• (nodebb)

    Alan didn't check their email on Sunday, and when they checked the site, everything was fine, so he set himself

    Regardless of anyone's position on he vs they, please be gdmf consistent. Please?

  • (nodebb)

    Don't leave us in suspense. Did Tina agree that Alan had earned himself a date next Saturday?

  • (nodebb)

    And so Tina was laid off.

  • TheCPUWizard (unregistered)

    And then the world went to h*ll when there was a holiday weekend, no event [Tina would NOT have reset the timer] but the timer was automatically reset...

  • dusoft (unregistered)

    Wow, good for Tina.

  • Pabz (unregistered) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

    Alan is a programmer, so he isn't non-binary!

  • (nodebb) in reply to Melissa U

    I was just going to say. There used to be a job for Tina. What is she supposed to do now?

  • Jonathan (unregistered) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

    Tina hadn't yet set the pronoun when that sentence was started, so it defaulted to 'they'. I guess she must have come in and set it sometime in the middle of the sentence.

    Does this qualify as a gender issue being caused by a race condition?

  • (nodebb)

    I'm very confused by the original scenario. The countdown normally runs from when Tina resets it on Monday to when the event unlocks on Saturday. So what's wrong with 00:00 on Sunday?

  • (nodebb) in reply to Steve_The_Cynic

    There are he/they and she/they pronouns out there. They're rare, but they exist. Sort of a "not-quite-non-binary" or "depends-on-my-mood" gender. Thus, as a horribly pedantic person, I can state that the sentence might be completely correct.

    (Personally, I think that pronouns should be listed as "he", "she", "they", etc., because the people with non-standard genders are so rare that they shouldn't be the default format. I'm perfectly fine with he/they, I just think he/him is awkward to say and awkward to write when "he" is sufficient. I suppose the one good thing about he/him is that it can't be anything other than a gender identity phrase. But my clout is so small it can barely be detected with scientific instruments, so my opinion really doesn't matter for this.)

  • Duke of New York (unregistered)

    IIUC the site displayed a zero countdown but no promotion.

    Also "they" plainly refers to the person who sent the e-mail but culture warriors gotta ride. ⚔️

  • xtal256 (unregistered) in reply to PotatoEngineer

    Yes but I imagine that the "so rare that they shouldn't be the default format" bit is the thing that gets them so mad that they want everyone to always put both (he/him, they/them, etc) because they want everyone to know that they exist.

  • Officer Johnny Holzkopf (unregistered) in reply to xtal256

    They exist, therefore They Live.

  • LZ79LRU (unregistered) in reply to xtal256

    Which is why so many people are against them. Nobody likes people that constantly have to be in the center of attention in order to medicate their own insecurities. If they were content to just sit in the background and exist like the rest of us most would just ignore them and let them be.

  • King (unregistered) in reply to Melissa U

    Tina was not necessarily laid off, she could have kept Alans solution as a secret between her and Alan...

  • (nodebb)

    @Barry Margolin ref

    I'm very confused by the original scenario. The countdown normally runs from when Tina resets it on Monday to when the event unlocks on Saturday. So what's wrong with 00:00 on Sunday?

    Nothing, at least not according to the cockamamie way the whole thing was built. The real issue is the PHB who after 18 months of use, happened to look at the site on Sun and assumed something was amiss when he saw the 00:00:00 that was and is displayed every Sunday.

    Now of course if the promo event is only active for a fixed duration, e.g. Sat at 9pm to Sun at noon, then the design of the countdown timer should have been to automatically restart counting down when the event closes.

    Without us knowing the policy in when the event closes, there's not much more we can say about why it was done the way it was done.

    As was said, this is a very old story and in the early days of web stuff a lot of businesses were still mentally stuck in a 9-5 Mon-Fri mentality where managers acted like nights and weekends did not even exist much less that they represented an opportunity for your business to be costlessly open for business online. The whole 24/7/365 mindset was years in the future back then.

  • Duke of New York (unregistered) in reply to LZ79LRU

    I see someone who's flaunting their insecurities.

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  • Sou Eu (unregistered)

    The solution in this article is too simple. Does the countdown only go to when the event starts? Should it remain 0:00 for the duration of the event?

  • (nodebb)

    thanks for info

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