User talk:PatSunter

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Appropedia working page helpers etc[edit]

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Page Discussions I've contributed to[edit]

Discussion tracking

Changes to community discussions & key policy pages
Contributions by PatSunter to:
User talk pages
Article talk pages
Category talk pages
Appropedia talk pages

Recent active users[edit]

30 days of edits

Backing up key pages[edit]

I'd like to back up some key pages I've made contributions towards offline. User:Chriswaterguy reckons it can be done ... now need to figure out how.

Pat, not sure if it helps at all, but I've seen various software (such as zim) that runs a 'wiki' on a desktop computer. It might then be possible to just export the pages you want and then view them on a pc for backing-up purposes. I'm not sure how well this works, but it might do what you want it to do. Joeturner 03:32, 21 May 2013 (PDT)

Ah, thanks Joe. Well, I actually find the Book functionality really cool - it could be useful for others rather than me I imagine. I did find that on the page of the saved book there is an "Open in Book Creator" button which is useful as well. --PatSunter 03:38, 21 May 2013 (PDT)

Links to useful discussions at Village Pump and others re Appropedia history, missions, plans[edit]


Hi Pat, good to have you here. Hope you have a good experience here and find Appropedia useful, personally and for your transport project, and we look forward to learning from you.

Let me know if you have questions or feedback or need any help. --Chriswaterguy 16:52, 8 October 2012 (PDT)


Hi PatSunter,

Welcome to the Appropedia wiki! If you need a general wiki-tutorial, see the main help page (or the more in-depth one on WikiEducator).

Check your preferences. It's a good idea to verify your email address and turn on email notification - then you'll be notified when you get a message on your talk page, or when any page on your watchlist, is modified. You may want to upload a photo or information about yourself to your userpage (which is at User:PatSunter).

If you have a particular interest or project in mind, go ahead and start it! If you have questions or suggestions, the best place to leave them is at our community discussion page, which we call the Village pump - you should get a fast response. Or, 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. If you just want to know how things work here, check out Appropedia:Policies and Appropedia:FAQ. We're a relaxed and friendly bunch though, and you can also just pick things up as you go.

Glad to have you here!



Hi Pat,

Thanks for your great contributions here. I agree with your sentiment at Sustainable transport. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you. --Lonny 01:50, 14 November 2012 (PST)

Thinking about Appropedia and a Cities Portal[edit]

I guess this is a 2-part post and suggestion for response:

  • (A) An initial proposal for "Cities" or an equivalent (e.g. Sustainable Cities) to be in the left sidebar of "Areas" on the Appropedia site.
  • (B) An effort to clarify the hierarchy of pages in that area that already exist.

Starting with (A) ... I think the case for this is the much-quoted statistic that in the last couple of years demographers think that > 50% of the global population would be urbanised (

I realise a focus on Cities is a fair way from much of the historic focus of the Appropriate Technology movement on rural communities. But I suggest given the above, a holistic approach to Appropriate Development and Sustainability globally should take cities as one of the major starting points and focus areas. Note, I'm not suggesting Appropedia should be Pro cities - in fact I agree that in many cases putting effort to improving the quality of life & sustainability of rural and village residents is important to slow urbanisation and support traditional cultures etc. BUT cities will continue existing, and in both the developed & developing world there's pressing needs for more sustainable & appropriate approaches to provision of life's needs & goals in urban regions.

I see there is already "Construction" in the list, but I think "Cities" as a category would emphasise more holistic integration of this with some other categories - e.g. transport, social life, community planning approaches in more urban settlements.

Which brings me to (B), relevant pages.

I notice that currently redirects to the "Built environment" page, which also has its own category.

Then there is the high-level page "Sustainable cities", which also has a Category, and "Sustainable city living", which doesn't have a category but has a (nicely done) Portal page.

I think its worthwhile clarifying the relationship between these pages and possibly re-factoring ... e.g. perhaps a new Cities top-level Portal and category, closely linked to the Sustainable cities page.

