SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:07:58 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10747 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10747 Wikipedia Emerges as Trusted Internet Source for Ebola Information

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/business/medi...-on-ebola-.html?_r=1

Three sections that I found particularly important:

The initial skepticism about Wikipedia was mainly structural: how could you trust an article in an “encyclopedia that anyone can edit?” The growing confidence in the site — certainly when it comes to public health articles — in part reflects the fact that much of Wikipedia is not edited by just “anyone.”

“Wikipedia is a do-ocracy,” said Dr. James Heilman, an emergency room doctor from British Columbia, Canada, who leads the Wikiproject Medicine that keeps close watch on the most important public health articles, like Ebola Virus Disease. “Those who do the most, do have a greater influence.”

Many impediments exist to someone casually editing the Ebola article. Only registered Wikipedia editors with at least some experience are permitted to edit the page, and the requirement for sourcing is much more rigorous than for other Wikipedia entries. Newspaper articles, for example, do not cut it.

“A key group of us keep an eye on articles that have become more popular to make sure that Wikipedia’s most-read content is of a reasonably high standard,” Dr. Heilman said.


and

That well-schooled contributor pool is only going to get bigger starting on Monday, when the University of California, San Francisco, begins an elective class for fourth-year medical students that focuses on Wikipedia editing.


and

“I now believe it should be our professional duty to contribute to Wikipedia — one of the fastest ways we can improve the health of our entire planet!” he wrote by email.


Are we just witnessing quite a revolution in the way public health information is spread? And is sanitation (with all its facets) not an integral part of public health?

Regards
Elisabeth]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:57:19 +0000
Re: Do you know about wastewater disposal in deep wells in US? - by: KeithBell http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10660 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10660
Here's a thread I started on the subject earlier this year:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...-downstream-of-wwtps

EPA admits absolutely no focus on fecal sterols in drinking water:

“No published studies examining the presence of fecal sterols in treated drinking water have been identified.” US EPA, Distribution System Indicators of Drinking Water Quality, 2006″
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Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:32:17 +0000
Re: Do you know about wastewater disposal in deep wells in US? - by: skdentel http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10658 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10658 We have not tested this, but it should be the case for any non-volatile pollutants since only vapors pass through.
More is here.]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:29:07 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10657 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10657
Thanks for your notes, Chris and Pete. I agree totally with you both about getting students involved with assignments to work on Wikipedia articles, the different target group we could reach with Wikipedia articles on sanitation and also the idea of using the SuSanA working group members ro rally behind improving certain Wikipedia pages.

About the editor, please don't scare people off, Pete, because the new editor in Wikipedia (called Edit beta) is so easy, it is just like writing in Word! It is easier than this forum's editor.

Here are some Youtube videos that show James Heilman in action, speaking about Wikipedia in higher education (at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada):

Playlist: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL07E69A3311AB345A

I particularly like this video where he explains how he got started on Wikipedia (during a slow nightshift in the emergency ward somewhere in rural Canada) and that "we from Wikipedia would not cite ourselves in Wikipedia articles!" (rather cite quality documents when writing a Wikipedia article)



I copy from the Youtube description for this video:

Dr James Heilman, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Wikimedia Canada Board of Directors. He is an active editor and administrator on the English Wikipedia involved primarily with Wikiproject Medicine. He is one of the top 1000th most prolific editors of the English site by edit count and has contributed hundreds of medical images over the previous 4 years. In 2009 he was involved with promoting and protecting Wikipedia's right to contain images in the public domain. In 2011 in collaboration with 18 other medical editors he published a peer reviewed article in the Journal of medical Internet research calling upon his peers to join in as editors.


I don't know about you but I am very impressed by this and very happy that someone like James has taken it upon him to also improve sanitation-related articles on Wikipedia! He is helping me a lot with the modest contributions I have made on Wikipedia so far.

