Attention! Help edit the UNICYCLOPEDIA

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by jsm, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. jsm

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    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/The_Unicyclopedia
    The unicycle wikibook has been changed a bit, thanks to a lot of work by
    Ulf. We have been in contact quite a bit, discussing how to improve this
    site and make it a really useful resource. The main thing that will make
    this site useful is for everyone to get over there and add whatever
    unicycling knowledge they have to the site. The goal is for it to become
    a "complete encyclopedia of unicycling knowledge."
    We especially need more stuff on street, trials, and MUni, and there's
    nothing yet on racing, riding giraffes, BC wheels etc., or distance/big
    wheel. It would be helpful if people who are experts in these and other
    areas would make themselves informal, unofficial editors for different
    topics, and try to regularly add new information to the site as it comes
    up here. (I am doing this for freestyle, since that's what I know most
    about. This does not mean we can't have another freestyle editor.)
    In any case, EDIT THE UNICYCLOPEDIA. Feel free to add links to websites,
    videos, and threads on RSU. The more information in this page, the more
    useful it will be. If you have any comments on ways in which the site
    should be rearranged, post them here.

    Much thanks to this who have devoted time already to this project,
    Jonathan Miersma :)


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  2. ulph

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    I just registered unicyclopedia.org, so you may access the page on
    wikibooks through

    http://unicyclopedia.org/

    I hope that's easier to remember :)


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  3. jsm

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    I have added a lot of stuff to the Unicyclopedia's freestyle section,
    including links to videos demonstrating some of the skills, and the
    trials section is reasonably large. The street and MUni sections,
    however, are still pathetically small. :(

    Isn't there anyone who could at least write a little bit about basic
    techniques for these styles? It doesn't take long to do this. Let's make
    this site a really useful resource!:)


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  4. jsm

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    Several new sections have been added to the Unicyclopedia, including BC,
    UW, giraffes, racing, rolling trials, safety, and manufacturers. Most of
    these have not yet been written yet, but the page has been set up. Could
    someone who is in the know on these subjects, or has any useful
    information at all (you don't have to be an expert to edit) please start
    writing these sections? I did start the "manufacturers" section, by
    listing all the unicycle brands I could think of, and I added a little
    but of information on certain brands, but didn't have time to do much
    more. The idea for this section is to list and describe all the popular
    unicycle manufacturers, and give details on the different models and
    their specifics. It shouldn't be too hard to edit.

    I don't understand why there hasn't been more activity on the
    Unicyclopedia. It seems to me that it would become a very useful
    resource if everyone here would try to edit regularly, even if only for
    ten minutes a week. Are there any problems with the site that make it
    awkward to use, or is everyone just busy/lazy?


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  5. shapr

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    I've added some random and incomplete safety info, not sure if it's all
    correct. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/The_Unicyclopedia:Safety

    I'd like to see more info on racing, I have only one speed that I can
    sustain for more than thirty seconds. How do you guys go fast?


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  6. shapr

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    I'd also like to see someone write up a "making unicycle movies" guide
    on the Unicyclopedia.

    I'd like to buy a digital video camera that isn't too expensive, and
    works well with Linux. What are good movie editing applications on
    Windows, MacOS, Linux, etc? What sort of shots are best? (Should the
    famous movie editor/producer Catboy chime in here?)

    I've gotten the impression that there's a standard structure for a
    unicycle film as well. Something like, show all the good stuff in the
    first two thirds, then show the worst of the bad stuff in the last
    third. Is that right? Someone told me that it's the same structure used
    in skateboard films too.


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  7. ulph

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    That looks good :)

    We added a few sections recently to make it more inviting for people to
    edit the unicyclopedia. The current list of topics is:

    General
    ==========
    Learning
    Resources
    Safety
    Organisations (*)

    Skills
    ==========
    Freestyle
    Street
    Trials
    Muni
    Rolling trials (*)
    Racing (*)
    Big wheels (*)
    Giraffe (*)
    Ultimate wheel (*)
    BC wheel (*)

    Equipment
    ==========
    Hardware
    Maintenance
    Armour and clothing
    Manufacturers

    The sections with a (*) are unfortunately still empty. If you know
    anything about these topics, please write something!

    Are there any other topics that we have forgotten? Comments on the
    current structure and the contents, anyone?

    The freestyle section is probably the most comprehensive that has ever
    been written, thanks to jsm! :)

    Ulf


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