I have a friend whose niece has major food sensitivities--celiac, and chocolate, and a whole bunch of things. And she gets really, truly sick--dying in the hospital sick. If she were to be cut off from food she can it, it would be a disaster for her. I imagine it's disabling.
AFAIC, as long as I don't have to eat their fake cake, it's fine with me if people get food they can eat when they leave the house.
This morning at the bagel shop, this mom came in with her kids to order a variety of bagel sandwiches with different spreads. She requested one poppy seed bagel, but told the guy behind the counter that the poppy seed bagel must go in a separate bag because her son is allergic to poppy seeds. As well, she ordered an everything bagel, which contains poppy seeds, and ordered that that go in the separate bag with the poppy seed bagel. She repeated this several times to make sure the guy heard her. As some have pointed out, this is almost a form of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, with the mothers almost contriving these ridiculous allergies, and then coming off as martyr mother for saving their kids from having an allergic reaction.
I tend to WANT items all in the same bag at such places, but unless I remember to specify that, they're bagged separately automatically it seems.
I don't see Mommy Poppy as being all that unreasonable though. I would replied after she repeated it, "Poppy and Everything separate. Got It!"
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We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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