I have mentioned in this post which Wikipedia articles I have already worked on in the last week or so: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...d-pit-latrines#10582
(should you have any content feedback, please put it in that thread or write it directly in the talk page of the Wikipedia article)

Let me just repeat them here in case any of these topics are important in your opinion:
SuSanA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Sanitation_Alliance
Dry toilets: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_toilet
Pit latrines: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_latrine
open defecation: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_defecation
sanitation: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sanitation
sustainable sanitation: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_sanitation
urine diversion: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine_diversion
helminths (just a little bit): www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths
helminthiasis (just a little bit): www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthiasis
reuse (a little bit): www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuse
urinals (a little bit): www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinal
Stockholm Water Prize (added information about Peter Morgan to it): www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_Water_Prize

I could of course just soldier on with this on my own (together with James) but it's so much nicer to be doing it as a team effort!

So next time when any of you look up something on Wikipedia - on any topic - please think of me and my lonely quest to improve the sanitation related Wikipedia pages and ask yourself if you could not donate a little bit of your time?

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. James, a Wiki Project for Sanitation sounds really interesting, or maybe it is wiser to keep is as part of the existing (and succesful) Wiki Project for Medicine for now?]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:27 +0000
Re: Do you know about wastewater disposal in deep wells in US? - by: skdentel http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10639 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10639 This is in a former natural gas reservoir, so it is believed to be pretty tightly enclosed. It is separated from usable aquifers by deep layers of salt water. So the idea is that contaminants in the sludge will be degraded before there is any possibility of getting into non-saline groundwater or the surface environment.
Anyway, that's the idea. Whether you think it's interesting or outrageous, I think the topic's beyond the scope of this forum. I'm just responding to Carol's original question.
More information:
www.lacitysan.org/biosolidsems/managing_biosolids/deep_well.htm]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:10:01 +0000
Re: Do you know about wastewater disposal in deep wells in US? - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10610 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/9934-do-you-know-about-wastewater-disposal-in-deep-wells-in-us#10610
The BBC Radio Discovery Program just published --Urine Trouble: What Is In Our Water?--

www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery

Some of the interviewees found significant effects of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals that come out in human urine, cannot get eliminated in wastewater treatment (WWT), and find their way into rivers. Other interviewees (who work in WWT) talk about how efficiently they get these chemical out of the water (and one of them said she likes the smell of WWT )

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:20:49 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: petecranston http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10599 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10599
Interesting thread: two comments

  1. (Early note: complaining about wikipedia editor software from the Susana forum editor strikes me as deeply ironic!
  2. Coming at the question of wikipedia or akvopedia etc from the perspective of audience perhaps helps, since it seems to me that a lot of the conversation is about the function and use of those platforms as communication and knowledge sharing channels. People who really know a subject are unlikely to use wikipedia, or indeed any other open platform. Don't most investigations into people's information seeking and knowledge sharing habits show that people start with friends and colleagues - by voice, mail, SMS or, sometimes, social media - and, then go to specialist forums and only then go to online generalist sites. The audiences that will learn from well written, authoritative and well-referenced wikipedia pages is a non-specialist one, almost by definition. But that includes many, many people important to the wider aims of Susana, including policy actors, journalists, students, civil servants.... and so on. And unless they are specialists they won't know of Akvopedia et all. So I applaud Elisabeth and the group working with her in their determination to get the most-accessed online reference site source more up-to-date and informative
  3. Susana already has a structure that could help that process, based around the working groups. What about each working group taking on the task of bringing up-to-date those wikipedia pages that relate to their specialist areas, and where they don't exist, creating them, and making sure they in turn reference more specialist sites with in-depth information?


Cheers

Pete]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:08:13 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10592 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10592 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:External...rmally_to_be_avoided

Wikipedia is very careful about external links. We struggle with people trying to promote themselves via Wikipedia when we want people to write encyclopedic content on Wikipedia.

Best
James]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:21:52 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10591 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10591
This is great and I hope to find time to join in.

I would like to promote the idea that any college professors on the Forum could assign writing Wikipedia pages to their students, as an academic exercise that will do some public good.

