User talk:Newmangledmatt

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Strategy/future of Wikiversity[edit]

I just started to explore Wikiversity. I love the idea of a free exchange of information. Kahn Academy, Code Academy and more have super excited for the future of education. Wikiversity has amazing potential given that it is a sister site to Wikipedia. After exploring the site for a few hours, I am very disappointed at the execution of this site. It is insanely disorganized and nothing seems to be up-to-date. Now, I know that this is a user generated site and so nobody is to blame but the users, but who is in charge of the strategy of this site? How can I get involved from this kind of perspective? The site needs to be cleaned up, better explained and then a focus needs to be made on getting some key contributors like universities. I am open to donating my time in addition to teaching accounting/finance in the actual courses. If anyone higher up is listening, how can I get involved?


--ttam (discusscontribs) 23:44, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

No one is in charge. All of us are in charge. You are already involved. Be bold! There are some key contributors here, but mostly from community colleges rather than universities. The universities have Coursera, Udacity, etc. that they're trying to make money with, so don't expect too much support from that level. It's been awhile since anyone was active in the accounting area. Enhance wherever you can. If you want to majorly reorganize, it's best to use the talk pages and announce your vision or intentions first. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:08, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Awesome, thank you for the response Dave! I am going to start recommending some changes. I noticed that the School of Accountancy already redirects to the Topic of Accounting in the School of Business so that's great that someone (maybe you?) is moving so quickly! I will continue to make my recommendations on the discussion pages. I will have a bunch of them coming down the pipeline.
--ttam (discusscontribs) 00:14, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
I happen to have seen some of your posts today, mostly because you created new pages. In general, there may not be anyone watching the talk pages you comment on. If you want to be sure someone sees your ideas, post here (as I will watch your page) or in the Colloquium (where others also watch), perhaps with links to those talk pages. By the way, links should look like Wikiversity:Colloquium rather than the https full notation. The bracketed links are known as internal links and allow us to use the 'What links here' feature. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:34, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Completed Courses vs. Completed Resources[edit]

Note that completed courses and completed resources are not the same. Courses are multi-page creations, typically equivalent to an entire semester of efforts. Resources are typically individual pages, that either make up the courses or sometimes are stand-alone. I reverted your edits on Wikiversity:Schools for now. Come back to that one after you've been here a little longer and see if you can improve it without removing what's already there (or better organize what's already there without reducing perceived value?). Thanks! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:29, 19 October 2014 (UTC)


Feel free to correct any typos you find on resource pages. It's not necessary (and generally not desirable) to edit content on talk pages, except your own content if you find an error in your own contributions. That's why there are no signatures on content pages, but we do sign our contributions on talk pages. Thanks! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:40, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Naming Conventions[edit]

Take a look at Wikiversity:Naming conventions. Rather than using Financial Accounting/S1, it would probably be better to use Financial Accounting/Introduction or Financial Accounting/What is Accounting? or similar title. That way, when someone searches for Financial Accounting, they'll see a descriptive list of subpages rather than just the S1, S2, S3, etc. We rename pages using the Move option on the More tab. If you don't see Move yet, it's a timing issue. I think you need 10 edits and four days before you're automatically confirmed. If you tell me what the names should be, I can rename them for you. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:16, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. I am going to do a little work on those courses each day.
--ttam (discusscontribs) 02:16, 20 October 2014 (UTC)