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Hello[edit source]

I stumbled upon your userpage, and based on the traffic you get, I figured you would be in the know. I would really like to contribute to this Wiki, and I was wondering where I should start. I have an intermediate level of experience on other Wikis, and would like to start up a Criminal Justice school in the social sciences department. Anywho, if you could just point me in the right direction (perhaps a new member introduction page), I would really appreciate it. Have a great day!

Mathew 23:25, 6 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Featured content[edit source]

"Wikiversity:Featured....Can't believe filmmaking wasn't included here" <-- I have generally not been re-listing things that is already featured on a portal page (Wikiversity:Featured#Portals with featured content). Anything that is already featured on a portal page (example: Portal:Media) is automatically "in the running" for being featured on the main page. --JWSchmidt 14:37, 14 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

  • Filmmaking is not finished yet. I had hoped to have the first section (preproduction) done by January first. Now it looks like March 1. Progress is slow but steady. I am still learning all features of Wiki. Robert Elliott 15 January 2007 (UTC)

baffled PHP/MySQL user seeks[edit source]

Hi there, I've never answered an ad like this before. :P What are you looking for help with? Historybuff 16:20, 15 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I'm glad you liked my response. I do have knowledge of all you are working with, if not hands on experience with all of them in the same mix. I'm running two Macs here, so I'm sure I can be of some help. I've added your request to my todo list. I am busy today, but might have some time either later today or over the next few days, if that will help. I'll poke at you when I have time. Historybuff 19:26, 15 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I popped in to IRC, but didn't see you there. I asked JWS about possibly changing or splitting my userid. I'm not sure it makes much sense to have the current one all over CS topics. How difficult is it to change, before I formally ask someone to do it? Historybuff 07:40, 16 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I'm rethinking the split, but have a question -- I have another user name I'd like to use, and I'd like to snap it up before someone else does, if I do decide to "split" in the future. How hard would it be to get rid of the placeholder account? (I guess it could be a double rename, rather then deleting, but I'm just wondering if either is doable). Thanks. Historybuff 02:58, 17 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Poke poke. :) Just checking in, I'm not sure if you are still travelling or if you might have some time for this. Just let me know if it might be a few weeks, I'll place it on the backburner. Historybuff 17:07, 1 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Ping pong. :P This is slowly drifting to my back burner, but I'll pour a little oil on it. Maybe we'll be able to co-ord this in the next few weeks. Historybuff 05:29, 19 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

I'm trying to not let this bit get swept under the rug. I'm going to see if there is a way to remote in and fiddle with it; failing that, we have to co-ordinate schedules. Historybuff 14:53, 28 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

nice pun cormaggio, that was a real groaner[edit source]

Thankyou for the welcome all the same. what do you think about my idea for listeing the knowledge requirements first? Aerodrome 04:50, 19 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Cormaggio2 and Cormaggio3[edit source]

Are these accounts you have created yourself? I was going to block them, but I didn't want to accidentally hit you with an autoblock! --digital_me 19:33, 19 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Wikiversity:Sandbox Server - checking in[edit source]

Let me know if this is at a good level, or if we need more meat there. I plan on doing some testing to prove the overall concepts. Historybuff 07:39, 21 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Sound recording/engineering[edit source]

Hey, I use ardour, it's an open source equivalent to pro tools. It is still a little buggy but I like using it more then pro tools and the price is right too! (free). The project I am currently working on is building a studio in my house. I want to do all kinds of recording and mixing but I am going to focus on film and television sound design. I would love to work on lesson i just don't know that much about formatting. I could work on a lesson about sound effects. How to create them record them and mix them or, because I am building a studio i have tons of info on acoustic design. It can get a bit complex and deals with the physics of sound waves but it could be a good lesson to start on, some background on the physics of sound can help alot in the recording and mixing process. Jeffs 18:23, 26 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

More research :-)[edit source]

Hi Doug, long time, eh? I just thought I'd stop by to mention a project that I think you might be interested in commenting on - or even participating in. Developing Wikiversity through action research is a broadly-conceived project (it's to feed into my dissertation, but it's also fundamentally about developing Wikiversity - obviously, collaboratively). Maybe you might have some ideas of your own.

