User talk:Hesperian

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Hi Hesperian, I'm posting this request on behalf of nl:User:Kukkie. There is a user registered with the same user name, but 0 edits. See here for confirmation. Could you please rename the old one? Thanks in advance. Sincerely, JurgenNL (talk) 14:48, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Also posted here. JurgenNL (talk) 15:41, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Hooker's Flora Antarctica[edit]

Hi, just wondering your opinion on the practicality of doing The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. discovery ships Erebus and Terror … as a proofread of the month. The botanist in my household says that Hooker's writing style can be quite dense, but it would be very useful to have it available. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:30, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

It would be extremely cool, but wading through pages of botanical Latin is pretty hard work. The OCR is usually not great. And usually there is complicated markup e.g. margin changes, hanging indents, etc. Having worked on similar botanical works, I'm inclined to think it is too much of an acquired taste. But don't let me talk you out of it! Hesperian 08:06, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Together or apart — similarity of disambig[edit]

Do we have separate disambig pages for Primrose and Primroses, or should we merge them? At the help page, we leave the distinguishment undefined. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:19, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Dunno. At present, my understanding is we merge "X", "An/A X" and "The X". If we also include "Xes", then we should include "The Xes" too. I'm not fussed, so long as it is documented so that we all do the same thing. Hesperian 10:46, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Daisy Miller in April[edit]

Daisy Miller: A Study (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879) will be the featured text for April. As you nominated it, can you fill out the remainder of Template:Featured text/April. I was going to do it today but I've been ill and I'm not up to writing this right now. Thanks, AdamBMorgan (talk) 20:23, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

I had a go. Hope you're feeling better soon, Adam. Hesperian 06:48, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

"OH YEAHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh." Congrats Hesperian! —Maury (talk) 23:51, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Maury. :-) And congrats also to you, who validated it! Hesperian 06:48, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I don't recall whether I edited any of those pages or not because often I jump from book to book editing and/or validating. I will tell you what I do remember and that's "teamwork". You could not get the big file off gobble. I got that and tried several ways to get it to you inc. IA. You downloaded that .pdf file but had trouble with it. Ineuw, and George Orwell III stepped in and also had problems with it. I mentioned sending it to you in parts to be reassembled which is what George Orwell III. I think Ineuw also worked with that. You reassembled those pieces and then the work was edited, proofread, and validated. This is what really what I focus upon and like--our teamwork! The conversations about this, or portions thereof, are on my talk page. Finally, your nomination and desire for the work to be nominated, backing your prize work brought to fruition as a featured text. Next came the supports which I recall came from myself, Ineuw, Gumr51 (I think) of Mexico, probably Clockery, and others. Then I enjoyed playing around with the title with Clockery--it was a flexible topic. But all said and done it was teamwork that got Daisy Miller and her author to become the featured text for April 2014. Think of this and ask yourself, would or could any one person have done all that was done? You were the driving force and George Orwell III was our usual WS problem solver of it all. Still, "teamwork", and imho that is better than any one person completing a work. It reminds me of that old saying, "United We Stand", or the Biblical scripture about "A House divided cannot stand". So, the wonderful story and gifted author are carried onward into the future, new once again for many generations, and as a featured text which in itself was a challenge that became a success through teamwork. It was your *strong desire for that work* and *request for help* that brought it all together. I love all of this! It is beyond just the work itself. —Maury (talk) 07:51, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I had an odd idea that that was a different work, that one you're speaking of. Hesperian 12:10, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Oops! Sincerely sorry. "IT HAPPENS", especially to old guys, but I'll remedy it by promoting my own work, "Comic History of England".

Respectfully, —Maury (talk) 15:02, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Heh. Hesperian 00:41, 1 April 2014 (UTC)


Hesperian, a request please, would you be so kind as to run your "raw image" bot over the pages of the following book? I know this link isn't good but it is the correct area. Respectfully, —Maury (talk) 15:46, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

You might be interested in this[edit]

Wendell Phillips by your Fenian mate. 12:40, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks mate; interesting. I might get to it later.... Hesperian 12:55, 13 April 2014 (UTC)