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Welcome to the Citizendium! We hope you will contribute boldly and well. Here are pointers for a quick start. You'll probably want to know how to get started as an author. Just look at CZ:Getting Started for other helpful "startup" links, and CZ:Home for the top menu of community pages. Be sure to stay abreast of events via the Citizendium-L (broadcast) mailing list (do join!) and the blog. Please also join the workgroup mailing list(s) that concern your particular interests. You can test out editing in the sandbox if you'd like. If you need help to get going, the forums is one option. That's also where we discuss policy and proposals. You can ask any constable for help, too. Me, for instance! Just put a note on their "talk" page. Again, welcome and have fun! Larry Sanger 17:18, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Response to your question about the Piquet article on Daniel Mietchen's Talk page

Peter: I posted a response (that I hope is helpful) to your question about the status of Piquet on User talk:Daniel Mietchen. Best regards, Milton Beychok 17:43, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Me too. And if you ar not sure about the metadata, take a look at CZ:Article structure or ask again. --Daniel Mietchen 19:12, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Buddhism/Religion Articles

Hey Peter--

Welcome to Citizendium. I'm glad to see someone else has popped up here who is interested in improving our religion articles (as well as-- to infer from your Pali Text Society articles-- a fellow Sanskritist). Our Buddhism stuff, in particular, is in a parlous state. Feel free to make whatever changes you like to the Buddhism article. I put out a similar request for comments a little while ago (on the Buddhism article in particular), and I have not heard anything back. I believe the outline on the Buddhism pages is mine, so please feel free to remove or switch it around. (I do like David Volk's comment on the forum to start off with modern practice, though.)

As you can probably tell, our religion articles need all the help they can get. Feel free to make changes or comments on Hinduism, Ashram system, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Yoga, Buddha, Upanishad (which should probably be moved to Upaniṣad or Upaniṣads, come to think of it), as well as whatever Christian stuff you feel like doing: Christianity, Nicene Creed, Papacy, Augustine of Hippo, Authors of the Bible, New Testament/Old Tesament, Pope John Paul II, Reformation/Reformed churches/Reformed theology. If my presumption about Sanskrit was right, please have a look at the article. The time may even be right to get something started on Pali. Don't get overwhelmed, of course; any contributions you could make would be great.

Take care, Brian P. Long 23:21, 31 October 2008 (UTC)


Hi, Peter. Welcome aboard!—Nat Krause 15:43, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Euclid's elements

Hi Peter, why don't you update Euclid's elements? I made an Ansatz of this article a while ago, but I'm sure you can improve it.--Paul Wormer 10:59, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

No there is no policy, but since Euclid's elements already exists, I would think that your energy would be better spent on that article. Now there is some duplication which is wasteful and makes it harder to find one's way in CZ.--Paul Wormer 11:20, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Keep up the good works on Euclid's elements! Regards --Paul Wormer 16:48, 7 November 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for your updates to the OT and Books of the Bible pages. They have added knowledge I lacked. Keep it up! Michael Yates 17:25, 7 November 2008 (UTC)


Peter, I wrote about ether in physics and then I found it appropriate to write a little piece about he Greek god Aether. However, this topic is way beyond my horizon of expertise. I see that you are interested in religion, do you happen to know something about ancient Greek religion? If so, then could you improve my stub on Aether, the Greek god? Thanks, --Paul Wormer 13:33, 8 November 2008 (UTC)


You're welcome. Why, I wonder, is the method for displaying footnotes so cryptic -- angle brackets and a virgule at the end? And under what circumstances would you NOT want the notes to appear? Seems that making them appear should be the default. Oh well.

Thank you for undertaking to rewrite the Buddhism article, which desperately needed it. Bruce M.Tindall 17:15, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Prime numbers

Hi Peter, I saw that you left a msg for Michael Hardy. I haven't seen him around for a long time, so maybe he won't answer you. It is best that you fix the error in the draft, and that you ask Barry Smith or Jitse Niessen (math editors who are still active) to have a look at it and then Matt Innis to replace the article by the draft. --Paul Wormer 12:09, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Nicene Creed

Mr. Jackson,

Your deletions of large amounts of sourced text and persistence in adding your won material has been reported to the CZ Constabulary. Please refrain from making wholesale deletions and using original work.Thomas Simmons 21:39, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Eastern Orthodox Church

Thanks for the answer to one of my questions. Down at the end of the painfully long Talk:Eastern_Orthodox_Church#Editor_assistance_requested section, I've added some text, a proposed rewrite. Any comment there? Sandy Harris 00:08, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Citizendium charter drafting commitee nomination

Hi Peter, You've been nominated by a fellow Citizendium member to be a candidate for election to the Citizendium charter drafting committee.

If you haven't been following the discussion in the forums, we're getting ready to establish a charter for Citizendium that outlines the project's goals, ideals, and basic structure. To get the process moving, we put together a plan for electing a group of Citizens to compose a draft of the charter, which will then be submitted for community review. You can find more about the plan here.

You've been nominated by another Citizen to be a candidate for election to that committee. The next step is up to you: you may either accept or decline the nomination by going here and following the instructions at the top of the page.

