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Hello Koavf! Welcome to Wikiversity! If you decide that you need help, check out Wikiversity:Help desk, ask the support staff, or ask me on my talk page. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. Below are some recommended guidelines to facilitate your involvement. Happy Editing! -- Trevor MacInnis 22:28, 4 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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wikitravel[edit source]

Hi. You removed links to Wikitravel. Why? --Abd (discusscontribs) 12:44, 24 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikitravel links Per discussion at en.wp as well as Meta to remove links at those projects. If you want to keep links and references here at en.v, I guess that's fine. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:28, 24 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks.[edit source]

I see you got it before I explained. Wikiversity is disconcerting to those familiar with the encyclopedia projects, and the other content-oriented projects. While we do have a content mission, we also have a "learning by doing" mission, which is about people. Our product is not just content, it is education, and there is no education without users who are educated, and sophisticated education is always about process and people skills and the rest. I would argue that the encyclopedia projects also need to be welcoming, if the full mission is to be fulfilled, but ... they developed with a very narrow focus and absent the realization that an environment that was easily seen as hostile would damage the mission.

The 20th century saw the development of systems and skills and process for maximizing consensus, and the only reliable measure of neutrality is level of consensus. (I.e., if everyone involved agrees, 100% consensus, while what they agree upon only might possibly turn out, in the end, to be defective or invalid, there is no better measure!). So to the extent that there is exclusion, to that extent, the assessment of neutrality can be warped.

Obviously, compromises are necessary, but "compromise" requires tolerating a level of damage, and that is easily forgotten. When the importance of consensus being as broad as possible is realized, a community will find ways to keep conversation open, on some level, in some place, otherwise the community becomes locked into what I call the "tyranny of the past." There is a children's song that was part of a therapeutic response to Reactive Attachment Disorder:

There is always something you can do, do, do
When you're getting in a stew, stew, stew.

Mostly, it involves simmering down, dropping upset and reactive response, and, when calm, communicating.

While this kind of work has been done on Wikipedia, often in user space -- it's what I did, successfully mediating disputes, such that users at each other's throats became cooperative with each other -- this was mumbo-jumbo nonsense to too many on Wikipedia. For example, see [1], which included many pages of historical function, including evidence presented to ArbCom. I found it very strange that ArbCom did not care that evidence used in a case was being deleted, but ArbCom consists of too many elevated beyond their competence by popularity (as well as many other highly-experienced and thoughtful user; but the system tends to burn them out and they become less attentive.)

w:User:Abd/Dispute over thermoeconomics was particularly educational. In that mediation, a professor was revert warring with Randy from Boise, so to speak, and one or both were about to be blocked. It took very little to develop cooperation, mostly just sitting them down together with some support. Hmmm... I'm thinking of asking that these pages be transwikied to Wikiversity, precisely for historical study.

Looking for the link to that, I came across this. It shows a quick and major clue to what happened on Two three-letter users with a conflict. One was an administrator taken to ArbCom by the other, and the administrator was trout-slapped by ArbCom and then, it is obvious, revenge was exacted, by the admin and his friends. This was long-continued and, while not unnoticed, never sanctioned. Admins can be hostile, this one was more than hostile, he was highly insulting at times, using obscene language, and using tools while involved, was reprimanded, made small adjustments to his behavior, but continued pretty much unimpeded. And, as you know, this is not uncommon. He is even a likeable Guy. I consider this all the responsibility of the community. Blaming people for what comes naturally for them is not productive. Such people generally will modify behavior in a functional community.

Notice the irony. The userbox was "Esperanza returns," referring to the project designed to foster civility and welcome and cooperation. Esperanza, of course, means Hope. So the nominator was saying, "Hope will never return." Esperanza was crushed when it temporarily was inactive. Instead of improving the governance, which was easily possible, it was crushed with vehemence, see the MfD. Why?

To any serious student of human organizational structure, it's obvious.

