Grammarian asks for proper formatting September 29, 2001 11:28 PM   Subscribe

Grammatical plea: any chance of changing "There HAS been X links and Y comments since your last visit" to "There HAVE been..." on the main page? The phrase is correctly plural on MetaTalk and pluralism rules all over Metafilter anyway.

posted by MiguelCardoso to Bugs at 11:28 PM (12 comments total)

Hey presto!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:53 PM on September 29, 2001

The invisible hand strikes again.
posted by bjgeiger at 12:20 AM on September 30, 2001

...but I didn't do anything. I'll fix it tomorrow.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:32 AM on September 30, 2001

It's gone back to "has" again! So there must indeed be an invisible hand, bjgeiger, because I swear it changed to "have" the last-but-one time I checked.
There must be a secret, really mystical code embedded in Metafilter.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:58 AM on September 30, 2001

For another example of the Invisible Hand check out kirkaracha's request below. Kirkaracha wanted "Search MetaTalk" on MetaTalk and "Search MetaTalk" she or he, and happily all of we, suddenly got.
Now discuss: "the invisible hand must be silent in order to do its mysterious work"(Adam Smith).

(Not to mention no more "Back" button previews here on MetaTalk which, as far as I can glean, was an improvement made by I.H.I., the Invisible Hand Himself...)

posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:36 AM on September 30, 2001

I mean I.H.H.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:12 AM on September 30, 2001

The moving hand clicks, and having clicked, moves on....
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:02 AM on September 30, 2001

Oh get back to Canada, Chris, you're needed there!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:36 AM on September 30, 2001

Of course, it's possible that the Invisible Hand made up this MiguelCardoso character and is subtly trying to encourage us to acknowledge Him by making us think that one of us has noticed Him.

(Then again, maybe I'm the I.H. and am (feebly) trying to cast doubt upon you who have become alerted to My presence .... )

heh heh ....
posted by mattpfeff at 10:37 AM on September 30, 2001

I'll come clean, I AM Doctor Lieke.
And yet, although the bug SEEMS to be fixed, I am, as the good Doktor, facing the most intense disavowals from the arch-kriminal Jakob Nielsen, used to say:

just previewing, not committing

In case the I.H.H. says 5 minutes from now, in timeless Iberian fashion, he has done nothing and will fix it maƱana.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:34 PM on September 30, 2001

You joke, mattpfeff, at your peril. But one thing I know: He, of Whom We Are Not Worthy Even To Namecheck, is not alone.

(as if the pfeff addy would put us off the matt tag, frankly!)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:43 PM on September 30, 2001

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