Teflpedia:Teachers' room

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Teacher.gif Hi, and welcome to Teflpedia's teachers' room 🙇

This is the place for general discussion about the Wiki -- questions, chat, moaning about your school, praising your students or anything else that comes to mind.

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On login, you may be asked to create a more secure password. You can use your old password however, if you just click the [Skip] button there under the login field. Roger (talk) 13:21, 3 January 2019 (CST)

People like you


Nearly two thousand people come to Teflpedia, every day. Ships passing in the night? You and me tap into the Teacher's room -- Welcome ashore! On my userpage you'll see a little about me. Welcome to create an account and tell us a little on your userpage -- it is free -- open to teachers of English, like you. Welcome! --Roger (talk) 18:15, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

the article on mistake is all about error correction

can someone move it please?

Done. Thank you. Dag Gnome It! Where's that stick! --Roger (talk) 17:36, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Please → Special:UserLogin

Hello loquacious anonymous user! Welcome to Teflpedia. Come in, come in! If I delete some of your pages, please know it is because I have gone triggger happy while spam hunting and didn't see you. Sorry! I have been doing it for so long that I just shoot anything that moves that is not wearing a bright orange cap, ie that is not a username that I recognize. Just Special:UserLogin <- create an account and log in. You will then have a userpage on which to introduce yourself, and a user talk page where, well, somewhere! Meanwhile, come in out of that dark hallway, and tell me about yourself. This is the Teachers room, you are safe here -- just click the edit link on this section's heading, above, and you will be in. How did you find Teflpedia, what is your connection to TEFL and how would you like to help us? (That could go on your userpage, but here till you create one) Have a bagel 🥯. 😀 —-Roger (talk) 21:13, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Reply here...

discrete v discreet

Call yourselves English teachers? You should hang your heads in shame! On the main page as well! It should be discreet on this page, not discrete. It's almost as bad as all my colleagues who don't know the difference between practice and practise.

It’s a wiki with low hanging fruit 🍎. Enjoy 😉. Edit. However, please be kind to the wikians. Roger (talk) 16:48, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

When you copy text from elsewhere, please say so in the edit summary

Dear editors,

When you copy content, such as a text snip copied from Wikipedia or elsewhere, to Teflpedia, please say so in the edit summary. Also, please only do it when the copyright license terms of the source permit it.

We are teachers. Please lead the way.

For example, on both Teflpedia and Wikipedia in the left sidebar under "Wiki tools" each article has a "Cite this page" link that is helpful. It contains, among other things, a "Permanent link" to that version of the article. You could use that "permanent link" to the Wikipedia article you copied text from to compose an edit summary attributing that copied text to that source, like this:

Text copied from Wikipedia page, Permanent link: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fiction&oldid=891349937

Because Wikipedia is licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike (CC BY-SA), we must both provide that attribution and share alike, which we do − Teflpedia is also licensed CC BY-SA.

Plagiarism is also a consideration; fair use allows quoting other's copyrighted material, and scholarly etiquette demands a citation when we do.

Also, please login when editing, via the menu at top right.

Thank you!

Roger (talk) 19:22, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

Proposal: delete all the crappy articles about blogs that haven't been updated since 2012

What do you think?

I think we will do well to limit articles about blogs to either (a) none (and let people use search engines to find blogs) or, (b) possibly attempt to limit Teflpedia's coverage of blogs to only a small set of highly valuable to teachers of English blogs. Teflpedia is not an internet directory. Please put {{delete | write reason for deletion here. ~~~~}} at top of any page you would like deleted. More at Template:delete. --Roger (talk) 16:19, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Database problem

There is a problem in the database; the articles on Twitter and LinkedIn appear to be affected. they are appearing in special:recentchanges but as an empty pagetitle.

Ah, so if I write <nowiki>[[Twitter]]</nowiki> it appears like this: Twitter. Helpful.

The Twitter and LinkedIn articles are appearing normally for me. No database problem I think. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Please sign Teachers' room messages with ~~~~ so that your username and a date stamp will appear there. Cheers! Roger (talk) 17:54, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

No I think it's onyl affecting linkedin (LinkedIn) and The website where people tweet (twitter) because there's some kind of blacklist against these words?

I can edit Teflpedia's LinkedIn and Twitter articles normally and the edits show up normally in Recent changes. If you are accessing the internet from a country that blocks access to LinkedIn or Twitter, that could explain the problem. If not, please explain further so that I can help. --Roger (talk) 23:41, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Yes, I now think it's something funny with my browser, maybe a plugin. Thanks for taking a look. Duncan (talk) 06:28, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Proposal: Delete the debate namespace and all its content.

I note:

  • Nobody is debating
  • The Wiki format is not particularly suited to debates.
  • Better debate formats are available - see for example Twitter, or a bulletin board type format.

It was a nice experiment, but it's an experiment that hasn't worked and isn't working. Duncan (talk) 05:42, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

[trying again, yes, I see your point.] If anyone really want's to keep the Debate namespace, do speak up here please. Thank you Duncan for this proposal. I like that the Debate namespace is a place I can send people if they overdo discussions elsewhere on the wiki. That's not happening however, nor have I ever done it so don't know if I would like what might happen if I did. Hm, there are technical details involved in removing a Namespace from the wiki that I do not want to play with right now. So, instead of removing the Debate content and namespace, I would rather simply remove mention of the Debate namespace from the sticky in the Teachers' room, and any other high visibility place it is mentioned. We could perhaps use the sticky for something new, instead. Or just remove and not use the sticky for now. And of course, some day the Debate namespace could be dropped from the database and wiki configuration, after some study into how to do that. I don't think I would miss the Debate namespace, myself. Roger (talk) 04:52, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your comments. Duncan (talk) 05:55, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
I've deleted the high visibility links to Debate namespace. As Duncan noted, it is not being used anyway. Anyone who wishes to use it for debating the finer points of TEFL, is welcome to. Thank you Duncan, for noticing what is, and isn't, happening around here :). --Roger (talk) 23:57, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
I think we need to have a discussion about strategy in general, actually. I think if we get the strategy right, the rest will follow. Duncan (talk) 05:55, 25 June 2019 (UTC)