I changed some of the display settings on my "My Gather" page. One of the areas displayed a label that says: "This section will reflect your new settings going forward." The image that appeared in my mind was of gnomes carrying brief cases and portfolios marching forward.
I really want to think of my page settings as entries in a file that's used to control certain aspects of the page, display, et al. It's hard to believe, but I'm not whimsical enough to think fondly of my page settings as marching gnomes wearing business casual outfits.
I assume the message meant that the changes to the display settings would take effect the next time I signed in or perhaps the next time the page was refreshed. It would be nice to say that and retire the gnomes.