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Best Sources[edit]

Hi Transhumanist, so for the Athlete's foot page, the best sources to use are secondary sources. To be more specific, what is really preferred are peer-reviewed academic journal articles rather than sources such as Merck Manuals or the Mayo Clinic. There's nothing terrible about those sources, they're just not the best available sources and that's what we strive for. If you need help with access, let me know and I can point you in the right direction. TylerDurden8823 (talk) 01:23, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Copied to Talk:Athlete's foot#Best Sources, and replied there. The Transhumanist 07:31, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Tinea[edit]

Thanks for your 25jan15 work on Tinea!-71.174.175.150 (talk) 15:51, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

You are welcome. The Transhumanist 03:22, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

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Element of possessianism for Outline of anarchism[edit]

That was a pretty quick revert. This is an encyclopaedia. I did not suggest that article for deletion, and I did not remove the components, so flawed quote. The format on the article pretty well stinks, is not easy to read, and in the current form it is more like something that belongs at Wikiversity, or at Wikibooks, the components that SUPPORT or not are opinion, not necessarily factual nor supported by citation. Take the move as a polite criticism, and please do not be so quick to revert to your preferred form. SHARED SPACE! Not your article. <sigh> — billinghurst sDrewth 03:55, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Please make posts concerning article content on the appropriate talk page. I've copied your post and replied to it at Talk:Outline of anarchism#Element of possessianism for Outline of anarchism. The Transhumanist 05:48, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

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I thought you might be amused to know you are listed on that page, with three admin actions (protections). All the best: Rich Farmbrough22:58, 21 February 2015 (UTC).

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Biomimetics[edit]

Hi, I see you've added a See also link to this article from BionicKangaroo. Since this isn't really a See also type article - it's actually about biomimetics - it would be much better if it were included in the main text, suitably cited, with a brief word about what is new and unusual about the work. (There is a huge pressure on this article for mere listing, so I'd like not to have anything added there - in fact it's the second one today, and I'm minded to remove it.) I'd therefore be hugely grateful if you could add it in the text. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 09:41, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

@Chiswick Chap: No problem. Yes check.svg Done     The Transhumanist 09:55, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks, but could you please add a citation for that? Articles cannot rely on links to other Wikipedia articles, because Wikipedia is "not a reliable source" (as anyone can edit it). Sources are everything. Thanks again. Chiswick Chap (talk) 10:00, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
 : @Chiswick Chap: Again, no problem. Yes check.svg Done Pleasure working with you; you make excellent suggestions. Keep up the good work and vigilance.     The Transhumanist 10:20, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

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Artificial consciousness[edit]

I reverted the article before your last edit on 15 April 2015. It is not right that a single user changes most of the article. Editing this article is a joint effort and this is not how it should be done. Please discuss on the talk page of the article before making so many changes.Tkorrovi (talk) 19:35, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

I now partly restored one of your edits. I cannot restore your other edits without heavy restructuring of the article. I cannot restore the extensive restructuring of the article, as this will cause too much confusion to editing the article, and how the many users who edited the article before, wanted it. Such great change of the structure of the whole article should be done gradually, by discussing it before on the article's talk page. This is also written on the article's talk page.Tkorrovi (talk) 21:40, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

I have to say that. In your edit, you added this to the article (the beginning of your edit):

"In 2010, at the H+ Summit at Harvard, George Dvorsky made the claim ..."

But the only reference that you provided there is that | http://www.sentientdevelopments.com/2012/03/when-turing-test-is-not-enough-towards.html , a web page about George Dvorsky. On the George Dvorsky's Wikipedia article is also the same text and only that same reference about it. This is not a peer-reviewed article, it is not even clear who is the author of that page, thus it is not valid for reference. But more than that, nowhere on that page is it written that such claim was made at the H+ Summit at Harvard. Thus this information has no reference at all, nothing which states that such claim was made at a summit at Harvard, or that George Dvorsky ever made that claim. So this information has no reference and should not be added to the article, yet i added it to the article. But please provide a proper reference for it.Tkorrovi (talk) 01:39, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

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History of ceramic art[edit]

I noticed you moved Ceramic Art to History of ceramic art. I am curious as to why the redirect from the move instead points to Pottery. And also, Pottery seems to be mostly history as well - so shouldn't it be also renamed History of pottery? Just curious - Cheers Gmcbjames (talk) 00:33, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

The closest thing we have to ceramics is pottery. The pottery article is of greater scope than the topic's history, and therefore it wouldn't be subject to renaming to "History of pottery" — though it is ripe for splitting the history material off to that title per WP:SPLIT. Thanks for asking. The Transhumanist 01:28, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
There is an article Ceramic which may be more appropriate for the redirect. I am not sure of the move myself and have decided to wait and see if other editors have concerns. The terms pottery and ceramics are interchangeable in the US, though not in the UK. I have felt the articles Pottery and Ceramic art had overlapped and were repetitive (same true with the articles Ceramic and Pottery) - however that is my US bias. Thank you for shaking the vines - Cheers Gmcbjames (talk) 01:56, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
I didn't think of looking under "ceramic" (I thought that was just an adjective) — nice find. Redirecting ceramic art to ceramic is a good idea. Keep up the good work. The Transhumanist 02:18, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
No, it was a terrible idea, which I have reverted. Ceramic is short and essentially about the materials science. Johnbod (talk) 14:16, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

