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Welcome to Citizendium as a new author!' We're very glad you've joined us. We hope you will contribute boldly and well. Here are pointers for a quick start. You'll probably also want to know how to get started as an author. Just look at Getting Started for other helpful "startup" pages, and at CZ:Home for a complete listing of help and other community pages. If you wish, just ask me 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. Milton Beychok 04:27, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Welcome to the club! Boris Tsirelson 12:07, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Some helpful explanations for corrections made to some of your articles

First let me congratulate you for becoming so active on essentially your first day here! I made some corrections to yor work and here is an explanation for them:

  • Sestina: There were some unneeded categories (each enclosed in square brackets) at bottom of main article edit page which I removed. Once the Metadata template is created, the correct categories are automatically added at bottom of the main article. The author does not need to (and should not) add any categories to those created by the Metadata template. Those categories in square brackets (there when the article is first created), should be removed.
  • Sestina: The first sentence in the lede (introduction) should always include the article name and it should be in bold font. So, I bolded it thus:sestina.
  • Sestina: The definition on the Definition subpage was in quotes (" ") which are not needed, so they were deleted.
  • Numerical Analysis: You started this article and then you seemingly abandoned it and correctly created Numerical analysis. Rather than delete the abandoned Numerical Analysis, I simply converted it to a redirect to Numerical analysis. Unless the article title is a proper name, we only capitalize the the first letter of the first word in the title, so you were correct in abandoning Numerical Analysis. In the future, if you want to change the name of an article, then use the Move tab at the top of the article.
  • Numerical analysis: Again, the first sentence in the lede (introduction) should always include the article name and it should be in bold font. So, I bolded it thus:Numerical analysis.
  • Numerical analysis: Again, there were some unneeded categories (each enclosed in square brackets) at bottom of main article edit page which I removed. Once the Metadata template is created, the correct categories are automatically added at bottom of the main article. The author does not need to (and should not) add any categories to those created by the Metadata template. Those categories in square brackets (there when the article is first created), should be removed.
  • Differential equations: To create a redirect, you first remove everything from the edit page including the {{subpages}} template. If you do not remove that template, the system software assumes you want to create a new article and notifies you to create a Metadata template and the Talk page. All you need on the redirect edit page is #Redirect[[article name]] and nothing else.
  • Talk:Differential equations: The Talk page for what is now only a redirect is no longer needed, so I asked that it be speedily deleted (by using the {{speedydelete}}).
  • Template:Differential equations/Metadata‎: The Metadata template for what is now only a redirect is no longer needed, so I asked that it be speedily deleted (by using the {{speedydelete}}).

I hope that my going into this detail, as to why I made all those corrections/revisions, will help you to avoid those errors in the future. I would suggest that you read our Help pages on how to create new articles. Also, a good way to learn how articles are created and formatted is to spend time studying the edit pages of existing articles. Best regards, Milton Beychok 02:58, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks so much for the help! Gemma E. Mason 03:19, 4 September 2010 (UTC)
Gemma, see here for a short exchange about your first contribution. Steady as she goes! Boris Tsirelson 16:00, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Upcoming webinar

Hi Gemma,

just saw this announcement and thought it might be of interest to you. --Daniel Mietchen 10:51, 11 September 2010 (UTC)