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  1. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    I'd be careful thinking that way. Many posters make for a lot of work, they will outnumber mods at least 1000-1 in the best-case, and literally no one wants to spend all day tagging on tildes...

    Many hands make light work.

    I'd be careful thinking that way. Many posters make for a lot of work, they will outnumber mods at least 1000-1 in the best-case, and literally no one wants to spend all day tagging on tildes cleaning up after the users. I'm not too worried about it, though. I think with mods curating synonyms somehow and metadata imports from links to other sites, plus informed tag suggestions, the work will be light enough. Most tag conflicts/issues can be resolved just the once and that resolution applied automatically in the future. Even if that's done with local/per-group rules rather than sitewide, it should remain well within the scope of human mod manpower.

  2. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    Nah, it's not so massive. A good animation studio can be started with thirty people, and absolutely anyone can learn to be a voice actor for a role or two - not everyone has to be Mel Blanc. It...

    Nah, it's not so massive. A good animation studio can be started with thirty people, and absolutely anyone can learn to be a voice actor for a role or two - not everyone has to be Mel Blanc. It can start small, and build, and even afford to pay top+20% to retain talent in this kind of market where anti-worker business practices are driving salaries down at every opportunity. None of it works, though, unless the first property developed is a real firecracker and is also good enough to leave a bad taste in people's mouths when they go back to other media. It takes a 'Star Wars' to create a new 'Lucasfilm' empire. License it to all of the streaming services rather than exclusives. If they won't play ball, there are plenty of other options.

    This release of a whole season at once needs to die a quick and brutal death, too - it's hurting franchises, and I'm curious how long it'll take Netflix to wake up to this. The fact that Cobra Kai is out there with zero buzz despite being far more awesome than it has any right to be is just the latest example of full season releases failing. Week to week is better for building buzz, water cooler chit chat, explanation videos, and making the episodes into a 'happening' that people gather around to watch. Doing a whole season at once kills any possibility of those network effects.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    Perhaps I'm the only one who feels like 'fuck hollywood' lately. Why on earth would anyone trust their creations to these idiots? How many shows have we seen in the last three decades with a...

    Perhaps I'm the only one who feels like 'fuck hollywood' lately. Why on earth would anyone trust their creations to these idiots? How many shows have we seen in the last three decades with a satisfying arc and solid ending? What is that, a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the shows that have been made?

    Seems to me like hollywood itself is the problem, not the way to make more good shows. Their unions and monopolies have locked everything down into that industry so that making anything outside of it is nearly impossible - or so it seems. Frankly, I think anyone can learn to be a writer, or an actor, or an artist, at least long enough to get out one good role or one good story or one good world, so I don't recognize their monopoly on talent. It's a monopoly on mediocrity. Why are we going begging to these hacks?

    Seems like the right way to do this is to build a full production infrastructure up from scratch using completely fresh talent and do it yourself - and take all the money away, letting the old industry crash and burn. How hard can it be, when writers are striking over pay, and VFX studios are closing from being cheated out of making money? When people like Harrison Ford or even Jonathan Frakes are capable of good roles without prior acting experience? Why try to film the unfilmable when so many other options exist now? Seems like this industry is ripe for an ass kicking, and all it'll take is good planning. We don't need their channels or theaters or streaming services for anything ever again, so the distribution problems are gone, and those were the only real barriers.

    I can think of three 'stories' that would reach game of thrones or avengers levels. One is a scifi, one is a fantasy, and one is a western, and all three come with massive built-in fan bases. Only one of them is filmable in live action cinema, and two of them are ripe for horror elements. Two of them would require licensing from people that I'm quite sure have both never been approached and would likely say yes and gladly - if they trusted the studio.

    The only part of the hollywood machine that seems worth engaging is the folks who make all the merchandise. I feel like if I knew that segment better I'd find plenty to hate there too.

    I honestly can't tell if I grew up changing my tastes, or if the industry became total garbage. From where I sit both scenarios look the same to me. Do I enjoy 80s cinema more because I remember it with nostalgia, or because with a small handful of exceptions modern directors aren't fit to shine the shoes of the amateurs working in that era?

    All I do know for sure is that if these people want my money, they are going to have to knock off the bush-league bullshit and make some real art. :P

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    I don't think tags are going to be particularly useful until the site is applying them itself from the metadata when people submit links. People will never use them at this level of specificity,...

    I don't think tags are going to be particularly useful until the site is applying them itself from the metadata when people submit links. People will never use them at this level of specificity, and no one is ever going to read tagging guidelines, or any other kind of guidelines. If rules can't fit on one side of an index card in large letters, they may as well not exist. I look at tags as a handy search tool that needs to be largely machine-driven, possibly with mods curating synonyms. The hierarchical tags are fine for things like nsfw.* but trying to make all of the tags into a hierarchy is pointless.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Data shows “Game of Thrones” is taking a historic critical nosedive in ~tv

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    Well, at least we still have Taboo to look forward to on that front.

    Well, at least we still have Taboo to look forward to on that front.

