A Vatican Bible Arthur Dent Update

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A Vatican Bible Arthur Dent Update

Mr Prosser: But, Mr Dent, the plans have been avail­able in the local plan­ning office for the last nine months.
Arthur: Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yes­ter­day after­noon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call atten­tion to them had you? I mean like actu­ally telling any­body or any­thing.
Mr Prosser: But the plans were on dis­play…
Arthur: On dis­play? I even­tu­ally had to go down to the cel­lar to find them.
Mr Prosser: That’s the dis­play depart­ment.
Arthur: With a torch.
Mr Prosser: The lights had prob­a­bly gone out.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Mr Prosser: But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?
Arthur: Yes yes I did. It was on dis­play at the bot­tom of a locked fil­ing cab­i­net stuck in a dis­used lava­tory with a sign on the door say­ing beware of the leopard.

The Hitch­hik­ers Guide to the Galaxy

Some­thing odd hap­pened on Tuesday.

I acci­den­tally hit one of my book­marks to the Vat­i­can Bible that was not work­ing a few days ago and to my sur­prise the page came up.

Given the dis­ap­pear­ance of scrip­ture from the site this caught me com­pletely by surprise.

My first thought was that it was an old cache page so I tried it on my other com­puter and sure enough the same Psalm page came up.

This threw me off so I won­dered if the Vat­i­can decided pulling the bible was a bad idea after all so I headed back to the main vat­i­can page, fol­lowed the ref­er­ence link to scrip­ture but I still got this page:

That was even stranger At this point I went back to the page on the 2nd com­puter and decided to try to get to the front page of the bible from the Psalm page that worked and this came up:

then I tested the links on the page, they all worked.

Now feel­ing really con­fused I went back to the way­back machine and checked to see if their cap­ture had caught scrip­ture as back up but the lat­est cap­ture still showed this:

Finally I had a thought, instead of access­ing the bible through the ref­er­ence link as nor­mal try a search for the term “Bible” in the search box on the main page. So that’s what I did, and here is the page that came up

Here’s the weird thing, if you click on the first result, you get the bible front page as if it was never gone. If you click the 2nd result you get the “local epis­co­pal” page from the ref­er­ence link.

So the ques­tion on the floor is this: What on earth is going on? If you are still refer­ring peo­ple to the local sites and not pro­vid­ing a link to the Bible, why put sacred scrip­ture back up if you’re going to make it tough to find?

Two log­i­cal answers come to mind

A char­i­ta­ble sug­ges­tion would be that peo­ple real­ized that even though they wanted peo­ple to go to local sites for scrip­ture, every sin­gle doc­u­ment on the Vat­i­can site since it went up that had exist­ing links to the for­mer online scrip­ture became dead once it was pulled. Fix­ing all those links would be an expen­sive, time con­sum­ing and frankly her­culean task. So given the choice between fix­ing those links or putting scrip­ture back up with­out a direct link to it they choose the lat­ter. If I had been their tech advi­sor that’s cer­tainly the advice I’d have given to fix the problem.

A much less char­i­ta­ble expla­na­tion would be that the Vat­i­can didn’t like the blow­back from pulling the Bible but didn’t want to link to it, so they put it back up with­out a direct link to allow a spokesman to say “Of COURSE sacred scrip­ture is avail­able at our site, we just pre­fer you to use our local sites trans­la­tion.” or in other words: “Beware of the Leopard!”

Of course it’s also pos­si­ble that these expla­na­tions aren’t mutu­ally exclusive.

Either way I’m happy as it means I don’t have to make changes to the links of my ebook or my reg­u­lar book, how­ever if you bought copy think­ing was now a collector’s item, you’re out of luck.

And for the sake of the read­ers I’ll put the link back to the vat­i­can Bible both here and on the blog sans way­back machine so if you want to get to the Bible on the Vat­i­can you can with­out wor­ry­ing about fast felines.

Cue Arthur Dent:

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Mr Prosser: But, Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.
Arthur: Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or anything.
Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display…
Arthur: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Mr Prosser: That’s the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Mr Prosser: The lights had probably gone out.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Mr Prosser: But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?
Arthur: Yes yes I did. It was on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Something odd happened on Tuesday.

I accidentally hit one of my bookmarks to the Vatican Bible that was not working a few days ago and to my surprise the page came up.

Given the disappearance of scripture from the site this caught me completely by surprise.

My first thought was that it was an old cache page so I tried it on my other computer and sure enough the same Psalm page came up.

This threw me off so I wondered if the Vatican decided pulling the bible was a bad idea after all so I headed back to the main vatican page, followed the reference link to scripture but I still got this page:

That was even stranger At this point I went back to the page on the 2nd computer and decided to try to get to the front page of the bible from the Psalm page that worked and this came up:

then I tested the links on the page, they all worked.

Now feeling really confused I went back to the wayback machine and checked to see if their capture had caught scripture as back up but the latest capture still showed this:

Finally I had a thought, instead of accessing the bible through the reference link as normal try a search for the term “Bible” in the search box on the main page.  So that’s what I did, and here is the page that came up

Here’s the weird thing, if you click on the first result, you get the bible front page as if it was never gone.  If you click the 2nd result you get the “local episcopal” page from the reference link.

So the question on the floor is this:  What on earth is going on?  If you are still referring people to the local sites and not providing a link to the Bible, why put sacred scripture back up if you’re going to make it tough to find?

Two logical answers come to mind

A charitable suggestion would be that people realized that even though they wanted people to go to local sites for scripture, every single document on the Vatican site since it went up that had existing links to the former online scripture became dead once it was pulled.  Fixing all those links would be an expensive, time consuming and frankly herculean task. So given the choice between fixing those links or putting scripture back up without a direct link to it they choose the latter.  If I had been their tech advisor that’s certainly the advice I’d have given to fix the problem.

A much less charitable explanation would be that the Vatican didn’t like the blowback from pulling the Bible but didn’t want to link to it, so they put it back up without a direct link to allow a spokesman to say “Of COURSE sacred scripture is available at our site, we just prefer you to use our local sites translation.” or in other words: “Beware of the Leopard!”

Of course it’s also possible that these explanations aren’t mutually exclusive.

Either way I’m happy as it means I don’t have to make changes to the links of my ebook or my regular book, however if you bought  copy thinking was now a collector’s item, you’re out of luck.

And for the sake of the readers I’ll put the link back to the vatican Bible both here and on the blog sans wayback machine so if you want to get to the Bible on the Vatican you can without worrying about fast felines.

Cue Arthur Dent:

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