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In your outline of Narnia you've missplaced the Horse and his Boy.[edit]

Really, The Horse and his Boy is the third book. Therefore it goes inbetween The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.--Smileyroseme (talk) 22:12, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

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Urgent request[edit]

In 12 hours, the Signpost is published for this week and is short on articles. I am hoping to throw together and article on tip of the day. Since you participate in the project, I would appreciate if you could answer these questions about the project as soon as you could.

  1. What is the goal of the project?
  1. Some might say that the tip of the day isnt contributing to the encyclopedia. What would you say in response?
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  1. How can editors get involved, please list the various ways.

Thanks, if you see this after the deadline for the signpost, dont fret. Tortle (talk) 07:31, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

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  • Help users learn about WP in bite-sized morsels
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  • It is an example of how to automate content presentation on a wiki

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I look forward to seeing what you do with the project. The Transhumanist 12:44, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

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Animal Names[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your message regarding List of animal names. The problem is that I don't see any value to filling this article, which is about "given specific names for males, females, young, and groups", with animal names without including any of the afore mentioned specific names. Otherwise we just have an article that lists animals, not an article of animal names. Not all animals have specific names. So would it not be best, and easiest, to leave animals off the list until these specific names can be included, if they exist?

Some care also needs to be taken in sourcing these names. There are a lot of lists out on the internet with groups names for animals that are little more than "funny names someone made up", and are never actually used by anyone, anywhere. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 16:05, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Here's an example of the type of things I'm looking for[edit]

Throughout your activities on Wikipedia, no doubt you've picked up a useful trick or two that few other people know about.

Here's an example of such a trick:


You've just grabbed the page's title to place a link on another page, but now you want to add a section title to it to create a section link, but the copy cache is already full. Instead of making two trips back and forth to the page you wish to add the link to, try this...

...use the search box as a quick-and-dirty edit window:

  1. Copy/paste the title into the search box, followed by a "#"
  2. Copy/paste the section title after the "#"
  3. Enclose in double square brackets and copy/paste the whole string to the page you wish to edit.

The search box is also a handy place to store copy text while you copy/paste something else.


Do you use any interesting or useful tricks or little known but cool tools (for navigating, editing, anything to do with using or improving WP)? If so, please tell... The Transhumanist 23:01, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@The Transhumanist: I would do it this way:
  1. Scroll up to the table of contents, and click on the section you wanted
  2. Copy the article title and section from the browser's URL
  3. Paste the string in the page you wish to edit, and add the double square brackets
Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 00:24, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Cool, I hadn't thought of that. What other cool tricks do you know? The Transhumanist 00:32, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: You can use CTRL+C and CTRL+V to do the copy and paste. I also have a list of tools I use on my talk page. GoingBatty (talk) 01:37, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: I amended your post - {{button}} is for marking up clickable buttons, keystrokes are marked up with {{keypress}}. --Redrose64 (talk) 12:40, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: You can also use User:Bility/copySectionLink to generate sections links directly. I've made a prettier version on User:Zhaofeng Li/common.js along with other tools I use. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 14:41, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Speaking of little-known shortcuts, you may have a need to convert a full URL into a wikilink. See User:Js/urldecoder for that. If you have the script installed, you place the cursor at the end of the URL (in your edit window) and click a button. It converts the URL into a proper wikilink, with square brackets and everything. EdJohnston (talk) 18:19, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
You can also use my very own Template:Urltowiki for that if you don't feel like installing a script. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 00:07, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

If you know any cool tricks, please tell me about them below. The Transhumanist 06:54, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Category:Main topic classifications[edit]

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A cup of coffee for you![edit]

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Thank you. The Transhumanist 06:56, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

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Glossary of American terms not widely used in the United Kingdom[edit]

If you've moved the page List of American words not widely used in the United Kingdom to Glossary of American terms not widely used in the United Kingdom, you must also move the page List of British words not widely used in the United States to Glossary of British terms not widely used in the United States. Thanks, 24.44.196.20 (talk) 01:30, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done The Transhumanist 16:47, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

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Assist?[edit]

I am OK with your bold move, but would you care to assist with the links redirected from the old title? (The others are probably not worth the trouble) [9]? Montanabw(talk) 22:04, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Please excuse my delayed reply. I needed a break and have been away from WP for a few days. I'm happy to help update redirects. The Transhumanist 09:08, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

neutrality on Pain in Fish and other pages[edit]

