better 2011 Southeast Asian floods article. Nightw 13:05, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support if this has not previously appeared in ITN. With over 300 deaths, and a third of Thailand under water, this is obviously a notable event. I had been under the impression that this event had appeared in ITN very recently. Deterence Talk 12:56, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support notable flood, entire occurrence had significant coverage across major television networks here in Australia.YuMaNuMa (talk) 13:01, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support it's a shame this wasn't nominated earlier, as it's definitely something we should put on the main page. But, there's no update after 10/13 given in the article, so I'm not sure this isn't stale. Hot Stop talk-contribs 14:19, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. We did post this earlier in the year, but only for a few hours before it was retracted. The Thai floods are the most significant event within the larger 2011 Southeast Asian floods, and some water is about to reach the outskirts of Bangkok (I'll support when that happens). Any significant developments? ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:24, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I found this in the archives from earlier this month, but there's no indication it was posted (the discussion just seemed to go unnoticed, as many these days do). Hot Stop talk-contribs 14:29, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
    • The article which appeared earlier in the year is now at 2011 Southern Thailand floods. --Paul_012 (talk) 14:50, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I'll have to say the article has gone rather stale. For the past ten days Bangkok has been bracing for floods and doing little else. Several suburbs and even more industrial estates have been submerged, as canals are overflowing east and west. Flyovers and expressways are choked with parked cars, the main highway out of Bangkok is under water, and people have been emptying store shelves in panic buying. Global production of hard disk drives has also been hit hard as a result of damage to factories. Criticism of the government's Flood Relief Operations Centre is growing stronger every day, and the general mood right now is that flooding will soon hit downtown Bangkok, despite the government's assurances otherwise. I haven't had time to do a proper update, and given the amount of daily events it's quite hard to judge which developments are the major ones which should be included in the article. I'll say if and when flooding does hit central Bangkok, this will make international headlines and we can easily base an update for ITN on that. --Paul_012 (talk) 14:47, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Since it's already reached suburban Bangkok, can we not simply base a blurb on that. For me, that would justify why we fail to mention other countries. Nightw 23:57, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. JimSukwutput 22:47, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support thought I'd suggest a possible start point for a blurb " Floods in Thailand reach Bankok despite goverment efforts." EdwardLane (talk) 10:27, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. Mention in the blurb that 2.5 million people have been effected. Mamyles (talk) 12:34, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Changing to Support for the casualties and floodwaters reaching Bangkok, but I'm indifferent on the "number of people affected" – recent floods have often affected ten million or more. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:25, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 14:31, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

[Argentina posted] Election in Tunisia, Bulgaria, Argentina, and Switzerland

The results will be announced later, the articles already exist (links in P:CE). --Tone 11:37, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Well in the spirit of diversity if we find ourselves facing an avalanche of election results all at once we're going to have to pick and choose. Our choices will obviously be decided by the readiness of the articles, but we should also look for significance. I don't think the Bulgarian one is going to have much of an impact, and the article is nowhere near ready. In terms of volume, the Swiss article is about the same. The articles for Argentina and Tunisia look the best at the moment. Nightw 13:19, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
You can also consider the speed of the counting process. Not all of the results will be released at the same time. Is it a safe bet the Tunisian results wouldn't come out until later this week? –HTD 13:26, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
If our motivation is to provide links to timely articles, then would a combined blurb, rather than fulfilling some perceived need to provide an announcements service on the Main Page, not suffice? Kevin McE (talk) 15:04, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Best to just post them as/when the articles get up to scratch. Combining those disparate locations together would be rather odd. Modest Genius talk 16:12, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment If we're going to be selective, Tunisia is an obvious choice for inclusion for some rather obvious reasons. Deterence Talk 19:29, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Bulgarian one produced no result, it's going to a run-off round, so we can scratch that one. Swiss results starting to come through now, but the article is still way behind posting standards. Nightw 02:12, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
All the results are out now except for the Tunisian ones, which are out tomorrow according to the article. Great updating by dab to the Swiss article. Apparently we're still waiting on one seat to be confirmed, then we're probably ready for posting that one. Tunisian results are out tomorrow (local time) according to the article. Argentina article needs an update. Nightw 11:44, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Argentina ready for posting:

Note that there were simultaneous legislative elections in Argentina, the results of which have not yet been announced (should probably be a blurb update when they do). Modest Genius talk 13:19, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Posted. --Tone 13:46, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Marco Simoncelli

Article: Marco Simoncelli (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Italian motorcycle road racer Marco Simoncelli dies after an accident at the 2011 Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix. (Post)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Another tragic race accident, a week after Dan Wheldon. --Tone 11:37, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Support, although I expect a fair amount of opposition thanks to the accident with Wheldon not too long ago. — Joseph Fox 11:50, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support As a recent former world champion, (250cc world champion in 2008), who died while participating in the sport he is famous for, this is a notable death. Deterence Talk 11:57, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support At least as notable as Wheldon. I expect the Wheldon blurb will be pushed off ITN if this one is added, so there will not be two motorsports deaths in the list at the same time. /Coffeeshivers (talk) 12:01, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Support, per Deterence. Though I also notice that this is the third death during a MotoGP race since 2003. Modest Genius talk 16:15, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
What's going overboard? HiLo48 (talk) 21:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
People seem to be supporting only because he died young. Reading through his article, he was not one of the top people in his game unlike Wheldon, who was a reigning champ at the time of his death. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 23:50, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • What are you talking about? Nobody has mentioned his age. Yours is effectively an oppose with no reason, echoed by two other Opposes echoing you further down this thread. All fairly pointless contributions. HiLo48 (talk) 07:18, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • His track-record is not Earth-shattering, but he was 250cc world champion as recently as 2008. Deterence Talk 00:51, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as a notable death; Simoncelli was a top competitor in the world's leading motorcycle racing championship. Prolog (talk) 19:28, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support notable death, and an unpleasant trend of top competitors in top world motor sports being killed for one reason or another. Should be noted as it's significant. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:38, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Wizardman. --Mkativerata (talk) 20:46, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
That might make sense if Wizardman had actually said anything meaningful. HiLo48 (talk) 21:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Copying from the guidance above: "Please do not add simple "support" or "oppose" votes. Explain the reasons why you think the item meets or does not meet the ITN inclusion criteria so a consensus can be reached." — NKRI1945 (talk) 06:52, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Major drama in a major international sport. HiLo48 (talk) 21:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose doesn't seem to be a very significant motorcycle racer, didn't had any wins in the highest series of the sport, unlike Wheldon who had a championship and won 2 races of the most significant event in the highest level of his sport in the United States. Secret account 22:20, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Mkativerata. JimSukwutput 22:47, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Copying from the guidance above: "Please do not add simple "support" or "oppose" votes. Explain the reasons why you think the item meets or does not meet the ITN inclusion criteria so a consensus can be reached." — NKRI1945 (talk) 06:52, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support he was at one point a World Champ in the 250cc, which seems important enough to me. note that I'm not a racing fan, so if someone can prove that the 250cc isn't a significant championship, I could reconsider. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:24, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. The subject is notable because he is a former world champion in the intermediate class and now an official Honda-supported rider despite only in a privateer (non-factory) team. The incident is notable because only the third casualty in the sport since 2003 and only the second in the premier class since 2003. — NKRI1945 (talk) 06:47, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Like the death of Wouter Weylandt, the significance is of a participant at the top level dying in the course of a top level event. This is very different from the issue of a sportsman who dies in other circumstances, albeit during his career, who would indeed need to be established at the absolute elite; thus we posted Robert Enke but not Xavier Tondó. Kevin McE (talk) 09:56, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. More worldwide significance than Wheldon's death. Jenks24 (talk) 10:06, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Support We posted Wheldon, so why not this? Look, he was 1st and 3rd in 2008 and 2009, 6th this year; he was just 21 and 22. How can you say he was not one of the top sportspeople in motorcycly road racing and being so young? However, I oppose until someone with good english skills tries to improve the lead--♫GoP♫TCN 11:56, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted -- tariqabjotu 01:52, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] New Zealand wins the Rugby World Cup final

Article: 2011 Rugby World Cup Final (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Rugby World Cup concludes with New Zealand defeating France 8–7. (Post)
News source(s): BBC

Article updated

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: The New Zealand All Blacks defeat France to win the rugby world cup. Article needs some updating, but the editors are probably getting royally drunk as I write this. Deterence Talk 09:47, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Ready as nominator, and now that the article has been updated. Deterence Talk 10:29, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support after cleaning the article up and updating and changing tenses in parts, the article is now ready. Harrias talk 10:42, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Not quite ready. The match summary could use a few more references. (the criteria state three minimum, and for a sports final where there's lots of coverage it's not a lot to ask).--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:49, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Harrias has expanded the article to include a substantial amount of excellent content. Your demand for some superfluous references, for the sake of adding references, is ... superfluous. Deterence Talk 11:01, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
It's not superflouos, it's the criteria. Though it appears to be met now.--Johnsemlak (talk) 11:14, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted, thanks. — Joseph Fox 11:52, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

October 22

[Posted] Saudi Crown Prince Sultan al Saud has died

Article: Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (talk, history)
Blurb: Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud dies in his 80s. (Post)
News source(s): The Associated Press Los Angeles Times CNN

Article updated

Nominator's comments: A State Department official confirmed to CNN that Saudi Crown Prince Sultan al Saud has died. The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 04:13, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

Support As the nom. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 04:13, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support Any immediate member of a monarchy family that died would be considerably significant. YuMaNuMa (talk) 06:05, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Mild Oppose to this posting: A minister in the govt, but not head of state: unelected and not likely to have featured large in future governmental development. Strong oppose to YuMaNuMa's apparent proposal of automatic ITN coverage of the likes of people like this. Kevin McE (talk) 08:07, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Congratulations you have found one of the most extreme examples of a monarch family. I suppose I was a bit vague in my post but my intentions were pretty clear. Of course a monarch family from such a small country would be questionable in its inclusion.YuMaNuMa (talk) 12:28, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
I found two actually. The word any is clear, now it is clear that you did not mean that word, which is fine. Kevin McE (talk) 09:34, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
He was Crown prince of Saudi Arabia where nobody is elected. The death of a crown prince of a strong monarchy of one of the major countries in this world (largest oil producer) where the current king is old and expected to die any moment is a major event; more notable than -e.g.- the death of a race car driver currently featured Tachfin (talk) 08:41, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support I added blurb: "Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud dies in his 80s." I say in his 80s bacause the articles seem to imply that his birth year is in question. According to his wikipedia page he was 83. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 06:35, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
News articles seem to be unclear on it also. Could just not mention his age and say " New York" instead. Nightw 06:44, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support I would also go with the suggestion of leaving out the age and going with New York as well. --SMasters (talk) 06:50, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support Major event, he was virtually de facto King when the current one was away due to illness Tachfin (talk) 07:28, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support Per above. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 09:27, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Posted. Thue | talk 10:09, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Support but strongly oppose the wording 'in his 80s'. Replace it with 'in New York' or with the cause of death if known.--Johnsemlak (talk) 12:13, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Or at least spell out eighties. The current way just looks amateurish. --PlasmaTwa2 13:33, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
After posting support - The death of an heir apparent in a country with an absolute monarchy is pretty much significant however you look at it. Swarm X 20:06, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Update: Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud is the new crown prince
Article: Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (talk, history)
Blurb: No blurb specified (Post)
News source(s): AlArabiya Breaking News

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud was supposed to be it but It seems now that Salman is the new crown prince The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 07:18, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

October 21

Iraq War ends

Article: Iraq War (talk, history)
Blurb: ​United States President Barack Obama announces that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011 (Post)
News source(s): ABC News Sun Times

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: This was one of Obama's main campaign promises. Most of the troops have already been withdrawn, with 40,000 "non-combat" troops remaining. All of that will leave in the next two months. JimSukwutput 17:48, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Support, but I'm not quite sure whether we should post now or when the last troops actually leave. Ks0stm (TCGE) 17:54, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose because it is still only a campaign promise. We should only post something when the troops leave. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 18:03, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    • They're already leaving and all troops are scheduled to leave by the end of this year. This is a real agreement between the U.S. government and the Iraqi government that is being implemented on the ground, not a "campaign promise". Obama can't change this now even if he tries. JimSukwutput 18:44, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
      • That's not how America does agreements. There is almost certainly a clause in there that says American troops may stay if certain emergency scenarios play out. Like, say, Iran invades Iraq. (talk) 22:49, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait. Post it when it happens, not when it is announced. --bender235 (talk) 18:13, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait - We should post this when the last troops leave, because that is what will actually mark the end of the Iraq War. Due to the nature of ITN contributors not liking to post things more than once, I don't think we should post just the annoucement. I've added this to future events. Deterence also makes a good point below: short of all the troops actually leaving, there's simply no way we can guarantee that this announcement will be fulfilled (I'm sure it will, but we're still talking about a politician, here). Swarm X 19:48, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Is this like Obama's announcement (and endlessly repeated election pledge) that he would close the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp? When it comes to politicians, actions speak louder than announcements. Deterence Talk 20:22, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    • No. Here's a summary (from WP): "For months, U.S. and Iraqi officials had been negotiating the terms of an accord that would have kept several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq for special operations and training beyond the year-end deadline set by the George W. Bush administration. But Obama and Maliki, who have never developed much personal chemistry, failed to reach agreement on the legal status of U.S. troops who would stay in Iraq beyond Dec. 31." Basically, Obama is announcing that he has failed to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government to keep certain troops behind, which effectively means that the U.S. is now forced to pull out all troops. This is not hypothetical. JimSukwutput 01:36, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait until the troops actually leave. If they do then it would be a significant development. I wouldn't call it "Iraq War ends" though since conflict is still ongoing in the country. Hut 8.5 21:29, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Announcement that something will happen in vague period of time is not a right news for ITN. I'll support it if something really happens.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:12, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    • The period of time is October 21 - December 31, 2011, Need I be more precise? JimSukwutput 01:39, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It would be more meaningful to post something when U.S. troops actually leave Iraq. Respectfully, announcements are not events. —Yk Yk Yk  talk ~ contrib 22:27, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose The proposed departure of Americans from a country does not equate to the end of a war, unless you are a credulous American who believes everything a US politician says, and thinks that on ongoing conflict not involving Americans can't be called a war. (....he says, trying to diplomatically point out that the section heading is just a tad US centric.) HiLo48 (talk) 23:21, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    There was nothing diplomatic about your comment. Your anti-Americanism was actually quite obvious. -- tariqabjotu 01:41, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
That you have chosen to label and attack me rather than discuss the actual words I posted tells us everything we need to know about you. NOTHING I posted was anti-American! HiLo48 (talk) 01:47, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I agree entirely with Tariq. That comment was totally out of line. When the last "coalition" troops (in this case Americans) leave Iraq, the American president declares the war "over", and if media sources all reflect the concept that the war is "over" (as they seem to be doing already), then for our purposes the Iraq War is over. Swarm X 01:50, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • @HiLo48: Right. Accusing random users of being US-centric (note: I'm not an American; I live half-way across the world), implying that American citizens are gullible and that they're ignorant about the rest of the world - that was not anti-American at all. Do you even think before you type? JimSukwutput 01:53, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • How about you carefully read the actual words I said? I did not do or say what you are accusing me of. HiLo48 (talk) 01:58, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • If we all misunderstood you, feel free to clarify your position rather than patronizing us with "did you even read what I wrote?". As-is your comment reads as an insult to the nominator and/or anti-American. If your comment was not addressed to anyone and was just a general statement, I'm confused as to why you would write it in the first place. Swarm X 02:15, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • It was intended at least partly as a criticism of the words used by the nominator. Certainly NOT a criticism of the nominator. There is a fundamental difference. HiLo48 (talk) 03:09, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • While HiLo48's comments were a tad on the nose, his sentiments were spot-on. It is beyond ridiculous to suggest that the "Iraq war is over" simply because American troops, or coalition troops, have withdrawn from the order of battle. Further more, the vitriol that has been thrown at HiLo48 bespeaks of the American-centric bias around here even more than the patently absurd notion that an on-going war is no longer a "war" simply because America pulls its troops out. Deterence Talk 05:28, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • There is a far greater problem at ITN with people loosely throwing around opinions and accusations of bias than there is with actual bias. The overwhelmingly peaceful, good faith collaboration that was fairly normal at ITN has really degenerated completely in some threads, it's a shame. Swarm X 05:59, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • That's a very non-specific, generised criticism. Hard to tell whose work you don't like. I suspect it's mine, but you don't have the guts to say so. I am totally comfortable with what I have said. If you want to criticise what I have said, do so, but do so by saying explicitly which of my words upset you. Don't hide behind generalisations. HiLo48 (talk) 07:45, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Don't flatter yourself. ;) It's a totally general statement because there's not a single person (certainly not you) responsible for it. It's simply a trend I've been noticing for quite some time, now, long before this thread. Swarm X 20:10, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment With all due respect, I am disappointed by the nature of some of the comments on this nomination. First, I know that there is controversy whether Americans troops leaving constitute an end of the Iraq War, even though every news source is indeed referring to this as the "end of the Iraq War". That is precisely why I did not put anything about that into the blurb. If anyone has problems with the section title, feel free to edit it, but please comment on the blurb if you have the time. Second, this is not just an announcement, but an agreement. It effectively puts into end any chance that U.S. troops will remain by the end of this year. It has nothing to do with believing what a politician says and everything to do with reading the goddamn article. I am also puzzled as to why so many commentators wish to post a symbolic event (the departure of the last soldier) rather than the effective agreement that led to his departure. JimSukwutput 01:30, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose When the announcement becomes a reality, post it. Right now it's just a piece of paper and we don't have enough facts to justify a posting atm. WikifanBe nice 02:07, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Withdrawn. Commentators here don't seem to think legally bound agreements are credible enough. Fine, I respect that. Since this has no chance of passing, let me withdraw the nomination lest it becomes another cesspool for our regular anti-American trolls. JimSukwutput 02:16, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Sad. Not the withdrawal, but the dummy spit. HiLo48 (talk) 03:10, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • In war, "legally bound agreements" aren't worth the paper they're written on. Indeed, war, by definition, is unlawful. Deterence Talk 05:31, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Per Jim. IT's a major announcement and an agreement which will certainly be noticed all over the world.--Johnsemlak (talk) 04:13, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support it's amazing that ETA's "ceasefire" (what is it, their fifth one?) got posted, and this gets beaten down. Hypocritical? Yup. Deterence and Kiril, I'm looking at you. Hot Stop talk-contribs 05:49, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The ETA "ceasefire" effectively ends hostilities. The withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan simply changes the order of battle to an on-going conflict that is unlikely to slow down, and may well accelerate, subsequent to the American troop withdrawals. That said, I'll support an ITN posting for when the last American troops depart Afghanistan (obviously), but, that development is not set in stone. Deterence Talk 07:46, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Ignorance is bliss eh? Do you even read before spouting anti-American sentiments. We're talking Iraq, not Afghanistan. Hot Stop talk-contribs 14:24, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Slip of the tongue. Get over it. Deterence Talk 00:12, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - this is obviously receiving major coverage worldwide, and the ETA ceasefire directly below prove that these sorts of announcements are posted. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 07:19, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, and agree with Deterence and many others that this is still just a promise. When it's actually done, that will be worthy of posting. Nightw 09:06, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. The announcement is notable in itself, even if it turns out not to hold. The Iraq was is a major international issue. We should post a new item when the actual withdrawal has happened too. Thue | talk 10:05, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose only announcement; nothing important.--♫GoP♫TCN 10:49, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
'nothing important???????'--Johnsemlak (talk) 12:26, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment This is not merely an announcement, but a presidential order, which carries force of law. While an about-face is possible, it's highly unlikely at this point. And I agree, posting the ETA ceasefire (which is arguably merely an 'announcement' as well) but not this is out of whack IMO; there's far more global interest in the conflict in Iraq, and the departure of major US forces there will change the nature of the conflict dramatically.--Johnsemlak (talk) 13:28, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The U.S. has been withdrawing forces from Iraq for years. This is just the announcement that they will all be out by the end of the year. No one's referring to this announcement as the end of the war. Swarm X 20:27, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wrong. User:Jim Sukwutput did when he named this thread. That comment from you negates everything you have said above. HiLo48 (talk) 22:36, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Er, what does Jim have to do with this? I'm talking about reliable sources, which are the only thing that should matter in this discussion. If Jim thinks the war is over now, he's wrong, but that's totally irrelevant. Swarm X 22:44, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Then please work a little harder on improving your use of the English language. Do forgive me for thinking that when you said "no-one" you meant "no-one". HiLo48 (talk) 22:50, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • No-one's referring to this as the end of the Iraq War? Really? How about: This, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, or this? Did you even read what the official title of the press conference was? '"REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ". When I started this nomination I knew there were going to be some anti-American bigots who were going to complain if I were to proclaim that this was the end of war in Iraq in the blurb. That is exactly why I did no such thing. The only reason I used such wording in the section title is because it is the term used by every news source and hence what most people will refer it as. It is also much more succinct and easier to locate, which is the only purpose of a section title. As I've said, if anybody thinks that title offends their Australian/European/Asian sensibilities, feel free to change it. JimSukwutput 04:01, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wow, Jim. I suspect that I might find a few violations of WP:NPA, WP:SOAP or WP:CIVIL in your little rant. If I look closely. I don't care if Odin jumps in to personally declare that the withdrawal of American forces constitutes an end to the war in Iraq, the Iraq war is not over simply because Obama announces the withdrawal of American forces from the order of battle. The hundreds and thousands of ghosts of the future battlefield casualties in the Iraq war shall serve as a reminder that the war goes on, even if the mainstream media does not. Deterence Talk 04:23, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I never said that I consider this the end of the Iraq War, Deterence. If you're asking for my personal opinions (again), I'm a little confused as well about why this is referred to as the "end" of the Iraq War in the media. I don't find it a proper title and I might agree with you that there is a little bit of US-centrism in the way it is referred to. But this is the title that has been used by every news source I encountered; it is the official title used in the press release; and it is no doubt the title that many Wikipedian commentators here use to think about the event. As the nominator, I have the responsibility to use the most common and succinct title for the nomination, and not what I personally think is the best one. Again, that responsibility disappears outside of ITN discussions - which is why I put up a blurb that said nothing about the Iraq War ending. Are you not satisfied with that? Do you wish to spend more time speculating about my personal opinions, or do you want to actually discuss the blurb? JimSukwutput 04:28, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I hope you don't mind, Jim, but I've censored parts of your comments. Nightw 05:05, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Not all of the United States troops will be returning, only combat forces will be removed. According to multiple articles, the United States will still have a presence in Iraq, including keeping military advisors to help train Iraqi security forces. -- Luke (Talk) 13:40, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Er, no, the combat forces were withdrawn quite some time ago; the current force serves in an "advise and assist" role. The force of 150 that will remain behind "to assist in arms sales" is totally insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Swarm X 20:24, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose let's wait to see if all troops leave as Obama says - then post that fact (not that the war has ended, which it is unlikely to have done for the average Iraqi left in that country). Carlossuarez46 (talk) 16:35, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - The war has not ended yet. It's been said many times that we would pull out, let's wait until it actually happens. Mamyles (talk) 13:02, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

