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Username TStein under new Management[edit]

If you are linking here from an article that is not about physics, then the chances are you have the wrong TStein.

The current TStein joined in May of 2008.

Information about current TStein[edit]


Interests: Physics with emphasis in Electricity and Magnetism

/Magnetic_field (*June 2, 2008: I pushed this to the main article. Any further editing will be done there.* My contribution was to reorganize and rewrite. Much of this represents other people's work. See history section of Magnetic field for a full reference of all who contributed.)

/Gauge_invariance (This is all my own, so far. The page does not yet exist but redirects to gauge theory.)

Lets Experiment with a EqnTag Template[edit]

I would like to add names to equations similar to the \tag function of LaTex which does not seem to be supported.

Here is an example I will be tweaking to get the way I like.

(Lorentz Force)
(This is a really long tag name so that I can see how this looks in the article. La La La La La)
(Long Eq. Short Tag)

It will probably end up that this feature is already supported in a way that I don't know about. In the meantime I will have fun reinventing the wheel.

Actually there is a template that works {{EqNum}}

New calculus template[edit]

Topics in Calculus

Fundamental theorem
Limits of functions
Mean value theorem

Here is a new template I have been working on.


Here is a new project that I have been working on to partially automate the membership process. The membership list is on a separate page and is transcluded because I don't know how to make the inputbox edit the middle of a page for instance only one section. This is unacceptable now because I don't know how to force the page to reload the member list without re-editing the list. Right now users will edit hit the back button see no change then realize they need to hit the reload button but still will see no change because it does not reload the changed template for some reason.

WikiProject Physics participants
Areas of interest Role within WikiProject Physics Experience/Education Joined
Yes WoT Chief bottle washer IRL: bottle washer
WIKI: test
Yes Surf boarding Surfing IRL: Still more surfing
WIKI: writing about surfing physics
Yes rodeo rodeo clown IRL: buckaroo extraordinaire
WIKI: lassoing vandals


Complaint about general merging and stub process[edit]

This needs to be discussed in a large context then just physics, but I prefer to make a fool of myself with the small number of people I know before I do so on a larger stage.

In reading the how to write good articles page (forgive me I can't seem to find that article now for a link), they described the writing process as being in this order:

  1. main general article written
  2. sections are extended until a section becomes too long and too specific
  3. long sections are split up into separate articles.

Yet this is exactly the opposite of what occurs on wiki. The actual process is something like this:

  1. a huge number of inconsistent articles (in quality, notation, and content) are created independently
  2. a huge effort is undertaken to categorize, find similar articles, propose to delete, propose to merge, etc.
  3. the article is either deleted, or merged badly into another article, or remains for all intents and purposes an orphan
  4. someone else has to fix the mess made by the merger or deletes the material, because it doesn't quite fit.

The end result is too many articles to manage and a chaos of articles not agreeing with portal space not agreeing with category space not agreeing with wikiproject space not agreeing with list of x space. Robots can help manage this, but maybe we need to have a new approach to promote better organization in the first place. Are any of these possible?

  1. more aggressive merge and redirect of stubs into sections of more general articles
  2. more redlink main} tags or better yet a newpageneeded or some such tag. If you have a section of an article of even mid importance chances are that section is notable enough. Redlink red tags give a simple method for potential editors to add a section.
  3. combination main tag for a redirected page. Let me see if I can explain what I mean with an example. Let us say for instance Faraday's Law does not exist and it is not covered in magnetic field. Person A writes a stub for Faraday's Law. Person B then creates a Faraday's Law section in magnetic field and then does a cut and paste into that section finishing off with a redirect. Person B then places a red link main after that section leading to the title of the stub.
  4. auto categorizing of main links in articles