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    Unstable / oscilating

    Hi there!

    Sometimes a website does not work properly. In this case is it correct to site the site is unstable or oscilating?

    Cheers,
    Tito

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    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    "Unstable" might work. "Oscillating" definitely doesn't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    "Does not work properly" is fine.

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    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Hi there!

    Sometimes a website does not work properly. In this case is it correct to site the site is unstable or oscilating?

    Cheers,
    Tito
    [Not a teacher]

    I can assure you that "oscilating" is not the proper term.

    Sometimes we use the term "unstable" (or "stable") in connection to servers, programming language versions or scripts, extensions, plug-ins, modules and a long etcetera of computing applications to refer to their ability to cope with changes or errors to perform the services and tasks required in a fast and secure way.

    "Stable release"
    "Stable upgrade"
    "Stable patch package".

    Etc.

    Obviously, the term and its antonym have other meanings.

    "Does not work properly" (MikeNewYork) would be more appropriate in this case.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    In this case is it correct to site the site is unstable or oscilating?
    Is it to site as shown or to cite?

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    #6

    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    "To cite" is correct.

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    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    I believe that's a typo for 'to state'. 'To cite' doesn't fit the sentence. Actually it's not strictly a typo. It's most likely an anticipation of the proper use of 'site' a few words later. That's more likely than a spelling error here. I'm not sure there's a word for this, but there should be. Many errors referred to as typos are actually errors of mental functioning rather than mis-typing - some type of 'thinko' - in this case, having the word 'site' in one's head ready to type, but triggering it too early by the need for a similar word, 'state'.

    PS: You can cite the site as being unstable. You can't cite the site is unstable.

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    Re: Unstable / oscilating

    Sorry. It is a typo, but I wanted to put 'say' instead of 'site'.

    Thank you all for being so careful!

    Cheers,
    Tito

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