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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to TaxAlmanac! My name is Tim Doyle and I serve here in the role of TaxAlmanac Moderator. If you haven't done so already, you might want to review our Quick Start Guide to help you get oriented.

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- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 15:45, 26 February 2007 (CST)

Your Edits

Frank:

I noticed the changes that you've made on the Standard Mileage Rates page. These look like great changes, but since the latest version looks so polished and so difference from what it was before, I need to make sure that it wasn't copied in from another source. Did you put that together, or was it copied?

Thanks!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 15:45, 26 February 2007 (CST)

Standard Mileage

Thank you for the verification. One of my jobs is to protect TaxAlmanac from copyright issues. Thank you for updating that page - it looks great!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 15:52, 26 February 2007 (CST)

Iowa

Frank:

Excellent work on the Iowa pages!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 08:45, 8 March 2007 (CST)

Templates

Frank:

You're right - the discussions filter out the curly braces and replace them with substitutes which display the same, but which do not act the same. This is because the discussions themselves reply on calls to templates, and any curly braces within the text could cause them to behave incorrectly.

That being said, I looked at the template that you created and I understand what you are trying to accomplish. I commend you on looking for a solution to make things easer. Although the template solution won't work, I think I do have another solution that will.

One of the things that I have worked to create here on TaxAlmanac are pages which I call Quick Link Pages. These pages basically contain links to the actual content, with the possibility that we could actually migrate the actual content to these pages in the future without having to renam all of the links. Think of the many publication pages and how they work. Right now when you click Publication 17, you're taken to a page with a summary and links to the PDF version. We could in the future actually move the content to TaxAlmanac, saving a step. Why would we do this? All of the content in these pages would then be found via searches. Also, we could start to add links between various documents that we can't do when they reside on the IRS website or elsewhere.

My thoughts are that we could create pages for the common forms, such as Form 1120', Form 1040, etc. Some of these forms already have some content, some have little, and many don't have pages at all. If we rounded out these pages, you could link to them with the acceptable square brackets instead of the curly braces. This approach also helps to pave the way to added content and functionality on TaxAlmanac. For example, with these pages we can get a link to all discussions or other pages that link to them. We can categorize them so they show on our category pages. These features can really add some interesting features.

I have the capability to mass create and upload pages to TaxAlmanac. Alternately, you could just start adding them. We'd probably want to use your template idea on these pages, just in case the IRS changed the location of the files, so we could make the update on one place instead of hundreds. I am more than willing to help get this all set up. I also understand that y'all (I now live in Texas so I can use that word) are very busy at this time, so your time is very valuable. Let me know how you'd like me to help. Even if you just provided a list of forms to start with, I could create and upload the pages to get us started.

Form 1000 is an example of a very simple page which I am talking about.

I hope this all makes sense!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 15:23, 15 March 2007 (CST)

Form 2439

I love this page! Great work!!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 15:24, 17 March 2007 (CST)

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