Yeah, me too. I emailed Grant about this over 6 hours ago. We'll have to wait until he fixes whatever is broke.
EDIT: Been close to 24 hours now and that thread is still locked down. Maybe Grant's on vacation? What's weird is that, the way most forum software works, it takes an administrator or moderator to lock a thread. That doesn't just happen by itself.
The padlock icon is what tells us that thread has been locked, and like I said, that doesn't just happen by itself. It takes an administrator or a moderator with higher privileges than us to do that.
The binoculars icon means some forum member has elected to "watch" that thread. That means every time someone adds a new post, the "watcher" gets an email notification that there's been new activity in the thread.
The other icons are all about social media. Rarely use them myself. Just hover your cursor over them for more info.
EDIT: The thread in question is now unlocked. Thanks to whoever fixed that. I've been waiting to add a post there.
Well at least this thread is still unlocked, but the original thread now shows a padlock again. Very strange. How/why does a thread get locked accidentally, unlocked for a couple hours, and then locked again?
Ron, I get those wrong greetings all the time. That's been happening for awhile now, but I just put up with it. Logging in usually fixes that.
The only other time I experienced that thread locking, I believe Glenn fixed it. His profile lists him as "admin" so he's probably got the forum privileges needed to do that.
Glenn? Grant? Martha? Anybody?
Since the other thread is locked I will reply here.
Ron Draney said:
I can't pin it down even to within a few years, but in my lifetime they finally gave up on ending every sentence with an exclamation point (all dialogue was in caps back in those days, before someone decided that that meant yelling). I overlooked it most of the time, but every so often it would hit me that Clark Kent and friends were ridiculously excitable: I JUST HAD A HAM SANDWICH! TOO BAD THE GUY AT THE DELI WAS OUT OF MUSTARD! BUT HE GAVE ME AN EXTRA PICKLE TO MAKE UP FOR IT! NICE FELLOW!
Nearly all comics still use all caps. Maybe not so many exclamation points but I really don't remember seeing an excess of those.
Not sure how it was locked or unlocked, either! Weird.
I was indeed out of town, doing the live events in Dallas.
By the way, there is a solution to the wrong names showing when you come back to the forum and are not logged in. But it means turning off caching on the forum, which will likely slow things down. I'm looking into it further.
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