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Go for it![edit]

If you'd like to contribute to School:Information_Technology, then please go right ahead. You won't be stomping on any toes here. Poking around the internet, books and other similar places on wikiversity (like computer science) is a very good idea in order to make sure your contribution makes sense and is accessible. Other than that: Go for it! Richard2me 16:35, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

information about Wikiversity participants[edit]

"How many active Wikiversitans are there?" <-- It would be nice to have more information about Wikiversity editors. A few weeks ago I tried to get someone to write some computer code that would dig this kind of information out of the website database, but it never got done. This might be a useful project for folks at MediaWiki Project. I suspect that most visitors to Wikiversity see the link to Wikiversity at the bottom of the Wikipedia main page...this is probably about 2,000 new visitors a day to the Wikiversity main page. Most people who go to Wikipedia never edit and the same is true at Wikiversity. About 30 people register a user account every day and maybe 5-10 click "edit" and make a small correction/addition to a Wikiversity page without registering an account. Most of these 30-40 visitors who have registered or edited on their first visit never edit again. A few will make a dozen or so edits over the course of a few days and then not edit again. The total number of people who edit over an extended period of time (months) is very small; I would guess that there are on the order of about 25 such people who might be called Wikiversity "regulars", although the amount of actual editing by individuals in this group varies widely from "not much" to "much". --JWSchmidt 16:41, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

PHP/MySQL[edit]

:-) - and thanks! Well, I'm trying to get some open-source bibliographic software (Wikindx) working on my computer (a Mac, running OSX). To do so, I need to have PHP, MySQL, and Apache running, and be able to create and manage databases on MySQL. I am almost there but there are one or two things that stop me from getting going - sometimes requiring some knowledge of UNIX. It's slightly frustrating, but I think I just need some gentle guidance (or easy to follow instructions) on the remaining steps. If you've any experience here, I'd greatly appreciate it, but don't worry about it too much. Do you ever use IRC? I'm often in #wikiversity-en - we could go through it there if you like.. Cormaggio talk 18:37, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

WIKINDX has forums at http://sourceforge.net/projects/wikindx which will be able to help with installation problems.

Thanks ever so much - and there's really no urgency about this at all - between Wikiversity and IRC, you'll find me when I'm online - so we'll talk then! Cormaggio talk 00:16, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for trying me in IRC - I suspect we could be in different timezones - I'm in the UK - I would have been online when you left that last message if I had been up early this morning, but I've been a bit lazy :-). As for names, well, as John points out, you can have multiple names (though this can be confusing, and is generally used for experimenting with technical stuff rather than editing) - or you can rename a user account, keeping the edit history (ie. "User:Historybuff" => "User:Generalbuff" ;-)). Just let me know if you need to do the latter - the former can be done by simply creating another account. (To be honest though, I don't think it would be confusing/unusual/problematic for a "Historybuff" to be editing CS topics, but that's just my opinion..) Cormaggio talk 11:15, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
..and, oh yes, what's your IRC nick? Cormaggio talk 13:54, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
Having different accounts is ok, and most people manage it by having one as a redirect page to your main user acccount. However, editing with two accounts can be problematic, and is often termed "sockpuppetry". But if you want to keep one as a potential username in the future - besides depriving someone of a potentially cool username, it isn't really a problem. However, both deleting user accounts and renaming two accounts into one are not possible. (Though perhaps by developers, but they probably have better things to be doing ;-)) Cormaggio talk 14:13, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks again! Yes, I do really want to get this bibliographic system up and running - will try to figure something out myself, but would definitely appreciate the help. Is it worth setting a date for it - or is it down to snatching a half-hour whenever we're both available and on IRC? Cormaggio beep 11:04, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

page rename[edit]

"How do I move a page?" <-- I believe you have to be a registered user for four days before you will see the move tab. If you really need a page "moved" (re-named) now, I can do it for you. Yes, it works the same in userspace and the general namespace too. --JWSchmidt 19:45, 15 January 2007 (UTC)


"move User:Historybuff/todo -> User:Historybuff/to do" <-- done

"getting software ... what would this need to be written in?" <-- I've never made a "bot" that can do things in a wiki. I think some people write them in Perl. See m:Bot
--JWSchmidt 03:14, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

user names[edit]

"Bots are on my list -- what were you thinking of?" <-- I had been thinking of a bot that would look at the edits made by all Wikiversity users and then make some kind of table showing how many edits for each user.

"change my userid" <-- You can register multiple user accounts. For example, I also have User:JohnWSchmidt. User talk:JohnWSchmidt links to User talk:JWSchmidt. If you want to transfer your past editing history to a new account, you have to ask either User:Cormaggio or User:Sebmol. --JWSchmidt 04:06, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

custodians & advisors[edit]

"custodians (we should find a better name, IMHO)" <-- Take a look at Wikiversity talk:Custodianship. What do you think would be a better name?

"have advisors while Wikiversity is in the incubation stages?" <-- I do not think it is a "crazy thought". Please take a look at Wikiversity:Review board, which has some similar thoughts about creating a new class of "functionary" at Wikiversity. Wikipedia has always been about citation of reliable sources and the role of "experts" has always been down-played at Wikipedia. I hope Wikiversity can be a more welcoming place for people who can be recognized by the community as having useful knowledge and called upon by the community to share that expertise. --JWSchmidt 17:48, 16 January 2007 (UTC)


"contributing editors who would try and help newcomers find something to do" <-- The typical "first line" approach to providing help in a wiki is to try to create a system of "help pages". This is why we have a "Help" button in the side bar. The "second line" is a set of pages where participants can ask questions.....and then they have to wait for someone to reply. In addition to the "talk pages", there are special discussion pages, the most important of which is the Colloquium. It is also common for wikis to have "to do" lists and a standing invitation for people to pitch in. I think many students are very much in the "video generation", so I have an interest in creating video tutorials that can show people how to participate constructively at Wikiversity. Live chat is also a good way to get help at Wikiversity.

"get a shadow advisor, basically a 2nd year or above student who can help them" <-- We have created a system of mentoring new custodians. We could certainly start a system by which new Wikiversity participants can be paired with a more experienced participant and invited to make use of communications channels such as email.
--JWSchmidt 03:00, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

I agree with John. As Wikiversity is only a budding project, ideas such as yours are needed for our expansion. I encourage you to keep up the good work! -- J.Steinbock 03:08, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

CS or IT related project[edit]

"get Wikiversity doing something live.....learn as well as contribute.....where to talk about it." <-- This community is so small that the best place is probably the Colloquium. For something computer science-related I would mention it at School talk:Computer Science. I agree that Wikiversity participants should learn about computers by participating in "actual projects" rather than just read webpages that talk about computers. We are supposed to be figuring out how to do research projects that evaluate our learning methods. I agree that it would be nice to have an "expert" for this.....doing good research is a skill that very few people have. However, in wikis we often find ourselves charging into battle and doing the best that we can do. Often an expert shows up later, notices what is going on, and decides to help.