October 20

[Not ready] First two non-test satellites in the Galileo satellite system launched

Article: Galileo (satellite navigation) (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The first two non-test satellites in the Galileo global navigation satellite system are launched from the newly built ELS Soyuz launching pad at the Guiana Space Centre. (Post)
News source(s): [14]
Article needs updating
  • Support as nominator An important milestone in the €20 billion European project. The launch was planned for today, but was postponed due to "technical reasons". The item should of course not be posted until the satellites are actually launched. I also included a sentence about the new Soyuz launching pad, for which this is the first launch; being able to launch Soyuz rockets from the equator will give the Soyuz rockets an assist, increasing their capacity. Thue | talk 17:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Successfully launched on friday: [15] Thue | talk 19:56, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose because satellites get launched all the time and they are not that interesting, although it might actually be ITNR which would make my opposition moot. I'd point out that it is not actually Friday yet. --FormerIP (talk) 18:44, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • FormerIP - did you actually read the words above? The nominator went to a lot of trouble to explain why these satellites are important, and you posted as if no such effort had been made at all. We discuss things here. We don't just throw uninformed, knee-jerk reactions around. (Well, we shouldn't.) Oh, and the Friday comment is pointless.HiLo48 (talk) 19:48, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Pah! So it's an important milestone in an expensive project. Isn't that true of every satellite launch that ever happens? Apparently there will be 30 of them. That's a lot of ITN real estate. --FormerIP (talk) 20:04, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Well, at least you're now discussing the matter, even if non-constructively. The problem was that you first posted as if no attempt had been made to explain. And no, it's NOT like "every satellite launch". HiLo48 (talk) 21:29, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Nobody suggested posting all the satellite launches ITN. And this project costs €20 billion - very few projects costs that much! For comparison, the 72 satellites in Iridium Next will cost 2.9 billion to build and launch in total. Thue | talk 21:38, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm not suggesting the project is unimportant. But all space programmes are important, and the event that's scheduled is just the launching of some hardware into orbit. --FormerIP (talk) 21:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose wait until it's fully operational in a few years. The project is notable, the launch of a couple pieces isn't. And for those wondering, a launch like this isn't ITNR Hot Stop talk-contribs 19:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Major step in Europe's attempt to have a system independent of the USA and Russia. The fact it's going through and getting off the ground, so to speak, is quite notable. I doubt we'll post about every single launch as FormerIP fears. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 20:16, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Satellite launches are common. This should be posted when the system comes online, though. Mamyles (talk) 20:38, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This IS a notable project. A bigger, better alternative to GPS. HiLo48 (talk) 21:29, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose without significant re-write of current blurb. These are not the first satellites of the Galileo programme: there have been two previous satellites, GIOVE-A and -B, to test technologies and claim the frequencies it operates on. Nor are these the final production satellites. I am satisfied this project is notable but the current blurb mis-states the case. As for FormerIP's comments on ITNR status, I re-drafted those following several discussions at WT:ITNR a couple of weeks ago: this is one of the things that would have been ITNR but now is not. I'm actually surprised those changes haven't attracted further discussion or at least tweaking. Nevertheless I don't think we can rely totally on the new form until it has been through the mill a couple of times. Crispmuncher (talk) 22:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Thanks, I forgot about the test satellites. As I understand it, the first two test satellites will not be part of the constellation, but these two will? Since to me the main point is whether the satellites will be part of the final constellation, I would leave out the fact that this is not the final production model because only so much can fit in a blurb. I added a "non-test" to the blurb; I assume that makes the blurb acceptable to you? Thue | talk 10:02, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Launch of satellites in a project worth €20 billion is a big deal. However, the blurb needs rewording.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:39, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Do you have a suggestion for the blurb? Thue | talk 10:01, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support though the blurb may need altering. It is certainly true that not all satellites are ITN-worthy but this project is both much larger/costlier than most and more significant in terms of the political implications. Hut 8.5 21:42, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Do you have a suggestion for the blurb? Thue | talk 19:54, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support notable as bigger than GPS and GLONASS. Covered in several notable press.--♫GoP♫TCN 10:54, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
I believe most issues here have been resolved and the item has enough support to be posted. --Tone 20:07, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Actually, I am taking my word back. The article in bold is in a very bad shape with several cleanup tags and I don't want put that on the Main page. When fixed, let me know. --Tone 20:10, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] ETA announce "definitive cessation" of attacks

Article: ETA (talk, history)
Blurb: Basque separatist organisation ETA announces a "definitive cessation of armed activity". (Post)
News source(s): BBC News

Article updated
  • Support as nominator (when updated by subject-matter experts) The Rambling Man (talk) 17:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Did they not do this before? ...A few times? — Joseph Fox 17:48, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • No, but this story has been trailed for a couple of weeks. BTW "ceasefire" is probably not the correct term. Support. --FormerIP (talk) 17:51, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Getting major coverage. Exact wording from ETA declaration: "definitive cessation of armed activity" --hydrox (talk) 18:25, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Obviously a notable event, the significance of which would have stood-out a lot more clearly before the arrival of the post-9/11 world where every man and his dog was labelled a "terrorist". Deterence Talk 22:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose they've made such promises many times before, nothing indicates this time is going to be any different.Tachfin (talk) 01:28, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
That's not quite true. They called a "permanent ceasefire" in 2006 which they later broke. I bet we posted it. --FormerIP (talk) 01:32, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
The article looks updated. It also had two orange tags which I have sorted. --FormerIP (talk) 13:46, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Every end of armed activities is very important. This developing story marks an end of something that lasted for many years.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:31, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posting when I get to class (in about 20 minutes). Article appears to be updated. I could really use a little better blurb in the meantime, if possible. Ks0stm (TCGE) 17:04, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Poor decision in my opinion, not even wikinews featured this. ETA announced ceasefires in 1989, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2010. In 2006 they said it is permanent, just political maneuvering nothing new really, the whole movement has been dying out for years; it's not like it was all-out war and now arms were laid down. Add to that that we are in a news-rich period which makes this event over-shadowed anyway: Obama announced retreat from Iraq, Nato announced the end of its mission in Libya, both of these events are related to a cessation of military activity but 1000 times more notable than an agonizing separatist movement that carried out minor attacks every 2-3 years Tachfin (talk) 08:56, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Gaddafi captured and killed

Article: Muammar Gaddafi (talk, history)
Blurb: ​In Libya, ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly captured and killed by NTC forces, who have taken full control of the city of Sirte. (Post)
News source(s): BBC News, CBS News
Article updated
  • Support as nominator HurricaneFan25 12:49, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Speedy Support--♫GoP♫TCN 13:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strongly support - The denouement of one the year's most significant conflicts. Michaelmas1957 (talk) 13:11, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait - without doubt support but not until confirmed. BBC, Reuters both saying no confirmation as yet that he's been killed. Would support a "....has been captured...." ITN blurb if it turns out he's still alive. Pedro :  Chat  13:12, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, with alterations - would suggest at least adding 'reportedly'. The BBC mention 'unconfirmed reports' of his death. Cloudbound (talk) 13:14, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Confirmation due soon according to the BBC which would remove the need for "reportedly". Would suggest that Gadaffi's name is the bold link in the blurb. Pedro :  Chat  13:17, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • This needs to be merged with the ITNC below about the taking of the city. --MASEM (t) 13:23, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • BBC seems to be saying he's dead - don't know when it'll be independently verified though: BBC Michaelmas1957 (talk) 13:28, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support --Cameron Scott (talk) 13:35, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support when confirmed. Be careful that what we post is accurate - so far only that he's been captured is proven by media. Mamyles (talk) 13:48, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, if confirmed No brainer if true. Everyone is still waiting for confirmation. If confirmed, then this should be a speedy. --SMasters (talk) 13:51, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
It appears to be confirmed now. However, I object to the current blurb with "captured". I don't think he was captured. He was just killed. --SMasters (talk) 14:17, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
The Libyan Prime Minster has now confirmed this, as well as the British PM. Full support. --SMasters (talk) 14:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Reuters is reporting that the vice-chairman of the NTC (Abdul Hafiz Ghoga) has confirmed the death. Hut 8.5 13:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support - as the NTC vice-chairman has confirmed it, it is chrystal clear now. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 13:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    Still no independent confirmation though. But I support having it on the front page in some form, e.g. using with Pedro's text below. Amalthea 14:05, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Proposed Blurb
In Libya, ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi is reported by NTC forces to have been killed in the city of Sirte
Pedro :  Chat  14:01, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Let's wait until we can just confidently say "killed". It won't be long. --FormerIP (talk) 14:03, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
We ought to mention that Sirte has been captured in there as well. Hut 8.5 14:06, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Al Jazeera is showing a video of people kicking the body around with a decent head shot, so I'm guessing that's that. --Cameron Scott (talk) 14:02, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support posting now. Just mention that's "reported" at this point. Hot Stop talk-contribs 14:06, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
AlJazeera is reporting independently now. Posting. --Tone 14:28, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strongly support - Rizalninoynapoleon (talk) 14:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Pulled The Ghaddafi article should absolutely not be the one linked from the Main Page, as it doesn't mention his death and is currently fully protected to prevent people from adding that information. -- tariqabjotu 14:32, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Seriously? There's an update in the intro section and a whole paragraph on his capture and death, with independent quotes from media. Put it back... --Tone 14:36, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Well, first, I went ahead an unprotected the article, so that half is taken care of. Second, the article still reads like it's about a living person. -- tariqabjotu 14:38, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
That's different than it not be mentioned (though it is an issue) Hot Stop talk-contribs 14:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has now confirmed that Gaddafi is dead [16]. Hut 8.5 14:37, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. A non-impartial admin has gone and protected the Gaddafi page. WTF? Marcus Qwertyus
  • Support. News channels are going crazy on this. This should go live as soon as possible. Lynch7 14:54, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. This relates to an important current event (the Libyan war) and should be shown here as part of In The News. Rcsprinter (natter) 14:57, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Reposted -- tariqabjotu 15:02, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
PS: Shouldn't there be a picture of Gadaffi on the Main Page? News of his death by far surpasses the freeing of Shalit. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 15:04, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't understand why we seem to be in a race with the mass media to get these things posted. People don't rely on Wikipedia for breaking news reports. They rely on Wikipedia to get more information than beyond the headlines, and there is very little of that in the article. JimSukwutput 15:13, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment the wording on the main page suggests this is verified. From what I've heard and read through multiple sources, its just based on initial reports from rebels at the moment. This should say that he is presumed to have been killed. - ʄɭoʏɗiaɲ τ ¢ 16:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
It has. (Better link: here) — Joseph Fox 16:53, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment can you connect the world killed with the Death of Muammar Gaddafi article?--Rafy talk 19:24, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Is it OK if I remove the word captured from the heading of this section? It doesn't seem true, and suggests some rather nasty "justice". HiLo48 (talk) 19:43, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Looks like that's the way it was, though. --FormerIP (talk) 01:36, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Post-Support Obviously. Provided the caveat of "unconfirmed" is made clear. Deterence Talk 22:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Gaddaffi Update

Both French and American planes attacked the Gaddaffi convoy but he was killed by the American Predator Drone. This was not a purely a NTC forces operation. The Resident Anthropologist (talk)•(contribs) 23:05, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Does that affect the blurb? I think the main stories are still that he was killed and that the army took control of the stronghold. Nightw 23:09, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
The source you've provided does not support the claim that he was killed by the drone (it says "Col Muammar Gaddafi’s convoy was bombed by an American Predator drone and then attacked by French jets before the deposed dictator was killed by rebel fighters"). Hut 8.5 23:15, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Sirte falls to NTC

Article: Battle of Sirte (2011) (talk, history)
Blurb: ​In Libya, NTC forces have taken full control of Gaddafi's last stronghold Sirte, effectively ending the 2011 Libyan civil war. (Post)
News source(s): Al-Jazeera, BBC
  • Nom. --bender235 (talk) 10:03, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, this was a major battle, much covered in the news. Next after Tripoli, this is the most symbolic city to fall, as it is Gaddafi's birthtown and a showpiece. And we failed to post the fall of Tripoli. Thue | talk 10:11, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Looks like a good article, but it needs updating. "Effectively ending the Libyan Civil War" seems out of line with WP:CRYSTAL. --FormerIP (talk) 10:29, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
No, it's not out of line. It's what the sources say. --bender235 (talk) 10:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Not the ones linked to. The BBC says "supporters are still resisting government forces in the town of Bani Walid, south-east of Tripoli" and "the fall of Sirte, if confirmed, represents a very significant moment in the overthrow of Col Gaddafi". --FormerIP (talk) 11:26, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Big news in Libya - Mar4d (talk) 11:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - but replace with capture of Gaddafi, in case this will be independently confirmed (probably soon). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait until the capture is confirmed, then I suggest something like Gaddafi is captured as the NTC forces take control of Sirte.. --Tone 11:40, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Now reported dead. --FormerIP (talk) 11:53, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait and Support Gaddafi was either captured or killed. Nonetheless once he get a photo, will upload it. Someone should update the article tho. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 11:56, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Gadaffi captured\killed. Very notable. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 12:02, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait for confirmation on Gaddafi, then obvious support. Lampman (talk) 12:18, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support but change the blurb. It's far too presumptuous to declare the war over, lest we turn out to be wrong.--WaltCip (talk) 12:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Alternate blurb. Merge with above nomination. Note that we cannot say the war is over - regime forces may still exist. Mamyles (talk) 13:50, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    Strong Support Mahmoud Jibril has confirmed his death, what more do we need?yorkshiresky (talk) 14:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Bolivian protests

Article: 2011 Bolivian protests (talk, history)
Blurb: ​After two months of marching, protesters reach the Bolivian capital of La Paz (Post)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Previously nom'd at ITN after violence erupted weeks ago, but now they marchers have reached the capital and are welcomed by citizens and the Info Mnin. now the issue is what will happen to end the protessts. see the article Lihaas (talk) 05:43, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Anyone get that? Nightw 06:20, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Nope. Swarm X 07:00, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Support. Significant protest for South America. Likely minority topic. ~AH1 (discuss!) 14:27, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Ohio animal frenzy

Article: No article specified
Blurb: ​To be determined (Post)
News source(s): Wall Street Journal, All related articles

Nominator's comments: This is probably a relative longshot to get posted given there's no article I can find and I have no clue what to write for a blurb, but it seems pretty big Ohio a man released multiple "exotic animals", including lions, tigers, and bears (oh my! =P) from their cages and then took his own life; law enforcement that responded were forced to kill 48 of the animals. --Ks0stm (TCGE) 04:27, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. DYK candidate, maybe, but this is really a novelty. JimSukwutput 04:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Normally I would have said the same thing except for when I found it on Google News and saw the link "All 3,097 related articles »" it kinda tipped me towards's getting really widespread press coverage (in the United States, at least). Ks0stm (TCGE) 04:44, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Yeah, this easily one of the top news stories in the US right now. It really is an interesting story and it would definitely be an excellent DYK, but as Jim says, it's a novelty and it really doesn't satisfy our significance criterion. Swarm X 05:29, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
      • The mass media reports based on interest, not on significance. That's the core distinction between Wikipedia and the news, and it's a distinction that I strongly insist we maintain. JimSukwutput 15:16, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. Wow, that's just morbid. Eighteen tigers! Doesn't that technically make this a conservation story? Nightw 05:39, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

October 19

Westlife split

Article: Westlife (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The members of Westlife announce they are to split. (Post)
News source(s): Westlife to split up
Article needs updating
Westlife were not influential per se, but one cannot deny they were one of, if not the most successful boyband of all time (behind perhaps Take That). — Joseph Fox 15:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Most successful, but hardly innovative like a huge percentage of its counterparts, more like, as another poster, said another boyband that sprang up in the boyband bronze era. Donnie Park (talk) 21:19, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • oppose If it had happened while anyone cared then maybe.·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 16:15, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose There are many underground bands that influenced hundreds of musiciancs; I doubt we would ever post the dissolution of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges or Joy Division. What achievement did this boyband make?--♫GoP♫TCN 17:02, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • to answer that Westlife: Still going strong, this was written last month during what turns out to be their final tour of Asia that includes dates in China, the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea. Since March the 7th 2011 Westlife performed in the Arabian Peninsula, Europe, Africa and Asia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:01, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Popular in countries have a tiny handful of expatriates, not forgetting most Americans will say who are they? This part is for anything music that is considered internationally significant. Donnie Park (talk) 21:13, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
        • What is a tiny handful of expatritates? China? You dont think most of Asia AND Europe AND Africa is considered internationally significant? They have to be American? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
          • As in the less significant part of the market, one of those China, since I used to work in Hong Kong as a teacher, the expatriate community there are a small handful like in every non-English speaking countries, like a Japanese in English speaking countries. WL, like every other easy speaking acts are friendly in non-speaking countries is not going to appeal to a wide audience there save for the fact that they are another easy speaking groups friendly to non-English speakers, therefore thats a bonus for them. As with these markets, are they are significant compared to Backstreet Boys and N'Sync there, as with touring in these countries, their tour in these are going to be small with a tiny handful of concerts (look at the concert numbers in Malaysia for their previous tour compared to their European leg), even Ayumi Hamasaki can outsell them there and can they sell as many records as Jay Chou in Asia, not at all, also if he die of a plane/tour bus/car crash, he would have a better chance of having an article here to them, why? He is considered to be one of the most significant Chinese pop stars with a 2nd billing at a Hollywood blockbuster. When I say America, wasn't that their, original ambition like the majority of groups manufactured or not? Sorry, but nothing of your opinion will ever change my vote and what next, are you going to say have Ms Hamasaki and Mr Chou performed in front of the Queen, Obama and the Pope? and what next, are you going to drag this debate lower and compare this to the deaths of Mr Jobs and Mr Wheldon, now go to bed and STFU and don't come back until you have your own account because as an IP user, you are a lower level user and have no influence to this debate, neither can you contribute to anything useful to this debate. Donnie Park (talk) 23:11, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    Uh, please actually read their article. As I say, I'm not a fan of them or their music, but they have been successful. — Joseph Fox 17:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
      • They are known throughout the world. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:31, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Idiots can be also popular throughout the world.--♫GoP♫TCN 20:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
          • Thats mean.
Weak support. It would be strangely satisfying if the two things that got posted today were the Gadaffi story and then Westlife splitting up. --FormerIP (talk) 20:20, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Without wishing to be too flippant, simply my favourite ever nomination for ITN. We have global economic misery, some Libyan fella pushing up the daisies, a new baby for the Sarkozys, ETA saying they blow anyone up any more, and someone thinks Westlife is notable. Worse, that Westlife splitting up is notable. Is it 1 April? Come on.... ! The Rambling Man (talk) 20:36, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • There is also a writer winning a prize for his novel. And there was REM. They weren't on 1 April. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:26, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose They're the fourth best selling boy band of all time, so what? Would we post the Backstreet Boys or New Kids on the Block quitting (two of the three bands ahead of them in sales)? As an aside, they're still going on tour next year, so at least wait til then. Hot Stop talk-contribs 21:00, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose If they was as significant as the Rolling Stones, I say support but for a band who have never seen a single Grammy, never seen the top of the Billboard Hot 100 multiple times, never shifted records by the oil tanker loads or had fanbase to the level of the Beatles and some people in some countries will say who the [bleep] are they, this is why I say oppose. Donnie Park (talk) 21:13, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Its the day the music died. Why does everybody hate them? Maybe you should read this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:25, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
      • "The Day the Music Died", I wished that was trademarked by the estates of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper to stop people like you abusing that term. One of the group cited by one of your source, Spice Girls, at least was far more influential to them in comparison, apart their significant contribution to the girl groups movements, they climbed to the top of Billboard Hot 100 once amongst their other top 10 hits there, Westlife in comparison managed to settle for 20 with their only hit, making them a Hot 100 one hit wonder, the other is opinion by an Irish newspaper by an unnamed person. As with citing articles, other than Irish and british newspapers, can I see an article by an major US newspaper such as The New York Times and can you please stop accusing us for hating them, at least I am a neutral opinion. Donnie Park (talk) 21:45, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Why do they have to have american success? Westlife have been around a lot longer than spice girls and have more #1s and broke more records. Did spice girls perform for pope john paul, president obama or clinton, queen elizabeth? They have success in uk, european continent, asia, africa, arabian peninsula, australia - thats most of the world. Anyway here are 4 american newspapers. usa today sacramento bee huffington post san francisco chronicle Here are 2 from new zealand. NZ Herald 3News NZ Here is abc news and sky news austrlia Here is 1 from china and here is The manila bulletin manila is in the philippines. Theryre not british newspapers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:22, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
          • Yeah, they get mentioned in these newspapers, are they major news with article recycled from AP, if not the same news article over and over. Spice Girls didn't last long...well they never survived to perform for Obama or the Pope, at least they met the Queen and Prince Charles, you ask them why they don't last long, why don't you go ask them yourselves. What I noticed is that consists of Can I end this argument with this idiotic fan boi whose interest is to push every idiotic fan driven claim of fame, I listen to music because I enjoy them unlike you, do I care how famous they are. Its bedtime for me now, bugger off and go to sleep and good luck at getting this in ITN and STFU Mr Fanboi. Donnie Park (talk) 23:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose No. A thousand times, no. Deterence Talk 22:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

