Another error the game expects me to understand


#1

Here you go:


#2

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#4

In my opinion, developers owe users errors that are either actionable (and give clear steps for resolution) or general “something went wrong” messages with a numeric code they can look up on the back end during support calls. I am a programmer so I happen to know what many of these messages mean, but to most people they’re just gibberish – and me knowing what they mean doesn’t allow me to take action to prevent or work around them. They might as well say, “Pizza taco salamander banana cheesecake [OK]” for all the value they’re providing.


#5

My favourite error message (from another game) was:

“The action you tried to perform encountered an error. A solution will be delivered… when it is fixed.”


#6

Yeah, error messages are an art. That said, I’ve seen error messages in this game that are just…unprocessed JSON payloads. It’s hard to get more obtuse than that.


#7

I think error messages should come with a “not ok” button for good humour.


#8

I like the sound of that.