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Initially, a self taught code monkey since the age of 10 when i got my first computer, the coolest Atari 65XE. Later on, a mathematics and computer science student at a university with a lot of side-studies in philosophy, history, japanese etc. Today, a passionate developer with focus on web related technology from MS.

Motto:
A lousy programmer knows how to create problems.
A good programmer knows how to solve problems.
A great programmer knows how to avoid them. (Get the double meaning?)

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Jan
10
comment Metonymity of “question being broad”
@Barmar Yes. Or, to be perfectly clear, I was until you asked. I was convinced that the expression "question too broad" was a common and totally normal English way of saying that the question is this or that way. Am I to understand that it's a SE specific nomenclature? If so, my remarks lack all grounds because they're not based in the English language but only in my personal and highly subjective, opinion. If not, the validity of them remain, though. Which is it?
Jan
10
comment Metonymity of “question being broad”
@Barmar Is it apparent that my question has virtually nothing to do with the closing reasons on StackExchange? I'm getting the impression that we're discussing the low quality of available options for closing reasons and that wasn't my intention at all. I wonder if the expression in question can be used both as description of the question as well as of the set of available answers.
Jan
10
comment Metonymity of “question being broad”
@Robusto Did the image clarify? I seem to have received downvote after I've posted it. Not sure if there's a correlation...
Jan
10
comment Metonymity of “question being broad”
@Barmar I fear that the actual question got out of focus. It's specifically about the usage of the expression "question too broad" not about relation between the meaning of "metonym" and "metaphors". I saw a person refer to that expression using the former so I followed the suit to follow-up on my unclearity. Should I rephrase? I seem to have got downvote so I'm assuming that the community misinterpreted the intended aim of it.
Jan
9
comment Metonymity of “question being broad”
@Robusto I've typed it on the URL line in my Fox and got the frame with a definition. Why? (See the edit for detail. I can't put an image in the comments so I'll do that in the question body, although, technically speaking, it's wrong.)
Jan
6
comment Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
@miltonaut Oh, I see it now. I was misled by the equality sign, you see. Definition-wise speaking "being fine" isn't equal to "being sexy". The first is a superset to the latter. But that's a nerdy mathematics being nitpicking, so you need not to worry about that. :)
Jan
5
comment Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
@Ajedi32 Of course. I missed that, somehow... Thanks!
Jan
5
comment Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
The first one lacks the predicate, hence not being a full sentence, right?
Jan
5
comment Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
@miltonaut Shouldn't there be a comma for that to work? "I know your, sexy." And, now that I think about it, it should be "*I know yours, sexy.", so perhaps I'm misunderstanding the grammatical trickery.
Oct
20
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Mitch Walking/biking is excluded from the super set because both compete with cars (and such) but also with busses (and such). One can bike/drive as well as bike/bussify. However, you hit the nail on the other thing - I'm thinking of the funding method, not the occupancy (although, I didn't realize that until now, because contemporarily those happen to coincide). Very well thought and deep analysis of the question. Hats off to you.
Oct
20
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Mitch Very keen observation. Just to be clear - some of these need to be excluded because they can't be included in the super set you mentioned. I need to express "not an element belonging to the collective means of daily commute". The unusual means shouldn't be in the super set. Walking/bikecycling collides with both the collective means and not-collective ones. Hence the exclusion. But in principle, you've got it right.
Oct
13
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@ermanen I excluded e.g. taxis because those are very rarely used for commuting to work. However, in the case that they were frequently used, I'd add them to the opposite of mass-transit, hence classifying them as private but still not own transportation. Just to be clear - are you suggesting that the marked answer isn't the best one? Would you like me to reconsider?
Oct
12
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@ermanen Because it's been suggested that my eliminating that option was wrongly based on my ignorance. It was either private transport or own transport and since there were more voices advocating the former, I went with that. I'll take you disagree. Care to elaborate? Nothing's been etched in stone yet.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Drew Well, would you know! I always assumed that car was an abbreviation of carriage... Thanks.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Drew Really? Must be my Swedification that's spooking here. In Swedish we use the term cargo-car for truck, individual-car for car-car, locker-car for van etc. They're all cars because it's the same principle involved - you burn a dead dino and small explosions turn the rubber roundies backwards, which moves you and/or your stuff somewhere.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@PeterShor What if the car is not privately owned but provided to you by your employer?
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Gary'sStudent There's no example sentence as such. We could construct something along the lines of "mass transit is commonly used here but over there, it's rather XXX that's the primary thing".
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
Awesome point. Please see the edit.
Sep
30
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@WS2 I've hard to see how you figure. First off, being about inter-personal relationships doesn't exclude it being about English too. Secondly, being based on communication in English, it's in fact implied that it's about meaning and usage of words, contrary to your statement. You seem to get stuck on the fact that there's a story behind the question but, in fact, without it, the question would be too vague and hard to see what's being asked (there's such a reason to close). Would you care to re-read the question and see the parts that are related, then correct it, if you still disagree?
Sep
29
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@JanusBahsJacquet Just to be clear - SoE means precisely what you said. However, one should note that NSoE is Native speaker(s) of English and not (as I've noticed on some occasions the negation of the former - not a speaker(s) of English. :)