Medieval Technical Difficulties

Not your usual error message, read it carefully. Glen Rathlin, an incipient shire of the SCA covering the six counties of Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Rockal, has a puckish sense of humor, as evidenced by their error message. At first glance you may think it is the real thing, but closer reading shows that all is not what it seems.

And with tongue firmly in cheek, Glen Rathlin has an interesting version of the typical disclaimer: "(This site was created for The Incipient Shire of Glen Rathlin in the Kingdom of Drachenwald and is not an official publicaion of the SCA Blah Blah Blah delineate official policy Blah Blah Blah SCA Blah Blah Blah not official Blah Blah Blah Policies Blah Blah Blah large furry leprachauns with unicorn shaped lucky charms.) "


I've seen techie versions of error messages like this, but never a SCAdian one. As a webmaster, all I can say is, "Doh! I wish I had thought of that!"

Incidentally, not all browsers show real error messages that look like this. Most browsers show you the actual error message and numeric code from the web site so that you can troubleshoot the problem. Micro$oft, however, thinks that it is somehow more "user friendly" to do it this way. Instead of telling you, "Error 404: Page not found" (which IMO is quite understandable and not at all technical), they say things like, "I'm sorry, but I cannot show you that web page for reasons which I, the browser, learned via the HTTP return code, but which you, the user, are too stupid to understand. Therefore I shall show you this bland and gently worded message telling you nothing. After you get the same bland message several times, you will probably realize what I *could* have told you, namely that a 404 error is a permanent error not a temporary condition, and you will give up. That is much gentler and more user friendly than those other browsers, don't you think?"

Okay, perhaps I exaggerate a little. But not much! End of rant.