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    1. There is no Internet police...at least the way in which we think there should be

      I've been contributing to the Internet before it had that name. I started off with BBS while attending university. Very quickly thereafter, us university students were able to use the precursors...

      I've been contributing to the Internet before it had that name. I started off with BBS while attending university. Very quickly thereafter, us university students were able to use the precursors of the Internet in the forms of newsgroups and the early adoption of email that was restricted to universities.

      Then came, shorty thereafter, the eternal September. We are all still living in this neverending shit storm of trolls, pedophiles, criminals, etc.

      Trying to educate my two sons about this has been challenging. So far I believe they are equipped to protect themselves from the worst case scenarios.

      We all have been hearing about cybercrime for decades and it appears to be the largest transfer of wealth in human history.

      On the home front, especially the past couple of years, I have been engaged with a group of people that claim to be supportive of a field of humanities. This would be, supposedly, an academic interest group.

      Over the past couple of years, interacting with them, I have seen this small group ('owner' of the group with their moderators) humiliate, bully, etc. academic scholars all over the globe.

      Some of them reached out to me with legitimate complaints, so I went from there with an open mind.

      Recently, one of these trolls reached out to me in order to endorse their group. They've employed all the subtle tricks that most people miss (Side note: critical thinking skills have the potential to, literally, save human lives).

      Now that I've 'got their number', I will systematically take down their sadistic cabal.

      If I win, we all win.

      4 votes
    2. I think Keyword Research doesn't work at all. Prove me otherwise!

      Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money. However,...

      Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money.

      However, you can discard all their claims using a similar logic that you use to discard the claims of Astrologers, Voodooists, Stock Experts who "recommend" stocks, etc:

      1. If an Astrologer knows the future of everyone, wouldn't they profit massively from it themselves using the information rather than telling the trick to everyone else (just for a pittance)?
      2. If a Stock Expert knew that a stock's price will go up (and how much), won't they invest thousands and make millions themselves instead of giving those "tips" to "subscribers" and again, earn only a pittance?
      3. If SEO and Search Marketing companies knew exactly which keywords can rank your blog or site in the Google Search Engine, won't they write articles on those topics/keywords themselves and profit massively with the page views instead of revealing that secret to you for merely a few cents!
      6 votes
    3. I'm stuck and could use some help, please

      First, I understand that I acted badly on this platform which got me temp-banned for a while. Please, forgive me and try to look past this. To explain, my oldest son (now 12 going on 13) has been...

      First, I understand that I acted badly on this platform which got me temp-banned for a while. Please, forgive me and try to look past this.

      To explain, my oldest son (now 12 going on 13) has been using Discord for about 3 months now. I've had about 3 talks with him about online behavior like bullying and the like. I believe that he understands what I'm talking about.

      To add to a potential problem, I signed a document from his school that agreed that he would not use his school issued laptop for anything else except school work. However, he's been using it to chat with friends on Discord. I've, also, spoken to him about this and the possible ramifications for me and his mother. Again, I believe that he understands.

      However, I'm feeling a bit worried that he could cross a line and potentially get all of us in serious trouble.

      What would you recommend?

      13 votes
    4. How to scrub your online footprint?

      I don't necessarily want to delete everything there is about me, but I want to significantly clean it. I've been deleting old accounts lately, I've seen some screenshots of my tweets on Reddit and...

      I don't necessarily want to delete everything there is about me, but I want to significantly clean it. I've been deleting old accounts lately, I've seen some screenshots of my tweets on Reddit and I've asked the authors to delete them. They've been kind enough to do it.

      But I feel like there's more that I need to do. I just realized that there are probably a lot of screenshots of YouTube comments and Tweets that I've put out there in the world with my name and face. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't drastically increase my footprint last year during my time on Twitter.

      I'm not a techy person, I was thinking about asking or hiring some type of hacker or expert to help me. Because they could probably find more information about me than me.

      Can anyone help?

      17 votes
    5. What place/places (physical, online, personal) did you leave later than you should have?

      Someday when I leave for good, I'll very likely say r/politicalcompassmemes. The place has always had a right-wing presence but at some point pretty long ago it just became the dominant POV and...

      Someday when I leave for good, I'll very likely say r/politicalcompassmemes. The place has always had a right-wing presence but at some point pretty long ago it just became the dominant POV and the place is now solidly a no-go for minorities and 95+% of leftists unless they were turned into a term of 'endearment' on 4chan first like how 4chan users call themselves autists and whatever. The place is also pretty bad at sourcing the articles it posts about purported leftists doing ridiculous things. I have mostly looked at the place from the POV of "rightwingers saying stuff" for quite some time now, but I haven't gotten around for leaving for good because occasionally there's a moderately critical post of the sub and that I am accustomed to the jargon used more often there that's less commonly used elsewhere.

      19 votes
    6. How did you find niche stuff before the Internet?

      Over in the topic on the perceptions of teenage boys, it was asked, “How did you find niche stuff before the internet?” I thought this was an interesting question and wanted to open it up to hear...

      Over in the topic on the perceptions of teenage boys, it was asked, “How did you find niche stuff before the internet?” I thought this was an interesting question and wanted to open it up to hear others’ memories about this.

      Edit: Somewhat related, I saw this post today: The most unbelievable things about life before smartphones

      21 votes
    7. Why have web pages dropped the www?

      I don't know where to put this question, if here or in ~tech, but I chose here due to I want a response for someone who doesn't know all about internet. So my question is: why there is a trend of...

      I don't know where to put this question, if here or in ~tech, but I chose here due to I want a response for someone who doesn't know all about internet.

      So my question is: why there is a trend of removing the www of every web address? why it was standard in the first place and not now?

      There are a handful of popular web pages that don't use a triple w in their link and they have replaced it or removed it. Tildes, for example, doesn't need triple w. Why?

      17 votes
    8. What kind of text content you like that is hard to find on the internet?

      I'm asking mainly to get an idea of what kind of content I might wanna write for my blog. I intend to share my writings on Tildes so it makes sense to know what might be of interest around here....

      I'm asking mainly to get an idea of what kind of content I might wanna write for my blog. I intend to share my writings on Tildes so it makes sense to know what might be of interest around here. Plus, Tildes is my home on the internet. It would feel weird not to consider fellow Tilderinos when creating content.

      Could be anything: a subject, a theme, a writing style, a certain length, or a combination of factors. Something that you actively seek, but that is not easy to come by.

      For example, I like shorter articles (less than 2000 words) that deal with a very specific philosophical problem in accessible, non emotional language. Philosophy articles are often much longer than that, and also quite complicated.

      7 votes