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How can I help?
I agree with Wikitiki's comments generally, but I'd like to restore some of the openness that Wiktionary had before we added so many templates that help experienced regular contributors, but discourage others, even veterans who've simply been away for a while. Unfortunately I don't know how to do so.
In the meantime, you can ask me any questions you'd like, recognizing that I am no linguist, though I have been reading a fair amount of linguistics and lexicography. My particular interest is taxonomic names, which I gravitated to because no one else was making enough contributions of taxa to be able to interfere with my own vision of what such entries should be. I suppose it must seem very complicated to work in the area, but I welcome contributors and will provide full, perhaps overlong, explanations of what I do. I certainly contribute to discussions and sometimes try to work on improvement of basic English words, though not so much to the more grammaticized ones, which seem beyond my paygrade or at least to require a major change of mindset from what else I do.
Remembering (misremmbering?) my own learning experience, I'd say that I learned mostly by copying entire entries or features of entries that I liked and by engaging in cleanup tasks, minimal changes that brought entries into conformity with then-prevailing standards. DCDuring TALK 19:27, 16 December 2015 (UTC)
- Very kind of you to offer help, DCDuring. I appreciate it! You described how I've been approaching this over the past few years, copying entire entries, doing cleanup edits here and there, and lots of trial and error using the preview. That is how I've gotten by so far, much of it fumbling in the dark. But when I've tried everything I can and still keep hitting a wall, that's when I cry out for help. Thank you! --Johanna-Hypatia (talk) 19:39, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
Would you mind not leaving sarcastic comments in your edit summaries?
Re:  I didn't leave a sarcastic comment when I undid your erroneous edit to the transliteration that did not match the script, so please do me the same favour. Thank you. Kaixinguo~enwiktionary (talk) 07:32, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
Do you have a source for your Arabic derivation? I strongly suspect you made it up yourself because if you had indeed looked it up, you must at least have found the standard etymology alongside the Arabic one and you made no mention of it. Hence, I've deleted your stuff. If there were a reliable source, it could be added as an alternative.