User talk:Jade Knight/Archives/2010

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Dionysios Appreciates The Jade Knight's Helpful Comments

Thank you, Jade Knight for all your good guidance.

This User, still a Neophyte at Wikiversity, never knew for what purpose the "+" button existed. He will henceforth begin to conform to the practice of the real Wikiversity Regulars and have his Text automatically added at the Bottom and Edit his Discussion Page and any other instances which he finds of his deviation from Standard Practice to also conform.

Thank you also for your recognition that there may be some really good ideas among the fevered imaginings of whatever it is that Your Servant thinks he might be doing, with where he wants to go with Wikiversity (Including some perhaps very Creative and Original projects <and stuff>) -- Creative and Original being great for Wikiversity right now.

He does attempt to keep in Mind that no one else knows what's going inside his head; and it has become apparent to him that his Fellow Wikversitans are often confused by the seemingly erratic pattern of his edits; and he is becoming aware that his commentary often does not help.

Even though the "Third person" and "The Passive Voice" are generally not very effective Rhetorical Devices, they are where Your Servant finds himself.

If he comes to find that it is just a bad habit, he will break the habit. If, on the other hand, "Third Person; Passive Voice" turns out to be Who He Is, he would then have to continue in his (unintentionally) irritating way.

Many Wikiversity Regulars do not use Headers in the Middle of Discussions and the appearance of Headers in the Middle of a Discussion Already in Progress could be very Jarring and Disorienting. And, Your Servant has to add: The magical Arrival of a Heading might tend to recast a Discussion in a Direction that has nothing to do with what was Previously Going On in that Discussion. The Remedy there would be to Edit the Headers until We have some Consensus as to About What We Are Talking. But the Use of Headers tends to make Quickly Visible at least an Idea of About What the Conversation Deals.

Your Servant has filled this Response with subheaders; but certainly he Refrains from Going to Work on Your Discussion Page, Editing It with his Subheadering Interpretations. ¿When you request that the Discussion not be Broken with Added Headers, certainly you are not suggesting that Subheaders not be used within a Comment?

Your Servant has the Goal of communicating what it is he is trying to do. To do so "in simple, easy-to-understand terms" is for him Icing on the Cake. First he desires with desire that he should communicate; then, he desires with desire that he should do so with simplicity.

Fuzzy Thinking, Fuzzy Communications. Your Servant does not mean to be Obscure; it just comes naturally. He strives to to do better.

He does what he can to overcome any and all obstacles to effective communication and thanks you for your most helpful assistance in that regard.

It is a Mutual Admiration Society. Your Servant knows from seeing Your Work that you are an most essential part of This Work and is most sincerely appreciative that you should take the time to be of assistance to a Wikiversity Neophyte. Thank you again for all your good guidance.

(s) Dionysios(talk), a Participant in the Wikiversity Institute for Thought, Date: 2007-07-16 (July 16, 2007) Time: 1631 UTC

Strangely, Third Person and Passive Voice are very comfortable for Your Servant. He is aware and reminded of the mild disorientation which can occur and finds First Person and Active Voice equally capable of producing a little disorientation in him.
Thank you for your continued guidance on the matter of Subheaders and for removing the unwanted Subheaders. Your Servant will no longer litter our communications with Subheaders.
Your Servant cares carefully when making Links, using google: and much of the whole family of Wikimedia projects, including m:, foundation:, b:, n:, w:, q:, wikimedia:, and, of course, wikt:.
The primary question, then, with reference to Your Servant's Links is whether they are helpful; and he regrets that you often do not find them so; but, then, often, Your Servant is hoping to do more than provide a definition for a Word.
He Links to your User Page because he knows that someone else may come along and want to go there at the point where he made the Link.
But, again, thank you for all your good guidance. If you will continue to be patient with Your Servant, you may eventually find reason to rejoice over your efforts bearing fruit.
(s) Dionysios(talk), Date: 2007-07-16 (July 16, 2007) Time: 2359 UTC

