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  1. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    Exactly.

    if noone's convinced, I keep doing it my ways, and the proposer can start something new,

    If a large portion of the community wants something I can't do by myself, then either someone that can takes over the task from me

    Exactly.

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  2. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    But if hungariantoast wants to post a weekly thread about what people are doing for the whole week, and other people want a weekly thread about they're doing for the weekend... what should...

    But if hungariantoast wants to post a weekly thread about what people are doing for the whole week, and other people want a weekly thread about they're doing for the weekend... what should hungariantoast do? Post two threads to keep both groups of people happy (which may be more work than he wants to do)? Drop the full-week thread and keep doing the weekend thread (which he may not want to do)?

    What if people tell you to post separate threads for non-fiction and fiction reading? What if they want another separate thread for graphic novels and comic books? What if they want another separate thread for poetry? What if I want another separate thread about what science fiction people are reading? How far are you willing to go to cater to the community's desires?

    How far does someone have to compromise what they want to do for the sake of the community? At what point can someone say "no" to the community?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on One Year Off, Every Seven Years: How about this for a demand? You work for six years and you get a whole paid year off to do whatever the hell you want. in ~life

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    Thanks. I'm not familiar with American accounting law.

    It's essentially bankruptcy

    Thanks. I'm not familiar with American accounting law.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    An advantage to posting these topics on Mondays is that they'll get more traffic. Tildes is busiest from Mondays to Fridays, during American business hours. People come on Tildes when they're at...

    If you did it on Mondays, we'd surely get a lot of anti-Monday hate speech :)

    An advantage to posting these topics on Mondays is that they'll get more traffic. Tildes is busiest from Mondays to Fridays, during American business hours. People come on Tildes when they're at work or at university/college/school. Traffic around here drops on weekends and during American nighttimes. Posting during U.S. business hours on Mondays will catch the beginning of the weekly traffic.

    FYI: @hungariantoast

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  5. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    If the community wants something different to what you or hungariantoast are offering, the community can step up and provide it themselves. You're not their slaves to do what they want. You've...

    If the community wants something different to what you or hungariantoast are offering, the community can step up and provide it themselves. You're not their slaves to do what they want. You've made offerings to the community, and the community can accept or reject those offerings. If the community doesn't like what you're offering for free and voluntarily and on your own time, then the community can be the change they want to see in the world and make their own posts. If they can't be bothered doing the work themselves, they don't get to criticise those of you who are doing the work on their behalf.

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  6. Comment on One Year Off, Every Seven Years: How about this for a demand? You work for six years and you get a whole paid year off to do whatever the hell you want. in ~life

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    I don't know what this means, but I assume from context it's a bad thing.

    We also declared chapter 11 last Friday

    I don't know what this means, but I assume from context it's a bad thing.

  7. Comment on The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards in ~misc

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    You could just add the lede "The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards." to the main title. The lede often has a...

    You could just add the lede "The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards." to the main title. The lede often has a less-outragey and more informative take on the article's message. There are times when I've used the lede as the title of my Tildes post for this very reason.

    And, if you add/replace the lede in the Tildes title, there's less basis to complain about the title being changed, because you're just adding more material from the article itself, rather than editorialising.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on How do you meet people? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    I'm going to second @Hidegger's point about dogs. I had a cat for many many years, now I'm sharing a house with a friend and his dog. Owning a dog is a surprisingly social activity. I have met so...

    I never thought about it that way ;)

    I'm going to second @Hidegger's point about dogs. I had a cat for many many years, now I'm sharing a house with a friend and his dog.

    Owning a dog is a surprisingly social activity. I have met so many neighbours and locals and other dog-owners by walking the dog and taking it to the park. This never happened while I had a cat. A dog forces you to go outside, while a cat stays inside with you.

    And having a pet of any kind provides you with some company and makes you feel a little less lonely.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on One Year Off, Every Seven Years: How about this for a demand? You work for six years and you get a whole paid year off to do whatever the hell you want. in ~life

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    That's demonstrably wrong, because your employer is still operating "years later" (your own words). That "truly indispensable" person was replaced and life went on.

    That person who trained me was truly indispensable

    That's demonstrably wrong, because your employer is still operating "years later" (your own words). That "truly indispensable" person was replaced and life went on.

  10. Comment on One Year Off, Every Seven Years: How about this for a demand? You work for six years and you get a whole paid year off to do whatever the hell you want. in ~life

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    It took me a while to parse this, because the earliest Labour Party in Australia was formed in the 1890s, and the similarity between "1890s" and "1990s" is strong enough that it took me a while to...

    In the 1990s, trade unionists and socialists in the United States formed a Labor Party.

    It took me a while to parse this, because the earliest Labour Party in Australia was formed in the 1890s, and the similarity between "1890s" and "1990s" is strong enough that it took me a while to realise that this was actually saying the American version was created only 20 years ago, not 120 years ago.

    Anyway, back on topic.

