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Effective defense and ISILEdit

I just stumbled across this page and was quite impressed. Great work! I've added it to Category:Featured resources. (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mu301 (talkcontribs) 3 January 2016)

Naming ConventionsEdit

In a recent edit you mentioned Wikimedia naming conventions. Note that each project has its own naming conventions. At Wikiversity, either Sentence case or Title Case may be used. In my experience, academics seem to prefer Title Case. See Wikiversity:Naming conventions#Casing for more information. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 20:28, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. I'm in the process of creating 11 stubs to be completed hopefully in part by others under a soon-to-be created "Category:People's agenda". I'm already roughly a third through this process, and I think I'll continue with "Sentence case", since you say that's still permissible on Wikiversity. I expect I'll be introducing more people to Wikimedia editing, and they'll need to use Sentence case if they do anything with Wikipedia. (And thanks for the "quality resource" recommendation of my earlier piece.) DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs)
Thanks again for the suggestion. I updated the titles for other reasons and converted them all the Title Case, as you suggested. The "Move" facility made it easier than I anticipated, because it automatically created the needed redirect. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 12:30, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

Effective defenseEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

The resource Effective defense appears to be well developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced in our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 01:00, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Would I like to have it announced on the Wikiversity Main Page? Yes, but I think it should be better connected than it is right now.
What have you seen that encouraged you to suggest this?
I ask, because I'd first like to hear from you what you've seen. Then I'd like to invite your comments on other things I've done that may have escaped your notice. Then I'd like to make sure everything is linked from a common category, so the announcement could refer to that.
In particular, have you seen my latest "Winning the War on Terror"?
That just went live yesterday, and I'm still polishing it.
Thanks very much for your interest. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 02:03, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I've read Effective defense! It is effective when initially read; hence, my request! Good authors always want to make their works better! Ultimately, it's your call. You will likely continue to make it better independent of its being announced! Everyone announced so far has seen further improvement and the bump up in readership helps! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:57, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I've read Winning the War on Terror! Good so far! It's on my list to watch. When you appear to have reached an effective plateau, I'll ask the same of it. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:57, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I've also read many of your earlier resources, but did not ask about them. Perhaps when you return to them, I'll ask then. The announcements usually are for resources, not categories. Sometimes portals are included. Cheers! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:57, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I very much appreciate the recommendation. Have you also seen Effective defense and ISIL? Someone gave me a star, "Quality resource: this resource is a featured learning resource," for that one. It received 115 views in the past 90 days vs. 61 for "Effective defense." "Winning the War on Terror" has already received 138 pageviews in the first 2 days! But I'm still polishing it. It should be ready in a week at the most, I think. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 23:45, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

People's AgendaEdit

Hello. I'm awfully sorry, I should have left redirects for them but I was too focussed on linking the various pages together. Green Giant (discusscontribs) 07:12, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

@Green Giant: Thank you for your work. What are the benefits of the changes you made? Those changes look like they were made to conform to a standard, but I'm not familiar with that standard. How can I find documentation on that standard? DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 11:38, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
I moved the central page from a category to a resource page. The individual pages were renamed to become subpages of the central page. This enables them to be linked back to People's Agenda automatically. This creates a hierarchy and makes it a little easier to navigate and find topics (in addition to having a category). The benefits of this are described at WV:Subpages and mw:Help:Subpages Then I've added {{CourseCat}} to each subpage, which automatically categorises them in the category that matches the main page (the bit before the slash in the page name). Then I've reformatted your main page to include both a search box (specifically for these subpages) and a dynamic page list at the lower half of the page - it lists all the pages in the related category without having to manually list them. One of the settings in that list is "offset=1" which stops it listing the main page (a circular situation). If I've missed anything please ask. Also if you want ping someone, you can do so by typing the following literally: {{ping|Green Giant}} but obviously changing the name to the relevant user. Green Giant (discusscontribs) 14:26, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
Great. Thanks. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 14:56, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Winning the War on Terror: Essay or research?Edit

