Dear Contributor:

Thank you very much for letting us see the enclosed submission. Unfortunately it does not suit the needs of our website at this time.

Your submission has been read by an editor, but the press of time and submissions (approximately 900 per month) does not permit personal replies or criticism. For your general information, though, most posts are rejected because they lack a new idea of theme. A great many of the ideas that may seem innovative to an HTMF newcomer are in fact overfamiliar to readers more experienced in the field. The odds greatly favor this being the case of this rejection.

Another common cause (all too common, we’re afraid) of rejection is the obvious lack of basic English compositional skills on the part of the author. By this we mean that the writer has misspelled or misused everyday words, and/or mispunctuated same. Posts are rejected on this basis because a writer must be familiar with the tools of his or her trade, just as an electrician or carpenter must.

Finally, your post may have been rejected, not because it lacked a new idea, or was misspelled or mispunctuated, or because the writing was not “professional” enough, but simply because it failed to rise far enough above the other 900 seen that month.

Phillip J. Fry

[quote=“zx75”] I don’t see how it could be an MS error, perhaps the interface for the app they were using to patch could have been clearer (?) but what they essentially did was overwrite a bunch of OS files on tens of thousands of computers that had no real connection to the OS that was running.

If I were tech support, this is one of those times that I say PIBKAC, a clueless (l)User. Its like taking a hex editor and changing bytes in an executable, and expecting it to still work because the programmers ought to have accounted for it.[/quote]