    We have something in Australia called long service leave. It varies from state to state, but the basic idea is that you get a few months off at full pay after working for a number of years. It's a watered-down version of this proposal for a sabbatical year.

    I've never taken long service leave (although I did have the appropriate length of service in one job), but I have taken a sabbatical between jobs, and I do not regret that at all. Everyone needs a few months off occasionally, just to properly relax and forget about work.

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  11. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

  12. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    How does someone navigate to that history page from the landing page? I don't really want to have to save that URL you provided and edit it every time I want to see the history of a different page.

    It'll be the "History" page for an individual file, which looks like this: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes-wiki/commits/master/science/laypersons_intro.md

    How does someone navigate to that history page from the landing page? I don't really want to have to save that URL you provided and edit it every time I want to see the history of a different page.

  13. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    Maybe... ;) Of course. I already figured that was the case. You're the wordiest Tilder (even wordier than me!). Why would you say something in 20 words when you could use 200? :P "What's going on...

    Maybe I could have just provided the TL;DR on the other topic and called it a day,

    Maybe... ;)

    but my fingers were restless.

    Of course. I already figured that was the case. You're the wordiest Tilder (even wordier than me!). Why would you say something in 20 words when you could use 200? :P

    Do you have any ideas for titles?

    "What's going on in your life in this week?"

    "How's the week ahead looking for you?"

    "Tell us about the week ahead."

    1 vote
  14. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    I don't see a need to. If you want to see what I've contributed to Tildes, look at my posting history. If you want to know about me, read my comments. If you want to know my opinions about what we...

    You might not want to take advantage of all that,

    I don't see a need to. If you want to see what I've contributed to Tildes, look at my posting history. If you want to know about me, read my comments. If you want to know my opinions about what we should do on Tildes, just open any topic in ~tildes. I'm already out there, all over Tildes. Everything I want to share is already being shared. I don't see what extra I'm supposed to put on a personal wiki page.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

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    I can't find a way to navigate from the wiki pages to GitLab, or from GitLab to the wiki pages. And I can't find out who has edited a wiki page, and what they did. If I look at a wiki page,...

    I can't find a way to navigate from the wiki pages to GitLab, or from GitLab to the wiki pages.

    And I can't find out who has edited a wiki page, and what they did.

    If I look at a wiki page, there's no way to get from that wiki page to the editing history of that page (who created it, who last edited it). I have to navigate separately through GitLab to find the whatever this is (and that took some trial and error) - but it still doesn't show the edit history of the page. The history of "commits" is all-inclusive, and not separated by page, and doesn't show which "commits" are for which pages. And then I can't get back from GitLab to the real wiki page.

    Where's the single list of changes made to one, and only one, wiki page? How do I get to this edit history from the wiki page? How do I then get back to the wiki page after I've seen the edit history for that wiki page?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    But not all of us can, so it's good you asked the question and got the answer where everyone can read it. Thanks.

    (I realized after commenting I could just check the code).

    But not all of us can, so it's good you asked the question and got the answer where everyone can read it. Thanks.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    Algernon_Asimov Link
    Go for it. You don't need to explain it or justify yourself. If you have an idea for posts you want to make on Tildes, just make them. Post a "What are you doing this week?" topic on Monday, with...

    Go for it. You don't need to explain it or justify yourself. If you have an idea for posts you want to make on Tildes, just make them.

    Post a "What are you doing this week?" topic on Monday, with a single line at the bottom saying "This replaces the former 'What are you doing this weekend?' topics." Done!

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge in ~misc

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    As Max Planck said, "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows...

    So the only change will be with the passing of people holding particular views?

    As Max Planck said, "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - which is often paraphrased as "Science advances one funeral at a time."

    However, politics is different to science because politics comes from personal values, and it's not like values die out that quickly. Also, parents with a certain set of values tend to raise children with similar values.

    It's not enough to wait for a particular generation to die out, when their values are being carried on by their children and grandchildren. My Generation-X brother for instance, has very similar values to my Baby Boomer parents (I'm the black sheep of the family), and he's not going to die for quite a while yet. And, hypothetically, if he had children, I could imagine them carrying on the same values.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

    Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
    I'll need either the Table of Contents feature or the subsidiary wiki pages feature for my "how to" guide (possibly both in the long term). It's too big to skim through, and it's not intended to...

    I'll need either the Table of Contents feature or the subsidiary wiki pages feature for my "how to" guide (possibly both in the long term). It's too big to skim through, and it's not intended to be something people read from start to finish anyway. I need a way for people to navigate quickly to the section they need, and I'll want a way to link people directly to a particular section. I can use either a Table of Contents or subsidiary pages to achieve this goal.

    For subsidiary pages, the decision about whether to include a link in the sidebar could be driven by where people create pages. If they create a page from the group's front page, that's a top-level page which gets listed in the sidebar. If they create a page from within another page, that's a subsidiary page which does not get listed in the sidebar.

    But, in the short term, a checkbox would work.

    3 votes