Hello Transhumanist, I am a scientists who has casually edited a few pages of wikipedia over the past 5 or so years as an IP in areas where I work professionally to keep them updated and factually correct. But recently I have noticed some rather large and biased changes happening to the Pain in Fish page (as well as other linked pages including pain in invertebrates, crustaceans and others). I am very familiar with the scientific literature on this topic and know that the recent edits on this page by some users (one of which has already been blocked from contributing to other topics) are biased as they only present the science on the topic from one viewpoint and they are deleting any and all efforts to balance the page with the appropriate scientific literature that would bring the page closer to neutrality. I am concerned that this might represent activist type behaviour especially given the history of one of the main contributors (the very experienced DrChrissy who has been banned from several other pages, from what I can see). However, I have only recently joined up to Wikipedia as an editor, so am not sure how to proceed, but I have learned enough to know how to put a NPOV dispute on the page so its readers have been warned that it might not be balanced. Could you please have a look at the page and its talk for me to see if there have been any infringements of wikipedia policy surrounding systematically biased editing and, if so, provide advice on what can be done about it to rectify the situation ? Thanks Professor Pelagic (talk) 21:56, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi Transhumanist. Before responding to Professor Pelagic please read this thread. --Epipelagic (talk) 04:23, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
Hi Transhumanist. Professor Pelagic, you should not have brought up the subject of my topic ban on this Talk Page of a non-involved editor unless I was violating my ban. You are effectively "poisoning the well" which is generally considered as WP:INCIVIL and can lead to sanctions. Please tread very much more carefully when making comments about other editors, or better still, do not comment on editors but focus on content.DrChrissy (talk) 11:37, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
I'm curious: how I was chosen for this? In order to stay neutral, rather than weigh in on the controversy, I'll post references to the relevant rules concerning canvassing and seeking further input. The Transhumanist 03:52, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Your move of List of British ordnance terms[edit]

I request you revert this. The page is not a history, it is exactly what it says it is - a list of terms. It does not pretend to be any sort of history. Further, are you aware of the need to rigidly retain section names to avoid breaking links ? An article on "history" is a far more ambitious and complex project and should stand totally alone and reference this list under See also. What you have done is equait a list of battles to a history of an army. Rcbutcher (talk) 10:34, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

I agree that the history title doesn't fit. And even if I didn't agree, I would still respect your reversion request (per WP:BRD).
In order to revert it properly and preserve the page's edit history, I'll need to have an admin speedy delete the page at List of British ordnance terms to make way for the move of History of British artillery, 1870–1945. You do not object to this, do you? The Transhumanist 03:34, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
that sounds like the proper way to do it, thanks for being understanding. regards, Rod Rcbutcher (talk) 03:37, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

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Proposed deletion of Thought stopping[edit]

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Title of AI risk page[edit]

Since topics like superintelligent AI are just beginning to break into the mainstream in CS and there isn't a clear scientific consensus on the topic, Wikipedia's coverage of the topic should fastidiously avoid the risks of original research and original synthesis. The best way to do this is to rely on reputable tertiary sources that cover this topic, deferring to their organization and framing. At the moment, I think the best reference for this purpose is http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/ai-risk, which focuses on the relevant topic and uses the term "advanced AI".

Although AGI is obviously relevant, the generality of AI algorithms may not be the salient feature for all existential risk scenarios -- a system that lacks generality (e.g., can't understand human psychology) might still raise the issues Bostrom/Omohundro/Russell/etc. talk about if it had exceptionally good narrow intelligence in the right domain, like software engineering (for recursive self-improvement) or bioengineering (for synthesizing pathogens). -Silence (talk) 21:51, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up. I've copied the post above to the article's talk page, and have answered you there. The Transhumanist 22:42, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

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just saying hello[edit]

just dropping by to say hello. I responded to your comment at WP:VPI. upon viewing your talk page, I like your format and content here very much. hope we can be in touch to discuss further ideas sometimes. thanks! --Sm8900 (talk) 20:56, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

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Signature[edit]

I saw your signature and thought, that's someone that should be able to help me! I'm trying to do-up my signature but when I use it, the date and time that gets filled-in automaticly changes to! bold and font and so on... I don't know much about HTML, so could you tell me what I'm doing wrong? I use OXYGENE 7-13 (TALKPAGE) to achieve my goal but there's something missing I guess... It does work on the Dutch Wikipedia! (I'm from Holland) Would you please be so kind..? Oxygene7-13 (talk) 15:43, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

