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Q: Using Multiple Sentence Stoppers?!

Atømix Possible Duplicate: Is there a standard ordering for the question mark and the exclamation mark used together? When writing an exclamation-question like: What you you mean, I'm fired Don't you think you've done ENOUGH today Should you end the sentence with ?!, !? or just ! ...

Somehow I feel reminded of this. Look at the comments. And the list of close-voters.
gotta go, meeting :)
Had Nohat not run for mod, that list would be even funnier now. "Closed by nohat, Kosmonaut♦, kiamlaluno, nohat".
It would alter the very fabric of space-time.
Feb 17 at 19:23, by RegDwight
Where the very fabric of spacetime disappears and they all just play D&D.
So we should all be thankful. The danger was imminent.
Don't act like that was original with you.
2:05 PM
I don't.
Feb 17 at 19:22, by RegDwight
Nah, hunting around for that Futurama video with Steven Hawking and Al Gore.
Wer lesen kann, ist klar im Vorteil.
Someone has too much time:
Q: Culling list and recommendation questions

GillesAfter many discussions, it has been decided that questions calling for lists of works (or authors, etc) or more or less personalized recommendations are not acceptable. The site FAQ has been adapted accordingly. In order not give the wrong impression of the site to new visitors, most of these qu...

("Looks at the picture of a smore.")
Hey, you can look but don't touch. Them's my s'mores.
Me not touch. Me eat with mouth, not hands.
If I have to choose, I prefer New York bagels.
No sucking up to Kosmonauts.
2:13 PM
I have never met Kosmo at New York.
What? Really? Are you sure?
I'm told it's a tiny village with just one Kosmonaut hanging out on the only bench on the market place.
I am sure; nobody had his gravatar on the coat.
I see that you keep fixing that by stealing his gravatar.
Talking of stealing, did anybody notice Yeah, ArthurRex (aka AttilaNYC)?
@RegDwight — That's one thing you can't accuse me of, at least.
2:16 PM
I mean, ArthurRex.
@Robusto Well, sir, let me choose for myself what I can or cannot accuse you of.
For starters, I'll accuse you of being a Tibetan monk.
OK, justly accuse me of ...
I doubt Kosmo has even been on Suffolk County.
Or in it.
Work those prepositions, @kiamlaluno. Work 'em.
Well, he must have been everywhere. Otherwise, he couldn't claim that New York has the best bagels in the world. He could only claim it hast the best bagels in the three and a half places he has ever visited.
2:19 PM
Wait, I thought that was the whole world ...
Another fond illusion shot to hell.
New York is said to have the best bagels.
By New Yorkers.
@Robusto Actually, my bad. Just looked it up, you're right.
I bet they make a hell of a bagel in Krakow.
Feb 21 at 14:42, by RegDwight
user image
2:21 PM
Hey, learn to angle the flash, willya?
Take that up with Google Images where I stole it from.
Hey, learn to find Google images by better photographers.
Well, he angled the flash (whoever this "he" is).
(I guess nobody noticed ArthurRex.)
@kiamlaluno: I can tell when you're lying. Your gravatar starts spinning.
2:23 PM
@Robusto Better?
If I am lying, my gravatar doesn't move at all.
@kiamlaluno — It doesn't happen on your page. Only on ours.
@RegDwight — Yes, and thematically spot on.
Actually, if I am lying, my gravatar cannot move at all.
What's the deal with ArthurRex? I have no idea what @kiamlaluno's talking about.
"Yeah, I was just throwing it out to see what kind of intellects are trolling this site."
@RegDwight: Now ask him why he has only 23 points, on cooking.SE.
2:29 PM
Le Morte d'Arthur (originally spelled Le Morte Darthur, Middle French for "the death of Arthur") is a compilation by Sir Thomas Malory of romance tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. The book interprets existing French and English stories about these figures, with some of Malory's own original material (the Gareth story). First published in 1485 by William Caxton, Le Morte d'Arthur is perhaps the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature today. Many modern Arthurian writers have used Malory as their principal sourc...
Kafka break.
La morte di Arturo.
Hm, so ArthurRex is kind of accusing us of not being Law.SE. I don't see any problem with that. He tried to be too clever and failed. That's entirely not this community's fault, IMHO.
Wow, it's slow on English.SE today. Must have been all that post-election partying.
@RegDwight: I was not referring to that. It would not explain why he has 23 points when one of his questions on cooking.SE (which was not a CW question) had 51 votes.
2:34 PM
He has spent all his rep on bounties.
He reached 2000 points.
And spent them on 500-rep bounties. Four of them.
Actually, looking at the graph, he reached 3000 points and offered 6 bounties.
He pulled off something similar on Guitars, too.
I guess rep just burns a hole in his pocket.
Well, not on all sites.
Q: "I took more than anybody could survive. Banging 7 gram rocks. That's how I roll. I have one speed and one gear: Go." What does this mean?

