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54th Cosâ Cabinet Esteemed fellow citizens!

I am happy to announce that, following the recent Cosâ election, the Free Democrats of Talossa, the Awakening and Magnifying Passion party, and the Peculiar Nationalist Party, have agreed to form a government together. A draft Programme for Government has been agreed by the incoming coalition and will be published once it's put into more formal language.

Your incoming Cabinet lineup, as transmitted today to the King for his approval:

Miestrâ Schivâ, UrN: Seneschál, Minister of Culture
Ián Plätschisch: Distáin, Minister of STUFF
Eðo Grischün: Interior Minister
Txoteu É. Davinescu: Foreign Minister, Defence Minister
Cresti Nouacastra-Läxhirescu: Attorney-General
Dame Litz Cjantscheir: Minister of Finance

Questions? Comments?

December 05, 2019, 02:26:43 PM
Re: Wittmeister's Feature List Off topic, I have tried addressing complaints about table formatting. Now you can do stuff like:

Code: [Select]
[table border=number]table content[/table]
[td colspan=number rowspan=number]table cell[/td]

As a bonus, some HTML stuff is now available for BBCode (note: not sure where you would define a class...):

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[div class="class_of_style" style="rules"]paragraph with style[/div]
[span class="class_of_style" style="rules"]text with style[/span]

In general, you can use class and style attributes with hr, img, li/list and table/td/tr.

An immediate example would be a "nice" 100% width table with a colspan:

Code: [Select]
[table style="width:100%;" border=1]
 [tr] [td colspan=3][b]BIGASS HEADER[/b][/td][/tr]
[tr] [td]2.1[/td] [td]2.2[/td][td]2.3[/td][/tr]
[tr] [td]3.1[/td] [td]3.2[/td][td]3.3[/td][/tr]


December 08, 2019, 06:00:45 AM
[Scribe, etc] Witt XI is shut down. 13897 threads, 169575 posts, and 15 years and ten months - No Wittenberg lasted as long or was as stable.  In terms of stability, of course, this new Witt so far has been stellar.

This is the first Wittenberg change since reunision.  It is the first Kingdom-Witt change since Ben left in 2005.  And it is the first Witt change with people leading the way who, in part, never knew Ben Madison or received direction from him - or at least his blessing - to make that change.

It is also the first Witt change that has been what would might call a 'production'.  In times past, a Witt change was instant: the Ziu was changed over immediately.  The courts were changed over.  Everything was changed over in one stroke.  This time 'round, it took us four months to get things switched over, and I salute everyone who made this thing work as smoothly as they have.

For me, the change to this new Witt was mandated, if for no other reason, due to the lack of ProBoards offering a robust and native archive functionality.  AD and Lüc have done yoeman's work on that issue, but even they were not able to get everything archived.  The only approach is a brute-force one, and that process continues.

Secondly, there was the aspect of ProBoards being a free service which could be yanked offline on a whim at any time.  Yes, ProBoards continues to be rock-stable, but in 2004, who could have foreseen the eventual demise of the stable and brilliant Blizzard Entertainment at the hands of its corporate parent, ActiVision?

By bringing the code for Witt in-house, we to an extent control our destiny.  The backup system for Witt is not as easy to deal with on Lüc's end as we would like, but it allows for native archival functionality.  And if we need to switch hosting provider, we can.  We are not handcuffed to ProBoards or any other company.

It was with heavy heart, however, I read just a bit ago what I believe to be the last post ever on Wittenberg XI:

It is the only post on this thread, and when one realizes just how much Talossan history lives there, it's pretty remarkable: three-eighths of Kingdom history on that forum.

Archiving Witt XI continues.  I have archived up to thread 10,000 in my first pass-through with an HTML single-file add-on for Firefox.  I hope to get this pass-through done by 4 April, it being the last day of what will be a twenty-one coronavirus-avoiding home-stay for me.

Again, I salue Pete H. for setting up, AD for helping to keep it going, and everyone who ever worked on that forum.  Witt is dead.  Long live Witt.

GV, Scribe, etc.

March 24, 2020, 09:00:05 PM
Re: My coat of arms Hey there, there's only really one active member of the College anymore.  You might want to message him directly: @Béneditsch Ardpresteir

There used to be guides on how to apply and stuff, but that didn't make the transition over from Wittenberg.  You might want to check out the old board:

April 05, 2020, 07:28:06 PM
Nomination to the UC I hereby nominate Alexandreu Davinescu to the Uppermost Cort.
April 22, 2020, 02:03:01 PM
Re: April 2020 Results (54th Cosa, 4th Clark)
I am listed as the Senator from Florencia, and S:reu Ian Plätschisch as that of Maricopa
Yes, that's a glitch that happens when there are any vacant seats (last time it was when Hooligan was the regent for John in the 52nd Cosa).

Luckily you can see from that all entries are actually correct on a data level, so it's just that the code for printing out the table with all current senators is buggy.

April 26, 2020, 04:32:38 AM
Re: REAL COSA 2020: A new model I don't see a practical benefit to, nor a practical difference of, a smaller-number Cosa if we still allow members to hold more than one seat at a time. In reality, by shrinking the seats but allowing plural seat-holding, we are really just excluding smaller parties as well as overall political participation. I think that one-person parties are a GOOD thing in the context of Talossa, and that they make Talossa a greater democracy.

If we want a "real" Cosa - which I support, to be clear - then we have to get rid of plural seat-holding. One seat, one member.

If that is unpalatable, then we should stick to the current EM200 method.

The half-measure of reducing seats but allowing plural seat-holding does more harm than good.

June 02, 2020, 10:18:40 AM
Re: The Ranked Choice Constitutional Referendum Bill There was a special midterm referendum on the monarchy just a few years ago, with 71% of respondents saying they wanted to keep the monarchy and 60% saying they didn't want it to be a figurehead.  I guess this question will be asked over and over in different ways until it produces the answer that is desired.
June 16, 2020, 06:13:17 PM
Re: The Ranked Choice Constitutional Referendum Bill The Senator from Maricopa also does not seem to understand that, in a ranked-choice (IRV/PV) election, there isn't a "second round".

Of course, many true sentences can be made of the form: "The Senator from Maricopa also does not seem to understand that..."

June 17, 2020, 05:24:03 PM
Re: The Ranked Choice Constitutional Referendum Bill I am sorry, but you are the elected leader of Talossa.  It's a position you avidly sought to obtain and to retain.  You are responsible for governing the country.  I am just a citizen observing we have serious problems.  I certainly have ideas about what's causing these problems, but I'm not going to start offering policy solutions and advocating for their adoption -- I got out of politics a while ago, and I am much happier for it.
June 17, 2020, 09:22:49 PM