I was also thinking about what we talked about at Wikimania - ie a Wikiversity conference. I was thinking of doing something like this in the coming Wikimania (if I can get funding to go) - do you think you might make it? (If you didn't know, it's gonna be in Taipei - details here.) Or, do you think it might be worth doing at another time? Do you think a virtual conference might be doable/useful? Or, at least, some sort of IRC meeting - perhaps, on a reasonably regular basis? Just thinking out loud here - but I think one or a few of these ideas could really serve to move things forward - as I think both of us envisaged. Let me know what you think.. :-) Cormaggio beep 19:46, 25 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Cormac :) A few thoughts: I think it would be good to explore various participatory methods in Wikiversity. That's one reason I outlined some ethnography content pages gere, and I look forward to getting back to those sometime. I'll check out the action research and related Wv pages sometime in the next few months, as time allows. Sort of snowed under now.
Regarding conferences: I wonder if yearly or bi-yearly online conference(s) might be good first steps for wikimedia research. Then, when a research community gets more interactive, that could be the basis for research pre-conferences for Wikimania 2008 or 2009 or whenever. However, if someone wants to dive in and organize a pre-conference without testing the water with an online conference, perhaps enough people would show up to make it successful. Perhaps this is a question to ask via individual emails and on the listserv: to see what people prefer. --Reswik 15:28, 28 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

From MPOV string:

Just pointing out that "Multiple points of view" has been moved to Wikiversity:Multiple points of view - but you already knew that! Just explaining the strange "you have messages" sign.. :-) Cormaggio beep 14:10, 14 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, I mean to get back to that MPOV page and some of the Wikiversity policy discussions and whatnot at some point. Snowed with my research work for a bit... --Reswik

Question: At this late stage in the Motto and Logo contests, do you think we hould we promote them on WP/Wikimedia community pages and wherever? I'd be willing to do the outreach -- but I wonder if it would seem odd, since things are wrapping up. If not outside WV, how to promote inside WV? --Reswik 15:05, 14 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Wikiversity - Action Research[edit source]

Hi Cormac, perhaps we should talk again via a recorded Gizmo regarding this Action Research project. I would like to commit some time to researching Wikiversity in an institutionalised learning context here in New Zealand - but after that, I'm not sure how to. So I'd like to follow your lead a bit, get ideas on what to look out for, and respond to that...--Leighblackall 01:04, 31 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

no worries Cormac. I'll be back in tyhe office on my Wednesday arvo.. perhaps my Thursday morning would be better for you (your Wed evening) --Leighblackall 10:13, 9 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Open Author Line[edit source]

Thanks for the congratulatory message on our paper being accepted. Now for the next paper- http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/PedaGlue If anyone wishes to contribute, the author line is open. The deadline is Valentine's Day 14 Feb 2007.--Ian Kennedy 12:01, 31 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Wikiversity update[edit source]

Hi Cormac... Hope ya'll are having a nice trip!

Lots of irons in the fire!:

Get yourself Home safe, man! smiley.jpg CQ 01:29, 2 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Enthused Newcomer with a few ideas and hopes for possible collaboration[edit source]

I agree with you on most of the points in your introduction. I've been painfully aware of the potential of the internet for a long time now, and how little everyone else shares this vision.

I could go into a big spill about it, but i don't think i have to do that with you. Let's just say I agree with you on the internet's potential, but I see us on a very limited time scale. Much of what the internet was-- no longer is. and we need to establish a more agressive postition in the face of the media giants, we have to give create a "product" that is appealing in a similar way that Youtube and Myspace are, but without stepping on their toes.

