Wikipedia:In the news/Administrator instructions
|This page in a nutshell: This is intended to be a quick guide for administrators updating
The first thing to be aware of is that any changes you make to this template will be immediately visible on the
For the most important aspects, read the bold text. What comes after is intended as clarification.
Make sure the item has consensus for posting at
If there is not consensus to post the item and the nomination has had suitable time to run (generally 24 hours), nominations can be closed. Nominations with "fixable" opposition (e.g. the nominated article needs more references) should be allowed to remain open. Posted nominations generally are not closed so that the nomination can be used as a workspace for an item (beyond the scope of
The new blurb should contain a bold link to an updated article. There are criteria for the update, but all you really need to know is that if the article is new, it should be capable of imparting all the most important facts to the reader. A rule of thumb is generally three complete, referenced and well-formed paragraphs/sections for a new article. If an update has been made to an existing article, check it is well referenced and, again, that it tells the reader what they want to know. For this, a five-sentence update is generally considered to be more than enough. In a longer article, it may be desirable to
For items added to either the "Ongoing" or "Recent Deaths" (RD) sections of ITN, the articles must also be updated, but the links for these items are not bolded in
ITN items must have a suitable, descriptive blurb. Check
Now, the tricky bit. ITN items are in a bulleted list, ordered chronologically by date of occurrence (but not necessarily chronologically within that date) not by date they were added, thus items may have to be posted in the middle of the template. In addition, because ITN items are arranged chronologically, the date should be added in a comment (example below). A typical example would look as follows, assuming that " Shiny Space Shuttle Mk IV" is the updated article:
* <!--Aug 24-->[[NASA]] successfully launches '''[[Shiny Space Shuttle Mk IV]]'''.
An accepted blurb may be transferred to the Ongoing section if small, incremental updates are still appearing in notable news agencies, and if regular constructive editing is continuing on the relevant article(s). Major developments should be nominated for a new blurb. Articles listed in Ongoing that are not being regularly updated should be removed.
For RD items, the posting system is slightly different. RD items are listed by date of death, with the most recent death on the left side and the oldest death on the right. New RD items are added in the order of their occurrence; if two deaths are on the same date, the new article is added to the left. There is a limit of four RD items at a time in the section. In general, RDs should remain up for no more than 7 days after the death, except where there was a substantial delay in posting the item.