User talk:Mstrum

From Korean Wiki Project
Revision as of 03:56, 10 July 2009 by Joesp (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search


matt, it's the webmaster at I can share my grammar entries with you, which are using the same license as you have (the Creative Commons one), because I just merged in the grammar entries from . I'm referring to the grammar setup at not to the verb endings which I have. Then may help save a lot of your time cutting and pasting if I can give you the full database dump for those entries?

I could do the same for the endings as well, of which I have about 470 and 790 follow-ups, like you can see at . If you wanted to add the explanations or examples I have taken from books, you are welcome to do that, as well.

I understand the concept of community and the sharing of knowledge. Everything great in the world was accomplished by people working together. And I'm glad to see you have the right license. So, I am all about collaboration, believe me, but I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish by reinventing the wheel here. The two of you may install the forum you have listed on your to-do page. Maybe you will even be interested in your site in a year. Web sites do come and go, but communities should survive.

It's just a pain to have to add your examples to my already existing entries, because it makes my site a failure. Maybe your wiki approach will be a breaker.

The 3 of us building a community at ezcorean would be possible. My offer is just to use my site, and then build a community over there. If you are in it for pride or the male collection/ownership thing, though, that's can get in the way of collaboration. Or, if you have problems with my site (appearance, maybe, or lack of functionality, or stuff seems broken). However, if you are in it for the money, well, your license is a bit limiting in that area.

My goal is to have us, and that includes other people as well, make a vibrant forum online. I translate Korean sometimes, a few times a week, for a certain company, and I need answers sometimes else I get in trouble when the client complains. So, I have a real need for that. If I saw you had a vibrant forum I wouldn't be making this post here. But, we all do share a sincere interest in Korean. We should figure out some way to get together on this.

I don't give a flying J who owns the domain name, or what it is, or where the server is located. I just want to collaborate with people because, as I said, all great things have been done by groups. One person, or two, does not make a community. Contributing to a community is my payback.



Thanks a lot Joseph, I really like your website. I've used it a lot in the past, it's an absolutely great resource. If you do want to share your grammar database with us, Chris would probably be the better person to talk to. He's overseeing the grammar section, so he might be able to use that.

Quite frankly, I'm only really interested in working on and upkeeping this project. I personally believe MediaWiki is the best way to do this kind of a project, but that's just my personal preference. Me and Chris recognize that there's some downsides to a wiki, but we both believe (assuming I'm talking for Chris) it's the best solution out there. We've only been online for a few months, but the content has really fleshed out to include an amazing breath of information.

If we did want to collaborate, it would probably mean creating a Korean Q&A-type forum we could both administrate. Other than that, I don't really see any way to merge the two projects without abandoning one of the site platforms. That's something I would love to see, but it would definitely take some compromising and and hard work from all sides.

--Mstrum 00:42, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

First welcome to our site Joseph. I'd be interested in the data dump, however our grammar page names follow a certain syntax and the grammar pages also follow a certain syntax. So even though the dump will save time from copying and pasting, we would also need to delete duplicates of pages already on here as well as reformat them. Also explanations from books probably wouldn't be a good idea since they are copyrighted and on top of that a lot of books tend to put unnatural examples, so on this wiki we try to get a native speaker to mostly write the sentence examples (our member Jay shin has been doing most of them).

Me and Matt feel like we're taking a better and new approaches to learning Korean, as well as combining the best methods we've seen in books and websites, so I wouldn't exactly say it's reinventing the wheel. We've come up with a lot of our ideas and methods based on our own needs and problems we've come across with other sources for learning Korean. Also I cosign Matt on the wiki being the best approach for our project, even though it holds us back in some areas. However we will probably look into making our own custom extensions for our site to overcome those limitations. Also i'm not sure how we would be able to move our site to your site, but we've already got our project established and an easy to remember domain name. We're still in the phase of putting up basic information on our wiki so we haven't tried to advertise it to others, but we have made special plans to do so when we feel the time is right. We've each also setup goals for the future of this website and we'd like to see them met someday. We do appreciate your offer though.

As far as being in it for the money, I'm not sure how that would be possible since there would so many authors on the site and they'd each want a small chunk if some book was ever made from all this. We'd love to have you on board our project to make learning Korean easier for everyone and making the information as accurate and detailed as possible, that will happen as more users join the project and people put in their passion for the Korean language. If you have any other suggestions to make the site better, please let us know. I'm a bit tired right now so don't have time to check for typos, so hopefully I didn't make any major ones --Bluesoju 16:22, 8 July 2009 (UTC)


