User talk:Elatb

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Your edits to passive house[edit]

The text i deleted was this:

"Furthermore they achieve one key green-building goal of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for the life of the building not all types of passive houses can be considered "green" in other areas because of the heavy use of artificial materials, insulators and finishes (which slowly decompose naturally),"

Comparatively passive houses don't use significantly more materials and there is no specific need to use 'artificial' materials as a passive house can be made fully from timber/wood fibre or other natural materials. The embodied energy in a building is small in comparison to it's total lifetime energy consumption. These are not specific criticisms of the passive house approach.


"...high energy consumption and environmental impact for producing building blocks off-site and transporting them on-site for Prefabrication|prefabricated houses."

Producing blocks off site isn't a SPECIFIC criticism of a passive house. All buildings (even earthships) need some kind of building material transported to site, once again an unspecific criticism, a criticism of building in general.


"Additionally, setting up a passive house (still) requires revamping of the natural environment of the building site and ground for house foundation (especially for underground heat exchanger)."

An underground heat exchanger is not a necessity of a passive house. Once again almost EVERY building needs some kind of ground work to occur, this is a criticism of building in general and not PH specifically. It just all seems too vague; having been to several PassiveHouse conferences I have never heard this criticism, because it wouldn't be taken seriously. http://www.passiv.de/

Cheers! Tom

Okay, thanks for rationale! It seemed a bit too much like someone decided to delete all new criticisms -- I wasn't sure if it had been fully thought through, and I prefer to err on the side of keeping as much information in the article as possible. Elatb (talk) 23:47, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Your edits to fandom-related articles[edit]

Coppa is by no means always reliable; I had to revert one edit where you relied on her dating of a term to 1959, when that article already included an 1944 citation for its use! --Orange Mike | Talk 02:35, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

Good to know, thanks! I had the article open and saw the dates, so figured I'd add those dates in where I could, since it was a print citation and many of the fandom articles rely on online citations (often to their detriment, if only for long-term verifiability, in my opinion). Have you found other issues with her dates / is it worth going through and undoing those edits, or is it more likely to be just that one mistaken date? Elatb (talk) 21:51, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
I corrected a couple of others. Frankly, the basic problem with Coppa is that she doesn't seem to fully understand the original fannish culture which pre-dates the rise of media fandom, and sometimes misinterprets it in terms of the media fandom with which she is more familiar. Thus, she can be misleading on topics like fan labor if you don't understand the cultural context. --Orange Mike | Talk 03:51, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
And .. I just noticed that all of those dates had "antedating 19xx" in the article I cited, so the Wikipedia errors are definitely my fault. Will go fix that all, since right now the citation isn't even for what she says... Elatb (talk) 18:30, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

refTools?[edit]

Hi there, feel free to ignore me if you're already aware of this, but since you list on your user page that you use the Wikipedia:Citation_templates reference often, I just wanted to make sure you know about the refToolbar, which automates the insertion of the main reference formats. I didn't know about it for quite a while, and since it's not employed by default, I just thought I'd suggest it. I know you've been away for a couple weeks, so no need to respond.—DMCer 07:51, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

That is a really fantastic tool -- thanks so much! Elatb (talk) 13:31, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

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Question about CLV I-Day[edit]

Hey! Not sure if you use Wikipedia anymore (I don't much, myself) but, if you see this, just curious—where did you get the Concordia Language Villages' International Day themes from 2001 and 2002 from? Blogs from both the Japanese and French villages list Alane as the 2002 song; additionally, I've never heard of "Gioca Jouer" which is currently listed as the 2002 song. Thanks! --Fpmfpm (talk) 10:39, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

It came from asking people what they thought it might have been (people remembered "the crazy Italian Superman song" and associated that with the opening of the Italian camp), so it was never sourced in a Wikipedia-friendly way, and it was sourced in a way that is less academically defensible than yours. Gioca Jouer might have been a previous year, or it might have been a Waldsee-only-let's-celebrate-Italy song. If you have primary written sources for Alane, that would be a most excellent edit. Nice to meet you. Elatb (talk) 00:46, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Also, I seem to recall having an actual source for Alane in 2001 (something not "personal memory", but more like a newspaper article), though apparently if I did I didn't cite it. I also have extremely vague recollections that the same song and dance might have repeated in 2002 from 2001. But I might well be mistaken in that hazy recollection. Elatb (talk) 00:49, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Nice to meet you too! As I said, a couple village blogs list Alane as being the 2002 I-Day song, but those can be unreliable (have song names spelled wrong, etc.) Let me know if you can find that source. :) I'm not at the Villages this summer, unfortunately, but will ask a friend who is to ask one of the Deans who is our Village's I-Day Coordinator—she'll probably know which year it was (or can check), and may even remember the other year's song (Gioca Jouer or not). --Fpmfpm (talk) 07:02, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

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