User talk:Remi/Dec '06 – April '07

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Hi Remi0o, and welcome to Wikiversity! Interesting page at Nerd Project - could really grow - and I think you'd have plenty of comrades to work with you on it, as co-authors and/or research participants. ;-P Also, just in partial response to your questions about style of layout for pages, there is/are no recommended format(s) as of yet, but as with everything on this young project, we're still figuring it all out. All the best, and see you 'round.. :-) Cormaggio talk 20:00, 13 December 2006 (UTC)




Blocks cannot be marked as minor edits, as they are blocks and not edits. Messedrocker 23:30, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Any portal in a storm...[edit]

Hi, I see that you are doing a lot of work in the "Major Portals" area. I think that these "portals" are not used any more. When you go to Wiki University's main page, you will see the current portals listed at the top of the page. These is the only portals that people from the outside world see when they come to Wikiversity. Robert Elliott 04:36, 15 December 2006 (UTC)
Then it seems we should mark the other outdated portals for deletion. --Remi0o 05:20, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Copyright violation[edit]

Here is an excerpt from the Employment News source:

Agricultural engineering is the discipline of engineering in agriculture, food and biological systems. Agricultural engineers develop engineering science and technology in the context of agricultural production and processing, and for the management of natural resources. They apply their engineering knowledge and skills to solve problems relating to sustainable agricultural production.

The phrase in boldface is located both on the Wikipedia version on agricultural engineering and the one on Wikiversity. The information was copyrighted in 2005. -- J.Steinbock 21:50, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

I sort of see what you are saying, but how could you tell? --Remi0o 21:51, 25 December 2006 (UTC)

Firefox Language packs[edit]

If you are asking how to display Japanese text then Computing in Japanese, if you are asking to change the firefox interface so that labels for the buttons and stuff are in japanese and you have firefox 2.0 then [1]‎--Balloonguy 00:55, 19 December 2006 (UTC)


Why does everyone leave comments on JWSmicht but not me on the voting page but never me??? would you mind dropping a comment? Student Galaxy 09:57, 31 December 2006 (UTC)


Hi Remi0, I just noticed your question on a discussion page at cisLunarFreighter. Below is the reply I put there:

I am not familar with this rating scale. I assume M means mature. Since we have no way to verify or enforce age groups or maturity levels I would advocate content and gameplay appropriate for general audiences. I was hoping to keep the violence down and within appropriate contexts. For example. The freighter's objective is to deliver cargo, not blow up as many other spacecraft or asteroids as possible. There are plenty of other games around which address the violence and sexual cravings of players. I have some ideas about introducing educational content by allowing various levels of loading to affecting the operation of the freighter sprite due to load balance and mass layout interacting with the thruster layout. Obviously others may have other ideas .... so let's hear them!! Mirwin 03:42, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Server administration[edit]

Hey, Remi0o! Thanks for expanding Topic:Server administration! I think we really need such a critter, especially if/when we get the Wikiversity:Sandbox Server. CQ 18:02, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

your edits[edit]

I do not understand the changes that you are making to pages such as Topic:Geological Engineering. Pages in the topic namespace are content development projects, similar in nature to Wikipedia wikiprojects. Learning resources ALL belong in the main namespace on pages that have no prefix in their page names.

When you add content to Wikiversity that comes from another website, please indicate the source of that material. If the text comes from another Wikimedia Foundation wiki, indicate the page and project that is the source.

When you edit pages it is important to provide a useful edit summary. Please take the time to provide edit summaries that correctly indicate the nature of your edits. I do not understand your act of removing "The Department of Geological Engineering is a Wikiversity content development project where participants create, organize and develop learning resources for Geological Engineering." and the description and starting point for a list of learning projects for this topic and then describing your edit as "cleaned up page".
--JWSchmidt 17:26, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

altering edits in the talk namespace[edit]

Edit summaries are useful in general and I think it is good to be very clear about reasons for editing someone's comments on a talk page. In particular, I wonder if you can provide your reasons for making this edit. --JWSchmidt 20:07, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

"Why do you think I made the edit?" <-- I interpreted the text that was removed as an attempt to express the author's frustration. I'm trying to think about how best to communicate to a new editor how to constructively discuss content development without provoking others to delete their comments. --JWSchmidt 22:47, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Introduction to psychology[edit]

It looks like you copied Introduction to psychology from Wikipedia. If you copy GFDL material you should indicate the source. I do not understand the point of copying large parts of Wikipedia articles. Why not just link to them? --JWSchmidt 04:30, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Regarding cisLunarFreighter MUD[edit]

