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Yes Congratulations! I'm not sure how to reach you but I'd like to get some mentorship from you on participating in Wikipedia. Thanks!Omarisafari (talk) 15:05, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi, @Omarisafari:, I'm not sure how can I be of help to you. Plus, I'm not as active as I used to be on WP. But if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Best. danielkueh (talk) 22:40, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
Can I email you or are you on LinkedIn or something? I want to learn how to participate, and talk about expanding access and participation. Omarisafari (talk) 23:48, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi, @Omarisafari:, I would prefer that we keep our WP discussions centralized in one location. Thanks. danielkueh (talk) 23:50, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi @Danielkueh:, ok. What centralized location would you recommend for us to have a more extensive discussion? Omarisafari (talk) 23:49, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! Well for starters, I'd like to know how to use wikipedia. Like I'm struggling with the formatting. I just realized that under the "Advanced" toolbar is how you can make a new line without necessarily making it look like a sub-response to the previous comment. What other simple formatting tricks do I need to know?
I'm also disoriented by the sheer quantity of discussion and information there is on a given topic. So how do you keep track of articles that are important to you without getting overwhelmed? Also it's sort of confusing coming on as a new user and not knowing where to begin and being understandably limited in what edits I can make, but also being clueless about the etiquette and process for contributing more and more productively.
And the last question that I think warrants discussion is one of access. Basically Wikipedia is supposed to be an open platform for everyone to contribute but there are high barriers to entry including technological savvy as well as familiarity with the platform and rules that mean that only a small fraction of the people that use Wikipedia regularly will ever make any edits to it and there's a cabal of know-it-alls that are masters of the content. I don't say that disparagingly, but just to say that I don't think it's very open right now and I'd like to help work toward more people contributing their valuable experience, knowledge and perspective. So how could we accomplish that? Thanks! Omarisafari (talk) 17:58, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
@Omarisafari:, first things first, please indent your comment rather than inserting a space between your comment and mine. That's the convention that is used in Wikipedia and it works. Second, learn to use the "Show preview" button before clicking on "Save changes." That way, I will get one e-mail notice instead of three that you have edited my page. If you prefer, you can even play with the WP:sandbox. It's a great way to experiment with different editing tools and to write up a draft.
As for your questions. I'm not sure about "formatting tricks." Do you something specific in mind? Format of references maybe? Also, use the WP:sandbox and just experiment.
If you are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, it probably means you are trying to do too much or read too much. As with anything, start small. Make some edits such as correcting spelling and grammatical errors or adding missing references. Edit non-controversial articles first to get a better feel for the process. Once you feel more comfortable and confident, then you can try to be bolder. As for etiquette on talk pages, I recommend observing the discussions and try to emulate good and productive behavior. You should also familiarize yourself with core WP policies such as WP:V, WP:RS, WP:NPOV, WP:CONSENSUS, and WP:BLP, just to name a few. It will really help you.
Yes, the process rules, policies, tech, etc of Wikipedia have become ever more sophisticated. That is just a natural consequence of any fast growing organization or industry. For now, I recommend that you try to keep up. Also, take a look at Outreach Wiki, which may be of interest to you. Best, danielkueh (talk) 23:13, 16 September 2016 (UTC)