I was reading a review of a laptop and I came across this comment:
>Update - having struggled with the internet connection for a few weeks, I have by default found that my wireless printer was interfering with the connection! As a result problem solved!
My question is what does "by default" mean?
"Default" means that something occurs unless something else happens first to prevent it. In the example you've given, I imagine the writer means that he'd tried everything he could think of for an explanation first, and the only thing left to try was his wireless router, which turned out to be the problem.
If I want to get up at 6 am but forget to set my alarm clock, I might wake up around 8 am by default.
>"Default" means that something occurs unless something else happens first to prevent it. <
I think that, perhaps, it goes a little deeper than that, Twoddle.
It seems to me that "default" means that a specific thing has been established (defined) as the default that should occur if nothing prior overrides it. Thus, "enter a number (default 9)" would mean that, were no number entered, then the value 9 would be applied.
I feel that the use in the example given (the printer matter) was not particularly apt.
>If I want to get up at 6 am but forget to set my alarm clock, I might wake up around 8 am by default. <
I don't agree. You might well wake up at around 8 am by chance, but to wake by default you would need to have a second alarm clock (or a friendly neighbour) that would implement a "wake-up call" at 8.
Thank you for the responses. It is as I suspected. The word "default" to me should only be applied to setting on a device or program, as in "default settings". To use it for oneself as in the example given is redundant. The sentence works without it, and is more elegant without it. It really is nonsensical and infuriating. I find it annoying and stupid.
Two players agree to play in a chess/tennis etc tournament at an agreed time. One player fails to turn up. The other wins by default.
The same as a defendent refusing to enter a plea or even turn up at court. A verdict would be given by default.
You could stretch the definition to a more metaphorical use and say that having eliminated all other possible sources of error/misconnection/malfunction, the last one must be the cause by default. I think this is what the original post was trying to say, but clumsy word order got in the way.