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Semi[edit source]

Should this page be full protected? Obviously all the custodians should have it watchlisted, but no one other than a custodian has ever edited it. Salmon of Doubt 11:44, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

  • The idea of the complex protection system on the various main page templates was to leave this particular page semi-protected only so that ordinary users can add news items. This page should only be fully protected if it becomes a repeated target for vandalism, which is not yet the case. --McCormack 12:07, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Possible use of dynamicpagelist[edit source]

--Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 21:19, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

So, if I follow current custom, Main Page/News would appear something like:

2016

I'm confused. You wrote that "It would be great to have five to six things to put in the news each week instead of five to six for three to four months!" Are you also wanting to maintain this manually rather than using DynamicPageList to do the updates automatically? If you are working manually, there is no reason to list IT Fundamentals again, as it is only on the DynamicPageList due to vandalism. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:40, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
Originally I was intending to try to maintain this subpage manually. Your use of dynamicpagelist suggests that at least this part could be automated. But there appears to be no easy way to include what the resources are, their approximate dates of completion and intended targets. I also wanted to include those News items that are not in that specific category. Combining the two in an automated way would really be great! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:11, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Earlier unannounced completed resources[edit source]

These would currently have been updated or improved:

--Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 21:54, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

  1. Mathematical Properties was announced on 20 January 2018,
  2. Internet Protocol Analysis was announced on 15 March 2019,
  3. Overcoming Hate was announced on 9 July 2019,
  4. Unleashing Creativity was announced on 2 July 2019,
  5. Candor was announced on 28 June 2019,
  6. Exploring Social Constructs was announced on 31 May 2019,
  7. Applied Programming was announced on 17 May 2018,
  8. Finding Courage was announced on 17 April 2019,
  9. Moral Reasoning was announced on 14 April 2019,
  10. Coping with Ego was announced on 17 March 2019,
  11. Resolving Anger was announced on 1 February 2019,
  12. Communicating Power was announced on 29 January 2019,
  13. What you can change and what you cannot was announced on 28 January 2019,
  14. Recognizing Emotions was announced on 25 January 2019,
  15. Appraising Emotional Responses was announced on 24 January 2019, and
  16. Open Source 3-D Printing was announced on 20 January 2019. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 01:35, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

COVID-19 COBOL programmer shortage?[edit source]

COVID-19 COBOL programmer shortage

Where can I find information about this topic (from 12 April news item)? Thanks in advance. Ottawahitech (discusscontribs) 19:13, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

@Ottawahitech: There's quite a bit you can learn with a search engine. Just from my cursory following of the news, I know that the problem is particularly acute in New Jersey in the banking industry. If you're interested in learning, you may want to track down *How to Learn COBOL in 21 Days*, which is free online. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:28, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
@Ottawahitech: A long list of additional resources are included at Talk:COBOL. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:29, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
@Koavf and Dave Braunschweig: actually there is a story behind my question. Back in 2011 I was trying to insert information into a Bank of America article and was meeting a lot of resistance, even though at the time the information was documented on another Wikipedia article where I first learned about it. The information was about a computer programmer who committed suicide in front of one of Bank of America's properties. According to the the article, he was despondent after losing his job at Bofa, which went to H1B workers. Flanagn and his layed off coleauges all of whom lost their jobs were tasked with training their replacements.
To make a long story short, there were two persistent editors guarding information on the Bofa article, and I eventually moved on to other areas. Those two kept the story out of wikipedia, and months or even years later I found out that the article about Flanagan himself disappreaed as well. Since then I am skeptical about claims of a shortage of skilled people made by employers without the corresponding verifiable reliable sources showing a shortage actually exists. Maybe that's just me? Ottawahitech (discusscontribs) 02:24, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
@Ottawahitech: Well, that certainly escalated quickly. Without getting into the specifics of any editing disputes from the past or possible criminal disappearances, etc. it seems like your main question is, "Are there really a shortage of COBOL specialists?" and the answer is 100% yes. This has been a known problem for well over a decade (likely longer) and if you want evidence of that, I would recommend looking at job listings to see how much a company will pay someone with COBOL knowledge versus (e.g.) Python or C+. Having proficiency and especially experience in COBOL is a good way to make money in programming. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:37, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
@Ottawahitech: I'm sorry, but for me this approach crosses the line. I have recommended that you move on from past incidents on other Wikimedia projects.[1] I have strongly encouraged you to move on from past incidents on other Wikimedia projects. I am now warning you to move on from past incidents on other Wikimedia projects. Wikiversity's mission is to create and host a range of learning projects and learning resources. You need to find a way to contribute to this mission that doesn't involve past edits elsewhere. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 03:01, 22 April 2020 (UTC)