User talk:Robin Greaves

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Welcome Robin. It was a dark and stormy night in January 2006 when I became interested in Moodle and Moodle's use of MediaWiki for documentation. I am please to report that while I have received corrections and helpful mentoring comments and some directions, my own hands have thus far escaped slaps, raps and other forms of abuse from others. Of course, I would like to think that I have many such self inflicted wounds :)

Anyone who can remember using a Sinclair and WordStar will be put in that elite group of tolerated elders. Understand that Moodlers are multi cultural/generational and once in a while something will get lost in translations. Moodlers are pretty good at only letting their personalities flow in the Social Forum and this Med In general, everyone has the same goal, to improve Moodle.

Hope my comments on your contributions are helpful. Best --chris collman 05:53, 19 October 2007 (CDT)

Thanks Chris. I would never ever have conceived of this as a "chat" page! Also I can't imagine how your comments could be unhelpful. But then I am a bear of very little brain and even smaller patience! To continue the theme: I generally have a problem with the culture of the internet but then these problems ralate generally to human interaction! In these "public" arenas (funded ultimately by Sun???) there is the notion of participation as being the cornerstone. So, "payment" for their use is based on a sort of reversal of the "law of the Commons". The impression I get is one of autarchy and yet the feeling I have is that this is an illusion - for instance: Who gets to be an administrator? Who makes the decisions regarding strategic changes? They're odd and illusory things these spaces but membership entails generally keeping quiet about this. As R.D. Laing said in Knots:" They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.". I don't actually mind being given a slap, at least in this metaphorical sense! But elsewhere, on Wordpreess, I broke the rules and answered back. My rebuke was silence. I have been shunned. As they are generally only a handful of peopkle "running" these "global" spaces shunning renders the space dead. I wasn't rude but I broke the rules, in this case of the pecking order. There are many many things that must not be questioned and issues of structural logic in communication is one of them. Moderators etc are busy and expect, like old fashioned teachers, that their answers, imput etc are not questioned. In the case I refer to I pointed out that the moderator had been the one to break the rule not I and that there was no obvious way in which such a rule could not be broken. It's a common rule: one topic one thread. A great rule. However if the structure and maintenance of the system are not suitable and IMnvHO they are not then there are consequences which are critical to the functioning of the system! Same issues here really. Hence the state of the documentation and the inordinate mountain of forum postings and cries in the wilderness. Anyway, just felt like shouting into the gale a bit! Why can I get notifications of what happens on this page and only this page? The theme of these spaces is one of communality (enforced by such things as there being no notifications possible for individual topics etc) and yet the only space available which realistically allows non-afficionados to be full members is their own isolated oasis of chat! Mad. Have a great day wherever you are - you are "across the pond" aren't you (in the US of A not the UK). You sound decidedly English though . . . passing ships . . . have a hoot!  :)

Add a new topic here

If you've stumbled here by accident and haven't a clue what's going on it's simple. Click the tab EDIT at the top of the page to edit the first part (topic?) of the page AND anything else on the page, OR to edit just one secdtion (NOT the first one though!) click the word EDIT at the side of any individual topic.

You can write bits of "code" into your text. For instance, to indent a section of writing write
at the beginning of the section you want to indent and
at the end. The "code" "vanishes" when you save the "page".

Some Answers

  • This page is a chat page?
    • Sort of if that is what you want. I believe the concept for page comments on an article page is "short discussion". No guidelines about user page "page comments", which I sort of assume are for each user to determine.
  • Why can I get notifications of what happens on this page and only this page?
    • Check preferences, on your user bar, found at the top of this page. Which leads me to where in MoodleDocs is THAT documentation. Not off the help link under navigation which is the logical place to find it according to my male, elder, newbie logic. Well I can/will add something and see if the "unseen watchers" approve. Good Question.

May the path to your other 42s be short and sweet. --chris collman 06:09, 20 October 2007 (CDT)

Now you're just showing off!!  :) But hold on, what's happened? When I checked this page without having to sign in there was a rather lovely piece of graphical text at the top of the page. Was that you or the Ghost in the Machine? And thank you (I think!) for your good wishes, but you've lost me! What 42's, what OTHER 42's?? The band, the airplane . . . .
I don't mess with other peoples page comments:) Graphical text? I am guessing it included something like IP And once you clicked on the Log in link as Robin, you saw what you expected to see. My goodness, you don't know that

"The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything" is 42 ? My profound apologies for using slang. Yeah, now I am really showing off. Best--chris collman 13:44, 20 October 2007 (CDT)