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Archived my talk page on July 7th 2014

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So many things I look forward to discussing and prioritizing with you.

Is this something we can talk about? https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Project_Leaflets

This is good question for Lane (User:Bluerasberry) since its for Wikimania conference in London this year. Tinkermen (talk) 22:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

And I wanted to get your review of this! http://metalearninghabits.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/wikipedia-assignments-1-2-handout.pdf DrMel (talk) 20:49, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Not my area of expertise but this looks well laid out for students, Antoinette (User:Alafarge) would have a better Opinion I would trust though. Tinkermen (talk) 22:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Hello, is there something you need? Blue Rasberry (talk) 12:01, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi. Not sure you want my opinion, but I do think this looks like a good starter handout. Two things did catch my eye, and I'll just comment on them here but understanding that I don't know the context of this handout, so what I say may be quite off base. One, I always recommend newbies use a pseudonymous login; it's much easier to take criticism and advice and occasional trolling under a pseudonym while learning. Once they're confident, they can always go ahead and make a real-name account if they want to for reputational reasons. Two, I find that if I just tell new editors to "find a page they like" to work on, they tend to head for big-subject pages (Star Wars, Jane Austen) that have been edited to death and are heavily patrolled, meaning they either can't readily find something to do on that page, or their edit quickly goes out the window. It helps if you can advise them a bit on how to find more obscure corners of the wiki world to poke around in. Anyway, good luck to you!Alafarge (talk) 17:11, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

[b]Thanks for the replies! Here's the vision I'm holding:[/b]

[i]What if all research assignments given in school included "contributions to Wikipedia/wikiHow" as part of the graded work?[/i]

Alafarge - I totally agree on both points! I regularly recommend people choose pseudonyms, even though I didn't. And the point re: "any page" is well taken - we found ~25 students suddenly editing the Serial Murder page when we first tried this, and saw the comments from a very confused editor! ;-)

I haven't updated the handout in years but am happy to gift it into this space and let anyone modify the worksheets.

If there was one pamphlet I'd most love to see people taking home from London, it'd be one that they could reprint as needed and give out to non-Wikipedia editors, inviting them to take the first steps toward contributing instead of just consuming what's here, with a clear step-by-step for beginners to cover their first steps. I've got a whole chunk of related stuff for wikiHow, whom I've worked more closely with over the last two years (http://www.wikihow.com/User:Melissaganus). All of that is free to use and adapt as well. http://m.wikihow.com/Contribute-Your-Expertise-to-wikiHow-(for-Academics).

My reality check on what I can and can't do atm - I would LOVE to be in a situation where I could jump in and play a major role in putting pamphlets together, but I'm going to be on the road for the next 4 weeks (sadly missing wikiMania), so couldn't take lead on getting much done. If any of what I've already done is useful, please let me know! I'd be happy to discuss all the results we've seen from doing this so far with anyone, but probably need to make that a phone call or email exchange because I'll be on Wikipedia so infrequently... — Preceding unsigned comment added by DrMel (talkcontribs) 17:02, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

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Unforgetting L.A. edit-a-thon on September 6[edit]

Unforgetting L.A. edit-a-thon: Saturday, September 6 from 11am to 4pm
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are invited to meet up with online magazine East of Borneo for an edit-a-thon to build a better history of art in Southern California. This next event in their Unforgetting L.A. series will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11am - 4pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (map). Beginners welcome! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. For more info, see eastofborneo.org/unforgetting.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:39, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

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L.A. Meetup on September 21[edit]

The 20th Los Angeles meetup: Sunday, September 21 from 11am to 4pm

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Join us on Sunday, September 21, from 11am to 4pm at Kramer Studio in Mid-City (map) for a meetup and edit-a-thon! Get to know the Los Angeles Wikipedia community and do some editing (or learn to edit!) in a collaborative environment. Please RSVP and consider becoming a member of the SoCal task force to help us improve articles about everything in the region.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:00, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

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Sorry Calliopejen1 not making it, Jen I worked on the 6th and I'm also working on the 21st, thank you for the invites though I really appreciate it, I hope to make sometime in the future. Tinkermen - John Francis

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L.A. events on October 7 and 16[edit]

Upcoming L.A. events: Wik-Ed Women edit-a-thon (10/7, 6-10pm) and UCR edit-a-thon (10/16, 10am-4pm)

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The Southern California Wikipedia community has two exciting events coming up in the next few weeks: a Wik-Ed Women editing session downtown designed to combat systemic bias, and a Wikipedia Loves Libraries event at UC Riverside!

