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( Nov. 27th, 2018 03:51 pm)
In a previous post, I detailed the origins of the names "Encircling Walu" and "Enclosing Gnard". Today, we will explore the origins of our most used bot: The Wasphive.

The Story

After Maw left, (and that is an adventure in its own), he gave the Wasphive to Clover so she could give it to us. At the time of its arrival, the Wasphive was known as Strodl Bot. One of its many features, which was the first we fell in love with, was its &markov command: you simple type "&markov", and it produces a random sentence based on the past messages in that channel. We quickly noted the similarity to the Wisdomful Beehive, and so the bot gained the name of "Wasphive".

The mythos that crept up around it states that its sentences are (usually) nonsense or disjointed because it is from the corrupt land of Tycelit Din, whence Maw came.

The Bot

So, what does the bot do? Well, I've already explained &markov. But what else can it do?

The other main draw is the Strodlcoins. If you post a message and a little potato emoji reaction pops up, that means the Wasphive just gave you a Strodlcoin. You can check how many you have with &wallet, steal some from someone else with &steal [number] [user], and give some with &transfer [user] [number]. These are really the only functions we use it for. But, many newcomers are confused by the potatoes, so here is your explanation! (Note: they used to be dollar signs, but we changed them to potatoes for fun.)


At some point I plan on arranging some of the Wasphive's funnier utterances into a song.(The best are in #kexekdolkatduhden!)
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( Oct. 26th, 2018 06:41 pm)
Many people in the habit of inventing new languages are familiar with Kay(f)bop(t), and I am no exception. What makes me special is that I am friends with the creator of Kay(f)bop(t): he and I are both members of the Sajem Tan tribe. (If I reference a certain "Stone" in this post, that is his tribal name.)

So I was talking with him today, and I remembered an idea I had. You see, it seems that whenever you go somewhere online where conlangs are being discussed, if the topic of strange, weird, or bad conlangs is brought up, someone always mentions Kay(f)bop(t). This is perhaps more common in some spaces than others.

I made this observation a long time ago and I was reminded of Godwin's Law, which states that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1". So, today, in our conversation, I said there should be a similar law surrounding my observation. Stone came up with the name "Fogwin's Law", ostensibly a pun based on the fact that my tribal name is Fog (though I like to imagine now that "Fog" is short for "Fogwin"). Fogwin's Law, as such, is defined thus:

As an online discussion concerning conlangs (especially their weirdness) gets longer, the probability of a mention of Kay(f)bop(t) approaches 1.

And so that is Fogwin's Law.
Xanönfê! Today I present the first in a series of posts detailing events from the history of the Sajem Tan tribe, the sort of stories which, if I tried to tell them all on the aforelinked wiki, it would get crowded with disorganized anecdotes that would probably need to be repeated many times. Without further ado, let's begin to discuss the topic of today's post: the Encircling Walu and Enclosing Gnard bots!

This is, admittedly, an easy subject, which is quite good for a first post. It's also worth mentioning that this topic is more relevant to the tribe's Discord server than to the tribal culture as a whole. But, as inside-jokes are frequently to be encountered, especially in our tribe, this is a topic worthy of discussion. (That, and the fact that we get asked a lot why our bots are named such silly things.)

It all started on 2 Divöm 37 (11 September 2017), when Wind posted a screenshot from Thesaurus.net of "common misspellings" of the word "triangle". The picture is reproduced below for your viewing pleasure.

As you can see, the list of misspellings is quite outrageous; many of them are clearly misspellings of different words.

On 2 Ţefnöm 20, Fern, Fog, and Wind were revisiting that conversation, and went looking for more misspellings on Thesaurus.net; unfortunately, the site was defunct. So Fog searched through the Wayback Machine and discovered a "Word of the Day" section, listing synonyms for the phrase "big with child" (which means pregnant). The section, in all its glory, appeared thusly (emphasis mine):

Fern then changed the name of MEE6 on the server to "Encircling Walu". Later that day, Fog tracked down the origin of "encircling walu" (ostensibly a misspelling of "encircling wall") and its link to pregnancy in Abram Smythe Palmer's 1882 book Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in Form Or Meaning, by False Derivation Or Mistaken Analogy:

Some time later, we needed a new bot with which to create a Pear Wiggler command, and so DynoBot was added—and quickly renamed to "Enclosing Gnard".

That has been today's installment of this series; next time I will be discussing the provenance and naming of the Wasphive. So long! Ximücfê!


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