"We might even get funding" <-- Wikiversity probably needs a page like m:Grants. Rumor is that the Wikimedia Foundation has actually been paying a staff member to do some work on grant applications, but that might just be rumor since I have seen no evidence. Somebody made this page: Research grant collaboration group and there is Wikiversity NPC but we should probably have a page about grant funding in the "Wikiversity:" namespace.
--JWSchmidt 15:07, 17 January 2007 (UTC)


Apparently the Wikimedia Foundation got one $40,000 grant (see). According to this, the Grants Coordinator wrote the proposal for that grant. --JWSchmidt 15:30, 17 January 2007 (UTC)


"Would a Grant have to go through WikiMedia?" <-- if we get serious, we would certainly want to coordinate with the Wikimedia grants group (see links above).

"how can I refer to myself when speaking to people?" <-- "volunteer editor" & explain what a wiki is

"How are you composing your videos?" <-- Macintosh software, see Podcasting. If I could figure it out it is not too hard. --JWSchmidt 16:21, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikiversity:project incubator[edit]

Hi Historybuff, please have a look at my response. ----Erkan Yilmaz (evaluate me!, discussion) 20:29, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Icons[edit]

They are are nuvola icons. They are found here. Cheers. J.Steinbock 20:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikio session 2[edit]

I downloaded

and will edit it using GarageBand (if I can stop laughing).....it is a good demo for everything that can go wrong if you are "live". --JWSchmidt 15:29, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

AMP Help[edit]

Hi HB, yes, I'm just on my way to the airport now - back on Tuesday - might be checking in before then, but we could work on this afterwards if you have the time. Thanks for keeping me in mind! :-) Cormaggio beep 18:42, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

I know some AMP (particularly LAMP) gurus and hackers that could certainly help... Im directing them toward the MediaWiki Engine (main) application and the L:A:M:P content development projects. I think we also need server administration content development. CQ 21:02, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks

Thanks for the gift :) I'm going well IRL, but I'm very busy working for the French chapter and the Marketing committee of the Wikimedia Foundation. Thus I really don't have the time to argue endlessly with narrow-minded and stubborn people. That's why I'm on wikibreak on Wikiversity. guillom 12:16, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Regarding cisLunarFreighter Game[edit]

Sorry Historybuff, I thought I had gotten back to you but it seems I forgot. I do not currently have IRC capability. You are quite welcome to leave thoughts on the discussion pages or edit and insert anywhere within the cisLunarFreighter project space. All the material there will mutate numerous times in the course of pulling a useful, fun game together. So far, a couple of people have expressed interest at my talk page or email but nobody has really made any public comments or changes where others can see them. I am currently working on a couple background song/ditties based on public domain classics like Home on the Range, and Working on the Railroad. I may or may not get enough courage up to record and post some audio files. My musical skills are quite limited but I have been assembling equipment. Anyway. Comments or other participation is always welcome. Mirwin 01:21, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Flash Update. I am now IRC capable and have successfully found and joined the wikimedia and wikiversity-en channels. JWSagain tells me to participate in your (or CQ's?) next VOIP test I need to get some login information from you. I think I have a microphone and mozIAX installed properly but only a test will tell for sure! 8) Mirwin 01:58, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Toolserveraccount[edit]

Hello Historybuff,
please send your real-name, your prefered login-name and the public part of your ssh-key to Zedler-admins.png. We plan to create your account soon then. --DaB.

History?[edit]

I noticed your username, and wondered if you're well-versed in any sort of history, and if so, if you'd like to contribute to the School of History. There aren't many of us around. I'm generally involved in the European History department, but there aren't really enough of us around (at least in that department) to sustain any sort of discussion on policy or to keep things going. The Jade Knight 10:24, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

I'd appreciate your responses here and here; particularly in any of the topics where we're trying to discuss policy or goal-oriented stuff. The Jade Knight 03:13, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

Welcome to the Neighbourhood[edit]

Received your greetings with thanks. I have toured and photographed US Civil War Eastern Theatre over the past 18months. My colleague describes me as a "Connaisseur of the Absurd" with respect to my collections. However my practice is still psychiatry and thanks for the welcome to the neighbourhood. Joel Lamoure 20:09, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Collaboration with French Wikiversity[edit]

Hello,

I agree to help you in the collaboration but I don't really understand what could be this collaboration. If you could give me more details... Julien1311 15:09, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your answer. I think that this is a great idea. I will be happy to help. Julien1311 15:34, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Summer of Code[edit]

Hey - I've added a note to m:Talk:Summer of Code 2007 - maybe you could check there occasionally, and let's see what happens! Cormaggio talk 17:27, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Hey there - about Grants coordinator, I have no idea what will be happening - this is very raw news (about Danny), but I might have a better impression next week.
Another thing - Wayne Mackintosh from Wikieducator left me a note on my talk page (you might want to read it) about a conference about mediawiki, free content etc which will be taking place in Vancouver in April. There will be some sort of remote participation planned, but would you be prepared/willing to head along? Wanna spread the word to anyone else in the general area? (1000 miles ;-)) Cormaggio talk 11:36, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
Apparently, "possibly [they] can help with travel and accommodation"... Cormaggio talk 22:48, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Quiz![edit]

Guess what? The quiz system is working!




  

--Rayc 21:07, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Knock knock[edit]

There has been some interest to your comments here. The Jade Knight 11:48, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Please remove all screen shots from "The Spy Story"[edit]

Please remove all screen shots from "The Spy Story". The original footage was released for public distribution by the school's instructor. However, I learned that there is a rights issue on these frames since the instructor is unable to contact the former students who produced the movie as a school project. Therefore, I stopped using the pictures until the rights issue can be cleared up. So far, the negotiations are at a stand still since I cannot find the original authors. Robert Elliott 04:48, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes and no![edit]

Yes, I believe that a single photo from a movie is fair use specially because the instructor seemed to place the movie in public domain. (He signed the uTube license for the movie.)