General strike in Greece

Article: 2010–2011_Greek_protests#.22Holy_Week.22 (talk, history)
Blurb: Greek workers begin a general strike against austerity measures. (Post)
News source(s): BBC
Article needs updating

 --Johnsemlak (talk) 11:16, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support. Affects everybody in a whole country, and ties into the ongoing Greek financial crisis (I linked Economy of Greece in the blurb because that was somewhat updated, but would have preferred to link Greek_financial_crisis#Greek_government_funding_crisis). Thue | talk 11:40, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, however, I'd prefer a longer section in question. --Tone 11:53, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Greeks striking is news? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 11:58, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose This is a storm in a teacup when compared to other protests and escalations that occurred recently in Greece. News article is comprehensive as it somewhat directly affects the UK. YuMaNuMa (talk) 12:03, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Reading 2010–2011 Greek protests, I can't find reference to more than single-day general strikes. So a two-day general strike should be notable. Thue | talk 19:48, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
      • According to Danish radio news, today was the biggest demonstration yet, with vandalism and stores plundered. Thue | talk 21:02, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Perhaps that can be added to the blurb. A strike in Greece would be to some extent insignificant as oppose to widespread protests, riots and tumult. YuMaNuMa (talk) 06:21, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose per Chipmunkdavis and YuMaNuMa. Mamyles (talk) 13:26, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose along the lines of YuMaNuMa. It's also important to note that the workers who are striking are a very small minority of the nation's workforce, so to say that "Greek workers begin a general strike.." is perhaps somewhat misleading. JimSukwutput 20:57, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. During the strike, the Greek Parliament is also debating large cuts to the public sector which includes many of the striking workers. Could have some significance on the global economy. ~AH1 (discuss!) 01:25, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
    • So according to you the significance of the strike is purely derivative of the significance of the austerity bill. Shouldn't we then post something about the bill and not about the strikes - which may or may not have a significant impact on the bill anyway? JimSukwutput 15:24, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. "Workers in virtually every sector of the economy" are participating.[17] Marcus Qwertyus 04:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
wea support perhaps we can ahave a sticy of global protests...Wall St, Chile, Greece, Boliviea, Aab Spring, etc.Lihaas (talk) 05:40, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Weak support. Although we can't post every development in Greece, this seems like significant news and also important because the Greek parliament is voting on its austerity bill today. --FormerIP (talk) 11:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Apparently riots have broken out..again. It seems like the students are battling the communist trade unionists. JimSukwutput 15:21, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This has been one of the leading news story in every decent media outlet in the Western world for yonks, largely because this provides are rather graphic illustration of the frontline of attempts to deal with the global recession and the European debt crisis. I'm quite speechless in the face of claims that this is nothing more than "a storm in a teacup". Deterence Talk 23:02, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Viking boat unearthed in the UK

Article: Ardnamurchan (talk, history)
Blurb: ​A Viking boat grave from the 10th century is unearthed in Ardnamurchan in the UK. (Post)
News source(s): BBC
Article needs updating

 --Johnsemlak (talk) 11:08, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

If a separate article existed, that would be a great DYK item, I'd say... --Tone 11:53, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

October 18

Spaceport America

Article: Spaceport America (talk, history)
Blurb: Spaceport America in New Mexico, United States, officially opens as the world's first commercial spaceport (Post)
News source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, BBC News

Simply south...... playing tunes for 5 years 22:24, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Oppose, article has not been updated. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 22:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment This will make an obvious ITN candidate when commercial flights actually begin. Deterence Talk 23:03, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose This is a change of a purely ceremonial nature. Suborbital flights have already flown from this facility. Tourist flights have yet to commence. Where then is the substantive new event beyond some corporate hospitality bash? Crispmuncher (talk) 00:53, 21 October 2011 (UTC).

[Posted] 2011 Man Booker Prize

Article: Julian Barnes (talk, history)
Blurb: Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. (Post)
News source(s): [18]

Article needs updating

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: Due just before 10 pm UK time. This is a recurring item. A new article for the winning book has been prepared by the updater. --FormerIP (talk) 16:21, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

There is NO article or will ever be one called "some author" and "some book title" Further, the comment of ITNR you made DUPLICATES the already recorded ITNR comment. I fell like i lost iq having to explain that ')
And what does "ahem" mean?Lihaas (talk) 17:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
It means "oh dear, it seems someone has rudely decided to amend my comment, which they shouldn't". If I want to link to non-existent articles and reiterate stuff I will, thanks.I feel like I lost dignity having to explain that--FormerIP (talk) 18:15, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Lihaas, are you seriously unable to tell that those are placeholders because we don't know who's going to win yet? Modest Genius talk 19:42, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

British author Julian Barnes is awarded the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. If you'll give me a couple of minutes, an article for the book will be available. - JuneGloom Talk 20:50, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, the book must have a decent-length article before tentative posting. SpencerT♦C 20:58, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I know, I've been working on the article for about three hours now. - JuneGloom Talk 21:01, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
The book' doesn't need an article, but needs to be adequately covered in a properly updated article somewhere on Wikipedia (that would be a higher standard than we applied to some of the Nobel winners). Not that I'm saying you should scrap your work, June. If we have an article, then that's even better. --FormerIP (talk) 21:07, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I did update Barnes' article. Let's put it this way, you are going to have an article on the book. ;) - JuneGloom Talk 21:34, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Don't be so cocksure. It might get speedy deleted. I've marked as ready, though. --FormerIP (talk) 22:07, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I think it's more likely to go to AfD than get speedy deleted. If the book didn't win, I wouldn't have moved the article to the mainspace, but it does pass WP:BK now. - JuneGloom Talk 22:20, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I wasn't being serious. Other books by Barnes that didn't win the Booker have articles. --FormerIP (talk) 22:24, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Neither was I. :) I did check the article conditions of Barnes' other books and last year's Booker Prize winner, which only has one reference. :/ - JuneGloom Talk 22:36, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

[Reposted] Gilad Shalit release

Article: Gilad Shalit (talk, history)
Blurb: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. (Post)
News source(s): Sky News

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Israel and Palestinian militants has agreed to a prisoner swap which will see Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released and a uncertain number of Palestinian prisoners. BabbaQ (talk) 18:47, 11 October 2011 (UTC), Added to ITN Page from archive on 00:06, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Strong support - This is pretty major news. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 19:05, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Support when he gets released. --Tone 19:47, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Conditional Support pending the prisoner-swap actually occurring. Deterence Talk 20:07, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
obvious support IF an when it happens. could create a new article for it too. Or a collated article of hostage swaps between the two with sections for each. (what about the hostage swaps for bodies (boths sides))?Lihaas (talk) 00:59, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support once it happens. 1000 prisoners release in exchange for one certainly is notable.[19]--Wikireader41 (talk) 01:06, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, but how will we find room in the blurb for the all the names of the 1,000 Palestinians? --FormerIP (talk) 12:07, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment - I think we need to change the "hundreds" to "more than a thousand", As its 1,027.
      – HonorTheKing (talk) 20:08, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Or we can just write 1027. Thue | talk 20:40, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - did we do updates on the release of the hikers held in Iran, freed for $1 M? Yes, the story has human interest, but it's not big news outside of the people involved. I also think it unfortunate that many of the radio commentators have used the proposed trade to opine that the parties have "set an exchange rate" between Arabs and Israelis, and that all tit-for-tats now need 1000 to one; whether it's prisoner releases or retaliations, or whatever. If that becomes the norm, this would be newsy, but methinks that radio show hosts (thankfully) don't control such behavior. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 03:46, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • This is a gross underestimate of what the situation is. Israel has a used Shilat as a reason for waging conflict and some of those 1,207 Palestinian prisoners aren't just political--they're legitimate terrorists. The fact that this is Hamas's great victory at home so soon after Fatah's great victory abroad is no coincidence and when we add that this shows Egypt post-Mubarak is still able to play a role as regional mediator adds up to a very big, very important issue. The results may not be obviously groundshaking, but they are far-reaching. Having said that, support only if it actually happens. Therequiembellishere (talk) 04:04, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Do you have sources for any of that? Is that in any of our articles? especially the ones tagged for ITN. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 23:17, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support - this is a significant story and one which has received wide coverage. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 07:35, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Significant in global politics, and an exchange of 1 prisoner for >1000 is very interesting. Mamyles (talk) 16:37, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support but hold until Tuesday when the exchange will actually take place. Neutralitytalk 17:40, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • It's offical now and tons of media will be there, he will be relased tomorrow and exchanged with 1,027 terrorists. so I moved this back to ITNC.
      – HonorTheKing (talk) 00:08, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Let's hold off on the use of emotional POV language like "terrorists". Given how easy it is for a Palestinians to end up in an Israeli prison it's a bit of a stretch to assume that all (or even close to all) the 1027 Palestinian prisoners are actual "terrorists". Deterence Talk 09:01, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
strong and obvious wait shalit is NOT released, ad since the story is his release as opposed to the 1000+ others when he is finally released then post, itll be top newsLihaas (talk) 03:05, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support significant story, it should be noted that he spent more than 5 years in prison and that he is in Egypt as of now. --Tachfin (talk) 08:23, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
The exchange took place according to the media, now waiting for the article update. --Tone 09:13, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Event is a highly seldom diplomatic exchange between two opposing countries. YuMaNuMa (talk) 10:17, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: Highly notable. Big news even in unrelated countries. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 10:24, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support it's wall-to-wall news here in the UK, which is uninvolved in the issue. --Dweller (talk) 10:44, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - fairly obviously significant. Swarm 10:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support It's the headline in all of the major news sites (bbc, cnn, and others) and it's a major deal (1000 Arabs for 1 Israeli). Also, change the number to 1027-- Someone35  11:13, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Today is the day. - Tenebris 11:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

The update is there, photos as well. Could use one for MP. Posting now. --Tone 13:06, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Pulled The article is not updated at all. Yes, it contains a lot of information, but I don't even think the fact that he has been released is even in the article. Almost the entire article is written in future tense, as if the entire deal has yet to occur. -- tariqabjotu 16:33, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange is updated, and that is the article that is bolded... —Akrabbimtalk 16:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Found this in the Commons, but will keep looking. - Tenebris 16:42, 18 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
(edit conflict) Have you actually read the article? It is horribly outdated. As I said, it's almost entirely in future tense for events that already happened. It says nothing about his return to Israel, suggesting (in a short sentence in the lead) that he has just been transferred to Cairo. Not updated at all; this isn't even borderline. -- tariqabjotu 16:44, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Articles with this kind of massive support and obvious newsworthy-ness should be posted no matter what.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:30, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
While I agree that the article could be improved, it is important enough to be posted as a news item as-is. It doesn't look good for us to not mention a >1000 dangerous prisoner release, and the extra attention it receives on the front page would prompt further update. There was nothing significant in the consensus to support only when perfect. Mamyles (talk) 19:13, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Qvit thy qvetching! and come help with the improvements. Definitely it needs them, but apparently they fell under a Someone Else's Problem Field. Faster they get done, faster it goes up. - Tenebris 20:04, 18 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
I should be surprised, but somehow I'm not. For some reason, people feel we should post outdated articles on the Main Page when big news events occur. No, the article doesn't need to be perfect, but it's not too much to ask that it at least mention the fact that's on the Main Page. It's not too much to ask that the relevant news item --- that Shalit's back at home in Israel -- is noted somewhere in the article in a non-future tense. All I'm seeing here is excuses; there's an abundance of information about this event, and if no one cares enough to put some of that very basic information in the article, it shouldn't be on the Main Page. Full stop. -- tariqabjotu 19:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Reposted. Now updated, and will improve with further Main Page exposure. Neutralitytalk 19:47, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Completed some major restructuring and text imports, but I am out of time for today. Can someone else finish updating the actual deal? It would also be useful to add previous negotiation wrt the Palestinians who are part of the deal. As the article stands, there is only the list, which describes them only in terms of the crime or sentence they were serving. Oh, and in a (somewhat rushed) Commons search, the flag pic linked above was the only reasonably neutral picture I could find. I hesitate to use those from the article itself. - Tenebris 20:01, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

October 17

Philadelphia basement kidnapping event

Article: Philadelphia basement kidnapping event (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Authorities find four people held against their will in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania basement, arresting four suspects. (Post)
News source(s):

Nominator's comments: with over 2,500 news articles on this, and a very unusual profile of the crime, this both a notable article (new) and a notable news event. --Mercurywoodrose (talk) 03:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose: Sorry, but I fail to see how this is remotely notable on an international scale. Also, am assuming that the INT/R tag was included by mistake. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 04:18, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
well, i will note it has received international coverage. If I was responsible for INT/R, i apologize, as i am new at this, dont know that it refers to.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 04:28, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

[Stale] Kosovo-Serbia

Article: 2011 Kosovo–Serbia border clashes (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Renewed clashes occur in Northern Kosovo amidst threats by NATO's Kosovo Force to forcibly remove Kosovan Serb roadblocks. (Post)

Nominator's comments: Its still ongoing and current today with the ultimatum so expect more clahses.Lihaas (talk) 05:50, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Are you kidding? I just updated before om, check my usercontribs too. see "Renewed clashes"Lihaas (talk) 07:13, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
The "KFOR's commander said that his troops would forcibly remove roadblocks on 17 October if Kosovan Serbs did not voluntarily do so" update is insufficient for the main page. Therefor, not updated. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:46, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Insufficient ad NOT updated is differet. At ayn rate weve got a several line paragraph on there.Lihaas (talk) 17:26, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Saying 'border between...' becomes pov, as the border is not universally recognized as an international border. --Soman (talk) 07:45, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
borders are not only intl they can be PROVINCIAL too...perfectly ambigous. NO ONE asserts on the article that it is an INTERNATIONAL borderLihaas (talk) 08:29, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Lihaas is correct. Before independence, there was still a clearly delineated border between Central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija, just as there is a border between Serbia and Vojvodina. So it's not at all POV, as these are clearly demarcated and recognized lines, it's just not recognized what they represent. --Golbez (talk) 15:06, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
The only other way of wording it is "line of control" - but border seems reasonable enough. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 18:27, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Or "boundary", for another alternative which does not carry quite the connotations of "border". As a note, the current cycle of Kosovo-Serbia head-butting has been going on for at least three weeks (based on the local Serbian newspaper), and the scuffles/protests are still very small scale (especially by comparison with things that have gone before). Although, of course, the emotions involved are not. They never are, in that region. - Tenebris 18:34, 17 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Surely the clashes are occuring in North Kosovo rather than on the border? That's what I'm reading from the situation. That would eliminate all need for any POV border squabbles. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 18:40, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Good point, its on the road LEADING to the border crossing.
But we should discuss page moveson the talk page ot here.Lihaas (talk) 02:47, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I was actually hoping it would fix just the blurb for now. Based on the article, there are clashes on the North Kosovo/Kosovo proper border as well. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Go ahead with what you think is appropriate
The article is updated as said above with the deadline passed and new negotiations/debates ongoing. It aint old ews yet.Lihaas (talk) 17:18, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Keep - continued clashes for itn.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:15, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
better blurb? Mark ready?Lihaas (talk) 17:23, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I think the blurb is OK.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:31, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I turned "KFOR" into "NATO's Kosovo Force", avoiding a disambiguation and making it more understandable. I also noted the blockades were Serb, but this is perhaps could be an issue? Anyway, I think ready. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:47, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Largely no probs to me, but id put Kosovan Serbs to differentiate from Serbia proper. (whole diff context, esp with an eu-aligned govt in belgrade that goes easy on intl pressure)
as an aside, whoever posts this should temp lock the page as it opens for pov/vandalism VERY easilyLihaas (talk) 18:04, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Personally, I don't think this item has enough support yet; I'm just seeing a number of general comments. -- tariqabjotu 20:20, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Clashes are getting a strong reaction from NATO, bringing dispute into clear focus at a time when Serbia has applied for EU membership. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 21:52, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. The proposed blurb gives the impression that KFORs threats (is "threats" an appropriate word anyway?) are causing the clashes between Serbs and Albanians. Is that actually the case? --FormerIP (talk) 22:10, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per the article "KFOR troops who were sent to remove them left without incident in an effort to give the Kosovan Serbs more time to do so themselves." There are no indications of any "clashes" as the blurb suggests. This should be reconciled before being posted. Hot Stop talk-contribs 23:26, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
2 diff excuses i 2 days? sept 17 clashes, 18 ultimatum and renewed roadblocks, todays 19 morn...updated again. change the blurb if need be to include ultimatum. Also see the RT source of stone throwing (which is violent)Lihaas (talk) 02:31, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
If the clashes happened a month ago, it's stale. If something comes out of the ultimatum, that can be posted. Hot Stop talk-contribs 16:04, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Its NOT stale because you dont lie it. its not 2 months ago its ONGOING, read the section! This is your THID excuse to not post it!Lihaas (talk) 05:45, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support because, seriously, we need to post something. Swarm X 06:01, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

October 17

Philadelphia basement kidnapping event

Article: Philadelphia basement kidnapping event (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Authorities find four people held against their will in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania basement, arresting four suspects. (Post)
News source(s):

Nominator's comments: with over 2,500 news articles on this, and a very unusual profile of the crime, this both a notable article (new) and a notable news event. --Mercurywoodrose (talk) 03:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose: Sorry, but I fail to see how this is remotely notable on an international scale. Also, am assuming that the INT/R tag was included by mistake. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 04:18, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
well, i will note it has received international coverage. If I was responsible for INT/R, i apologize, as i am new at this, dont know that it refers to.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 04:28, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

[Stale] Kosovo-Serbia

Article: 2011 Kosovo–Serbia border clashes (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Renewed clashes occur in Northern Kosovo amidst threats by NATO's Kosovo Force to forcibly remove Kosovan Serb roadblocks. (Post)

Nominator's comments: Its still ongoing and current today with the ultimatum so expect more clahses.Lihaas (talk) 05:50, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Are you kidding? I just updated before om, check my usercontribs too. see "Renewed clashes"Lihaas (talk) 07:13, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
The "KFOR's commander said that his troops would forcibly remove roadblocks on 17 October if Kosovan Serbs did not voluntarily do so" update is insufficient for the main page. Therefor, not updated. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:46, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Insufficient ad NOT updated is differet. At ayn rate weve got a several line paragraph on there.Lihaas (talk) 17:26, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Saying 'border between...' becomes pov, as the border is not universally recognized as an international border. --Soman (talk) 07:45, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
borders are not only intl they can be PROVINCIAL too...perfectly ambigous. NO ONE asserts on the article that it is an INTERNATIONAL borderLihaas (talk) 08:29, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Lihaas is correct. Before independence, there was still a clearly delineated border between Central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija, just as there is a border between Serbia and Vojvodina. So it's not at all POV, as these are clearly demarcated and recognized lines, it's just not recognized what they represent. --Golbez (talk) 15:06, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
The only other way of wording it is "line of control" - but border seems reasonable enough. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 18:27, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Or "boundary", for another alternative which does not carry quite the connotations of "border". As a note, the current cycle of Kosovo-Serbia head-butting has been going on for at least three weeks (based on the local Serbian newspaper), and the scuffles/protests are still very small scale (especially by comparison with things that have gone before). Although, of course, the emotions involved are not. They never are, in that region. - Tenebris 18:34, 17 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Surely the clashes are occuring in North Kosovo rather than on the border? That's what I'm reading from the situation. That would eliminate all need for any POV border squabbles. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 18:40, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Good point, its on the road LEADING to the border crossing.
But we should discuss page moveson the talk page ot here.Lihaas (talk) 02:47, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I was actually hoping it would fix just the blurb for now. Based on the article, there are clashes on the North Kosovo/Kosovo proper border as well. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Go ahead with what you think is appropriate
The article is updated as said above with the deadline passed and new negotiations/debates ongoing. It aint old ews yet.Lihaas (talk) 17:18, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Keep - continued clashes for itn.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:15, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
better blurb? Mark ready?Lihaas (talk) 17:23, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I think the blurb is OK.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:31, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I turned "KFOR" into "NATO's Kosovo Force", avoiding a disambiguation and making it more understandable. I also noted the blockades were Serb, but this is perhaps could be an issue? Anyway, I think ready. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:47, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Largely no probs to me, but id put Kosovan Serbs to differentiate from Serbia proper. (whole diff context, esp with an eu-aligned govt in belgrade that goes easy on intl pressure)
as an aside, whoever posts this should temp lock the page as it opens for pov/vandalism VERY easilyLihaas (talk) 18:04, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Personally, I don't think this item has enough support yet; I'm just seeing a number of general comments. -- tariqabjotu 20:20, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Clashes are getting a strong reaction from NATO, bringing dispute into clear focus at a time when Serbia has applied for EU membership. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 21:52, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. The proposed blurb gives the impression that KFORs threats (is "threats" an appropriate word anyway?) are causing the clashes between Serbs and Albanians. Is that actually the case? --FormerIP (talk) 22:10, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per the article "KFOR troops who were sent to remove them left without incident in an effort to give the Kosovan Serbs more time to do so themselves." There are no indications of any "clashes" as the blurb suggests. This should be reconciled before being posted. Hot Stop talk-contribs 23:26, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
2 diff excuses i 2 days? sept 17 clashes, 18 ultimatum and renewed roadblocks, todays 19 morn...updated again. change the blurb if need be to include ultimatum. Also see the RT source of stone throwing (which is violent)Lihaas (talk) 02:31, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
If the clashes happened a month ago, it's stale. If something comes out of the ultimatum, that can be posted. Hot Stop talk-contribs 16:04, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Its NOT stale because you dont lie it. its not 2 months ago its ONGOING, read the section! This is your THID excuse to not post it!Lihaas (talk) 05:45, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support because, seriously, we need to post something. Swarm X 06:01, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

