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Wikiversity:Deletion policy

The discussion will have been open for three weeks tomorrow, and there are four !votes in support and none in opposition to adopting the proposed deletion policy. I therefore believe it would be good if an uninvolved custodian closed this discussion. --Claritas 19:09, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay, I had a look last week but wasn't sure if 5 votes (one opposing) is really sufficient. Maybe it should go on sitenotice for a couple weeks? It might also help if the poll could be restarted using a particular version, since it seems to have gone through some changes since the latest voting began. --SB_Johnny talk 14:53, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

I am editing the page Toxins_as_PD_cause as part of a new project. Apparently the viartis.net site is blocked. This site often has some very useful information about Parkinson's disease research so do not understand why it is blocked. Anyway, the page we want to link to is: viartis.net/parkinsons.disease/Toxic.causes.of.Parkinsons.Disease.pdf and I hope you can at least unblock this. Thanks Droflet (talk) 13:13, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Dear Droflet, that site has been blacklisted globally, so you may like to ask your question on meta:Talk:Spam blacklist. Good luck. Mathonius (talk) 21:42, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we can locally whitelist to override the global blacklist, but I'm not sure which page it is. --SB_Johnny talk 00:23, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Motivation and emotion/Book/Shopaholic deletion request

Please delete my http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Motivation_and_emotion/Book/Shopaholic Jtneill is the professor who made the assignment, the person opposing Miz.mira (me) the author's request for a good-faith deletion of the submission, and finally the custodian who blocked me the author from trying to delete my submission of said compulsory assignment. Please see Chapter for more comments. Miz.mira (talk) 21:24, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Given that you're apparently pursuing legal action, I suspect that the custodians (who are unpaid volunteers) might be hesitant to get involved at this point. Personally I can see the validity of both sides here, but I'm not anxious to take any action that would result in me being somehow involved in a legal proceeding on the other side of the globe. I suggest you bring this up with the WMF directly, rather than the OTRS (which is also staffed by unpaid volunteers). --SB_Johnny talk 00:22, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Topic:Meher Baba Move Request

Dear Custodian of Wikiversity.

I do not know how to move a page to where there is a redirect. In the past it has been reverted I think automatically.

The page Topic:Meher Baba seems should simply be Meher Baba, but right now Meher Baba redirects.

The reason it is an issue is that on the Wikipedia page for Meher Baba, the Wikiversity link automatically goes to Meher Baba here, and then gets an unnecessary redirect to Topic:Meher Baba. I have noticed that other articles on people do not do this anymore, such as Albert Einstein which is simpler.

At Wikipedia the html for the link simply says {{wikiversity|Meher Baba}}.

Thank you.

Dazedbythebell (talk) 17:30, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

A page move can usually be reverted when the redirect has no other history. Additional history was created awhile ago when you edited the redirect page and replaced the redirect with a copy of the topic page's content. The content existed at both locations as a result without proper attribution for the people who had contributed the material. Someone reverted the action, making it a redirect with other history, and requested deletion of the redirect. I have deleted the redirect and moved the page from the topic namespace to the main namespace as there didn't appear to be a specific objection to the move itself, but rather about the way the page was moved. -- darklama  20:16, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
Thank you Darklama. Dazedbythebell (talk) 20:57, 14 June 2012 (UTC)

Account Creation

I am attempting to create an account, I get the message "Cannot create account: the requested username is already taken in the unified login system"

If I try to reset the password, I get a message stating "The username Klhaymon is not registered on this wiki, but it does exist in the unified login system."

What is the "unified login system"?

• This is a way to ensure that you can use the same acount name across all WMF wikis and nobody else can use that name. Here is the record for your name: [1]. It seems that you have an account on Wikipedia with one edit and nothing else. You should just be able to log in here with the same password and the account will be created automatically. If you have forgotten your password on WP but you have registered an e-mail address, you can reset it there and then use the new password here.--Collingwood (talk) 12:09, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

attempting to obtain a confirmation code

I have just begun a report on an old acquintance and friend, Bernard Jensen. I am at least attempting to join you in presenting this and other subjects on occasion.