However, when I contacted the instructor, he became rather violent (verbally) and demained Wikiversity not use the photos until he had obtained permission from the students. I have written the instructor three times but still no positive response. (University of North Las Vegas; It is a community college and the film class is taught by an important(?) filmmaker from Hollywood.)

Therefore, you had better remove all the photos from Wikiversity. I do not remember how many of the photos I placed on Wikiversity before received the instructor's first letter. I believe there are 8 of them. I have NEVER been able to get the search engine of Wikiversity to work and I have hundreds and hundreds of illustrations for the Wikiversity Film School. If there are more photos, they will all have the words "The Spy Story" written in the description.

Tell me how to get Wikiversity's search engine to work and I will locate the pictures which need to be removed. Robert Elliott 12:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

image...[edit]

Thank you for making me aware of that. In my edit comment it appears I noted that it was in the public domain. I do not remember where I got it or why I uploaded it though, and nothing links to it. As a general rule though, I try not to lie to myself, so I imagine that I got it from Wikipedia or Wikicommons (where it was marked as in the public domain), or some government site. I would not be opposed to deleting it if that would be most appropriate. I changed the license however; I think I did it correctly. --Remi 05:36, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Sure, I'm interested in helping out. I'm not too sure what exactly I can do, but I will help out in any way that I can.--Shanel 06:57, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Already signed up for the mailing list. There is one user who is interested in helping out, but only after everything has been set up (he is lazy). Tawker would probably be interested as well, but I don't think he's seen your message. I will ask when I see him.--Shanel 17:07, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Je suis aussi bien intéressé à aider. Il faudrait me dire ce qu'il y a à faire et combien de temps cela pourrait demander. Je pourrais aussi m'atteler à mettre un peu de français dans le Chapitre... I'm also interrested in helping. You should only tell me what I could do and how much time it could take. I can also put more French and these Chapter... --[1] 17:20, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm also interested in helping out, though I'm more of a dabbler/wikignome currently. Is there a specific mailing list you'd recommend joining? I couldnt see anything at meta about a specific Canadian list. Thanks. Quiddity 18:58, 13 April 2007 (UTC) (I'm going to burnout too fast with more projects, sorry, had to unsubscribe. I'll try to get back to this later :) Quiddity 03:29, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Hi there, thank you for writing. Actually I was going to do something of this nature myself, so I am totally willing to work on this. Let's do whatever needs to be done, maybe arrange some meeting. I'm ready. meta:user:TimBits--74.210.37.217 21:34, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

As usual, I will use French (because there isn't enougth French here and there is too much English...) Tu devrais contacter ce type, sur Wikipédia en français : [[2]]. Sa page utilisateur laisse à désirer, mais il faut bien plus que celle-ci... --Willhelm[[3]] 22:53, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

En passant, où dois-je aller m'inscrire pour être abonné à la liste de diffusion (Where should I go to register to the mail list??) --Willhelm[[4]]

From my talk page: "I saw that you signed up as a participant. Would you be interested in helping to get the Chapter going? We're seeking approx. 10 members to help out get things rolling. Leave a note on the WM Can page or on my talk page. v:User:Historybuff 18:17, 13 April 2007 (UTC)"

I believe I de-listed myself, and I can't find my name on the participant list. If I have not done so successfully, I would appreciate it if you could remove my name from the list. Sorry, I've too many other priorities, and don't want to waste people's time or raise their hopes. --206.248.168.100 23:26, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for taking the initiative on this. I'll help where I can. I don't expect lots of free time though. w:User:Samw

I'd like to help out as well. What needs to be done? w:User:Acid0057

Java ogg audio player[edit]

Can we just use something like w:Template:Listen? --JWSchmidt 21:10, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Collaboration with French Wikiversity[edit]

Hi and sorry for the delayed response. I'm not sure what I can do to help for the moment but as soon as you need me don't hesitate to ask. Julien1311 talk 00:40, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

help help... i need help... lol. ok, well really, i went over to the literature section and was completely fazed. there's also a writing center. any idea what i should do? not that i care about anyone copying my work or whatever, because i don't think my work has progressed to that level... Shaheema 05:53, 14 April 2007 (UTC)Shaheema

Free cooperative teach/learn resources[edit]

Hi. I've been talking vaguely with JWSchmidt about teamspeak. I's a free (for non-profit orgs, etc.) voice conference system. It allows recording by the client, setting up your own voice server, setting up channels (rooms) as allowing free entrance or private, up to 100 participants (1000 per free server). I'm not related to the thing, I've just been using it in the context of IVAO flight simulation network. A few tests might be useful to assess it's real uses and utility in a learning environment; namely, never having used voice chat, I don't know if it has advantages over it. Still, a "chalkboard" system would be necessary to exchange written notes, sketches and links.

In that aspect there is one collaborative on-line useful thing, [CMaps], for Conceptual Maps. As you'll see at once these are mortant tools. They have servers to host the cmaps so that that can be edited cooperatively. How much cooperative editing they allow is a thing I don't now.

Let me know what you think. I'll put the note on teamspeak also in VoIP talk. HolyZarkon 08:56, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Your quiz template of January 2007[edit]

Do you mind if I rename your quiz template to something like HB_quiz or quiz2 ? I just have an idea about quiz templates and I need an easy-to-write title. The idea is to tell everyone that they have to write {{quiz}} as part of the quiz extension, so that we can then use the quiz template for housekeeping tasks like automatic category addition and tracking how many pages are using it. McCormack 13:29, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Grants[edit]

It seems to me that if we have a firm goal and some commitment, collaboratively, it would not be that difficult to write a quality grant. So, I would like to know more. :) --Remi 06:51, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Hello history buff, have you begun writing a proposal? Open Research 16:35, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

VoIP test[edit]

  • Teamspeak: yes, I have it set up and working, and can always test it on IVAO. My timezone is GMT currently with DST (like London). Until next Wednesday 8 I don't expect to have all that's necessary for a test though. I also downloaded an Asterix client, but haven't set it up yet.
  • I can't say the test yesterday May 7 was a success. For the most part we couldn't hear each other. Reasons (conjectural!): (1) a very real packet loss, (2) my failing 3g/gprs connection oscillating between 56 K and 350 K, (3) overloaded test server, (4) low quality of test server settings, (5) concurrent programs taking up much CPU time also produce voice fragmentation like the one experienced, (6) possibly too long and twisted a path between endpoints. At any rate I suppose you got the feel of the thing. HolyZarkon 09:50, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
  • "Have you checked out Topic:VoIP and our Wiki Campus Radio stuff?" Yes, I've been there, but not too attentive I think. HolyZarkon 19:38, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Hello, Historybuff!