Attracting the acadmecally inquistitive, yet casual, mainstream audience and capturing their attention to the point that they become habitual contributors is THE most important thing right now, considering that youtube and myspace are not yet completely solidified main-stream habits.

Even if we are too late for that, I think we can find a productive niche beside, within, or even above the pre-existing structure. At this point, competition would frivilous.

Two things Consider the social network space provided by myspace and the media/bandwidth bank provided by youtube

and how their services could provide for a symbiotic relationship. --just a thought.

We shouldn't limit ourselves to anything without first taking into consideration the long term goals of the WIKIWorld. Keeping in mind that there are certain methods, certain thoughts and certain words one can do right now and every continuting moment that will help with the furtherance of some larger goal.


I see big things for this, and I will try to contribute as much as time and energy permits. Currently, my focus for accomplishing my mission is Education Reform and Community Building, but the more i come in contact with the formalized school system and the more i feel it's a lost cause.

The mindset of most of the western world is completely at ends with my own, I'm working on projects with the hope to localize businesses and culture in the community while retaining a global information transfer and getting the community more involved in the educational process again - doing what i can to create a productive balance in the world- but this just doesn't fit in the conventional scheme of things. However, I see lots of oppritunities for creating a spark in the physical world through cooridnated developments in the Free Culture Movement.

Just opening to the front page and browsing around for five minutes, I can tell you right off the bat that I'm most interested in organizing and re-structuring the program to make it more streamlined and widely-palatable. more popular-> therefore more powerful.

My ideas weren't stated here. I haven't been around long enough to give you coherent specifics, but if you are interested in what I have to say, please let me know. My email address is da_mag_ed@hotmail.com

If the weather permits, I will be attending a tristate energy conservation convention in memphis, so i may not be availiable for a few days. Hopefully i can check up in the middle of next week.

Until then,

Andrew

Reflective spiral[edit source]

(Man, all of those are open conversations? If not, you should consider archiving closed ones =) )


Well, I just read "action research" with a blue link on it, wondered what was it, and clicked (damn wikipedohol!!). I found the spiral extremely interesting; see, I'm a computer scientist, and the life cycle of a software product can be very well described by it in every scale. And it has nothing to do with comp. sci.! When I realized it could, in fact, be applied to (nearly?) every project we engage into, in our lives, it fascinated me, and I put it in a place where I will always have it present =).

Reflect, and plan, prior to act and then evaluate. With the detail that the evaluation must be done in the social context (not analysing the business in place, with interviews if necesary, is the doom of many software projects).

Another implication f the spiral: no reflexion allowed before having carried out the last plan and evaluated it: Many many software projects and solidarity projects I've known have become blocked in a vicious spiral of planing, then reflecting about the plan, then redoing a better plan, then reflecting on it, etc, so no action was ever taken! Action is the primary goal of any project: it must not be avoided, even if you don't know for sure it will be optimal. Furthermore, as I learned when programming mobile robots, there can be too many things in which your model of reality (the output of reflection) differs from reality, and you can only discover them by actually doing something and evaluating it.

And of course, no action allowed without a meditated plan! That's the main failure of novice programmers. Teachers insist: "design your solution! draw diagrams!" But as they've never faced complex problems, they cannot see a reason to do it. It's only when the problems become more and more complex (and in computer science complexity has no limit, since new solutions lie over previous ones), only then do they begin to appreciate the design (planning) step prior to programming (acting). Those who do not, or who never learned to design, cannot go past a level of complexity imposed by our own limited brain. Their programs are like big balls of spaguetti.

Reflection is compulsory between evaluating and planing: When a program becomes too complex for humans to work with it and improve it (normally as a result of an acumulation of lack of documenting), programmers begin solving each error by inserting a patch specific for that error. This action (which is, by the way, seldom documented) increases further the complexity of the program, leading it to an irremediable destiny of blockage: Errors which cannot be solved begin to manifest, and the program (yet possibly usable) cannot be improved anymore without dismantling it. What has been the problem? Planing directly from the evaluation (the observed behavior of the error), without reflecting until discovering the ultimate cause of the error and then reflecting about how that cause can be eliminated. This situation also happens often when the deadline for the delivery of the project is nearing, and problems must be fixed in the quickest way, rather than in the proper way. It's risky because you cannot know if (by doing this) the program will become too complex for you to resolve all problems before the deadline. But it must be done for the happiness of the client, your boss, and, ultimately, your wife.

