Moderator Alan

Moderator Alan

  • 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....
  • Commented on Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain
    Droid - the reason I'm dropping your (two) original comments is not that I think you're wrong and Greg is right. Nor do I think that the British Empire was blameless in its dealings with its citizens and subjects. The...
  • Commented on Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain
    Comments by droid removed. Please do not throw the term 'genocide' around. Also: Greg and others - I do not want this thread declining into a flamewar about the rights and wrongs of the Empire (British or other)....
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    Hmm, Okay. So that's two* comments since the return that have tripped the suspicious filters, yours and one by Greg (and in his case, he'd done a pretty good job of convincing them he was not quite kosher before the...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    We do have another possible spammer. Should a 'RichardGinn' actually have something of relevance to say, he should avoid talking about the latest Nike footwear in such ... promotional ... terms. (Branded shoes, their added value being almost entirely in...
  • Commented on Status update
    An expert is someone who apparently knows more about something than one does. So yes, there are experts in just about everything....
  • Commented on Status update
    I'm trusting that I don't have the same problem. But then I have an account here, so I'm not using the Google ID...
  • Commented on Meta: comments
    For general information, as far as moderators on this blog are concerned, there is a pair in the US (Dan and Sean Eric), and Charlie and me in the UK. When you see me post, it's almost always as a...
  • Commented on Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment
    I wonder. You don't suppose anyone might have worked out some system, I dunno, maybe using triangulation on lots of satellites, that could pin down your position to a few yards? And the position of a stadium too? Nah....
  • Commented on Admin note
    I can't speak for Charlie here, but this recent article is typical of many people's views on PHP....
  • Commented on Going dark
    An alternative (which Charlie may or may not permit) is that the contents of the two booths are swapped. If this is permitted, then the whole energy/momentum thing, for surface transport, becomes a whole lot easier. You have a loadmaster...
  • Commented on What Amazon's ebook strategy means
    I think there is a confusion here, between intermediaries (someone who takes a product and sells it on, perhaps aggregating, perhaps retailing, perhaps just moving it from one place to another) and value-adders. An online store or a bookshop is...
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