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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. --Larry Sanger 16:57, 30 November 2007 (CST)


It would be polite of you when you reverted my edit about moving the TOC to either give an explanation of your edit or at least a notice on the Summary at the top of the "Save page" button about what you're doing. I think you will find that most CZ articles do NOT have large amounts of white space in them if it can be avoided. Hayford Peirce 13:16, 25 December 2007 (CST)

Hi, Simon. It's one of these vexed questions about how to carry on a discussion between two members: do they alternate pages back and forth, or do they have it on a single page of one of the members, or in the discussion page of the article in question? There's no rule about it, and I think everyone does it one way one time, then another way the next time....
As to whether you'll be edited as soon as you write something, that again depends. In many cases, no. In some cases, someone like me will be looking at the "Recent changes" link in the column on the left, see something new, wonder what it's about, and will go to take a look. And, if he/she sees something worth an edit, will do it immediately. Or -- maybe not. I myself will do it immediately, before I forget about it. Others may wait a while.
Where can you do your writing without being edited during the process? There's the so-called "sandbox", I guess, which I've never used but that many others do use. Sometimes I've just put an ongoing article into the discussion page of my own user page and left it there while I work on it. Then when it's finished, I delete it from there and paste it into the real article's page. Certainly no one else with fiddle around with it while it's in your discussion page....
Hope this is of help, and have a great Holiday season! Hayford Peirce 14:10, 25 December 2007 (CST)
Hi Simon, and welcome to CZ. You can also draft things in your own private Sandbox or Draft space. You just create it by making the link and clicking on it. Like this: User:Simon Overduin/Draftspace. Stephen Ewen 22:36, 25 December 2007 (CST)


Hey, Simon:

Good to have you aboard. You'll notice I made a mess of your contributions to Buddhism, Siddartha Gautama, Four Noble Truths, and Eightfold Path. All was done in good faith, and with the intention of administering to certain conventions that surround CZ articles.

  1. It is conventional to start an article with the title of the article in bold.
  2. Use the subpages template at the top of every new article (except redriects) to keep from having to add the Category: tags at the end, and also to being the article into the greater editorial rotation, as well as building it into the infrastructure of the whole project.
  3. CZ:Naming conventions policy notes that we use the colloquial when naming articles, then set-up redirects to what might be the more "proper" name (e.g., Buddha versus Siddhartha Gautama.

Blessings... --Michael J. Formica 13:44, 26 December 2007 (CST)

Saw your conversation with solution to the preview thing is to create a page called Article/Sandbox, then put a link to it in the See also section... (e.g., Road rage, Road rage#See also) --Michael J. Formica 13:56, 26 December 2007 (CST)
Simon: You're quite welcome. Listen, I could use your help on Enlightenment. I moved the original content to The Enlightenment, where it is more appropriate. I put some filler in, so the page wasn't blank, but it's lame, lame, lame... Blessings... --Michael J. Formica 08:53, 27 December 2007 (CST)

PS - any ideas on why the system hasn't generated a Table of Contents for your Talk page?

Party! You're invited!

Hi Simon--Your neighbourhood Mistress of Ceremonies here. You've been added to the list of busy beavers--Don’t forget to come on over to the party and sign in at one of the categories! Aleta Curry 16:38, 9 January 2008 (CST) say ‘hi’ to me here.


Simon: This statement Paranoia has also been defined in a less specified manner than the DSM characterization. For instance, Colby refers to paranoia as "the presence of persecutory delusions", an umbrella category that includes distinct somatic, erotic, grandeur, and jealousy delusions. Such delusions may be identified as consistent misinterpretations of events in the paranoid individual's environment. conflicts with the diagnostic narrative you wrote, based on the former eschewing delusions, and the latter including them. I didn't touch it, as I am unfamiliar with Colby's work, so I don't have a point of reference. Maybe you could take a look and see if we can spin it a bit, so that the article doesn't contradict itself. Blessings... --Michael J. Formica 07:19, 10 January 2008 (CST)

Style suggestion

Simon: You need to stop using (parentheses) in your edits. --Michael J. Formica 08:19, 10 January 2008 (CST)

Also, you need to watch out for your habit of making statements that have the ring of opinion to them, as well as putting things out there that are of questionable veracity.
I'm referencing your edits to Yoga Sutras and Patanjali, in particular. I've been practicing and studying Yoga for almost 20 years, in addition to which, because of the influence of Kalarippyattu on Shaolin, my exposure to Yoga asana, and its relationship to Chinese martial arts borders on 35 years. My teachers have been and are people like Yogi Amrit Desai, Sri Swami Rama, Grandmaster Alan Lee, Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, Nakamura Sensei, and Sri Dharma Mitra. I can only say that some of the statements you've made are not things that are within my experience, and for me, without a verifiable reference, that's calls them in to question. --Michael J. Formica 08:45, 10 January 2008 (CST)
Finally, it's Raja Yoga, not Raya Yoga. --Michael J. Formica 08:49, 10 January 2008 (CST)
Understood. It porbably would be more helpful if you were to stick with topics in which you are conversant, so that you can be both discriminating and "edit-as-you-go" when taking content from other places. There's a lot of garbage out there! Blessings... --Michael J. Formica 12:51, 10 January 2008 (CST)

Neuroscience Workgroup Mailing List

Simon, good to hear a workgroup for neuroscience is being set up and that you're spearheading the effort. I have created a mailing list for your workgroup: where your workgroup authors can sign up, if you wish. Regards, Louise Valmoria 12:36, 11 January 2008 (CST)

Please join us for Biology Week!

Hello Simon,

I am giving you this personal invitation to join us this week for Biology Week!

Please join us on the wiki and add or edit biology articles. Also, please let your friends and colleagues who are biologists, biology students, or naturalists, know about Biology Week and ask them to join us, too. Any way you can help make it an event would be most welcome. Think of it as a Biology Workgroup open house. Let's see if we can kick up activity a notch!

Thanks in advance! --Larry Sanger 12:29, 22 September 2008 (CDT)

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The first Biology Week took place here from Sep 22-28, 2008.

Returning to Citizendium: an update on the project and how to get involved

Hello - some time ago you became part of the Citizendium project, but we haven't seen you around for a while. Perhaps you'd like to update your public biography or check on the progress of any pages you've edited so far.

Citizendium now has over 16,000 articles, with more than 150 approved by specialist Editors such as yourself, but our contributor numbers require a boost. We have an initiative called 'Eduzendium' that brings in students enrolled on university courses to write articles for credit, but we still need more Editors across the community to write, discuss and approve material. There are some developed Biology articles that could be improved and approved, and some high-priority articles that we don't have yet. You can also create new articles via this guide, and contribute to some Biology pages that have been recently edited - or to any others on Citizendium, since you're a general Author as well as a specialist Editor. You may like to contribute to discussions in the forums, and might consider running for an elected position on the Management and Editorial Councils that oversee the project.

If you have any questions, let me know via my Talk page or by leaving a message below this one. Thank you for signing up and reading this update; I hope that you will look in on our community soon. John Stephenson 13:47, 19 November 2011 (UTC)