Moderator Alan

Moderator Alan

  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Am I confused, or did a bunch of posts disappear? Yes. CiaD and JT got into a slanging match which, while it may have entertaining to the pair of them, was of dubious value to the rest of us. They...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    When does a thread close? Usually a fortnight after the conversation has effectively stopped, or 28 days after it was started, whichever is earlier. There are some cases where we deliberately leave one open longer, and there are cases where...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    Regarding your broken link, it was of the form <a href= "url"/>caption</a> The first slash should not have been there....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    ScentOfViolets: Red card If you can't comment without being insulting, don't comment...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    It's usually inappropriate to speculate on the identity of, or to comment on the quirks of, other posters. Also: play the ball not the player, or you (any of you, not Moschops specifically) may be shown a card. This forum...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I usually fix them, silently, if I notice. I will also fix unintended formatting with < characters being misinterpreted as HTML, and similar format failures where the intended meaning was obvious and incorrect HTML broke it. But if I don't...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    And *DING* This is now the longest thread ever on this blog, passing the previous record of 902 comments...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    As per SEF at #723, this thread's getting seriously derailed into a discussion of the morals of capitalism and is in danger of dissolving into a mess. Please bite your tongues, those of you on both sides, while Charlie's bashing...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    This is currently the fifth longest thread in terms of comment count. For what it's worth, the figures are as below: Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire (Dec 18 2013) 902 2512 (Nov 8 2012) 825 The...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    How to put the o back in the name so I can be Heteromeles again? If I've done it right, from your next comment. Or even the next time the page is updated as a result of a new comment....
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    While I am posting under a pseudonym, I would be surprised if an intelligent search didn't identify me, and there are a LOT of hits for me on the Web This moderator recognises your email address from a particular mailing...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Sorry about that - having such blatantly obvious sitting here on this older thread for 40 minutes was a tad embarrassing But only a tad....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    BTW, I think some links have held up a comment of mine in moderation. Yes, for some reason the automated filters don't like your comments. I think that was the second of yours that got trapped....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Now gone, thanks....
  • Commented on Picocon
    Yeah, I knew that. *cough* Updated, and thanks...
  • Posted Picocon to Charlie's Diary
    Tomorrow, the 22nd of February 2014, the 31st Picocon will be taking place in London, at Imperial College, and your host Charlie is one of the guests. Picocon is a one day SF convention organised for the past three decades...
  • Commented on Genre award awareness
    A most comprehensive list but not obviously including your (published) name, and your email address doesn't obviously link to it either. I assume from the blog post that you are AC Wise, but as a general note to others, please...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Comments are HTML. HTML tags start with a < character. If you don't want that to happen, type &lt; instead. And to get the & character, type &amp; Preview is your friend....
  • Commented on Parasites
    Length is often to blame, yes, and that's quite possibly the case here, though length alone is rarely the problem that trips the filters — it's usually the length that results from repeated usage of certain (various) terms. Quite which...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Yeah, sorry. Some comments get hung up in the automatic filters, and it can be a while before a mod notices it and lets it through. If it's been too long, then we may leave it there rather than have...
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    Correct - that Google ID is associated with SMS's known AOL email address...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    Administration note: 'Y' has been banned for comments (now cancelled) directly attacking Charlie and his family. This countermanded the "Don't be a dick" part of the moderation policy....
  • Commented on A message from our UK sponsors
    Brevity is the soul of wit and all that, but you might like to give a little more context to this comment. I'm assuming you mean that Charlie could use a Virtual Private Network to appear to be in a...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I have fixed all three links in your comment. All three cases had missing white space between the link and surrounding punctuation. (I would suggest using the preview function and checking in those cases where you embed a link.)...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Sometimes this moderator doesn't get to check the pending folder for several hours. If it gets over about a day, it's probably too late to sensibly retrieve a comment and drop it back into the conversation. At the moment, I...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    The automatic filters have been working overtime for some reason on the comments on this entry. I don't know why, but about 10% seem to have been held. As of now, they've all been reinstated. I expect more will get...
  • Commented on Incidentally ...
    Sorry about the comment eating - we had an outage of the underlying database that require restarting (and by Charlie). As you will realise, it's now back....
  • Commented on Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain
    Unfortunately, using post numbers rather than the reply link is a little unreliable, since posts may end up being dropped (duplicates usually get trimmed out if they've not both been replied to) and restored (back when the filters used to...
  • Commented on Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain
    The last 4 novels I've read have been fantasy, of that particular sub-genre London Police Procedural/Horror. As a variety, it requires believable policemen to set against the strangeness of the supernatural. (For those wondering, the books are books 2 and...
  • Commented on Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain
    Greg:- I've dropped your second comment too. Really, don't try to go there, no matter how right and fair you think you are....
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