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Welcome to Wikiversity; translation[edit]

"Thus, the only relevant term here is 'research' and, as such, this term implies a set of critical methodologies. that transcend the merely literary."

  • Does "critical" here mean "crucial" or "criticism-related"?
  • Does "literary" here mean "on the surface of the words" or "literature-related"?
My best guess is that "critical methodologies" means "crucial methodologies". The original author seemed to be arguing that "real" research involves methods that go beyond what can be achieved by any evaluation of the existing published literature. I think "literary" here means "literature-related", as in what could arise from study and evaluation of previously published results. --JWSchmidt 01:58, 11 October 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for editing the Strategic Studies pages. I read over those selections of text so often that after a point, I'm incapable of spotting stylistic errors. Thanks, your work is much appreciated.--Dnjkirk 05:36, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

The End of Eternity[edit]

I just noticed some comments you left at Talk:The End of Eternity. I have been thinking about starting a Wikiversity learning project called Exploring science through fiction. Would you be interested in such a project? --JWSchmidt 04:05, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

"What is your plan?" <-- I'm mostly interested in biology, but the project could cover all sciences. The basic idea would be to have a reading list of science fiction then discuss the science issues raised by the fiction. "Most of the good science fictions do not include the new advances in science" <-- I'm not really concerned with finding and using "good science fiction". The main point is to just use fiction as a starting point that will lead into learning real science. --JWSchmidt 16:14, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

possible science fiction/science topics[edit]

  • Books such as Paths to Otherwhere by James Hogan could be used to introduce the Many-worlds interpretation and quantum theory. Some of Stephen Baxter's books (such as the Manifold Trilogy) could introduce topics that cross from physics to biology such as the idea that there are physical processes like stellar gamma-ray generating events that seriously impact the evolution of biological organisms. Books such as Marvin Minsky's The Turing Option could be used to introduce artificial intelligence as compared to biological intelligence. Books such as Assignment Nor'Dyren by Sydney J. Van Scyoc could be used as introductions to genetic engineering. --JWSchmidt 19:19, 28 October 2006 (UTC)


I think learning by doing would be an acceptable motto- it motivates me, and it describes wikiversity. It is mentioned a lot; was it ever proposed?--Hillgentleman 12:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. This option could be suggested as an option in the learn and teach motto discussion section. -- Reswik 02:41, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

Honesty and Civility[edit]

Hi Hillgentleman, and let me first take a moment to thank you for the comments and work you've been putting into discussions about Wikiversity - both here and on Meta. I've been meaning to stop by and say that for some time now. :-)

On honesty, I agree that it should be an over-riding principle (or "code"), but I'm interested in why you see Wikiversity as being so different from Wikipedia in this regard. Why do you see it as more difficult to deal with dishonesty here? Should we have something more definitive in place perhaps? What, for example do you think of Wikiversity:Disclosures as a related policy? Would honesty fit in with that, or does it still need to be separate, in your opinion?

In any case, I think this kind of discussion would be most appropriate for the Colloquium. This kind of thinking is fundamental to shaping the kind of project that we can all be a part of and inspire others to be a part of it too. Thanks for your help. Cormaggio 13:23, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Re:The name[edit]

Hello again :-), the name "Wikiversity" was coined as a potential name for the Wikibooks project - see this mail (and its responses), m:Talk:Wikiversity/Old, and m:Talk:Wikiversity/Archive_2. However, the project became "Wikibooks", and Wikiversity then became a subproject within Wikibooks - until this August, when it became a separate project. Cormaggio 19:41, 11 November 2006 (UTC)


Well, i was wondering, is Hillgentleman a Sysop yet? Just asking
 Heltec  talk 

  • Answer on user page

Would you accept if i nominated you for sysop, as you are one of the few emmbers who actually adds eduational matirials.  Heltec  talk 

Treasure hunt[edit]

"An idea of an idea" - I like it :-). Yes, it's an interesting idea - to test how usable Wikiversity is. The only thing I'd say is that surely we are trying to educate people to be able to use/navigate Wikiversity more efficiently - so why would we want to prevent someone from using Google or Recent Changes? (And how would we find that out? Through their accounts of their paths? But if we said it wasn't allowed in the rules, wouldn't people want to cover that up? :-) Just a thought.) However, if you wanted to try this out, you could do it in your userspace for now, and I'll happily play the guinea pig to try it out :-). Keep the ideas coming! Cormaggio 11:38, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


Could you explain, what you meant to say with this edit? It seems somewhat out of place at Wikiversity or do I misunderstand something? sebmol ? 16:15, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

How did you get that? I'm seeing this: [1], coming from the IP before Hillgentleman.--Rayc 19:07, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Maybe it was a mistake in my recent changes view. I think that section should just be removed without further discussion. sebmol ? 20:55, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi there[edit]

Hi I'm Student Galaxy, a new user on Wikiversity, and I can certainly say. There's a lot needing to be done, I have made 100 contributions already, and I'm looking for stuff to do. Student Galaxy 12:38, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

I do football research[edit]

I do football research. Please do not comment on that. I' am only helping Wikiversity. I have seen a lot of matches, practiced a lot, and played a few matches. I listen to the words of coaches, and if I can teach it I can. I' am just trying to help. Student Galaxy 12:55, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Oh by the way, I play defence and in goal. Quite good at it.

