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It was translated as you asked. (I hope I was quick enough. :) -- Leoadec 21:06, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

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Welcome to the team![edit]

I've seen your submission to Wikimania, quite interesting stuff! It's nice to see you on the Wikimedia Research Team as well. I'll let you know when we get started.--Eloquence 02:56, 27 May 2005 (UTC)Reply

(answered on talk page)


Cormac, greetings. What do you say to sending out a text quarto email this weekend? A test balloon, reminding people where they can find WQ2. The English edition will be published, and next week after we have the first translations with a translated reports page, we can send out another. +sj | Translate the Quarto | + 04:39, 27 May 2005 (UTC)Reply

Draft done by email (quarto-l)

Research Mailing list[edit]


Thank you for the invite to the research mailing list. Just subscribed. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you in Frankfurt. I did get a chance to talk with Erik about the survey but not for long enough. I'm looking forward to getting that started. K1v1n 12:20, 15 August 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikimania 2006 in London[edit]

Thanks for your support (I have edited the page to be more concise, hence your comments are gone...). It was a great venue. Shame about the plenary.... now, perhaps I should consider Queen Mary, not so far away... Aha! [1] look at that - 800 seats!

Quick phone conversation today - sounds very promising - and Queen Mary is my "alma master" LoopZilla 13:34, 8 September 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikimania London 2006?[edit]

  • Yes, they have sent a brochure in the snail mail!
  • Yes, I have edited the draft bid today!

LoopZilla 12:02, 14 September 2005 (UTC)Reply

student involvement[edit]

I like what you wrote about collaborative learning (Wikiversity#Vision). It seems like the wikiversity main page should have a section called "the role of the student" which instructs potential students to look over the listings of "courses", but also to take an active role in creating the conditions that they need for learning. In particular, there could be a page where students can describe what they want to learn about and facilitators could could point towards available "courses" or work with the student to set up a new "course" that fits the student's needs. I put quotes around "courses" because I'm not sure that wikiversity should be dealing with what we traditionally think of as a university course. I set up the Cell Biology course to be a "portal" that invites students to start a collaborative project. --JWSurf 15:06, 20 September 2005 (UTC)Reply

I made use of what you wrote about collaborative learning at another wiki (the collaboration wikicity). Please make sure I did not use your words in a way that offends you. --JWSurf 19:42, 9 October 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikimania 2006 in London - is it official?[edit]


Should we make this offical now? I am away next week and cannot work on the pages much....

LoopZilla 15:30, 22 September 2005 (UTC)Reply

It is now ;-) Cormaggio @ 18:06, 22 September 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity priorities[edit]

I see that Angela invited input about wikiversity for the board meeting. I wonder if it would be useful to try to provide a short discussion of short-term and long-term priorities.

  • near-term: "courses which could interface with other Wikimedia projects, Wikipedia, Wikibooks"....looking at the slow progress of wikiversity so far, I think providing "courses flagship courses" that would initially be "service courses" for existing wikimedia projects is the best way to initiate growth of the project.
  • mid-range: "sourceforge for researchers and teachers"....an open community for developing online learning tools for the wiki user interface
  • long-term: "be a university".....I take this to mean that there would be an effort to replicate existing online universities in wiki format. I think this only makes sense in the context of what makes sense for the wiki user interface. We must avoid Nupedia-type errors that arise from trying to reproduce non-wiki institutions in wiki format. Rather, we must build on the power of the wiki interface to take old ideas in new directions.

--JWSurf 14:31, 7 November 2005 (UTC)Reply

Do you have access to this report? --JWSurf 18:45, 13 November 2005 (UTC)Reply


I should really make a note of all the things I am interested in. :/ Did I say anything about seed wiki, really? Thanks for the UK reminder. notafish }<';> 14:47, 12 November 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity service courses[edit]

Please think about adding a media course to the list of Core Courses --JWSurf 04:17, 19 November 2005 (UTC)Reply

Wikimania program chat[edit]

Hi Cormac,

We're going to have a Wikimania program discussion this Sunday evening, around 00:00 UTC. Will you be able to take part? At any rate, you should check out the Wikimania 2006 Call for Participation and comment; or contribute to the list of lists to distribute it to.

