Please use the "like" feature

By scrabulista, in 'English to Latin Translation', Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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  2. Cinefactus Censor

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    I struggled a while over this one. At the moment we have a mixture of imperatives and subjunctives. Is there a general consensus that infinitives would be better?
  3. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    I don't know. My first instinct would be for jussive subjunctives, maybe, but that isn't really based on any evidence. Unfortunately I don't think we have any authentic examples of this sort "options" thing in Latin. French would use infinitives, but that doesn't mean Latin would do the same.
  4. Iáson Cívis Illústris

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    I'm not quite sure what use of the infinitive it would correspond to.
  5. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Though for "like" on Facebook the French is literally "I like". For this specific option maybe that's the most logical thing to do in Latin as well, but probably not for other things like "mark forums read".
  6. Iáson Cívis Illústris

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    I think I marginally prefer the imperative, as it seems to have a degree of internal logic to it, but this could just be the influence of the English on me.
  7. Cinefactus Censor

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    There are a lot of other things along the same vein: edit, warn, reply, send reply, delete, search, ignore, watch...
  8. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    Russian uses infinitives in such cases, for example. Not just French.
  9. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    In at least some cases it could be the object of an implied volo or the like.
    I don't know; the imperative feels a bit weird to me. For example, when you "like" something, you aren't commanding the machine to like the post, but rather saying that you like it. Similarly, when you click "follow", you aren't commanding the machine to follow the forum member, but rather saying that you wish to follow them.
  10. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    I'm beginning to lean towards the infinitive as well, in some cases like "follow" for example. But I think "like" should really rather be in the first person indicative (unless we used placet, actually, which would be fitting, but I'm not sure it would be possible to put usernames in the dative).
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  11. Etaoin Shrdlu Imminent wormfood

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    The infinitive would cover all options.
  12. Cinefactus Censor

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    Gerundive of obligation?
  13. Cinefactus Censor

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    I certainly don't know how do do it!
  14. Cinefactus Censor

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    Although we could use placet for like, and the current system for x likes this.
  15. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    No, I don't think that quite fits.
  16. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    I think placet is a good choice, incidentally.
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  17. Etaoin Shrdlu Imminent wormfood

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    Of course you are commanding the machine, or I suppose strictly speaking the software that tells the machine what to do, because whatever it is will follow your profile independent of the device you are using. Then it does some techy things, as a result of which you are directed to their posts or whatever it is following someone is supposed to do.
  18. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    You're sort of commanding the machine to do some techy things so that you may follow the user, but you're not commanding it to follow the user in question. You're the one who follows the user, not the machine.
  19. Etaoin Shrdlu Imminent wormfood

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    The software follows the user, or at least the user insofar as they interact with it. I just sit here and marvel. Actually, I don't, because I'm not following anyone, but I marvel at other things. I don't really understand following, because it's not as though the forum is so large that you're likely to miss anything. I suppose it's a way to get hold of people's posts before they've been neurotically edited and blackmail them about it later, if you didn't happen to have been around to catch it at the time.
  20. Cinefactus Censor

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    I agree, I think it is an excellent choice. :) What do you think now? Does it work?

    What would unlike be—it isn't really non placet, I tend to use it when I clicked the wrong button by accident.

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