Sorry for the delay; my internet connection was on the blink.

I'm interested in your en>fr translation request concerning Wikimedia Canada, but I must know more before involving myself in this project, not least because I will be traveling for a week at the end of the month. If these translations are urgent, you may want to contact someone else (I have two excellent translators in mind already if this should be the case).

Anyway, I would like to know more in general. How far along is the project? How bilingual will it be? What will be needed of me?

I must add that I am not Canadian, if this matters to the members of Wikimedia Canada. (I did spend many, many lovely winters in Montréal, but that's it. ^^)

You may contact me here, on fr:wp, en:wp, meta or via e-mail.

Amicalement,

Arria Belli 20:36, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Hello again,
I've taken a look at the Wikimedia Canada pages. I'm not finding much that needs translating, except for the incorporation page and the one on local chapters. Is that all, or am I missing something?
Arria Belli 14:04, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
It's true Category:Wikimedia Canada is a bit confusing. I'll see what I can do.
I think I can translate a little every day, starting with the incorporation page, which has been translated here and needs some completing (sub-sections and rereading, which I will do now).
Tell me if you need anything else done more urgently.
Arria Belli 11:32, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
Juste a side note: you may already know, but there is three wikiprojects on the french wikipedia where you may fin some people from Canada interested in Wikimedia Canada, if this project is going to speed up again: "Projet:Québec", "Projet:Politique québécoise" et "Projet:Canada" (and you may find a couple of french-speaking canadians on "Projet:Hockey sur glace" ;-) ). 66.46.80.167 19:57, 14 May 2007 (UTC) (User:Boréal on WP: fr.
I have updated the Wikimedia Canada ajouts récents section with my translations so far. Tell me what else you need translated, including the text of the formal invitation to be sent to the French-speaking MLs and groups. Arria Belli 16:44, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Sorry for the lack of news about myself. I continue to be interrested in working on the Canadian Chapter of Wikimedia, but I'm not at home since six weeks and I will not be return before five weeks (and after one week at home I will leave again for another week). So, my internet connection is not very good and not always available and I don't have the time to connect myself a lot. In fact, I was for five weeks in an English immersion program in Toronto and now I work in Toronto for six more weeks to increase my English skills. Then, by then end of the summer, I will be able to help you again. I'm interrested in doing some translation, so the Chapter could be very bilingual, as the country... If you want to contact me, go on my page on the French Wikipedia, I go there sometimes. I unsubscribe from the mailing list, because I was bored to receive too much messages who don't concern me. --Willhelm[[5]] 17:29, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Flower IDs[edit]

Hi HB. For now, maybe just leave me links to them (using a colon in front like this: [[:Image:Imagename]]). A better way needs to happen eventually, but for now I'm prettey much the resident identifyer :(. --SB_Johnny | talk 11:33, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Just on Wikiversity?[edit]

Hi Historybuff! Just wondering...are you found on any other Wikimedia projects, or is this the only one you contribute to? --HappyCamper 21:34, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Collaboration between Wikiversities[edit]

Hi Historybuff,

I'm a French Wikiversitan and you contacted me about Wikiversity:Sandbox Server a few months ago. I would like to know if the project is in progress or if it has been forgotten. We're really interested by such a project. Julien1311 talk 17:28, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

We're really interested in helping you for such a project but we don't know how we could help. Tell us how to help you and we will. Julien1311 talk 22:24, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Sandbox Server[edit]

If you still need a sandbox server, I'd gladly donate some of my server space to the project. cybiko123 talk 15:35, 05 June 2007 (UTC)

Sandbox Server (cont'd)[edit]

Yes, I use IRC, but I'd like to use something a little more secure than that (since we probably will discuss sensitive information). Let's use the chat program built into Linux. Let me know if this works for you. Cybiko123 05:29, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

You don't need to do any of that. I've set up a user account for you on my server, technowiki.info. Give me an email address and I'll send you the password. Send the email to webmaster at the above-listed domain. Cybiko123 21:05, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Collaboration with French Wikiversity[edit]

I don't know what I can do to help you. I have posted a presentation of your project and a link to your page on the French colloquium. Perhaps, some people more qualified than me would be able to help you. Julien1311 talk 22:15, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I think that nobody on the French Wikiversity is enough competent to help you with your project. from what I've heard, most of the French Wikiversity users are interested in the programming project (C and Java), so that may be a good start and a way to make your project more "famous". Julien1311 talk 19:14, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
You can contact users on the French colloquium. Julien1311 talk 13:48, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Chemistry Wed stuff[edit]

Thanks for the comment on my talk page. I would like to move a considerable amount of materials that at one time were used for an internet based M Sc in Computational Chemistry to Wikiversity. Two things are holding me up (well three actually, the third being lack of time). The first is getting approval to release the materials from my co-authors, so this can not start until I get this. The second is most important. The most important innovation of the materials is the use of CGI scripts and forms to run data on quite sophisticated computational chemistry codes. This requires a server that run them. The demands are not excessive unless the number of users rises. Currently they runs off a general purpose Linux survey in a computational chemistry group at a university in Melbourne. Do you want more details such as web links to what is involved? The real problems as I see them include:-

  1. Not easy or possible to add forms information to wiki pages, although there is something on quizes.
  2. Using CGI scripts needs a Linux server and access to that server by me.
  3. Tim Starling will probably think there are security issues. I know Tim. He is here in Melbourne and he knows about Computational Chemistry, but he is very concerned about security issues on the WikiMedia foundation servers, I do not think there are any but convincing him may be a problem.
  4. There are probably others.

