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12:00 AM
what did it ask to be called?
 
"a day" apparently. Don't ask me why.
 
Can I ask it why?
 
If you can find it.
 
Where are you, "a day"?
 
Maybe it has been seized, as the Romans recommended.
 
12:06 AM
Perhaps it passed with time
 
Anyway, I'm going to welcome the night. Before it's too late.
 
waves
 
12:22 AM
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Q: Analyzing Thomas Mcguane's "Balloons"

User4780993Recently, The New Yorker came out with Thomas Mcguane's short story Balloons. It is a really a short piece of fiction. However, it wasn't clear to me what the author intends to convey through this short story. All I could make out of it was that it takes the reader through a good relationship gon...

 
 
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2:05 AM
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Q: Gagool, Gagoola, or Gagaoola? A gaggle of names, for which Googling leads to goggling, guggling, or giggling

AlexIn Chapter One of King Solomon's Mines we have the first reference to one of the main antagonists of the story: Stop, though! there is Gagaoola, if she was a woman, and not a fiend. Throughout the rest of the book in the story, however, her name is Gagool. For example, in Chapter Nine: “White ...

 
2:39 AM
@Tsundoku I did know that, I was just making a joke. Thanks!
 
3:02 AM
@bobble shouldn't that be "emboldening"?
 
?
ah, you meant the last line of my latest answer?
I mean if you want to edit, sure, I think it's fine either way
 
@Bookworm How interesting, the header as it shows up now does not have "A gaggle of names ... " etc., just the opening question. But I don't see any edit history for the question.
 
If a question is edited in the grace period of posting (5min) it won't show up
 
@bobble oh, ah. I didn't know that. I wonder why @Alex edited it. It's witty
 
@verbose It doesn't really add anything to the question. Once Bookworm recorded it for posterity, I figured it was unnecessary.
 
3:17 AM
ah
 
in the hypothetical case where a user came in to this chatroom and did something they had been repeatedly and explicitly asked to not do, would flagging their message be appropriate?
 
@bobble I think so
 
Spam/Offensive or Moderator?
 
Unless it really is spam or offensive, I'd say Moderator. At least two mods are pretty active in this room so would probably know the history you reference
Also, I believe anybody above a certain rep can see "spam/offensive" flags?
 
10k network-wide ("network" meaning not Meta-meta or SO)
 
3:25 AM
Though I suppose any moderator might see the Moderator flag and without knowing the history might not understand why it has been flagged
 
I believe you can specify a reason in the flag box, though I have never actually tried
 
Right, and for "spam/offensive" you can't. So you would get users all across the network thinking "this isn't spam or offensive" because they don't know the history and can't see a reason
Hypothetically, such a user might also ask me to join a separate chat room just for me and them, I suppose. In such a case I would just turn on the "ignore this user" setting in that user's profile, I think
 
I have unfortunately been invited to such a room against my will, and do not know a way to get rid of the notification other than going into the room (which would make me pingable there)
 
I used "ignore this user" and that worked for me?
 
Ignoring them doesn't make the invite notification go away
 
3:32 AM
Huh, interesting.
 
Pretty sure there was a Meta post a couple of years back.
Might have been deleted.
I think the title was something like "How should I have handled this?"
 
 
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3:36 PM
“Poetry seems, by some inner necessity, to be becoming more difficult to read … Poets, on the face of it, have either got to be easier or to write their own notes” — William Empson (1930), ‘Obscurity and Annotation’
 
 
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8:10 PM
@Bookworm Not sure if would be appropriate here?
 
@Alex I don't think so. It's not really about the significance of the name, more about what really is her name or why there are different versions.
 
@Randal'Thor True, although one possibility mentioned at the end of the question is that all three are correct and have some meaning, which could be construed as "significance".
 
An unlikely possibility.
Now I should ask why Gavrila in Dostoevsky's The Idiot is variously referred to as Ganya, Gañka, and Ganechka at different places throughout the story.
 
I haven't read that one, but in War and Peace all the characters have a few variations of their name. I think it's a Russian language thing?
 
Yes, every Russian name has at least one "diminutive" form, something like a pet name but more widely used than pet names would be in English, and applying to common nouns as well as personal names.
So @Alex might become Alya to most of your friends, Alka to schoolboy chums, Alechka to doting parents. Something like that anyway, as far as I can remember it being described for Gavrila.
 
