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I recently noticed I was using the same term for two different kinds of failures. Here are the terms I typically use. Are there concepts I missed? Are there other terms for the same concepts? Better ones? Translations?

  • leaks: balls that go anywhere other than the intended path
  • jams: a mechanism that tries to move but can't OR a blockage in the flow of balls. These are both jams, I guess, but how to economically distinguish them? Call them "ball jams" and "mechanism jams". Are there simpler distinguishing terms?
  • dead balls: balls on the intended path that are not progressing along that path, even though their neighbors are progressing normally
  •  ?: failures that otherwise prevent the processing of balls and/or require replacement of one or more parts (because the part wore out, came loose, got disconnected or broke). I don't have a specific term for this.
  • being flooded: being fed more balls than the module can handle, resulting in leaks, jams, or both. A module that floods with 30 balls or less is not standard.
  • a surge: a significant number of balls (more than 30) running together through a contraption at greater than the rate some modules in the series can process. Not a fault in itself, but a flood will most likely result.
Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 3 April 2015 at 05:28.
Edited by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 3 April 2015 at 05:30.
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Posted by ALittleSlow on 3 April 2015 at 05:28.

»* ?: failures that otherwise prevent the processing of balls and/or require replacement of one or more parts (because the part wore out, came loose, got disconnected or broke). I don't have a specific term for this.«

Breakdown?

Posted by Torso on 3 April 2015 at 07:37.
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ball jams: balls stuck?

Posted by 23.20.166.68 on 11 May 2015 at 20:07.
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starvation: no/too few balls being fed to a module. Likely result of other failures.

Posted by Torso on 12 May 2015 at 09:03.
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Until I read this page, I had always referred to balls that came out of modules as 'leaks'.

re:jams, I was going to suggest 'blockage' for a ball jam, but the extra syllable is troublesome. How about 'bind' for a mechanism jam instead? I also want to find something that we can call 'Chutney', but I don't know how many people here would get the joke.

Owen.

Posted by Captainowie on 2 June 2015 at 12:55.
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leaks: yeah, my definition may be too broad, but it does include balls that come out of modules. blockage: I like it.

Chutney, to me, is a chunky, fermented sauce. Definitely also has a troublesome syllable. Maybe two. Oh! I suppose it is a kind of jam! Perhaps a jam due to excessive aging of a module.

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 6 June 2015 at 03:42.
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Posted by Captainowie on 2 June 2015 at 12:55.

»Until I read this page, I had always referred to balls that came out of modules as 'leaks'. «

Whoops! I perhaps should have more carefully proofread my last. What I had meant to write was that I thought of them as 'spills'. I guess after reading that first post I had 'leaks' on the brain. This raises the question of whether we should separate the two situations: balls that leave the intended path but remain somewhere in the module, vs balls that leave the module altogether. I don't think so, as both situations are essentially the same - balls not where they're supposed to be.

Chutney, marmalade, conserve; any preserved fruit based spread would have done!

Owen.

Posted by Captainowie on 6 June 2015 at 04:29.
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clots! An excellent term for a ball jam, introduced by Captainowie on Getting Started. Goes well with leaks if you tend to a biological analogy. (And why not think of a GBC as an organism?) Goes well with floods and surges for a fluid analogy, which is not at all a stretch. Ball flows are essentially a discretized fluid. [By the way, I tried for a British spelling on "discretized", but my browser's auto-correct wasn't having any.]

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 10 July 2015 at 15:21.
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Posted by ALittleSlow on 10 July 2015 at 15:21.

»clots! An excellent term for a ball jam, introduced by Captainowie on Getting Started. Goes well with leaks if you tend to a biological analogy. (And why not think of a GBC as an organism?) Goes well with floods and surges for a fluid analogy, which is not at all a stretch. Ball flows are essentially a discretized fluid. [By the way, I tried for a British spelling on "discretized", but my browser's auto-correct wasn't having any.]«
Should I add "Discretized fluid dynamics" to the list of Skills and Experience on the Getting started page? :-)

As much as I would like to take the credit for 'clot', I had read it elsewhere a long time ago. A quick search reveals the source: http://www.teamhassenplug.org/GBC/contraptionideas.htm - right at the bottom of the page.

Owen.

Posted by Captainowie on 11 July 2015 at 02:14.
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Posted by Captainowie on 2015-07-11 at 02:14:10.

» A quick search reveals the source: http://www.teamhassenplug.org/GBC/contraptionideas.htm - right at the bottom of the page.

Owen.«

Well, it's official, then!

Posted by ALittleSlow (administrator) on 13 July 2015 at 16:07.
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I think we need a word for the frustration you experience when you have two assemblies that are built out of the same parts in the same way, yet behave differently. Also for those problems that are so hard to troubleshoot because they only happen when you're not looking (http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=88296&st=175#entry2196672).

Owen.

Posted by Captainowie on 16 August 2015 at 12:38.
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