Sorry for being so lengthy, but I wanted to share why I loved that spiral so much =)! --Jorge 00:29, 6 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

New learning project[edit source]

( http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Self_Paced_Reading_and_Grammer_Labs) Hi Cormaggio, long time no chit chat. This new learning project proposal I am drafting seems obvious to me and I think was talked about but I cannot find anything similar. Do you know of other users interested in this kind of thing? If I could get it going it would help answer the question of the universe ... what can junior high through high school people do here to help out while productively polishing skills and also help with adult reader programs once we get the links setup through browse so new readers and reliably work their way to the material after being shown how to operate browser and the icons trail to the material. Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon. Mirwin 06:59, 11 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Relex[edit source]

Hey, it's great to meet another person as excited as I. Sorry for my hiatus. So I've been toying with the idea of trying to bring some of the Deans of our universities into this endeavor. I know at my research university they take an active role in the publishing of faculty research, perhaps we can convince them to bring some of that research to wikiversity. Such highly regarded research would certainly seem to help us push forward our agenda... Oh and be sure to send any tasks that you need help on my way, I'd love to help. --Relex 02:42, 13 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]


I attend University of Miami in Florida. It's considered a Level 1 Research Univ. in the U.S., which means the main focus of the faculty members here is to publish research, and teaching is second. In order for faculty to obtain professorships or tenure they must publish research, 90% which do so in accredited Journals. On average Journals reject 8 out of 10 submissions for publication, and charge about 400 dollars for a submission to be peer reviewed and sent through the publishing process. That means there is a glut of research out there that doesn't have a venue for publishing, which has its merits. The high competition for journals plays a role in making sure there is no fraud. Nevertheless, we at Wiki would love to have that research. I really don't think researchers should only publish here, but we should try our best to find a way that they can publish in reputable journals as well as Wikiversity without infringing copyright. As for motivation, every researcher I've met loves to have people read their research, and so will probably be more than willing to get it on Wiki as long as they can publish it as well. Additionally, I don't believe researchers receive any royalties from Journals anyways, so the only financial concerns they would have, is that they wouldn't have to pay the 400 dollar publishing fee on Wiki :). I'm sure the ability to network with others will also entice them. Andd....that's about it.. Shouldn't be too hard :P --Relex 03:23, 14 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Hmmm...so I checked many other of the mainstream journals and they don't specify any charges, then again they don't say that there are none. It was probably specific to the one publishing company that produced several of the journals I was looking at. Besides, even if costs were levied, they should be covered by the mother institution of the researcher. --Relex 05:05, 15 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

renaming user[edit source]

Hello. I'm drini. I got impersonated past weeks by User:Drini here on this wiki. I'm kindly requesting your help getting back my name renaming Drini to something else (inird, xyz, etc), and then changing this username (Drinisteward) back to drini. I've made a small edit on meta confirming my identity: [1] . I'm a steward, I could make the rename myself, but since this project has local bureaucrats, it's better if you (or Sebmol) could help me on this.

