My name is Mel Chua, and this page describes the Appropedia-related projects I'm working on. Feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or ideas you might have, or check and see if I'll be traveling near you sometime soon.

Interests[edit | edit source]

I'm an electrical and software engineer and community facilitator from Boston. As the first in my family to grow up outside the developing world (Philippines, China), I have an active interest in appropriate tech, especially the seldom-explored topic of how electrical and computer engineers, programmers and computer scientists, and other people involved with electrons can get involved. I've been involved administrating (both in the content/community and the technological sense) Mediawiki-based projects for several years and am keenly interested in decentralized collaboration, locally run hackathons and sprints, and university outreach and participation. I believe that integrating appropriate technology and open source into the undergraduate engineering curriculum will make all three communities of practice stronger.

Current goals and projects[edit | edit source]

  • Get Appropedia to choose and pursue measurable outcomes for the 2009 calendar year. Once those are chosen, I'll be adding more projects to this list.

Discussion[View | Edit]

Welcome[edit source]

Hi Mel,

Thank you for the fantastic work on the welcomes. On the welcomes your link [|OLPC user page]] should read [ OLPC user page]. I changed it so that the newly welcomed users could find your OLPC user page with ease. I hope you do not mind.

Again thank you for your fantastic work so far. Please let us know if there is something that we can do to help, and feel free to add your welcome to the template namespace if you think that it would work better there. It could be named {{MchuaWelcome}}, or something like that.

Welcome to Appropedia, --Lonny 22:00, 17 August 2007 (PDT)

btw, OLPC:User:Mchua works - it's in our iwm.
iwm... hmm, doesn't look so clear... I think upper case for shortcuts is a better idea after all. --Chriswaterguy · talk 23:55, 3 November 2007 (PDT)

'''How to use this template:''' Type '''[[Welcome]]<!-- WARNING: template loop detected -->''' into the page (for instance, I would type [[Welcome]]<!-- WARNING: template loop detected -->, then hit save. The template magic will do the rest.

Welcome![edit source]


Welcome to the Appropedia wiki. Please make yourself at home! If you need a general wiki-tutorial, Wikieducator has some excellent ones.

Check your preferences and be sure you verify your email address and turn on email notification if you'd like it -- you can find out when your talk page, or any page on your watchlist, is modified. You may want to upload a photo or information about yourself to your userpage (which is at

If you have a particular interest or project in mind, go ahead and start it! Feel free to leave me a note on my talk page if you have further questions, need help finding your way around, have a cool idea for a project, or just want to chat. You can also call, text, or email me anytime; contact information is on my User:Mchua user page.

Glad to have you here!


Organizing our fanciful software wishes[edit source]

Category:Appropedia site development. :-) --Chriswaterguy · talk 00:29, 4 November 2007 (PDT)

Bots...[edit source]

Appropedia:Bots is all we have on these friendly little critters. Work an a policy is welcome, but not urgent. --Chriswaterguy · talk 21:52, 9 March 2008 (PDT)

Community discussion template[edit source]

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