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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