Post by Vicky
On 24 Apr 2018 12:00:26 GMT, Sally Thompson
Post by Sally Thompson Post by Kate B Post by Nick Leverton Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Post by Nick Leverton Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Though it occurs to me that those for whom the third parameter would be
A rather than U can't ask: can you perhaps change them, maybe as they
I'm not sure what you're asking, but if you refer to Umrats no longer
on this earth, I do attempt to commemorate them.
No, actually, I was thinking of those who are Ambridge rather than UMRA;
sometimes I see a name and am far from sure whether they're a past
character or an UMRAt. For former UMRAts (I know we say once an UMRAt,
but there _is_ that way ...), that's why I'd added the fourth parameter.
Jill Archer, 19xx, A, a
Phil Archer, 19xx, A, d
Chankel, 20xx, U, d
It's an idea, but I feel such a format would spoil the naturalness and
easy flow for those reading the announcements.
I take your point. Maybe the last three parameters could be on an
additional line, but that would involve _you_ in reprogramming work,
which I was trying hard to avoid.
Post by Vicky Post by Sally Thompson Post by Kate B Post by Nick Leverton
However, as always, I'd consider reformatting the list if a significant
number of people felt it a useful improvement.
AIAOU in being utterly whooshed by this conversation? What are you all
No YANAOU. I like the format as it is and whatever is being suggested looks
I think the extra information jpg wants is to know whether those the
birthday monitor posts about are umrats or Ambridgians and if the
latter when they died, if they did. We get quite a few past members
and dead Ambridgians mentioned and maybe don't know if they are dead
or absent and should we wish happy birthday, which is just to umrats.
I do feel a little silly if I wish it to Ambrigians and one doesn't
like to omit a wish for umrats, if one is the wishing type.
Thanks! That's exactly it. When a birthday is announced, if it's an
Ambridgean, I often wonder "how old is s/he now then?" (I wonder it a
lot less often for UMRAts); I suggested YOB rather than age as it could
then remain a fixed string, rather than having to be changed every year.
[I got it wrong with the Chankel example - should have been 19xx.] The
third parameter is because the database has now - for me, anyway -
reached sufficient size that it frequently names people I don't
recognise, and if I was a goodwishing person, I'd neither want to look
silly (any sillier than I am, anyway) by wishing an Ambridgean, or _not_
wishing an UMRAt, and I suspect IANA in this. And the last parameter was
because, since the decision has been taken to keep mentioning the
birthdays of both UMRAts and Ambridgeans who are no longer with us, I
don't want to cause offence by giving good wishes to them, and I suspect
IANA in that either.
I was trying to keep it as a mostly-fixed string, so the birthday
monitor wouldn't have to change it every year, or generally do much
extra work at all, since he kindly provides the service.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Never. For me, there has to be a meaning. There's not much meaning in eating
bugs. - Darcey Bussell (on whether she'd appear on /I'm a Celebrity/), in RT