Does anyone have any opinions/views on all of this?

I guess one of my rationales is not just a wish to organised current info better, but make it more appealing for other people worldwide working on sustainable cities / urban design to get involved, if the landscape of pages better matches how people are educated in urban planning & urban design schools.

--PatSunter 00:59, 21 May 2013 (PDT)

Links to interesting pages about Appropedia's role, future directions, etc[edit]

I made some comments recently on Appropedia:Strategic planning/Strategic plan 2013-2014, see the talk page.

Links to nice example pages/categories of using Appropedia in a university course (Service Learning)[edit]

Table of New Pages, Users etc[edit]

(Copied from proposed Appropedia:Contributors' homepage).

Newest Articlesmore Newest Talk pagesmore Newest User Pagesmore Newest Categoriesmore
  1. Literature Review: Treadle Pump
  2. Open Source Wearable Electronics from Embroidery Machines literature review
  3. Device
  4. Devices
  5. Phone-based education
  6. Science hardware for children project
  7. Multichannel Pipette Literature Review
  8. Open Source Monochromator Literature Review
  9. Hardware
  10. Appropedia Profile Image1.jpg
  11. Literature review of open source hot plate and stirrer
  12. Literature Review: Open Source Auto-Injector
  13. Economic Savings for Scientific Free and Open Source Technology: A Review
  14. Chi.Bio
  15. Welcome/Portal/1
  16. BioPROTEIN
  17. Decentralized Renewable Hybrid Mini-Grids for Rural Communities: Culmination of the IREP Framework and Scale up to Urban Communities
  18. Open Source Left Heart Model: Literature Review
  19. Sonic anemometer literature review
  20. Space Applications of Open Source Spectrometer Literature Review
  1. Talk:Fruit Picker
  2. Talk:MSE 5621
  3. Talk:Walnut Cracker
  4. Talk:Ultimate Snow Scraper
  5. Talk:Powder maker - Chilies and herbs
  6. Talk:Pointer Trowel
Newest Category talk pagesmore
  1. Category talk:Flu pandemic
  2. Category talk:MY5490
Newest Appropedia talk pagesmore
  1. Appropedia talk:Admin Tasks/Automatic backups
  2. Appropedia talk:Incubator/composting toilets
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  2. User talk:Yenicagmakina
  1. User:Rachel Dick
  2. User:TNFleming
  3. User:Kevy68.9
  4. User:Claireingv
  5. User:Claireing
  6. User:Weblyke
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  13. User:Sophivorus/Normalizer.js
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  1. Category:OKHManifest
  2. Category:Pages with videos
  3. Category:Drafts
  4. Category:Hardware
  5. Category:Welcome portals
  6. Category:MSE5621-2020
  7. Category:Welcome pages
  8. Category:Welcome galleries
  9. Category:Welcome quotes
  10. Category:USDA
  11. Category:5621 Users 2020
  12. Category:COVID-19
  13. Category:MSE5621
  14. Category:Sustainable Development Goals
  15. Category:Low-Tech Lab
  16. Category:Devices
  17. Category:Sierra Nevada College
  18. Category:Sierra Nevada University
  19. Category:SNU GBUS
  20. Category:Growbot

TODO: document proposed 'public transport informatics' initiative?[edit]

To keep track of discussions with User:Aaron and others on this? --PatSunter (talk) 23:22, 14 March 2014 (PDT)

re Hi and Open CO2 project[edit]

Hi Pat, thanks very much for making contact, the links to some of your articles and expression of interest in Open CO2 type stuff. I'm currently ploughing through getting SCA location type pages ported (nearly got halfway, but still over 150 to go!) but will eventually get onto some SCA topic articles which will include some on transport and I'll be sure to let you know as and when I do. Thanks again for saying Hi and best wishes for all your brilliant transport related work. Philralph (talk) 02:00, 15 March 2014 (PDT)