User talk:Xtgyal

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You don't need to be an educator to edit. You only need to be bold to contribute and to experiment with the sandbox or your userpage. See you around Wikiversity! --HappyCamper 17:21, 27 December 2011 (UTC)[]

Ideas[edit source]

Hi! There's a thread on the colloquium I wanted to share with you. Some of us are just trading ideas about how to improve content on Wikiversity. Feel free to join in if it interests you! --HappyCamper 04:33, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[]

How about collecting links to all these UFO related topics that you found under one place, like Topic:UFO or Topic:Ufology? I think Wikiversity is different than Wikipedia in the sense that we want to build some kind of a learning community here where active participation on the wiki is highly desirable. This is in contrast to Wikipedia where one could simply just browse through the pages without having to encounter anyone at all! Does this help? --HappyCamper 21:51, 5 January 2012 (UTC)[]

Use Both Wikipedia and Wikiversity[edit source]

Welcome, Nikki! (That was the link I saw on one of "Happy Camper's" pages.) User:HappyCamper H.C. has supported/corrected some of my postings; I think we are on "friendly terms"; he helped me find some other "Rubik's Cube" fans. Obviously, you have met him yourself.

I'm new myself, but trying to add material on math, comp sci, puzzles, and other "special interests".

To the topic: I have found these are probably complementary venues. To report verifyable, factual information, use the 'pedia. To try to teach someone, create a "learning resource" at the 'versity. Some examples from my experience: Topic "Rubik's Cube"/"Speedcubing" Topic:Speedcubing has artiocles in both; I'm reviewing standard, established notations on the 'pedia, while contemplating an extensive re-write of a small book I posted on the "Discuss" page of the 'versity. RCB_RubikTOC

An even better example is topics on the family of "BASIC" computer languages. I downloaded the QB64 (I will need to do more for this link: "QB64" is something I have to search for in Wikipedia -- it's not in 'versity -- this is why I say, "use both!") compiler from the 'pedia, in hopes of including source code for an interactive program for the info on "Rubik's Cube" as an added chapter in my 'versity materials.

Please forgive any minor updates on the links: I don't quite understand how to verify that links are correct from the "preview" edit page. So, I take my best shot first, then if spelling, capitalization, and/or punctuation, etc. are messed up, I need to check things out and try again.

My 41st wedding anniversary will be on January 30; that statement may address some of YOUR "special interests". This is my last year as a male sexagenarian; I will be 70 in August.

Just in case I get interrupted: I'll sign first, than ramble on. Ray Calvin Baker 03:01, 16 January 2012 (UTC)[]

Your Gender Studies, Information Technology, Science Fiction Interests[edit source]

Your Gender Studies, Information Technology, Science Fiction Interests (I hope I'm not reading too much "ufology" into this last one), suggest to me that you may be a person with some special qualifications for helping me address a matter which has arisen from my recent reading of Robert J. Sawyer's "www" trilogy, _Wake_, _Watch_, and _Wonder_. This series currently holds my nomination for the "Relevance" award -- Most Relevant use of contemporary science in a work of fiction, displacing _Dragon's_Egg_ and its sequel, about life on a neutron star (You did mention an interest in Physics). I want to encourage girls in the pursuit of mathematics and computer science, but, alas, "Webmind" was not able to dissuade 16-year-old "Calculass" from a potentially hazardous relationship with her boyfriend, "MathU". Also, I have an interest in the character, Dr. Malcolm Decter, who is afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome, but has the privilege of escorting Dr. Steven Hawking about a Canadian University. What can I do to avoid putting my big foot into a probably sensitive topic? Or have I gone too far already, in just mentioning my problem?

Ray Calvin Baker (talk) 03:01, 19 April 2012 (UTC)[]