@Oxygene7-13: Let's take a look:
[[User:Oxygene7-13|<b><font face="Eras Bold ITC"><font color="gainsboro">O</font><font color="lightgray">X</font><font color="silver">Y</font><font color="darkgray">G</font><font color="gray">E</font><font color="dimgray">N</font><font color="black">E 7-13</font></b>]][[User talk:Oxygene7-13|<b><sub><font face="Eras Bold ITC"><font color="black"> (</font><font color="black">T</font><font color="black">A</font><font color="gray">L</font><font color="darkgray">K</font><font color="silver">P</font><font color="lightgray">A</font><font color="gainsboro">G</font><font color="gainsboro">E)</font></sub></b></font face>]]
My first piece of advice is to shrink your code. That's a lot of mark up -- it's bigger than your actual message. This may make reading wiki source more irritating for other users. Your signature code is so long that it may bury short messages, making it very difficult to spot them. Reducing it to about half would be appropriate.
An easy way to do that is to provide a single link instead of two. For example, I link to my talk page only. Users know how to get to the user page from there.
As for the error in the code...
Remove the </font face> (typo) from the end, and see what happens.
If it still doesn't close, you might need another </font> or two at the end, to close it.
I hope my advice sinks in... I mean, helps. :) The Transhumanist 22:14, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
I'm restricted by a white-list so I have no idea what's going on on Wikisource or why my signature would bury short messages... (or what that actually means) On Wikipedia the only thing people will see is my name, and not the code, so sorry, I don't get it. On the Dutch Wikipedia everything works just fine and though there are differences between the Dutch and the English version, it shouldn't affect the way you make up your signature, or does it? Oxygene7-13 (talk) 12:20, 11 February 2016 (UTC)
@Oxygene7-13: Users replying to your messages would see the wiki sourcecode of your signature while they are replying. The wiki sourcecode of your marked-up signature is extensive. It may be hard for some people replying to your messages to spot your message content when you use that signature, especially in threads with many replies (which would "sandwich" content between your thick "slices of bread").
The Wikipedia whitelist removes addresses from the blacklist, so I'd like to see the list you are referring to, to make sure I understand what you are talking about.
By the way, please point me to the example of my signature that you found. The Transhumanist 22:33, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: First of all, I'm not bounded by a Wikipedia-whitelist, I'm completely restricted from 99.98% of the internet. But back to the signatures, on the Dutch Wikipedia, I have my signature linked to a page called signature. And because I link to this page, all you will see is: {{Gebruiker:oxygene7-13/Handtekening}} 22 sep 2015 17:49 (CEST) (by the way, I tried to find your signature, but was unable to find it. I remember that it was in one colour, but used a different font then Wikipedia does.) Oxygene7-13 (talk) 12:21, 21 February 2016 (UTC)
FOUND IT! It was actually multi-coloured... I mean this one Oxygene7-13 (talk) 16:52, 21 February 2016 (UTC)
It is probably not a good idea to post your signature via a transcluded page, unless it is protected. If unprotected, if someone vandalized your signature, they could change it everywhere it appeared. They could rename you to "Monkey's Uncle", or to whatever else they wanted.
Putting your wikicode directly into the preferences field provided would be simpler, and would probably get around the problem you are having. The Transhumanist 07:56, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
well, a code this long doesn't get accepted by the preferences-field so the only way to get it working is by such a transcluded page, willing to take the risk that someone might screw around with it. Thanks for all the help and see you around. OXYGENE 7-13 (TALKPAGE) 12:14, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
@Oxygene7-13: Using the suggestions I mentioned above (and more), you can get the code down to a size that easily fits the preferences field, like this:
[[User talk:Oxygene7-13|<b><font face="Eras Bold ITC"><font color="#CCCCCC">OX</font><font color="#999999">YG</font><font color="#666666">EN</font><font color="#404040">E </font><font color="black">7-13]]
Note that the closing link brackets end the code contained within the pipe, saving some characters, so the above string of code gives you 51 characters of slack to work with. The Transhumanist 14:05, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
To keep the change in colour fluid, I use a different shade for each letter, so I think I'll stick with the current solution. And the colour becomes lighter again when it merges into the word talkpage, wich (I guess...) you forgot to include in your solution above. OXYGENE 7-13 (TALKPAGE) 15:58, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
I forgot the word was in in my reaction above, and now I've noticed that EN:Wiki indeed puts the complete code in there! On the Dutch wikipedia the only thing that appears is (as mentioned before) {{Gebruiker:oxygene7-13/Handtekening}} 22 sep 2015 17:49 (CEST) using a transcluded page. Why is it so different/difficult overhere? OXYGENE 7-13 (TALKPAGE) 16:18, 25 February 2016 (UTC)

Believe it or not, but I finally got it! First I created a page called: User:Oxygene7-13/Signature. This page contains the code in full. Second I made a page called User:Oxygene7-13/Signature2. On this page I've written: {{User:oxygene7-13/Signature}}. Then I went to preferences and filled in {{SUBST:User:oxygene7-13/Signature2}}, treat as markup and DONE!!! My apologies for beeing such a pain in the b... This took way longer then I expected and I'm not the kind of guy who wants to bore someone for such a long time. Thanx for your patience and I hope we'll meet again somewhere on Wikipedia! OXYGENE 7-13 (TALKPAGE) 18:13, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

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In 2015 you were one of the top 300 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs, and we would love to collaborate further.

