User:Strife Onizuka/Talkpage Archive 01

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DialogMenus Tutorial Piece

from Chaz Longstaff here. (Friday, 18 July 2008.)

Hey Strife, you wrote: "I'm not sure it should (or should not) be in the base LSL category."

Given that I can't even figure out how to find where you wrote that and respond directly there (it's not showing up in that page's discussion when I open the discussion, thus responding here, hehe), can I leave it up to you where / how to categorize? You know your filing system best, and I say, stick with it. Bottom line is that wherever it is filed, we can link people to it, right? Chaz Longstaff 21:38, 17 July 2008 (PDT)


Hello from Chaz Longstaff

Hi Strife, Chaz Longstaff here. (Wednesday, 15 July 2008.)

First of all, I want to thank you Strife for all you have done to date on the official wiki. Without you, it wouldn't be here at all. Your knowledge, skill and commitment (plus diplomatic skills and courtesy, noted by many) are a bonanza to LSL.

>> At first your edits were naive

If you mean geared toward beginners, then I take that as an immeasurable compliment :} If you mean in terms of how to use your template, yep, I'm figuring it out piece by piece as I go. As for editing, I don't mind being edited; I've written professionally all my life up here in Canada and so am used to it. When you write something, you have to be willing to let it go and let a second-pair of eyes give it a once over.

>> the quality of your edits and contributions have been constantly improving

Ah yes, I'm slowly getting the hang of your template. Its construct wasn't apparent at first. No fault of yours: anything like this anywhere in life just takes a while and a bit of effort to figure out, but if you're going to join any project, it's common decency to first understand how people have done things to date and to catch up with the procedures. I'm making the effort and grokking more of it now.

>> I would love to dialog (on the wiki preferably).

Where is the dialogue place? Is it here? https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Talk:LSL_Portal_Guidelines

Just wanted to give you a heads-up that my emphasis would be on accessibility and relevance for beginners and learners. What would motivate me is adding to the LSL wiki how-to-do's, step-by-step, in readily-understood common-use language, so that even LSL dabblers can tackle in-world some scripting basics. I've just passed the initial 1 1/2 year learning hump, so I want to get down what puzzled me at the start, while it is still clear in my mind, before I become an older-hand and take all the basics for granted.

I don't think you'll object to that, though. I read here https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/WEB-658 that you feel that both (a) basic information (presented in accessible, plain old-fashioned English using good old Anglo-Saxon root words) and (b) more esoteric, complex concepts expressed in a technical vocabulary can and should have a place in the LSL wiki.

I realize that some techies may look down on "plain English", but I was taught to see it as a strength, not a weakness.

So, you don't mind my jumping in? I know you want help, and want to make the "official" wiki more than an often-disregarded cousin to other LSL wikis on the Internet (or whatever analogy is appropriate.) But it must be hard, because it is your baby, to have others come in and just "do stuff", especially adding a focus that is different from the one you have brought to bear on it so far.

Given that you not only left but added (some good stuff, thanks!) to my entry on chat, for instance, I think you're okay with that kind of approach being added onto what's there already. Just to be clear, though, if you'd rather I didn't, now's the time to sing out, and I'll happily bow out with no hard feelings and focus on other projects.


p.s. everything you've edited on my postings has been great, and muchly appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to review them!

p.p.s. I see there is a project to port the LSL wiki to other languages. I speak 7 human languages, but I think I'll see how I get on with the English-language version first before enquiring further about the others.

