CZ:Notice Board/February 2007

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This is an archive of all notices added to CZ:Notice Board during February 2007. Please do not edit this page.

See CZ:Notice Board/Archive for archived notices from other dates.

February 23, 2007

To editor applicants, our apologies--we have a long backlog again and it will take us some time to catch up. This is not a reflection on you but only on the fact that we need to get some more staff to review those applications.

Please do your part in the new Big Write, a project to write a bunch of articles on high-priority topics. It's a community initiative in which editors offer to "bless" credible starts on new articles.

February 17, 2007

Let's get started with Citizendium Pilot:The Big Speedydelete!

February 16, 2007

We apologize for the ongoing vandalism. We have, however, installed some software that should cut down on the spambot problems. We'll be making some further changes that will make it hard for vandals to do their dirty tricks.

UPDATE: we have decided to give our constables a break in their vandal-fighting by, at least temporarily, turning off account auto-creation. It will still be possible to apply to and join the project.

February 14, 2007

Want to grab an article from Wikipedia?

Then please first read about how to convert Wikipedia articles to Citizendium articles.

Slashdotted again

Slashdotted again. Consequently, the time is ripe to announce that we'll be launching as soon we get a few more servers (which we can now afford) and make some technical changes.

February 12, 2007

As you might have noticed, the constables have been working hard learning how to use our various vandal-fighting tools. Please excuse our cruft on the recent changes page. Please be patient--we'll learn better how to deal with vandals instantly or nearly so. We are also carefully crafting rules that, as we'll explain, we will be applying aggressively to troublemakers both here and on the Forums; and we will sometime in the next week or two begin to require the use of real names on the Forums.

February 10, 2007

The article: Vertebral subluxation is up for approval. All interested authors and editors are invited to read it and comment. Nancy Sculerati MD 12:18, 10 February 2007 (CST)

Calling for editor applications from among current authors

Note: we would like to get more editors on board, particularly so that they can begin the process of approving articles. The new self-registration makes it easy to join as an author--and then remain as an author. That's a good first step. But if you are qualified, then please do join our pool of editors (see instructions at bottom of page), so that you can move our articles toward approval. The allure of approved articles are, after all, what attracts many people here in the first place. So let's make it a reality.

February 9, 2007

I have just posted an call for participation to PHILOSOP and PHILOS-L, the two biggest philosophy mailing lists. Let's hope we get some new philosophers this way. See Citizendium Pilot:Recruitment Letter for the letter used. Please, let's get this recruitment process started. If you would like help, e.g., another set of eyes to look at a recruitment message sent out, then please send me a copy at sanger [at] Thanks for your help and all your excellent work on CZ! --Larry Sanger 13:43, 9 February 2007 (CST)

February 8, 2007

Editor testimonials available for recruitment

Please see this page, which may be linked from recruitment letters as part of our outreach efforts.

Call for discussion regarding article introductory section

Call for format change. Having a top section of each article that would allow placement of the derivation of the word, a short dictionary definition, or other basic information that is something a user may well want to find immediately, but is a muddle when placed in the introduction of the article would be a great help-in my opinion (see Talk page of Pseudocience). Can we have some suggestions on how to incorporate such a change? Is there a format style that might be generally agreeable? Nancy Sculerati MD 10:14, 8 February 2007 (CST)

Please discuss any suggestions, and codify rules, on these pages:

These pages may be reached via Citizendium Pilot:Project Home, which should have direct links to all policy pages.

February 5, 2007

Keep saving those orphans!

Looks like someone (or some people) have been finding homes for all the orphans listed here (and to find this page again, look to the left, toolbox > Special pages > Orphaned pages). But we still have over 300 orphans. Can you, please, either delete/mark for deletion the orphaned articles that are not live (please check the page history before deleting!) or else actually create appropriate links to the orphaned articles? Let's find these kids some good homes.

Giving Wikipedia proper credit

UPDATE: there is now a checkbox with a prompt, "Content is from Wikipedia?", found below the text boxes used to edit wiki pages. This checkbox now generates a brief, linked note at the bottom of an article: "This article uses content that originally appeared on Wikipedia." Templates are no longer necessary to generate such a notice. Please, to avoid redundancy, remove all instances of {{wikipedia}} and any other templates that might have been created for purposes of giving credit to Wikipedia. It is important that the database keep track of this directly, which the checkbox achieves more efficiently.

  • Question - how do we remove the linked note if we hit the save button before noticing the new checkbox? Here is where. Stephen Ewen 01:54, 7 February 2007 (CST)
  • Hit Edit again, uncheck the box, explain yourself in the edit summary, and hit "save" -- ZachPruckowski (Talk) 02:09, 7 February 2007 (CST)

February 4, 2007

This is a request to Jason to put additional pages under the toolbox: fiirst one- How to make a footnote Nancy Sculerati MD 10:42, 4 February 2007 (CST)

Febuary 3, 2007

Note to editor applicants: if you have applied for editorship in the last few weeks, and we haven't replied, we're very sorry--it's because we're understaffed. We've just called for some new Editorial Personnel Administrators. We hope to clear the backlog by next week. In the meantime we do hope you will get to work, as of course you can do!