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This Month in Education: [March 2016][edit]

Arab World Education Program at WISE Doha 2015

By Walaa Abdel Manaem (Wikipedia Education Program Egypt) & (Egypt Wikimedians user group)

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Walaa with Mr. Rashid El Telwaty, Ms. Bonnie Chiu, Mr. Jake and Ms. Naadiya Moosajee.

Snippet: Education Leaders at WISE Doha 2015 introducing Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt to WISE Conference attendees, as an example of a program in the Arab World, to share their experience to inspire other universities and institutions starting new programs in the area.

WISE 2015 Sessions and Plenaries were designed around three main pillars such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals; education and the economy; fostering innovation in education systems. Each pillar examined a variety of key topics including: the linkages between education, employment, and entrepreneurship; education reform and innovation in the MENA region and Qatar; emerging models of education financing, attracting, rewarding and retaining quality teachers; and the importance of investing in early childhood development.

Representatives of Wikipedia Education Program Walaa Abdel Manaem and Reem Al-Kashif participated in WISE Doha 2015 in Qatar, the annual World Innovation Summit for Education is the premier international platform dedicated to innovation and creative action in education where top decision-makers share insights with on-the-ground practitioners and collaborate to rethink education. Also, WISE 2015 was the first global education conference following the ratification of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Contributions ranged from Arabic Brochure of Editing Wikipedia for students in WEP in Egypt and everybody who would like to edit Wikipedia without ‎problems, The Arabic version of Welcome to Wikipedia reference guideline, PDF of brochure handed out during Arabic Wikipedia Convening, Doha, Qatar, 2011 and Introduction to Wikipedia. These contributions are related to show a case study of Wikipedia Education program in Egypt and how it worked since February 2012 till the November 2015, as the seventh edition ended last October. All discussions were about the program's mechanism and what were the motivations keeping it going. The program helped increasing gender diversity and supported the featured content on Arabic Wikipedia. Wikipedia Education Program, like any other initiative, has achievements and dark sides, for that reason, the representatives had to locate both of them and how they influence the Arabic community and how the community interact with this phenomenon.


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Read more about the Wikipedia Education program in the Arab World here (in Arabic).

Wikipedia in Higher Education in Israel: A new for-credit elective course focusing on contributing to Wikipedia at Tel Aviv University

By Shani Evenstein (WMIL)

Amir explains about the new translation tool to students

Snippet: A first-of-its-kind, for-credit, elective course that focuses on contributing to Wikipedia has opened at Tel Aviv University and is now available to all B.A. students on campus

On October 19th a new for-credit elective course called "Wikipedia: Skills for producing and consuming knowledge"[2] has opened at Tel Aviv University (TAU). The semester-long course (13 weeks) is available to all B.A. students on campus and this semester about 50 students from various disciplines are taking part in this first-of-its-kind course in Israel.

Working in small groups to correct copyrights and Non-NPOV violations

The course draws from "flipped classroom" concepts and uses "blended learning" methods, which practically means combining in-class lectures, workshops and small-group activities, as well as online individual learning. Both the Moodle learning management system (LMS) and the Wikipedia Education Extension are used to monitor the students' work and progress throughout the course.

The course has 2 main assignments - expanding an existing stub, as well as writing a new article, in the hopes that the content added during the course will assist not only the students themselves, but also future generations of learners as well as the general public. Though the course focuses on adding quality content to Wikipedia, it also aims to help students sharpen their academic skills and their 21st century skills, highlighting collaborative learning, joint online research and interdisciplinary collaborations in the process of constructing knowledge.

This course was initiated and is led by Shani Evenstein, an educator, Wikimedian and member of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative, in collaboration with the Orange Institute for Internet Studies, as well as the School of Education at TAU. The syllabus for the new course builds on the success of Wiki-Med, a for-credit elective course, which was designed in 2013 and is led by Evenstein at the Sackler school of Medicine for the third consecutive year. While Wiki-med is focused on contributing medical content to Wikipedia and is only available to Medical Students on campus, the new course is designed to accommodate students from different academic disciplines and varying backgrounds.

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The course was chosen to be part of TAU's cross-discipline elective courses system ("Kelim Shluvim") and was approved by the Vice-Rector, who heads the program. In that, the course marks an important precedent in the collaboration between Academia and the Wikipedia Education Program, as it is the first time a higher institution acknowledges the importance of a course focusing on Wikipedia on a university level, offering it to all students, rather than a faculty level or individual lecturers as mostly practiced. It is our hope that other higher education institutions will follow this example and offer similar courses to students both in Israel and around the world.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Israel here.

The collaborative production in open educational environments: Is Wikipedia an answer?

By Melina Masnatta, Wikimedia Argentina

Snippet: University professors become Wikipedians in an online course during just a week.

How to be a Wikipedian in a week (educactional MOOC for university professors)

Educators with different profiles and from different latin america countries, but most of them professors at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) from different faculties, have just participated in the online training and free course "Educational scenarios with technology. Among the real and the possible" organized by the Center for Innovation in Technology and Pedagogy (CITEP) of this university.

