User:Nick Gardner

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Nick Gardner has passed away


I am long retired after successive careers as a flight test observer, as a professional engineer, and as an economist. I have worked in two industrial companies, a research establishment and four government departments; and I have served as economic adviser to four cabinet ministers. As an engineer I was engaged in aeronautical research and development including the development of new manufacturing processes, I took part in the Concorde project and I visited the Apollo project. As an economist I evaluated numerous aerospace projects, I played a part in the development of UK competition policy and I managed a major statistical series. During my working life I contributed to several professional journals and symposiums on subjects including spotwelding, launching aid and project management, and since retirement I have written several books. One was a book on contemporary economic history and another on competition policy that was published in three editions. My latest book Mistakes – how they have happened and how some might be avoided was published in 2007. My writing activity since that date has been confined to Citizendium, and I have become Citizendium's most frequent contributor.

I now have advanced metastatic prostate cancer, and I have decided to use the limited time left to me to create a second edition of "Mistakes" (as an ebook). My CZ contributions from now on will be limited to brief updates of the current affairs articles.

CZ activities


I became a member of the Editorial Council in 2011.


My early hopes of collaboration on articles with fellow-economists have been disappointed, but my early aim of filling in the gaps in CZ's coverage of the basics of economics has been met - apart from some tidying-up. However, I have since realised that people have a need for clarification of ongoing events, of a sort that is not fully available from the other media, or from paper encylopedias - a need that Citizendium is well placed to supply. I have found the task of keeping such articles abreast of current developments to be a demanding one, that leaves little time for other CZ activities.


I have taken the view that Citizendium's main function is to serve the needs of educated laymen and that material on the main page should be confined to matter that such readers can understand.


Citizendium's subpage format enables the otherwise confusingly three-dimensional character of articles that have a global reach to be dealt with by:-
(a) an accessible overview on the main page for the benefit of the general reader (supported by statistics, theoretical analysis and diagrams on subpages for the benefit of the more sophisticated);
(b) a blow-by-blow chronology on the Timelines subpage with hyperlinks to contemporary accounts to enable researchers to follow up on matters that are too detailed for inclusion in the main page; and,
(c) a country-by-country account on the Addendum subpage to provide a chronologically coherent account of national developments (such as would be a distracting interruption of the account of global interactions were it placed on the main page.)

I see as an advantage of this format, that it makes a Citizendium article look unlike a Wikipedia article - signalling a different approach, rather than an attempt to compete

I have used that format in Great Recession, Eurozone crisis, Arab Spring and other articles.


I have made substantial contributions to more than 80 CZ articles, of which 5 have been approved. Few have attracted much talk page comment, but many score an above-average number of hits (the figure in [] brackets is the number of thousands of hits to the nearest thousand)..

Nick, which of those would you like considered for approval. Anthony.Sebastian 17:11, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Anthony, Rather a lot, I'm afraid. There's a list of economics articles ready for approval at CZ: Ready for approval#Economics with stars to suggest priority. Apart from the economics articles, I would like you to give priority to Europe, History of the United Kingdom and the group of 3 recently-completed articles on Parliament of the United Kingdom, House of Commons (United Kingdom) and House of Lords. Nick Gardner 10:26, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
Nick, I can get the Approval Process started for those. To avoid interminable delays, will you suggest Editors in the relevant Workgroups whom I can contact to review and support the nomination for Approval if they have no objections.
As I begin this job as Approval Manager, finding Editors in relevant Workgroups willing to review and support nominations for Approval, the most difficult aspect. Your recommendations will greatly help. Anthony.Sebastian 20:23, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
The lack of active editors is the reason for the fact that few of my articles have been considered for approval. Since I am the only economics editor, I suppose the economics articles can't be considered. As for the others, the only politics and history editors that I have known to be active were Roger Lohman and Russell D Jones respectively, but I have seen no signs of CZ activity from either of them in the past year. Perhaps you can cajole them into action. I respect them both. Good luck! Nick Gardner 20:54, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Easily lost links

CZ: Ready for approval#Economics

CZ: The Editor Role

CZ:Markup tags for partial transclusion of selected text in an article

CZ:Article Deletion Policy CZ:Upload