Wikiversity is the slim thread of hope, and if it is not protected and defended, hope will break.

Thanks again. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:17, 7 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Curator[edit source]

Hi! I've noticed and appreciated your recent efforts on behalf of Wikiversity. Do you have any interest in becoming a Wikiversity curator? It would give you additional tools to make some clean-up easier. I'd be happy to nominate/support you if you are interested. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:11, 19 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dave Braunschweig: I'd be delited and honored. I started editing here as soon as it was founded and I've always wanted to collaborate more on philosophy. If I had some more tools here, I think I'd be more active as well. Thanks for the invitation. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:16, 19 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! And thanks for creating the nomination page. I was in the process, but you beat me to it. :-) -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 18:01, 19 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Congratulations! Let me know if you have any questions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:47, 21 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Dave Braunschweig: Definitely. Thank you again. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:19, 21 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Welcome[edit source]

There's also {{welcomeip}}. Thanks! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:25, 24 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dave Braunschweig: Brilliant. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:44, 24 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deletion request[edit source]

Hey Justin,

I was wondering if you could delete Module:Color contrast‎, a page I've created accidentally. I was switching between tabs with the intention of creating the page at Beta Wikiversity, and you know the rest. :) Thanks in advance.


Vito Genovese 23:10, 12 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Vito Genovese: No problem--accidents happen. Happy to help, Vito. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:13, 12 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do humans have free will?[edit source]

Hi Koavf!

The Wikidebate Do humans have free will? appears to be well-developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 16:12, 4 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Marshallsumter: It's certainly a good start. Go for it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:14, 4 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does everything happen for a sufficient reason?[edit source]

Hi Koavf!

Does everything happen for a sufficient reason? also appears well-developed! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 16:32, 4 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Marshallsumter: Go for it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:26, 4 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New wikidebate syntax[edit source]

Hi Justin! Just wanted to let you know that I made a new improvement to the software and syntax. It's now even cleaner and more compatible with the visual editor. Hope you like it, cheers! --Felipe (discusscontribs) 23:58, 5 July 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Learning bass guitar with Joseph Patrick Moore[edit source]

Hi Koavf!

Your course Learning bass guitar with Joseph Patrick Moore appears well-developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 00:18, 19 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Marshallsumter: Not yet, please. I'm still uploading videos and fleshing out the text portion. I'd be delighted for it to be featured soon, tho. I'll ping you when I'm done-ish. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:30, 19 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User:Beogradbulevar[edit source]

Most posts relating to boxing or chess are from globally banned user George Reeves Person. Typical attacks come when he gets off work between 2 and 5 p.m. CST, and occasionally later, particularly on Fridays or Saturdays. He uses public libraries for Internet access, and typically doesn't post after 9 p.m. CST. It's unfortunate, but we really have to watch who posts what in the mid-to-late afternoons and be vigilant in blocking the content and not welcoming the user. See Wikiversity:Community Review/Marshallsumter for the damage it causes. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:25, 5 November 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dave Braunschweig: Wow. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:54, 5 November 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

CU[edit source]

I closed the CU nomination due to the low number of recent additions to the discussion. It just seemed like we wouldn't meet the criteria in a reasonable time. Thanks for offering to help with this and perhaps we can try again in the future. We appreciate your contributions. --mikeu talk 19:45, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Mu301: For sure. Thanks yourself. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:21, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

history of covid in the usa[edit source]

Hi Koavf

I was idly surfing the wsj and suddenly realized all articles I was looking at had a video posted right at the top.(example: The video section is 8:06 minutes long and is a short version of the history of pandemic in the usa.

I don't know how to get the url of the video itself. Can you help? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (discusscontribs) 15:57, 2 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ottawahitech: Load the page in your browser and use the networking console--you can usually get this to display by pressing F12. You'll find that this video is served up as a playlist of several bits with the URI or somesuch (it may not be identical for you). If you open this in VLC Player, you can save playlists as videos. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:09, 2 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]