What time is it, when an elephant sits on the hood of your car?
OK, Chuck, I'll bite - What time is it?
Time to get a new car. LOL.
Many years ago, when I moved to California, and having heard of the possible damage to your car (probably, an uninsured expense too) should an elephant sit on it, I put up a sign in my back yard.
No Elephants Permitted Here!And, apparently the sign served its purpose - I haven't seen a single elephant in my back yard - or sitting on my car - since I moved here.
An unlikely tale, you probably say. More crudely, you'd ask me
What have you been drinking today, Chuck?
So, what's the point of this narrative? Just this, that most bloggers may not waste time in putting up signs to keep elephants away - but they have other, stranger superstitions. My favourite examples of the latter would be advice from some bloggers about how to avoid the mysterious bX codes, the equally mysterious "Error 400 Bad Request", or the well known custom domain problem of "Another blog ...".
The bX codes are symptoms of problems, they aren't the problems themselves.
In some cases, they signify specific errors, to provide more specific error diagnostic than simply the earlier seen monolithic error
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to process your request at this time. Our engineers have been notified of this problem and will work to resolve it.Do you remember seeing that message, long ago? I sure do - not fondly, though.
In other cases, they may simply be unique trace points in the Blogger code base. If you just now see a new bX code, when you are using Blogger against your blog, this may signify one of two conditions.
- You just made a change to your blog, and caused a problem.
- Blogger just added or removed a coded termination point, in an effort to observe the blogging process in general, and to diagnose the cause of a previously reported problem.
If you see a bX code, you're welcome to try to diagnose your problems - and to correct the problems in your blog, when you find any to correct. Try affinity analysis and / or differential analysis, if you're willing and able.
Like signs forbidding the presence of elephants, though, keep a proper perspective. Don't ascribe any special effectiveness to the signs - and let other folks tell you, authoritatively, what is wrong with your blog, based only upon their own personal experience with their own blog.
The number of possible bX codes is close to 326. Anybody who starts a blog, containing posts guessing at the "meaning" of a couple hundred bX codes, has a statistically small number of codes - which is insignificant compared to 326 (1,073,741,824). Avoid anybody who offers you the privilege
Hey, wanna see my bX code list?Any blogger who compiles a list of bX codes, and their observed meanings, is wasting his time. Don't let him waste your time, too.