You asked: "This is referred to a mud. Does this imply the game is to be text based? --Remi 21:27, 23 February 2007 (UTC)"

No, the game is intended to have graphics involved in the gameplay. It is possible that early prototypes of some game modules could be developed in text only. Mirwin 20:41, 27 February 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for dealing with those two vandals. --JWSchmidt 02:12, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

El Salón de Clase Flashcards[edit]

There is a lot more on that page that meets the eye...--Rayc 23:23, 17 March 2007 (UTC)


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This barnstar is for your hard work here at wikiversity! Enjoy:)Sir James Paul 00:40, 19 March 2007 (UTC)


Hey Remi0o. I just spotted some of this in recent changes, and came here to say: it is probably a good idea to post it on the user talk page, not the user page, and to append a signature to the end of it as you would a normal comment. Substituting the template is also wise. For instance, post this on the user talk pages of new users:

{{subst:w}} --~~~~

Which is what I use. Cheers. --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 21:48, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Freemind in Wikiversity[edit]

What do you think about including the Mediawiki extension for Freemind in the Wikiversity? (Relevant links w:Freemind and [2]) --Javier Carro 07:45, 1 April 2007 (UTC) Sorry for the edit, I had too many tags open and thought your page was the "colloquium" :-) --Javier Carro 08:04, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Image licence[edit]

An image you uploaded

Boston CAT Project-construction view from air.jpeg

was uploaded without a proper licence being attributed. It will have to be deleted, unless you know the information and can update the page. (It's a good picture, I hope you can). Thanks. Historybuff 02:25, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for following up and updating the licence. I did see your summary, but if you remembered exactly it would of been better then me speculating. I think it's ok though -- you are claiming in good faith that the image is PD. If there is an issue, the copyright owner can complain and we'll take it down. Historybuff 08:34, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

off my user page! =P[edit]

ummm... i didn't know where to reply... so... lol. sorry. :P why do i detest foucault??? well its so TIRING studying about him and really confusing, for a start! and many of his theories are really weird. like what he says about the creation of man... makes me want to go hide somewhere. oh on another note, what're all these links on your userpage? Shaheema

School of Agriculture[edit]

Hi RemiOo. Thanks for starting Topic:Agricultural Engineering and others. I'm ready to move the AgSchool forward some.

I live on a nice 160+ acre farm that I wish to start up in a big way. I'm particularly interested in the keyline design methods of Austrailian P. A. Yeomans and the yeomans plow for soil-building and permaculture cultivation. It's a huge project and I would like to develop the various aspects as Wikiversity learning projects and on-farm research and development. I'll be rendering some nice photos, diagrams, designs and maps as I go, but I'll need some help.

SB_Johnny and Juan are also farmers. I'm wondering if we have others. Maybe we can start a user category for Wikiversitans that farm? It would be great to do market research, CSA listings, GIS resources and mapping, and other university-styled services. I've talked with U of I at Urbana-Champaign and joined their AgroEcology/Sustainable Agriculture Program. CQ@ASAP

I have a page in my user space, User:CQ/THD to document the project. Any ideas? CQ 14:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

probationary custodian[edit]

I asked Sebmol to make you a probationary custodian (see User talk:Sebmol#probationary custodian request). --JWSchmidt 21:22, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Both Sebmol and Cormaggio seem to be on vacation. If you are in a hurry, you can try sending them emails. If you are not in a hurry we can wait until they check their talk pages. --JWSchmidt 13:46, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
I've given you probationary custodian status. I apologize for the delay. sebmol ? 19:34, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
Definitely no hurry... Thank you for the good faith. =) --Remi 20:42, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for being willing to pitch in with extra work at Wikiversity! Please add your username to the list at Wikiversity:Support staff (like Historybuff, list yourself as "Probationary custodian"). Please make sure you are familiar with the contents of the reading list for new custodians. The #wikiversity-en channel in IRC Freenode is a good place to coordinate with other custodians. Let me know if you have any questions about using the custodian's buttons. --JWSchmidt 13:46, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

case in page names[edit]

"policies on Wikiversity about casing" <-- see Wikiversity:Naming conventions. --JWSchmidt 22:22, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Moving and renaming[edit]

Hi Remi0o, thanks for all the work you've been doing in structuring Wikiversity's resources. There's just something I noticed while looking at recent changes this morning:

  • (Move log); 07:03 . . Remi0o (Talk | contribs | block) (Fundamentals of Business Law moved to Introduction to business law)
  • (Move log); 07:00 . . Remi0o (Talk | contribs | block) (401 String Theory for Undergraduates moved to String theory)

I think it's important to keep the flavour and context of the original name intact when renaming - thus I think the wording of the first should be kept as it is, and the second should be kept as being a page for undergraduates (ie simply removing the numbers). Each learning page is specific to a given context - that needs to be made and kept as explicit as possible, IMO. Cormaggio talk 09:31, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikiversity is facing a general problem: many Wikiversity editors are familiar with the fact that Wikipedia only has one article for each topic. We need a way to make clear to the Wikiversity community that there can be multiple Wikiversity pages for any particular topic. I've already been in a nasty fight over use of the "merge" template. --JWSchmidt 14:20, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree. I think once people really understand Wikiversity it will give them a new appreciation. --Remi 18:30, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • When you moved Portal:Life Sciences to Portal:Life sciences you did not change the names of all the pages that hold the content of the portal. Personally, I do not see anything wrong with "Portal:Life Sciences". If you really want it to be "Portal:Life sciences", make sure you change the names of all the subpages, too. --JWSchmidt 17:44, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
    • "I will not take action unless it turns out my understanding is incorrect" <-- I do not understand what you mean. --JWSchmidt 18:23, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I was being unclear. I crossed that out in the original message; it was of no importance. --Remi 23:53, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
Please note that if you change the names of categories (example) it is your responsibility to make sure that the new categories are functionally the same as the old ones. Category:Evolutionary Psychology has been placed in several categories. If you create Category:Evolutionary psychology as a replacement for Category:Evolutionary Psychology you should make sure that it is in the same categories as is Category:Evolutionary Psychology. Also, sometimes there is text on category pages. --JWSchmidt 19:30, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
I think the thing to do is go to Category:Emergency Medicine click the "edit" tab and copy all of the contents of the page then paste that content into the edit window for Category:Emergency medicine. I do not know of a better way to do it. --JWSchmidt 20:27, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

editing talk page comments[edit]

Sorry I was not in the #wikiversity-en channel when you came in with your question about "this is a ridiculously naive idea". Here is a starting point for some ideas about editing comments as practiced at Wikipedia. I'm not sure if Wikiversity has any explicit guidelines for this yet. In any case, there is a gray area between incivility and being blunt. For isolated comments it is hard to know if someone was just speaking bluntly or if they are trying to be rude. Sometimes you have to assume the best and go to their talk page and talk to them about why their comment makes you uneasy. If someone persists in making harsh comments even after being warned, then it is no longer possible to simply dismiss it as an isolated event and it may become a pattern of disruptive behavior. --JWSchmidt 02:59, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for the feedback. I will read up on those. I will definitely assume good faith, and take into consideration the gray area. --Remi 04:56, 25 April 2007 (UTC)


Hi Remi0o - were you thinking of Wikiversity:Wikiversity outreach by any chance? Or Wikiversity the Movie? User:JWSchmidt might have a better insight into what you're looking for... Cormaggio talk 23:05, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

I think that is somewhat along the lines of what I was thinking. I have seen too much here to keep it all straight. :) --Remi 00:14, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

History of Quebec and canada[edit]

Hi Remi0o - thanks for your ongoing work in categorising materials here - it really is quite a task! Just wanted to point out the History of Quebec and Canada/Study Guide, one of whose pages you removed copyvio text from. I've reverted - this is a bit of a strange case - and I'm still awaiting confirmation from the author. It'd probably be best if they are left as they are for now... Cormaggio talk 17:23, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Fair enough. Thanks for the heads up. --Remi 20:28, 30 April 2007 (UTC)


I saw your Colloquium posting, and figured I'd ping you about this. I'd like to get something going in this regard, so I'm tossing a relatively simple grant idea around. My concept is to get one really good and easy proposal assembled and through the process, and that can be a blueprint for the following ones. If you want to know more, just ping me back. Historybuff 05:36, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Move of Topic:Web design to Web design[edit]

Hi Remi0o,

Just wondering why the move... I'd thought that the Wikiversity naming convention was to use Topic:Blah for things like this? Michaelnelson 00:01, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Hey again. No, you're right in that the intention was for Web design to be a course rather than a department... I'd thought that courses (aggregates) of activities were meant to have the Topic prefix... my mistake. Michaelnelson 00:35, 7 May 2007 (UTC)