Hey Brian,

This is probably a message you've been somewhat dreading but I've gotten to the point in the wiki gardening project where I'd like to somewhat organize the content that you've created. A quick perusal of your articles suggests that most of your content is presentation pages in the Main Space of the wiki.

I think the main space works best if it is thought of as a broad community area; that is to say, any individual page in the root of the wiki should be somewhat self-explanatory, presented for a large audience (anyone reading the wiki), editable by multiple people, relevant for a long duration, etc. (I hope to develop some clearer policies and guidelines around the mainspace shortly).

Anyway, based on that premise, I think there are two ways that stand out to me for organizing your presentations into the larger context of the wiki:

Option A -

Move your pages into the Elearning namespace. In the E-Learning namespace we could either leave your articles pretty much as they are or we could move them into a bit more of a hierarchy by creating a main page (such as ELearning:Open Education Presentations/ or ELearning:Brian Lamb Presentations/ or what not) and then adding your presentations as subpages (such as eLearning:Open Education Presentations/SPTJ).

Option B -

Leave your pages in the main space but give them more specific titles to indicate they are presentations. For example, instead of Open Contempt, the title might be something super specific like: Open Contempt Presentation for the 2010 Edupunk Conference. This would give casual users more context about your pages.

Please let me know if this makes sense and if you have any thoughts or ideas. I'm happy to do the actual work of renaming your page when we settle on a method. Please note, though, that if you are using the wiki append plug-in to post your wiki content to a website, renaming your wiki pages will probably break that functionality.

I've also already gone ahead and added categories to most of your pages.

Best,

Will - WikiAdministrator 00:03, 23 July 2010 (UTC)


Thanks Will... I appreciate the thinking and the added categories. I will mull the options.

BrianLamb 09:59, 23 July 2010 (UTC)


Another thought might be to organize your presentation materials as subpages of your user page: wiki.ubc.ca/User:Brian Lamb/Open Contempt

WikiAdministrator 18:01, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

That probably makes sense... there are a handful of presentations that might have appeal as a stand-alone resource (like "Adventures in Wikipedia"), but most of them are more like personal artifacts.

BrianLamb 15:28, 27 July 2010 (UTC)


Hi Brian - I sent you an email re: linking to pages for an article. Let me know if you didn't get it and I can respond here. Will - WikiAdministrator 16:43, 27 July 2010 (UTC)