You do not need a confirmation code; just create an account.--Collingwood (talk) 12:46, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Request Permission to Upload Picture of Myself

Request Permission to Upload Picture of Myself. This is a project that I am working on for a college course that I am taking at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.

Thanks.

You do not need permission from a custodian. However, you do need to check the copyright position; the copyright probably belongs to the photographer, not to you. When you upload, say who owns the copyright and put in {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}}. Be aware that anyone can then re-use your photo without payment, and even alter it, provided they give the name of the copyright holder.--Collingwood (talk) 12:16, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Pages protect

Request protection of the pages Template:Sidebar Template:Div col Template:Div col end. Thank you in advance. Sidelight12 Talk 00:00, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

• Thanks. Sidelight12 Talk 15:52, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
• Done, but I have not enabled cascade protection.--Collingwood (talk) 21:44, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

important

Hello, I am writting an essay and I am interested in this topic: http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Symptomatic_Relief_for_PD/Tremor please, how can I make a citation, to reference in my work? the author and year and other details please. please reply to me as soon as possible : s_fatayat@hotmail.com

Thank you Regards, Asmaa Houssien

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.41.78.253 (talkcontribs) 19:58, 13 October 2012‎ (UTC)

In the Toolbox section of the left hand navigation bar of each page there is a link labeled "Cite this page." For the page that you are interested in the citation details are at this link. --mikeu talk 13:33, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

98.255.32.20

I recently performed a CheckUser block on 98.255.32.20 (talk | email | contribs | on en.wiki as the IP is being used by an individual as one of many to promote "America's next new singer (season 2)." Given that they have now moved to Wikiversity I ask that their contributions be deleted and the IP blocked. Thanks, Tiptoety talk 01:08, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

It's happening again on America's next new singer 2, please block and delete. Techman224 (talk) 21:39, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikiversity inquiries

Is there a way to automatically make the links direct in order of first wikiversity availability, second wikipedia, without having to do it manually. Once the wikiversity page is made, the link won't have to be changed. Letting w: or v: be an override. Or a way to make a template for this to be used per page.

Also, I think portals should be exclusive to wikiversity or its own wiki (unfeasible), since it is the learning resource. Having portals on many wikis seems like overdo. I'm not asking for action on this idea, since it is far fetched.

Thanks. Sidelight12 Talk 11:01, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Interesting idea regarding automatically linking to wikipedia if no wikiversity page exists - that could be quite helpful. I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to do with a template, but not sure if it can be programmed automatically site-wide. Sincerely, James -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:31, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
I posted it to Wikiversity:Colloquium. This seems to belong there more than here. Per page is good enough. Sidelight12 Talk 11:47, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

math formula rendering problem, texvc

We recently encountered a strange problem related to math formula rendering on wikiversity. For example, the simple math formula below cannot be rendered (parsed by texvc):

$a = b_1$

Here is the code for the above equation: [itex]a = b_1[/itex]

See more examples of similar math rendering problem in my talk page.

I wonder if there were any recent changes to the mediawiki software, and in particular texvc, on wikiversity.

There was no problem of math formula rendering in wikipedia; see my sandbox page in wikipedia.

In the Spring 2013 semester, which starts on Mon, 7 Jan 2013, I will have close to 100 students using wikiversity, and hope that this problem could be resolved long before the start of the semester.

Thanks, Egm6321.f12 (talk) 12:31, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

I doubt that the math extension has been altered lately; we're still running version 1.0.[2]--Collingwood (talk) 12:49, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
for some reasons, the problem had been fixed ! i just tried out this morning, just by opening up the text area of my talk page to edit, but without editing anything, then just saved the same text area; et voila`, the math formulas were rendered as in my sandbox page in wikipedia. very strange. thanks for checking anyway. you also see that the above math formula in this section was also rendered correctly. clearly, there was something wrong that had been fixed since you yourself could not render the above math formula when you edited this section to reply to my request. Egm6321.f12 (talk) 13:23, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Edit request

Protected template Please add Wikivoyage to Wikiversity:Main Page/Wikimedia projects Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:57, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Done.--Juan de Vojníkov (talk) 07:26, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

How to start a Wikiversity research project

What do I need to do to start a Wikiversity research project, including verifying suitability, etc.?

