I received a really interesting email from Dustin Phillips who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. I'm going to share some of the conversations I've had with Dustin (yes I have his permission to do so) because I think that the questions he asks and the things he learns are all relevant to others reading this blog and wanting to edit. Also Dustin is really articulate and organized, both traits that make for excellent Wikipedia editors. I'm really excited that Dustin is on board with this project.
Second thing is probably to start reading through my blog. I know it is long, but have a ton of stuff in there, easy to advanced. All kinds of ideas of things to do as well as not to do. I want you to be happy with the area you pick. I have a few people working on pages that they feel passionate about and are really getting into it, sites I have never heard of.
Something that really surprised me is that many people who are really comfortable using the computer and doing software things really aren't comfortable editing Wiki. There are a lot of rules and it can be intimidating. I am more than willing to walk you through whatever means needed to help you. I am very friendly and approachable. Yes, I am busy but this project is really important and I don't have a problem with even the little instructions. So if you get lost on something just let me know.
If you have some real interest in a specific area, or maybe a specific talent then maybe I can steer you towards a specific blog or two?"
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You have opened an account as a real person. Excellent. Now you need to make sure you follow all of the rules and we can get you started. I'm on skype and if you need help doing edits just let me know and we can screen share so I can watch you or you can watch me edit.
If you have a page you really want to work on, let me know in advance and I will suggest how to go about that. The changes you should make for awhile should be small, learning ones so that you can make bigger changes later.
Again there is so much you can do, and you can do them at your leisure. Just stay organized so you don't spend a lot of time remembering where you were, or where the document you were using to edit.
Dustin it is so difficult for me to tell you what to do, please read through as much of my blog as you can. Ask me questions, I'll get back to you as quickly as I can. Please avoid the main homeopathy page as well as the other really popular pages. Those pages are patrolled by experienced editors and you shouldn't try changing anything unless you really know what you are doing. Some editors aren't really excited about new editors messing with something that it has taken them months to get agreement with. Read the discussion areas first.
I don't want to scare you away from editing, as it is really important and a blast to do. But start out simple, gain confidence. If you don't see something obvious you want to start with, then try working backwards. One of my early blogs I talk a lot about this. Find an article in a reputable journal or newspaper ect that would make a great cite. Read the article several times looking for a way to make two or three good sentences that kinda sum up the point of the article. Then go to the site you want to leave it, then decide if it is something that should be there and where on the page. Blaa Blaa Blaa ect...(I describe on the Pet Psychic blogs how to edit in detail)
Anyway, if you write comments on the blog I get an email directly. I love that because the comments (and how I answer them) are where the best conversations happen, plus other people learn from the discussion.
I read the article by Ben Radford and agree, there isn't anything you can put in the article from him, sad as I would love to see even more skeptics quoted and linked. You did wonderful with what you found.
I read through the discussion area and you responded exactly as you should, and I love that they even responded with "It's great! Thanks for adding. Erik (talk | contribs) 16:28, 18 September 2011 (UTC)"