If you have any questions, just let any of those who accepted know. Peter Schmitt 00:41, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Peter, I nominated you, but only yesterday, not weeks ago. My reason: Recently, you have actively contributed to discussions on general CZ topics. This shows your interest. It does not matter, I think, that you have taken a long break before. However, if you accept this nomination is up to you. Of course, if you were elected, participating will take some of your time. Peter Schmitt 10:59, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Charter drafting nomination

Hi Peter,
You were nominated by a fellow Citizendium member to be a candidate for a position on the Citizendium charter drafting committee, but you haven't indicated whether you want to accept or decline. To learn more about what the committee is all about, you can go to the page that describes the process. To indicate that you either accept or decline the nomination to participate in the process as a committee member, you should visit the subpage for nominations; there are instructions on what to do on that page.
Thanks much!
--Joe Quick 03:49, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

How to find when an Editorship was confirmed

Peter, I answered your question on my Talk page as best as I could. Was it what you wanted? Milton Beychok 16:50, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Hey Peter

Thanks for adding to the Jury article!--Fred Anderson 20:50, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Financial Report as of March 15, 2011

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Kernel Hall

I watched plenty of episodes of Sergeant Bilko, but I never noticed that! Ro Thorpe 13:13, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Your editing

Thanks for tidying up some of my edits! David Finn 11:23, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

Re re-approval of Boiling point/Draft

Peter, will you please review Milton's responses to your comments on th Talk page regarding Boiling point/Draft, and note on the Talk page whether you consider them satisfactory, and if not, why not. Also, would you give your assessment of the article as to its meriting re-approval.

Thank you. —Anthony.Sebastian 03:04, 29 February 2012 (UTC), Aproval Manager.


Your intervention in the middle of my drafting of British Empire/Timelines resulted in the loss of two hours of my work due to a clash of editing. Please be more patient.Nick Gardner 11:09, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

I've had that happen to me on occasion. Nowadays I always copy what I've written on the computer before trying to save it on the wiki. Then the only risk is that the computer system might crash first, which has also happened on occasion.
However, I don't see how I'm expected to know that someone's in the middle of working on something. Peter Jackson 16:46, 14 May 2012 (UTC)
Courtesy in that respect only requires that you wait until it is quite obvious that the current editor has ceased working in the area before you intervene. In this case, your hasty intervention - on the same day that the page was started - would have been time-wasting, even if there had been no clash Nick Gardner 20:40, 14 May 2012 (UTC).
You may be right. I'd just point out that having to investigate the article history would be yet another complication deterring people who want to contribute. Peter Jackson 08:31, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
Nick and Peter: The best way to avoid intervention problems is for the original article creator to write the article in his/her sandbox (a subpage of his/her user page) and only transfer it to a new article page when he/she considers the article ready for editing by others. That is what I have done with all of the many articles that I have created. Milton Beychok 16:30, 15 May 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for adding your support to my proposal for a referendum on the Charter. John Stephenson 07:38, 16 May 2012 (UTC)


Hi Peter:

I appreciate your additions to the article Wikipedia. I've made a lot of changes to this article over time. The sections on Editing Environment and Formal Organization have been posted on WP and so far have survived. Some useful changes resulted, which I incorporated on both sites. Formal organization has attracted 100+ hits a day, while Editing environment gets about 16+ hits a day. I hope these articles have a corrective effect upon their readers, who I hope will adopt a jaundiced but very accurate view of WP administration.

I cannot claim huge distance editorially from this subject, so I appreciate another pair of eyes. John R. Brews 19:47, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Could any of us here claim neutrality on this subject? Aren't we all to a greater or lesser extent refugees from WP? Peter Jackson 09:11, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Hosting services

Peter, do you know who hosts Wikinfo and Wikisage, what kind of services they have, what they pay, etc.?

Ditto Wikipedia. Anthony.Sebastian 22:16, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Wikinfo is hosted by ibiblio. Often inadequate capacity, but they provide it free. You could find more from Fred Bauder, who has an account here too. WikiSage is based in the Netherlands, so I'm not sure how relevant their circumstances might be. Wikipedia is so public I'd guess the information is likely to be available somewhere in the public WikiMedia pages. Peter Jackson 13:39, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Oh, I see you've joined Wikinfo now. Peter Jackson 13:55, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I joined Wikinfo, in part to look for ideas. Thanks for the info. Anthony.Sebastian 21:07, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Buddhist councils

I think it's good to feature articles that are under development because it's akin to giving incentive to develop new articles. Unless you object I will go ahead and feature the article tomorrow. (Chunbum Park 10:23, 15 February 2013 (UTC))

Well, it's now at least complete, covering all the councils I know about, though it still could do with improvement, of course. Peter Jackson 10:57, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
I must that when Cowdray House appeared on the welcome page it proved a spur to improve an article I was probably going to leave as adequate. People will react in different ways of course, but it worked in my case. It looks like whatever is in the recent changes stands a good chance of making it onto the welcome page. That would at least mean there's a chance they'll improve. On the off chance it doesn't it should be in a reasonable state to begin with. For instance it wouldn't have been a disaster for instance had Cowdray House remained as it was. Richard Nevell 20:32, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Elemental nomenclature

I agree with you Peter, perhaps in regards to naming we should be CZ:Be Bold and just do it? I note the author who created those articles with differing names to IUPAC standards, is no longer on the project. Meg Ireland 04:50, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Since no-one else was going to do it, it's now done. Meg Ireland 04:16, 11 September 2013 (UTC)


I left a comment to your comment on CZ_Talk:Proposal_for_cost-reducing_hosting_plan. Thanks for thinking about this!Pat Palmer 22:18, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for working on Pali Canon

Hi Peter, I just saw that you are working on the Pali Canon article and are interested in Buddhism. I've been trying to read through a lot of the Canon in the past two years. Finding it fascinating, and it's especially helpful to me that there are these new translations by Bikkhu Bodhi (spelling?); his comments are as interesting as the Canon writings are. Anyway, just checking in and thanking you for your efforts in that, and acknowledging your (shared with me) interest in Buddhism.Pat Palmer (talk) 16:16, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

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