8:25 PM
I think I'll go with Alechka.
Or Alexé.
 
Alexei is a Russian name too.
I think a separate name from Alexander, rather than a diminutive form.
 
How about Alasdair?
The name is a Gaelic form of Alexander which has long been a popular name in Scotland.
 
@Alex That's a darling name.
 
I'm game for a baronship.
Or whatever the correct form of the word would be.
Don't think I'd be a good Member of Parliament though.
 
@Alex Oh, you might be. You've got a good eye for detail and spotting inconsistencies in long written texts; you'd probably be great at debating bills.
Although you might end up making long-winded speeches that nobody else would agree with.
 
8:36 PM
@Randal'Thor This.
I certainly do enjoy a good debate.
 
You'd be a fringe but vocal backbencher.
 
@Randal'Thor perhaps a SCOTUS dissent? :)
 
Not that that did Jeremy Corbyn any harm.
@bobble I think we were talking about UK-style parliamentary systems :-)
 
Does the British system have anything remotely equivalent?
 
@Randal'Thor bah, I'm your resident ignorant American and I say down with other countries' confusing political systems! Ours makes perfect sense.
 
8:42 PM
@bobble I have absolutely no idea why you'd think British politics doesn't make sense.
@Alex To what?
 
@Randal'Thor United States Supreme Court, mentioned above.
 
@Alex Well, Britain has a Supreme Court too.
 
@bobble These have either been deleted or "branded" now.
 
"branded"?
 
The United Kingdom has a doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty,[5] so the Supreme Court is much more limited in its powers of judicial review than the constitutional or supreme courts of some other countries. It cannot overturn any primary legislation made by Parliament.
I guess that's the answer, then.
 
8:49 PM
21 hours ago, by Tsundoku
The Grand Radiant Spam is a real username now.
 
@Alex But it can act as the judicial branch of government to overturn the executive branch in order to protect the legislative branch.
 
@Bookworm this question's ga-going onto the HNQs
 
@Tsundoku So mods can modify a username if in the mod's judgment the user is spam?
 
@bobble Pretty impressive for an 18-hour-old question.
 
TIL
 
8:51 PM
@verbose or whenever
 
@verbose We have the power to edit usernames, but it's meant to be used with great care.
 
For example, if someone made their username "bobble is an evil Nazi and should be hanged", that could be changed
 
Useful if someone goes and takes an obscene or offensive username.
changes @verbose's username to Laconic
 
Or if you want to make profile spammers easy to identify network-wide.
 
@bobble I believe there is a 30 character limit.
 
8:55 PM
@Alex well, I can't delete the message anyhow
 
flags it for anti-bobble-ism
 
Other than uploading a new image as a profile picture, can't we edit just about anything in a user's profile? At least, I think.
 
You can flag something for staying in place?
 
Oh hi @hyper-neutrino!
 
Hello there! :D
 
8:58 PM
First time I've seen your name actually in blue and diamonded.
 
Something with the words "hyper" or "neutrino" in it glowing blue usually signifies imminent danger.
 
Huh.. yeah that just occurred to me. Can't recall if we've encountered each other before I became a mod or if this is also my first time seeing yours in blue
@Alex my arrival usually signals impending doom >:-D
 
I was wondering where that menacing music came from.
 
There used to be two mods on different SE sites with the username Darth Vader.
 
You mean they were modevaders?
 
9:09 PM
Or Vaderators?
 
What were their opinions on sand?
 
We'd have to dig them up.
 
9:38 PM
@Randal'Thor Much nicer than "Taciturn." I salute you
 
10:07 PM
@Randal'Thor your latest question seems a mite similar to mine :)
 
True :-)
Btw, congrats @bobble on overtaking another couple of users in the rep leagues.
I should hurry up and give you a bounty if I'm going to, before you hit 4k.
I think North already bountied your Watership Down answer?
 
yep
 
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Q: Who are the pronouns referring to in the Mauritanian poem "You Will Tell Them"?

Rand al'ThorMariem Mint Derwich's poem "You Will Tell Them", available in English translation from Words Without Borders, appears to be about a Mauritanian woman, perhaps "the" woman of Mauritania representing (metonymously?) the whole Mauritanian culture and people. A number of pronouns are used throughout ...

 

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