User talk:Strypey

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Welcome to my talk page. Feedback welcome on my edits!

Useful resources, many thanks! Simon Grant (talk) 12:41, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Simon, and thanks for your help with fixing formatting, adding links to related pages, and so on :) I intend to carve out some time to finish porting all the half-ported pages from Disintermedia (links etc), as part of lightening my data load before I move into self-hosting experiments. If the P2PF is willing to give me a sandbox on its servers to run some experiments, I'd be keen to try setting up some federated social web resources for, perhaps a microblog server that can crossport to Titter, or a PeerTube site where P2PF videos can be hosted, as well as putting them on YT to reach that audience? --Strypey (talk) 18:56, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
I suggest asking Michel, Stacco and Javier about that. Sounds like a good idea but I don't really have much influence myself... good luck! E-mail me maybe... Simon Grant (talk) 21:07, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Editing conventions

Hi! I suggest using your own judgement about optimal readability by readers. Essentially, we are trying to serve our readers by making the wiki pages as readable as we can, but without adding conventions that make editing harder.

One of the reasons I usually prefer h2 (==) headings is that they automatically have extra space before them. h1 (=) headings sometimes make sense if it could have started a separate page. But to preserve clarity and readability, I always suggest putting two blank lines and a horizontal rule (----) before an h1 heading, otherwise h1 and h2 headings are easily confusable which makes the page less readable. That's another reason for generally prefering h2 headings.

On the other hand, Michel's convention for title case for articles doesn't reduce readability or usability, so I always go with that one!

Another little tweak I do to add to readability is to put a line break before citing the source.

Oh, and I like your practice of putting a space between the == and the heading text. I'll try to do that in future!

And one other thing. I have told Michel that his policy of repeating material is fine if we are certain no one is ever going to edit it. But that is so rarely true! To have a maintainable wiki, without using transclusion (which would make it less simple for editors) I believe we should be avoiding repetition, but instead linking. I've come across this problem with repetition so many times and it really puts me off as an editor. What do you think?

Simon Grant (talk) 10:34, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Hi Simon Grant, thanks for explaining the rationale behind your formatting conventions. They make a lot of sense, and I'll keep them in mind as I continue to work on pages here. Perhaps we could have a discussion (on the Loomio group?) about house style and create a template to guide newbies like myself? As a fairly junior cyberlibrarian here, I'm hesitant to critique Michel's wiki conventions on a publicly visible web page ;) Perhaps this too is something we could have a group discussion about on Loomio? --Strypey (talk) 13:51, 21 October 2019 (UTC)