Topic "software testing"[edit]

navigation bar[edit]

Hello my friend, as I see you made a change here. Was this because you wanted me to help because of this? Unfortunately my problem still persist. Do you know a hint? --Erkan Yilmaz 20:58, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

Thank you very much Hillgentleman. --Erkan Yilmaz 07:56, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

multilanguage-linking of dicussion pages[edit]

Hello again, I answered, perhaps you could also give it a try? I saw your "see also" on the page - in the end, perhaps this is the only solution. :-( --Erkan Yilmaz 21:38, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

thank you for the link, will give it a try soon. --Erkan Yilmaz 12:12, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Basic atomic physics[edit]

Thanks for your attention to Basic atomic physics! I take it Mathematics of Theoretical Physics ought to be Mathematics for Theoretical Physics. I can move it there if appropriate.

As for the removed text:

\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial\varphi^2} This example, though intimidating to the freshman, is simply a formula used to describe spherical coordinates. See Jacobolus and Dysprosia

...I was attempting to direct the reader to a "real world" dialog that, to me, illustrates how the language (math for physics) is shared within a relevant context, resourcefully, between those who, I feel, know the topic well.

I tried to set the tone of the article to what I hope is a friendly one, alerting the reader to a common "gothcha" when thinking about deep science — one that gets me often, in fact. Feel free to expand (or contract) the article as you see fit.

I hope the tougher article Mathematics of Theoretical Physics (or Mathematics for Theoretical Physics) will capture your attention, also. Thanks again. CQ 21:48, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

IBC - Interlangual Beta Club[edit]

Hi, I replied here. Could you have a look please? thx. --Erkan Yilmaz 13:31, 3 December 2006 (UTC)


Sure, but I am not entirely sure what you mean by "folding" as our termingology may vary. Do you mean archiving a talk page? Despite what you mean, I am sure that I can help you or direct you to someone who can. Happy New Year! -- J.Steinbock 06:15, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Okay, there is just one more thing that needs to be established for clarity. You want to have the contents from w:zh-classical:user:hillgentleman to go on the Beta Wikiversity under your user namespace? -- J.Steinbock 22:26, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
Okay, I clearly understand the issue now :). I will work on this and should get back to you sometime soon. -- J.Steinbock 00:32, 2 January 2007 (UTC)\
I have been reviewing this, but I can't seem to find a solution. There is always one problem or another that arises. I would suggest that you ask Rayc and contact him on his talk page. I'm sorry that I couldn't find the solution. Best wishes. -- J.Steinbock 21:55, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

the name "wikiversity"[edit]

Originally there was a Nupedia project. I suppose that the name meant "new encyclopedia". Then it was decided to add a wiki to the Nupedia project. The original Nupedia participants objected and a new project was started called Wikipedia. A few years later people started thinking about a new wiki-based project that would go beyond the limited restrictions of Wikipedia and deal with general aspects of education and wiki-based learning. I do not think that "wikiuniversity" was ever a serious option for the name. It became traditional to use names such as "wikibooks" and "wikiquote". A few people objected to the name "wikiversity" but there was never any alternative name that had any significnt community support. I'm not sure if "wikiversity" is actually a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation. If you want to find out more, I suggest contacting Brad Patrick of the Trademarks committee (BradPatrick user page on the meta-wiki).--JWSchmidt 20:15, 5 January 2007 (UTC)


Testing Hagemanbot[edit]


University advertisement[edit]

Hi Hillgentleman, I'm not sure what to say about this one. I've deleted something similar (in Spanish) from :en, but I wondered afterwards whether I could have been more inclusive and encouraged the contributor to see what Wikiversity is and how they could use it. I can see some benefit to having information pages about specific schools if it backs up an activity on Wikiversity - however, it may only be necessary to link to the school's website. If there' s any chance of educating the contributor, that would be my first option - otherwise, see if it is needed and use your judgement to decide whether it should be kept or deleted. Are there (m)any portuguese contributors? Cormaggio talk 08:35, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Mopping up the wicked[edit]

Thanks for your message about reaction times, Hillgentlemen. The problem with publishing profiles of such people on Wikiversity is that these profiles offer information on our (developing) defences, provide clues to saboteurs about how to proceed, and act as shrines to vandals. What I can say is that I have a profile and tools, and am improving reaction times. This morning I caught the same guy in the middle of his usual 30 minute spree, which was a significant improvement on timing. McCormack 13:09, 6 May 2007 (UTC)