Different educational activities were carried out simultaneously. During the week and under the topic “Open movement”, Wikimedia Argentina participated with three different proposals: starting with an interview of Patricio Lorente accompanied with a short text to know more about the movement. To make an immersive experience we designed " Knowing Wikipedia by first-hand or Wikipedia in the first person" to work directly on the platform translating articles from english to spanish from a list created especially for that purpose. Along with this specific proposal, educators participated in a videoconference with Galileo Vidoni (available in Spanish), where participants could talk and learn more about how are the first steps to become a Wikipedian and the importance of the movement at the local and regional level.

A professor´s educational experience with Wikipedia explained with a tweet. He said: "I´m translating, enjoying and learning with Wikipedia". Know more experiences on Storify.

With only seven days and without being mandatory, different educators discovered how to edit on Wikipedia, indeed many of them mentioned that they had it as a pending to learn and participate on the free encyclopedia, but never had the time or the real chance. The enthusiasm was also present on social networks, where they shared the experience with the hashtag #escenariostec.

The result

More than 100 educators got involved and exchanged their experience in an online forum with more of 280 messages that reflected their learning process while experiencing with the activity. 80 of them were new users, and they created 61 new articles in spanish. An important fact: 78 of them were women, which means that working with educators is a key issue to continue closing the digital gender gap.

Finally from CITEP, they shared the following insights regarding the question that ran through all the activities that took place during the week dedicated to the open movement. Some thoughts can be sum up as follows:

The collaborative production in open environments: chaos or construction? (...) For the teacher also means accepting new challenges: encourage students to produce knowledge in an environment of divergent nature, it requires permanent operations and convergence. In a space that fosters interventions unmarked, the teacher needs to frame depending on the purpose of education and teaching purposes. (…) Wikipedia is the best example of the challenges posed by the digital era in the educational field, it forces us to rethink the relationship between technology and the production of knowledge and allows us to confirm that the collaborative work does not lead to chaos, if not to the construction. (. ..) [Authors: Angeles Solectic and Miri Latorre]

We share some of the voices of the protagonists in social networks with storify (available in Spanish). Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina here.

Collaboration with Masaryk University turns official

By Vojtěch Dostál (Wikimedia Czech Republic)

Masaryk University employees are being trained in using and editing Wikipedia
Marek Blahuš, Wikipedian in residence at Masaryk University

Snippet: The second largest university in the Czech Republic has employed a Wikipedian in residence, leading to a boom of Wikimedia activities in the city of Brno.

Collaboration between Wikipedia and Czech institutions has always been a priority for Wikimedia Czech Republic, but the year 2015 has taken this to another level. First, an official memorandum of collaboration with the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) was signed in May 2015, to be followed by official collaboration with Masaryk University in Brno (the second largest city and university in the Czech Republic), which was contracted in November 2015. In fact, Wikimedia activities in Brno have been blooming for several years now, mainly as a result of the community's own development, but aided substantially by the external interest in Wikipedia by Masaryk University alumni society, demonstrated as early as March 2013.

In February 2015, the university employed one of the most experienced Czech Wikipedians – Marek Blahuš (Blahma) – who was appointed to become the university's first "Wikipedian in residence". Marek Blahuš has been in the center of the Wikimedia community in Brno for about two years, organizing regular Wikipedia meetups, the 2014 edition of the annual WikiConference (more in English here) and creating the Czech-Slovak Wikipedia translation tool, which has famously led to the creation of >9000 articles on Czech and Slovak Wikipedias (more in English here). His current work as Wikipedian in residence is funded by Masaryk University and runs under the patronage of Wikimedia Czech Republic as well as Masaryk University's rector Mikuláš Bek.

Since February, Wikipedia has taken a prominent role within Masaryk University. Marek Blahuš started a "Masaryk University Wikipedians team", gathering local Wikipedians and facilitating contacts with the university, aided by his status of a graduate and current employee in its language center. Articles about Masaryk University alumni and faculties have been identified and improved after consultations with Masaryk University archives and libraries which provided helpful resources. Wikipedia citation templates can now be directly generated from the university's on-line archive of theses. In September, a public conference called "Masaryk University Is Getting High on Wikipedia" took place on university grounds, featuring the experienced Wikipedian Jan Sokol (Sokoljan), who is a philosopher, university teacher and a former presidential candidate. The talks focused on the use of Wikipedia in university education, in line with the successful Czech "Students Write Wikipedia" program. One of the teachers, Jiří Rambousek, expressed his desire to organize a Wikipedia Club as a regular meetup where articles would be improved in a collaborative effort and new editors introduced to Wikipedia.

The program is actively preparing for 2016 when we expect Wikimedia Czech Republic to take a more active role in overseeing the initiatives as well as the creation of a position of a "Wikipedian in Brno" – person officially in charge of the wide array of Wikimedia activities happening in the city. The chapter's annual plan includes initiatives to increase the number of university courses which incorporate Wikipedia into the curriculum, public presentations of Wikipedia at various events, scanning and uploading of images from institutional and personal archives, and much more. Let's wish that our plans come true!