Chaz Longstaff 08:41, 15 July 2008 (PDT)

I want you to continue to contribute. Not just because it's easier to fix someone else's edits, but because you produce good meaty content. I have no interest in having the wiki all to my self, my goal is to have the content being the best it can be and you seem to share that. You explain things in such a way that they make sense but without going overboard on wordiness, or hide related caveats. Plain English is a hard balance, I tend to lean towards concise & technical but that doesn't make me right. I find it much easier to add content after someone has made edits to an article, it's easier to see what's needed. Some people take offense to the activity but wiki's are about the content not the contributers; I'm glad you aren't upset by it. I welcome you to review my content and make changes, we all need a second set of eyeballs.
If I thought your contributions were crap I would remove them; I have no compunction with removing bad content. If I make changes to an edit it means I agree with what I don't change; if the changes were minor then I just felt the wording wasn't quite right. If I don't make changes at all it means I agree or I haven't seen it yet (or worst case scenario that I haven't gotten to it yet).
I think it's great you are targeting newbies. I've been coding in LSL so long (4 1/2 years?) that I don't remember what it was like to be a newbie (I knew how to program to start with so I wasn't really ever an LSL newbie), so I'm not that good at writing content targeted for them. I keep an eye on the SL forums and try to add content to the documentation to answer questions that crop up there but that don't really address the issue pro-actively. We need people who can write content for that audience.
I'm sorry to say that WEB-65 isn't me at my best, I don't get along well with Eren; I'm glad you were able to distill anything useful from it and weren't confused by it (which incidentally also raises my opinion of you). Finding and keeping the balance is hard; you seem to be doing a good job of it.
To some things up, I not only don't mind, I'm excited that you have jumping in. I want you to continue.
p.s. There are a lot of variables you can use with the LSL Function template. They aren't all listed in the article source (and the order they are defined in doesn't matter), if there is one missing (from the article source) you can just add it; the unused ones listed are for convenience. There is also a Newbie Notes section you might be interested in, it's for writing tutorials for newbies, it allows for a short synopses to be inserted into the appropriate articles.
-- Strife Onizuka 12:48, 15 July 2008 (PDT)

LlListRandomize and the use of random vs pseudo random

Since you seem to have written and/or formatted a lot of the documentation on this I figure you'd be the best choice to answer this question. For LlListRandomize should all uses of random be replaced with pseudo random as appears to be the case with llFrand's mentioning of random number generation or should it be left as it is currently referencing random which is less accurate in my opinion. Gordon Wendt 13:31, 8 June 2008 (PDT)

I've moved the conversation to Talk:LlListRandomize. -- Strife Onizuka 13:54, 8 June 2008 (PDT)

Typo in geometric function?

Since it appears the code came from you, I am just putting a pointer here to comments I've added:

Talk:Geometric#Typo in Box and Ray, Intersection Distance, or is it correct?

Scalar Tardis 22:51, 15 June 2008 (PDT)

Endorsed Group Entry & Other Stuffz

Heya Strife!
Since you're one of the owners of the LSL portal translation group, I'd like to ask you to consider joining the endorsed group program. It would/could at least raise some attention to the project and therefor might attract new contributors. Problem: The group would need at least 25 members. But that should be managable somehow...
Besides that I'd like to ask you to add it to Volunteer Groups#Other Volunteer Groups and maybe add info about how to join the group in the group charter.
Might also want to add your point of view here.
Greetz =) Zai Lynch(talk|contribs) 22:18, 26 June 2008 (PDT)

LSL Library

Heyas Strife!
I just used to clean the Special:DoubleRedirects and the LSL Library is confusing me there... It's listed as it would link to Float, what it's not doing. Is it because the page still got content besides the redirect? And should the talkpage be moved too? I'm just confused atm but I'm sure you'll know the answers.
Greetz, --Zai Lynch(talk|contribs) 22:55, 11 July 2008 (PDT)

I'd say either leave the talk page or merge it with the category talk page. The Float stuff is because of the other content on the page yes. Oh and good job cleaning up the double redirects, i looked at that recently and was like "this is more work then i want to do." -- Strife Onizuka 01:58, 12 July 2008 (PDT)
Thankies (^_^). Ok, merged the talkpages and cleared the other. That fixed the problem. Greetz, Zai Lynch(talk|contribs) 04:05, 12 July 2008 (PDT)