Moderator Alan

Moderator Alan

  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    As Charlie is currently in the air, it rests with me to tell GT and SW that they are on a 24 hour suspension. Normal posting rights will not be resumed until Charlie has landed and had a decent chance...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Only if you restrict yourself to those states of matter and ignore the others, such as Bose Einstein condensates and the like. (I take it as special pleading to be honest.)...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    I suspect if I asked to come stay with C & F during the Fringe, I'd get glared at. So, Nojay, you have a spare bed we could borrow? (More seriously, there is actually a whole bunch of performers whose...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Pass My last visit to the surgery was last Friday morning, as a result of falling in mud and cutting my hand — it's quite difficult to clean a would using only your non-dominant hand. So I cleaned myself off,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Note: I've just unpublished a string of 11 consecutive comments from a certain poster, pending Charlie's decision on whether her recent behaviour — including causing him potential legal problems — is acceptable. In her absence, I would advise fellow posters...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I added the avatar picture after Greg's comment. Once the next comment arrived, it started showing...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    There used to be quite draconian ones about product names, URL shorteners, YouTube, etc. The cancellations were automated, and posts were then resurrected when a moderator noticed the ham languishing in the pending folder. Some other posts would be cancelled...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    If Charlie wants a thread on what happened, then he will start one. But unless he does, it's grieve and give thanks for those who haven't been taken....
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Greg, Dirk Kindly stop your squabbling before the pair of you get bans. Just because Charlie is away is not an excuse to descend into the mire....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    ... with a spammer? Nah. I think it's entirely one way....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    OK people, this thread has gone on way longer than usual, but as it has finally gone quiet I am now closing it. For those that are interested, it is well over 600 comments longer than the previous record holder...
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    Yes, he had. I've now fixed it...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    A warning: it is the apparent opinion of the owner of this blog that the members of the brassica family are so noxious as perhaps not even to be suitable for feeding to livestock. In light of that, I would...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    If your attitude to a guest post is just to dismiss it without submitting any evidence against it, perhaps it would be best for you not to comment at all....
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Another pun that bad and you'll be up for a yellow card mate!...
  • Commented on Brief hiatus
    It had been a couple of days from the last comment, so my judgement is that it was pretty close to exhausted. I'd agree that the subject per se may not have been, but an entry with that number of...
  • Commented on Brief hiatus
    Since you ask: The present in deep history (Sep 6 2015) : 1533 A different cluetrain (Feb 25 2015) : 967 Two Thoughts (Jul 19 2015) : 908 Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire (Dec 18 2013):...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Alright people, this thread seems finally to have run out of steam and is now closed. (It was not only the longest thread ever, it was almost 60% longer than the previously longest.)...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    *cough* Now fixed, you two....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Yes. The previous record was 967 comments, several months ago. (And that was the first one that looked like it might breach the 1000 mark)...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Almost a thousand. This is currently the ninth longest thread we've had (it passed it at about 13:55 BST)....
  • 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...
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