Yes, although the hardware analogy is not perfect.
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> > Personally, I think I'd prefer to get a diagnostic xor what I
> > for.
> Yes! Then the dialogue goes --
> client: I'd like a box of number 5 nails, please.
> server: Sorry, sir, we're fresh out of them.
> client: In that case, I'll have number 7s.
> server: Certainly, sir: here you are!
> I actually think hardware-store analogies are _very_ helpful in
> thinking through these things, sorry Matthew!
Hardware store analogy for brief [meta]data in surrogate diagnostics,
which I think accomplishes what Theo wants:
client: Please tell me about all of your types of nail.
server: We have number 1 <details>, number 4 <details>, we don't have
number 5 temporarily as we've sold out, and number 3,546
(search response + extended diagnostic)
As opposed to:
server: We have number 1 <details>, number 4 <details>, something we
don't have temporarily, number 3,546 <details>
(search response + minimal diagnostic)
Theo, that's what you want to accomplish I think? Rather than being
to return real records of any arbitrary schema?
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