Talk:Public Policy Initiative

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Interwiki watchlists would help Wikibooks, Wikiversity, and this initiative[edit]

From the announcement of this initiative in the Wikimedia blog (emphasis added):

“Wikipedia operates as a community of practice, and one of the goals of higher education is to train and educate students to the point where they can participate in communities of practice,” says Robert Cummings. “Wikipedia collects and presents an incredible volume of knowledge, which is consistent with the goals of higher education. I’m excited to participate in the beginning of this collaboration between Wikipedia and higher education, something that could continue for decades.”

Wikipedia can never achieve the depth of coverage of higher education. That requires tutorials, chapters, webisodes, "books" online, and other detailed info and multimedia. Wikibooks, Wikiversity, etc. are where that is beginning. See en:Wikibooks, en:Wikiversity, etc..

But relatively few editors participate because they don't have the watchlists combined together. That would make for easy collaboration with Wikipedia. higher ed, and more.


To support integrated, interwiki watchlists add the relevant userbox wikitext below to the top of your user page, your user talk page, etc.. For more info see en:Wikipedia:Integrated watchlists.

{{User:Timeshifter/Userboxes/Integrated watchlists}}

--Timeshifter 12:47, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Timeshifter, this is a helpful observation. I am pretty sure the idea of integrated watchlists is on our tech team's radar to some degree, but I will be sure to point out how it would support efforts to engage with academia like you point out. Thanks! -Pete F 23:24, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
There is a working method. See the how-to note:
en:User talk:Yair rand/interwikiwatchlist.js
The JS is here:
en:User:Yair rand/interwikiwatchlist.js --Timeshifter (talk) 14:04, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion: Evans School @ U. Washington[edit]

Retaliation and Victimization[edit]

I started to edit Wikipedia pages some years ago, but immediately found that any editors who disagreed with one's edits, and/or one's perspective, tended to delight in vandalizing one's Wikipedia bio. Mine, for example, has consistently painted the work of myself and my colleagues as "fringe" and "unsafe" at the same time as our work has won acclaim in the real world. For example, my Bio ended up with a photo "Hitla.gif," and talk about sexual perversions, soon after I tried to update the Wikipedia entry on Vitamin D. Is a contribution to Wikipedia worth public humiliation such as was effected with this bio?

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trevor_Marshall&oldid=134148077

Currently, although I have an Adjunct Professorial appointment from Murdoch University in Western Australia, WP editors have removed that honor from my bio, and my colleagues' most recent publication in a Nature Publishing Group journal ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21278764 ) has been ignored, as have our many peer-reviewed publications over the past few years. It is crazy that I have been invited to Chair sessions at three International medical conferences this year, yet my bio emphasizes my expertise as an "engineer"...
Am I alone in feeling that Wikimedia is just not structured properly to engage in "outreach"? I can't help feeling that if I encourage my (PhD) Students to contribute to controversial Wikipedia entries, then they also may well become victims of wiki-stalking throughout their careers... That is certainly the impression my students get when they read my Wikipedia bio...Trevmar (talk) 01:00, 3 April 2011.
See relevant Wikipedia policies by going to En.Wikipedia and searching: WP:Dispute resolution, WP:Civility, WP:BLP (biographies policy), etc. The more academic type editors get involved and make it clear wikipedia has to encourage members to be more civil and professional, the more it will happen. 71.163.213.49 03:58, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

New models for Wikiversity, Wikinews, Wikibooks, etc.[edit]

Please see discussion that was at en:User talk:Jimbo Wales. It is archived here. --Timeshifter (talk) 00:34, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Further discussion about social enterprise models continues here:
The Village Pump discussion is now archived here. There is further info in the "semi-for-profit" section of Wikipedia:Advertisements. --Timeshifter (talk) 11:45, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

More resources[edit]

See: w:Collaborative learning, and Rethinking How We Teach The 'Net Generation'. --Timeshifter (talk) 18:41, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Definition same as Wikipedia article?[edit]

Wikipedia's article on "Public Policy" defines it thusly: Public policy as government action is generally the principled guide to action taken by the administrative or executive branches of the state with regard to a class of issues in a manner consistent with law and institutional customs. It's not clear if this project is narrowly devoted to that or more broadly to any issue related to governance. Thanks. 71.163.213.49 03:55, 24 November 2011 (UTC)