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I don't find it redundant, just poorly written because of the paucity of real information. They're intending to say that in case you had access problems, it was because of a systems slowdown, and the systems slowdown occurred, ironically, as an unintended and temporary consequence of the process necessary in improving our system.

(I don't understand why they didn't make the changes at night, to avoid a potential systems slowdown!)


I agree that the way to have avoided problems - not just a slowdown - would have been to make the changes at night or some other more convenient time.

I disagree, however, that this was not redundant. In my opinion, it was. The reason may have been because it was poorly written - which was the final point made in the Language Log post - but the result was still redundant.

And if I say any more about this, I will be engaging in redundant redundancy, or put another way, saying the same thing in different ways.
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