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  • "The Battle of Kasserine Pass, the first major engagement between American and Axis forces in Africa, ended with the Allied forces being pushed back over 50 miles (80 km) from their positions." I'm mildly confused by this as on February 24 (according to the article itself), " late on February 24, the pass had been reoccupied, Feriana was in Allied hands; Sidi Bou Zid and Sbeitla followed soon after." The Rambling Man (talk) 11:45, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    It appears I misread the article intro. Rewritten: "...ended with the Allied forces suffering heavy losses." howcheng {chat} 19:08, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    But that still doesn't sum up the military action does it? The Rambling Man (talk) 21:48, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    Do you have a suggestion? It's already pretty long as it stands. howcheng {chat} 22:16, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

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  • List of court cases involving Alliance Defending Freedom - it had a fair use image being used unfairly, but then I noticed it's simply a copy-and-paste of the material that was in the main Alliance Defending Freedom article. It's not attributed as far as I can tell so it's a breach of the regular licensing that we apply. The Rambling Man (talk) 12:38, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    It transpires that this also violates one of the rules of DYK ("Criterion 1.a. "For DYK purposes, a "new" article is no more than seven days old, and may not consist of text spun off from a pre-existing article.") so could someone please remove it before it hits the main page in a few hours? The Rambling Man (talk) 21:46, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    Done. Clean up on aisle 4. Stephen 22:34, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

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Wikipedia news[edit]

Why did it take so long for wikipedia to put the South Africa president resigning on the news yet it was quicker to put the shooting on it — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 12:13, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

@ Usually it depends on the quality of the article. The article must be suitable for linking from the main page, including being properly referenced and not containing unsuitable material. Including it as a news item also relies on the article being updated to fully include the topic that is in the news, again properly referenced. I assume that in the case of the SA president, it took longer for that to happen than for the Florida shooting story.  — Amakuru (talk) 12:35, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
@ I would add that the English Wikipedia in general likely has more contributors from the US and/or interested in US news enough to improve the article, than we have contributors from South Africa. This is part of Wikipedia's systemic bias. If you don't like what is posted to ITN, or want things posted faster, I invite you to participate at the nominations page, WP:ITNC, so you can help work to address this bias. 331dot (talk) 12:55, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
Another thing to keep in mind is that it is not really news in the traditional sense. It is new encyclopedia articles that happen to be in the news when nominated. When quality is good enough and there is consensus that any given event is noteworthy enough, it gets posted(which can get quite heated with a lot of bickering). In other words, it is not a news ticker. Small note to the posters above, i am quite certain pings don't work for ip editors. At least i have never noticed any effect when someone pinged me, haha (talk) 14:13, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
And as has been said on previous occasions - there is only space for 4-5 one line entries, the world is a big place with lots of events, Wikipedia is not a news-site, and there is a discussion prior to posting. Chances are 'the item you consider particularly newsworthy' will not appear, and if it does there will be a delay. Jackiespeel (talk) 10:52, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
A change in national leader is usually considered newsworthy by ITN wherever it happens, particularly if it's quite unexpected, like this one was. But yes, the more general point applies. Not everything is "newsworthy" enough for ITN.  — Amakuru (talk) 14:07, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
Also, as has been previously said, there are practical limits to the 'size' of the Main Page, and of users' devices' screens - and the same would apply if the entire MP (or that of Wikinews) were devoted to news one liners and there was a band of busy Wikinewswriters devices constantly at the ready there would be actual or perceived omissions. Jackiespeel (talk) 22:35, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
Any comments on the current 'prompt update'? Jackiespeel (talk) 17:46, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Purposes of the Main Page[edit]

Through a systematic and neutral policy towards all MP readers to have or omit at least one entry in any 12 months that will annoy them through said presence or non-presence or delay in appearing.

When an entry on the main page causes discussion here there is an inverse relationship between the significance of the topic of the article and the amount of heated discussion and number of participants on the talk page. (talk) 16:06, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

Speaking of which, why does Wikipedia have yet another Van Gogh image as the Featured Picture? It's clear Wikipedia is systematically biased against Neoclassicism art in favor of the Post-Impressionists. I'm shocked, appalled, and disgusted.--WaltCip (talk) 17:40, 22 February 2018 (UTC)