October 16

[Posted x2] Dan Wheldon

Article: Dan Wheldon (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Racing driver Dan Wheldon is killed in an IndyCar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Post)
News source(s): [20]

Nominator's comments: We actually have another ITNR motorsport candidate for today in that the F1 Constructor's championship was decided. However, I don't anticipate the appetite for two stories up at once so I figure this one probably trumps the F1 crown. Crispmuncher (talk) 22:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support I'd like to see a more substantial update to his article, but he was an unquestionably famous (and popular) athlete, a former series champion, and the current Indy 500 champion. The story is the current top headline on ESPN, the New York Times, and CNN, and it's the second story/top sports story on BBC. A mention of his passing on ITN, for me, is a no-brainer. (Note that I'm not a racing fan, but I definitely understand Wheldon's importance.) -- Mike (Kicking222) 23:08, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I also agree a better update, but this is the most notable racing death since Dale Earnhardt, obvious notability, and should lead to changes in the sport, as drivers were complaining about the speed of the racetrack before the race. Secret account 23:13, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. Horrible accident... Melicans (talk, contributions) 23:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support - The loss of Wheldon has hurt the racing community (for which I am a part), among NASCAR, the IndyCarSeries, the NHRA and on. I'd also like to offer that it be expanded to: "Racing driver Dan Wheldon is killed in an IndyCar race due to injuries sustained at a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.) This should be honored. And as a fan, I have had the hard time of being able to think of comments but my in real life mouth is quiet. Mitch32(Never support those who think in the box) 23:31, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
    I'd also like to ask that if you don't mind, I'd like to add it to the ITN, as a way to represent the racing community.Mitch32(Never support those who think in the box) 23:34, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Neutral. Very sad and quite possibly ITN-worthy, but four of five current ITN stories are US-related. Could we maybe make an effort to diversify? --FormerIP (talk) 23:37, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

He was British, it just happened at a US track, is that fair enough?Mitch32(Never support those who think in the box) 23:39, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
OK, so it's a US story with a foreign angle. --FormerIP (talk) 23:42, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
It's a UK story with a foreign angle. — Joseph Fox 16:27, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Believe me, no-one in the UK had ever heard of this guy. Okay, his mother, possibly. --FormerIP (talk) 23:52, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
It's a sports story, for god's sake. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 23:48, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Two-time Indy 500 winner, very significant. Truthsort (talk) 00:08, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support especially per Mike and Secret. I was going to post but if I'm reading Mitch's post right he wants to be the one to post. Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:16, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support with Mitchazenia blurb, which I'd further modify by leading with "British racing driver..." Kuguar03 (talk) 00:58, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - The sooner the better. Marcus Qwertyus 01:51, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment With there being complaints that there are too many US stories on ITN, and also a common complaint that there is too much sport on ITN, I'd like to note that this item is not a particularly major headline in the US press, let alone the world. It's the death of what at the end of the day was a minor celebrity few people had heard of earlier.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:02, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
    • It's on the front page of the BBC's site. Ditto for Sky News, The Guardian, and The Times of London. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:11, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
      • A lot of things are on the front page of all those websites. Should every item be posted to ITN? The BBC website also had the All Blacks winning their semifinal in a higher position. It's not the top headline anywhere I've seen.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:13, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
        • What sites are you on? There's also ESPN,, CBC, Al-Jazeera, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Aussie BC. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:20, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
          • Are you saying every story on those websites should be posted? There's also prominence.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:24, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
            • I'm saying it's idiotic to claim it's "not a particularly major headline in the US press, let alone the world" as you did. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:30, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
              • It's not a particularly major headline. It's not the lead anywhere or the 2nd or 3rd story, and the events that are in those positions haven't been posted. ITN generally posts 1 or maybe two stories a day. It's not that big of a headline. Plus, this story is just confirming two the the major biases ITN has--sports and US centrism.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:35, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
                • It's the lead on ESPN and Second on BBC. Stop lying. Also, it's odd someone so concerned about US bias nominated a statue opening in Washington. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:40, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
                  • It's nowhere near the the top of the BBC website where I'm viewing it. Please don't accuse me of lying. It's possible we're viewing different editions. I dont' really consider ESPN or that much, as they're sports websites. It's not mentioned on this sports website at all.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:46, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
                  • Well it's the top of USA Today, LA Times, and FOX News. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:49, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • May I suggest switching this around to focus on the fact that the overall incident was a major crash at the event, which did result in the death of Dan along with (as I'm reading) three other injuries and a premature cancellation of the race. Dan's still the key article for this, but the event article probably needs updating too. --MASEM (t) 02:26, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is not about being nationalistic or anything like that at all. This open wheel race car driver won two of the most high profile races and he won it this year by the way. Plus, he died in his chosen field as well, which makes this even more ITN worthy in the first place. This is the first death in the sport of IndyCar since 2006 when Paul Dana lost his life, which he was not even remotely close to this race car drivers noteworthiness. This story has made national and international news, so it needs to go up.The Gypsy Vagabond Man (talk) 02:26, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Important figure in his field died not from old age. ... (talk) 02:35, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted. — Joseph Fox 02:54, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Kenyan troops enter Somalia

Article: War in Somalia (2009–) (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Kenya deploys forces to Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabaab militants. (Post)
News source(s): Al Jazeera
Article needs updating (talk) 13:41, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Comment. I'm not sure you've explained why this event is especially significant. Kenyan troops crossing into Somalia does not seem to be all that unusual, as can be seen from these news stories from earlier this year: [21] [22]. --FormerIP (talk) 14:31, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - military incursions into foreign countries are generally notable. The backstory with militants kidnapping foreigners is also internationally significant. Thue | talk 15:16, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: Do we know if this has the approval of the TFG government (who is recognized by many countries as the legit govt)? I ask this because the TFG government has already authorised the CTF-150, Russia and India to enter Somalian territory in pursuit of terrorists/pirates. While I agree foreign boots on the ground within any country is generally notable, it may be of limited significance given examples quoted by Former IP and if it has TFG approval. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 16:46, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • According to the BBC (not up for deletion), the Somali government is claiming that Kenya is providing logistical support to a Somali-led operation. I'm not saying, BTW, that this is an unpostable story. But we should understand it, update the article and then post, in that order. --FormerIP (talk) 19:10, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Of course it is up for deletion. Wikipedia articles about contemporary events covered by the media are almost always ambushed by the usual petty trolls and put up for deletion. Deterence Talk 20:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Per the earlier refugee nomination and associated background, the Kenya-Somalia border has been a complicated thing for some time now. Not theoretical -- not quite -- but far too much spillover for it to hold the same solid border associatiations we are generally used to. Incidentally, the group the Kenyan military is after has long been using that same border in the opposite way. - Tenebris 10:34, 17 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

This story also seems to be of relevance. Ks0stm (TCGE) 14:55, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
There's also now the decision by the UNHCR to suspend aid operations in the Dadaab refugee camp (the largest in the world). Nightw 15:11, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support From initial reports I've seen (like the BBC one given by FormerIP and props for the "BBC (not up for deletion)"), this seems to be quite an unusual event in terms of its publicity if nothing else. It's a full fledged military operation, rather than an obscure border raid. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 18:16, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is a significant event and has gained substantial international media coverage. Deterence Talk 20:58, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

To me this looks ready to go. The update is only a paragraph, but there's a hatnote to that other article (which we obviously can't directly link to thanks to the AfD) containing more information. Any other issues? Nightw 23:04, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

The article looks ready, but think the blurb needs work. Think the issue is not giving the false impression of an act of aggression or breach of sovereign rights against the Somali government. Because the article is quite long, think the bold link should be to the relevant sub-section. --FormerIP (talk) 23:10, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
I bet it could technically be construed as some kind of breach, but I don't think the Somali government is in much of a position to complain. Or to do anything at all. I think the blurb is fine in terms of impressions, although perhaps a bit more detail would be nice. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:43, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Believe it or not, the Somali transitional government has publicly endorsed the actions of the Kenyan military. Deterence Talk 21:44, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial

Article: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.. (Post)
News source(s): Washington Post

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The monument was originally opened on 22 August was was to be dedicated with appearances by Barack Obama and an estimated crowd of 250,000. The dedication was delayed by the hurricane and will happen today with appearances by Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, and others.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:58, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

To try to put some perspective on this, the scale and position of this federally sanctioned memorial are normally reserved for former US presidents; this memorial is positioned among the memorials to FDR, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. It's nearly 2 Hectares large. It's an extremely powerful recognition of MLK's place in history.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Support, the article is in great shape and we've featured dedications of important monuments before. --Tone 13:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Support. Agree that the article is good enough - one of those occasions where a sentence might constitute enough of an update. --FormerIP (talk) 15:01, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
I've added a bit since I nominated it.--Johnsemlak (talk) 15:30, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Support - Great looking article, and as far as monuments go, it's hard to find more significance. Swarm 16:54, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Support. This is a good article and an event that is likely to attract diverse interest. However, the "Dedication" section of the article will need to be updated to reflect what actually happened at the dedication. --Orlady (talk) 17:12, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Not ready The Dedication section is not updated. It hasn't even been put into past tense. As Orlady said, the article should mention what actually happened at the dedication, not that a dedication will happen. -- tariqabjotu 19:45, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
I've updated it.--Johnsemlak (talk) 01:17, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose God help us all if the dedication of a bloody statue becomes sufficiently notable for ITN. Get a grip, guys! Deterence Talk 20:09, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
    To be honest, I'm a bit surprised myself. Everyone seemed to gloss over the fact that it's been open for two months. This dedication better be good. -- tariqabjotu 21:01, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. It's a statue. The events it commemorates were hugely notable, the statue itself is not. Modest Genius talk 21:16, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
It's been open for two months but after the dedication was delayed by Hurricane Irene I waited until now to nominate it. It certainly did not become less notable during that time. As to people saying 'it's just a statue', well, it's not just a statue. It's a 2 hectare national monument and it's put in an extremely reserved position, as noted above, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. This level of recognition had only been given to the most famous US presidents. The statue was sculpted by renowned Chinese artist Lei Yixin. I'd put this on par with the renovation of the Louvre museum. This has to be one of the most significant statues or monuments built in the last decade.--Johnsemlak (talk) 01:24, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak support. I'm hesitant about posting anything that is purely celebratory, even though this is getting a lot of attention. But we haven't posted anything remotely similar for months, so I'll support for diversity's sake. JimSukwutput 21:28, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Comment. Four of five current ITN stories are US-related. Could we maybe make an effort to diversify? --FormerIP (talk) 23:37, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Okay, but the Iran story and the LRA story are very much international stories, and the nationality of Ritchie is of perhaps tertiary importance to the story. Personally, I think that lessens the issue. -- tariqabjotu 23:52, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Very much international stories that just so happen to be particularly significant from a US perspective. I'm not suggesting anything can be done except making Wikipedians less parochial by an act of will. Just making a point, really. --FormerIP (talk) 00:26, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose yes, it's interesting. I just don't see it as that important, though. It's been open two months already anyway. Hot Stop talk-contribs 01:24, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Top U.S. story right now is the crash above. This might not even be second, the alleged plot and Wall Street are still popular. Very much western story. On the other side of the world, this barely make the news. ... (talk) 02:44, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
oppose one country ot notable., ad id do the same for gandhi/churchill/mandela/mao/stalin/lenin, etc. (exept maybe nit bouazizis as theyre ot public figures.)Lihaas (talk) 05:44, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
"This user is able to contribute with a professional level of English." Please start proving it, the above is virtually unreadable. --Golbez (talk) 16:24, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Is there any way to do apostrophes in a text message? I honestly don't know! But Lihaas -- your spelling actually does show your competence. You don't use the contractions that are a headache to all of us. There was only one outright typo. Now (please) be careful not to drop letters by accident? lest you be judged by that alone? - Tenebris 18:24, 17 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Support (though it is not likely to get posted now). This is indeed one of the more notable memorials to be unveiled recently, and those saying it is 'just' a memorial need to understand that. The question I would ask is whether nominations like this are only posted in a 'slow news' week, and whether overly focusing on the news items making 'headlines' (as opposed to just ordinary news) adequately meets the 'not news' and 'highlighting updates to encyclopedia articles' aims of ITN. The other question I would ask is whether the unveiling of any memorial would get on ITN. Did the unveiling of the various 9/11 memorials get featured on ITN? That sort of mental balancing should be done by those participating at ITN, but that rarely happens. Carcharoth (talk) 21:19, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

October 15

Netherlands wins 2011 Baseball World Cup

Article: 2011 Baseball World Cup (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Netherlands becomes the first European nation to win the Baseball World Cup since the inaugural event in 1938, defeating Cuba 2–1 in the final. (Post)

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: It is a relative big event and as said in the blurb, it is the first time since the first event that a European nation wins the cup. --Styath (talk) 09:42, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Strong support - Definetely a highly notable event and a historic first. Article is long and seems to be in good shape. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 09:51, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Comment. I'm not sure on the rules with these tournament articles, but it looks like you may need a bit more prose. Other than that, it's ready to go. Nightw 09:58, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose--The top International Baseball championship is the World Baseball Classic. The level of play of this tournament was very low; most of the tournament's top players don't even have articles; Japan and the US clearly sent severely weakened teams.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:01, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
So what? One can only beat those that turn up, and the Netherlands did just that. Your post sounds like excuses. HiLo48 (talk) 10:06, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
The point is there is an international baseball tournament that does feature the world's best baseball players. This isn't it.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:08, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
OK, I'll go along with that. The earlier post made it sound like the Netherlands' win wasn't important because the USA sent a weak team. ITN/R is important. HiLo48 (talk) 10:21, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - This tournament is not nearly as significant as the World Baseball Classic, and we do have to be somewhat selective about what we post in terms of sporting events. Despite its name, this really doesn't come close to making the cut. To put things into perspective, in this tournament, 73 games were played, and the total attendance was only 156,046. This number is completely dwarfed by the five-game 2010 World Series (243,607) and the 39-game 2009 World Baseball Classic (801,408). Swarm 10:28, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Odd. But I see your point. Styath (talk) 16:28, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Crowds should not count. A tournament in the USA is guaranteed to have larger crowds than one in the Netherlands. That doesn't make it more important. There are far too many claims made here based primarily on the fact that the USA has a lot of people in it. HiLo48 (talk) 19:34, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I wasn't attempting to relate the attendance figures to the importance, I was just trying to provide perspective on how very minor this baseball tournament is compared to some other ones. Swarm 20:11, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • According to this, the Eredivisie has a higher average attendance than the Chinese Super League... so population isn't really a factor, it's the interest in a league/tournament. There was some sort of interest though, if you'd take into account the page view stats. –HTD 04:20, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Although an international sporting competition, the level of play is not significant enough, per above. SpencerT♦C 00:53, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

[Withdrawn] October 15th protests

Article: Global protests of October 15th, 2011 (talk, history)
Blurb: Protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street erupt in 100's of cities world wide. (Post)
News source(s): Washington Post

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The article is still a bit thin, but worldwide protests over something are usually newsworthy. -- (talk) 21:42, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support - Definitely a headline of Saturday and article content updated. Should be published ASAP as yesterdays news is what we should not have I guess? (although its frequesntly the case here, unfortunatelly)--Kozuch (talk) 22:43, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Article is almost entirely made up of primary sources - most directly cited from OWS websites. Need some real sources documenting actual protests in "hundreds" of cities. WikifanBe nice 23:04, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose unless article is radically expanded. This is still pretty much same as last weekend, with number of events and attendance mostly pulled from Facebook. Also, Rome, Athens, London and Madrid each have such demonstrations on a daily basis. --hydrox (talk) 23:14, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The protests are still extremely small in-scale, with some riots going on in Rome and a few hundred copycat protesters in London (who have been protesting since two years ago). And all the protests are limited to a few wealthy developed countries, so it is quite silly to call this phenomenon "worldwide". JimSukwutput 23:43, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Grammar pedant comment In the blurb, "100's" is horrible! Please say "hundreds". It's only two more key strokes. (I counted one for the Shift key.) HiLo48 (talk) 23:53, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • While I agree with you, I am now on the edge of my seat waiting for a mathematics pedant comment in response to your count of the number of key strokes ;-) Deterence Talk 00:17, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Sorry, you're right, of course. Brain snap, thinking that an apostrophe required the Shift key. :-) HiLo48 (talk) 00:50, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Have another look ;-) Deterence Talk 05:24, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
As a European pedant, I offer the comment that the Occupy Wall Street protest was inspired by the "Indignant" protests in Madrid, which are amongst those that have been held today. So "inspired by Occupy Wall Street" would be totalmente inadecuado. --FormerIP (talk) 00:33, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Comment Sorry for the "horrible blurb", I'm crying anon tears now. The article I posted said "Rallies were held in more than 900 cities in Europe, Africa and Asia" so I guess it was also quite silly to click the link and read all the way down to the second paragraph. Withdrawn. You people are ridiculous. -- (talk) 02:48, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Was that a tantrum? Pretty sure it was full of irony, but hard to tell. Such approaches don't work well on the net. HiLo48 (talk) 02:55, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

As a standalone, the October 15 protests were not noteworthy with the possible exceptions of Rome and Madrid, where they were fueled by something rather different than the Occupy Wall Street 1%/99% and background foreclosure/bank bailout uneasiness. Hundreds of cities may be a vast, vast overstatement. Honestly, as it stands, I do not think a significant OWS protest will survive the winter -- but then again, the movement has already survived a couple of weeks longer than I originally thought it would. Still, for a possibly different ITN article, IF there is a tipping point into noteworthiness, how to recognise it? The Arab Spring took so many different forms, but one commonality was that the protests intensified after people died, the goal to be reached at all costs. Currently, although I can see frustration and also the only outcome that could really relieve that frustration, I do not see that same determination here. At the same time, no one died in the Tea Party protests, and those did reach the point that they were considered ITN noteworthy (and that before the Tea Party became a significant faction of the GOP). If we consider ourselves capable of making the judgement, we should also be able to answer what would constitute sufficient noteworthiness in this case. - Tenebris 07:16, 16 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

  • Support There were large protests elsewhere as well ( ) but more importantly, it really was in 950 cities ( ). The protests were organized by many groups, including OWS, Indignados, Real Democracy Now, Anonymous and others, however, and most of the protesters probably weren't even affiliated with any particular group, so it might be best not to name any and just speak of "global protests". IMO the Article has become of high standard now, and as a candidate for the main portal it should be considered by quality rather than quantity. It has a very extensive list of references and a great deal of relevant information, and the only reason it may still seem "a bit thin" is because it is so succinct. Obviously we can't go into detail about each of the 950 protests so the article can mostly just give general information about the whole along with a few highlights, all the more since the protests differed across the globe. This is world news if ever there was any, far more important than almost all news on the main portal. I edited the article and added another section, but for a one-day event I don't think there's much more left to say about it. Hypernovic (talk) 09:32, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] US sends 100 troops to battle the Lord's Resistence Army

Article: Lord's Resistance Army (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The United States sends 100 armed military advisers to help defeat the Lord's Resistence Army in central Africa. (Post)
News source(s): New York Times

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The soldiers “will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.” But I still consider it notable that the US is becoming involved in what is effectively a war. Thue

