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Hi Fred, great resources on Technical writing! By the way, I've only just now seen your note to try to get in touch with Leigh Blackall - I know him quite well - and you can contact him through the email address on his user page, or through the "Email this user" link from the left-hand side toolbar on his userpage (provided you have set up and activated your own email - if not, you can do this through the "my preferences" beside your username when you've logged in). See you 'round.. :-) Cormaggio talk 12:16, 19 July 2007 (UTC)


Hello TWFred, and welcome to Wikiversity! If you need help, feel free to visit my talk page, or contact us and ask questions. When leaving comments for others to read, remember to sign and date; it helps everyone keep track of who is writing messages. The signature icon Button sig.png in the edit window makes it simple. To help you get started:


Also, don't forget to experiment with the links to your left. Be bold, and see you around Wikiversity! --Cormaggio talk 12:16, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Page titles and redirectsEdit

Hi. There's some strange editing going on over at Technical writing - I'm trying to sort this out and work out what people are actually trying to do. If you'd like some help, please feel welcome to ask me. McCormack 10:18, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi again, and thanks for your email message. I see that some of the other custodians have also been contacting different people in your class during the day. Your use of the mediawiki editing environment is a little strange, and I'm sure we all want to help you. We won't delete your pages! But you'll inevitably find that custodians will start trying to help correct your pages. Here a few guidelines for things you should and shouldn't be doing...

  • Don't use http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/ to prefix page titles.
  • Don't use http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/ inside links on pages - the correct syntax is to use double square brackets and then just the page title - i.e. [[PAGE_TITLE]].
  • Don't redirect image pages. If you want to practice redirects, use pages inside the main namespace - i.e. normal pages.

If you do any of the above, you'll suddenly find a flock of well-meaning custodians descend from the sky, all trying to help you out of your troubles. If you need help in advance of a project day, you can ask on the Colloquium. McCormack 16:51, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

about these edits on your user page ...Edit

There were 2 attempts to change your user page: [1] and [2]. Since these are only with IPs, I removed them again. Could you please tell, if this is you or someone else ? If it is you, please login, otherwise w eboth waste time :-( Thx, ----Erkan Yilmaz (evaluate me!, discussion) 16:35, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Good jobEdit

Hi, I see you are havily editing. It pushes me to participate more on the project.--Juan 12:48, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Image copyright problemsEdit

Your currently affected images are listed below. For each, please provide a license template and source. Thanks. – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 23:35, 13 February 2008 (UTC)


Nuke 'em all, Mike. Thanks for the clean up. TWFred 08:41, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for being so positive about this necessary clean-up task. I'm not an admin here, so you'll have to grab one do to that for you. I've also replied to your email. – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 22:53, 14 February 2008 (UTC)
  • UPDATE: Got another "warning" that these are copyright violations. Cool. Wonderful. But I asked for them to be deleted before...wonder why they're still there. Oh well. If there's something I should do, just let me know and I'll do it. TWFred 14:53, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Out of my earsEdit

Hi Fred, I just saw your comment on Wikiversity:Colloquium#User solicitations?, and left a brief response. I didn't know it was becoming like this for you. I'd be happy to work on a policy on this - and it might be worth bringing up on the Foundation-l mailing list as an issue that is raised quite often. Cormaggio talk 10:59, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Spam filterEdit

Hi, see the preliminary solution here please. Hope everything fine now ? ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 20:40, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Left a note here so it could be replaced by another link ? ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 20:59, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Portal talk:Engineering and Technology/ - Electrical/Electronic Engineering Orientation/Aptitude CourseEdit

ping - Thuvack 11:01, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

Aptitude, or Final ExamEdit

Ping- Thuvack 05:44, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Completed courses listEdit

How would you like your courses listed in the list of completed courses? - Robert Elliott 05:01, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Technical WritingEdit

You're putting together quite the course there, Fred! I appreciate the work you've put into this—I happen to have a degree in English, and technical writing is a career I've considered. I also think that your approach to developing the course using personas is a very good idea. Anyway, just wanted to say good job. If you want any collaborative help with anything, send me a message. The Jade Knight 08:11, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Wikiversity:Quality#2008 SeptemberEdit

Hello Fred, someone left feedback here, ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 22:01, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Just to say, I did not like the feedback in the above link; you have built an excellent page. Some of the criticism was actually kind of weird. I have been doing technical writing for the past year (I spent the 1990s as a exec-level technologist on Wall Street). Use mediawiki to make the page, then use the Chrome browser to cut the text and then put the text into Google docs, and then use the Google docs email facility. That way the info is in a wiki all the time, as a repository. Please feel free to contact me, I have a partner in NY who has his own little global network.

If you find time, take a look at some of my wv ideas on my web page. I am involved in policy right now, and my reason for being here is psychology research, but I would like to develop work-related resources as well.--John Bessatalk 18:58, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

re: What are the rules?Edit

Hi Fred, I answered your question on my talk page here. PS: I moved your question as a new section at the bottom. HenkvD 19:20, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the songEdit

But do you have an mp3?? Not much of tune in text ;)--John Bessatalk 21:38, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Unfortunately I have found that empathy studies tend to take a dark turn -- very quickly! It can be said that the problem with the world is a lack of empathy (which seems obvious) but the people lacking empathy need empathy just as everyone does, for life. But since they cannot give it, and since giving is no longer the majority human trait, then they feel they have to take it. This became apparent in the discussion group on Care2.com, and effectively silenced the group. Everything had been said in the group, but I wanted to create an activist group from the empathy concepts, and that is what was silenced. I wrote a paper on the negative side of the group called "night of the living dead." It was that bad (?!?!)

Just as a side note, as an activist I originally opposed rules against advocacy on Wikiversity, and actually got others to go along with me, but then I changed my mind. It is information that is power, and with correct information people can participate effectively in forming their communities. This by itself is a form of activism, and even an agenda for Wikiversity.--John Bessatalk 02:31, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

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