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use of sp[edit]

Hesperian, please look at to see if you prefer the spacing. If not then let me know with a yes or no. Kind Regards, —Maury (talk) 03:25, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Hello Maury. Nice to hear from you. Yes, I prefer the spacing. Hesperian 04:02, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
Hesperian, I am very tired and am going to go to bed but I saw 2 chapters "6" (six) that are not allowed. Sort them please. :0 )
VI Page:The Aspern Papers.djvu/76 
VI Page:The Aspern Papers.djvu/198 

—Maury (talk) 05:44, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi Maury. This book contains three novellas, each of this is entitled to its own Chapter 6. Hesperian 00:09, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Aspern Papers, The Modern Warning[edit]

Yes check.svg Done - The Aspern Papers, Louisa Pallant, The Modern Warning (1 volume, London & New York: Macmillan & Co., 1888) Happy Holidays Hesperian, Respectfully, —Maury (talk) 10:45, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Wow, thank you so much Maury, I'm stoked! Merry Christmas to you too! Hesperian 10:56, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Some dimestore psychology for y'all[edit]

If you have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, even into the teeth of a power differential, you should be proud of that. Not everyone has the guts to 'speak truth to power'.

I say you should be proud of it. I don't say you should let yourself by defined by it. Sadly, some people make this the basis of their self-esteem, and are thus constantly manufacturing grounds to 'speak truth to power', so as to reassure themselves of their own value. It's really very sad.

What follows for them is a simple two-step recipe. Keep your eyes open and over time this recipe will become oh-so-familiar to you:

  1. Mythologise a power to speak your truth to. Start with someone who has a modicum of influence over you—a boss, a teacher, a principal, a 'crat, a checkuser. Now manufacture an image of them as all-powerful. Exaggerate the extent of their power to harm you. Convince yourself that their power has no limits, checks or balances. You're not 'speaking truth to power' if your boss is too nice to abuse their power over you, so mythologise them as an abuser of power with no moral compass. You're not 'speaking truth to power' if other people will stick up for you, so characterise the community as completely sucked in by this power-abuser. You alone see them for what they really are. Represent yourself as a lone voice—isolated, excluded, ostracized. Or better still, actually isolate yourself. You're not speaking truth to power if there are processes in place to protect you, so mythologise 'the system' as against the little guy—the system exists only to protect and perpetuate itself, and will always come down on the side of the powerful. Congratulations, you have now manufactured a power who is really worth 'speaking truth to'. Wow, you must really be gutsy, and principled, to stand up to that.
  2. Manufacture a "truth". This part is very easy. All you need is a point to disagree on. Anything will do. Something will come up soon enough, and if it doesn't you can easily force the matter by being rude. Once you have a disagreement, however minor, use aggressive rhetoric to spin it up into a bigger and more heated dispute. This act of spinning up the disagreement is itself 'speaking truth to power'; and the more heated the dispute gets, the more you show your courage and integrity by continuing in the same antagonizing vein.

At this point, one of two things happens. Either power is exercised against you, or it is not. Either way, your self-image gets a boost. You've either rendered true the myth that you were speaking truth into the teeth of a genuine threat, and thus proven your extraordinary courage; or you've taken a power-abuser down a peg or two, and lived to fight another day.

Hesperian 13:22, 28 December 2014 (UTC)


Before I go tromping, seeking a second opinion on The Aborigines of Victoria. I would have just called it a work, and linked the volumes rather than created a disambiguation. Your thoughts? — billinghurst sDrewth 05:24, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

I agree, it is a work. Hesperian 01:01, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

New Proposal Notification - Replacement of common main-space header template[edit]

Announcing the listing of a new formal proposal recently added to the Scriptorium community-discussion page, Proposals section, titled:

Switch header template foundation from table-based to division-based

The proposal entails the replacement of the current Header template familiar to most with a structurally redesigned new Header template. Replacement is a needed first step in series of steps needed to properly address the long time deficiencies behind several issues as well as enhance our mobile device presence.

There should be no significant operational or visual differences between the existing and proposed Header templates under normal usage (i.e. Desktop view). The change is entirely structural -- moving away from the existing HTML all Table make-up to an all Div[ision] based one.

Please examine the testcases where the current template is compared to the proposed replacement. Don't forget to also check Mobile Mode from the testcases page -- which is where the differences between current header template & proposed header template will be hard to miss.

For those who are concerned over the possible impact replacement might have on specific works, you can test the replacement on your own by entering edit mode, substituting the header tag {{header with {{header/sandbox and then previewing the work with the change in place. Saving the page with the change in place should not be needed but if you opt to save the page instead of just previewing it, please remember to revert the change soon after your done inspecting the results.

Your questions or comments are welcomed. At the same time I personally urge participants to support this proposed change. -- George Orwell III (talk) 02:04, 13 January 2015 (UTC)