  • comment If this is going to be posted, it should say "Obama notifies Congress" he is sending troops. Not "America". He is acting on his own without authority. μηδείς (talk) 23:08, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Well, he is the executive branch of the US government, so it is not unreasonable to say "the US does", when it is Obama who gives the order. Also, he does cite the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act which authorizes the "increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability" according to the NYT article. Without looking into it more deeply, that sentense does arguably give him the authority from Congress to send military advisers. Thue | talk 23:22, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
      • A quote from the law passed by Congress, my bolding: providing political, economic, military, and intelligence support for viable multilateral efforts to protect civilians from the Lord’s Resistance Army, to apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield in the continued absence of a negotiated solution, and to disarm and demobilize the remaining Lord’s Resistance Army fighters. Thue | talk 23:41, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
        • I doubt that the target group will be worried about the internal US politics that bothers Medeis. They will just see Americans with guns. HiLo48 (talk) 23:46, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. Fighting has been going on for decades, with hundreds of African troops dead. The U.S. sending a few advisers that won't actually be fighting anybody is not a significant development in this story. Nightw 12:45, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
LRA has been supported by Sudan, but now that South Sudan has split off, perhaps the LRA will be more vulnerable. So there is a good chance that fighting will not continue for decades more. Perhaps the sending of the military advisers is happening now because the LRA is vulnerable? Thue | talk 19:00, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, unless something notable (major battle, etc.) happens when they are there. SpencerT♦C 14:37, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - it's easy to underestimate the impact of military advisers. What many of the government forces in central African states need is qualified leadership, and the U.S. troops are a great contribution to this scarcity. Besides, sending military advisers is often a prelude to sending actual troops, as countless wars in the past (e.g. Vietnam) have taught us. JimSukwutput 16:12, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Vietnam was invaded. This is a bunch of advisers. If actual troops are sent, then that will be worthy of posting. Nightw 23:13, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Vietnam was not invaded; it was under a civil war that Eisenhower and JFK chose to intervene upon by sending military advisers (at first). The combat troops came after that. JimSukwutput 23:40, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Sticking to the topic, I'm saying that when "actual troops", "combat troops", etc are sent, that might be notable. This is not. Nightw 08:41, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Missed the point completely. This IS notable precisely because the Vietnam debacle began with military advisers. Some of us can remember and have learnt from history. HiLo48 (talk) 10:02, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
You're speculating about why the event might become notable in the future. That the Vietnam war begun with a deployment of military advisers does not then mean that all subsequent deployments of military advisers to other places are notable or that they will have the same results. Nightw 14:24, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
I didn't say "all" - I said "often". And if you look at the historical evidence, that's a perfectly valid and verifiable statement, so it has nothing to do with WP:SPECULATION (a better term would be expectation, which there is no reason not to take into account on ITN). JimSukwutput 19:00, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per Sukwutput. The presence of American troops - regardless of their role - changes the military landscape significantly and comes substantial political symbolism. And as Sukwutput has noted, historically, such deployments have regularly led to more decisive developments. Deterence Talk 22:29, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Sukwutput may have "noted" that, but it is incorrect. The vast vast majority of advisor deployments don't result in any further U.S. military involvement. Geeze, do a little research every now and then, save yourself the embarassment. (talk) 18:06, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - major news. Deployments to new countries don't happen every day. Neutralitytalk 03:46, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per Deterence, Jim and Thue. The sending of the force is, in itself, significant. Swarm 03:50, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose-ish Comment: The US has deployed its military in 150 countries, so I am not sure how significant the deployment alone is. As pointed out above, speculations that this might be prelude to something bigger are well, just speculations. So the arguments put forth so far aren't exactly convincing. But that said, I must concede that I am not entirely aware of the military equation on the ground and therefore, wouldn't comment on how decisive the presence of 100 advisors would be. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 17:36, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
    • According to the linked article, only two of those deployments are listed as "combat zones" (though Pakistan and Columbia should arguably also be listed as a combat zone). Since this deployment is to an area with an active war, then I argue that it is exceptional enough to be mentioned ITN. Thue | talk 18:16, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I was just going to say, there's a big difference between having troops deployed (i.e. stationed in bases) in, for example, Germany, and sending in a fully combat-equipped force to become decidedly involved in an ongoing armed conflict, even if it's in an advisory role. Something like that is distinctly uncommon. Swarm 18:21, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment There's an orange-level tag in the article. The update is substantial, but that issue needs to be rectified. -- tariqabjotu 18:44, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I don't see any tags right now, so perhaps it has been fixed? Thue | talk 21:57, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted -- tariqabjotu 22:12, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
4-3 = consensus because the admin likes the page?are you mad? were ot eve short of updates!?!!
ad the admin chooses ot to post eve without more outright consensus.Lihaas (talk) 05:46, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Consensus is based on arguments, not counting votes. So if Tariqabjotu choose to disregard fx Chocolate Horlicks because of the answering arguments, then it is his right. Thue | talk 13:22, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Post-oppose This is nothing. Marcus Qwertyus 06:50, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Post-oppose Can't see any sort of consensus here, to be honest, and with all the other conflict going on right now featuring this is a bit daft. — Joseph Fox 16:31, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

October 14

Apple launches the iPhone 4S

Article: iPhone 4S (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Apple launches the iPhone 4S (Post)

Nominator's comments: We posted some relatively minor stuff about Apple blocking sales of some unpopular tablet computers in the past. iPhone is Apple's biggest revenue generator and this launch is expected by some to be one of Apple's biggest product launches ever. Side note: how much longer until we get a featured picture on an iPhone? [23]? --Marcus Qwertyus 13:55, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. If all we can say is that Apple launches an updated version of an existing product line, then I don't think it rises to anywhere near ITN level. If it were the biggest launch ever for the company (or something like that) then I would reconsider. Dragons flight (talk) 14:06, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Dragonflight.--Johnsemlak (talk) 14:30, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Dragons_flight. We also had an Apple-related article featured very recently. Mamyles (talk) 14:31, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose they launch this thing every year. Its not even a new version its and updated iphone 4. -- Ashish-g55 14:35, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - it's already out over here (Australia) so announcing it now a) sounds like an advert and b) is a bit US-centric (or anti-Australia, who cares). — Joseph Fox 15:08, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - iPhone launches are old hat. We know there will be one every 18 months or so. Wait for the ground-breaking products. --Ohconfucius ¡digame! 16:10, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • iPad was groundbreaking but we didn't post it because it wasn't very popular then. Marcus Qwertyus 17:28, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
That's not true IMO. It was almost 100% clear that the iPad would at least be popular at its launch. It wasn't posted because many editors didn't want to post a product launch. I'm in favor of posting launches of potentially ground-breaking products but previous nominations have showed that consensus is against such items as they are seen as promotional; I wanted to nominate the Kindle Fire but didn't based on previous discussions.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:29, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose It would have to be a truly exceptional new product to justify including a product-launch in the ITN - something along the lines of Ford starts selling jetpacks its alongside cars. Version X.0 of a product that has been around for years has WP:SNOW chance. Deterence Talk 18:35, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I think people underestimate the impact of commercial technology. I'm no Apple fanboy, but the change in people's lives around the world because of smartphones like iPhone has been tremendous. The launch of the latest generation in this series is certainly more notable than the discovery of a piece of poetry or an obscure old athlete passing away. JimSukwutput 18:51, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Quite. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:05, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Agreed (ish), but I'm afraid I take a slightly more, well old school paternalistic view. Wikipedia has no commercial position in relation to our content per WP:NPOV. The purpose of Wikipedia, as a reference work, is presumably educational. The main body of the work is as an encyclopedia. The front page serves to attract readers to articles. Given that we have no commercial bias to promoting our work on apple phones or 14th century poets one could argue we should add more weight to obscure old athletes rather than an event that it being currently covered across numerous websites .... and to which Wikipedia will add no current value to the reader in terms of content. I'd also note, Jim, that if additional verses of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or anything by Chaucer, let alone The Bard turned up you'd be looking rather silly with your above comments..... Pedro :  Chat  20:03, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Stromatolite colony found in Giant's Causeway

Article: Giant's Causeway (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Scientists uncover stromatolites in the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. (Post)
News source(s): [24]
  • Oppose due to lack of significance. This could be a good article for "Did you know," if you'd like to nominate it there. Mamyles (talk) 14:34, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Mamyles and agree that DYN is the perfect location for this item. Deterence Talk 18:50, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Measles and cholera break out among nearly a million Somalian refugees

Article: 2011 East Africa drought (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Torential rains have hit Mogadishu, Somalia, killing several people and causing severe damage to local refugee shelters. Measles and cholera have also broken out among more than 920,000 Somalian refugees living in refugee camps outside Somalia. (Post)
News source(s):

This will be the last ITN nomination from me, hopefully for a very, very long time. I add it because there are new developments, and the story as a whole has been severely underreported relative to the human cost. - Tenebris 11:38, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. Your report is almost a month old, and I don't see any recent news coverage to justify publishing this on ITN at this point. This news is too stale. Dragons flight (talk) 14:29, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Oops. I doubled the line to put two sources, one blisteringly new (about the torrential rains), but only the older contextual one showed up in the template. I removed it for clarity and replaced the other one with something two weeks old but quite a bit broader. Btw - can I point out that this very much is still a news item, even a front page news item in most parts of the world? The story may not be a clean-cut single event such as "new iPhone released", but things are still getting significantly worse, not better. After all, over 60,000 children have already died, and continue to die at a rate of about six children every minute. Is this noteworthy enough? If you want to see coverage, just type "Horn of Africa" into your average Google news search and see how much comes up -- but clear your cookies first. Google now shows you news stories according to your past preferences, so if you have not clicked on this kind of story in a while, it won't come up at all now. - Tenebris 04:17, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Spain's credit rating downgraded

Article: European debt crisis (talk, history)
Blurb: Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's cuts Spain's credit rating to AA- with a negative outlook, as the European debt crisis deepens. (Post)
News source(s):

For once, something that already exists on Wikipedia. Note that there should be other names in that template (eg. people who worked on the European debt crisis article), but I don't know which ones would be appropriate. Also recommend that the European debt crisis be made an ITN sticky, probably through the rest of this month at a minimum. - Tenebris 02:13, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Oops, I did that wrong. Here is the correct article link. - Tenebris 06:04, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Pending an update for the article (I don't see any as of this time.) May have to reword the blurb a bit, and I'd bold the 'European Debt Crisis' link to indicate the article in question, but I agree with this nomination as important and noteworthy for ITN. This is another big step downward for this crisis, in my view, and has serious implications for the global economy. Jusdafax 06:10, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. The European debt crisis is the big current event, and this is a notable part of it. Thue | talk 09:04, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support after update - The European financial crisis is significant, and this is especially interesting because of Spain's past default. Mamyles (talk) 12:21, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Clearly notable. We also posted the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating in August.--WaltCip (talk) 13:46, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The European debt crisis is notable; the downgrading of one country's debt by one specific credit agency is not. This is clearly not comparable to the U.S.'s downgrading - the U.S. debt was long seen as completely risk-free, and was also much, much larger in size than Spain's (around 14 trillion vs. 0.8 trillion). (talk) 17:37, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose not very surprising given that Fitch downgraded them last week, along with Italy [25] (which we didn't post). Hut 8.5 18:37, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support While this is obviously not as notable as the credit downgrading of the USA, this is a significant milestone in the European Debt Crisis. Of course, we'll have to be rather more selective if the domino effect kicks-in upon the European countries. Deterence Talk 18:47, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • As Hut 8.5 said, this isn't really the first case. Spain and Italy were downgraded just last week by an equally notable credit agency. And all the countries at the periphery of the Eurozone has been receiving periodical downgrades since three years ago. Remember that there are more than ten different credit ratings for each agency. S&P has around 15. If you imagine there is a "point" system, this is something like going from 12 points to 11 points, in S&P's subjective point of view. If you think of it that way, this isn't really all that exciting.
      • Yes -- and the ITN silence at that time was deafening. Maybe the real question is, how many Eurozone country downgrades does it take to equal a single United States downgrade in noteworthiness? - Tenebris 04:15, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
    • There's a good way to see if this is actually consequential on its own (rather than purely symbolic) - judging the stock market reactions. IBEX shows that the Spanish stock exchange actually rose slightly today. JimSukwutput 18:58, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Looking at the stockmarket is not a reliable way to judge the impact of an expected event. If the stockmarket knew it was coming (and they probably did), then the action was already priced into the stockmarket. For the same reason, you sometimes see the stockmarket rise after a company announces a yearly loss, because the stockmarket had expect the loss to be even worse, and had already priced the worse news in. Thue | talk 19:17, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Precisely. If it was expected (which I claim it was) then there is no or little reaction. And the fact that it is expected tells us something about its noteworthiness. Of course, there are events that are expected which deserve posting, for example if they are the culmination of a long process and we haven't yet posted anything about such a process. But that isn't the case here. This is just a small symbolic part of the general fiscal crisis in the Eurozone. JimSukwutput 01:25, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
          • The fact that it was expected by banking insiders tells us little about its noteworthiness; as you argue, unexpectedness is not really an ITN criteria. Using credit rating downgrades as reportable milestones makes sense; when else should we report a steady erosion of finances? I would say that credit ratings are a very central part of the sovereign debt crisis; the problem is unsustainable sovereign debt, and credit ratings are the way to measure them. Spain and Italy are the central countries in this crisis, because they are by far the biggest countries in trouble, and the hardest to bail out because of their size. So featuring their downgrades ITN especially makes sense. Thue | talk 01:52, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
            • (cough) Besides, many of us also saw the United States rating downgrade coming. That did not seem to get in the way of its ITN noteworthiness. - Tenebris 04:15, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
            • But these aren't really milestones. As I said, there are multiple credit rating agencies (3 major ones) and each one has more than 10 different possible ratings. If we post each downgrade for the major economies in crisis (Spain, Italy, Greece, and other peripheral nations in the Eurozone), that would make up half the entries on ITN. JimSukwutput 05:05, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
              • I agree that we shouldn't post downgrades from each of the three rating agencies, and we should mostly only post for the big, significant countries. Bit I would still like to post some of them. Since we didn't post Moody's downgrade, then perhaps we can post this one. Thue | talk 20:30, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
                • Usually (but not always), the first of any given kind is a psychological threshold, making it easier for others to follow suit. If a notable first is somehow missed on ITN and the notability is sustained, I would suggest that noting the next major threshold might be appropriate. By the way, several of the European Wikis have the Euro economic crisis as an ITN sticky. Considering its continuing considerable impact on stock markets worldwide and the IMF's world recessionary outlook on the same basis, the same might be appropriate here. - Tenebris 06:32, 16 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
                  • I'd agree with a sticky, though I think the article needs some significant improvement before we put it on the main page. For example: "there has also been a sense of unjust crisis management which mostly stems from the notion that, as a direct consequence of the financial crisis, the working population should not be held responsible for the economic mismanagement errors of economists, investors, and bankers...". The citation was a BBC News report, which said nothing of this sort and merely mentioned the grievances of a few interviewed protestors. The rest is completely made up by whoever wrote that. I have no comment on whether I agree or disagree with the assessment, but we need actual evidence before we attribute these ideas to all the disaffected populations of these countries. This may sound like nitpicking, but it's one of the many OR/NPOV problems with the article. JimSukwutput 18:54, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
                    • That one was a very easy fix by citing union attribution as mentioned several times within the article. If you find and point out other specific POV problems, I will tackle those too. - Tenebris 09:56, 17 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Thailand and Cambodia flooding

Article: 2011 Southeast Asian floods (talk, history)
Blurb: ​281 people in Thailand and 200 people in Cambodia are dead after the worst monsoon flooding in half a century. (Post)
News source(s):

Just, say, two or three more nominations after this, and then I fade back into the woodwork. I only aim here to suggest major story directions for what was looking increasingly to be a stagnant ITN section. A bit amazed that no one has nominated this story yet. - Tenebris 01:29, 14 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Updated the template with the broader article, in part because I suspect both won't survive independently on English Wikipedia. - Tenebris 05:58, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Comment - two things - Please don't use a username you're not editing as, and please ensure a suitable article actually exists before you nominate stuff here. (I note you have linked to another since I typed this.) — Joseph Fox 06:00, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Second point first, I did not understand that when I started. This is new to me, and you will notice I have been remedying. As to the first point, I don't have and will not have a Wikipedia account, for reasons you will be familiar with if you follow the main page talk page. This is the only user name I edit with. You will also see me on other article talk pages under the same name. New articles are, however, off limits to me. As a determined IP (but nevertheless not an anonymous IP), I can only correlate and improve, never create from scratch. - Tenebris 06:09, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
In fact, you can create from scratch - but you will be forced to use the articles for creation process. However, the sheer volume of your nominations to this page makes it a little strange to me that you would not create an account; it would certainly make backing up your nominations with articles (as is necessary for this section) a hell of a lot easier. — Joseph Fox 07:16, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Aw man, I just welcomed the user not realizing that it was an IP address. And the user actually exists (created back in 2006), so I didn't realize it was a different user. Can we manually replace the user name with the IP address so that people don't get confused? hbdragon88 (talk) 07:25, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Sorry to have caused confusion, Hbdragon88. Further confusion -- I too have been around Wikipedia for far too many years. (I consider it one of the Internet's most hopeful projects.) Yet further confusion -- my IP changes. (Ye Olde Dial-up, plus multiple different computers. At one point, I even overlapped with a banned user.) I do promise that if I comment on a talk page, it will always be by this name, followed by the five tildes which give time and date. I also read the relevant IP page -- but honestly, user talk pages are one of the things I don't like so much about Wikipedia.
Thank you for the information on how to create articles, Joseph Fox -- I may just take advantage of that one at some point! (But probably not soon. Currently, nearly all of my available Wiki time is spent cleaning up and expanding existing articles.) I placed my name into the template by way of accepting responsibility for the nomination, not for credit. The current volume here is simply due to my frustration at watching the ITN page stagnate for so many days, while so much is happening in the way of significant and notable news. I have never done this before, and I truly hope never to have to do this again! As to creating an account to back up a nomination -- that cuts right to the heart of why I remain a determined IP without an account. It is one of Wikipedia's principles to allow open editing in nearly all things. Given that principle, should not nominations be judged solely by content, not by whether or not the nominator has a Wikipedia account? - Tenebris 07:57, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Without willing to stretch this conversation out too far, I will admit I am of the opinion that those with accounts are generally more constructive and loyal to the website overall; I would wager that you, Tenebris, are among a very, very small percentage of constructive IPs on Wikipedia. The number of benefits that being a user gives you is, as you've been told, very long and most of them I believe you will find useful (for instance, receiving messages would be a hundred times easier on a fixed talk page, I'm sure, and the ability to track pages you're working on or interested in is a major plus) and, of course, the power to actually write articles is always a good one to have, especially if contributing to this page, one which often requires articles to be made from scratch. I won't lecture you any further; the work you're doing here is great, and I really, really hope that you elect to put these contributions under a handle in order to get the recognition they deserve. — Joseph Fox 10:03, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Will reply short short then. (1) Not going to happen.<grin> (2) Some benefits are not benefits from a different pov. (3) How can you know how many IPs quietly give constructive input without detailed stats analysis? Opinions can be misleading. (4) Did you notice two IPs came out of the woodwork on this page immediately after I posted? Okay, granted, not in the most solid way, but we were all inexperienced once. Plus, this is not the easiest Wikipedia page to find from scratch! - Tenebris 08:47, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't think 2011 Southeast Asian floods has enough prose to satisfy the content criteria yet. I split it from 2011 Thailand floods because content about flooding in other countries was lacking, and it didn't seem to make sense to have the table in an article discussing only Thailand. --Paul_012 (talk) 18:43, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • The ITN clock will have probably ticked out by now, despite the earlier supports. Thank you for having written up the article at all, Paul. So many of these things go by completely unseen. You did perhaps as thorough a job as is possible with reference only to English language media. - Tenebris 08:50, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

October 13

[Posted] Wedding of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema

Article: Wedding of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema (talk, history)
Blurb: ​King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (pictured) and Jetsun Pema, a commoner, marry in Bhutan. (Post)
News source(s):

Article updated

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: Marriage of the King of Bhutan. Today's wedding has received worldwide news coverage. Largest media event in Bhutanese history. The recent royal weddings of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and Albert II and Charlene Wittstock have appeared in ITN. A posting on ITN will further improve the quality and size of the article with increased traffic. --Scanlan (talk) 23:57, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

support for such reasons as ITNR, MINority topic ad precednce as we cant be POV in the interest of globalising. (eve though the first addition was a crap chpice)Lihaas (talk) 00:53, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Article about the wedding seems good, but I'm not sure if I like the word "commoner" in the blurb (not that I have any better, alternate suggestions either). SpencerT♦C 01:03, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Ready per ITN/R (note: I couldn't find this in the ITN/R list, could the nominator indicate where it is?). The article itself is clear and concise, which makes a nice change from most of the ITN/Rs we've seen lately. Deterence Talk 01:27, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Article looks good, underrepresented area, I had heard about this young modernizing king before so maybe other reader will have too (and would be interested to hear of his marriage). Calliopejen1 (talk) 03:11, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I also hope we can verify the permission for those the photo of the two of them, but if not, the king's press office already went through OTRS for File:King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (edit).jpg. Calliopejen1 (talk) 03:14, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Wedding of reigning monarch/head of state/head of government should be ITNR if it's not already. ... (talk) 03:16, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: This has received prominent coverage in the South Asia region. Nice, crisp article. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 03:48, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted -- tariqabjotu 04:42, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I know our policy on pics is kinda dependent on what is available but I'm not wild about the pic only having the groom in it, given that the event was a wedding. I'd rather have a pic related to another blurb for now.--Johnsemlak (talk) 14:18, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I also support cutting out the world 'commoner'. It's unnecessary and I think the blurb's fine just without it.--Johnsemlak (talk) 14:24, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I strongly agree with Johnsemlak regarding the picture. A wedding picture with just the groom seems inappropriate to the point of being disrespectful. Deterence Talk 18:48, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree that the word 'commoner' may be dropped. If we have a suitable pic with the couple together, we can put that in ... but to me even otherwise, the current pic is fine: the news is after all about the King getting married - if he had married some other chick, thats still news. If Jetsun Pema married some other dude, it would not make the news (on the assumption that said dude is not a head-of-state equivalent) ... but yes, if we have a better pic with the two, then that should be posted instead of this. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 19:15, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Listeria outbreak now second deadliest in United States history

Article: 2011 United States listeriosis outbreak (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Twenty-three people have died after eating contaminated cantaloupe in the second deadliest listeria outbreak ever in the United States. (Post)
News source(s):
  • Tentative Support - This story seems to have further developed since the last time it was an ITN candidate.--WaltCip (talk) 22:47, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: Although there is an okay paragraph at Listeriosis#Recent outbreaks, I think that if this is to be posted on ITN, the outbreak would require a separate article about the specific outbreak. SpencerT♦C 01:05, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Updated. - Tenebris 06:01, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - This is not significant enough to me, and I live in the United States. I don't believe it's internationally significant, especially since the outbreak has now ended and there were no exports. Mamyles (talk) 12:31, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Agreed with Mamyles. 23 people after three months is hardly significant - consider the thousands succumbing to easily curable diseases in East Africa every day. It's not even the deadliest listeria outbreak in the U.S., and the U.S. is an extraordinarily safe country when it comes to food-borne illnesses. JimSukwutput
  • Possibly disqualified. This listeriosis outbreak appeared at DYK recently. --Orlady (talk) 16:56, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Insider trader gets record sentence

