Talk:Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for scientists

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This topic is probably more relevant to educational uses than this context, and might be too much detail for this promotional brochure.

Publishing via a restricted wiki

For groups that are wary of adding content directly to Wikimedia projects, there is the possibility to create a wiki for an invitation-only group, developing text within that group, then copying over to Wikipedia, Wikibooks or Wikiversity once the group is happy with it. There are commercial services allowing you to create suitable wikis without charge for educational purposes. Since Wikimedia can only accept freely reusable content, it is vital to make sure your own content qualifies. All participants need to consent to their contributions being shared under the Creative Commons licence that is linked from the foot of every Wikipedia page.

While this approaches has advantages in terms of usability, it is best thought of as a stepping-stone towards full involvement. Some of the most fulfilling aspects of getting involved with Wikimedia, including recognition and appreciation from the existing community, require you to get involved directly.

MartinPoulter 12:32, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

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“Dear Wikipedia, I want to thank you and to compliment you on your service. I often use it, especially also for technical information in physics and astronomy. Just now I was impressed by the density of information in your article on QCD, the theory of the strong interaction, in particular, its history.” Jack Steinberger, Nobel Laureate, Physics, 1988

Jack Steinberger was a 1988 Nobel laureate but the above text could be mis-read to imply he said the quote in 1988. When did he say it? Perhaps it should be formated as below.

“Dear Wikipedia, I want to thank you and to compliment you on your service. I often use it, especially also for technical information in physics and astronomy. Just now I was impressed by the density of information in your article on QCD, the theory of the strong interaction, in particular, its history.” Jack Steinberger, 1988 physics Nobel laureate, <date of statement>

Yaris678 (talk) 13:00, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

That's a fair point Yaris. I'm looking into when the statement was made, interestingly it seems to have come through the OTRS queue(most likely in 2010). Hopefully more details might be uncovered.Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 13:53, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Katie Chan did some good detective work and the message to OTRS was sent on 9 September 2010. I've changed the wording of the description per your suggestion. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 13:55, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Cool. Thanks. Yaris678 (talk) 20:53, 29 April 2013 (UTC)