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I have a question about your Feb 2021 note regarding opencircuits software changes: I notice the page view counts, which were at the bottom of all pages, are now missing. I liked those because I could see which of my projects got lots of interest. Can we have those counts back? User: Definitionofis

Welcome to Open Circuits, Russ hensel.

Thank you for improving the passives page. I hope you enjoy reading OpenCircuits and sharing your knowledge with us.

A few tips:

  • You can "sign" your contributions by typing four tildes "~~~~" at the end.
  • Be bold with your editing. If you add information that really belongs on some other page of this wiki (or on some other wiki entirely), or you accidentally delete some crucial stuff, it's fairly easy for anyone to fix it. Please feel free to revert or otherwise fix-up any of my edits that turn out to be erroneous and/or misguided.
  • Sometimes it is faster to delete spam (and restore what the spammer may have deleted) by pressing the "undo" button on the page history "diff" page.
  • We are all volunteers here.

Please feel free to talk about your electronics experiences here.


--DavidCary 08:04, 14 January 2008 (PST)

I see from your comment on components that I've been a little over-zealous locking down pages. Oops.

Thank you for adding good information to Open Circuits. --DavidCary 14:56, 17 January 2008 (PST)

p.s.: There's a bit of an art to naming pages in a wiki.

("I’m watching people at other places struggle to build wiki ... they’re making big long names that are hard to remember / match right ... and not inter-connecting them together. That is, they’re not building ideas on top of ideas." -- LionKimbro)

When I mis-spell the title of a page, please use the (confusingly-worded) "Move this page" link in the navigation bar to re-name it to a better title -- preferably a correctly-spelled title.

When a page needs to be deleted -- because all the information that was on it has moved on to some other, more appropriate page -- or because it's never had good information, only spam -- please slap the [[Category:AFD]] link on it. Then, sooner or later, the page will be destroyed by the system.

I apologize for not already explaining this stuff. See the "help" link in the left navigation bar? That's where I should have explained it. But (a) I worry that I'm already far too familiar with this software, so I'll write brief, cryptic statements that may technically be true, but aren't helpful to anyone who doesn't already know, or (b) I worry that I'll ramble on and on about some trivial feature, giving people the misleading impression that this is difficult to use.

So: If you learn something about OpenCircuits that you wish you had learned a long time ago, help the next person by mentioning it on that help page.

--DavidCary 14:56, 17 January 2008 (PST)

Have you heard of SDCC ? SDCC is the Microchip PIC compiler used the RepRap project. Although I hear rumors that some RepRap builders are switching from PIC to Arduino. --DavidCary 00:19, 19 January 2008 (PST)

Just recently have installed unbuntu, I will try this.

(replied on User:DavidCary. --DavidCary 18:05, 4 February 2008 (PST))

Dear russ_hensel,

I think you might enjoy reading and editing Wikibooks: Practical Electronics. Perhaps also Wikibooks: Circuit Idea. (But I also want you to keep editing here!) --DavidCary 20:16, 6 February 2008 (PST)


Congratulations on becoming a sysop at Open Circuits. --DavidCary 07:50, 11 February 2008 (PST)

So ... have you seen our Open Circuits:Policy? --DavidCary 19:34, 11 March 2008 (PDT)


OK, I'm confused. It appears that you created the page Russ hensel test, and then later created the page PIC Links with exactly the same content.

So ... why didn't you use the "move this page" link at the bottom of the page to rename the page "Russ hensel test" to the better name "PIC Links"?

If I find a URL to a really nice page about PIC electronics and firmware, which of these 2 pages am I supposed to put that URL on?

Something like this happens all the time on larger wiki -- someone thinks we need a page on "such and such", and someone else independently thinks we need a page on the same topic, but names it slightly differently -- "SuchAndSuch". But this is this the first time I've seen the same person create 2 pages on the same topic with slightly different names.

For now I'm going to pretend those 2 pages were created by 2 different people, and go through the standard process:

  • post a notice "suggesting" a merge
  • If no one objects in a few days (a week?), cut-and-paste the text (without editing) from one page to the other, leaving "text moved to page such-and-such" comments in the "summary" field, so people can see that I'm moving text, not deleting text.
  • Later: edit the page to have only 1 copy of duplicate information.

I should probably document this process in the Help:Contents page.

--DavidCary 12:07, 11 February 2008 (PST)

south coast wiki[edit]

I hope you don't mind me adding the south coast wiki to the wikiindex to give it a little more visibility.

Feel free to update any glaring mistakes I've made at the wikiindex . --DavidCary 17:02, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

Russ says: not at all, thanks.

the other wiki-like electronics website[edit]

I see you and I are also posting to the Electronics and Robotics StackExchange ( ), formerly .

It seems to have a lot more activity than the OpenCircuits wiki. I'm not sure I want that much activity, but I think a little more would be good here. Is there anything we can learn from StackExchange and apply here? --DavidCary 05:06, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

thank you[edit]

Looks like you are making progress with motors and other things. Thank you. Something seems to have gone wrong with toaster oven reflow and toaster oven -- is this close enough to an Open Circuit, or has some spammer replaced our information with an advertisement? Alas, looks like I'll be busy doing other stuff for the next few weeks -- good luck! --DavidCary 01:26, 4 April 2011 (UTC)



Please forward this information to the admin(s):

--Glenndk 22:06, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

no captcha?[edit]

Could you please let me bypass the captchas? --Glenndk 22:46, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

testing backups[edit]

I haven't seen any spam at for several days.

Perhaps we've finally gotten the anti-spam stuff working better than I had ever hoped. Or perhaps something has gone horribly wrong and practically everyone has been locked out, even the people we *want* to edit the wiki.

I've recently read "Program computers you can unplug" (via Wiki: ProgramComputersYouCanUnplug).

Do you have a machine (perhaps a virtual machine) that we can use to practice restoring the backups I periodically generate of the current OpenCircuits site? (And more importantly, verifying that the backups are actually usable?)

--DavidCary (talk) 00:14, 30 March 2014 (PDT)