User talk:Pdecalculus

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Hello, Pdecalculus, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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In response to your diff here, two small steps have been taken.

  1. The Nengo redirect page has been converted into a disambiguation page; and
  2. A stub article about a Neural Engineering Object has been drafted.

It is possible that the notability of this subject may be challenged? --Enkyo2 (talk) 01:58, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

-- Thanks Enkyo, have some experts in the nengo community adding many notability elements. Pdecalculus (talk) 17:12, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

No Paid Edits Per New Terms added in 2014[edit]

This will disclose that I am a retired math professor, roboticist and computational music teacher, and edit Wikipedia for the sake of users, and am not paid for my work. I am wealthy and a large donor to Wiki and other educational nonprofits. I have no bias in my edits, and most are scientific and technical, and you don't make much money promoting Euler or Katherine Freese.

This note is to meet the new editing requirements implemented as terms in 2014 that paid editing be stopped or at least disclosed. I'm guessing this practice is likely more prevalent in PR agencies writing about companies or business issues than science, but I suppose Universities hire PR firms too! Bravo to Wikimedia for attempting to stay unbiased. I guess, if you believe recent reports, I'm sadly also one of the few female editors, even though as a professional programmer I'm still just learning wiki markup, policies and practices. Being female makes me less comfortable with a heavy rule-driven culture, which of course Emile Durkheim called "the principle cause for suicide." (Kidding!).

I do love that the Wiki lawyers advised that you should edit Wiki "for fun." Now what's the legal term for that? Some of the pit bull admins, I have to say, don't seem to be having a lot of fun here. OK, I have too thin of skin for this culture, but with a library of over 100,000 technical texts can't resist contributing, at least cites. ;=)Pdecalculus (talk) 13:51, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Root extraction[edit]

Hi, Root extraction still needs a major cleanup, there's a discussion at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Disambiguation#Root extraction (disambiguation)- Is it even warranted? where I suggest you may want to go in one of two directions, which I will leave for you. Until then, the cleanup tag should stay as about 90% is deletable as a dab page. Widefox; talk 13:12, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! Noticed someone changed it from a dab to an article, which agrees with and fixes your concerns, but also raises many new issues! Maybe this is a subtle deletion strategy that I'm dumb to: change the nature, then, when it doesn't fit the new nature, delete! I'm really starting to understand the competitive male culture here. Pdecalculus (talk) 17:30, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

February 2015[edit]

Information icon Thank you for your edit to the disambiguation page Root extraction. However, please note that disambiguation pages are not articles; rather, they are meant to help readers find a specific article quickly and easily. From the disambiguation dos and don'ts, you should:

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Here's some links so you know about the format... Widefox; talk 13:13, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks so much for your help on this. I started it as a disambig page, then it was edited to become an article as folks didn't think it should be a disambig, so now it is a broad "disambig/article" without a central theme as an article. It is admittedly a very vast topic, which makes it tough to decide which meaning should be the "primary" article so all others can move to a new disambig. I suppose the taking of polynomial roots would do, unless you're a dentist or tree remover!! Pdecalculus (talk) 19:41, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Sadness at project removal[edit]

I found the request for the retirement places article on an open article request project, then took several weeks to create the article. Not knowing the "voting procedure" I then watched helplessly as the article was deleted. It had risen to prominence on Google, and numerous US cities were backlinking to it, enhancing wiki and adding to knowledge. This is not a big deal, but was curious that it was requested as an article, and when I did it, was then 86ed! I'll know a "little" better next time that finding a request on a project page is no guarantee that the article will be worth working on.

Scholarship post[edit]

I read on a project page that Wiki is encouraging scholars to post credentials to help with article and citation requests. Bachelors: University of Michigan, Masters (Math/quant analysis/stats): U Wisconsin, PhD U Wisc, Scripps, Carnegie Mellon. Areas: Engineering, Software Development, Math, Big Data/Audio and Video/visualization data, RNA folding, Domain specific language development, Robotics, STEM teaching. Languages: C, C#, Lisp, Java, Python, IDA Pro, Linux, many circuit level/hex projects. I'm not sure if this should also go on project pages, but am putting it on talk in case anyone needs help, especially with citations. The foundation I now volunteer for has over a million volumes and I have over 100K also, so am happy to help with inlines right to the relevant page number. Pdecalculus (talk) 16:00, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for August 6[edit]

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NOTE: This disambig is the only article covering stride since the topic itself needs an article and the disambig intro covers the most common meaning.Pdecalculus (talk) 16:36, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Douglas Kutach[edit]

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Nomination of MixSCAN for deletion[edit]

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