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  • noun linguistics Initialism of noun inanimate.


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  • On whether the Knights say this or "nee".

    Sorry, I appear to have said this twice and can't delete it. Help, John, it's offending my obsessional brain!

    October 7, 2007

  • On whether the Knights say this or "nee".

    October 7, 2007

  • Hi SoG... you bring up an interesting point. On the one hand, comments should be deletable, in case of a double-entry, or typo, or other innocuous correction that may be necessary. On the other, they shouldn't be, because it messes with the flow of conversation (although the editability of comments means that it's possible to munge things, currently).

    How should it work? I'm thinking maybe a timer, so you can delete comments for, say, one minute after you've made them. And maybe likewise for edits? So you're allowed second thoughts, but you can't rewrite history?

    Oh, and I thought it was "knee" ;-)

    October 7, 2007

  • OOooooooo the timer sounds exciting!

    On a serious note, would it not be better to give the writer a chance to preview the comment?

    October 7, 2007

  • If I may stick my big unwanted nose in... I use the "edit comment" feature quite a bit--partly because of needing a preview, and partly because I make a lot of stupid typos, or the second I submit it, I think of something else to say, or I forgot to bracket a word, etc. I'd be very unhappy if that opportunity was limited to one minute. I know this because I've contributed to other sites, message boards, etc., where editing was limited to three minutes after posting. That's better than one minute, but even so it goes by pretty quickly. (BTW, I just used the edit feature to add this part of the comment!)

    I agree it could be helpful if there were a way to delete duplicate comments, or whatever--I think right now you can only put in a period or space or something and upload the comment again, rather than deleting it.

    And I agree that opportunities to munge and mess up archival conversations should be limited--but I don't think that happens very often.

    My two measly cents! That said... I prefer the spelling "ni" for the knights in question. It has an abruptness of pronunciation at the end that seems to negate the use of "-ee."

    October 7, 2007

  • I agree with c_b. My sense of humor is difficult to translate into the written word, so I often edit or delete my comments. I always leave my stuff after somebody else has replied to it.

    October 8, 2007

  • I also vote no timer on edits.

    October 8, 2007

  • A comment preview feature might be nice but I'd also want to keep the option to skip it and post immediately, otherwise WordPlay games would be severely hindered... you know, if we ever play again.

    October 8, 2007

  • 1) even though I use the comments feature a lot as a sort of "preview" thing, if there were an actual preview button, I'd probably never use it. I'm rash and impetuous that way.

    2) does anyone else find it really amusing that this conversation is taking place in the shadow of the Knights who say "Ni!"?

    October 8, 2007

  • I did invite folks to play back when I had all the time in the world. It's not my fault if y'all choose not to live in the Eastern Time Zone. ;P

    October 9, 2007

  • Oh, and no idea why I listed this on my shorter and sweet list. Clearly needs to be moved to conversations at this point.

    October 9, 2007

  • Please excuse more nosestickinery. I am not in favor of a time limit on editing/deleting comments. Why throw up an obstacle to someone's rhythm? This is Wordie, after all, not--you know, some other place. Different physical laws may apply. If people want to rewrite history, I say let them.

    That's kinda what we're doing here anyway, isn't it? ;-)

    October 10, 2007

  • A tone in bobization (in MW3, not a headword). See ga.

    December 8, 2007

  • Ni. Chemical element symbol for Nickel.

    December 16, 2007