Cheers, Sj 16:58, 24 January 2006 (UTC)Reply

Have a great weekend, then! ttys.


Yes, I saw you adding this comment yesterday. I also read it and read again the page :-) And my thought was "ya, I can't either, too bad" :-)

Here is the problem :-) I will normally enter hospital tomorrow afternoon to be induced on monday. Which could take time... Add at least 5 days hospital stay, I won't be back until next week end, and possibly not in good shape enough to stay sitting in front of a computer for long :-) So, it is unlikely you see much of me for at least 2 weeks. I am just trying right now to "close" some affairs before being away ;-) Amongst which starting a little bit the committee. Cheers. Anthere



Many thanks for you sensible comments on wikiversity.

How's the PhD going.? Started yet?

Ross Woods, ACAS

Thanks Ross. Technically I'm on an MSc program, but it's just a streamlined process to PhD, so I'll be writing up a dissertation this year and then continuing the same research over the next three years. I had planned on looking at Wikiversity, but since it's just too complicated (and unstable), I'll be charting the progress of Wikimedia UK (you can see more details from my user page). Still, I'm very interested in Wikiversity and what w can dp with it, although i haven't been as active in discussions or rewrites of the proposal lately. But I remain hopeful that something of real value will come out of these efforts. By the way, would you consider logging in (getting a user account) to make messages easier? Anyway, cheers. Cormaggio @ 10:24, 7 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your message of encouragement[edit]

Great to hear from you! Very glad to hear things are moving forward and that there is potential in the Wikiversity project. I have been getting very positive feedback from those in the fire service field and I believe once it is going strong, the Wikiversity will be an incredible resource for the fire service community. As I told the person who left the message you responded to, I really don't know anything about the board or the happenings, but I do see such an incredible impact this can have on the educational community and hope there is a lot of support for this. I also understand that new projects take time and careful planning to be implemented correctly. If there is anything I can do to help further this along, please feel free to plug me in where needed (please pass this along to the board as well.) I guess the one thing I see (and why I'm bringing up about some advisory board) is there is no point group or leadership to bring all of this together. I think if there can be a core group to do so, Wikiversity would come along a lot faster. Getting that core leadership will be a big step towards moving the Wikiversity forward.

BTW, how is your PhD coming? I'm still ABD, but getting closer to getting it done. I understand now why so many folks drop off when dissertation comes along. But I am committed....--Mfinney 22:53, 18 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your response[edit]

I have read your response to my suggestion on the talk page of MetaProject to Overhaul Meta and I agree with your comments. Is there anything that I can do independently from the Special projects committee that would be of assistance in this task? I have been tagging various proposals that are inactive or that are redundant with current projects. Should I start grouping them according to scope? Robert Harrison 15:54, 2 April 2006 (UTC)Reply

Tell me what you think[edit]

I have created a reformatted (or is it refactored?) Proposals for new projects page, It can be viewed here. It is a little shabby but at least it is a start. Robert Harrison 04:16, 7 April 2006 (UTC)Reply


Hi Cormaggio,

today a student came to me who will be writing her thesis from October 1. She has already participated in a project in which she programmed meta data for videos, so she knows about this. She thought it was an interesting idea and might actually look at producing a MediaWiki with metadata. Keep your fingers crossed! --WiseWoman 13:23, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply


i am interested in the wikiversity project and i am already administrator of http://de.wikiversity.org

Is there any way i can help you with the modified proposal?

greetings Tomen 07:48, 23 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the hello[edit]

Hey, Cormaggio. Thanks for stopping by Activism. We'd love to have a helping hand whenever you have time. I'll check out sca in more depth, too. I actually wasn't aware of it, so if there are links to it at Activism, someone else must have created them.