--Bduke 12:18, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Hello Historybuff,
Just a short note to tell you that I've translated and proofread some pages relating to WMC. Please do contact me if you need anything else, as I think I've done all the pages in Category:Wikimedia Canada.
Amicalement, Arria Belli 16:19, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Are you still interested in this? If so could you please comment on the talk pages associated with meta:Wikimedia Canada/Incorporation Eclecticology 05:29, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

IRC[edit]

Sorry I missed you on IRC... <HistoryOnTheRoad> JWS if you are around... some interesting news
--JWSchmidt 15:07, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikimaia channel stats
--JWSchmidt 15:17, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

Wikimania[edit]

"The only stream i could access was the AD supported stream and even that was poor." <-- Sorry I missed you in IRC. What is "AD"? --JWSchmidt 17:58, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Toronto 2008 Bid[edit]

Hi,

Do you think you might be able to help us polish the bid over the next week? Let Zanimum, or I know -- there is a bit of work to do. Historybuff 19:40, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Sure, that's what I've been trying to do, and this bid looked kinda stalled. There's less than a week to go and I think we are way behind. Not to panick or anything, but cities like London and Cape Town have a big location advantage to us and to overcome this, we have to have a better bid, which I don't think we have right now. Let's talk about this and do something. Has anybody contacted the City and asked for support? How about sponsorships? --TimBits 21:00, 18 September 2007 (UTC)


  1. wikimania2008 we need someone there NOW! 128.100.88.22 15:58, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Bash Programming[edit]

I think that sounds like a great idea. I agree that there are more aspects to Linux programming than just Bash, but i just figured that was a decent place to start out. --Josh Sandlin 20:57, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

re: Chat with Wayne Mackintosh[edit]

Hi Gerald! I'd love to do that chat with Wayne - we've had opportunity to wax lyrically in the past, and it's always a pleasure. :-) The only problem is that those dates don't really suit me - 15-16th I'm away, 17-19th I'm hosting visitors and other engagements, and 20th I'm travelling home for Christmas. I might be able to do the night of the 20th though, or the morning of the 17th (which would be a late-ish night for Wayne, and a pretty late one for yourself!). Let me know what you and Wayne think... (Also, just with things the way they are for me at the moment, you'll probably get a quicker reply by e(g)mail.) Cormaggio talk 11:08, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Historybuff: I'm thinking that perhaps we'd be be better off holding off until the new year if possible on this. Would be good to get a few people in the talk if possible and co-ordinating this in the silly season seems a bit problematic. What do you think? Countrymike 20:34, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

I kinda agree with Brent here. Oh and btw, my "night on the 20th" would be, say, around 22:00 UTC up to, say 01:00? Cormaggio talk 21:08, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Hi again! I also fell flat out of the loop for a few weeks there - and it most certainly was holiday-related! But back to work we go - I'd be happy to revive your idea for a chat with Wayne - I suppose my evenings would be most suitable for us all (roughly 17:00-24:00 UTC, though I'm flexible). I'm free pretty much any evening next week - though Monday might be a bit iffy, and Friday often involves meatspace socialising. :-) I think it'd also be good to have an idea of what we'll be discussing - is it the links between Wikiversity and Wikieducator, the state of education and the role of the free culture movement...? Of course, a conversation is a conversation and will take its own course, but it would be good to have at least an overall idea - is there already a brainstorm for this, or should I create one in my userspace? Talk soon. Cormaggio talk 21:26, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

I could probably make Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between those times (17:00-24:00 UTC) - I don't know when you're available, so I'll let you name your time... :-) Cormaggio talk 12:27, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Preschool Project[edit]

Thanks HB for contacting me and apologies that I was away until now. My additions to the article were mainly those concerning even very young children learning what most adults don't know, which is that you can read music while listening (let alone while singing, which is offered in a more unconscious way in schools and churches). To get the conductor's eye view, encompassing the entire work (or process) is what I'm referencing. (For whatever reasons-- he published the Violinschule in 1756 and wanted his son to be a great violinist-- Leopold Mozart pioneered and proved the proposition that a 3-year-old can read scores, and by age 5 Wolfgang could write them too.)

I am an overage undertrained computerperson and therefore don't know much about what may be available on the Web now by way of music which one can hear and read simultaneously. Perhaps someone will turn up who is more competent at searching down things of the sort.

In my opinion, to a 3-year-old there is no such thing as a musical tradition or idiom which would be so foreign or repellent that the youngster could not catch on how to read/hear it audiovisually-- that is to reassure anyone who is concerned about which kind of music to use. However, the canon of Great Works throughout the period of common practice (say, 1500 to present) has this going for it, that the creators known to us as Composers not only designed events in sound/time that interest many today hundreds of years later but, also, the graphic road-map or guide known to us as a Score should be expected to be of great interest also-- i.e Mozart or Beethoven was not only a tunesmith but an exceptionally brilliant cartoonist whose shapes on the page are creations worthy of study (especially simultaneous with their correlevant soundscrape).

Big city libraries have a number of scores which one can borrow just like any book-- something I didn't know till I was in my teens and probably a majority of the public doesn't know. Beyond whatever selection they may have, there are problems. For example, I was looking at some listings of new works by Charles Wuorinen (1938-) and saw an Eighth Symphony listed. At 30 minutes, this may soon be half or less of a CD selling for, say, #17, but the score itself was available for $175!

That is an extreme example. A complete set of 14 symphonies by Vagn Holmboe (1909-96) available on CD for about $100, but ONE symphony in score for $45 is typical.

I remember reading that Charles Ives would send a photocopy of his music to anyone who asked. But the majority of composers and /or their publishers keep scores locked away under the barrier of this high price. I frankly don't understand it-- aren't they disappointed at the failure of their music to get heard, let alone looked at? Simultaneous read/hear guarantees outstanding progress toward learning the music-- i.e. learning to empathize with it etc.

The library I an writing this from has four copies of Roussel's 3rd symphony but no copies of any others. It has the 8th but no other Glazunov symphony. It has the 5th but no other Martinu symphony. I could go on. Is there an affordable resource on the Internet which can address this dilemma?

Anyway, in terms of something to start with, one company has dedicated itself to making scores available relatively affordably in the US, i.e. Dover. One could also mention Eulenburg, somewhat smaller and more expensive but a large selection. Tax payers can request their libraries to buy things of this nature.

Eco-Toys[edit]

In Essential Preschool Part I I have written up a line of (mainly noise-making) toys which aim at an even earlier stage in a child's maturation. Here technological failure so far to make the technological arrangements to use a scanner has delayed adding a series of illustrations. Ideally, the article will describe and depict each toy and show anyone down to maybe age 6 how to make it (for even younger users) right in one's own garage or basement from materials found in the same neighborhood.

Contributions to such an article might result from just taking a walk outside and seeing what dead branches may have broken down in the last storm near your house.

An artist who developed a unique way of using grotesque branches is Susan Clinard, formerly of Chicago now I think Connecticut. At the end of a gnarled "limb" one finds a plaster "hand" or "foot".

