AboutI'm a History major with a fairly strong computing background, learning my way into web development and machine learning as a hobby to take my mind off of school. My current dream project is a procedurally generated fantasy world à la Silmarillion.
SkillsI can find my way around C++ and Python, have basic HTML and CSS skills, and strong Google fu.
Joined devRant on 1/10/2017
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So I was leaving feedback on eBay for a fountain pen I bought, and learned that "pen is" triggers the profanity filter. I assume there are legitimate reasons for this (people making it so we can't have nice things) but still. It wasn't profanity or an attempt around the filter in the context of my transaction!
I wanted to talk about the pen I bought without sounding stilted or unnatural. That's difficult in 80 characters or less. Don't make it harder for me, please.6
So I started this morning with 22 emails from an automated system at my university thanking me for signing up for every single fitness class being offered this semester and asking me to fill out a health information form and waiver. (22 emails, one for each course.) Because the semester started last week, and I had added a class (after some drama with the system not behaving correctly at first), I spent a few minutes making sure I had not accidentally signed up for something I had not intended to.
Later in the day, the school sent out an email apologizing for their script which had sent an email for each class to every student on campus. (So each of several thousand students got 22 emails this morning, most of them unnecessary.) To compound the problem (at least in my opinion) they asked the students who should have gotten the message to treat the email barrage as their legitimate notification, and everyone else to ignore the messages. (They should have invalidated all the messages and re-sent the legitimate ones. Never treat erroneous messages as a legitimate notice. Separate the two and do things properly.)
I normally don't get to see my school's IT side looking this incompetent, so my morning was quite amusing.
I'm not sure if anyone else discovered this, but the devRant Android app doesn't delete abandoned comments, so if you start to reply to someone's comment (automatic @mention) and back out without typing anything, the next reply you hit on the same thread will append the @mention after the previous one. You can also insert a commenter's name into a comment fairly easily this way. I am relatively new here, and am curious if this is the desired behavior.
While this has potential to be useful, I would appreciate the option to clear a comment box entirely, since I often abandon a comment part-way because I re-think how I want to say something very often.3