Yoichi OishiToday’s Quote of Time.com (TIME@time.chtah.com) carries the following line of Charlie Sheen’s remark. Being totally ignorant of the background of CBS and Warner Brothers’ cancellation of the production of the program, I have no idea about the phrase, ‘bang 7 gram rock.’ I understand the line af...

that question has gathered 1.6k views in less than a day
2:45 PM
Yup. That's how Charlie Sheen rolls. Also, Chuck Norris.
Ha! No wait. Charlie Sheen actually beats the hell out of Chuck Norris.
1.6k in 19h vs 1.3k in four months.
Well, our little cuddly family-friendly site is getting more popular, it seems.
A: "I took more than anybody could survive. Banging 7 gram rocks. That's how I roll. I have one speed and one gear: Go." What does this mean?

Robusto Banging 7-gram rocks. He's talking about taking ("banging") crystals of crack cocaine. Seven grams is a LOT. According to the Wikipedia article, "Large amounts (several hundred milligrams or more) intensify the user's high, but may also lead to bizarre, erratic, and violent behavior." If a l...

7 grams of crack would kill a horse, I think. But not Charlie Sheen.
7 grams of crack would kill even Chuck Norris.
I can't even begin to imagine how much that is. Like, a cubic meter?
I wonder how much they've been paying him for 2½ Men. Crack doesn't grow on trees. Not even where Charlie Sheen lives.
They pay him a lot. But he appears to be going through the shekels as fast as he gets them.
Didn't he have to spend quite a bit on Denise Richards?
I'm not informed, actually.
@RegDwight - I'm getting disenchanted with scifi.se. Pretty soon, nothing's gonna be on-topic for that site.
2:57 PM
Here's a picture of some of the drug paraphernalia Charlie Sheen uses:
@Martha That's what I've been wondering ever since seeing that question. I mean, some of those questions look pretty decent, to say the least.
@Robusto Aha. So it's more like a cubic kilometre.
Something on that order.
I think he bought an abandoned smelting plant and converted it to drug use.
@Robusto Well, if you gonna go down, why not go down in style?
3:00 PM
Or flames.
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an [[United Stat
Self-jinxes don't count.
Gimme my jinx back, like pronto!
3:02 PM
I was trying to link to a part of the page but it just gave the top page again.
I guess I could restore the jinx using my newly-gained super powers. But I won't.
Pretty humdrum superpower, if you ask me.
Not as good as flying, or being able to burn through metal with your eyes.
I dunno, haven't tried it out.
I mean, I could add kittehz to every post. Wouldn't that be extremely super?
If by super you mean puerile, sure.
Yes! That! Thank you. <deletes a stub>
3:07 PM
I dunno, I don't think I got enough love for this:
A: Does this sentence seem weird?

RobustoI disagree that it's awkward at all. To add "that had been" to the sentence would be to weaken it. Golding employs here a rhetorical device known as ellipsis, the deliberate "omission of expected words"; and rhetorical impact trumps grammatical nicety any ol' day of the week. Here's what Ward Fa...

I would say that's a garden-path sentence.
I had to re-read it.
@RegDwight I agree.
Whoa! A Hungarian Communist!
Am not!!!
3:10 PM
Then Robusto is simply wrong.
Hear that, Robusto? You are wrong.
Us not communists.
(And a big sorry and a bigger hug @Martha.)
Of course, I hate the book that quote is from, so I'm inclined to accept the interpretation that is most detrimental to its author.
@RegDwight — Hmm ... didn't we cover this already?
1 hour ago, by Robusto
Crap there is, and crap there will be, even on SE sites. The "we are smarter than me" meme is so 2008, and answers that gets the most don't have to be right answers.
Speaking of which.
Q: Is technical copywriting jargon or style?

vgv8I became confused by comments to my answer insisting that Technical writing is jargon using incorrect English words. I also looked through definitions of "prepend" in internet, all with inserted derogatory remarks, even in IT-specialized dictionaries, like 'jargon' and: prepend is not an ...

Ain't that the very definition of "too broad"? Should we edit it into shape? What shape would that be?
Well, remove all his edits-that-should've-been-comments, to start with.
Well, Kosmonaut answered sans irony so it must be a valid question.
3:14 PM
Okay. Anyhow, vgv8 hasn't beaten the record just yet.
A: Bulletin board - Database optimisation

PerformanceDBAPart I Revised 09 Dec 10 01:00 EST Looked at your DDL. Ok. We need to take a step back and organise your database first. That will solve half your problems (your SQL will be straight-forward; and fast; less indices; no temp tables required). For a while I thought, aha, you have your columns,...

The last line of that answer kills me.
Speaking of data dumps, check out how many people on English.SE have the "Epic" badge.
Yeah, I totally forgot. Congrats!
Danke gut.
Feels like that one ought to be gold.
Feb 16 at 12:31, by RegDwight
I'm just wondering how long it will take you to reach the point where you'll be hitting the rep cap from passive rep alone.
@Robusto Gold would be Legendary.
Man, I hope it's soon because, seriously, how long can I keep this up?
Once I hit Legendary I guess I can coast for a while. Like, forever maybe.
I might have to check into the Betty Ford Center even. With Charlie Sheen.
3:18 PM
@Robusto I think you might become bored once you're ahead of me.
I'm becoming bored already.
Especially when people gang up on me with wrong opinions.
9 mins ago, by RegDwight
Then Robusto is simply wrong.
Yes, yes, it's all part of our master plan.
Speaking of which, we'll be having a power outage in ten minutes.
So I'm packing my stuff.
@RegDwight - Lordy. I know a thing or two about databases, but I can't begin to make heads or tails of that answer.
3:22 PM
I hope I haven't alienated too many people on my first day as a mod. Well, except for Robusto, whom I hope to have alienated more than evarrr. Mwuahahaha.
Planned power outages? What, did you move to 1980's Romania without telling us?
@Martha You're not the only one.
Q: When does it stop being an answer and start becoming something else?