And no, I certainly don't mind the recommendation to move to Wikia (or Wikicities, as it pleases you). I actually got the same concern (POV) from two other users, and had anticipated it before even proposing the project. I think that Wikia is more appropriate.

Nabarry 21:47, 30 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity Proposal Tasks and Schedule[edit]

Hi Cormaggio, A courtesy headsup. I dropped the following message with appropriate tailoring on the discussion page of each of the other Wikiversity activation committee members advertised in the public defination page of the committee. I still would appreciate any specific information you have available.

I have asked Cormaggio specifically when the Wikiversity proposal is going to be submitted to the Board for authorization to proceed with permanent dedicated URLs and wiki space. I get nothing back but vague generalities. Mr. Wales has indicated on the public Foundation mailing list in response to queries that to the best of his knowledge Wikiversity (within some appropriate initial scope) has overwhelming support from every single Board Member. The only holdup on its approval and activation is the complete lack of any information from the Wikiversity community/proponents in response to the Board's fairly minor inquiries. In view of this information do you have a feel for what specific tasks need to be completed and when they be finished? Is this a manpower issue or coordination issue between the appointed members of the activation committee? Is it a matter of final technical editing of wording such that a majority of the five acting committee members agree it is ready to go? I, and possibly others, would appreciate some specific information if it is available on how we can proceed immediately as there has been no visible action for months in the public space. Thanks. user:lazyquasar


No, I had not seen Wikiversity/Example. I guess we need an invitation to the Wikiversity community to dive in and start creating an exciting introduction page for the project. This looks like a reasonable place to start the process. I will do some work on it. --JWSurf 13:47, 19 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

I did some work on Wikiversity/Example. I had been thinking that page might become the Main Page for Wikiversity when it launches, but I put another idea on its talk page. I still feel that most of the Wikiversity-related pages at Wikibooks should be archived at Wikiversity when it launches and scavenged for useful information, but not incorporated wholesale into the working pages of Wikiversity. They are too full of stray ideas that do not match the revised project proposal. Among the other pages I created and linked to Wikiversity/Example (see the navigation box at the bottom of that page), I think you should be sure to take a look at Faculty club.....it starts to get into some important Wikiversity policy issues that have not been discussed very much. --JWSurf 01:39, 22 June 2006 (UTC)Reply
"is it all new content, what you've written" <-- Much of what I added to Meta during the last 2 days is similar to what has previously existed at Meta, Wikibooks, the Collaboration Wikia, the Academia Wikia and the Education Wikia. The newest ground covered concerns my attempt to suggest how Wikiversity could try to make space for some original research in the context of Wikiversity's educational mission. For the new pages I created, I put them all into the Wikiversity category and linked most of them together with the new navigation box. I have no serious objection to using Wikiversity:Foo, but I was hoping that many of these pages would be moved to a wikiversity.org domain in the not too distant future and deleted from Meta. --JWSurf 13:24, 22 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

<grin> I'll go look![edit]

I'm in transit, but have a few moments in an internet cafe. - Amgine / talk meta 01:26, 24 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity talk[edit]

Hi Cormac,

just uploaded a Powerpoint presentation that I held on Friday at my school about the Wikiversity (I had to report on my research). Reuse at will. I put it in the Moodle room at http://evideo.fhtw-berlin.de/moodle/mod/resource/view.php?inpopup=true&id=974. There's a typo I am too lazy to fix, but I wanted to show how using Moodle could work. I do see, however, that uploading stuff to Commons first does make me fix the license question. However, I would like to have semi-private areas for uploading stuff, not making everything generally available. --WiseWoman 11:51, 2 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

General User Survey[edit]

Do you know what's the status of this project?--Piotrus 00:45, 13 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Crystal Clear[edit]

Cormaggio, a crystal clear definition of community:

Passion for each other's lives. The passion within the sharing of lives.
Passion for solving the problems of those you care about.
Learning to care more.
There is not and cannot be anything worse than having a life 
and not sharing it with others.
That is commmunity.
That's it.