Article: Raj Rajaratnam (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Hedge trader Raj Rajaratnam has been sentenced to 11 years in jail, the longest sentence ever handed out for insider trading. (Post)
News source(s):
  • Support. "Hedge fund billionaire at the center of one of the largest insider trading cases in history." Neutralitytalk 22:35, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: Article does not currently have a sufficient update about the sentencing, but the rest of it looks decent. SpencerT♦C 01:07, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support In the context of white-collar crime, this is a significant record. This story has enjoyed widespread media coverage. It is also rather noteworthy that "the longest sentence ever handed out for insider trading" is only 11 years. The article needs some work - there are only a couple of sentences about the conviction and the sentence. Deterence Talk 01:19, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Updated with a couple of extra sentences, including the other sentences in the case. - Tenebris 11:15, 14 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
    • Article updated. Marking [Ready]. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:19, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted I don't think the update is particularly stellar, but the timer is red and there is a decent level of background on the case (which should be under some consideration, due to the new guidelines), so I'm going with it. -- tariqabjotu 23:19, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Tuberculosis cases decline

Article: Tuberculosis#Epidemiology (talk, history)
Blurb: ​After peaking at 9 million cases, the worldwide incidence of tuberculosis, the world's second deadliest infectious disease, declines for the first time in two decades. (Post)
News source(s):

Updated the article and fixed the link. - Tenebris 06:37, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States declares bankruptcy

Article: Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania#2009-2011_Budget_Crisis (talk, history)
Blurb: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania becomes the first United States state capital to declare bankrupcty after the foreclosure crisis of 2007. (Post)
News source(s):

I don't normally do this, but the global news has been much more intense than it would seem by the ITN section. So I will add a few stories, both from the anglosphere and around the world, let the consensus go as it will. Please forgive if I slip up on the template structure -- somewhat new at this. - Tenebris 19:51, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

  • You left in another user's signature with your copy and paste. I fixed it. JimSukwutput 20:29, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Thank you. (And for future reference -- where was it?) - Tenebris 20:53, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Oppose when local governments in the US enter receivership, they are run financially by a federal Judge, which is very rarely substantially different than how they were being run, except for some layoffs and extra work for those who remain. Dualus (talk) 20:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Sorry, just a single brief comment. As a simple civic bankruptcy, this is not an exceptional story. Symbolically, however, the fact that Harrisburg happens to be a United States state capital crosses a significant line. There won't be an equivalent bankruptcy moment until a world-class city or an entire state or country goes bankrupt, if one does at all. (I would say keep an eye on Greece, but WP:CRYSTAL.) - Tenebris 21:09, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • How often does something like this occur? It didn't show up on the front page on Drudge (and before you berate me for using that as a news source, the primary reason I use it is as a litmus test on how sensational a news story is).--WaltCip (talk) 22:49, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment "How often does something like this occur?" This is the critical question. Does anyone have any numbers? Deterence Talk 01:35, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Chapter 9 has a partial list of municipal bankruptcies. I agree that Harrisburg being the capital of Pennsylvania makes this a much bigger deal, as most of the cities listed are not capitols. However, would we just update the Harrisburg page or create a separate Bankruptcy of Harrisburg article? "Bankruptcy of" articles are very uncommon; I only see two, that of Lehman Brothers and General Motors hbdragon88 (talk) 02:02, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Updated to add article (Harrisburg subsection) link. An (I suspect) incomplete list of United States cities which have gone bankrupt is at . - Tenebris 06:56, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Dennis Ritchie

Article: Dennis Ritchie (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Dennis Ritchie, creator of UNIX and designer of the C programming language, dies at 70. (Post)
News source(s):

 --emijrp (talk) 11:39, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support as a user of UNIX and C.. GreyHood Talk 11:56, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support His contribution to the computing world is enormous. --Specific Generalist (talk) 12:58, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose "Old man dies of old age" isn't exactly striking. Very limited interest subject, and something akin to the death of Al Davis earlier this week. That notable people occasionally die is not remarkable in and of itself. Resolute 13:05, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose any "Old man dies of old age" entries. Even though I have personally read The C Programming Language. Perhaps we should have a single line in the ITN box, showing only 3 names of the 3 most recent deaths? Thue | talk 13:22, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment - I don't see the WP:ITN/R entry for this.--WaltCip (talk) 13:52, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support If you had to make a list of the ten most influential computer programmers Ritchie would surely be on that list. Although most sources credit Unix primarily to Thompson there is no doubt as to Ritchie's contribution to it and yes he was the main player for C. This is a figure who created what is still a maajor programming language. Newer languages deliberately copy much of C (C++, Java, PHP etc): if you include those Ritchie-influenced languages account for well over 90% of current software development. He was instrumental in building a research operating system that was the first to showcase many new ideas and is still a major player over 40 years after its first release. He is LILP listed, and all this more than meets the second death criteria for posting. As for the comments that computer science is a narrow, fringe field: I doubt it is as fringe as suggested, and in any case that is not a criteria. If it was we wouldn't post anyone except popstars, actors and politicians. Where was this argument when we posted Steve Jobs? In the long term Ritchie's contribution will doubtless be assessed as much greater. Crispmuncher (talk) 13:59, 13 October 2011 (UTC).
  • Weak oppose, fairly notable in his field, but his work was rather niche and his death rather underwhelming. — Joseph Fox 14:17, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Per Crispmucher. Though the death was due to old age, while alive, he was one of the most notable and respected computer programmers. Lynch7 14:21, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support perhaps being in computer field i'm biased but C is basically the building block of computers as we know it so he is definitly one of the most notable people in his field of exptertise. He may not generate the amount of media frenzy that Steve Jobs did but that might be one of the reason he is better suited for ITN. -- Ashish-g55 14:37, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - As mentioned above, C is the building blocks of modern computers. Every system, including Linux, Windows, and Mac, primarily uses C. While his death isn't surprising, it is notable enough to be mentioned. Mamyles (talk) 14:41, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. Contributing to the creation of C programming language, that marked a revolution in the computer science, is a very big deal. Probably not everyone has heard about him, but C with its upgrades is something scattered deeply in the other circles of knowledge.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 15:46, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support given the huge influence of C and Unix. Hut 8.5 15:47, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. Systemic bias at work. Jenks24 (talk) 15:50, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - per Crispmuncher. One of the few natural deaths that are actually worth posting. JimSukwutput 15:54, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    Why? Think on the answer from the viewpoint of a reader. Odds are that only a tiny minority will have any idea who he is, and this is a guy whose death will be front page news absolutely nowhere. Resolute 15:56, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I hope a vast majority would heard at least something about the existence of C and Unix systems. GreyHood Talk 16:01, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose someone above made an "apples to oranges" comparison to Al Davis above. But let's compare to Steve Jobs as both are "tech guys." Jobs' death caused a pretty big public reaction and was news everywhere. Ritchie's hasn't and isn't getting much coverage. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:58, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose as while a significant person to the tech field, dying of old age is not necessary newsworthy unless he was a much more significant public figure. --MASEM (t) 16:15, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The article is very minimal, a start class. The death is not mentioned beyond the date. Not postable.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:22, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't see that myself. It is possibly a bit light on personal life but ultimately that is not of interest to most readers. The article is a good summary of what he is actually known for. Crispmuncher (talk) 16:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC).
  • Support A creator of the most widely used computer language of the last 50 years and Unix, widely used in may forms for decades. Far more worthy than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates (when he dies) Torqueing (talk) 16:46, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose: the importance of an invention is not necessarily in proportion to biographical significance of the inventor. This is one of the cases where that lack of correlation means that the death of the individual is simply not a major news story. Kevin McE (talk) 16:54, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I agree he qualifies as a significant figure in the field, but the article is currently in bad shape, barely more than a stub nothing much about his death, and half the article sources are to an unencyclopedic "quotes" section. This article needs to gets fixed before posting in ITN. Secret account 17:06, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support As the creator of the C programming language and the Unix operating system, his influence in his field and society as a whole cannot be underestimated. His ideas live on not just in the programming languages we use (C++, C#, Java and JavaScript) but in the phones in our own pockets (iOS and Android). A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 17:38, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Significant person, but as Kevin said "importance of an invention is not necessarily in proportion to biographical significance of the inventor." Neutralitytalk 17:48, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong Support. Creator of the C language and co-creator of Unix, the lingua franca of computing. A computing pioneer, his influence is hard to overstate. -Halo (talk) 18:45, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Kevin. --Mkativerata (talk) 19:00, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose - I was really on the fence with this one, but Kevin makes an important point. Swarm 19:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Unix and C are seriously big deals in computing. Unix is the basis for the Mac, iPhone, Android as well as every Linux/Unix server in the business world (yes Linux isn't technically descended from Unix, but it uses the same ideas) - and C is one of the most influential programming languages in existence and it runs on almost every platform and other languages such as Java, C++ C# and Objective C - which, along with C, are used by a huge percentage of the worlds applications are descended from C.
  • With regards to Kevin's comment I thought ITN wasn't a breaking news service - but for those people who are fans of that idea I saw it posted on the BBC. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:49, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
I would not consider he second story on the Technology page, behind announcement if the date in 12 months time on which analogue TV broadcasting will finish in N Ireland, to be evidence of a major news story. Kevin McE (talk) 06:35, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
It wasn't the second story - I saw it linked on the front page of the BBC's website. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:23, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Please don't accuse me of lying. On the list of stories on the BBC technology page, it was second. Kevin McE (talk) 18:10, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Probably we looked at the page at different times and/or are from different places - the BBC changes its content regularly. Stating that I saw it linked from the front page does not mean that you were lying to advance your case - and not what I was saying at all. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 15:22, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
Saying "It wasn't the second story" after I had said that it was is accusing me of lying. Kevin McE (talk) 16:35, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
My apologies for missing out the words "for me" from my statement. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 16:40, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support far more notable and influential than Steve Jobs. Dualus (talk) 20:34, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per Crispmuncher. Crnorizec (talk) 00:00, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support He may not be well known, but his impact in computing was far larger than people who were much more famous. C628 (talk) 01:00, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment: I'd want to see more expansion in the section about what he did relating to C and Unix (Dennis_Ritchie#C_and_Unix), to give his death a little more context. SpencerT♦C 01:11, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Is this of any help? [26] Therequiembellishere (talk) 05:53, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
As above, only if you want proof that it is lower news priority that the switch off date for Northern Ireland's analogue TV signal (24 October next year, fwiw) Kevin McE (talk) 06:41, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I thought the whole point of ITN was to cover news stories that haven't made as many global headlines. That I'm sure was the argument trotted out (probably by the same people who opposed this) when Amanda Knox was released from jail and made the front page of every news source in the world and got over 1.5 million views as it has been with every high profile event in the past. There is no reason ITN can't post high profile events like Amanda Knox' release from jail or Jobs' death, but if people are going to argue against them using the argument that coverage doesn't matter to turn around and say its super important for something else is poor form. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:15, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment--people saying that Richie is more significant than Jobs need to take a step back I think. I'm not opposing on notability grounds but the notion that 'Jobs was posted, and this guy was more significant' doesn't work for me. Leaving out two key factors--Jobs' role in creating Pixar and the fact that he died just after the pinnacle of his career--Jobs was able to take all the bits and parts and made them into devices which influenced people's lives. He changed how people listen to music; he changed how people interface their computers, not to mention his impact on the animated film industry. His influence extends beyond the tech world into music, film, design, and people's lifestyles. I am not an apple fanboy--I've owned 6 mp3 players and not one Ipod; I've never owned a Mac or an Iphone. But I recognize the guy's influence. Again I'm not opposing on notability grounds; just saying that Jobs was more significant. I do oppose on article quality and update for the moment.--Johnsemlak (talk) 14:10, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Frankly that argument seem not to appreciate Ritchie's achievements and contributions. OS X is derived from a system Ritchie created. The firmware of all Apple products are written in a language created by Ritchie or derived from it, as is Windows, MS Office etc. Jobs by his very nature was more high profile but at the end of the day his contribution was telling engineers what to make, and marketroids how to sell what had been made: his technical contributions were nil. Ritchie did not become a household name but that is not reason to underestimate his contribution: from a purely technical standpoint his contributions to Apple's own products was far greater than Jobs's ever was despite never having worked there. Quantumsilverfish (talk) 02:31, 15 October 2011 (UTC).
'Telling engineers what to make' is a lot more important than you're conceding, IMHO.--Johnsemlak (talk) 05:20, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Sure and Jobs was an extremely good manager. But still. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:15, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong Support for the reasons I have given above. Quantumsilverfish (talk) 02:32, 15 October 2011 (UTC).
  • I see a pretty decent consensus - 17 supports and 9 opposes. Article is updated, so adding [Ready]. JimSukwutput 05:02, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The article is not updated. The update is entirely unnotable specifics of his death, and a ridiculous line His death, which came a week after the death of Steve Jobs, did not receive as much media coverage. The update needs to contain substantial information beyond what the blurb would contain. If there's nothing to add, then perhaps it shouldn't be posted. I agree that there is a rough consensus here that he's notable enough but I recommend the 'ready' tag be removed until there's a suitable update.--Johnsemlak (talk) 05:18, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Also, the article reads like it was written by his mother. --Mkativerata (talk) 05:28, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Re-write an article I couldn't give a shit about? No thanks. Maybe whoever marked this "ready" should take it up. --Mkativerata (talk) 09:47, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't see any significant problems with the article. If you find a problem, fix it. JimSukwutput 16:05, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Token Oppose I know this is unlikely to change anything, but this discussion here shows how out of touch Wikipedians are. Yeah, maybe in the computer-saavy, nerdy bubble in which Wikipedia and Wikipedians reside, this guy and his innovations were earth-shattering, but the vast majority of people don't even know what C is, let alone who this guy is. C may be an important advancement in computer science, but Dennis Richie is not particularly notable on his own; after all, look at the size and nature of his article. I feel so strongly in this regard that I refuse to put this up on ITN myself. -- tariqabjotu 20:34, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I think his obituary was the most-read article on the New York Times the day he died, so he wasn't that obscure. Also, IMO we should discriminate between people like pop stars, who are just famous, and people who actually made a major technical contribution to society but are less famous. Thue | talk 22:00, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
      • Quite. We need to be clear regarding the distinction between celebrity and notability - the former is not a consideration but the latter certainly is. In the case of pop stars, actors and even things like politics it is impossible to be successful without attracting fame and celebrity. In most other walks of life you can rise to the very top of that field and still remain fairly anonymous if that is what you choose, or you can choose a more media-facing role and gain a higher profile. Not choosing the latter path does not equate to a lack of notability. You only need to look at the number of comments on this story to gauge the level of interest: few stories gain so much interest. That itself is a demonstration of notability.
        I also question why Tariq felt the need to post this comment as to why he was not posting the story. Admins are volunteers and ultimately have not duty to do anything. However, to post a comment to the effect of "I can see the consensus on this one, but I don't like it and am not going to post it" strikes me as a bad attitude. If that's the way you feel you comment as a user or you shut up about the issue. You don't do something like that which could easily influence the next admin to come along. Crispmuncher (talk) 22:21, 15 October 2011 (UTC).
        • "As a user", I don't particularly care how you feel about how I commented. -- tariqabjotu 23:13, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted Clearly there aren't enough admins who monitor this page, and if his obituary was so well-read, okay, sure... -- tariqabjotu 04:18, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

October 12

[Posted] Black Death genetic code 'built'

Article: Black Death (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Scientists reconstruct the DNA of the germ that caused the Black Death in the 14th century. (Post)
News source(s): BBC

Article needs updating
Interesting, but is this all that novel for non-forensic biology? Saying "Black Death" will get you a nice headline, but I'm wondering if there will be any impact to this for future studies. NW (Talk) 04:43, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
The research appears to have led to some notable conclusions--that the germ is the same as that that causes the plague today, and that agent is distinct from that of previous outbreaks of the plague.--Johnsemlak (talk) 08:15, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Points of notability -
1) That it *is* the same virus. That was a matter of considerable debate, given how different many of the symptoms were. (The Black Death article had previously made some note of this.)
2) The differences between the current versions and the "Black Death" versions open major research doors into what makes a virus particularly virulent, which is relevant across a wide, wide range of research. Those concerned with future influenza pandemics have a particular interest.
3) This finding also opens up research directions into why the Black Death ended at all (ie. co-interactions/evolutionary arms race with human immune systems) -- highly relevant wrt ebolas and such, especially given modern speeds of transportation/transmission.
- Tenebris 09:33, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
It's a bacterium, not a virus. Dragons flight (talk) 15:47, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
I stand appropriately corrected. Blame the lack of sleep. - Tenebris 08:35, 14 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Support. A rare item important both to history and biology. GreyHood Talk 11:20, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - It is both interesting and significant scientific progress. Mamyles (talk) 11:53, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Just plain interesting. Thue | talk 13:00, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Marking ready. Note that the highlighted DNA part of the article could/should be longer, as the source has extensive information. Mamyles (talk) 13:30, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. interesting autopsy of one of the worst serial killers in history. to answer NW 's query I dont think this will impact the future treatment of plague as that is a non issue in the era of modern antibiotics. --Wikireader41 (talk) 14:16, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Ready to post, however, does anyone feel there should be more words linked in the blurb? I'd also prefer a slightly longer update in the article, the 2011 update has just one sentence. --Tone 14:21, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Comment - where's the update? Or are the two lines at the bottom of the DNA section all we have? — Joseph Fox 14:23, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The article hasn't been updated at all, the end of the DNA section is referring to this article which was published over a month ago. The news story is referring to [27]. Hut 8.5 15:37, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I've added a one-sentence update. Hut 8.5 21:58, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Conditional Oppose according to our article, this was first reported last year. This new study only supports that claim. Am I reading it right? Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:33, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised. Scientific claims require numerous stages of verification. As long as we didn't post last year's report on ITN, I don't see a problem with posting this one. JimSukwutput 15:58, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, ITN consensus is generally that scientific discoveries be posted when they're peer reviewed, not when they're first reported.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:24, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I'm not any kind of expert on this, but the recent study is the first one to have actually sequenced the genome of the bacterium responsible. The one last year just sequenced some markers which show that it was definitely Y. pestis which caused the Black Death. Hut 8.5 21:42, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted -- tariqabjotu 04:39, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Pat Finucane apology

Article: Pat Finucane (solicitor) (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The UK government apologises for state collusion in the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane (Post)
News source(s): [28] [29]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: The collusion has been acknowledged for some time, but this is a big development in a slow-burning story. --FormerIP (talk) 12:05, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

  • I might be missing it, but I see nothing about this in Finucane's article. The most is that yesterday, they got angry with Cameron for not doing more. --Golbez (talk) 16:33, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
The article isn't updated to reflect it, but Cameron and the NI Secretary Pattison both issued apologies, which is something the previous Government declined to do - see the newslinks posted above. The family's unhappiness with the proposed review is another aspect to the story, but it is not the one I'm proposing here. --FormerIP (talk) 16:40, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
OK, article updated. --FormerIP (talk) 17:29, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
The difficulty is that the reliable sources are almost exclusively focused on the government's "change of mind" to not hold a new enquiry, rather than the apology: [30], [31], [32]. Focusing on the apology in ITN runs the risk of distorting what our reliable sources say is the newsworthy part of this, and thus appearing to be biased in favour of the UK Government. --Mkativerata (talk) 20:15, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I take that point, but "family rejects UK government proposals" could equally be seen as biased against the UK government. Does what you're saying add up to "oppose", "neutral" or "change blurb"? --FormerIP (talk) 20:27, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I don't think it adds up to anything, I'm sorry! --Mkativerata (talk) 20:46, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

As a loose, broad suggestion, I would propose that apologies -- even for major inquiries -- be entirely avoided in ITN unless they have global and future implications. There are simply too many of them otherwise. (I would propose the same for all national election results and fallen governments [see below], but that might provoke screaming.) - Tenebris 09:40, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid

Article: Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid (talk, history)
Blurb: Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid is indicted in the United States on charges of spying for the Syrian government. (Post)
News source(s): [33] [34]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Related to ongoing 2011 Syrian uprisingNeutralitytalk 19:34, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Weak oppose. I don't see this being significant in the long-run, even in Syria. It might have been a notable event in other times, but there's a lot of stuff going on in Syria right now, and this is only a small part of it. JimSukwutput 20:25, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Indictments are cheap, even in the US of A. Not even sure if its newsworthy if the guy gets convicted, but that's a ways off, if ever. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 03:40, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Obvious oppose. I dont actually see how this is newsworthy. The USA being a very famous country for its special government and government-related secrets and does have some eyes on it. (especially from the east) Indictments (i guess) are quite common in the USA (There have been quite a lot of movies like that. haha!) --Anirudh Emani (talk) 10:03, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
These last two comments are pure silliness, and simply uninformed. Indictments for espionage are not "common." It is extremely rare that someone is charged with espionage for a foreign power. (I'm not sure how many people have been charged with spying for Syria in the U.S. - perhaps a handful in the past few decades, no more). And the story relates to many ongoing international events and news themes: 2011 Syrian uprising; human rights in Syria; Syria-United States relations; Arab Spring, and espionage. Of course this is newsworthy; that's why the world press has covered this extensively.
It's plausible to argue that this isn't in the "top five most important stories." I'm fine with that. But don't claim that it's "not newsworthy," because that's obviously wrong and belied by the reporting on it in publications across the world. Neutralitytalk 17:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
They are not uninformed - indeed, it's your comment that reads like a regurgitation of what the US govt would have liked to brainwash all to believe... A little education, neut: Indictments in the US are handed down by grand juries at the behest of prosecutors acting behind closed doors with a grand jury sworn to secrecy. Only the most minimal proof is required, which is usually presented by the investigating officers and may include hearsay, conjecture, opinion, and any sort of imaginings of the officer. The defendant is usually unaware of the proceedings and certainly has no access to the proceedings or to have a lawyer present, to call witnesses, to present evidence of any kind whatsoever, to cross-examine or even to address the grand jury; certainly nothing like a conviction in open court with a jury of one's peers. If you think indictments are so big, just remember the ex-IMF chief whose US indictment was tossed out within a short time, once some of the evidence saw the light of day. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 23:15, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
It's clear you want to argue about politics. I'm not interested. None of what you said has any bearing on what ITN is about. You might want to review Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not (i.e., a forum).
You bring up the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case - hilariously, that exact story was featured on ITN on May 15 2011. And we've posted ITN stories about the same exact thing (espionage indictments): the Russian Illegals Program was featured on 9 July 2010. Neutralitytalk 00:33, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Neutrality, while you are correct in pointing out that Wikipedia is "not a forum", what Carlossuarez46 is saying is perfectly correct: federal indictments are handed out like free candy at Willy Wonka's with scant regard to the principles of natural justice. Let's wait until some actual evidence is brought to light before we run this guy's name through the media gauntlet. Deterence Talk 01:43, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Espionage indictments don't come every day. They are actually exceedingly rare. And everything we're saying, and that's in the article, has been reported in many thousands of news articles. We're not making any conclusions and we're using terms like allegedly to signify that these are preliminary claims. That's irrelevant to the actual question we should be addressing, which is "are these highly newsworthy allegations?" And clearly, based on the news coverage and how this article fits into the larger picture (2011 Syrian uprising, Arab Spring), they are. As I mentioned above, we've run notable arrests/criminal charges before, including Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the Russian spy ring, on ITN! Look, a reasonable case can be made that this isn't in the "top two or three" most significant stories right now, although clearly I think it's in the top 10 or so. (I think this is Jim Sukwutput's position). But I can't see how "running this guy's name through the media gauntlet" should play into our decision. The news is already out there and I think the only three things we should be considering are (1) the quality of our article (good); (2) the newsworthiness of the story (evident by the significant global press coverage) and (3) how does it fit in in terms of ITN topic balance (I think pretty well, as it's an international story, is interesting, fits in with ongoing themes/events). Neutralitytalk 04:33, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Indeed, we posted the DSK indictment despite a lack of consensus then and now whether we should have done. Making future mistakes because we made earlier is part of learning; apparently some people never learn. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 17:56, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

