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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome back for Fall 2014

It's that time of year again -- Fall semester has begun! That means this site has begun picking up steam. During summers and other long breaks (spring and the winter holidays mainly), the site takes a sudden downturn while students enjoy their time off. But whenever a new semester starts, visits pick up dramatically. The uptick this year is quite high -- almost 40% over last year.

As the years go by, this site gets better and better. More errors are corrected, more features are added, etc. I'm working on a some new features that I hope will benefit everyone greatly -- not just students but also the Latin academic community as a whole.

Please continue sharing this site with students and teachers of Latin. I love watching the community grow year after year.

Also, please continue marking errors as you come across them. I can't fix every single error in a timely manner, but I'll do my best to get as many as I can. Please keep in mind that some errors are harder than others to fix due to the nature of the computerized database employed here versus the organic nature of a human language like Latin.

In any case, please enjoy your new semester! Good luck!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Some 2nd Conjugation Errors

I'm sure most of our regular visitors have noticed a button to report errors that occur in Latin words. We have a great community here and many of you report errors regularly.

One of those errors recently reported was the verb mereō. It turns out that when the dictionary was originally loaded into the database, a few errors crept in. This is normal and as I find the errors, I correct them.

When I was correcting mereō today, I wondered if it were possible that more 2nd conjugation verbs were erroneous -- often there is a pattern caused by a programming bug or a data encoding error. After running a quick database query, I discovered that there were indeed 20 or so 2nd conjugation verbs that were listed as 1st or 3rd.

The explanation is simple: in the Lewis Elementary dictionary, occasionally the compound verbs are listed without a macron in the infinitive (exempli gratiā, inhaereō). It is so rare that I never programmed an exception to the rule that said "if an infinitive has a macron, make the verb 2nd conjugation."

So needless to say I fixed those 20 verbs. Despite that these errors happen every once in a while, I feel that more than 95% of the words in the database are happily error free. Nevertheless, please do continue reporting errors. Someday I'd like to see this dictionary approach 99%+ error-free entries!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Server Move

You know me pretty well by now if you know that I move the Latin Lexicon server every few months. Hopefully this new home will last for a couple of years.

If you notice anything isn't working, please feel free to contact me at admin@latinlexicon.org.

I should post more news here. It might not be obvious from here, but I'm constantly making updates to the Latin Lexicon -- I fix something like 10 reported errors per week. I also add enhancements and fix bugs (and sometimes add new bugs). If there are any particular features you'd like to see on the site, again feel free to contact me. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

1000 visitors per day!

For the first time ever, Numen has cracked the symbolic high water mark! Yesterday over 1000 visitors came to this site! You can see from the chart below the normal weekend/weekday cycle of the site -- there must be quite a few tests coming up this week!



Thanks so much for using this site. As you know, we recently had a lot of server trouble but I'm happy to say that those problems are all cleared up now!

For those of you who don't know, I continuously correct errors on the site. Although you might find an error now and then, if you report it, I will fix it as soon as I can. Thanks for using this site, and please share it with friends and family, teachers and students, in fact anyone who studies or has a love of the Latin language.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Server Stable

So the server seems stable. That's good news. Thanks to all of you for your feedback over the last few weeks.

I'd like to make small changes to the site and make it more usable? What would you like to see (including big bugs that I've missed)?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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