I just noticed the discussion at User talk:Ijon. Ijon is active on other projects, but hasn't been active here. From my perspective, the move was inappropriate. I've moved the content back to Winning the War on Terror and relabeled it as an essay rather than research. Perhaps that will help others accept it as is. It's good work. Please continue your efforts. Let me know if you have any questions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:40, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Where should I look to understand the categorization system and what ljon was trying to do with that move?
I put it in with other things.
Someone else moved a collection of essays I started on into a subdirectory called "People's Agenda". How can I understand the rules you are trying to create and enforce with this kind of effort?
What's the difference between an "essay" and "research"?
Wikiversity exists to support research. It's not just a free blog site, right? I think my "essays" or "research" are appropriate for Wikiversity, because they are intended to be research, inviting others to collaborate as they see fit. So far, that hasn't happened, but that doesn't mean it won't.
DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 14:01, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
Wikiversity is the only Wikimedia project that allows original research / essays. When users from Wikipedia see original research, their immediate reaction is that it doesn't belong in main space, and they want to move it to user space instead. Whether or not we do that here depends on the quality of the article. Sometimes we move it, sometimes we make it a subpage of an introductory article, sometimes it stands alone. If anyone else objects, we could create a Terrorism or other introductory learning project to add this under. Category didn't make any difference in this case. It was the the content, not the labeling.
People's Agenda appears to have been an appropriate move. The easiest way to recognize this one is your own description of "collection of essays". As a collection of essays, they belong together rather than as separate pages. Wikipedia is 5 million individual articles, without duplication. Wikiversity is a collection of learning projects with subpages for each, allowing different courses and authors to present their own perspectives. Many users may want to create content about LGBT rights. Having these essays in a People's Agenda learning project allows you to present your ideas without disruption from or disruption to others. The other approach would be to create a learning project on LGBT rights, but then the essay would be one of a number of subpages of different essays on the subject.
Research should ultimately be supported by peer review. Essays provide a personal perspective. Whether either label or both is more appropriate depends on who's complaining about the content. In this case, ljon complained about it being an essay, so I thought labeling it as an essay rather than as research might help future readers. It also states in the introduction that it is an essay, so it is probably better labeled as an essay rather than as research, but both tags could be applied if you prefer.
Wikiversity exists to support free learning materials and activities. That includes research. What you have created is appropriate for Wikiversity, but it isn't currently designed for collaboration. Winning the War on Terror is informative, but does not appear to be participatory in nature. It's a wall of text too long to provide an easy entry point for engagement. When you are ready for others to participate, you might consider breaking it down into subpages and providing ways for others to engage. For example, Terrorism is minuscule as a cause of death could be a subpage with background information and then instructions on how users might do their own research into this subject to extend the discussion. But that would be a different approach than the content you have. You would need to decide whether your goal is to inform or to provide an environment where others learn with you.
Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:08, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Winning the War on Terror: Announce on main page news?Edit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your essay Winning the War on Terror appears well-developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 18:31, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks. Of course, I'd love to have the additional exposure.
I have one question in that regard: In the immediately preceding section, "Winning the War on Terror: Essay or research?", user:Dave Braunschweig suggests ways this could be reorganized to make it more inviting for others to contribute.
What might be appropriate to do in that regard? In the announcement invite others to review it from that perspective? Or just note that it's available and leave it at that?
Unfortunately, I have very little time to even think about that until after wm2017:Wikimania2017, August 9-13. I've proposed a "Birds of a feather" session for that conference on ""Building Wikinews into the premier news site worldwide".
In that regard, I've been developing a proposal for "Everyone's Favorite News Site" under n:Wikinews:Water cooler/policy. Do you think it might make sense to move (or copy) that discussion into Wikiversity, where the ideas could be developed more in the format of a proposal with notes at the end? The software settings under n:Wikinews:Water cooler/policy make it seem difficult or inappropriate to include references in a sensible way: It's more like a "user talk" page, where notes appear at the end, separated from the text to which they belong, possibly by completely unrelated material.
I'm also considering a similar use of Wikiversity to develop a proposal for something completely different: The recent useR!2017 conference in Brussels included a session soliciting input on how to make the R (programming language) easier to use.
What do you think about posting an article to Wikiversity that would, if we do it right, would evolve into a proposal for work in that area that might be funded by some granting agency like the R Foundation? DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 21:52, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Sure. That would be great

Everyone's favorite news siteEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your journalism resource Everyone's favorite news site appears to be well-developed and ready for learners and participants! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:08, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Net neutrality and 'Restoring Internet freedom'Edit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your resource Net neutrality and 'Restoring Internet freedom' appears to be ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 20:56, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

That would be great. Thanks. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 21:33, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Searching R PackagesEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your participatory research project Searching R Packages appears well-developed and ready! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 16:44, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

