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Loc (is this the right thing to call you?), I changed the article name to Nguyen Ngoc Bich to fit Citizendium's naming conventions and manually created the Metadata page and other associated subpages for you. Sadly, the automation for creating these does not work. TI'm happy to do it for you on any new articles you create, or you can learn the method yourself by reading CZ:Creating_an_article_with_subpages. Thanks for contributing to the wiki! Pat Palmer (talk) 10:05, 10 June 2023 (CDT)

Template:Ping Thanks, Pat, for changing the article name to Nguyen Ngoc Bich, for creating the subpages manually, and for the link CZ:Creating_an_article_with_subpages, which I will read.
I wonder whether some useful templates in Wikipedia could be implemented here. Loc Vu-Quoc (talk) 10:18, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
Sometimes we can copy WP templates over and they work; other times, not (because, probably, they rely on some extension we're not running). Let me know which ones you'd like and I'll give it a try.Pat Palmer (talk) 11:28, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
Thanks, Pat. The missing templates in the article Nguyen Ngoc Bich are highly useful to organize Notes, Citations, References in an article, much better than using <ref></ref>, as I have extensively used them to organize and reorganize several WP articles: ◉ Mongol invasions of VietnamPaul MusArchimedes Patti ◉ draft article Draft:Nguyen_Ngoc_Bich (which I am writing), etc. See the Contributions of User:Egm4313.s12. Here are the templates that I found highly useful: {{sfn}}, {{efn}}, {{notelist}}, {{reflist}}, {{refbegin}}, {{refend}}, {{harvid}}, {{citation}}. Loc Vu-Quoc (talk) 11:56, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
I will check on those templates, but I'm pretty sure those are ones that require a complex mix of extensions to be run. I tried that before and I wasn't able to obtain all of the needed extensions. I understand that many people prefer these templates, but I actually do not like them because, to me, their presence within the article text makes maintenance editing very difficult. Instead, I prefer to group all the references at the bottom and name them; the text then only needs to refer to the name, and multiple places within the text can use that reference. For an example, see the code of the Donald Trump article. However, when I get time, I'll take another look at these templates. It may take me awhile and I don't guarantee success. I also tried, and failed, to get the templates for chemical formulas used in WP to work here. Sorry! Pat Palmer (talk) 13:35, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
BTW, some of these DO work here; I'm pretty sure {{reflist}} works, just for example, and probably {{citation}} also.Pat Palmer (talk) 13:38, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
Pat, the problem with doing the references as in the Donald Trump article is that it is not convenient to cite the same reference (e.g., a book) multiple times for different pages, or in many different Notes. See, e.g, Draft:Nguyen_Ngoc_Bich. Loc Vu-Quoc (talk) 15:47, 10 June 2023 (CDT)
A last note--unlike Wikipedia, Citizendium does not require a reference on every statement. We suggest using them mostly when it might be helpful to the reader (or if someone expresses doubt and there is a need to show verification).Pat Palmer (talk) 13:42, 10 June 2023 (CDT)

Your User page has a bad link

When you get a moment, you might update your User Page, which has a dead link on it. Pat Palmer (talk) 10:09, 10 June 2023 (CDT)

Reference templates

Regarding this list: {{sfn}}, {{efn}}, {{notelist}}, {{reflist}}, {{refbegin}}, {{refend}}, {{harvid}}, {{citation}}. Citation and Reflist both exist and are used. I spent about an hour this morning attempting to get Sfn and Efn working, but despite copying over multiple templates with their documentation (and having to change things just to get that over), plus several Lua modules, I ended up with a whole bunch of Lua error messages. Eventually I may learn enough about modules and Lua to get this morass working in Citizendium, but for the time being, we won't have them. Thus, I made a start at converting the Efn and Sfn templates at the top of Nguyen Ngoc Bich so you can see what would need to be done to work without them. I hope this will not prevent you working in Citizendium. I haven't given up, but I'll need to spend a lot more time if I'm ever going to get those to work. Very sorry.Pat Palmer (talk) 09:42, 13 June 2023 (CDT)

Thanks, Pat. I still have a lot more work to develop the content for the draft over in WP anyway. So there is no rush to continue the article in CZ, since the conversion of the templates takes some work. Once these templates are ready in CZ, owing to your effort, it will be just copy and paste from WP to CZ. Loc Vu-Quoc (talk) 13:47, 13 June 2023 (CDT)