Stephanie PageThis "Question" and its answer are long, redacted excessively, and reads more like a dialog than an answerable question and a satisfying answer. Does this strike anyone else as inappropriate?

@RegDwight — What, you think I take anything you say to heart?
I thought of a good slogan for this site: "When Words Collide."
Post it on meta.
When Worlds Collide is a 1933 science fiction novel co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer; they both also co-authored the sequel After Worlds Collide (1934). It was first published as a six-part monthly serial (September 1932-February 1933) in Blue Book magazine, illustrated by Joseph Franké. Plot summary Sven Bronson, a South African astronomer, discovers that a pair of rogue planets, Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta, will soon enter the solar system. The larger one, Alpha, will pass close enough to cause catastrophic damage. Eight months later, after swinging around the Sun, A...
Only without the "l" ...
3:25 PM
Q: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

Robert CartainoWe closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started: The Elevator Pitch This isn't as easy as it sounds. Imagine the user who will never read you...

That one seems dead-ended.
Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
Anyhow, party people. I'm out!
Laterz. Congratz again.
3:51 PM
hi, new moderators, there's work for you!
Q: What is difference between "alright" and "all right"?

mishoWhat is difference between "alright" and "all right" ?

an exact duplicate of:
Q: Is it "alright" or "allright"?

mafutrctIn practice I find both spellings being used. From a logical point of view, "allright" (as in: "all's right - everything is fine") seems correct. However, I recall hearing that "alright" is the preferable variant. Is there consensus over which to use? Do they possibly even mean something differe...

@FX_ Is it?
I mean, one refer to "all right" with space, and the other question to "allright" without a space.
@Eldros look at the answers: the missing space was pointed out to the author, and the question of the difference between "alright" and "all right" was answered
Ok, just wanted to make sure
@FX_ I'm not a mod, but I voted to close.
@RegDwight — Well, what about ...
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
4:10 PM
Careful, there, or I'll have to cite you for overuse of shift+Enter.
And isn't it tempest-*tossed*?
@Martha — Take it up with Emma Lazarus.
Did she really spell it 'tost'? Must've been a bit of 19th-century spelling reform that didn't catch on.
Maybe she was going for "toast" and just mist.
Q: What's the origin of Pig Latin?

badpHaving studied Latin at High School and not being a native English native speaker, I have trouble understanding what's the point of Pig Latin. The text transformation "rules", indeed, bring to something that is nowhere near the spelling or the pronunciation of "real" Latin. For example: Youa...

Hey, I thought we didn't condone questions about other languages and their origins.
@Robusto lol, Pig Latin is not a language
it is a language game
A language game (also called secret language or ludling) is a system of manipulating spoken words to render them incomprehensible to the untrained ear. Language games are used primarily by groups attempting to conceal their conversations from others. Some common examples are Pig Latin, which is used all over the globe; the Gibberish family, prevalent in the United States and Sweden; and Verlan, spoken in France. Each of these language games involves a usually simple standard transformation to speech, thus encoding it. The languages can be easily mentally encoded and decoded by a skilled...
Oh-say oo-yay ay-say.
4:23 PM
unfortunately the answer to that question is just a matter of copying and pasting this
Anyway, I hope people can tell when I'm kidding now. Hint: My fingers are moving on the keyboard.
Pig Latin is a language game of alterations played in English. To form the Pig Latin form of an English word the first consonant (or consonant cluster) is moved to the end of the word and an ay is affixed (for example, pig yields ig-pay and computer yields omputer-cay). The purpose of the alteration is to both obfuscate the encoding and to indicate for the intended recipient the encoding as 'Pig Latin'. The reference to Latin is a deliberate misnomer, as it is simply a form of jargon, used only for its English connotations as a 'strange and foreign-sounding language'. Origins The orig...
I so want to edit that page and translate it into Pig Latin.
what is this "kidding" you speak of
7 hours later…
10:58 PM
8 hours ago, by kiamlaluno
I doubt Kosmo has even been on Suffolk County.
@kiamlaluno: I am typing this from Suffolk County.
11:57 PM
@Kosmonaut, I've put in my close vote for this duplicate:
Q: Possessive of Queen's?

Vian EsterhuizenI ran into this issue today. Referring to Queen's University, how would you say "I've been accepted to Queen's MA program?" Would you move the apostrophe over to make it Queens'?

so you can go ahead and use your awesome mod powers now. (I noticed you were hesitant to close it unilaterally.)
@Martha: Thanks.
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