I'll appreciate the help (I'm also dropping a note on Sebmol, so make sure you don't rename users twice ;) Drinisteward 14:58, 13 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Hey[edit source]

Hey Cormac, come by Blues basics for a visit, will ya? :-) --HappyCamper 23:13, 15 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks[edit source]

Thanks for your welcoming message and for deleting my User:User: page !--CorentinB 23:32, 15 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Book reviews[edit source]

Good idea if people do it. I am attempting to get people interested in tech papers at Lunar Boom Town. Same idea, slightly different audience. High schoolers and junior high do a lot of book reports. I suppose experienced professors like JW might be able to provide review of text books they have used or reviewed with a view to using (sound like Bond does it not? EM and Quantum Optics for a view .... never mind) in a separate subpage of the Reader's List? Wikiversity's Reading Lists? Like New York Best Sellers list. We should brainstorm in IRC sometime when things are slow but people are around. I could do a few scifi reviews of my favorites to help kick off the book report section/list. If we all (crazed regulars) did a few we like one at a time within few months thing could be rolling under its own momentum. Maybe combine with Amazon to get percentage of books sold to users clicking on through? Giving away busines ideas supposed to supporting free engineering sites but need Wikiversity up and running first. More later. Mirwin 10:21, 16 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Greetings from WikiEducator[edit source]

Hey Cormaggio -

Thanks for popping in to WikiEducator. I've responded to your thoughts and have a few ideas for collaboration. I've left these here

Would love to get a brainstorm session going. Chat to you soon. --Mackiwg 18:23, 16 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

From RoseGraham[edit source]

Hi, thanks for the welcome to Wikiversity! I'm putting together the course How They Had Fun: Culture and Context in the United States, 1900-1960 from my own initative. The course will hopefully turn out to be a resource that people can use (and contribute to!) at any time and at any pace that suits them, but leaves them with some new knowledge and ways of approaching culture and the past. I'm currently working on getting a BA in history focusing on American and British history and I've taken courses in the past that have covered different aspects of culture in this time period. I've been curious to have a go at putting together a class and this looked like the perfect way to try. I'm considering becoming an educator, but I'm still undecided at the moment. Thanks again for the welcome! RoseGraham 23:39, 16 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

How best can I know when you have replied to this?[edit source]

Hi Cormac, I replied to your hello and question about Wikigogy on my userpage. I've wondered for a while: what are the best practice ways a MediaWiki user, A, knows when another user, B, has replied to something user A wrote on user B's talk page? Where might the answer to this question best be propagated, a Help page maybe and or Welcome page? --Rogerhc 00:15, 17 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Oops![edit source]

I'm still getting the hang of things here and accidentally posted on the talk page twice. Sorry about that! RoseGraham 01:19, 17 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]


Renaming/Moving/Deleting Pages[edit source]

A question to you as one of the Custodians. Can I move or rename a page? On Wikipedia, this is possible, but I have just dnoticed I cannot do that here. At least for something I have created myself, it should be possible to change the name. The only way I see now is to recreate the page under another name, copy the content and remove all links to the old one. This would leave a garbage page. 84.143.87.45 19:26, 17 February 2007 (UTC) Sorry, just noticed I had forgotten to log on. That was me. Nannus 19:28, 17 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

MediaWiki talk:Monobook.css[edit source]

Hello again! I've patiently participated in the "rounded corners" discussion in good faith, but it's obvious that Sebmol and JWSchmidt are not going to budge. They've essentially declared that they like the rounded corners, so that's that. As they refuse to honor the obvious lack of consensus (with Sebmol even claiming that Wikiversity doesn't rely on consensus to make decisions), I ask that you please revert to this version. Thank you. —David Levy 06:57, 18 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

For JWSchmidt's part, he has now indicated that he has "no problem ignoring exaggerated opinions" (which is how he has unilaterally labeled the opinions of those who disagree with him).
In summary, we have a bureaucrat declaring that consensus is irrelevant, and we have a sysop claiming that he possesses the authority to ignore opinions that seem "exaggerated" to him (despite the fact that even assigning them equal weight to the rounded corners' praise results in no consensus). I sincerely hope that you'll put a stop to this. —David Levy 18:14, 18 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]


