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Thanks for the help on Astronomy, Kirk. Did you catch the significance of the social experiment I'm running? It's a group of Seniors in Louisiana, and I'm trying to get them involved in the class in a way I've never seen done before. I figured nobody would mind if I co-opted the dormant Astronomy Wikia as long as I didn't mess with the old content. Let me know what you think. We're still learning, and don't want to step on anybody's toes. Thanks again. Leesonma 22:03, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

You must be psychic. I was just about to ask you how to set up a logo. Obviously, you found the file I uploaded. Is it OK? I'm really glad you're involved. I've felt kind of alone groping in the dark. I'll be more relaxed if I know somebody else is looking over my shoulder. That's why I like the idea of a Wiki. Thanks again. Leesonma 01:04, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

I still feel ignorant. There IS a way to upload images in a batch, right? Thanks.

Leesonma 21:50, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Yes and no. Several of them do not have internet access at home (the student that you "fixed" for example.) So they bring something to me (or a friend) handwritten, or they bring a floppy, or they borrow a neighbor's computer, etc. ... when they can. I'm doing this in baby steps, partially because of the lack of access to tech, and partially because they are reluctant participants. This is not something they would have chosen to do. None of them had any Wiki experience and only 2 of them had any HTML experience. Plus, what they call research... ISN'T. So, I'm forcing them to do this very slowly so they will not get overwhelmed and mutinous. I show them a little about editing every few days. Today we went over links. I'm more concerned about content than format at this point. In the future, perhaps you should edit MY Sol Project as an example. You can even add to the story. I've made the unfinished parts bold.

Leesonma 04:07, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. I couldn't figure out if that was a real user or not. It seemed off.

leesonma 02:33, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Bureaucrat

Is there a bureaucrat on this wiki? Proxima Centauri 17:26, October 27, 2009 (UTC)

At present we don't. However, if it is deemed desirable, I could probably get Leesonma promoted as he is the one doing the most work around here.--Kirk 20:50, October 27, 2009 (UTC)

Sorry about the McCarthyism paper being so off-topic. It's a favor to an old student, and I'm using it as a learning example for new students. It'll be gone pretty soon. About ME becoming a bureaucrat... A) I don't know what I'm doing as an admin, B) I hate beurocrats (see, I can't even spell it!!) in the real world so much ... I doubt if I'd be a good one. Thanks for the vote of confidence anyway. leesonma 18:59, December 23, 2009 (UTC)

Security

I need a favor regarding security. Our state/county have enacted a new policy regarding electronic contact between students and teachers. For the most part, using this Wiki is not a problem, since I can get by without any communication specifically targeted at a student... it's all open and visible. If I need to contact a specific student, I can do so through the School System's email server, which is fine with the education bureaucrats. Sooo, I think the only problem could come in when they first log on. An automatic message is sent to new users welcoming them. It has my username on it even though I didn't write the message, and didn't even ask for the messages to be sent in my name. How do I edit that feature/message so that it either a) isn't sent at all, b) has a more generic welcome that is NOT from me, or c) has another admin's name welcoming them? Thanks for the help.

leesonma 23:35, January 23, 2010 (UTC)
Assuming I did it right, I think I have hardwired the message so that it will look like it came from me. --Kirk 08:36, January 24, 2010 (UTC)

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