I really believe this site is an oxymoron. A community-based wiki project called If you're not inventing the wheel what else can you call rewriting a page about ㄹ irregular verbs? Mine is CC license and if there isn't one on then I'd be very shocked. And if community ideology is so strong, what is wrong with ? What this site is is 3 people spending lots of time creating duplicate information, as far as the larger community is concerned. I know it helps your korean study, because I learned by making my site as well. But, I am thinking wider about the benefit to the larger netizens, not just a community called And the verb endings, besides that I already have 500 of them and there's a university site out there with a thousand of them (again, with examples from books). It just doesn't seem right for you to have to take your precious time to do this work all over again. Moreover, I understand the webhosting, administration, and content responsibilities become a part-time job. Finally, I am a professional proofreader and translator and I can tell you that it takes a lot less energy to proofread than it does to translate. So, it just really makes me angry to see your talent and hard work and passion being mis-used in this way. I can only wonder what is so great about this site that's different from, for example, or my site .... I just disagree, I guess.

I have the irregular verb entries done, just take them from my site.

Take my verb entries and mint's example postings and add them here.

You can create a mirror of the entire grammar section .

proverbs, I have a ton of them, but i got them off another site which I linked to but have no idea what the license is (yet).

I also have survival korean, which is missing from your site at this point.

I wouldn't worry about the format differences, db conversions, etc. -- I can shave the skin off an apple with my excellent php and SQL skillsets. No doubt, it would be a lot of grunt work.

the word list examples can be created by a php script which would accept the English words and create html output with the Korean words as part of them, to save much time typing.



I guess we just have to agree to disagree. We like having our own wiki because we can control and change it unlike You can find many examples of other people who have created wikis separate from Wikipedia and have successfully created communities around it. Is it duplicate information? Yeah, a lot is, but not all content is created equal. Websites can have the same information, but one might be more useful if it's presented and organized in a different way. We are creating unique resources, like the most recent linking of Chinese Roots to pages so that you can learn the roots and more vocabulary. What other site does that? The Hangeul Assistant is another great example of a very unique resource that isn't present anywhere else. These are all things that have been very easy to make thanks to not having to worry about creating or heavily modifying the underlying platform. If we had to create a website from scratch and do a lot of coding, that would have been a waste of my time.

Yeah, I totally understand about learning through setting up this kind of website. One of the biggest reasons for me working so hard on this wiki is that I believe teaching is the best way to learn. Is it a waste? Even if no one else used the site or if the site totally crashed and we lost everything, I've personally gained a lot from the experience and would not consider the time I've taken on it as a waste. I looked at all the Korean language websites out there and felt that contributing to them would have been a waste of my time since I didn't really like how they were set up. Chris was like that and I'm sure many others are also. People have different preferences, so we are just giving them an alternative. I don't see anything wasteful or wrong with that. Anyways, good luck with everything,

--Mstrum 07:25, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

The creation with this project is due to the dissatisfaction with other sources of material for the Korean language, we can't go change other people's websites or go fix their explanations, provide more examples, provide clearer examples, or provide more natural examples. Since we can't do that, we took it into our own hands and want to provide the better content people need, provide natural examples, clear up misconceptions that aren't explained in books. It's like why are there so many car companies or restaurant chains out there? Because the creators thought they could offer something better than what was already out there. Same with this website.
I think asking what is wrong with wikipedia is a silly question (no offense). Wikipedia has their own agendas, their own rules, their own ideology. A lot of the stuff we want to do there won't be permitted or doesn't fit their project, if I make a Korean vocabulary page for military vocabulary words do you honestly think it would fit on wikipedia? If I put individual Korean grammar patterns on wikipedia do you think those are the type of articles they want?
While it's mostly three of us contributing at the moment, we have to lay the backbone and foundation of this site so others will take the project seriously and join. Do you think wikipedia started out with 1,000+ users from the start? People had to know it was a legit project and that they weren't wasting their time contributing. The site's been up only since February and I think we've done a lot and already surpassed many other sites and we already have unique content you can't find on other sites. As I mentioned before, we haven't even formally advertised our website nor have we worked on it full time.
Matt and I have a vision for what this site will become, and we want to see it grow into that. Other websites are providing the same basic information from textbook sources and Korean no one really uses. For example other websites and books teach the pattern V + 는군요 as an exclamation ending, when in fact no one really uses it like that these days except in specific situations. That's the exact type of thing we want to avoid, teaching useless Korean. Another example is V + 거든요 is always simply explained as "because" when its much more than that. How many websites go indepth with their explanations? Harldy any, they just provide the basic information and leave it up to the reader to figure out the rest. I used to read bad explanations and wish I could correct it, but now since there is a wiki system, people can actually fix the content just as our Korean member Jayshin has already been doing. When we feel we are ready to launch our site we will have many Koreans fixing up the site, correcting details and adding more indepth information. It will take many users and many corrections in the end to get an article nearly perfect, but at least we have that option unlike other Korean language websites out there.--Bluesoju 07:33, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

