User talk:Rhusar

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Advanced wiki tools?

Hi Rudy, I like your use of checkboxes and templates. Do you have other tricks that we might want to add to the "Help" pages?

(see Help:Contents)

- HowardBurrows 18:52, 20 April 2006 (EDT)

Thanks Howard, we are still learning too. Did I tell you that we are using this Mediawiki for DataFed, and for my Spring06 Sustainable Air Quality Class. So we will have a few more tricks to share.... and we will do so on the ESIP Help page. Also, there is some action now on Brian Wilson's web service chaining group. I will help out moving much of the message traffic from the emails to this wiki, so people get their toes wet. Rhusar 01:44, 25 April 2006 (EDT)

Talk and User page question

Hi Rudy,

Talk pages

I think "talk" pages should only be used when you have a regular page (part of the public discussion) that has controversy that you want to "take offline". The discussion about the use of the wiki is really interesting and should be in one of the main pages. (I thought the ESIP Federation was about as neutral as you get--we do have international presences--and are about to have an international ESIP.) The "talk" offline section on personal User pages, like this one, is to have semi-private discussions. I don't think you should be linking from main page to another page's offline section--you can only offline one level deep.

Howard, We think of talk pages as a natural extension of every "page". A page is where the content resides that we want to communicate. On the other hand, I have been using the talk page either to design or discuss the function, form and content of it's parent "article". In other words, I use discussion pages for recording the process of creating the page.
As for the public/private discussion, as you see, I'm not using the wiki for private discussion.

User pages

I think "user" pages should mainly be used to describe yourself. They are automaticaly created when people register, appear at the top of each user's page when they are logged in, show up in the Userlist under "Special pages" in the menu in the left sidebar, and are the link given when anyone edits a page while they are logged in. I am encouraging people to model their own User page after mine HowardBurrows, but that may be overkill. The discussion on user subpages has been mangled in the wikipedia where you send folks. It is wrong, and I'm not sure what a user subpage really is: is it links off their user page?

Help pages

Your AQ Help page really links to information that could only be used by a wiki site admin (such as what to put in the admin sidebar). I built the page that is brought up when a user presses "Help" in the navigation section of the sidebar. Could we combine this with yours?