Further discussion about score-reading (and projection)[edit]

For convenienced I have added more discussion on this to the Treedesigner page. Thanks for your intrest.Treedesigner 22:29, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

ecoversity[edit]

To this article (which again I found already in progress) I have been adding a section "Eco-carpentry", eventually showing how to make thriftstoree shelving and other useful products from scrap boards etc. Again, illustrations remain to be added.Treedesigner 01:25, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

re: AR a success[edit]

Hey Gerald, that's fantastic news! So, what kind of teaching are you studying? :-) Very much looking forward to discussing this with you - for me, there's no theoretical model that we need to conform to in AR, but rather I see AR as a framework for (amongst other things) building a dialogue which might help us build/re-construct theories for ourselves that make sense in our own context (ie Wikiversity). WCR - let me know when you want to chat - I'm having trouble with IRC these days so a stable platform for voice chat would be good. :-) Cormaggio talk 11:27, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Hey Gerald - I'm sorry, I missed the earlier of your last two messages - hence my lack of response vis-a-vis the WCR. :-( I could perhaps do tomorrow - but it might be better for me to do something next week (any day except Monday - just name it, and into the diary it goes). Did you want to have this chat just between the two of us, or do you want to involve more people? IRC - my client (Colloquy) crashes immediately after I open it - dunno what the problem is, though I haven't bothered downloading the latest release. Oh, and keep an eye out on RC for some developments arising from the recent AR discussions on Colloquium (including your idea of general discussion groups) - and I'll also post details on Colloquium... Cormaggio talk 20:49, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Mailing Lists[edit]

The original idea behind the mailing lists is a way to send a message to all students of a course so that they will know to look at something new. But so far, most people who take the filmmaking class do not complete their ABOUT page. So I am not sure how useful this will be currently. Robert Elliott 20:54, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

missing[edit]

There really is not much more to say than what I put on my user page. I am just very busy in the real world teaching some courses that I have not taught before. I hope to have some spare time again this summer. --JWS 13:19, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Collaboration with WebcastAcademy.net[edit]

JWSchmidt/Cormaggio directed us to this website to present this: Webcast Academy My name is James/Eurominuteman.

Welcome to the Bloom Clock![edit]

Hello, Historybuff, and thanks for signing up as a contributor to the Bloom Clock!

To get started, all that you need to do is keep your eyes open for flowers on plants growing outdoors. Then, depending on how well you know plants, you can either try to find the plant using the global keys, or just check the master list where plants are listed by their scientific names.

Assuming you find a log page for the plant you saw, all that you need to do is click [edit] above the list of signatures, and add *~~~~ on a new line below the last signature and above the line that begins with <noinclude>, which will make your signature appear on the profile page.

If you don't find a log page, just add an entry for the plant to the Master List using {{bcp|Scientific name|Common Name}}. Someone can then show you how to create a profile and log page for the plant.

If you don't know the name of the plant you saw, try asking on Bloom Clock/Unknown Plants using the template there. Photographs are very helpful, but if you don't have a digital camera, just give the best description you can and hopefully someone can identify it for you.

After you've logged 10 or more plants as flowering for your location, another bloom clock contributor will help you set up the categories and templates used to construct a key for your region, and try to match up your region to the global keys.

If you have any questions, ideas, or need something explained, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

(Apologies for the long-belated welcome message... finally got around to writing one!) --SB_Johnny | talk 09:21, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Navigation[edit]

Hi, and thanks for your comment on the colloquium. I agree that it will take more than some portals to improve WV's navigation, and I'm working really hard on this issue. Unfortunately - like all of us - the real world takes its toll on my time. But I'm working away "steadily", month after month, on this problem, and I have a wide view for the long term. Glad to see you support improvements - and I hope to see your comments when I start producing more stuff. --McCormack 08:39, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks also for keeping the Vision 2009 ball rolling! --McCormack 08:41, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

WCR Redux[edit]

Hi Gerald, yes, I'd be happy to do a chat sometime soon - but I would guess I'll have the same problems with Asterisk as the last time (same computer/connection). I don't seem to have these issues with Skype or Gizmo, so perhaps we could use these (or do you still want to do trials on asterisk?). IRC should be ok once I get a new client. Next week would be better for me - anytime 9-23UTC, except for 16-18 on Tuesday and Thursday. I would like this to become a regular and communal event, though perhaps we should have an accessible system in place first? Cormaggio talk 08:50, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

I just saw you pinging Countrymike - I would strongly advise against using Asterisk for this session on the basis of our last chat, which I found very frustrating. I think we should use Asterisk for trial runs between people in the community who said they would volunteer to be guinea pigs (there were a few in your previous announcement on Coloquium) - rather than use it with people, like Wayne, who have not said they are prepared for this. :-) For what it's worth, Gizmo is open source, free, does conference calls, and calls can be recorded - why not use that? Btw, I'll be away for the weekend - back Monday.. Cormaggio talk 10:57, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
Dunno if tomorrow's such a good idea for me - I'm a bit backlogged with work, and also, it's very short notice to get anyone else involved. However, if you just want to do a short test between the two of us tomorrow afternoon my time/morning your time, I could do that. How about somewhere between 13-15:00 UTC? Cormaggio talk 19:10, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the message - sorry for the late reply. I know how it is - and I really don't get around a fraction of the things I'd like to do here, despite sometimes spending quite a bit of time here! :-( In any case, I was going to contact you anyway about a chat - it'd be goot to catch up. Cormaggio talk 09:27, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
That's ok - things are hectic for a multitasking omniparticipant like you! I could chat this week - perhaps wed/thu/fri - I can fit around your mornings/lunchtimes/early evenings - just give me a day and time and I'll take it or modify it... Cormaggio talk 18:16, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

email received ?[edit]

regarding this ? ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 22:29, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikimedia Radio...[edit]

Something's happening over on Wikinews, see n:WN:RADIO 62.56.54.110 20:18, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Re: WM can followup[edit]

I fell a bit behind in reviewing them, so I still have to go over some of the later sections. I'll set aside some time on Sunday to finish my reviews so we can submit them on Monday. --Arctic Gnome 04:27, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Hey Mr. Buff[edit]

How's today going? I am a user on the English Wikipedia and am checking out the other sister projects. I noticed that the syop group here is small and was wondering if you needed some help? Let me know!! Dusti 02:30, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Re: WM Canada[edit]

WMC has fallen off my radar lately, but we really should get those submitted. I'll double-check the by-laws tomorrow, and Monday I'll ask the rest of the steering committee if they are ready to submit it. I'll also get a French translation done of them so that they're ready to present to the public when they're approved. After we first submit them I will likely be slow to respond to problems as I'll only have occasional access to the net for a month. --Arctic Gnome 06:37, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

time for IRC?[edit]

hi! --JWSchmidt 06:06, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Wiki Campus Radio/Active audio stream --JWSchmidt 06:39, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