October 11

[Posted] Slovak govt fall

Article: Slovak parliamentary election, 2012 (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Slovak after Prime Minister Iveta Radičová's government falls after failing a no confidence vote over the European Financial Stability Fund. (Post)
News source(s): [35][36]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Pretty big considering its ramifications for eurozone stability Lihaas (talk) 23:37, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Comment. As far as I understand, the Slovak government has lost a confidence vote, which it will probably win when re-tabled tomorrow. If things don't pan out like that, then we may have an ITN-worthy news story. --FormerIP (talk) 00:05, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
According to RS sources support for the motion depends on the call for a new election which would mean it falls. But im all for waiting till tomorrow then.Lihaas (talk) 00:14, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
"By the end of the week", according to the Guardian article linked to above. --FormerIP (talk) 17:58, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
And: [37]. Maybe the item can still be posted, but with a new blurb. --FormerIP (talk) 18:01, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I wonder if the best idea is to highlight the article about last year's election. I'd prefer updating the PM's article or the one about the cabinet, if there's one. Otherwise, support. --Tone 07:57, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The untimely fall of a European government as a direct result of the current European sovereign debt crisis has got to be notable. But, the section in the article needs some work. For instance, the first sentence says "parliament voted to approve the expansion of the European Financial Stability Fund", but, I think it was supposed to say "parliament voted against the expansion of the European Financial Stability Fund". Deterence Talk 08:16, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
they voted for it, but it does metion th emotion failed.Lihaas (talk) 10:19, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The eurozone financial situation is the most significant current event right now. Thue | talk 12:17, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, also true that the blocking of the EFSF would be ITN-worthy in its own right. --FormerIP (talk) 12:23, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support Fall of a government based on a refuse of a fund related to the Eurozone is a very big deal, that marks the dependence of the politics in the European Union with the current financial situation.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:38, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
See above and this story [38]. The Slovak government has not fallen. --FormerIP (talk) 18:02, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Oh yes, but then the blurb should be slightly reworded. The 'no confidence vote' is very important, while the first part leads to different thoughts.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:08, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
P.S. This also means that it'll be a news if the government falls tomorrow. Until then it's only a strong precedence caused by the financial instability. The update on the page about the most recent parliamentary election in the country should also be fixed, changing the header that already states the 'fall'.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:13, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • It seems like the bailout is expected to pass anyway (judging from the stock market reactions today). The government before the no confidence motion was made up of a coalition of centre-right parties, while there is a single large centre-left party in opposition. It appears that some of the more fiscally right-wing parties in the government allied with the opposition to abstain from the motion, leading to the government's fall, but the centre-left party actually supports the bailout in principle. What's most likely to happen is a compromise between the moderate centre-right and the centre-left, resulting in a new "grand coalition". JimSukwutput 20:29, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Wow. And you accuse me of soapboxing... Deterence Talk 22:17, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Soapboxing? Do you even understand what that term means? Did I ever make a statement regarding my political stance or opinion? Every statement I made was factual analysis based on actual news reports; I was merely summing things up and providing a much-needed update on the situation. Read a couple of news articles (for once) if you don't believe me.
I'm not interested in getting into a debate over your previous misconduct on ITN. It suffices to say that the several warnings you have received from admins should have made you modify your behavior and I am disappointed that you still do not recognize your disruptive behavior in the past. But that is frankly none of my business, and certainly irrelevant to this nomination. If you wish to talk about previous "accusations", please take it to my talk page. JimSukwutput 00:01, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Per the BBC source above the bailout measure will pass BUT per the caveat i said above. Reading the article it says snap elections have been called and due in March. so the govt HAS FALLED. "In return for his support, Ms Radicova's coalition agreed to hold snap elections on 10 March, one of her ministers, Mikulas Dzurinda, confirmed." Think its ready for posting then...Lihaas (talk) 01:29, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
No!!! Early elections is not the same as a government falling. I feel like my IQ has gone down even having to post this message! --FormerIP (talk) 01:52, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
reword to snap election?
It gets the requisite support per aboveLihaas (talk) 01:59, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
This is a couldabeen story. --FormerIP (talk) 02:01, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
COULDABEEN what? it is. Not a regular election as failed a on confidence vote, thats fallen
There is no "GRAND COALITION" the agreement stipulates dissolution following debate aNd passing off the bill (expected probs tomorrow)Lihaas (talk) 02:06, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Couldabeen the fall of a government, couldabeen the blocking of the Euro bailout. Either of those things would have been ITN worthy. Early elections in Slovakia is not. --FormerIP (talk) 02:10, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Its not a coulabeen fall because parliament will be dissolved. it WILL thats agreed, ot speculatio. there is o new govt forming and its an early election FALLENLihaas (talk) 02:30, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
A new election being called as a result of the incumbent government failing a confidence vote in the House = the government has fallen. Deterence Talk 03:59, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Do we usually post successful votes of no confidence (or unsuccessful votes of confidence, like this case)? I thought we waited for the election itself. Therequiembellishere (talk) 04:07, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Unsuccessful votes of no confidence are routine and will happen numerous times in each Democratically-elected governments' term. But, successful votes of no confidence are rare and noteworthy. Deterence Talk 05:16, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Ditto, precedence doe indicate the publishing of failure of govt a nd new elections. we did it for portuagal some 6 mths ago.Lihaas (talk) 08:35, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
And Slovenia 3 weeks ago. But the article needs a better update and we have to decide what to say about the EFSF. --Tone 08:39, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Ah, okay then. And I didn't say this was an unsuccessufl vote of no confidence. This was an unsuccessful vote of confidence. It was a motion brought by the government to assess its parliamentary support with the intention showcasing strength (like the one that just happened in Italy), not a motion brought by the opposition with the intention of bringing down the government. Therequiembellishere (talk) 15:52, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
For FormerIP]s falling IQ that he hefelt. fgoverment falls
Re-reword blurb. can someone mark ready>?Lihaas (talk) 23:18, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I cleaned up the article a bit[39] and am posting it. NW (Talk) 20:15, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Embassy attack foiled

Article: Adel al-Jubeir assassination plot (talk, history)
Blurb: ​An alleged terror plot on the Saudi embassy in Washington is foiled (Post)
News source(s): ABC news

Nominator's comments: this is a developing story, press conference upcoming Hot Stop talk-contribs 17:56, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Further comment, apparently the arrested plotters are Iranian agents [40] Hot Stop talk-contribs 18:42, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Is there an article that contains this info? Without an article there's nothing to post.--Cube lurker (talk) 18:50, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Support if there is an article to link to - Major news. Mythic Writerlord (talk) 19:55, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose At this stage, the reports are woefully short on verifiable details and the allegations are little more than vaguely-worded clichés. We'll need a little bit more than yet another daily-dose of anti-Iranian rhetoric from the White House before this deserves a place in ITN. Deterence Talk 20:20, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is a major event and if the intelligence collected is accurate, this could have been a major catastrophe. I have taken the liberty of creating an article, so please, add what is needed. DarthBotto talkcont 22:00, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Just the fact that the US is accusing the Iranian government of trying to attack Saudi embassador is notable enough in itself. If it happens to be true, then that is just icing on the cake :). But the article need a good deal more "according to" hedging given that the US is not the most unbiased source (remember weapons of mass destruction in Iraq!). Thue | talk 22:13, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support because this is a big news story, but there should be very clear hedging not only in the article but also in the ITN blurb. --FormerIP (talk) 22:50, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait. Also, the article is in dire shape. I did a preliminary pass, but it needs the attention of someone who has far more time than I. NW (Talk) 00:57, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Should we post a blurb without a link to the new article in the short term so people looking for information on the Quds Force or the Saudi ambassador will have a place to go? Then we can change the blurb once the new article is ready. I think this would be a good use of ITN because this thing is all over the news and a lot of people will be coming to Wikipedia for background information on Iran and terrorism. -- Mwalcoff (talk) 03:00, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support But rewrite the blurb. It isn't very good. WikifanBe nice 04:35, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Proposed blurb: "The U.S. government states that it has foiled a Iranian-backed plot to assasinate Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, D.C." Any objections to putting it up? Better blurbs would be apopreciated, as always. NW (Talk) 14:56, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

I prefer that to mine. I'd add the Israeli embassy to the blurb though. The article seems in decent enough shape to post Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:45, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Posted with your proposed tweak. The blurb is a big long though. NW (Talk) 15:54, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, could we post a picture of the ambassador? Hot Stop talk-contribs 16:36, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
The picture found on the article is missing permissions, so we don't know whether or not it's free use.--WaltCip (talk) 16:47, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Mentioning "Iran-backed attack" in the blurb is highly controversial, and I therefore suggest an immediate change. The background of the attack is only speculation with no firm proves, and it couldn't be classified a news.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:35, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
AGREE TO PULL/REWORD the article is utter rot! (ad there are much better current articles not posted despite support thas stronger)Lihaas (talk) 17:39, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Agree that "Iranian-backed" should be removed. It is indeed speculation and the blurb is perfectly good without it. Also the bit about embassies - according to the BBC, this is supposed to have been a "first-draft" plan before the idea of targeting the ambassador emerged. --FormerIP (talk) 17:45, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Agree on changing the blurb or pulling. Poor article, biased blurb, dubious event (or non-event). GreyHood Talk 17:51, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but the US government did in fact state that it was Iranian backed, and the fact that they stated this is what makes it notable in my opinion. I say leave it the way it's not saying it was Iranian backed, it's saying the US government said it was. Ks0stm (TCGE) 18:06, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Get what you're saying, but the blurb isn't clear about that and think it would be difficult to make it clear without occupying the whole of the ITN box. --FormerIP (talk) 18:08, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps add "allegedly" before Iranian backed? That's the best solution I can think of. Ks0stm (TCGE) 18:10, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Tweaked as suggested, though I have my reservations as to whether it was necessary or not. The blurb is way too long now though, and really was even before this. NW (Talk) 18:18, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
So, you could take out the part about embassies as suggested above. --FormerIP (talk) 18:23, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Seems better, but also might lead to a POV. Frankly, we have a blurb with United States blaming Iran for plotting terrorist attack. On the other hand, a section of the key article in the blurb is tagged with POV template. I doubt many of our readers would like to alight on another dispute, rather than read the truth.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:25, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Pull the article has two orange tags which need fixing before it is posted. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:22, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
Pulled for the time being. A disputed tag at the top of the article is not appropriate for main page. When this is fixed, we can put it back. --Tone 21:46, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Repost "allegedly"? "POV"? What is the POV? That this plot was a CIA hoax? Come on folks. This act of war is notable and of interest to our readers and not even Ahmedinejad is denying it. μηδείς (talk) 21:53, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
    His government, including aides to Ahmadinejad, have denied that there was any such plot. (How much credibility those denials have is a different matter, but they certainly aren't admitting to the plot.) Dragons flight (talk) 22:07, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Another outright lie, Medeis. Do you even care about what you're writing? ITN has enough false rumors going around without another user pulling facts out of his ass. JimSukwutput 23:59, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose reposting. How low have our standards fallen when sentences like this are put on the main page to be read by millions? "This has been considered an attempted terrorist plot, or perhaps by some, such as Senator Carl Levin, even an act of war, if indeed it was sponsored by the Iranian government as some have claimed it was." JimSukwutput 00:06, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • The tags appear to have been resolved NPOV wise, and if no one objects I will repost this in 20 minutes. In the meantime I will attempt to fix that sentence mentioned by Jim. Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:20, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • I think I have fixed that sentence now. Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:26, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
      • The tag was not resolved; it was removed arbitrarily by a user, put back on, and removed again. Chances are it's likely to be put on again (no comment on whether it is justified). The horribly written sentence wasn't my only objection either - the article right now is under several edit conflicts with many users putting up uncited or unverifiable (OR) statements, which is common for hot topics like this. I do not understand why we cannot wait until we have a well-cited, well-written article with verifiable details before posting this. We're not responsible for breaking news. JimSukwutput 00:27, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
        • Taking a look at the page history, I see your concerns about page stability, and that's enough to convince me to not repost at the moment. I'm just somewhat concerned that while we wait for it to become stable/"better" it will go stale, as well as how good we should consider "good enough"'s not like it will be a GA within the time we could post it on ITN or anything. I will say though that for a current event article it seems to be fine otherwise (well cited, reasonably good prose, not wanting for updates, etc). Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
          • I'm not that concerned about it going stale. My opinion is that if we cannot have a well-cited, neutral article going on the main page, then it's better for it not to go on the main page at all. The article has little information, and what little it has is mostly speculative and original research, which the author of the article has managed to retain through revert warring against half a dozen other users.JimSukwutput 00:41, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
            • Well, I'm perfectly inclined to wait and see how it goes...the reposting was mostly a suggestion. I was concerned by the high amount of reverting on that page though, so I'm going to keep an eye on that. Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:43, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
              • After several attempts to remove the OR material and trying to reason with the author, I must say that I have failed. JimSukwutput 00:51, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

I was just about to waltz over and leave a "let's all just calm down here..." message but it appears he has been blocked. Hopefully others will clean up the article now and it'll get in shape for posting. Ks0stm (TCGE) 00:57, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

  • This one now looks cleaned up and ready to re-post. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 07:35, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
but you cant use past consesus on a new state of aticle. we dint do so for bolivia protests or the above slovak changed.Lihaas (talk) 08:38, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

May I point out that if you post every foiled plot on ITN, even limiting it to potentially significant actions (WP:CRYSTAL), you will have thousands of ITN blurbs each year? Nor has the number really risen -- quite steady for years, decades, possibly even centuries. (Compared to some histories, we live in very stable times.) These things used to go below the viewer radar. Now a very big deal is made of each, but only when they fit a particular template. (Do I really have to say what that template looks like?) - Tenebris 09:52, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Can you point to any other foiled state-sponsored terror attacks in the last year? I don't think they are that common. (talk) 14:44, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
For openly available (non-classified) material, try starting with this FBI report for 2002-2005. Although they include arsons and such, note the number of domestic bombings and prevented bombings you never heard about on the news. - Tenebris 19:33, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
Looking at the list at the bottom, I don't see many state-sponsored attacks at all. I supported this blurb above because of the influence on interstate relations. Thue | talk 21:11, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Interesting. We have already gone from "any" to (not) "many". And of course, the way this particular foiled plot has been presented in the media and on the world stage has nothing whatsoever to do with next year being a major domestic election year. - Tenebris 21:27, 13 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
The "not many" was just because I was too lazy to actually read the whole list. Of the part I read, I couldn't find any. Can you point to any. Not to mention that that list covers 25 years, so even if they are "not many", they can still be called rare enough to post ITN. Thue | talk 22:25, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Atilla Altıkat won't even be on that list. The Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide had a habit of targetting diplomatic personnel around the world (including inside the United States), successfully more often than not. You could consider the JCAG the equivalent of Ireland's IRA, even to the point of having a simultaneous political wing (Armenian Revolutionary Federation). An unsuccessful assassination plot against Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (you might know him better as the former Shah of Iran) was attempted by agents of the Soviet Union -- about as state-sponsored as it gets. Some truly interesting news has just emerged about just who was behind the assassination of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, which led directly to the deaths of some million people. (Debating whether it is solid enough yet to nominate for ITN above.) Those are just some of the most high profile state-linked assassination attempts within the past three decades. ... And we won't even go into just how many documented state-sponsored attempts there were to assassinate Fidel Castro. (Or don't those count?) - Tenebris 02:24, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
The attempts on Castro do count. I just think that all of the attempts you mention were notable to feature ITN. Thue | talk 09:09, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Although, interestingly, even though a few of them overlapped the existence of ITN, they were never once seen as notable enough even to mention here. The advocates of this one, on the other hand, are so determined to have it up that I am starting to get dizzy from the post-pull-post-pull. Oh, how I wish we could occasionally raise our eyes from partisan politics and close our ears to pundits! (Btw in his speech about the non-incident, Obama carefully did not say that it was state-sponsored.) - Tenebris 10:12, 14 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Oppose re-posting per above. Rm [Ready] mark. GreyHood Talk 11:19, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment The article hasn't changed much since the author was blocked. JimSukwutput 14:10, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment In removing reference to alleged state-sponsored terrorism, the significance of this event is not represented in the blurb. This isn't significant simply because an attack was foiled, but that the United States accuses Iran. Perhaps the blurb could be reposted as something like "The United States accuses Iran of supporting a foiled plot to attack the Saudi Embassy in Washington", which would maintain neutral POV while justifying significance. This is a sweeping world event that should not be ignored by ITN. Mamyles (talk) 16:34, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
    • Actions speak more than words. Statements of condemnation are issued all the time by ambassadors of countries. They're generally inconsequential until a formal declaration of war actually occurs.--WaltCip (talk) 17:36, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
      • This event cannot be generalized with other condemnations - it has already resulted in sanctions by the United States, and Saudi Arabia is considering severing diplomatic ties. If war is declared that would warrant another, separate ITN blurb. Mamyles (talk) 17:55, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Cough Yeah, I think a declaration of war between the USA and Iran might even be ITN/R ;-) Deterence Talk 01:56, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
And again - more sanctions? Really? Do you have any idea how many U.S. sanctions against Iran already existed before? The sum total of the new sanctions is that United States citizens are prohibitted from engaging in transactions with the specific five people who have been designated as involved in the plot. In addition, their assets are frozen. That is it! (To be exact, it builds upon the pre-existing Executive Order 13224, not anything new.) As to Saudi Arabia cutting off diplomatic ties - note that it has not actually done so. - Tenebris 10:43, 14 October 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Reposted C'mon people. -- tariqabjotu 04:37, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    I can't see a clear consensus for re-posting here. Even if the article is in better shape, we didn't agree to post the blurb with almost same wording. The deny of the plot is also part of the story, and should be included in the blurb to prevent the NPOV violation.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 08:13, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
    I agree with the reposting. The phrasing of that blurb makes it clear that the support is alleged, which is neutral POV. Details on the incident are in the article - a blurb can only be so long. Mamyles (talk) 12:12, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Ukraine ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko jailed

Article: Yulia Tymoshenko (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is jailed for 7 years over the abuse of office when brokering the 2009 gas deal with Russia. (Post)
News source(s): [41]

Article updated

Nominator's comments: We have discussed her arrest in August and agreed to wait until the end of the trial. GreyHood Talk 11:29, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, I remember commenting on this in August. Some very analytical, incisive, constructive and relevant comments. That apart Support, its an ex-PM getting convicted and jailed. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 11:41, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Strong support This is really a very important judgement with too much ado through the media during the proceedings.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 12:24, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment The article along with its update is in very decent shape.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 12:30, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I don't think there is any need to justify why this should be posted. One of the world's most powerful woman (according to Times) convicted of a crime close to corruption is clearly significant, she isn't just another minister or adviser, she was the leader of a major European country. YuMaNuMa (talk) 12:44, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support A rather clear candidate as others above has argued. __meco (talk) 12:48, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Posting. Photo can be added as well. --Tone 14:27, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Can we swap out the photo? The microphone and the finger on her lips are both a bit unusual. A crop of File:GeorgeBush-Juliia Tymoshenko (2008)-Ukraine.JPG might work better I think. NW (Talk) 14:57, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
This one [42] would be better too. Hot Stop talk-contribs 15:02, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
I agree that File:Yulia Tymoshenko, 2010.JPG would be better. I've included it on the right, though someone might like to crop it a bit too. (oh and post-posting support) Modest Genius talk 15:05, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Looks boring. GreyHood Talk 15:08, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Why do all of her photos look like casting promos for Star Trek? Nightw 16:32, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
In fact it is a kind of ethnic Russian/Ukrainian hairstyle, which might just have been borrowed to Star Trek like kokoshnik for Star Wars. And Tymoshenko's plait is a popular source for jokes in Russia/Ukraine. The most recent one is that now a classic riddle "What is a girl in jail, her plait outside free?" (Сидит девица в темнице, а коса на улице?) answers not only carrot :) GreyHood Talk 16:52, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
This is just nit-picking but I agree with Greyhood. The former picture is a much more interesting photo. Notwithstanding the blase feel of the current one but the microphone and finger aren't "unusual". It's a picture of Tyomoshenko reacting at the trial. That makes it's already eye-catching light, angle and posture even more interesting. And for journalistic purposes, it fits directly with the blurb. Kind of like this beauty. Therequiembellishere (talk) 16:02, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