Hi David, I've reverted the rounded corners because I felt it was the right thing to do - I've explained (some of) my reasons on MediaWiki talk:Monobook.css. I think it's been an unnecessarily long and hotly contested debate - I hope things might calm down now. That's all I'll say for now, but I'll be in touch no doubt. Thanks. :-) Cormaggio beep 02:26, 19 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Also posted at MediaWiki talk:Monobook.css:
Thank you, Cormac! I hope that the proponents of the rounded corners can look beyond their personal opinions and recognize the lack of consensus. By the same token, while I actually like the straight corners, I'll gladly accept an alternative method of rounding the corners if one backed by consensus can be devised. It isn't the style that's the problem; it's the implementation. —David Levy 03:48, 19 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Philosophy[edit source]

Hey, thanks for the note! I definitely have some reading to do, those are some interesting links you posted on the philosophy message board. Luckily, its Sunday so I have some time, unfortunately, I ought to be studying for an exam on Tuesday. But, I suppose, this place is, hopefully, the future of education, and definitely worth devoting some time to. Anyway, right now, I'm reading Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (on the suggestion of the reading list on the philosophy school page), and I'm thinking it would be cool to do an entry on this, sort a guide step by step (so, an explaination of each basic logical step Wittgenstein puts forth). I'm not sure how well I understand it myself, though, so it would definitely have to be a collaborative effort. Anyway, that's what I'm thinking now, it would be quite a project, but hopefully I could either contribute, or get it rolling once I have a little bit of time. Anyway, keep me updated if you start any projects on the philosophy school. Liftyrfists 18:22, 18 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Historical Intro to Philosophy[edit source]

Is there a way to get this page back? (Redirected from Historical Introduction to Philosophy) Mary Cordova


Thanks. I got done what I needed to. Maybe I was not looking but I couldnt seem to get to the page because I kept getting re-directed, imagine that. I did request the redirect when my page was serving as the home page but the content on my page has expanded considerably and one had to scroll quite far in order to get to their topic of choice. One of the other students (whos topic was near the bottom) suggested the table of contents. Which is funny because that is eactly what I suggested to somebody today who wants to clean up the philosophy departments main page. Anyway thanks for all your help. MaryCordova 07:10, 20 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Great Fire Wall of China[edit source]

Cormac, Wikiversity.org may currently be censored by the Chinese Internet censors and thus not available on the Internet in China except through proxies. One of my correspondents in the city of Dalian in China reported being unable to get to Wikiversity. I know Wikipedia is censored in China but I didn't know Wikiversity was, too. Do you know more about this? --Rogerhc 18:31, 20 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

It's probably because WikiVersity is on the same IP address as WikiPedia which is censored in China. --Rogerhc 22:50, 21 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for your reply on my talk page. The block is unfortunate. Maybe if WikiVersity did not resolve to the same IP address as Wikipedia, this problem would go away for a while. Political hot potatoes appearing on WikiVersity later could put it also on the blocked list but it could be a smart thing for WikiVersity to be on a different IP address than Wikipedia in the meantime so it might for now by available in China. I don't know who to share this idea with. Cormac, you seem to know your way around here; feel free to pass this separate IP address for Wikiversity idea along in appropriate circles if it might help. For now I'll keep Wikigogy.org online for English teachers in China because they can't get to WikiVersity right now. Common teachers are unlikely to use savvy sneak through methods. :-) --Rogerhc 05:48, 22 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Motto and slogan[edit source]

(copied answer from Colloquium)

A bit belated this - but I think advertising on any other project than Wikiversity would be pretty pointless at this stage - we'd be starting from scratch. But yes, why haven't we advertised on Beta? In any case, I've re-added it to the sitenotice here. Cormaggio beep 12:44, 20 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for mentioning the contests on Beta. This seems to have drawn some participation today.
I don't think that promoting would mean starting from scratch. We could ask people to help with the last round. On the other hand, I have refrained from promotion personally as I did not feel comfortable doing that but also, I assumed it was better for people drawn to Wikiversity or involved in WV somehow to participate in this process. It is true that a contest is a way to invite participation. But, I think it is key that people with some sort of involvement will think in more reflective way about the mission of this project, which is quite distinct from other wikimedia projects. So, while participation has been unfolding very slow in this round of the contest (until today), I won't promote unless others suggest we do so. --Reswik 04:42, 21 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks[edit source]