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in the Czech Republic here.

Wiki expeditions, animation clips about alebrijes and more at the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico

By Leigh Thelmadatter (Wiki Learning-Tec de Monterrey)

Group photo of Reto Wikimedia participants at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus

Snippet: Student participation is more than just text!

For the Fall 2015 Wiki Learning-Tec de Monterrey held two wiki expeditions in Mexico City and began a collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular. We also received our first grant!

Wiki expeditions[edit]

The 32-campus Tec de Monterrey system has each semester an event called "Semana i" (i Week), when students forego normal classes for an entire week to work on challenging projects called "retos." For the Mexico City and Santa Fe campuses, one option for students was to work with Wikimedia, with the aptly named projects "Reto Wikimedia." Both campuses opted to do wiki-expeditions to different parts of Mexico City. The Mexico City campus had the larger group with almost 90 students registered, who covered the two southern boroughs of Xochimilco and Tlalpan. The Santa Fe group had 35 participants, and covered the San Ángel neighborhood found not far from this campus.

Both campus took photos of landmarks with the Mexico City campus also focusing on photos of everyday life in the south of the city. The Mexico City campus tallied 5264 photos, 8 videos and 36 articles, including articles related to the area into French, Swedish and Danish. The Santa Fe group tallied 605 photos, and ten articles in Spanish on landmarks in San Ángel.

In addition, the Mexico City campus had a special speaker the borough chronicler of Xochmilco, Sebastián Flores Farfán. A short montage video of the event is in the works.

Some student photos:

Some video clips of the event:

Animation clips with the Museo de Arte Popular[edit]

Animation about alebrijes

Wikiservicio, students working with Wikimedia for their community service requirement, added a new component. To attract more students and encourage more students to do all of their community service hours with Wikimedia, a collaboration was set up with the Museo de Arte Popular (MAP)... the first of many we hope! Six students from the digital art and animation major (see last newsletter) have continued working with Wikimedia, but focusing their efforts in creating short animation clips in relation to the mission of promoting and preserving Mexican folk art. One clip has been completed and can be see to the right of this text. So far, the video has subtitles in English, German, French and Punjabi. A second clip is nearing completion at the time of this writing.

Classes and Wikimetrics[edit]

Fifteen students completed work with Wikiservicio doing translations, writing new articles and doing photography projects. As of this date, 7 have indicated interest in working with Wikiservicio on campus and another six with MAP.

Five university level classes and one high school class on the Mexico City (South) campus have had projects, all in writing and translation, with some video work.

Wikimetrics for the semester are:

According to Wikimetrics tool....

  • 9,589,918 bytes to Spanish Wikipedia
  • 3,098 edits to the mainspace of Spanish Wikipedia
  • 367 pages created in the mainspace of Spanish Wikipedia

Manual count

  • 302 student and teacher participants
  • 281 Spanish Wikipedia articles created or expanded
  • 6,057 photographs
  • 10 videos
  • 9 articles in English Wikipedia
  • 2 articles in French Wikipedia
  • 1 article in Swedish Wikipedia
  • 1 article in Danish Wikipedia

First grant Wiki Learning received its first grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. The long-term goal of this grant is to establish a system for financing Wiki Learning. The grant, which totals a modest 12,500 Mexican pesos, will be used for swag, such as t shirts, stickers, buttons, etc, especially for Semana i activities and promotion of wiki activities to other campus. The money will also be used for incidental travel expenses, especially for projects needing to move expensive camera equipment.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Mexico here.

Wikimedia Argentina, about the global and local in the digital and academic communities

By Christian Cariño (Wikimedia México) and Melina Masnatta (Wikimedia Argentina)

Snippet: Aprender para Educar writes about Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina.

The digital free magazine Aprender para Educar (Learning to educate) of the National Technological University (UTN) is recognized in the community of education and technology in Argentina to write about innovation issues in Spanish, which is not common in the academic dissemination and teacher training field.

Cristina Velazquez, general editor of the magazine invited Wikimedia Argentina to write an article that generally describes their activities in the Education Program, after reading the proposal she decided to publish it as the main article of the 12th edition.

To describe the education program, WMAR wrote two notes completing one another, as doing a zoom: from the local to the global and from the global to the local, showing how a movement of this magnitude does not stand alone, it is part of a huge network.

Melina Masnatta, education manager in WMAR and Patricio Lorente, chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees wrote those two notes.The first one focuses on the Education Program, implementation, challenges and obstacles that they had at the beginning, plans to integrate it into the classrooms in Argentina and how different Wikimedia Projects are also relevant in education. The most important thing, Melina adds, is to strengthen the values that inspire them, show how the free culture give meaning to education in general and digital culture in particular.