Let's remember to add lots of external links to Forum threads, SuSanA library items and our various webpages.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:31:42 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10583 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10583
Here is the WikiProject for medicine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine

It allows one to "collect" articles associated with the subject area. And allowed automated creation of pages such as this that list articles within that subject area by pageviews en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...dicine/Popular_pages

All this of course takes a fair bit of work to set up. More important to concentrate on improving articles right now IMO

James]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:03:45 +0000
How do you like the new or improved Wikipedia pages about SuSanA, dry toilets, pit latrines, UDDTs? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10582-how-do-you-like-the-new-or-improved-wikipedia-pages-about-susana-dry-toilets-pit-latrines-uddts#10582 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10582-how-do-you-like-the-new-or-improved-wikipedia-pages-about-susana-dry-toilets-pit-latrines-uddts#10582 forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...2&start=24#10580) but I am starting this new thread specifically to draw your attention to three new or improved Wikipedia pages that I have worked on in the last few days (without spending days and days on it; probably approx. 2 hours per page so far):

I have so far worked on three pages:


Edit on 22 Oct.:
Meanwhile I have also worked on the pages on:

open defecation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_defecation
sustainable sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_sanitation
urine diversion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine_diversion
helminths (just a little bit): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths
helminthiasis (just a little bit): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthiasis
reuse (a little bit): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuse
urinals (a little bit): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinal
Stockholm Water Prize (added information about Peter Morgan to it): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_Water_Prize

The SuSanA page was very out of date and was written like an advertisement.
I am encouraging anyone else to improve it further now that I have given it this overhaul.

Note that this is different to a “normal” document where you have to get approval first and it goes through many loops before it is put online.

You can put feedback here or you could simply edit the Wikipedia page as well (or use the talk page behind it to discuss things).

Note that we are meant to provide third party references, i.e. not just cite our own publications. So far I only could think of the one by Pete Cranston which I have added. If any of you know any other document where SuSana is mentioned, described or criticized, please bring it to my attention.

As I said, Wikipedia pages are different to other documents. It has to be objective and anyone is allowed to edit it. Of course I am now keeping a watch on this page which means I get e-mails from Wikipedia when this page is edited by someone else.

By the way, the visual editor of Wikipedia is super easy to use, it is just like writing in Word.

For the SuSanA page, please check out the photos that I have used. Do you like them?

Note that Wikipedia pages are meant to be objective, so this is not an advertising page about SuSanA! I have added a section on “challenges” (before I called it “criticisms”) and probably this section could be edited a few times and evolve with time - and people may not agree with what I have identified as challenges, I am very open to suggestions here… Please feel free to give me your feedback (either by editing the Wikipedia page directly, or by using the Talk page in Wikipedia or by putting your feedback here in this thread)*:

Challenges and difficulties [edit source | editbeta]
SuSanA has been criticised by some in the WASH sector for a perceived dominance of the ecosan theme in SuSanA due to the perception that two of its founding organisations had a strong focus in ecosan: Stockholm Environment Institute and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Others have criticised SuSanA for being too focussed on technologies and sanitation systems (rather than on non-technical issues), too dominated by people from the Global North, too dominated by GIZ who leads the secretariat and for being too "academic" and far removed from the realities on the ground. SuSanA has no regional nodes, offices or secretariats. It also has limited impact so far in the non-English speaking parts of the world, notably Latin America, Russia or Central Asia.

The SuSanA core group has reacted to these criticisms by defining a clear mission statement in 2014, a roadmap for 2013 onwards and by hosting an open discussion forum where such issues can be discussed.[3] SuSanA is continually evolving based on the inputs, requirements and activities by its members.

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Sanitation_Alliance

Also for the dry toilets page, I have added something that could be debated in particular, see the last heading here under "Debates around dry toilets":
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_toilet

I hope this will encourage some of you to get involved in Wikipedia, this amazing knowledge management tool of our times.

Regards,
Elisabeth


* I wrote this part just off the cuff, not in my role of moderator of the forum or assistant to the SuSanA secretariat nor as a SuSanA core group member, nor after consulting about this with others - it is just something that I have thought up and which I am sure is far from perfect, which is why I am asking for your input. It is just meant to be a start and meant to provide the needed objectivity to this page.]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:03:04 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10580 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10580
To practice what I preach, and to try things out, I have taken the plunge and become a writer on Wikipedia!