Thanks for the welcome. I'm a clarinettist, both bass and Bflat. I also play guitar and sing. I love the performance and composition aspects. I also do like jazz and stuff but yeah. I did grade 4 ameb clarinet exam 3 years ago and I reckon i could easily go further now but i dont have the time for it. I'm grade 5/6 level though, especially on bass. I don't think I'd be able to help a great deal with italian and french. I can't really speak italian but I can comprehend heaps. and french; well all i understand is the things that are similar to italian. Thanks again! Can't wait to help out! Bananagirl 09:54, 21 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Picture of the year 2006[edit source]

I am voting for picture number 10 in the Commons picture of 2006 contest. (I'm putting this here because I don't yet even have 100 teeny edits on Commons - eek!) Cormaggio beep 13:48, 22 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

copyright violation[edit source]

I put a speedy delete template on all the Category:History of Quebec and Canada pages. I left a note about copyright violations at Wikiversity:Notices for custodians#Copyright violations. --JWSchmidt 02:11, 23 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

"added a note to Mikec's talk page - did you also send an email?" <-- That user did not activate the email system. --JWSchmidt 15:27, 23 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
There is a reply from Mikec here. --JWSchmidt 23:19, 27 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps an e-mail containing one of the standard GFDL message templates should be send to that e-mail address so that he can reply with the grant of permission. With the lack of an OTRS queue, perhaps sending it through the automatically archived Wikiversity mailing list would be a suitable alternative. sebmol ? 08:33, 28 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Can the "$100 Laptop" Change the World?[edit source]

Cormac, I enjoyed reading an eLearnMag article just now, "Can the '$100 Laptop' Change the World?" By Laurie Rowell, and it made me think of you for some reason, especially the parts toward the end about wiki's and learning. --Rogerhc :-) me 07:39, 23 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Collaboratively Building Concepts[edit source]

Hey Cormac,

My name is Said. I just saw the message you left me although you had written it back in January. I'm sorry, I've been so busy implementing a wiki dialogue project between Jewish and Muslim teenagers at a non-profit, Children of Abraham! I thought that maybe someone would jump right in and start editing what I wrote at the Collaboratively Building Concept Wikiversity page. I forget his name, but one guy had been helping me tweak some minor things. I haven't yet witnessed a collaborative essay that thinks about collaboration at the theoretical level. But then again I haven't had the time to see what you're doing (although I did just remember that Stewart Mader's book "Wikis in Education" features a final chapter that is a Wiki). The result of my page has proven to be just me pontificating about semantics and cognition, etc. Has anyone figured out a way to collaborate at this higher theory level? I think one problem is that academics are too respectful of individual work and are afraid to interfere. We should talk about what collaboration entails at the higher register levels. --Saidkassem 17:01, 24 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Greetings![edit source]

Gordo 21:17, 25 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Action Research and Fundraising[edit source]

I've started a bit of research at Fundraising. We were throwing around some ideas in IRC, and both mirwin and JWS had some good input. We happened upon some US university-funding-type org, and one grant (in paticular) that is for wiki-type research. JWS seemed to think they were more diposed to Accredited institutions, but I don't think that is an insurmountable hurdle -- getting a research partner isn't a bad thing.

I'm interested in Canadian programs, but I think it would be worthwhile to get information on any and every grant/funding possibility that we can. Even if this paticular project just ends up generating a clearinghouse of funding venues, it could be a valuable resource and could become a place for grant seekers to come -- and that could generate further interest and possible research partners.

I'd like to see if we could actually get something funded, and I have a couple of ideas floating around. I think this is a great combination of "learn by doing" and "action research". Let me know what you think. Historybuff 15:05, 28 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]