That is from my friend w:User:Playaoms11. She sends you her regards. Quinobi 00:09, 19 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Getting the Wikiversity:Main_Page into high gear[edit]

Hi Cormaggio,

Can I get involved in the Wikiversity Special Project subcommittee discussions to help make this very good thing happen? I'm from Wikia:Perl and its Wikia:Perl:University, and you can read my personal opinion following your unanswered query at Talk:Wikiversity#Proposal - done?. --Eric R. Meyers, Ermeyers 00:57, 20 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity proposal talk page response[edit]

I apparently forgot to mention to you that I had replied to your comments. - Amgine / talk meta 17:09, 20 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

I have replied to your comments. - Amgine / talk meta 19:01, 21 July 2006 (UTC)Reply


What do you think of the first draft of Communitas, Cormaggio? • Quinobi 16:42, 29 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

The concept "communitas" was invented by the anthropologist Victor Turner. Check him out!

Have you seen MeatballWiki?

Wikiversity is or can be ...[edit]

  • an expanding online sphere of learners and scholars?
  • a community of communities of knowledge workers?
  • an internet university?
  • a repository of and for academic curricula, projects, and explorations?
  • a social production network for collaboration in knowledge investigation and creation?
  • a critical and reflective dimension of the wikimedia universe?
  • many online discourses in dialog?
  • a multiversity? and/or...
  • one complex node in the emerging multiversity of the interaction of many large online and offline endeavors in the practice of human knowledge making and sharing?
  • a multidimensional intersection of a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional learning and researching methods, schools of thought, and experiments?
  • something(s) new
  • a whole lot of fun
  • all of these in interaction and more?

Thanks for your note. The above are just some nuggets of thoughts: Fragments of visioning and pondering as I absorb the Wikiversity proposal. Perhaps a list of different visions in seed form, perhaps like this or perhaps more articulated, could be expanded and then prioritized for most relevance to Wikiversity. Has something like this been done--if so, where? If not, I think this could be interesting to do. One aim in inviting comments in such an exercise could be to access various alternative and emergent discourses about collaborative learning and scholarship. (If you feel so inclinded, feel free to move this to wherever in wikiversity space.) Reswik 18:43, 10 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

(funny, we're editing meta at same time :) Reswik 18:47, 10 August 2006 (UTC))Reply

You're welcome. Thanks for re-posting the above. If a discussion along lines metioned above grows (if it has not already), perhaps it might need a simpler invite for more to participate and i suppose it might need a subpage. Reswik 19:33, 10 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

where is the Wikiversity community?[edit]

I think most people who are interested in Wikiversity and those who first hear about Wikiversity and try to learn about it go to b:Wikiversity. Very few ever make it on over to meta. --JWSurf 23:40, 10 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Good point JW. I think Meta, as in Meta-community is the place to meet till Wikiversity actually launches. My $0.02 worth. • Quinobi 00:11, 11 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Research Project page[edit]

FYI: I moved the growing list of projects from Research to a the Research Projects subpage. As part of editing the page, I revised the Wikimania research panel item you had posted to bring it up to date. Since the edits substantially changed the content of your previous posting, making it future looking, i removed the attribution -- not wanting to put updated words in your mouth. That item still needs further updating by whomever whenever... Reswik 03:52, 11 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Learning objects[edit]

I figure you might have a bit of interst in these... Please comment. Thanks Quinobi 19:19, 11 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikiversity stats[edit]

Hi Cormac, I enjoyed very much talking to you again in Boston. Since you are into Wikiversity a lot, I thought to let you know I made some extensions and embellishments on wikibooks stats this weekend. See [2] for Wikiversity stats, see also top of the page. Someday Wikiversity will need a wiki of its own don't you think? Just to cause less confusion with all those fantasy and gaming books on wikibooks. Best, Erik Zachte 22:17, 20 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Oops, I see separate server was already decided :)

WikiResearch Journal?[edit]

See discussion on Meatball's WikiResearch page. -- JustinShaffner

It's that time of year again![edit]