Please. Thanks. And please excuse my tardiness in responding.
What do you think about also featuring Draft Proposal for improving the ability of R users to search R packages?
These two are companion pieces: I wrote the first to support writing the second, and I wrote the second to try to solicit collaborators to actually do the work outlined in the second.
DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 01:22, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

Media and politicsEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your research essay Media and politics appears to be well-developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 22:39, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

I actually have three essays with "Media and *" titles under Category:Freedom and abundance: Media and corruption, Media and politics, and Media and taxes. Over the past 90 days, the first has averaged 20 views per day; the latter two have averaged less then on a day each -- roughly one per day together.
I need to review and probably merge them -- update and expand the one that gets the most traffic and redirect the others to that one. However, I also need to review and prioritize that.
Thanks very much for your interest and support. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 03:56, 27 February 2018 (UTC)


Dear Mr David. I will like to have a short impered conversation with you about me and you doing some projects together, If you don't mind kindly get back to on my Facebook acct so we can talk much better you can fine on Adam Omar (Nickname) Time. I will be waiting to get a response from you. Thanks Realtimesongs (discusscontribs) 18:26, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

@Realtimesongs: What do you have in mind?
I assume you are familiar with my work on Everyone's favorite news site and more generally? DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 20:31, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

Media and corruptionEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your original research resource Media and corruption appears well-developed and ready for learners! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 04:00, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

I'd be pleased and honored.
However, you should know that I have other plans for that article:
  1. Most importantly, I'm thinking of creating a Wikipedia article by the same title, which would consist of the summary of relevant research in this article -- with a link to the Wikiversity article.
  2. If the extract on Wikipedia is not speedily deleted, I plan to condense the background discussion to a very brief section with a link to the Wikipedia article. The remaining material on Wikiversity would primarily be a discussion of policy implications that might be rejected on Wikipedia as not being "encyclopedic".
  3. I also have Wikiversity articles on "Media and politics" and "Media and taxes", which I planned to migrate into the current article on "Media and corruption" and replace with a redirect.
My rationale for this is that the article on "Media and corruption" has been averaging around 14 page views per day, while the other two have been attracting maybe 1. I don't know, but I think an article on this subject would likely attract more views on Wikipedia than Wikiversity, though I won't know until I try. Second, I think the other two "Media and *" articles have largely been overlooked, because people search for "media and corruption" and find it, but they don't think of searching for "media and taxes" nor "media and politics". However, that remains to be seen. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 18:56, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

The Great American ParadoxEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your original research project The Great American Paradox appears well-developed and ready for learners and participants! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:53, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Can you wait a few days?
I'm revising it. It should be ready in couple of days.
I'm actually making a movie from it. I'm thinking of posting the movie to Wikimedia Commons and including that in this article, similar to Communication’s Challenge to Democracy.
I should have that done this week.
Thanks, DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 03:09, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
@Marshallsumter: I just posted the revisions I was working on. I hope to have a movie of this to add by next Monday. Maybe wait until then to announce it? Thanks, DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 19:50, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
@Marshallsumter: It's now ready to be "announced on our Main Page News", if that's convenient for you.
Yesterday, I posted the video to Wikimedia Commons and linked to it from Wikiversity. That video refers to "en4j.org/2", which I just got working within the past hour.
If you have any concerns or suggestions for improvement with any of this, please let me know. I believe, based so far on no evidence, that I might be able to reach a substantially larger audience with a modest additional effort by making a video based on a research article, have that video end by asking peopled to go to something like "en4j.org/2" and comment on Wikiversity, etc.
Thanks for your support and interest in this work. DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 21:06, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Time to extinction of civilizationEdit

Hi DavidMCEddy!

Your original research essay Time to extinction of civilization appears well-developed and ready for learners and participants! Would you like to have it announced on our Main Page News? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 19:14, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the vote of confidence. Permit me to share with you some of my plans for this:
  1. I hope to recruit collaborators to refine this article and submit some version of this piece to one or more refereed academic journals. I've already attempted to contact some, and I have others in mind.
  2. I also want to add estimates of the uncertainty in the estimate of time to the next crisis and Monte Carlo simulations to improve the estimates of uncertainty summarized in the paper.
Adding estimates of uncertainty in the "time to the next crisis" shouldn't take too long. Adding a Monte Carlo might take a bit longer, though not much.
Recruiting collaborators and getting them involved could take much longer.
However, it's fine with me if you'd like to announce it now. Or we could wait another week or two to see how far I get with #2.
DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 19:28, 30 December 2018 (UTC)