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My Project[edit]

Project changed to Natural organic matter. See this archived page for a discussion of the previously proposed project.

Workshop: Natural organic matter[edit]

Updated DYK query On 3 May, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Natural organic matter, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

--howcheng {chat} 03:51, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

Workshop Guidelines

hey alex - wow! great job explaining a difficult scientific term! i thought that your article was very well organized and made sense to me as i was reading. i just changed a couple very minor format issues regarding where the footnote was placed in relation to the period and quotation marks in relation to the period. your paper looks very well researched and thought out! now you might want to see if there is any way to link your article to other articles relating to natural organic matter - i will see if i can find any as well. great job so far! 1013-shannon 20:00, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I've nominated an article you worked on, Natural organic matter, for consideration to appear on the Main Page as part of Wikipedia:Did you know. You can see the "hook" for the article at Template talk:Did you know#Articles created on April 27 where you can improve it if you see fit. 1013-josh 22:19, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

I think I should have studied more science in college. I have a geeky affection for this article, and I think you did very good work here, although as usual the subject is over my head. Nicely formatted, cleanly structured, authoritatively sourced. I like that you include recent studies and current thinking about the subject. The article really gives me a sense of science as an active process of discovery, and I think this article makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge at Wikipedia. I do have a small concern about prose style, in that some of the paragraphs seem very choppy. For example, "The problem is with water purification. NOM can still bind to metal ions and minerals. This same ability that helped with water retention in dirt, hurts water purification methods." This has to do with telling a story to your reader, thinking about the information that your reader will need when and where. Here the first sentence is not really explained until the third. It's what I call a "blurt." It will be fixed easily by some work at the sentence level with an eye toward improving paragraph flow. Never forget that you have a reader on the other end of that computer screen, and you're not only trying to present the facts, you're also trying to organize them into a story for the reader. Other than that, I think you can move on to final cleaning tasks like adding wikilinks, categorizing your article, and revising other articles to point to it. You may be interested in posting at Wikipedia:WikiProject Science and other Wikiprojects to get more feedback. Excellent work. 1013-josh 10:13, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Alex good work, you chose an article that I would never be able to write about and turned it into a huge article. Your bibliography is big and that is good, all your links seem to be working. I bet you spent a long time researching this scientific topic. Overall it is well organized and easy to follow, lots of good information from good sources. Keep up the good work.Brow1901 16:45, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Hi Alex, I answered your question about how to create category tags here: user talk:1013-josh#Adding categories to your page. 1013-josh 02:44, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

You're on the Main Page!

Hi Alex, your article is currently featured on the Main Page of Wikipedia in the "Did You Know?" fact box. It will be up there for the next 6+ hours. You may get some strangers stopping by your article as a result, so check the page history. 1013-josh 04:08, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

hey alex! i just added some categories to your article - if you dont think they apply or go along with your piece feel free to take them out! your article looks great! 1013-shannon 18:54, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

Hello again! I just re-read your article and each time I am impressed that you were able to write about such a complex topic! My only concern at the moment is that you mention "many groups" in your section about false positives. Who are the many groups? Are they scientists?? Or other chemistry groups?? Otherwise your article looks great! 1013-shannon 05:27, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Participation: Alex[edit]

I am not sure about tasks assigned for Shannon and Joe's papers. I have just tried to accumulate more information over the weekend, but I have not changed anything on wikipedia yet. Natural organic matter 1013-alex 15:55, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Added Footnotes section to Joe's paper and how to format footnotes in the paper 1013-alex 16:55, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Added See Also section to Joe's paper and explained what goes there 1013-alex 16:55, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Idea to Shannon about tying in the Shrines subsection a little more to the overall project 1013-alex 17:01, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Edited Shannon's article to improve flow and clarity in a few sections 1013-alex 03:19, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Gave Shannon an idea about explaining in more detail exactly what the Stations of the Cross are or what they look like, to better give a view to the reader about this important topic 1013-alex 03:19, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Added to improve flow of Joe's Geography section, flow and spacing to History section, and grammer to Fishing section 1013-alex 04:25, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Gave Joe ideas on excessive use of "the lake", how fishing is brought up twice in detail, and need to improve history section 1013-alex 04:25, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Thought to Joe about the great idea of adding algae as a section to Tainter Lake 1013-alex 04:31, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


Monday Homework Complete. 1013-alex 08:25, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Men of Honor Homework edit Complete 1013-alex 04:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Good work. Remember to add a comment to the edit summary box to make it easier for other users to follow your changes. You may want to add the film page to your watchlist so you can see what becomes of your changes. 1013-josh 06:53, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

I consent to giving up my work to the public domain of wikipedia. Homework Friday Complete 1013-alex 16:34, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Okay, great! Let me know at any time if you change your mind and would like to switch to an off-line research assignment. 1013-josh 18:28, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Monday April 23rd Homework Complete. User:1013-alex/draft 1013-alex 14:34, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Okay, good luck with the new project. Be sure that you do an extensive search at Wikipedia so that you are not duplicating efforts elsewhere that may be under a different title. You can also try using Google to search Wikipedia (format for the google search: "type your keywords here" without the quotation marks). Your sources look good. You'll notice that the wikilinks in your project draft aren't working. See notes from the April 16 class for proper formatting. Looking forward to seeing how this new article develops. 1013-josh 19:10, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Rough draft posted on wikipedia complete. Natural organic matter 1013-alex 16:54, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Very good work. Make sure that you see the assignment on my talk page for some guidelines about the next week. 1013-josh 00:41, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Alrighty, final draft done! 1013-alex 16:23, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Notes from Josh & the Class[edit]

Hey, I just posted some helpful research links; don't miss them! 1013-josh 21:37, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Notes from Wikipedians[edit]

Wikipedians, if you're commenting specifically about the Natural organic matter article, feel free to chime in in the "Workshop" section above.


Hello, 1013-alex, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question and then place {{helpme}} after the question on your talk page. Again, welcome! 

Good luck with your Georg Wittig article. You might want to look at the article of a recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate like Roger D. Kornberg for guidance, as the articles on more recent people tend to be more fully developed.--Pharos 03:46, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Alex, Welcome to Wikipedia. The wikilinks in your draft are not working. See your class notes at User:1013-josh/homework#Monday, April 16 to see how to fix them. Cheers. --Geniac 02:36, 24 April 2007 (UTC)