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Looking for a guardian angel[edit]

I am a biology professor and teach a general science class for Elementary Education majors that is aimed at helping them understand science better and also teach it more effectively. Our current textbook is out of date, and I have decided that as a class we will write a new book called Science: An Elementary Teacher's Guide. This is my second class Wikibooks project--the first was when we wrote the Human Physiology textbook, which became a featured Wikibook (sorry--I have since neglected it). That was many years (and a few jobs) ago, and I have forgotten much of the wiki editing process. We had a hero who really helped in that project, White Knight. I would love some guardian angels to help on this project too--all of the students are completely new to the idea of editing a wiki, and I will get a new batch of students each semester. I began this new job in January (2016), and we are starting this with only a few weeks left in the semester. We will lay the groundwork now, but most of the content creation will happen beginning with a new class in August.

I look forward to rejoining the community, and I would love any guidance or comments as we begin our project! ~Kevin Flattail (discusscontribs) 13:54, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Hello :) - I would love to help you out with anything you need. As a start, I've done some categorization. Cheers. --Vito Francisco 14:58, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Awesome! Thanks for stepping up so quickly! I get the impression that my students are pretty intimidated by the thought of contributing to a book, but I think they will get excited when they start to see what they can produce together. Our first step is going to be a chapter about astronomy. I look forward to working with, and learning from you (and others) ~Kevin Flattail (discusscontribs) 17:34, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Fashion Illustration book?[edit]

Recently I uploaded a turn of the century guide to sketching onto Wikisource s:Index:The_practical_sketcher;_a_complete_and_practical_method_of_sketching,_for_women's,_misses',_junior's,_children's_and_infant's_garments.djvu.

Is anyone here interested in i) Producing a metricated version. The 4 inch square "foundations" used in the book could reasonably be re-scaled to a 10cm one. ii) Updating the sizing for a modern figures?

The new version could be hosted here on Wikibooks or at Wikiversity.

I'm also looking for someone that would be willing to convert the diagrams in the original book into something that's practical for modern clipart, like SVG, EPS or Illustrator. ShakespeareFan00 (discusscontribs) 12:28, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Hello! I could help you out with formatting and book structuring... Also, I could give the diagrams a try ;) --Vito Francisco 00:30, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. In essence all that really needs doing is importing the text from Wikisource, It's a complete course by itself, but probably needs to be converted to a metric version. If you want to 'claim' it as a potential project feel free.

ShakespeareFan00 (discusscontribs) 13:07, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Policy-based Resilience Simulator with OMNeT++[edit]

I had published a guide to compile Policy-based Resilience Simulator with OMNeT++ (you can see it here: ). Initially published in 2013, it has moved homes several times, and has been verified by original authors of couple of its components. Actually now I am planning to delete it from the blog, and fact that I have been contacted by couple of people in past who had found the article useful, I'm willing to move it to Wikibooks, if someone can verify if it can be published here. It had some 2-3 visits everyday before I moved it to this blog, even more in it's first home.

I had posted it in #wikibook IRC channel and got a positive response from one user, who recommended me to bring it up for discussion here. The article is still valid, since ReaSE has not been updated since 2011 (and I vaguely remember author mentioning that it may not be).

Might need a bit of rewriting in terms of narration and wiki formatting, for which I'm ready to. Please do give me your suggestions, I will move ahead once I get a green signal from here! --Jessepfrancis (discusscontribs) 13:46, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

I have started "wikifying" it here--Jessepfrancis (discusscontribs) 15:14, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Handbook on a fictional world[edit]

Hello everyone,

first I want to apologize, if I'm in the wrong place, but it seemed pretty appropriate.

I got a problem. I did invent a sci-fi setting to play a RPG in, now I thought it would be great to release all information necessary to generate content for this universe into the public domain (describing society, planets, companys, races, basic timeline etc...). So that people would be able to base RPG-Settings, Audio Theater, Films, all sorts of fiction in general on the material. During time the book will grow with every media published about the setting adding to the "canon". The problem is: I think Wikibooks is the ideal place for this, but because of the fictional nature of the topic it might be... dunno... bad?

Why do I think wikibooks is the ideal place for it? Because everyone can contribute to the universe, even as an IP who doesn't care about wikimedia, but publish a short story on his/her Blog adding the infos he invented here. Hence the "Handbook" on the world is growing larger and larger, so everybody wanting to publish their own material can look up easily everything necessary to tell storys according to the here published growing "canon". There need to be some guidelines to let's say "block" certain "bits of information" for a certain amount of time, so that a creative mind can finish his work, adding the events he/she proposed to the "canon". The easiest example would be: The story takes place on a certain planet, and the author says: well for the next three month, the information about this planet is only written by me. It's probably possible to set the stage for something like this in the "Authorsguide" for the book...

Why do I think it might be a problem: It's a fine line between facts (here known as canon to a story) and fiction. There is the risk, that authors think they can contribute stories/content here. Where should be even drawn the line? Isn't the "invention" of a world in itself already fiction, so it does not belong here? There might occur problems, because some persons want to write, lets call it, "inappropriate" stuff, describing the backgrounds here... (actually my biggest concern: abuse in a "being rights" sense).

You probably guess: I think it will fit in nicely (and hopefully work out). I looked some books up and I think comparable would be the Lego Design book and the Magic The Gathering Book. My goal would be to describe "bricks" of information (published here), with which authors can build stories (published NOT here -> Youtube, Blogs, Deviantart, etc...). The result would be a totally free canon of a fictional world to whom everybody can contribute to.

To give an impression of how I see the content of the book:

What I would do:

  • Describe characters that have a real impact on the world
  • Describe Planets, vegetation, brief history
  • Describe Technology
  • Describe the timeline
  • ...

What I don't want to do:

  • I don't want to describe characters that are part of small stories
  • I don't want to describe every ship in fleet xy
  • I don't want to describe personal belongings of characters
  • ...

What do you think: Would you as a community accept such content? Do you think future Wikibooks-Generations would defend the idea against moving to wikia, which would probably be the first reflex of a wikipedian, to move the content to? At least it's original descriptive content? Did I miss any points (I probably did)? Is there anything that should be discussed, or is there a general opinion of "Cool! Give it a shot! If you stop writing in 3 month, we'll delete it anyways?"?

Thanks for reading, and your opinion, if you are so kind to write it. I'll probably sign up and start writing within the next half a year, if the majority likes the idea! Regards Axel-- (discuss) 22:47, 20 May 2016 (UTC)