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Vandalism only account[edit] ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 22:14, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

YesY Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:45, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

Deleting my user page[edit]

Hello, could some one delete my user page for display automatically my user page from Meta-Wiki ? Thanks in advance, Lionel Scheepmans Contact (French native speaker) 09:26, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

YesY Done ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 10:55, 22 March 2016 (UTC)


Totally new user. Am teaching an archtiectural course and would like to bring my students and team here to build a set of information and learn together. Please help and keep an eye - It will be forst for a small topic - Interior and Architectural lighting.

Thanks for keeping an eye Manisha GDas

Sporadic Learning[edit]

I've only today started looking at Wikiversity as a possible place to host some Web pages that I've put together. They embody a kind of learning that I think could be popular as well as useful, and that I think of as useful for sporadic learning. The idea is that they contain a lot of names in alphabetical order with links, many to Wikipedia, that lead to more information about the name. They could be popular for anyone with a bit of time to spare that they would like to spend in unpredictable learning.

For example, my largest and simplest file is about things with perhaps unfamiliar names. The name is linked to an online source of detailed information relevant to the name, typically Wikipedia, but after the name is a hint of its meaning that is intended to save the user from using the link if the hint brings back the word's meaning. The other two files I have are one for unusual historical (deceased) people, and the other for unusual places.

My hope would be that, if I can get them going, some people who see them would add extra files at different learning levels and different foci.

Briefly looking at Wikiversity, it seems to me that the best place would be collected in a Non-formal Education Portal (Category?).

Being completely unfamiliar with Wikiversity, and relatively unskilled with modern software, I would need help in two areas. The first area would be in setting up the portal, the second would be providing means for simplifying the code for links to places like Gutenberg and Open Library.  Any volunteers?  I can email one of my vanilla HTML files to anyone interested.  Wnholmes (discusscontribs) 12:34, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

I'd be happy to help create a Non-formal Education or Non-formal Learning portal. Wikipedia redirects non-formal education to nonformal learning, so that's why I mention it as an alternative. Non-formal learning seems to more accurately describe the approach.
But I have some concerns. First, a non-formal learning portal wouldn't be limited to this type of non-formal learning. For example, homeschooling is considered non-formal education. There's also unschooling. Second, all of Wikiversity is a non-formal learning portal. We already have lists of things in alphabetical order (Wikiversity:Categories) with links to pages that support sporadic learning. See Wikiversity:Browse for the best example.
A learning project on unusual names, unusual places, and unusual people sounds interesting. The links contained should be to Wikiversity pages if we have them, or Wikipedia or other resources if we don't. There is an {{lw}} template available that automatically links to a Wikiversity page if it exists, and to the corresponding Wikipedia page if it doesn't.
Wikiversity does support the VisualEditor, which simplifies editing. But for importing existing content, I think Wikitext is easier. Links are nothing more than [[page liniks]] and [http://external.links].
Rather than emailing content to someone, you might start your project on Unusual Names (or Unusual names if you prefer). Copy some of what you have and start working on the page. Getting a layout you can work with is the hardest part. Once you have a format you like, adding content will be easier. Let us know when you need assistance.
Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:52, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
@Wnholmes: I like Dave's suggestion. Take a small section of one of your html documents, paste it into Unusual names and clean it up. It will be easy to move pages, create a portal or category after you have written a few pages (but not too many!). My guess is that Dave will want you to make your second page a subpage of the first. I can help you all that. I will leave a message on your talk page, and we can discuss the details there.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:58, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

contacts/sending an email to a user[edit]

I want to send a private message to a user (and this user talks about sending emails but I don't see an email posted on his profile page).

How do I contact/send private email to a user?

(The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gaiagoddesswisdom (talkcontribs) 21 April 2016)

From the user's talk page, there should be a link on the left to Email this user. If it's not there, leave a note on the user's talk page asking them to go to Special:Preferences and add an email address so you can contact them directly. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:02, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

A request to unblock a website.[edit]

Dear Custodian,

I respectfully request that the website that contains the website that contains USGS Bulletin 1900 as a pdf file be unblocked or allowed in my "Atlantis location in the Azores" wikiversity site.

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This is so that the reference for Furnas being only 100,000 years old can be referenced. Later Syenite Xenoliths found in the material erupted on page 20 of this pdf file begins the argument for the existence of the Azores Plateau Supervolcano caldera. What this means is that there is, indeed, a Supervolcano causing all of the earthquake activity in the Azores Plateau.

You can check the earthquake activity here...

Thank you.

RAYLEIGH22 (discusscontribs) 02:42, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

John Garner

N Not done - Google searches are not allowed in links. You must link to the resource directly. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:53, 21 April 2016 (UTC)
Do you mean like "Geology of Three Late Quaternary Stratovolcanoes on Sao Miguel, Azores"[1] Sorry, forgot to sign. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 03:05, 22 April 2016 (UTC)


  1. Richard B. Moore (31 January 1991). Geology of Three Late Quaternary Stratovolcanoes, In: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin. 1900. United States Geological Survey. pp. 56. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 

Dear Dave,

Yes, thanks!

