User talk:Davidmack

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Help on book summaries[edit]

I see there are Wiki guidelines on how to write about fiction. It says "A plot summary may be appropriate as an aspect of a larger article." Is there anything on how to write about non-fiction? In the biographical article on Anthony de Mello I would like to add a section about some of his writing, summarising and discussing some of the main features of his thinking with short referenced quotes.

Not that I know of! You can check out How to write a great article for some general tips about the process, but my guess is that you'll be fine. (Anyone conscientious enough to ask this kind of question will probably make an excellent contribution to an article.) The best thing would be to check out other non-fiction writers to see what their articles say, and mimic that. I'm sorry if this wasn't more helpful! Feel free to ask further questions on my talk page. Cheers. -- Merope Talk 03:07, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Help on deleting a page[edit]

I created a page called Category:Nondestructive Testing before I realised my mistake and created another called Category:Nondestructive testing with the proper title case. How do I delete the first one?

paste {{db-author}} on the page. Cbrown1023 00:18, 27 October 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, I might have made in confusing for you... you would paste {{tl|db-author}} only if you wanted to make a link to it... if you want to substitute it then you paste {{tl|db-author}} which gives...

{{db-author}}

I deleted it for you. No worries. Best, --MCB 03:58, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

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Research for the Alcoholics Anonymous article[edit]

Thank you for doing the leg-work and the research. I do share some AO's sentiments about AA not granting more access to the articles -- definately doesn't seem like HOW. But it was good to see the information he cited put in context. -- Craigtalbert 00:56, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Removing the photo from NDT page[edit]

Hi, I see that you have removed my photo that I have taken in my NDT shop indicating that it is a commercila photo. I do not understand your point of view. For example is it a commercila photo if you put an Airbus a/c photo in an article? I have installed the photo in order to give the readers an idea about an test tool. As I have no relations with GE other than being an user, I have no purpose such as doing advertaisement of a compony or product. Thanks in advance for your answer back.--Plenumchamber 11:50, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Plenumchamber, thanks for the message. Please see my response on the NDT talk page. — DavidMack 15:16, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Application for membership in the Sorcerers of St. Jerome[edit]

I want to join! JesseW, the juggling janitor 20:09, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Welcome. You're the second member in this cabal. Place

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or something like that on your user page. If there's too much of a rush on membership we may have to install an admission requirement, like finding Shakespeare's mother's maiden name. — DavidMack 23:59, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Information on the Disease Model and its detractors[edit]

Just thought I'd pass on this article since I know you're interested: http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2007/07/junkies_and_victims.html -- Craigtalbert 18:12, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

Also came across these today:

Sorry that I've been AWOL from the AA article, just got tired of the back and forth. -- Craigtalbert 18:39, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the links. I was thinking that I was doing way too much input into the discussion anyway. — DavidMack 14:17, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
It's a tough article to work on. Just had a look at it discussion since I archived it last time -- brutal! Hopefully it will calm down and some point. Anyway, came across this study on AA and addicted physicians, just thought it was interesting. -- Craigtalbert 17:01, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

In Remembrance...[edit]

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--nat Alo! Salut! Sunt eu, un haiduc?!?! 03:48, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Kevin Trudeau[edit]

Could you please add some references for the new material you added to this article and, if you have them, references for some of the other unreferenced material. Thank you.Mysteryquest 20:48, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't add anything, just cleaned up a bit. I do have a collection of PDFed papers on Trudeau, if I ever get time to add them. Thanks. — DavidMack 22:17, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

5% Attrition Rate Mentioned on LifeRing's blog[edit]

I think it would be very interesting if you left a comment on this post:

http://liferingconvenor.blogspot.com/2007/12/once-again-on-aa-dropout-rate.html

-- Craigtalbert (talk) 17:53, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. — DavidMack (talk) 18:24, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Project Match Comment[edit]

Davidmack, you posed the following question:

I need to repeat a question from above: The article states that Cutler and Fishbain criticise MATCH based on results from zero-treatment group, and also that Peele accuses MATCH of not having a zero-treatment group. Can someone please explain this? Also, would the person who put in the Cutler and Fishbain critique be willing to add the MATCH rebuttal? Thanks. (Again.) — DavidMack (talk) 21:46, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't know if this got answered before, but my understanding is that Peele complains that there was not a zero-treatment CONTROL group built into the study so that comparisons could be made about absolute effectiveness of the three treatment groups. This is a complaint about the experimental design, not about the interpretation. However, since the purpose of the study was not to determine absolute effectiveness, I don't understand the complaint. C&F used the dropouts from the various treatment groups, since these subjects were followed as well as the non-dropouts. The main conclusion was that most of the reported effects occurred either after a single treatment or, in many cases after no treatment at all. This is an interesting result to be sure, but I don't know what it means.Desoto10 (talk) 03:53, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for clarifying control group vs drop-outs. I think Peele was complaining about no control group and about the recovery rate of drop-outs because he argues that most treatment is useless and that natural healing is the only way out. Hence MATCH did not address his key concerns. — DavidMack (talk) 18:28, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Talk:AA[edit]

Something weird happened at your last change to the talk page, and you made some changes you obviously didn't intend. You might take a look. I considered fixing at myself, but I'm very reluctant to touch others' talk page changes. PhGustaf (talk) 01:40, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! — DavidMack (talk) 18:06, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Cult#External links[edit]

David, your geocities page called Agent Green made it to the cult page. It is beeing Juxtaposted next to Agent Orange to allow a more educated read of his cite.Coffeepusher (talk) 13:58, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Good news, thank you. — DavidMack (talk) 17:59, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
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