MENA Sticky

Article: Arab Spring (talk, history)
Blurb: sticky' (Post)

Nominator's comments: Time to sticky again. Libya finishing, Yemen prominence with Karman and Saleh talk of stepping down, Saudi stepping up, Bahrain continous, Syria ongoing, Egypt hotting up and Tunisia violence contiues (with elections approaching) Lihaas (talk) 03:06, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose - We've posted maybe two Arab Spring-related stories in the past month; a sticky just isn't needed. If we're overwhelmed by these stories like we have been in the past, we can then consider it. Swarm 03:19, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose What significant new events are there that justify a sticky? The point in using stickies is so that we don't have a constant stream of normal ITN blurbs on the same topic. Nothing on this topic has even been nominated recently. Modest Genius talk 15:06, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Sigh ... what you really mean is that fifty-odd people being killed a day in various Arab Spring-related protests is no longer United States front page news, now that the primaries are slowly gearing up. The stories are still most definitely there, and have been every single day. If you want to find them, just clear your cookies and cache (Google algorithms like to show you only the kinds of things you normally look for), then go to Google News and type in your choice of Syria, Tunesia, Egypt (very tense situation there re Israeli-Egypt treaty, one of only two Israel has with the Arabic world), or Yemen. For the others, you have to search a little more, but they are there. - Tenebris 19:16, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

A "sticky" isn't a measure of how important we judge something to be. As Modest Genius said, it's just so that we don't have to constantly posting new blurbs on the same topic (which is not currently an issue). With so many things apparently happening, I would urge Lihaas (and you) to nominate Arab Spring-related events individually for consideration. After all, they certainly won't get posted if nobody nominates them in the first place. Regards, Swarm 19:31, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

October 10

Anthony Calvillo becomes all-time passing yards leader in football

Article: Anthony Calvillo (talk, history)
Blurb: Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes becomes the all-time passing yards leader in professional football league history. (Post)
News source(s): [43]

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: this probably has a snowball's chance in hell, but I thought I would nominate it regardless. This record encompasses both the NFL and the CFL and is a major accomplishment for any quarterback. The only current quarterback who has a chance of beating this record is Peyton Manning and that is very unlikely. --PlasmaTwa2 22:52, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose - I'm not even opposing this on centrism grounds, never mind the fact that cricket records tend to not be posted on ITN either. The fact of the matter is that there are many records of this sort in the NFL. Its notability therefore is very limited even within the scope of its own sport.--WaltCip (talk) 00:25, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Cricket records have been posted, though some get rejected. Passing yards for quarterbacks is one of the major records in North American footbal.--Johnsemlak (talk) 03:01, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I am a sports fan and if this were something along the lines of 'all-time passing yards leader in NFL history' then I would consider it, but even from Australia I know that the CFL is an inferior league to the NFL. If I mentioned Peyton Manning to my friends, quite a few would know who he is, but I doubt anyone would have heard of Anthony Calvillo or even his team, the Montreal Alouettes. To be honest, if Calvillo is such a good player he would be playing in the NFL, not the CFL. Jenks24 (talk) 06:08, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. We very, very rarely post sporting statistics, and even then only the single most important statistic for a player at the undisputed top level of their sport, and only in major sports. Examples would be the most home runs ever in the MLB, most runs in Test cricket, most victories in Formula One Grands Prix, most points in the NBA, etc. This nomination is not on that level of significance. Modest Genius talk 14:11, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Polish Elections 2011

Article: Polish parliamentary election, 2011 (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Civic Platform wins a plurality following an election. (Post)
News source(s): [44]

Article updated

Nominated event is listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: this is an ITN/R story, only requires some updating. Crnorizec (talk) 08:02, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Hmm.... i dont feel this requires and ITN blurb... since the dude has been the prime minster since '16 November 2007' and the events where the prime minister is replaced are ITN worth. (False postitive?) Anyways... i oppose... --Anirudh Emani (talk) 11:35, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Incorrect, so your opposition is misplaced. Nightw 11:42, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Second that. General elections are always ITNR, regardless if the opposition party/-ies topple the government or not. Obvious support if someone is kind enough to see the article is updated with prose (numbers are currently in, but ITN requires a prose update too). --hydrox (talk) 12:48, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
If the results are out, please update the article. We can post it when that's been done, but why bother nominating it until it has been? Nightw 11:42, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support if updated--♫GoP♫TCN 14:26, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment This is ITN/R and does not need further consensus. Election results are 99.48% reported, so it is clear who the winner is (see here for example). JimSukwutput 15:55, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support in principle. The article now seems to be sufficiently updated.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:23, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Not Ready It needs a much stronger section on the outcome - coalitions - of the election. Currently, the discussion of each party, and the implications of the election upon each party, is wholly unsourced and reads like WP:OR. It has an extraordinarily comprehensive section on the pre-election opinion polls. Deterence Talk 19:04, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Alright, resident WP psephologist is at work. Expanded, full results expected today.
UPDATE: Cleaned the page up but theres a massive uncited sectio (except for 1 cite i just added). Results should be in about 12 hours or less from now and will then be updated by m,e or aother. Also changed the blurb to consistet ones on these issues.Lihaas (talk) 01:35, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
The results section is somehow updated, though I would prefer a full table. Posted. --Tone 11:57, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
PULL IT now its not updated at all. Were waiting for the full results and right now its pov to only list the major parties' results based on less tha 100% of precincts.
As i did the up-date i think i know what im talking about..Lihaas (talk) 12:20, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Very well. --Tone 12:28, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Thx, ad sorry. some ips are already makig unsourced changeds;)Lihaas (talk) 13:11, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
No worries. Let me know when you've finished. --Tone 19:52, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
All set ow..Lihaas (talk) 21:23, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Here it is. Nice job. --Tone 22:00, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

2011 Champions League Twenty20

Article: 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (talk, history)
Blurb: ​The Mumbai Indians defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. (Post)
News source(s): ESPN Cricinfo, BBC Sport

Article needs updating

Nominator's comments: Highest T20 cricket tournament for domestic T20 teams. Winners/runner ups of the KFC Big Bash (Australia), IPL (India), Pro20 (South Africa), HRV Cup (New Zealand), Caribbean Twenty20 (West Indies), Friends Life t20 (England) and Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament (Sri Lanka) played the tournament. I know I will be stretching it to compare it to the Football Champions League, but this is roughly the equivalent of the same for Cricket. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 01:46, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Support - Major sports league with international reach.--WaltCip (talk) 02:22, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Is this ITN/R? If not, it's for good reason. This tournament is far from the top of its field. First Twenty20 remains secondary to Test and One Day cricket, major events of which we post here. Secondly, this is not a tournament between nations, it is a tournament between domestic teams. In that respect, it is a cricketing novelty designed to make a buck. It has zero significance. Unlike soccer, cricket remains a sport played at the highest level by nations, not clubs or other entities. Certainly the coverage in Australia has been scant. If we are to post any 20/20 cricket, it ought to be the ICC World Twenty20. --Mkativerata (talk) 02:34, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Unless it's ITN/R. This is just a domestic cricketing league where they play a bastardised version of the game that has only recently received any recognition from the cricketing world. Deterence Talk 04:53, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Clearly a knee-jerk reaction as shows no sign that the article was read before posting that comment. Mtking (edits) 19:54, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • You could at least try to remain civil and refrain from unfounded personal attacks. While this tournament may appear to have some international flavour it is essentially an Indian cricket tournament with some high-profile international teams/players thrown-in to boost its profile and distinguish it from the IPL as different cricketing leagues vie for dominance. Deterence Talk 23:16, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Agree that its of lesser significance than the ICC World Twenty20 and I'm not a huge fan of T20 myself ... but nevertheless I feel this is an important enough tournament. Yeah, its not on ITN/R yet but I can see a discussion on the talk page where its suggested that it go through ITN/C first. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 05:27, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose not a domestic league (did Deterence even read this thread, yet alone the article?), but we already have, and have had this year (May 29) the IPL. Suggest discussion among those with an interest in cricket and ITN to decide which one of the two merits a slot on ITN/R from next year. Given the relative unimportance of club (as opposed to international) cricket, couldn't support two club events at ITN/R. Kevin McE (talk) 06:35, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
It's an Indian tournament in everything but its name. Paying international players exorbitant sums of money to participate does not make this an international event. Deterence Talk 06:55, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
That would describe the IPL, but not this event. Kevin McE (talk) 16:49, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Cool story bro. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 07:59, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
The lack of ITNR status does not imply that a consensus has been reached that this is not sufficiently notable. I'm neutral on this one. I think the IPL has proven to be a very notable tournament and I wouldn't drop that one for now. The comparison here for me isn't the Champions League but rather the FIFA Club World Cup, which was not posted last year.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:22, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as an international club cricket tournament. Mtking (edits) 19:54, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose this year: the tournament currently receives little coverage outside of India and those clubs that are participating. I followed the tournament due to Somerset's involvement, but otherwise wouldn't have given a monkey's about it. On the other hand, it seems to be gaining more prestige and importance, so next year's competition may have a good claim. I would suggest that between this and the IPL though, this is the better to have on ITN: the IPL is purely an Indian domestic competition, this at least has some claim of worldwide appeal. At the moment, I'd have neither. Harrias talk 20:19, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose we post more than enough sport as it is, both via ITNR and other one-off events. This is a recurring event that does not represent the pinnacle of the sport. This league has little historical significance or worldwide notability even within that sport. I don't see anything of a stand-out nature to justify an ITN post, yet alone ITNR status. Crispmuncher (talk) 21:36, 10 October 2011 (UTC).
  • Oppose. As a cricket watcher and contributor, I only caught up with the fact that this tournament was going on when it was virtually over, even though my team, Somerset, were involved. It seems to me to be primarily a domestic tournament, or at least an offshoot of the domestic IPL with a rather doubtful international element grafted on, and to my mind is more showbiz than cricket. That said, if in future years it can become truly international in terms of venues and participants, then it might be worth considering at that stage. But for now, no. BTW, for User:Crispmuncher above, I have no problem with sports events being in ITN: they reach an awful lot of people and are often 'good news' stories. But this one doesn't work for me. Johnlp (talk) 22:27, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
comment this is NOT a domestic league per discussio on ITNR which was then not opposed. Its international with every [major] cricket test country, except Pak but that politicalLihaas (talk) 01:17, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
I must agree with Lihass. Two opposes here have erroneously called this a domestic tournament. It may be primarily popular in India but the tournament certainly has solid international credentials.--Johnsemlak (talk) 03:22, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Comment: Yeah, while some of the arguments against posting these makes sense (like how cricket is still an international-team focused game and not club-focused yet), I didnt even feel the need to refute the first claim that its a domestic tournament - until a couple of more opposes were made on those lines. The tournament (no doubt inspired by the success of the IPL) was first founded by the three boards of India, Australia and South Africa. After that other boards also jumped in. Now we have the winners/runner ups of the KFC Big Bash (Australia), IPL (India), Pro20 (South Africa), HRV Cup (New Zealand), Caribbean Twenty20 (West Indies), Friends Life t20 (England) and Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament (Sri Lanka) playing the tournament. I will concede that certain facets do have an Indian taste to it but that's only reflective of India's clout in international cricket - that doesn't make this a domestic tournament. Any such claim is, in fact, a slap in the face of the other participating cricket boards. As regards venue: 2 out of the 3 tournaments have been played in India (and one in South Africa), but then the first three cricket world cups were hosted in England (before you jump at me: I wouldnt even dare equate the two). All of these are reflective of the commercial viability and popularity of the sport (and relative strength of boards) at that particular time. Chocolate Horlicks (talk) 05:48, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, though I guess I'm way too late. I was going to nominate this, but well, RCB were losing, and I switched off the TV. Lynch7 12:22, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Oppose per my comments on WT:ITNR. With the exception of the IPL, domestic (club level) cricket serves mostly as a means to develop players for the international teams. We should certainly post the international T20 tournaments (ICC World Twenty20 is already on ITNR), but not the club ones. Besides, the IPL is also in ITNR, which is enough club level T20 already. If we should add any more cricket to ITN, it should be from the Test / first-class form of the game, not T20. And I'm not convinced that there are any obvious tournaments to add there. Modest Genius talk 14:23, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Articles: Thomas J. Sargent (talk, history) and Christopher A. Sims (talk, history)
Blurb: Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims share the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to macroeconomics. (Post)
News source(s): Official Nobel press release BBC Google News

Both articles updated

One or both nominated events are listed at WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event should in itself merit a post on WP:ITN, subject to the quality of the article and any update(s) to it.

Nominator's comments: The winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences will be announced in about 10 hours. Obviously, the article needs to be updated appropriately before posting. The winners have been announced. --OCNative (talk) 01:14, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment. Blurb should say "Nobel prize for economics", since this is the common, non-pedantic name for the award. --FormerIP (talk) 01:17, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Indeed. I don't recall ever having read the label "economic sciences" as a substitute for "economics" and it requires a fair bit of connect-the-dots before I allow myself to accept that economics is a science, in the broadest sense of the term (in the same was that psychology is a science). Deterence Talk 06:21, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • More soapboxing. ITN is not a section to express your personal opinions about a particular field of study; it's a section for evaluating the notability of nomination and the quality of their updates. Here the official name of the award uses the term "Economic Sciences", and hence that is exactly what we will put on the main page, even if some users disagree with the implication of the title. Meanwhile, if you wish to engage in a debate about what exactly is a science and what isn't, I'll be happy to join you in a talk page or in private correspondence. JimSukwutput 07:51, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Think you may be missing the point. [45] The official title is "Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel". It's known to every man, woman and child as "Nobel Prize for Economics", though, which is what we should put in the blurb. --FormerIP (talk) 11:23, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
The official title uses the term "Economic Sciences", hence that is exactly what we will include on the main page. Deterence was trying to change this by stating his personal opinion that economics is not a science, and hence he wishes to artificially omit part of the award's title. This is anti-intellectual bigotry, and has no place in ITN where we state facts as they are and not as we wish.
I know that you made a separate point, saying that the Nobel Prize in Economics is a more common term. That fact I do not dispute, and I see your reasoning here. However, I still prefer a wording more in line with the official title (Notice that on the English Wikipedia the title is Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) There is very good reason that the prize used the term "Economic Sciences" and "Nobel Memorial Prize", and by avoiding these terms intentionally we are effectively acting against the intentions of the award committee, which is not something that we should do unless there are extremely good reasons to. JimSukwutput 15:34, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Given that saying 'Economic Sciences' only adds one more word to the blurb (depending on the wording), I don't think it makes the blurb too wordy. I normally prefer to stick to the usage used by the mainstream press in ITN blurbs but perhaps here we have a good opportunity to differentiate In the News from mainstream news sources by using the correct term.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:37, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
ya im going to go with Jim on this one. Use what is official. -- Ashish-g55 16:45, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Both articles updated. As with all the other Nobel Prizes, the update is quite brief, but I do not find that a problem. Nobel Prizes (except the Peace Prize) are awarded to celebrate academic contributions over a long period of time and we have two pretty good articles on what exactly those contributions were. JimSukwutput 16:05, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 20:03, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
I don't want to provoke a fight (or a posting war) but these are both borderline stubs without much content. Christopher Sims in particular is only just barely referenced (three of four references are used just to tell us where he works and that he won a Nobel). It would be nice to see both of these expanded. Dragons flight (talk) 02:49, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
The articles for the Nobel Prize winners of physiology/medicine and physics are quite short as well. Academics working in technical fields tend not to have detailed articles, in part because not many people truly understand their work, and in part because there is not a big audience on Wikipedia. Biographies of economists tend to be even worse than those of the natural scientists. Whereas there are close projects for collaboration in many natural science fields that have managed to create quality articles relatively undisturbed by edit warring and agenda-based edits, this is not true for economics, mainly because it attracts a lot of misguided attention from folks who vastly overestimate their knowledge of the field. Given this, I was actually quite surprised that we managed to have two decent short articles on the economists at the time of the posting. JimSukwutput 04:13, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
For comparison, yours are:
I'm not encouraging a fight (and please no one try to pull them), but yes they can be expanded more than they have. Sims's article in particular is pretty weak and should be improved from its current stub-labelled state. Dragons flight (talk) 04:54, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

October 9

[Posted] Dexia nationalized

Article: Dexia (talk, history)
Blurb: France and Belgium agree to nationalize Dexia, Belgium's biggest bank. (Post)
News source(s): New York Times

Article updated

Nominator's comments: This is Belgium's biggest bank going down. According to the NYT article, Dexia "is the biggest euro zone bank failure in quite some time". According to the NYT article, a main problem was that Dexia held €20b of greek bonds. France and Belgium will buy different parts of the bank. Thue

  • Support - "Biggest euro zone bank failure in quite some time". Marcus Qwertyus 21:37, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Caution. There seem to be conflicting reports about this. Perhaps a subsidiary of Dexia will be nationalised [46], perhaps a break-up deal for Dexia has been proposed but not yet agreed [47]. It seems like something is about to happen but hasn't quite happened yet, maybe. --FormerIP (talk) 23:34, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support An agreement has been reached. The government of Belgium will buy Dexia's operations in Belgium for €4 billion.[48] Dexia is a big, multinational bank employing 35k+ personnel, and given that Dexia has been sufficiently updated, I think the story is go for posting. --hydrox (talk) 07:54, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per Hydrox. Added [Ready]. JimSukwutput 07:58, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 12:43, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
The Belgian division of the bank only is to be nationalised [49]. The blurb should be changed to reflect this. --FormerIP (talk) 12:45, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Indeed, the blurb should maybe read: The government of Belgium buys Dexia's operations in the country for €4 billion. or The government of Belgium buys Dexia's operations in the country for €4 billion, after the bank suffers heavy losses in the European sovereign debt crisis. --hydrox (talk) 13:06, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Too long. What about partially nationalize? --Tone 14:44, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
You sure? The underlined one is only 12 letters longer than the current one. If you wanna mention countries, you should mention Luxembourg as well, as they're one party in the deal. --hydrox (talk) 14:48, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
France and Belgium agree to nationalize the Belgian division of Dexia bank. ? --FormerIP (talk) 14:50, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
According to the NYT article, "Dexia’s French municipal financing arm would be split from the group and merged with the French state bank Caisse des Dépôts and the banking arm of the French postal service, Banque Postale." So part of Dexia's French operation is being bought by French state-owned firms, which also have to count as nationalization IMO. Thue | talk 14:56, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
NYT story is old. The biggest news is that all of Belgian operations are being nationalized, at least on BBC. "partly nationalized" is a good compromise I guess, but should Luxembourg be also listed alongside France and Belgium? --hydrox (talk) 15:03, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
To be more specific, the NYT story was filed before any official announcement was made. The French arm is to receive public financing but is not being nationalised, according to Reuters. It seems that Dexia is still in talks to nationalise its Luxembourg arm, but that also seems to be a comparatively small part of the bank. --FormerIP (talk) 15:14, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • So what's the decision? The blurb still seems to imply that whole of Dexia was nationalized? --hydrox (talk) 17:10, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Okay, finally someone changed the blurb. --hydrox (talk) 18:45, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

[Posted] Clashes in Egypt

Article: Timeline_of_the_2011_Egyptian_revolution_under_Supreme_Council_of_the_Armed_Forces#October (talk, history)
Blurb: ​Hundreds injured and at least 25 killed as violent clashes between Coptic Christians and the army erupt at the Maspiro demonstration in Cairo. (Post)
News source(s): Egyptian Military attacks Alhurra TV, Protesters marching to Maspero met with violence, Video Shows Egyptian Police Beating a Christian Protester
Article updated

 — The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 19:33, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Support: As the nom. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 19:33, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
I see no update. Please, provide some content when nominating, not just external links... --Tone 19:36, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
Ok, things got ugly, indeed. Still, we should wait the things get clearer. Most likely I'll support posting then. --Tone 20:01, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
Support but with conditions Blurb should reflect the protests. The military attacked Christian sites. So, something like "19 people are killed and 150 injured following protests by Coptic Christians against the military." Christian should be somewhere in the blurb. source. WikifanBe nice 21:16, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
There are/were many muslims and non-believers among the protesters. wait for the content and Im waiting for some activists to post some of the pics of flickr to put a picture on the event :-) -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 21:28, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
The protests were about Coptic Christian grievances (church burning prior to protests) and they led the riots. WikifanBe nice 23:28, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
Neither I think there were many non-believers, nor I think there were any non-believers.--♫GoP♫TCN 14:32, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - 3 killed may have been soldiers. Marcus Qwertyus 21:34, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support If for no other reason than to show how brave Egyptian soldiers are. But, the blurb is currently incoherent: "At least 100s are injured and 19 killed as death toll climbs increase between protesters and Egypt’s Army"? Deterence Talk 04:53, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Can other editors besides the nom amend the blurb? WikifanBe nice 06:54, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: Death toll increasing, at least two Activists were killed and the event is the most public opinion in Middle East as fears are increasing since the state-run TV is kind of promoting for Sectarianism. --   Amr  07:56, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: Death toll increased to 23, very violent reactions from the army and security forces. (I also changed the blurp slightly) [50] ¬ jujimufu (talk) 08:56, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
New blurb is a definite improvement, but needs to be tightened. 24 fatalities shouldn't be described as "tensions." New 24 deaths and 200 injured, not 100. WikifanBe nice 09:51, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Better? ¬ laonikoss (talk) 11:26, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Very much. But Christian/Coptic should be in the blurb somewhere. WikifanBe nice 16:35, 10 October 2011 (UTC)