I have so far worked on three pages:

I invite you all to check out my work and to edit it, improve it, change it and to get involved! If you don't like anything: no problem! Just change it or when it's a more significant change, then use the "talk" page that is available with each Wikipedia page to discuss things before changing it. Note that any change that is made can easily be reverted if necessary (this is important especially in the case of vandalism).

Christoph: you mentioned the old editor tool. I agree with you, that one must have been very difficult to use! All the articles I have worked on so far have the "Edit beta" visual editor (see tab at the top of the Wikipedia page) and it's just like writing in Word.

You will see that the pit latrine page now has the schematic from the second version of the Compendium. I was able to take it straight from the eCompendium that Dorothee had mentioned here (after clarifying with her about the licence issue): forum.susana.org/forum/categories/89-new...12&start=12#9948

All pages that I work on will cite documents that I think are important, e.g. of course the compendium, also the GIZ technology reviews, and in selected places I have also cited a forum discussion (the latter is not preferred by Wikipedia but in the absence of another document to cite I think it is better than nothing).

What I have learnt so far:
  • It is fun and might also be addictive, I have to admit.
  • It does take up time, even though the individual edits are fast but one gets more and more ideas on how to improve the pages...
  • The visual editor tool is very easy to use.
  • It is tremendously helpful to have a mentor at hand (James Heilmann) who can quickly help me with little things and answer all my questions (of course there are also lots of question-answer pages available on Wikipedia itself but you know what it's like: asking a real person is so much easier). James is very, very knowledgeable on Wikipedia.
  • For Wikipedia citing good, reliable references is very important.
  • I find I can write articles quite fast because I can draw on other publications which I have written in the past, previous posts I wrote on the forum, other publications that I know are good (e.g. Compendium) and so forth.
  • I also find I can draw on other good work we have done in the past, e.g. the bibliographical information from the SuSanA library is excellent when I want to cite something.
  • In terms of photos, I can quickly pick out photos from our enormous photo collection on Flickr (photos have already been transferred to the Wikimedia Commons area in the past: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:File...Sanitation_Alliance_(SuSanA))

James is by the way working on an open textbook of medicine, see project description here:
The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
www.opentextbookofmedicine.com

and e.g. the page on pit latrines would be included there because it is a page that people with a medical background will refer to.

Do I sound overly excited? Perhaps I am.

But I think having the "right" information on some of the key sanitation pages on Wikipedia will help us (= sustainable sanitation people) further to become more "mainstream" in the WASH sector and in general.

And as I said: anyone who uses Wikipedia to get other information has a bit of a moral duty to also give back about topics that one knows a bit about, don't we? Out of 4000 SuSanA members, there's got to be a dozen who will join me by also spending an hour to improve Wikipedia pages on sanitation here or there?

I will also start a separate thread about those Wikipedia pages that I have worked on so far (in case there is specific feedback), as this thread here is getting a bit long and should remain to focus on the more general and strategic issues on how Wikipedia could be used.

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:43:18 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10524 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10524 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...anslation_Task_Force

People of course are free to translate content independent of this effort.

James]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:59:50 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10523 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10523 you in particular put that into such a queue? Do you have some additional authority compared to normal people because you have reached a certain Wikipedian status from your previous work? Or could anyone put it in the translation queue?

And then how are the people doing the translation work (apart from being volunteers of course) and which languages are they translating it into?

Sorry for my basic questions, but it's all new to me, and I really appreciate being able to ask someone who is an expert on Wikipedia.]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:49:43 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10522 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any-other-topic-related-to-sanitation-or-to-susana/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others?limit=12&start=36#10522
To put an article in the translation queue you need to 1) improve the lead of the article (at most three or four paragraphs) 2) it must be well referenced 3) it must be in simple English 4) you convince me that it is an important topic, that the above three have occurred and I put it in the queue...

With respect to pit latrine, only the first 4 paragraphs are being translated. I am happy enough with it. The article could be better though and am happy to have others edit it.

Other good topics could be waste disposal, open defecation and garbage dump.]]>
Any other topic related to sanitation or to SuSanA Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:31:32 +0000