Hi folks! We should (fingers crossed) have a preview version of the updated site ready in a day or so. If you would like to be on the list to see the preview version, would you email me at erin at wordnik?
Is anyone else having trouble hearing pronunciations? Chelster pronounced my request line word, but I can't hear it! A little gray bar runs along the top for a second, which makes me think it's playing, but no audio.
WHY, for the love of PETE, whoever he IS, does this site still take FOREVER to LOAD?!
Bonne question. it's not as if the huge amount of content is slowing it down, as all the good stuff is down there in the disused nuclear fallout shelter, or has been sold to the Estonians to defray expenses. But I never gave permission for my content to be made summarily unavailable for months on end with no warning, or for it to be sold to the Estonians, the greedy bastards. Note that "Estonians" in this post is being used as a generic, intended-to-be- humorous reference to a mysterious people I know nothing about, except that their entire country is internet-wired out the wazoo, and that you can't take a leak in Tallinn without first punching in your PIN, so that sewerage treatment charges can be debited to your account. Oops! I think that last sentence might have made things worse, not better.
The problem with parking one's car over in the FB garage is that you are never sure who can rummage through the glove compartment and discover your innermost secrets. "Friends" of people who bullied you in high school, assorted riff-raff, people who scatter grocer's apostrophe's (sic) throughout their barely literate updates with gay abandon. It's enough to make one give up driving altogether.
Thank you, oroboros--I developed that part of my craft when I was studying the Method during improv work inspired by Lee Strasberg. You see, you have to begin by asking yourself what the fuflun's motivations are... what its childhood was like... how it really felt about sprinkles....
Suppose I was overly dystopic in my comment. We have our lists and our words, and all these extra tools and meta data at our disposal. Wordie/Wordnik has made it possible on a platform that, for all its quirks and disappointments real or imagined, is quite a thing. That we users feel like it is "ours" says a lot. I don't exactly like the way the door locks work on my automobile, but I love the ride and wouldn't think of trading the car for another. Count me as one who loves Wordnik.
To add a word to a list, click the checkbox, once, then refresh your screen to see if your list appears in the list of lists said word appears in. If your list does not appear as one of those in which the word is listed, click the "add word" checkbox next to the desired list over and over. I find 5-7 clicks of the checkbox usually is sufficient to make the check appear.
Well, it appears that I can't add words to my "potpourri" list; not at the list page or the word page (with checkmark). Jesus Cristo y Madre de Dios!
Edit: Doh! I was trying to add a word that was already on that list (toothsome). Still, what produced the confusion in the first place is that the word page for toothsome shows no checkmark in my potpourri list box. And that's still the case: no checkmark, but I've verified it's on the list at the list page. Go figure! :o/
Yes, every season bilby and I attempt to recreate the greatest scenes from stage and screen. You should have seen our production of "Jul 20 20: 37: 32 home1 kernel: usbcore: registered new interface driver usblp." It was fantastic--the costuming was a bit tricky, of course, but the sets were designed by a talented local artist, and everyone said it came together brilliantly.
sionnach is pissed! I cannot blame him, for I have experienced similar frustration. I'm certain the site will one day become more useful for my needs and hopefully sionnach as well, but my patience is wearing thin. *darth vader breathing sound*
Sionnach, I added that link last year, shortly after Saint Crispen's day. I was always having a hard time remembering that the lost-for-word service was a list--and where that list was--so I made a link to gangerh's list so it could always be a sort of beacon, and I added lost for word to one of my lists so I could always find it (I do that with some of my own lists, too--it's why cattle is on my cattle list and Cicero is on my Cicero list). But I don't see why we couldn't ask questions on the word page for lost for word on an emergency basis until we get comments back on the Lost for Word list page. I know we all want our cool features back, but so long as we can still come together and make snarky, quirky, silly, iroquoisy, umbrage-filled comments, our community can fight against those forces of inarticulate distraction which keep us from remembering the words on the tips of our tongues. I know we're outnumbered, but we few, we happy few, will still emerge triumphant--and all of those other "people interested in words" will wish they'd been here during our greatest battles!
Jesus Christ on a ciabatta roll! This site is less than worthless. Everything that used to work no longer works. And the silence from the powers that be is deafeningly eloquent. Are there any plans to restore lost functionality? Comments are disabled on almost everything, sitewide, which is certainly one way of reducing user input.
What prompts this outburst is the discovery that one can no longer submit a request to the former "lost for word" page. Because that's a list, see, and of course, commenting on lists is verboten. Maybe I could send someone a note on their profile. Woopsy! That's been impossible for how many months now? Yes, that's right - MONTHS - not days. Sinverguenza!
Ruzuzu has sweetly created a "lost for word" word listing, on which she provides a link to the former "lost for word" list. For the life of me I cannot understand why, because there is no useful content accessible at the link.
I actually had a question, which might have been of interest when this was an actual site used by people interested in words, and not just another stinking internet charnel heap. But F### Wordnik and its indifferent administrators; I'll ask it over on Facebook.
What was the question? That answer seems surprisingly meta (or the discussion there does). Sounds like a nice prediction for any question, though - unless your question was "What is the one thing I will never have, though I desire it?"
If those were intellectualists, they were mighty tasty and the FDA may want to investigate. And no, I would rather not patrilocate for Christmas, even temporarily. I suppose what my husband was doing could have been steelyard. He said he was going to the store for cough drops, but you never know.
Bilby, I see from your song that Wordnik was merely being merry, albeit slightly eccentric. Thanks for the insight.
Blafferty: What browser are you using? I just conducted a few random tests and found that what you want for Christmas is patrilocal and what your husband is doing right now is steelyard. Is that close? Also, if you don't mind, please let us all know a bit later whether you had intellectualists for lunch.
Also, the random word generator is no longer capable of accurately predicting my future or answering my questions. I asked what I would have for lunch tomorrow, and it responded "glacière" and I asked what I wanted for Christmas and it gave me "meretriciously." I then asked what my husband is doing right now, which prompted "responsiveness" -- which is an outright lie.
Oh man. Yep, things still broken. Fixes coming sooner now than ever. The only bright spot in this long and difficult trough of missing-comments despair is the word harshmallow, which was new to me.
I have seen the code for the return of the comments, and it sparkles. It also has new-code smell, which is part toasted marshmallow, part fresh-cut grass, and part petrichor. (I'm also not allowed to touch the new code without washing my hands first. Well, actually, I'm not allowed to touch it at all.)
Hm, this might be temporary, but I've found a bug: it used to be, when on a word page that you had traveled to from the community page, hitting the back button took you directly to where you were on the community page. That way you didn't have to scroll back down to find your place. Now, at least temporarily (*crosses fingers*), it hops up to the top of the word page and then back down to the comments, sending you on a merry little lap to end up where you were before you clicked back.