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"But I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast. The first is gentleness; the second is economy; and the third is shrinking from taking precedence of others. With that gentleness I can be bold; with that economy I can be liberal; shrinking from taking precedence of others, I can become a vessel of the highest honour." – The Tao-te Ching by Lao-tzu. Chapter 67.
Translated by James Legge.[1]
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T. S. Eliot [2]

February 2007

Dear fellow Wikipedians, Not much of interest to include here except to say that I think Wikipedia is gr8, and to thank all you folks for being out there and helping to keep it all together. It’s well worth our while, whatever its failings.

I spend roughly half my time on Wikipedia reading up on stuff that interests me and the other half proofreading, editing, fixing redlinks, assuming good faith and/or reverting edits by vandals – following their often haphazard trails takes me to articles which I wouldn't normally touch with a bargepole and/or would never normally think of visiting but which can be interesting nonetheless. And once I'm there to revert vandalism and to tweak and to do whatever needs doing, my fingertips start itching and...

I have been known to slip up in my zeal and even to put my foot in it on occasions. If I have made an edit to your work, please take it in good faith and let me know if you disagree with it. Regards, --Technopat 23:47, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

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  1. ^ "The Tao-te Ching" The Internet Classics Archive. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  2. ^ Manning, George and Kent Curtis (2003) The Art of Leadership, p. 126. McGraw-Hill International At Google Books. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  3. ^ "ha'p'orth" The Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  4. ^ Wales, Jimmy. "Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information", 16 May 2006
  5. ^ Wales, Jimmy. "Insist on sources", 19 July 2006