Fancy putting a few bids for Wikimania 2007 together? Sure we could make a few suggestions over the next couple of days, if you're up for it. Dan100 12:52, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Reply

Shame London lost, it looked an excellent bid! Do you feel like suggesting to Wikimedia UK running a "Wikimedia Europe Conference" instead, as was suggested on foundation-l (and like the Chinese Wikimedia conference)? Dan100 09:29, 26 September 2006 (UTC)Reply

IRC cloak request[edit]

I am cormaggio on freenode and I would like the cloak wikimedia/cormaggio. Thanks. --Cormaggio @ 18:06, 10 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia UK[edit]


At some point you expressed an interest in supporting Wikimedia UK. We're now ready to begin receiving applications from prospective members. If you would like to join, application forms and further information can be found at: http://www.wikimedia.org.uk/join. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions, either via my user page at the English Wikipedia or by email (andrew.walker@wikimedia.org.uk).

Thanks, Andreww 19:35, 15 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

[FR07] List of Village Pumps[edit]

Thank you for the updates on the list of village pumps!--Sabine 11:21, 10 September 2007 (UTC)Reply

Language subcommittee archival[edit]

Hello Cormaggio. Messages you send to the language subcommittee are automatically saved to its private archives, but censored in the public archives (see example). The public archives allow the community to read most discussions, but it is an opt-in system.

Even if you agree to public archival, you can choose on a case-by-case basis to exclude a discussion, comment, or even fragment from the public archives (just writing "don't archive this email" would suffice). Is it okay to make your messages public? —Pathoschild 19:28:36, 03 Նոյեմբեր 2007 (UTC)

WM UK v2.0 board[edit]

Hi! Thanks for volunteering for the Wikimedia UK v2.0 board. We've made a page for candidate statements, so please add yours here, and sign the declaration (it's quite long and scary-looking, I know, but being on a board is a serious thing!). The proposed deadline for statements is 13 September, but we'll make a final deadline soon. Good luck! --Tango 02:40, 2 September 2008 (UTC)Reply


Hi Cormaggio.

Sorry to see you've withdrawn your candidacy - hope you can continue to support the new chapter in other ways. Regards, AndrewRT 17:24, 15 September 2008 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia UK 2.0 Voting is open :-)[edit]

A warm hello to all those signed up as guarantor members of the soon-to-be-rebooted UK chapter! Voting is now open over at meta - there's tons of information online over there, and the mailing list has been very active too. Discussion, comment (and even the inevitable technical gremlins!) are most welcome at the meta pages, otherwise please do send in your vote/s, and tell a friend about the chapter too :-) Privatemusings 22:29, 20 September 2008 (UTC)I'm not actually involved in the election workings, and am just dropping these notes in to help try and spread the word :-) I welcome any or all comment too, but 'election related' stuff really is better suited to the meta pages :-)Reply

Wikimania Oxford bid[edit]

Some time ago you indicated your support of the Oxford 2010 Wikimania Bid, and it was recieved with much gratitude. I now ask if you could could help support our bid by contributing to the bid page that is located at: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2010/Bids/Oxford. Now is the critical period for work to continue on the bid as the official bidding period has now started and the jury has been formed.

I do not ask for huge swathes of time, just enough that with eveyrone working on this, it can be completed in time to the high standard required in a bid. For the bid page, an excellent source of information is the travel wiki article on the City of Oxford which is found at: http://wikitravel.org/en/Oxford. The chance of bringing Wikimania to the UK is the best so far and i expect the best chance for many years. With a fresh and stong UK chapter we have an amazing opportunity to put ourselves on the map. If you have any questions, please mail them to the Wikimedia UK mailing list, email me or post a message on my talk page and i will answer as quickly as possible.

I look forward to working with you on the bid page. Many Thanks. Seddon 15:11, 31 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Actual Special_projects_subcommittees/Wikiversity ?[edit]

What condition of the given committee, it is actual or is dismissed? SergeyJ 21:51, 2 September 2009 (UTC)Reply