User talk:Christopher O'Toole
Welcome, new editor! We're very glad you've joined us. Here are pointers for a quick start. Also, when you get a chance, please read The Editor Role. You can look at Getting Started for other helpful introductory pages. It is essential for you as an editor to join the Citizendium-Editors mailing list in order to stay abreast of editor-related issues. If you wish, just ask us to create a "personal sandbox" for you where you can test out editing and writing articles. If you need help to get going, it is a good idea to join our discussion forums. That's where we discuss policy, proposals or technical problems. You can ask any constable for help, too. Just put a note on their "talk" page. Again, welcome and thank you! We appreciate your willingness to share your expertise, and we hope to see you begin actively editing and contributing to Citizendium. Roger A. Lohmann 16:27, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
A personal welcome
I just want to welcome you most warmly and I look forward to your active participation. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. If you would like to see the exisiting Biology articles, just click on this: Category:Biology Workgroup.
If you are unfamiliar with the Wiki Markup language used to write Citizendium articles, I would be pleased to create a personal "sandbox" (personal workplace) where you can practice writing articles ... just let me know. Milton Beychok 22:13, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
Some ideas for contributions
Hello Christopher, welcome aboard CZ. Roger and Milton have already given you some hints as to how things work here in general, and I wish to add some more practical suggestions on what possibilities you have to contribute. For a start, I just took some of the keywords from the information you supplied upon registration, and display below the current state of related CZ articles (for icon documentation, see Template:Rpl/Doc):
- Biology : The science of life — of complex, self-organizing, information-processing systems living in the past, present or future.
- Zoology : The scientific study of animals.
- Entomology : Add brief definition or description
- Insect : One of numerous small arthropod animals with six legs, an exoskeleton that grows by molting, and oftentimes wings.
- Hymenoptera : The order of insects that includes ants, bees and wasps
- Bee : Flying insects of the order hymenoptera, closely related to wasps and ants.
- Wasp : Add brief definition or description
- Ant : Social insects in the family formicidae, order hymenoptera
- Social insect : Add brief definition or description
- Pollination : Process by which pollen is transferred in plants from the male reproductive organ (stamen or staminate cone) to the female reproductive organ (pistil or pistillate cone), thereby enabling fertilisation and sexual reproduction.
- Honey : A thick, sweet fluid produced by honey bees primarily from flower nectar, although sometimes including honeydew or plant saps.
- Botany : The study of plants, algae and fungi (mycology).
- Orchid : Any plant classified under Orchidaceae, one of the largest plant families and the largest among Monocotyledons.
- Taxonomy : The principles underlying classification, often in a hierarchy.
- Systematics : The study of the diversity of organism characteristics, and how they relate via evolution.
- Geography : Study of the surface of the Earth and the activities of humanity upon it.
- Biogeography : The study of patterns of species distribution and the processes that result in such patterns.
- Parasitism : One organism living off another, with no benefit to the host.
- United Kingdom : Constitutional monarchy which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Oxford : A city in Oxfordshire, UK, known as the location of Oxford University.
- Oxford University : Add brief definition or description
- Oxford University Museum : Add brief definition or description
- Israel : Country in the Middle East.
- Palestine : Please do not use this term in your topic list, because there is no single article for it. Please substitute a more precise term. See Palestine (disambiguation) for a list of available, more precise, topics. Please add a new usage if needed.
- BBC : British state-owned radio and TV broadcasting organization founded in 1922 under Lord John Reith.
- Alien Empire (TV series) : Add brief definition or description
- Apimondia : Add brief definition or description
- Almond : Add brief definition or description
Furthermore, in case you are involved in homework assignments, please consider doing so via Eduzendium articles.
Finally, you can help future newcomers by giving your feedback on the above suggestions. To do so, please leave a note on my talk page.
Looking forward to fruitful collaborative editing, --Daniel Mietchen 20:53, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Returning to Citizendium: an update on the project and how to get involved
Hello - some time ago you became part of the Citizendium project, but we haven't seen you around for a while. Perhaps you'd like to update your public biography or check on the progress of any pages you've edited so far.
Citizendium now has over 16,000 articles, with more than 150 approved by specialist Editors such as yourself, but our contributor numbers require a boost. We have an initiative called 'Eduzendium' that brings in students enrolled on university courses to write articles for credit, but we still need more Editors across the community to write, discuss and approve material. There are some developed Biology articles that could be improved and approved, and some high-priority articles that we don't have yet. You can also create new articles via this guide, and contribute to some Biology pages that have been recently edited - or to any others on Citizendium, since you're a general Author as well as a specialist Editor. You may like to contribute to discussions in the forums, and might consider running for an elected position on the Management and Editorial Councils that oversee the project.
If you have any questions, let me know via my Talk page or by leaving a message below this one. Thank you for signing up and reading this update; I hope that you will look in on our community soon. John Stephenson 13:51, 19 November 2011 (UTC)