It must be a [Hebrew] leap year; I double Adar you to guess how I know....

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/04/19 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

The bug report:

1. Create a custom list in SharePoint
2. Click List tab...Create Column...Date and Time
3. Give the field a name and click ok to create the column
4. Add a new item to the list
5. For the date field, choose Feb 17, 2011

Date is displayed with Hebrew new year: י"ג אדר א תשע"א

Date is displayed without Hebrew new year: י״ג אדר תשע"א

Sound familiar?

Think back.

The year was 2008.

The month was April.

The Blog was Sorting it all Out.

The blog was I Adar you! Hell, I Double Adar you!.

The bug clearly still repros.

One funny twist on the story....

Not funny ha-ha, but funny ironic, kinda.

My Blog, or to be specific that Adar blog, was referenced in the "won't fix" resolution:

Also we learned Michael Kaplan already has a blog regarding this issue which will help people understand Windows behavior.

I suppose I should be flattered....

Honestly, it almost makes me want to change my writing style to be more severe about bugs, and less willing to try to be entertaining if blogs in my Blog are cited in the justification to not fix a bug!


I suppose I should just let it go.

Because there's more!

I can't tell you yet, but almost.

Stay tuned....

John Cowan on 19 Apr 2012 11:40 AM:

In general, customers don't want vendors to get them to "understand the vendor's behavior": they want the vendor to understand their behavior, and *@#$ well implement it.  Whoever wrote the resolution sounds way too much like the Secretary in Brecht's poem "The Solution" (1953), tr. Willett and Manheim:

After the uprising of the 17th of June

The Secretary of the Writers Union

Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee

Stating that the people

Had forfeited the confidence of the government

And could win it back only

By redoubled efforts.  Would it not be easier

In that case for the government

To dissolve the people

And elect another?

John Cowan on 19 Apr 2012 11:42 AM:

By the way, I am now convinced that the server times how long it has been since it sent me the page I'm trying to comment on, and if it's more than about a minute, the posting is silently rejected.  Perhaps this is an effort to prevent commenters from overthinking?

So I now write my comment taking as long as I want, copy it to the clipboard, hit Post knowing that it will take me straight back to the same page while ignoring my comment, paste the comment back in, add my name, and hit Post again.

I wrote this one quickly (unlike the previous one), so let's see if it makes it within the deadline.  But I'm copying it too, just to be sure....

John Cowan on 19 Apr 2012 11:43 AM:

Yup, that was fast enough.

Simon Buchan on 19 Apr 2012 4:06 PM:

@John: It's a known bug (probably session timeout related or something stupid) - Raymond Chen got the complaints the worst I think, but it's quieted down . It sucks for me since I tend to open tabs in the background and look at them when I have time.

WndSks on 19 Apr 2012 6:56 PM:

@John: Yeah this is a known problem with the blogging software they use. Copy your text, then refresh the page before you post is the most reliable way. (If it worked you get the #comment posted anchor in the URL and the green box above the comments on most of the blogs)

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