I can no longer contribute to Wikipedia like I used to...this is a good thing: life in the real world is keeping me very busy, with important new research to perform. As such, I may not be very responsive to messages here.
BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors
Neat news: BMJ is offering 25 free, full-access accounts to their prestigious medical journal through The Wikipedia Library and Wiki Project Med Foundation (like we did with Cochrane). Please sign up this week: Wikipedia:BMJ --Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Can you unprotect Template:Userblock, or at least reduce it to semi? It only has 935 transclusions, so it's not really highly visible. Jackmcbarn (talk) 16:42, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
- Sorry for the delay...I'm not around much these days. I've reduced the protection to allow templateeditors such as yourself. — Scientizzle 17:40, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Medical Translation Newsletter
Wikiproject Medicine; Translation Taskforce
This is the first of a series of newsletters for Wikiproject Medicine's Translation Task Force. Our goal is to make all the medical knowledge on Wikipedia available to the world, in the language of your choice.
note: you will not receive future editions of this newsletter unless you *sign up*; you received this version because you identify as a member of WikiProject Medicine
Spotlight - Simplified article translation
Wikiproject Medicine started translating simplified articles in February 2014. We now have 45 simplified articles ready for translation, of which the first on African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness has been translated into 46 out of ~100 languages. This list does not include the 33 additional articles that are available in both full and simple versions.
Our goal is to eventually translate 1,000 simplified articles. This includes:
We are looking for subject area leads to both create articles and recruit further editors. We need people with basic medical knowledge who are willing to help out. This includes to write, translate and especially integrate medical articles.
- IEG grant
I've (CFCF) taken on the role of community organizer for this project, and will be working with this until December. The goals and timeline can be found here, and are focused on getting the project on a firm footing and to enable me to work near full-time over the summer, and part-time during the rest of the year. This means I will be available for questions and ideas, and you can best reach me by mail or on my talk page.
- Wikimania 2014
For those going to London in a month's time (or those already nearby) there will be at least one event for all medical editors, on Thursday August 7th. See the event page, which also summarizes medicine-related presentations in the main conference. Please pass the word on to your local medical editors.
- Integration progress
There has previously been some resistance against translation into certain languages with strong Wikipedia presence, such as Dutch, Polish, and Swedish.
What was found is that thre is hardly any negative opinion about the the project itself; and any such critique has focused on the ways that articles have being integrated. For an article to be usefully translated into a target-Wiki it needs to be properly Wiki-linked, carry proper citations and use the formatting of the chosen target language as well as being properly proof-read. Certain large Wikis such as the Polish and Dutch Wikis have strong traditions of medical content, with their own editorial system, own templates and different ideas about what constitutes a good medical article. For example, there are not MEDRS (Polish,German,Romanian,Persian) guidelines present on other Wikis, and some Wikis have a stronger background of country-specific content.
Translation into Swedish has been difficult in part because of the amount of free, high quality sources out there already: patient info, for professionals. The same can be said for English, but has really given us all the more reason to try and create an unbiased and free encyclopedia of medical content. We want Wikipedia to act as an alternative to commercial sources, and preferably a really good one at that.
Through extensive collaborative work and by respecting links and Sweden specific content the last unintegrated Swedish translation went live in May.
Dutch translation carries with it special difficulties, in part due to the premises in which the Dutch Wikipedia is built upon. There is great respect for what previous editors have created, and deleting or replacing old content can be frowned upon. In spite of this there are success stories: Anafylaxie.
Translation and integration into Polish also comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Polish Wikipedia has long been independent and works very hard to create high quality contentfor Polish audience. Previous translation trouble has lead to use of unique templates with unique formatting, not least among citations. Add to this that the Polish Wikipedia does not allow template redirects and a large body of work is required for each article.
(This is somewhat alleviated by a commissioned Template bot - to be released). - List of articles for integration
The Arabic Wikipedia community has been informed of the efforts to integrate content through both the general talk-page as well as through one of the major Arabic Wikipedia facebook-groups: مجتمع ويكيبيديا العربي, something that has been heralded with great enthusiasm.
