Forums Are Offline

Submitted by C B Wright on

In the continuing drama of "as soon as you fix one thing, two more things break" I've had to disable the forums. Today I started getting alerts that there were php errors in the forums, and reports of infinite loops... I went to check it out and some of the forum subsections were... well, not working right.

Fortunately they haven't been used much. I say "fortunately" because it looks like the best way to fix the problem is "nuke and rebuild".

Anyway, forums are offline until I online them again.

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"Until I online them again"

"Until I online them again"

In one of the online games I play the term "online" as a verb means "to attack and kill character while they are active". Online = online kill.

Amusingly, using this meaning keeps your original comment's meaning mostly intact.

Oxford comma

If the forums were up, I would put this there :)

When editing a poetry anthology, I noticed that Frost originally wrote "The woods are lovely, dark and deep" but in the posthumuous standard collection of his work, it was changed to "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep" which means something quite different - because of the Oxford comma. In a world without it, Frost's original line is ambiguous, something I believe he didn't intend.

Oh, and "you better be paying me money" should be "you'd better be paying me money" :)

Well, no...

... the Oxford Comma wouldn't be used in that situation, because "dark and deep" *is* a pair. The point of the Oxford Comma is to show when items in a list separated with an "and" *aren't* a pair.

So:

lovely, dark and deep, asparagus, lettuce, lard, and cement paste

"dark and deep" are one item in that list, while lard and cement paste are separate items in that list.

That's what the Oxford Comma is for.

Also, the "you" was quite deliberate. ;-)

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That's what I meant...

If there were no Oxford comma, the original would be ambiguous as to whether it meant and(lovely, dark, deep) or (lovely, and(dark, deep)). Since there is, the original was unambiguous, but the posthumous editor screwed it up anyway.

I had a feeling it was deliberate but thought you might appreciate a bite :)