Saturday, January 27, 2007

Blogger Issuing Diagnostic Codes #2

Last week, Blogger changed their system to issue mysterious strings of characters, when specific problems are encountered. The "bx-" codes are cryptic and mysterious, and have motivated much speculation.
  1. Problem Census - Blogger can see how many people are experiencing a given problem, and better prioritise resource allocation, to solve each problem.
  2. Peer Search - Any of us can search for others with our problem.
  3. Solution Search - Any of us, or Blogger, can learn if anybody has discovered a solution to a given problem.
  4. Solution Report - Blogger can report a solution, more effectively, if one is found.


Problem Census - Blogger can see how many people are experiencing a given problem, and better prioritise resource allocation. Problems with more people reporting will receive more attention.

Peer Search - Any of us can search for others with our problem. Misery loves company.

Solution Search - Any of us, or Blogger, can find out if anybody has discovered a solution, or even a workaround, to a given problem.

This will be good for everybody. We will know almost instantly when a solution is found, and we can discuss its effects.

Solution Report - Blogger can report a solution, more effectively, if one is found. Whether they report a solution to a specific "bx-" code in each individual thread, or in a pinned post, or in Blogger Status, using the code can easily identify its relevance to anybody suffering from that problem.

This will be good for everybody. We will know almost instantly when a solution is found, and we can test and report its effect methodically.

I'll discuss the overall benefits of these codes in my next article in this series.

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