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Welcome, new editor! We're very glad you've joined us. Here are pointers for a quick start. Also, when you get a chance, please read The Editor Role. You can look at Getting Started and our help system for other introductory pages. It is also important, for project-wide matters, to join the Citizendium-L (broadcast) mailing list. Announcements are also available via Twitter. You can test out editing in the sandbox if you'd like. If you need help to get going, the forum is one option. That's also where we discuss policy and proposals. You can ask any administrator for help, too. Just put a note on their "talk" page. Again, welcome and thank you! We appreciate your willingness to share your expertise, and we hope to see your edits on Recent changes soon. --Bernard Haisch 17:52, 11 February 2007 (CST)

Bitis parviocula

Hi, Peter. I saw your edits to Bitis parviocula. I suppose you're not really happy with the formatting, but I assure you that it was entirely intentional. There are about 100 other viper articles that are exactly like it. Unless you have some really good reason for doing it this way, I'm just going to change it back to the way it was. --Jaap Winius 05:26, 13 February 2007 (CST)

My problems were:
  1. To place a "common names" line before the article rather than in the article looks very odd.
  2. To use abbreviations rather than full names of unites is less clear for potential users (as is omitting a link to the relevant article).
  3. To leave in Wikipedia templates that simply show up as red "template" signs is surely undesirable.
  4. Why have something in "see also" which is already in the article? --Peter J. King 09:49, 13 February 2007 (CST)

Actually, I'm happy that you brought this up. I believe there needs to be some discussion, even though not many people seem to take the underlying issue that seriously.

  1. Indeed it is odd, but it's for a good reason. I'm one of those people who believes that scientific names should be used as titles for articles on biological organisms. I started doing this over at WP, but it turns out that I'm not the only one doing this, nor was I the first to do so. However, I may be the first to have gone a step further. To answer criticism that it was difficult for layman to quickly spot the common names in my articles (which were usually somewhere in the introduction), I came up with the current format. Yes, it's different, but it's also efficient. This way we can use scientific names for the titles, but it's always immediately clear to the reader what the various common names are of a particular species (and there are sometimes many common names).
  2. We could write the units of measure in full, but that can easily become tiresome for the reader and the abbreviations I've used are very well established. Perhaps you should discuss this idea in the forum.
  3. Regarding the red "template" tags, I hate that too, and believe me, these articles didn't start out that way. The links were there to begin with, but some time during the last month or so, they all got deleted! It's pointless if you ask me, but I'm not in charge around here. Do I feel like removing all those links from about 100 articles? No way! Here's hoping the blue will just come back by itself later on.
  4. As for the superfluous genus link in the "See also" section, I guess when I did that I was thinking that it would be a good idea to remind the reader that more information can be found in the article for the genus. Yes, there's already a link to the genus in the taxobox, but it's also typical for authors at WP (and CZ?) to write articles about a (sub)species, but pretty much ignore the higher taxa. So, perhaps readers no longer bother to look. This was, perhaps, an attempt on my part to ask them to try and have a look anyway.

The scientific names vs. common names debate is far from over (see my talk page for further discussion of this issue). It's been discussed on the CZ forum, but the issue has not yet been settled. Actually, I'm amazed that the discussion is even taking place at a project like CZ that claims to have a more academicly oriented approach than WP. (By the way, you can answer here, as I've temporarily added your talk page to my watch list). --Jaap Winius 12:20, 13 February 2007 (CST)

On the whole I agree about article titles (I suppose that the most common of the common names couldn't be added in brackets, as a compromise?). Perhaps some standard table form could be found for the common names if they're going to be placed where you've got them now? A shaded box, or something. It just looks untidy as it is, as though it's a mistake. --Peter J. King 17:23, 13 February 2007 (CST)

The current format is just something that I came up with as a means to achieve an end, despite limited options. I have no doubt that there are better ways to display a list of common names, but most will likely require the addition of a new layout element, and before that a policy change in favor of scientific names. I'm still waiting and hoping, but there still don't seem to be enough participants intent on settling the matter. --Jaap Winius 13:40, 14 February 2007 (CST)

I'll play around with some ideas, and if I come up with a layout that looks good 9and is simple to use for new authors) then I'll pass it on to you to see what you think. --Peter J. King  Talk  17:19, 14 February 2007 (CST)


I checked the place out. First thing was to check the edit histories of the first 10% of users. An alarmingly high percentage of that 10% stopped editing at the end of last year. There aren't any other philosophers (apart from you and Larry) as far as I can see. I will perhaps work on importing some of the better articles from WP, which won't take long, aha. But needs to be some recruitment from around the place if this is to work. I find it difficult to work without others around. I have tried leaning on some of the good ones at the other place, but people aren't really sure what this place is, yet. Edward buckner 02:39, 14 February 2007 (CST)

On the Philosophy article note I did make some headway at the other place. The introduction and some other bits are improved, there are some good editors working there. The awful 'Identity of Philosophy' section is still in place, but that was a compromise with the person who wrote it, who supported the 'good' editors in the battle and acted in good faith all along.

