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ClockworkTroll 17:30, 9 Oct 2004 (UTC)
I have listed that article as copyvio. It actually appears that you may have mixed copyrighted text with personal opinion in places. Could you provide the source for that article? Thank you. SWAdair | Talk 10:22, 10 Oct 2004 (UTC)
- Thank you for your response. It sometimes happens that an original author contributes their own work and someone (me, in this case) marks it as copyvio. I copied your comment to the listing at Wikipedia:Copyright problems so that the admin who checks into the article's status will see it. Ahh, now that I check, I see you've noted the same on the article's talk page. Do you own the copyright to the article submitted to Mental Health Today, or do they? You might want to add that information to your note on Talk:Mens_Mental_Health. I apologize for any inconvenience I've caused you. We are pretty conscientious about protecting copyrights. It is much more common for someone to improperly submit copyrighted material than for an original author to contribute material they've previously written, and I'm afraid this caused your submission to get flagged. I hope you continue to contribute, and if there is any way I can help you, please let me know. SWAdair | Talk 03:42, 12 Oct 2004 (UTC)
I have tried to wikify the article, but have gotten no where. Can you plase take a look at it and edit it accordingly? Thanks! --Girish 06:36, Nov 17, 2004 (UTC)
I just realized I hadn't welcomed you properly. Let me rectify that. Welcome to Wikipedia. As a new member of Wikipedia, you might like to start by reading the tutorial and introducing yourself at the new users page. Two useful tips are that you can sign your name using four tildes (~~~~) and you can practice editing by using the Sandbox. You can regularly find new tips on the Community Portal. I look forward to reading your great articles and I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian. If you have any questions, you can ask at the help desk or on my talk page. :-) SWAdair | Talk 08:12, 12 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Hearing Voices Movement
Unfortunately, we can't keep the article you created on Hearing Voices Movement, because it violates another person's copyright. We aren't legally allowed to directly take other people's work; however, it is fine to research topics on other sites. See Wikipedia:Copyrights for details.
But don't get discouraged – try writing your own articles! For help on writing articles, you can check out the FAQs, especially on contributing and editing. There's a lot to know, but one of the cool things about Wikipedia is that others will edit your contributions to make them better! Have fun, -- Solitude 12:28, Oct 14, 2004 (UTC)
- Hello again, if Hearing Voices Movement is original work by you and you hold the copyrights to this work as well, then by all means let's keep it. The remaining issue I have with this article is that it is written in a scientific style and does not fit Wikipedia as it is, I have therefore added the cleanup tag to the article (restored to your version). Best would be to rewrite the article according to our manual of style. Best of luck, -- Solitude 13:42, Oct 14, 2004 (UTC)
Where did it go?
The article is still there. I think it may just be that you're not yet used to how things are archived here. The copyright notice is still displayed at Mens Mental Health and you can work on the article at Mens Mental Health/Temp. If you're looking for the original text, you can find it here. You might want to copy/paste the original text into the Temp version so you can work on it.
The way to find a previous version of an article is to first go to the article (in this case, Mens Mental Health, then click the "history" tab at the top of the page. A page will be displayed showing each version of the article that has ever existed. You can then click on the date/time link of the version you want to see, and it will pull up that version. WARNING! If you directly edit an old version and save, you will erase all modifications to the article that have been made since that version. If you want to see how this works, feel free to mess with the sandbox. You can pull up an earlier version, play with it, save it, see what happens, etc. and not worry about anything. The sandbox is meant for experimentation. SWAdair | Talk 02:56, 16 Oct 2004 (UTC)
- Yes, the listings are supposed to be minimum of seven days before a decision is made, so someone should be looking into it in the next day or two. The note that you left on the article's talk page should cause someone to contact you. It shouldn't be long, now. SWAdair | Talk 10:39, 16 Oct 2004 (UTC)
One more day
It is interesting that you contacted me today. I've been thinking about you, and that article, recently. There is a backlog of items listed at Copyright problems and they are supposed to be handled only by admins. Last week I was nominated for adminship. The voting lasts a week. Unless a slew of people suddenly vote against me before midnight tonight, I will become an admin tomorrow. I will make it my first priority to get that article out of limbo. Thank you for being so patient and polite. Only one more day and I will personally take care of it for you. SWAdair | Talk 09:16, 2 Nov 2004 (UTC)
- Done! IANAL, but I did a lot of reading on Fair Use to make absolutely sure I had a good understanding. I believe the manner in which you quoted the Mind article qualifies as fair use. It might be a good idea to link directly to any online sources you drew from (see Fair_use#Effect upon work's value and Fair_use#Common misunderstandings) in a "References" section. One last thing -- please realize that although you are the original author, the article has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License. Expect it to be edited mercilessly. Thank you again for being so patient. SWAdair | Talk 08:39, 3 Nov 2004 (UTC)
I noticed that you are a clinical psychologist, and thought you might be interested in this project which I am involved in, The Psychology Wiki.
I won't say too much, as I'd like you to judge it for yourself, but you should find that it is different from Wikipedia, because approximately 90% of our contributors so far are psychologists, either professionals like yourself, academics, or students and trainees.
Its hosted by a company called Wikia, which was founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley. There are Google Ads on the site, but we dont make money from the project, they're just to pay for the bandwidth, storage and technical support that Wikia give us.
Have a look and see what you think
Mostly Zen 23:00, 29 July 2006 (UTC)