- Integration guides
Integration is the next step after any translation. Despite this it is by no means trivial, and it comes with its own hardships and challenges. Previously each new integrator has needed to dive into the fray with little help from previous integrations. Therefore we are creating guides for specific Wikis that make integration simple and straightforward, with guides for specific languages, and for integrating on small Wikis.
Instructions on how to integrate an article may be found here 
News in short
- To come
- Medical editor census - Medical editors on different Wikis have been without proper means of communication. A preliminary list of projects is available here.
- Proofreading drives
- Further reading
Requesting Undeletion of Michael David Crawford Article
I just now read most of the comments in the 2007 discussion of deleting Thomas Hard's article about me. I'd like to request that a new article be written. (I won't be so presumptuous as to write it myself.)
I've known Thomas Hard for quite a long time. Although he can be a good writer he is quite often impulsive. His writing really is not the neutral POV that's required for an encyclopedia. Any such new article would be better were it to be written by someone other than him.
I'm puzzled that so many folks seemed to think that I'm only well-known at Kuro5hin. Actually my writing is quite widely known in the mental health as well as software development communities.
I should point out that I have some rabid haters at kuro5hin - k5 user "modus" is the worst of them, he spent actual money to place Google AdWords ads in an effort to make me unemployable. My guess is that modus is the anonymous IP that kept arguing so vehemently for deletion. What he's been doing to me ever since I pointed out that I'd rather be composing music than writing software is quite clearly felony cyberstalking, but I'd really rather give _him_ grief at k5 than report him to the legal authorities. This because I agree very strongly with the statement that "The best solution to hate speech is more speech".
However few mental health practitioners publish online; you're not going to see them linking my articles. But I do receive a great deal of email from psychiatrists, psychologists, psych nurses, social workers, other mentally ill folk as well as their friends and loved ones. For example "Living with Schizoaffective Disorder" was able to bring some closure to a grieving mother whose teenage son wiped his hard drive then committed suicide for no apparent reason.
It really is the case that LwSD is - or was at least at one time - on a reading list that the State of California distributes to its county mental health clinics.
I stopped keeping count after receiving roughly 20,000 emails as a result of my mental illness essays.
It really is the case, as Thomas Hard asserted, that for a number of years just one of my essays - Links to Tens of Thousands of Legal Music Downloads got 150,000 hits per month. That essay isn't just a link dump, rather it discusses the history of copyright law in the US, as well as how civil disobedience could be applied towards loosening the restrictions that copyright imposes.
It was translated to Romanian by Emmanuel Ciprian Mihet.
The last few years I've been in the psych hospital as well as jail quite a few times, largely as a result of my efforts to look after my similarly mentally ill mother in her old age - I won't get into the reasons just now but she likes to have me arrested. That resulted in my inability to pay for the renewal of some of my domain names. I'm (slowly) putting all of my stuff back up at http://www.warplife.com/mdc/essays/ , http://www.warplife.com/mdc/books/ , http://www.warplife.com/jonathan-swift/books/ and http://www.warplife.com/tips/ It's not all there yet but I've been getting a little more diligent about reposting it lately.
My new personal homepage is at http://www.warplife.com/mdc/
As a result of my software development for Zaxcom, their Deva line of professional wireless audio recorders have received several prestigious awards. My work for Wiebetech enables James Wiebe to sell his company to a competitor in the storage business, as well as funded his new venture, a graphite-epoxy ultralight aircraft company.
I should also point out that it's not my responsibility to do the job of the Wikipedia editors. If you want to find my work cited in a dead-tree publication, how about setting foot in an actual library? Mac User, MacWorld, MacWeek, Astrophysical Journal and Physics Letters B.
There's more I could say but I think this is enough to begin the discussion.
Thanks for your help!
Michael David Crawford User:MichaelCrawford User Talk:MichaelCrawford 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:59, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Notification of pending suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity
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