I want to create a home for research and investigative journalism on crony capitalism. I want to bring together data on campaign contributions, lobbying, and the actions of elected officials with data (if we can get it) on advertising budgets spent with the major media conglomerates with more open discussions of interpretation. I'm working with Lawrence Lessig and his Rootstrikers organization. From those and elsewhere I hope to energize an army of volunteers to document the corrosive influence of money in politics -- in sufficient detail in a sufficiently timely basis to allow people to actually do something. The Wikipedia article on {{w:Campaign finance in the United States |Campaign finance in the United States}} contains a section on {{w:Campaign finance in the United States#Sources of data |Sources of data}} that would serve as primary resources in this work.

Example: Andrew Feinstein's 2011 book, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, reports that an estimated "40 percent of all corruption in all world trade" is in the arms trade. There needs to be a place where reports on this can be tied to current governmental actions and elections. That space needs to be meticulously managed to respect honest differences of opinion while controlling sabotage.

Part of this needs to interface with m:Wikidata. However, that seems to be secondary (though important).

What should I do to get started? What rules do we need to live by to clearly distinguish data from conjectures, etc.? Thanks. DavidMCEddy (talk) 06:16, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Well to start the Wikiversity research project you dont need nothing special. Just start it: My first wv research project. Add it to category Research would be nice. What also would be nice to follow here "normal" ethical lines, but you are welcome to present your point of view if it is not aggressive. If you want to know more, lets read a few pages starting with Wikiversity:Research. Does this help to you?--Juan de Vojníkov (talk) 07:31, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, it helps, but it doesn't get me there yet. I've started Wikipedia pages before, but I don't know how to start a Wikiversity research project -- and My first wv research project is a broken link. I've skimmed Wikiversity:Research without finding instructions on how to do this; if they're there, I've overlooked them and could use help to find them. Thanks very much. DavidMCEddy (talk) 08:36, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
Reading Wikiversity:Research process may help give you some ideas on how to get started. You need to be more specific about what help you want for more specific assistance. -- darklama  15:51, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

May I suggest that this discussion be moved to Wikiversity:Colloquium. --Marshallsumter (talk) 15:09, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Page move candidate

Please see Talk:Toy. It would appear that that resource should not be occupying Wikiversity's page entitled "Toy". -- Thekohser (discusscontribs) 15:45, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

How can I stop someone repeatedly changing a page?

Someone, with a different IP address each time, keeps changing a page in the same way. They add some innocuous minor changes as a camouflage and then put some advertising links at the bottom. The page in question is Portal:The_Science_Behind_Parkinson's/Things_you_can_do. Any suggestions about how to stop this? Thanks.

Droflet (discusscontribs) 10:37, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

I've semi-protected the page for 1 month so that only logged in users can edit. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 10:42, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks very much. Is limiting edits to logged in users a policy to be recommended for all pages in a project? Or is it regarded as 'overkill'?
Droflet (discusscontribs) 10:47, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
There is a draft Wikiversity:Course protection policy with some ideas. If any page or set of pages is overly targetted as a focus for disruption, then we can protect or semi-protect for any amount of time. Generally, such disruption is quite rare - have there been other related pages with unwelcome edits? Happy to help. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 04:41, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes a handful of other pages have had minor things done to them. But this has been the most sustained and the 'minor' changes have always been the same as if some bot is doing it. The latest one, after you protected it, was done by a registered user but this user had no User page. So let's see whether anymore attacks happen; I'll let you know if they do.
Droflet (discusscontribs) 13:55, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Custodian Request!

Draubb- I am Draubb, I have been here for more than one year and have supported this wiki. I would like to became custodian because I want to help Wikiversity from harmful pages that can harm Wikiversity. I am Draubb, Please request me! ---Draubb