Hey, glad to see you around again :-) --HappyCamper 15:55, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

Hi Gerald, thanks for the message - sorry I didn't see it or respond sooner. I'm definitely still here, and would like a chat sometime. What's your POV on VoIP? :-) Cormaggio talk 22:36, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

French Mentoring[edit]

Salut, Historybuff. You are listed at the French stream as being a beginning student of French with prior French-language experience, who is interested in learning French at Wikiversity. The French Mentoring project has recently been launched, and if you add your name to that list, I will do my best to put you in contact with an appropriate Mentor who would be glad to help you. The Jade Knight (d'viser) 08:50, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

humanities wiki[edit]

I'm a highschool teacher who has used a mediawiki for a world history focused humanities course I teach in a Boston Public High School. The wiki is where I plan, where the lessons are, where the sources are, and where students keep a scrpabook of ideas and where students post their writing. I'd like to be more involved with other teachers using wikis and share ideas. It seems as though wikiversity a collection of material from its users. Are there people involved who are running standalone wikis? --TimMcKenna 04:06, 20 December 2008 (UTC) mailto:tim@sitebuilt.net

#wikiversity-en-projects[edit]

If you get a chance, please drop by IRC #wikiversity-en-projects. --JWSchmidt 07:17, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Just to say Thank You[edit]

Hi, i noticed your edits that help to categorize properly The Web Economy into 2 digit topics (i.e. 01 instead of 1). I shall follow this good tip. Thank you and have a nice day! - Red1 21:31, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

April's fool joke[edit]

It is a joke right?--Daanschr 15:04, 22 April 2009 (UTC) The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

Re: Guides for page creation?[edit]

A while back we discussed this on Colloqium, and I have copied the thread to Wikiversity talk:Usability in the hopes of developing the ideas further. --mikeu talk 15:26, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

PING[edit]

Wake up, sleepyhead.. we got work to do. Topic:Networking <-> Topic:Computer networks for starters. New developments on Wiki Campus Radio too. CQ 06:16, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Wondering were thing are at with getting Wikimedia Canada up and running? [6] --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:02, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Open Street Map[edit]

Hi. I've done a lot of work to making pin maps on wikipedia from OpenStreetMap, recently I created en:Template:Location map Norway Oslo actually to display landmarks!! However I just came across the geohack on German wiki. When you click the geo globe on German wiki now it features on the open street map at different zoomable levels without having to leave the site. This would absolustely ideal for english wikipedia and end a long term disagreement over set pin maps and to provide the option for zoomable maps iwthin wikipedia itself. Could you please import the technology they are using on German wikipedia to display open street maps within the wiki site itself. This would be perfect and would mean we could probably not bother with the city pins. Would it be possible to display these zoomable open street maps within article infoboxes themselves? An example. See Harris Theater. If we had the zoomable open street map within the infobox theatre we would not need that pin locator. By default there could be none but a "Click map" option within the infobox. When you click it, it would then display the open street map zoomable as shown here [here. Can you do this? It would be extremely beneficial to us. Dr. Blofeld> White cat 18:18, 28 May 2010 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Hello Historybuff

I am attempting to push forwards with the creation of Wikimedia Canada. I am contacting you due to your past involvement. I think it would be useful for coordination if we all had each other email address. If this is something you are still interested in please email me at jmh649@gmail.com I am willing to cover all the cost for submitting forms that is involved with setting this. I have asked a friend who is a corporate lawyer if he was willing to join us. Anyway let me know.

James Heilman, MD, Jmh649 (Doc James)

Glad to see you are still interested in being involved in Wikimedia Canad. To be a director we need ones contact information to fulfill legal requirements. I have thus moved your name under being involved but not a director until this info is provided. If you feel free in providing these detail feel free to move your name back. Cheers. Jmh649 00:35, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

Mail on wikiversity-l[edit]

Hi,

did you get my mail on wikiversity-l? I wait for some signal from you.

--Jan Luca 17:41, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Do you have a problem with your mails? --Jan Luca 19:15, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi, it would be nice if you answer to the mails so we can help you and the basic installation of the server goes faster ;-) --Jan Luca 11:48, 27 February 2011 (UTC)


Hi, I have written you a mail some days ago, but I want to try to connect you here in the wiki, too:

" Hi Gerald,

if you added a user for me on the server with SSH access (my usual user name is jan, the public key is under http://toolserver.org/~jan/files/SSH2-RSA-SandServ.pub), give me a root user/password (you can send it per mail, I will change it), I could help you.

Anyway, here I have some ideas for software installing: Apache and PHP (and maybe MySQL) I would compile self so we can use the newest version. The installation path for the web software I suggest /www or /web.

Best regards, Jan "

--Jan Luca 18:37, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Hi Gerald,
it’s bad that try to contact you is so hard. Is there no faster method?
Best regards, --Jan Luca 14:41, 15 March 2011 (UTC)


Hi,

it would be bead if the SandServ will die as fast as it started!

Best regards, Jan --Jan Luca 20:15, 7 April 2011 (UTC)


You are invited to register for the Wikiversity Assembly[edit]

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  • I invite you to register for the Wikiversity:Assembly by adding your user name to the Wikiversity:Delegable proxy/Table.
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You are invited to name a proxy[edit]

  • When you register for the Assembly, you may optionally designate a "proxy."
  • I suggest that you nominate, as a proxy, the user whom you most trust to participate positively in a Wikiversity discussion if you are unable to participate yourself. The proxy will not be voting for you in any process. Rather, the proxy will be considered to loosely represent you, as a means of estimating probable large-scale consensus based on small-scale participation, in the event that you do not personally participate.
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Comments[edit]

I'm inviting all relatively inactive custodians to register for the Assembly, and to name a proxy as described. This is because you who have been and remain custodians have yourselves been trusted by the community, and your proxy choice, if you name one, may carry some reasonable weight, due to your experience. You may, of course, participate directly, whether you do or do not name a proxy. Thanks for considering this. --Abd 01:37, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi![edit]

Historybuff!!! Glad to see you are back! --HappyCamper 19:10, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

Mail[edit]

I've send you a mail or have you changed your mail? --Jan Luca 19:38, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Gerald?--Jan Luca 09:30, 11 December 2011 (UTC)


Why do you not answer? Jan Luca 20:53, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

Sandbox Server[edit]

Hi Gerald,

I've got no answer to my mail but I hope you will have some time over Christmas.

