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Planes:The Transport Journal/Issue 6

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The newsletter for SpottingWorld projects

Issue 6, Monday 28th January 2008 About the Transport Journal

Trains  • Planes  • Trucks  • Ships  • Balloons
The SpottingWorld family

Editor's notes
Hello happy happy readers of the Journal!

Firstly, can I aplogise for not writing last issue! I had lots of things to do off wiki, and i am grateful to Tbo for stepping in at the last minute (Saturday!!!) and ably creating and delivering Issue 5!

As we leave January behind we can safely say that it has been a great start to the year for all the SpottingWorld projects. At Trains we have an assessment scheme, RfA, a fully functional Station Cafe, and lots more! At planes, not much progress has been made, but we are very pleased to announce that we finally have 1 active member, who is slowly hacking through the tedious job of bringing planes up to date. I won't mention his name here, but this is just a personal thanks!

So, that's it from me, but remember: YOUR WIKI'S NEED YOU!


All users are welcome to submit content for this newsletter, regardless of whether they are an editing volunteer, at Project:The Transport Journal/Submit.

Message from first issue

Hi and thanks for subscribing to The Transport Journal. The Transport Journal was set up to inform users of SpottingWorld projects of the latest goings on in our projects including new processes, current big discussions, any events and some news as well as the goings on in the real transport world. We hope that this weekly newsletter can get users more involved with the community by informing users of what is going on. This will become more useful as the community grows larger.

Thanks, Tbo 157 12:33, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

PSW Announcements

Current PSW local editor : Tbo 157

TSW Announcements
Latest news/requests/announcements
  • It has been suggested that newsletters for different "Big Four" rail companies, British Railways Regions and the later BR sectors - Network SouthEast, InterCity, Railfreight, Regional Railways etc. Would you like to see these as either regular newsletters? Or perhaps the odd supplement with the Transport Journal? Or perhaps a new section withing the current Journal format? Well, you can comment!
  • A very important request now: This applies mainly to FanFic articles, but can any user creating new articles please ensure that the namespace is correct. For Fan Fiction, the namespace is FanFic, not Fanfic as many users have been naming articles. It gets very frustrating for the admins who have to move the pages and then delete their now orphaned original pages!
  • In addition, imporvement is needed on the Fan-fic articles, and even possible new Fan-fic articles. We encourage anyone with a Fan-fic idea, to go for it, as long as it stays within the Fan-fic section of TSW.
  • We have redesigned the welcome message for new users to make it more user friendly!
Ongoing requests/announcements
  • Voting has now opened for the featured article and image on the main page so get voting. Go to swtrain:Main Page/Featured Content/Suggestions.
  • There is currently a backlog on creating new US Rail related articles. Please help out.
  • We need users to start working on new portals and workforces as well as maintaining the old ones.

Current TSW local editors: Bluegoblin7 and Dalek X

Current PSW Discussions
  • We're currently looking at setting up some workforces. The current idea is to have one big umbrella workforce and smaller daughter workforces under them. Comments are welcome.
Current TSW Discussions
  • There is currently a discussion at the station cafe on how SpottingWorld should be promoted.
Spotting World news and announcements

Article rescuing

  • Alot of article rescuing from Wikipedia has been taking place, importing articles from WP which may be deleted. Please continue to do this as it seems to be attracting new users from WP.

Coming soon

  • Delivery and anti vandal bots.
  • A new semi protect feature which would block newly registered users from editing the semi protected page.

Bugs and problems

Transport news and events
  • A whole load of airshows are happening soon including Farnborough 2008, Waddington 2008, RIAT 2008 so make sure you book early if you intend to go.
  • The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's website recently went under a major ovrhaul. Follow the link to the updated Ravenglass & Eskdale Site!

The Community
  • Well, several things from me!
    • Just thought i'd ask if anyone is going near any Railways or Tramways, Heritage or otherwise, and they are taking their camera, could they possibly send me the pics they get? Or upload them at Trains and notify me!
    • Secondly, if anyone has any information about the history of the 2 new 0-6-0 Shunters at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway?
  • Thanks,
  • Bluegoblin7 19:24, 25 January 2008 (UTC) (contact me at any wiki!)