The Jade Knight (d'viser) 05:06, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

spanish course

Hi, im the teacher you answered in discussion. I won't register if i don't see it's worth it, and now I don't see how can i help teaching Spanish, it's just a mess. I suggest to start not by lessons but by topics: shopping, introducing youself, travelling... In each topic you can put the vocabulary, the grammar related, a little text (better with audio recordings) and some exercises. Then, each 4 or five topics, you can put a test or ask for projects. There should be also chat time (the chat channels of wikipedia or similars can be perfect!) You can order a little bit the courses or answer me in [[w:ca:Usuari:Barcelona]. I will keep looking at the project to see if starts to be a real course. Thanks (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) )

The Jade Knight (d'viser) 05:07, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Could the Proposal to Merge the Advanced General Studies Portal and the School of Advanced General Studies Please be Withdrawn?

Greetings Jade Knight!

The original intention was that the Advanced General Studies portal should eventually become a major portal, directing users to those friendly introductions to learning resources promised on the major portal page as well as providing links to Wikiversity schools and other content development projects in the "Topic:" namespace and that the the school should be a major Wikiversity school.

It is beyond the understanding of Your servant how the proposed collapse of the portal into the school would make anything easier for anyone.

So far, the primary effect of the "decoration" of the pages of the portal and the school with a {{merge|School:Advanced General Studies}} template appears to have been to greatly discourage the the founder of the the portal and the school.

Your servant would be very reluctant to continue with work which might very will be destroyed should the proposed Merger actually take place.

Nobody other than the proposer of the merger and the founder of the the portal and the school has posted comments after an urgent Request for Comments was placed on the the portal and school pages nearly one (1) month ago.

Perhaps it is time to withdraw the proposal and let the the founder of the the portal and the school return to development of these pages.

Could the proposal to merge the the portal and the the school please be withdrawn? It could be renewed without prejudice if you were later to find that good progress toward the Advanced General Studies Portal becoming a major portal is not being made.

Best regards,

(s) Dionysios (talk), a Participant in the Wikiversity School of Advanced General Studies, Date: 2007-08-29 (August 29, 2007) Time: 2156 UTC

The Jade Knight (d'viser) 05:07, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Welcome Back, My Friend and Adversary!

Welcome Back, My Friend and Adversary! Your Servant has missed you while you have been away. -- Dionysios (talk), 2007-09-09 (September 9, 2007) Time: 2057 UTC

The Jade Knight (d'viser) 05:07, 23 March 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for your note. I tried to include as much existing content as possible. I attempted to organise the departmental structure in a hierarchical way to (eventually) encompass as many related/dependent areas as possible. The two major divisions are:



(My intention here was that Beverages could be further subdivided to include Alcoholic/non alcoholic. Then into beers, wines and spirits and hot and cold beverages respectively. These will each have production, scientific, historical and service aspects meriting courses.)

The Food division has Departments of:

Food production

Food science

Food tourism

Food writing & photography

Food history

There is also a major Sub-division of:

Food preparation and consumption

(This (above) division need to take in commercial and industrial aspects including the restaurant/food service trade with its various aspects.) which has Departments of:

Food service


and hosts courses on:

Ethnic and regional food

Menu planning

My thinking was influenced by the prospectus of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy.

The more practical (as opposed to theoretical) aspects of the course are to be based on conventional cookery and food service courses and examination syllabuses, with additional material to cover a more global perspective.

I hope this helps. Get back to me with further questions. I have been extra busy in the real world lately but I shall be back making contributions before long. --Harkey 10:21, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

William Hamblin congratulates Jade Knight for his fine ground work

Hello Jade Knight, just wanted to say I've seen so very much of you as I have tried to pull together a military history department and link in with the big scheme. I love the wikimedia projects and am fondly looking forward to pulling together the military history and brushing up what I can of tertiary history in general. William Hamblin 12:33, 15 May 2010 (UTC)


Where have you been? Ottava Rima (talk) 15:00, 29 July 2010 (UTC)