Meanwhile in the second part, Lorente focuses on the global movement, the community pillars, the agenda of today's challenges and the effort of their volunteers as protagonists. It is not easy show the world what drives us and why we work as volunteers in different countries. In education very few people understand the value of building free knowledge. There is still a great prejudice or negative perceptions of Wikipedia in the classroom because teachers ignore how Wikipedia is built.

Everybody reads Wikipedia, but few people edit it. We can change this fact by spreading in spaces such as the Journal of the UTN and inviting more people to collaborate and be the protagonist of this huge collective work for humanity.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina here.

Online ambassador played a prominent role in helping Egyptian students to nominate their excellent content

By Walaa Abdel Manaem (Wikipedia Education Program Egypt) & (Egypt Wikimedians user group)

Bassem Fleifel

Snippet: Online ambassador helped spanish students course in Cairo University to nominate their articles, scoring an exceptional record of WEP excellent content.

Bassem Fleifel, an online ambassador of Cairo university spanish course, played a prominent role to help all students to encourage them to nominate their excellent content to be a featured and good articles in Arabic Wikipedia. Those articles are History of bread (Featured article); Walt Disney; Daniel Radcliffe; Al-Andalus; Poet in New York; and Popol Vuh.

The seventh term, the program started in Cairo University with promoting posts on Wikipedia and social media websites to help new participants understand the general idea of the program as well as holding meetings with professors from the departments of History, chinese, English language and Spanish language. Walaa Abdel Manaem (program leader in Cairo University) and Bassem Fleifel (online ambassador) have held some workshops in campus and online for the whole students to teach them "How to edit Wikipedia". On the other hand, Prof. Abeer Abdel-Hafiz has exerted great efforts with her students in addition to introducing Walaa to new classes of senior students for whom she has organized general seminars about Wikipedia and the education program. At the same time Walaa was assigning her Spanish department students of the first and second year to edit Wikipedia.

This term, Prof. Abeer let the chance to her students to choose any articles they would like to translate from the Spanish Wikipedia to the Arabic Wikipedia or working on articles about history. They already have chosen some articles to translate with the target of nominating them to be a featured and good articles.

Most of students worked on articles about different topics like history, writers, actors, history of food and drink, mayan literature, islam and politics, etc. This course itself achieved an exceptional record of Wikipedia Education program excellent content and the best term ever in the history of WEP in Egypt in general and in the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University in specific. Walaa has held 2 online webinars to follow up with her students in addition to the workshops held at the campus. Regarding numbers, 38 students joined this course, of which 35 are female and 3 are male students. They worked on 1748 articles adding more than 12,282,943 million bytes to the article namespace on the Arabic Wikipedia, with the help of the online ambassador, who also participated as a student.

See the course page of this group on the Arabic Wikipedia here.

Full statistics of WEP in Egypt the first term in 2012 till the seventh term in 2015 which include numbers of created articles, featured and good articles, featured portals and lists.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt here.

Norwegian Masters students in History and Archeology twists their brains on Wikipedia

By Jorid Martinsen (Wikimedia Norge)

Jorid Martinsen teaching students at the University of Oslo about Wikipedia.

Snippet: This fall masters students in History and Archeology at the University of Oslo take on the task of Wikipedia editing as one of the main parts in a subject on communication of History.

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest higher education institution, and it is the first time Wikimedia Norway collaborates with this University in forming and using Wikipedia editing as a integrated part of higher education. The collaboration started by Wikimedia Norway contacting assistant professor John McNicol, who already had gotten some media attention on his eagerness to make students skilled in knowledge sharing.

Starting off with a two hour lecture on the secret world of Wikipedia and a two hour editing workshop in mid-September, and in October the students will evaluate the life of their articles. Has there been many additional edits on their articles? Discussions? Request to delete everything? For Wikimedia Norge it is fun to see the students both engaging in Wikipedia editing and using the ways of Wikipedia to discuss how knowledge is formed.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Norway here.

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New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (March 2016)[edit]


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The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for access to research materials from:

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  • Kotobna - Arabic-language ebook publishing platform. 20 accounts.

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Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Project MUSE, De Gruyter, EBSCO, Newspapers.com and British Newspaper Archive. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
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Wikimedia Highlights from March 2016[edit]

Here are the highlights from the Wikimedia blog in March 2016.
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User:The_Transhumanist/Lists_by_country[edit]

Useful page, in the context of my comment here. But I wonder, why did you blank some? Ex you blanked User:The Transhumanist/Lists by country/Environment of x, but [10] shows many are still red. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:55, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Warning[edit]

Stop icon You may be blocked from editing without further warning the next time you disrupt Wikipedia, as you did at Prince (musician). Softlavender (talk) 09:26, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

There was no disruption there, as the edits were carefully explained in the edit summaries. The reversions of those edits were not explained, and instead were followed up by this rather disconcerting warning, also with no explanation. Why are you in such a bad mood today? The Transhumanist 09:29, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
We are having an AfD to decide what happens. Why not wait for the result? HighInBC 09:57, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

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