User talk:N2e

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Podcast interview request[edit]

Hey, N2e,

I'm not super familiar with Wikipedia editing, so please forgive if this isn't the best way to do this. I'm one of the cohosts over at The Orbital Mechanics podcast, a show about spaceflight engineering. We saw /u/retiringonmars calling for editorial help on the SpaceX page over on /r/spacex. I reached out to them asking if they could come do an interview on our show about the research that goes into a resource like this, and they pointed me at you, as a heavy contributor to the page.

Is that something you'd be interested in? We usually cover engineering topics on our show, but I think it'd be really interesting to hear about the archival/historical efforts that help us find and tell stories about companies like SpaceX. Please drop me a line at

Benetherington (talk) 19:33, 19 March 2017 (UTC) benetherington

Hi Benetherington. Yeah, I've made quite a few contributions to that subject area, as SpaceX does seem to be at the forefront of making things happen in spaceflight and spaceflight technology that is motivated more by private economic forces than it is by the political calculus that has informed nearly all of the first five decades of human spaceflight technology. Moreover, beyond SpaceX, I have followed closely in news and other sources for over 15 years the general intersection (think Venn diagram overlap) of spaceflight with market forces, and that broader area has had a large part of my Wikipedia editing attention in recent years.
I've been kind of busy with a work gig recently, and have had to cut back on WP editing substantially.
But I will chat with you about your request. Will write you at your email address to discuss further. N2e (talk) 12:21, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────In the event, podcast was set up. Recorded on 25 March. Released by "The Orbital Mechanics" on 28 March, the day before SpaceX' first-ever relaunch and relight of a previously-flown (and recovered) orbital booster stage. Podast URL:

Podcast followup[edit]

Daveb377 (talk) 18:45, 2 April 2017 (UTC) Hi-I just listened to this podcast, and enjoyed the discussion on complex adaptive systems. I've been interested in them for a while, and I'd like to know if you have any good references you could point me at?

Happy to chat Daveb377. I've found the literature on the topic is still rather discipline specific. I'm most familiar with the economics-related literature, and could provide quite a few pointers from that discipline, where it seems to be called spontaneous order or self-organization. More broadly emergence or emergent-order, and seen in WP articles like complex system or complex adaptive system, which all include at least some links into source materials. I am much less familiar with the secondary literature of the other disciplines (biology, nanomaterials, ecology, climate science, astrophysics, ...) although I certainly read in the areas of biology of social insects and in astrophysics, and sometimes chaos theory. N2e (talk) 20:49, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll go do some reading Daveb377 (talk) 18:45, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

Reference Organizer[edit]

Hello, N2e! I have followed some of your contributions (because you contribute on the topics that I also find interesting, like SpaceX, rocket reusability, etc; the first time when I noticed your work was when you updated the Firefly Space Systems article) and I have seen you work with references (moving references to list-defined format, removing duplicate references, etc). So I wanted to let you know that I have written a JavaScript user script to make that kind of work easier. The tool is called Reference Organizer. It started out as "convert all references to LDR-format", and has become much more versatile since then. Now it allows converting references in both ways, sorting, naming references etc. Maybe you are already using some other tool for this, but if not, please check it out. Cumbril (talk) 15:05, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

That is AWESOME Cumbril! I am very pleased to hear this; Wikipedia definitely needs more ref tools to automate things that either don't or should not require a lot of human manual attention. I will definitely be an early tester (perhaps a user) of your tool. Having said that, my job and real life have cut back my aggressive rate of wiki-editing immensely over the past half year, so it may be a bit longer until I can find a bit of time to get my hands around it. But do expect to hear from me when I do. Cheers. N2e (talk) 16:02, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

New Blockchain Company: IOHK (New Entry): Advice?[edit]

Hello N2e,

The company IOHK <> is ready to launch Cardano SL, a next-generation blockchain platform with (arguably) more advanced features than any protocol yet developed in the space and the first to evolve out of a scientific philosophy. We are also working on building a client for Ethereum Classic <> which is a continuation of the original Ethereum blockchain. If you scroll down their wiki page, you will see a description of our team (Grothendieck) who is currently working on the project.

I think the mission of IOHK as summarized by our CEO captures the complex vision of this company: "We view the world as a series of giant and mostly interconnected social graphs with hundreds of complex systems embedded. Our mission is to perturb those graphs to a more connected, transparent and fair configuration for both the flow of ideas, and value." <>

Upon reading further into your interests and contributions to various wikipedia subject matters, it struck me that you may be a wonderful advisor to potentially help steer us in the right direction toward gaining entry into Wikipedia. The company has been cited several times in various reputable media sources <>. I was wondering if you might have the time to review the summary we have prepared for our company to be posted as an entry in wikipedia? If so, please let me know if there is a good way to reach out to you directly.

Thank you so much in advance. T.haas11 (talk) 20:52, 21 June 2017 (UTC)T.haas11

T.haas11 — If your company has been, and is mentioned, in standard sources the meet the Wikipedia reliable sources verifiability policy, and meets the notability guideline for standalone articles, it will likely get an article someday.
You are doing the right think by not trying to start such an article yourself, for this reason: WP:COI. So you just kind of have to wait for significant coverage in media, plus some independent editor choosing to start an article.
I've become very busy with my life outside Wikipedia and have little time to contribute recently. N2e (talk) 01:43, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

SpaceX reusable orbital taxi listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect SpaceX reusable orbital taxi. Since you had some involvement with the SpaceX reusable orbital taxi redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. — JFG talk 12:57, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice. I responded over there. N2e (talk) 23:35, 27 June 2017 (UTC)