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CNET now has "Borked" Links?

by James Denison / October 14, 2011 4:09 AM PDT

Ignoring the fact the link I clicked on was from CNET, why is CNET using the term "borked" on their error page? Don't they realize the term is offensive? Why couldn't it be a "Kinged" link, since that would be stronger since MLK was shot and killed. Or maybe a Kennedy Link since that would be stronger as two of them were killed. If considering Chappaquiddick it could deliver multiple insinuations. Perhaps it could be a "Gored" link, making both a play on the term "gore" as normally used and the name of a presidential candidate that some still think had an election stolen from him? Or maybe a Lincolned Link which sort of flows better too. Why Bork?

Then again, why can't it just be a "broken link" like most everyone else terms it on their 404 page?

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methinks you delve to deep
by jonah jones / October 14, 2011 4:53 AM PDT
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Yeah, I delved there too.
by James Denison / October 14, 2011 4:59 AM PDT
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I brought this up in the Feedback forum
by Josh K / October 14, 2011 7:24 AM PDT

It's a term with partisan political origins, and I think CNET should change the page.

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I looked it up...
by J. Vega / October 14, 2011 11:06 AM PDT

Instead of an "urban" dictionary, I looked it up in a well-recognized reference book. It was "Dictionary of American Slang" by Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D,
It said :
bork or Borked, late 1980's 1 v To mount an intense campaign against a political appointee : =BUSH/WACK:"We're going to Bork him, " proclaimed a feminist advocate--New Republic
2 n: ...close ranks to coordinate a huge preemptive bork --New Republic
[fr the experience of Judge Robert Bork, whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was rejectedby a strong concerted opposition}

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I found it
by James Denison / October 14, 2011 11:17 AM PDT

& added my objection to the term usage to yours.

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When I think about that
by Steven Haninger / October 14, 2011 8:01 PM PDT

Depending on the context, I can see that it could be used as an offensive weapon by either party. The broken link message during that time appeared to be an attempt at light humor and was, IMO, rather silly. But I don't see a reason why anyone out there should start jumping up and down and risk having a heart attack over it.

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It seems
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 14, 2011 8:10 PM PDT

that CNET has employed writer who lacks certain skills. Or may be it is just the modern way.

Have a look at the How To page and scroll down to where people can "Ask a Question".

The message box says, "Now add some detail so that smart CNET users (like you!) can answer...."

I think the (like you!) may have been added as an afterthought. Otherwise it would have meant 'some smart CNET user, (which you are not, obviously)!'

Whatever happened to the old values? Borked link indeed!!


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I saw that
by James Denison / October 14, 2011 11:10 PM PDT
In reply to: It seems

and figured it was Lee, since it was so much like his answer of the week he was doing, and having read enough of his posts over the years I automatically interpreted as I knew he'd have used it, as being upbeat and encouraging, therefore sort of missed how others who might not realize that could take it.

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by James Denison / October 15, 2011 12:11 AM PDT
In reply to: It seems

Is the repetition for effect, or just an oversight?


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I've reported you.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 15, 2011 7:19 AM PDT

I said,

Not Offensive!

Lee, James has found an error in BOL's forum description. Should that get fixed or shall I kill James? Happy



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wow, just a few days ago, you were applauding the lack...
by grimgraphix / October 14, 2011 12:30 PM PDT

... you were applauding the lack of trolling comments... and now here you are searching out reasons to link a political foot note in history to commonly used computer slang. Consider the fact that this site is mostly devoted to computers and computer technology rather than politics. Now consider that your complaint ignores this fact AND smacks of conservative politically correctness (something that you have openly derided on many occasions).

Come on man, are you really so bored that you have to go searching for stuff to create a political tempest in a tea cup here on CNET ?

Just... sad.


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LOL, you are a hoot sometimes!
by James Denison / October 14, 2011 1:22 PM PDT
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Based on your statement
by James Denison / October 14, 2011 1:54 PM PDT

I didn't say I was personally offended by the term. I don't use it.

"you are searching out reasons to link a political foot note in history to commonly used computer slang"

OK, separate from any political foot note, where would you say this "computer slang" originated? I don't think the description of "computer slang" really applies.

I first consulted several dictionaries to ascertain the etymology of the term used, in case my initial suspicion was incorrect. I discovered however I was correct in suspecting it traced back to one good man and the unfair travail he endured. Such casual use of a term derived from his name, considering what Robert Bork endured, seems inappropriate for a business site.

I think usage of the term "borked" fails to meet the image CNET might prefer to present.

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Why "bork"?
by Mike_Hanks / October 19, 2011 10:55 AM PDT

Most likely a 20 something doing the coding and has no idea what "Borked" means.

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If all links have to be passed by censors now,
by crowsfoot / October 20, 2011 7:30 PM PDT

would somebody please look at mine in the "Ask dark matter question" thread and get a move on! If that's not the problem, I have a question.

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If you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 7:33 PM PDT
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That one
by crowsfoot / October 20, 2011 8:21 PM PDT
In reply to: If you mean

and about four more. I'm not doing this for my health. I think some things are interesting.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 8:25 PM PDT
In reply to: That one

Since you don't provide links to those posts here I'm not going searching!

But just to let you know, links in forum posts have always been vetted against the guidance laid down in Forum Policy, and that continues to this day.

So unless a link clearly contravenes that policy it remains.

And also just so you know, I'm not doing this for my health either.


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Was a time we trusted each other.
by crowsfoot / October 20, 2011 8:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Well.

I do believe I've been around here longer than you. (Call For Help - ZNet)

My missing posts may still magically appear. ? Hope and no bounds. You know? There's no politics in any of them.

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We never trusted each other.
by Diana Forum moderator / October 21, 2011 8:40 AM PDT

In fact, when I became a moderator, there was one paid moderator.


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Then why, crowsfoot...
by J. Vega / October 21, 2011 2:06 AM PDT
In reply to: That one

O.K., you're not here for your health. Then why are you here? I've been around the Forums since the ZD days and my reason is that I find it fun. That's the only reason that I've ever needed.

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