Wik-Ed Women is a new monthly series of informal Wikipedia editing sessions for Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists. This second session will take place on Tuesday, October 7 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

The UC Riverside Wikipedia Loves Libraries event is an edit-a-thon targeting articles related to UC Riverside, SoCal, and beyond. Join students and faculty learning how to edit! This event will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm at UCR's Tomás Rivera Library. Again, RSVPs are requested here.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:47, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

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SoCal edit-a-thons on October 21 and 25[edit]

Upcoming SoCal edit-a-thons: UC Riverside (10/21, 10am-3pm) and Unforgetting L.A. (10/25, 9am-5pm)
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The Southern California Wikipedia community has two more events scheduled for the month of October: a water-related edit-a-thon at UC Riverside, and an Unforgetting L.A. event at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar in conjunction with L.A. as Subject!

As part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries and to celebrate Open Access Week, UC Riverside is participating alongside other Western Waters Digital Library members in an edit-a-thon focusing on water issues. Join students and faculty learning how to edit! This event will take place on Tuesday, October 21 from 10am to 3pm at UCR's Orbach Science Library (map). RSVPs are requested here.

The Unforgetting L.A. edit-a-thon and training workshop will take place at the 9th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, and is hosted by online magazine East of Borneo in partnership with L.A. as Subject. Join us on Saturday, October 25 from 9am to 5pm at the USC Doheny Memorial Library (map). Beginners welcome! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:06, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

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L.A. event on November 11, and a new Facebook group[edit]

Wik-Ed Women editing session (11/11, 6-10pm), and join our new Facebook group!

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The LA Wikipedia community has a new Facebook group! Become a member to keep up to date with all of our upcoming events and to connect with local Wikipedians!

In addition, we have one upcoming event: the third Wik-Ed Women editing session will take place on Tuesday, November 11 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. This series of informal get-togethers is designed to encourage Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome!) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:20, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

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L.A. event on November 11 CANCELED[edit]

Wik-Ed Women editing session CANCELED

Due to health issues affecting one of the organizers, the third Wik-Ed Women editing session (originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 11) has been canceled. We expect the series to pick up again sometime in December. Sorry for the inconvenience, and hope to see you in the near future! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:08, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

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Review of changes to Don Norman article?[edit]

Hi John! Thanks for encouraging me to work on this one. I have not yet spoken directly with Don, but was able to do a little updating and cleanup of the article, with a link to an article in San Diego Union Tribune. Could you take a look? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Norman

  • Reads sorta like a resume, needs more personal stories and arranged like these Bio's; Allan M. Collins, Elizabeth Bates, Virginia Satir

Next step is to create a new article for The Design Lab at UCSD. Not sure what article name I should use. Would https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Design_Lab_at_USCD make sense? Here's a link to their homepage: http://designlab.ucsd.edu/

  • The Design Lab is a newly established organization, probably wouldn't pass WP:ORG, if you wrote it though it will be like these; The Earth Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture

Thanks! DrMel (talk) 21:31, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Hope that was helpful, rather a downer reply on my part sorry. Tinkermen - John Francis

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L.A. edit-a-thon this Sunday, December 14[edit]

L.A. meetup: December 14 edit-a-thon at the California African American Museum
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East of Borneo's "Unforgetting L.A." edit-a-thon series continues this weekend at the California African American Museum! Please join us this Sunday, December 14 from 11am to 4pm. Beginners welcome! You'll learn to create new articles that improve Wikipedia's coverage of African American art in Los Angeles, past and present. Please click here for full event details and to RSVP if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:25, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

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L.A. event on Tuesday, January 20[edit]

Wik-Ed Women editing session (1/20, 6-10pm)

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

Please join us at an event this coming Tuesday: the third Wik-Ed Women editing session will take place on January 20 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. This series of informal get-togethers is designed to encourage Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome!) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:06, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

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Thanks Jen for the invite, I won't make this one either, but please keep sending me the invites and I'll make one of these events when the time works out for me in the future. John

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LA edit-a-thons on February 14, 17, and 21[edit]

Redondo Loves Wikipedia (2/14), Wik-Ed Women (2/17), and Unforgetting LA at the Getty (2/21)!
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The LA Wikipedia community has three events in mid-February -- please consider attending!

First, we have a Valentine's Day edit-a-thon appropriately named Redondo Loves Wikipedia, which will take place at the Redondo Beach Public Library from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, February 14. Join library staff, the Redondo Beach Historical Society, and others to help improve Wikipedia's coverage of Redondo Beach!

Second, we have a Wik-Ed Women editing session on Tuesday, February 17 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. This series of informal get-togethers is designed to encourage Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome!) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists.

Third, we have an Unforgetting LA event put on by East of Borneo in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. Come help improve Wikipedia's coverage of LA design and architecture, and have an awesome free day at the museum -- parking will be validated for edit-a-thon participants! If you'd like to use particular books from GRI's great collection, be sure to email before 2/13 (instructions at event page).

And be sure to check out our main meetup page, because we already have three SoCal events scheduled for early March!

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