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-- Stephen Ewen 21:57, 13 May 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for the welcome. Typically, does Citizendium shun minor, stylistic or grammatical edits in favor of content-filled contributions?

edits or content

Hi Ben, we will always favor quality over quantity. As such also small edits attribute to quality (or can attribute). We prefer of course quality additions that can be verified. Robert Tito |  Talk  23:07, 13 May 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for the clarification, Dr. Tito! Benjamin Seghers 23:59, 13 May 2007 (CDT)

Global warming

Dear Benjamin (aka "you"), your posts at Global warming and in the relative talk page are great in my view. Thanks, please keep on going! --Nereo Preto 12:41, 28 May 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for you kind words, Dr. Preto. I must say, you've been very helpful as well at global warming and the discussions! Benjamin Seghers 12:47, 28 May 2007 (CDT)

Core Articles

Hi Benjamin, would you like to take a look at CZ:Core Articles, the part about Earth Sciences articles? We are filling the list of our 100 important, but still missing articles there, I'd like to have as much contributions as possible. Ciao, --Nereo Preto 03:28, 29 September 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for the heads up. I've started glacier (and hope to write a good article with the help of others!). Benjamin Seghers 17:40, 4 October 2007 (CDT)
Ben, your assumption was correct. {{Subpages}} can go at the top of the main article space, the talk space, and you can click on the "M" to create the metadata page. For now, until the process gets easier, you can follow this page and scroll down to the "How to use the subpages template" section to see what goes in on the metadata page. I will fill in the details for glacier and you can see the diffs to observe. --Robert W King 21:49, 4 October 2007 (CDT)
Hey, thanks for the clarification. When I tried it, the thing was pretty messed up. I think I understand now though. Benjamin Seghers 01:24, 5 October 2007 (CDT)

Saw your glacier and added some to the intro. Looks like the start of a great article, really! But let me go back to my question. Do you have any ideas for more core articles we are still missing? While I have a pretty good picture of what's core arguments in geology, I think I need help in other fields of Earth Science, e.g., oceanography. You should add to the list! --Nereo Preto 03:26, 6 October 2007 (CDT)

Well, the type of things I would suggest would be like ocean circulation, clouds, precipitation, river systems, water pollution, etc., which I would be happy to contribute to, but don't think are broad enough to be considered "core" earth science topics. Benjamin Seghers 04:06, 6 October 2007 (CDT)
...but we didn't reach 100 yet!!! Please add to the list, even if we surpass our quote of 100 core articles. There will be time, afterwards, to pick the best 100. Besides, water pollution seems to me quite important, for example... and, did I really miss ocean circulation? --Nereo Preto 04:24, 6 October 2007 (CDT)
Thanks Benjamin, I think we are almost there now. --Nereo Preto 03:16, 7 October 2007 (CDT)
Only 11 more. Benjamin Seghers 04:24, 7 October 2007 (CDT)

Benjamin, I posted what I believe should be the final top 99. In doing that, just to have the page clean, I cancelled your point claims. Please go back to the list and claim again your points - I'm ready and willing to OK! --Nereo Preto 12:38, 16 October 2007 (CDT)

Good deal. Just wondering, why was ocean circulation removed from the list? Anyway, I hope to expand the articles I've begun (I'm not just trying to get points ;-)), just as soon as I get some time to do so. I will also try to start on some of the other listed articles. Benjamin Seghers 16:55, 16 October 2007 (CDT)

Core articles: Economics

Hi, thanks for helping out with the Economics core articles listing. Be careful that anything you add is not already written though! Both micro and macro are near-complete articles and should not be in the list of missing ones:-) But please add some more!! [and start them, if you like, too]. --Martin Baldwin-Edwards 20:20, 8 October 2007 (CDT)

Yeah, I just noticed after I added them that they had already been written. I've removed them now. Thanks for the heads-up. Benjamin Seghers 20:21, 8 October 2007 (CDT)