this is a very passionate discussion. IT's nice to see so much passion. Some points are simply wrong. >>> We are creating unique resources, like the most recent linking of Chinese Roots to pages so that you can learn the roots and more vocabulary. What other site does that? My entire open source korean-english dictionary has hanja for every word cross-linked to hanja pages. Have you seen a page like :

click the hanja and you go to this page:

the reason you can't edit the grammar entries on my site is BECAUSE YOU NEVER ASKED. The only difference I can see between a wiki and a forum-based grammar site like mine is that the wiki can track changes and stores previously edited versions so they can be reviewed. If I told my software, say, MStrum and Bluesoju were moderators, the thing would be the same as a wiki, only if you messed something up, I'd have to restore from the previous week's backup.

>>>if I make a Korean vocabulary page for military vocabulary words do you honestly think it would fit on wikipedia? If I put individual Korean grammar patterns on wikipedia do you think those are the type of articles they want?

I really can't answer that question. I honestly don't know about

>>> problems with V + 는군요 and V + 거든요 (because).

yes, 거든요 is because as a result of an allegation.

거든요 doesn't require an allegation. No allegation below:
A:"어제 왜 안 왔어?"
(because meaning)
Some counter examples where it doesn't mean "because" (typed by a native Korean speaker):
"버스에서 핸드폰 잃어버렸거든요." ... (Giving introductory information on his situation, then another follow up sentence to explain why he's bringing up that information)
"제가 시험에서 1등 했거든요." ... (Giving information, then follow up information about it)
"제가 어제 많이 취했거든요. 그래서 머리를 다쳤어요" (Again giving information)
A:"너 변태지?"
B:"전 그런 사람 아니거든요." (Because doesn't make sense in this situation)
A:"신발 벗어야 되나요?
B:"네. 신발 벗고 들어오셔야 되거든요." (Ironically my friend just said this to someone as they were walking in)
If you watch Korean tv or Korean dramas, you will see 거든(요) is used a lot, and in a lot of cases the "because" translation does no work, yet it's the only definition other websites and textbooks say. It's often used to get people to understand something or trying to get them to understand your situation --Bluesoju 09:54, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

Joesp 13:10, 9 July 2009 (UTC)  ::

good job. Very nice explanation. You managed to flush out the meaning very well. Sorry we didn't have this conversation on the page for the topic.

we haven't established any basis for collaboration, so I assume if I change my site into a wiki, that will be the first step in working together. I sincerely believe that despite our differences of opinion, that we should bring our sites to the stage where they are mirrors of the same, then we can simply use two domain names. Everything great is accomplished by people working in groups Joesp The best thing I can contribute to your project is the fruits of my individual work, and then in combination, we will become stronger, like Mickey mouse (or is that the 3 musketeers).

So, as a result of this conversation, I can see where my site has been subject to misinterpretation and I will try to fix that in the upcoming weeks. After that, I will revisit your site and talk to you again.

이제 왭사이트 관리에 시간을 투자하는 것보다 9월에 나오는 한국어능력시험에 점수를 잘 나오도록 그 공부에 집중하고 있습니다. 그러니 ... 잘 살고 시간을 잘 활용하면서 사이트를 만들었으면 좋겠습니다.

I'm not sure what changing your site into a wiki and mirroring the sites would accomplish. If we mirror our sites than it's energy wasted keeping two sites the same rather than adding new and unique content, which goes against your wasting valuable time and reinventing the wheel comments before. It would also be a hassle keeping track of the changes between the two and it would take you a lot of time converting the content you already have to make it into wiki format. While collaborating would be great, I don't think this would be an effective way to do so. --Bluesoju 00:01, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

I have seen those Hanja pages before. To be fair, the implementation is totally different. That being said, I probably shouldn't have said it can't be found anywhere else.

Also, I have known that people can edit the pages. I just personally didn't want to work in that environment. It's nothing personal or anything, I was just looking for something more wiki-like. One example of a reason wikis are nice? I can easily link to something like without needing to look up how to link to that. Or I could link to computers as another example. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but anything other than a wiki pretty much requires you to look things up to link to them if it's non-trivial.

I know where you're coming from, many of the functionality is technically there. Maybe it's just that we both misunderstand each other's websites. I do believe that our sites offer very different ways to edit and organize things. There isn't really a right or wrong way, it's all just personal preference.

--Mstrum 14:10, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

Joesp 01:51, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

I have no doubt wasted too much time programming functionality into my site. I'm so tired of it, I'd rather study Korean than do that ever again. I just want to get that whole thing off my shoulders. Do you have a way to do bulk uploads without using an HTML interface? Just curious, in case someday I should have the inclination and the time, but not these days Joesp 01:49, 10 July 2009 (UTC)