Maybe you can send me some other contract possibilities so I have not to wait long times for an answer.

Best regards, --Jan Luca 14:43, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

April - National Contribution Month[edit]

Good day Historybuff,

During the month of April, Wikimedia Canada is preparing the National Contribution Month, and we are looking for experienced contributors to organize a contribution day (or half-day) in their region.

Contribution days are activities where Wikipedia's contributors, students, or anybody interested in contributing to Wikipedia meets together to collectively improve a predetermined theme. This meetings generally take place in library where references are easy of access, but can be organized in any communal room. Beside improving articles, a goal of this participatory workshops is to initiate neophyte in the cooperative contribution of Wikipedia.

If you are interested in organizing or participating in a contribution day in your region, communicate witht he national team on the project's talk page. The exact agenda of each local event is left to the discretion of the organizer. Help is available for the organization from contributors who already organized these type of days, so don't be worried. If you have any questions or want more information, don't hesitate to contact us.

Benoit Rochon (discusscontribs) 22:50, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Your administrator status on the English Wikivoyage[edit]

Hello. A policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc.) was adopted by community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for 2 years) on the wiki listed above. Since that wiki does not have its own rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your rights, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights.

If you wish to resign your rights, you can reply here or request removal of your rights on Meta.

If there is no response at all after approximately one month, stewards will proceed to remove your administrator and/or bureaucrat rights. In ambiguous cases, stewards will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact the stewards. Rschen7754 06:11, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Look what the cat dragged back in[edit]

Um,wow.

I know I took a wikibreak, but my last contrib is something small in 2012; it's now 2015. It's been a crazy ride, but I didn't evaporate. I did check back in, but never left a mark in a while. One of my friends said when you leave a job and look back, it's like a dream. It's like that on a wiki too, except you can replay all of your old dream. :P Ok, so walking through the town square nothing looks like it did before, and I don't recognize many faces either. Maybe some of the oldtimers are hiding in the shadows in the saloon, and they'll pop out eventually. I've got quite a bit of work to do here, and it'll be fun getting back into the swing of e-learning. Now I have to introduce myself to the new mayor and find a hotel room; I'm not sure if CQ has room on the couch anymore. "I'm back!!" Historybuff (discusscontribs) 23:44, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Welcome back old timer :P I'm a new face (maybe, maybe not, if you know Draubb or Mabuabsdd) ----Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:26, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Welcome back! Most of the old timers moved on about the same time you did. When I arrived in late 2012 it was mostly a ghost town, with a couple of saloons open here and there. A few drive through from time to time, but not many stay. We are trying to clean the place up as time allows. Mostly that takes the form of not letting it get worse, and then fix up when we can. Let us know what you have in mind and how we can help. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:05, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the warm welcome ... I didn't expect anyone to even notice my talk page ... well, at least not right away. Historybuff (discusscontribs) 06:27, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm rather busy in the real world. Nice to hear from you! --JWSchmidt (discusscontribs) 09:26, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
      • It is amazing how quickly time passes within the educational vortex. Some day I'll find a way to get off of the treadmill, but now is not that time. --JWSchmidt (discusscontribs) 00:52, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Always room for an old Historybuff. Have a look at SYZYGY17, Gerald! CQ (discusscontribs) 18:01, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Let me ditto Dave's Welcome[edit]

I arrived a bit later than Dave, in the Fall of 2013. I teach physics at the college freshman and sophomore levels and basically have two types of students: (1) Those who want to major in a technical field (mostly engineers, with a few biology and pre-med students), and (2) those who have to take a science course. In many ways the latter is my favorite group because I think it is possible to make physics interesting if I focus on it's history (your field). I tell my Astronomy students that the stars are not nearly so interesting as what people have done because of them.

Another potential area of overlap between us is your interest in the overall structure and purpose of Wikiversity. Unlike Dave, who actually organizes a great deal more than I do, I must confess that I am more fond of contemplating how such organization takes place. I am at the moment interested in how a teacher can organized a classroom to write in Wikiversity.

I conclude with a list of projects, and caution you that you should take on only one (maybe two), and with the understanding that the sole purpose of my list might be to inspire you to create your own project.

  1. With your interest in the purpose and overall structure of Wikiversity, you might want to ask Dave for any cleanup tasks that need to be done. Don't be turned off by what seems like a suggestion that you perform low-level maintenance tasks because the idea is that you will quickly engage in higher-level decision making. Dave, for example is searching for a better way to organize our topics along the lines of the Library of Congress cataloging scheme.
  2. Act as the editor of a history "journal" by making and briefly discussing links to open source articles. This "journal" will be different in that you won't be soliciting contributions, but instead looking for materials already out there. Essentially, you will be writing the table of contents and abstracts only. Include the materials found on Wikiversity, but pay close attention to Wikibooks, and especially Wikipedia. My guess is that you will find a large collection disconnected articles on Wikipedia associated with any field of history. As you do this, attempt to fulfill Wikiversity's mission by making your collection useful for a teacher. Then, somehow we need to find a way to make such a resource available to teachers who might use it.
  3. Instead of organizing other articles found on Wikiversity and Wikipedia, focus on the key "big" articles on Wikipedia and write exam questions for them, using either w:Quizlet, Quizbank, or both. I am a strong advocate of creating an open source collection of exam questions. Textbook publishers charge students a lot of money to buy books that instructors choose in order to use the testbanks and other such materials that come with textbooks. See my efforts at:
     w:User:Guy_vandegrift/WikiEd/Wikipedia_and_quizzes_for_introductory_college_courses#Wikipedia_pages_that_already_host_sister-links_to_quizzes
  4. With your interest in course management systems, take a look at what I am doing at Wikiversity:Education extension and at Wright State University Lake Campus/Mock Course 1010. Just ask, and I will make you a "mock" student in this proof-of-principle demonstration of how teachers can use Wikiversity to help students learn to write.
  5. See if OpenStax College is writing a history book. If they are, then create resources on Wikiversity that intstructors using that textbook could use.

Yours truly--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 15:12, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

LongStory[edit]

I'm still around Sir Gerald. It seems that history repeats itself at regular intervals but it's a spiral toward something quite surreal... A twilight zone between scientific fact and legal fiction. -- CQ (discusscontribs) 03:18, 15 November 2018 (UTC)