I'll do my best to help. I've left some notes on the Philosophy talk page. Edward buckner 02:19, 27 February 2007 (CST)

I'm very impressed that you created God ex nihilo. --Larry Sanger 17:12, 19 March 2007 (CDT)

Sorry about that — I couldn't resist it. --Peter J. King  Talk  18:25, 19 March 2007 (CDT)


Hi Peter, what do you think about Talk:Ethics? I think the article must go. --Larry Sanger 09:37, 31 March 2007 (CDT)

Wrong address...

"Could you make sure that all your Talk-page comments are in English, please?"

I replyed in the same language I was talked to; a basic rule of politness. J. R. Campos 15:49, 1 April 2007 (CDT)

I would not say impolite, but surely absent minded. You should have adressed your concerns to the person who began the conversation. J. R. Campos 16:03, 1 April 2007 (CDT)

RE: Categories

You are right that the History Workgroup is getting overburdened with too many articles. Thank you for having me realize this potential problem. --Maurice Ornelas 11:46, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

So you know

I assume chiro is off your watch list but so you know, here is my hit and run comment [1] Chris Day (Talk) 09:31, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

More so you know. [2] :( Chris Day (Talk) 11:43, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

Unlocked Project_Gutenberg

I am not sure why it was locked, probaby amidst a string of old vandalism. Stephen Ewen 13:39, 7 April 2007 (CDT)


this was brought to us, and as I marked your lines another saw me doing it and added the text you read - via Chris. If he didn't mention it or if he didn't write the text I would have given an explanation. The swiftness of us comes from the fact that Chris is active and many have his page in their watchlist. We all have our 'short fuse' reactions from time to time - all to human, but if many would have read your comment if would have effected your reputation, as well as Chris'. And we do try to facilitate people to work together. If people need to cross swords they are allowed to, when they want to see blood we prefer it taken off this site for well known reasons :). I think we took it the way you wrote it: too fast and too intense. For that reason the civil tag was the appropriate action for all participants. Hope this is enough info. It seems even 'constables' (I really can't get used to that word) work together for the same shared cause. cheers. (don't overeat aka not too many eggs this weekend). Robert Tito |  Talk  17:11, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

Peter, I apologize if I wrote something that upset you, that certainly was not my intention. I don't see my comments as mine, nor do I see your comments as yours, but rather a slurry of thoughts that pass among us as we work our way to a conclusion of some sort. Your input was important to me as even I don't consider myself as all-knowing about anything including my chosen field. But regardless, sorry to have upset you and I surely would not mind seeing you again on the chiropraxy pages;) --Matt Innis (Talk) 17:53, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

Peter, you bring up some interesting points on Rob's page about constable policy and process. We will make a priority of addressing them. --Mike Johnson 19:12, 7 April 2007 (CDT)


The civil-tag has been modified in the mean time to express that point. As I said we still are learning about how to apply things and how to handle situations. I was fast, Mike stepped in and wrote a comment. Because of the nature of the paragraph I couldn't select only words or a part of a sentence - maybe I could re-write it but then that is besides the civility point. You are and always have been entitled to re-state your remarks. We may regulate it but regulations do not make better situations, the tag in itself should be clear enough as in not needing further explanation. There remains another thing: subjectivity to what is and what isn't offensive/flamatory etc. It is hard to get something common not based upon professionalism (I would prefer the terms decency, dignity and politeness since not all contributers are professionals. But that is personal. Hope the answers give some light in a shoadowy world where we too do not claim to have all the answers. Robert Tito |  Talk  19:30, 7 April 2007 (CDT) (Yup do like your signature- thanks).

  • Thanks to all for their comments here (I hope that you don't mind my responding here rather than individually). No apologies were needed, but accepted anyway (you can't have too many apologies in my opinion). Frustrations and over-quick reactions are inevitable in any project like this I suppose, and I apologise for venting mine. --Peter J. King  Talk  05:09, 8 April 2007 (CDT)

Spelling variants


I noticed that here --

-- you changed "endeavor" (a perfectly correct spelling) to "endeavour." May I ask why?

Thanks, Brian

Common Era

Hello Peter. As the author of the article on Common Era, I was hoping that you could tag it as a part of some workgroup. I looked through the possible workgroups and didn't see one that fit well from my knowledge of the subject. This is just a part of the BigCleanup. Thanks! David Martin 16:38, 14 May 2007 (CDT)