The reference is identical. It will do very well.

I also have some similar problems with references in the Volcanic Explosive Index illustrations which were attained by a google search. After I complete this section, I will go there next and try to fix it. I will also check out the rest of the references to make sure that they work correctly. Some of the references I'd like to use require user fees. Since I am pretty cheap, and any paid research references that I attained for free would probably have to be done via the hospital library, I will shy away from them. They are not really related. I am doing this on the cheap, and my connection to Indiana State University is not current, so I have nobody to pick up the tab but me.

Thanks again for all of your help and patience. It seems I have learned a lot but I have much to learn about patience. Those are hard lessens for me.

RAYLEIGH22 (discusscontribs) 01:30, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

John Garner

What does an instructor do an account created but never used?[edit]

User:Martirose15 is an account associated with a course I taught. It was created last January and the user apparently either forgot the password and created a new account, or dropped the class. Do I need to do anything about this? I presume not, since Wikimedia must have some policy for dealing with accounts that are created but never used, since they can also occur outside a classroom environment.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:20, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

It looks like it is technically possible using mw:Extension:UserMerge. But we don't have anyone with rights to use it as far as I can tell. Nothing to worry about, as it is no different than the millions of other accounts that have been created but have never edited on Wikiversity. If the server admins ever want to clean it up, they can using mw:Manual:removeUnusedAccounts.php. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:55, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
No need to bother with user merge b/c I have no idea who this person is, except that I once thought the person was in my class. We can just let the experts clean it up on their own time. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 17:44, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Creating new category for Bell's theorem[edit]

I intend to create Category:Bell's theorem and use it to reorganize Bell's theorem and its subpages. I noticed a lot of discussion about Topics and Categories in the past few months and wanted make sure that I will not be violating any new policy or protocol in this regard.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 12:17, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

This is just an announcement--I think I know what I am doing, but let me know if I do anything out of policy.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 12:23, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Requesting a lock for an alternate account[edit]

Given concerns raised elsewhere about alternate accounts, I'd like to request a lock down on User:Sfan00_IMG on the grounds that it's an alternate account which I control. ShakespeareFan00 (discusscontribs) 13:49, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Confirming from alternate accountSfan00 IMG (discusscontribs) 13:51, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
Reconfirming from main account ShakespeareFan00 (discusscontribs) 13:51, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
Do you mean a "block" of this alternate account User:Sfan00_IMG or a "deletion" of the account User:Sfan00_IMG? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:54, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
I meant a user iniated 'block', I don't think merging or deleting accounts was possible. ShakespeareFan00 (discusscontribs) 08:22, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
Your alternate account User:Sfan00_IMG has been successfully blocked for all uses. Let me know if there are any problems. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 12:16, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Seeking clarification on delete policy by custodians[edit]

I routinely delete pages that I authored directly, i.e. by deletion instead of placing the {{delete}} on it. I assume that if I am passing judgement on the work of another editor, that I should instead use the {{delete}} template so as to acheive a sort of consensus. Last semester I created a number of pages requesting student imput on multiple choice questions. It makes no sense to save these comments because the question number changes when I redo a test. A good example is:

Astronomy college course/Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho systems/Quiz01/1. Does anybody object if I just delete directly?--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 20:01, 14 July 2016 (UTC)
I see this situation as similar to that of the Curator role, where it was assumed that curators would be allowed to delete their own course materials. We have in the past treated an instructor's delete request as an author delete request, adding a comment of Instructor request. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 20:58, 14 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, so I will go ahead and delete directly, without inserting a speedy-delete template.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 21:16, 14 July 2016 (UTC)


User:Qertrewq - An account made solely for the use of spamming. Please give it an indefinite block, thanks. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 00:39, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

YesY Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:32, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

Special:Contributions/Ibnbookkeeping22 ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 12:13, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Moving multiple subpages[edit]

Wikiversity Journal of Medicine is being reamed to Wikijournal of Medicine. I would like someone with "move-subpages" right to move all the subpages of this project to the Wikijournal of Medicine/ target. Mikael Häggström (discusscontribs) 13:02, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

Have you checked to see if you can do this yourself? According to Special:ListGroupRights, curators have the move-subpages right, and according to Special:ListUsers, you're a curator. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:41, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
@Mikael Häggström: If you wish, I can do it for you. It's not something two different people should do simutaneously, so I won't do it until the question of who moves is sorted out. Just leave a message here if you are certain nobody else will make the move.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 18:34, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
YesY Done. I was able to do it myself. Sorry for the inconvenience! Mikael Häggström (discusscontribs) 18:48, 3 September 2016 (UTC)