  6. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    A better treatment, though I'd walk it back to S7 (before the 'capture a wight' plot) to try and recapture so many missed opportunities. ;)

    A better treatment, though I'd walk it back to S7 (before the 'capture a wight' plot) to try and recapture so many missed opportunities. ;)

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    HBO offered to do ten full seasons. The writers weren't in a hole, they were in a hurry to move on and make that star wars money from Disney. Now we have a trainwreck, a dismal star wars future to...

    HBO offered to do ten full seasons. The writers weren't in a hole, they were in a hurry to move on and make that star wars money from Disney. Now we have a trainwreck, a dismal star wars future to look forward to, and memes.

    I blame HBO. If D&D wanted to move on, that should have happened immediately, and new writers brought on to replace them. Let them go on to do whatever they like and find the right people to finish off thrones.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on DEDSA - Lighter Click in ~music

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    Eh, breakups are just an opportunity to find out what new obscure bands these people are now in. :D

    Eh, breakups are just an opportunity to find out what new obscure bands these people are now in. :D

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    We don't have inline spoilers yet so I don't want to post it in text here. I'll link you to a rather bad video that gets the point across. I heard it somewhere in one of nerdrotic's massive...

    We don't have inline spoilers yet so I don't want to post it in text here. I'll link you to a rather bad video that gets the point across. I heard it somewhere in one of nerdrotic's massive livestreams (which I will never be able to find the time index for) after the previous episode and it was given a much better explanation than in that video but the gist is the same.

    If it were true it wouldn't save the series, but at least it wouldn't be as brain-dead as what we're probably going to be getting based on the leaks.

  10. Comment on DEDSA - Lighter Click in ~music

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    I can't seem to find out what the hell happened to this band. It's a shame, that crunchy classic 70s prog sound is in short supply.

    I can't seem to find out what the hell happened to this band. It's a shame, that crunchy classic 70s prog sound is in short supply.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    Jesus, the petition is at 682k right now and will probably break a million long before morning. It's now viral, no doubt thanks to the den of trolls over at freefolk on reddit. Watching your...

    Jesus, the petition is at 682k right now and will probably break a million long before morning. It's now viral, no doubt thanks to the den of trolls over at freefolk on reddit.

    Watching your favorite shows crash and burn was never this much fun before the internet. At least we can be thankful for that.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    This thrones debacle is starting to reach never before seen levels of hilarity. It'll be far, far worse starting on Monday, though. This is still just the pregame. Everyone still defending the...

    This thrones debacle is starting to reach never before seen levels of hilarity. It'll be far, far worse starting on Monday, though. This is still just the pregame. Everyone still defending the plot is in for a rough conversation around the water cooler next week. So far I've seen exactly one theory left standing that could pull it (barely) out of this nosedive and still match up with the leaks, and it's too clever for the writers.

    I can't imagine HBO doing a remake. All of the contracts with the actors have run their course and they are moving on to real acting roles. Hiring them back would cost a fortune even if most of them wouldn't tell HBO to pound sand. The only option HBO has left is damage control. Expect a round of paid-for shilling articles in a few months asking the question 'was game of thrones' final season really that bad' in the vein of that massive PR campaign Disney ran for years trying to soften the blow of the star wars prequels. They'll follow that up with 'thrones prequel/spinoff not to make the same mistakes as its predecessor.'

    I want to know how low HBO's subscription numbers go over this, and I want to know how far they fall short on Thrones Blu-Ray sales. They are in for a rough time when the dust settles. I can't remember HBO ever allowing a fuck-up like this on their watch before.

    29 votes
  13. Comment on ~all? in ~tildes

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    Also, if there's an ~all view, groups will fight to dominate it, as we've seen on reddit so often. That leads to some pretty shitty behavior.

    Also, if there's an ~all view, groups will fight to dominate it, as we've seen on reddit so often. That leads to some pretty shitty behavior.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    That's where I was going when I talked about having 'user report cards' and muting and strikes. That's a fairly simple system, still keeps the human in control (rather than bad bots), and it's...

    That's where I was going when I talked about having 'user report cards' and muting and strikes. That's a fairly simple system, still keeps the human in control (rather than bad bots), and it's transparent. I'm totally in favor of moving in this direction for the short-to-mid term.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    Heh, that's an interesting idea I've never seen before. Wonder if we could figure out how to make those cpu cycles do something productive too.

    Heh, that's an interesting idea I've never seen before. Wonder if we could figure out how to make those cpu cycles do something productive too.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    Not exactly traditional, by then the trust system should be watching how accounts behave - and this goes beyond just what you post and say and vote on and what reputation is earned. It'll also be...

    Not exactly traditional, by then the trust system should be watching how accounts behave - and this goes beyond just what you post and say and vote on and what reputation is earned. It'll also be watching ip addresses, frequently posted/spammed sites, copypasta in submissions and comments, and probably a whole pile of other criteria we haven't even thought up yet.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    Translation: We're sick of doing this show, and we can make a lot more money writing for Disney now that GRRM has made us look like competent writers.

    Translation: We're sick of doing this show, and we can make a lot more money writing for Disney now that GRRM has made us look like competent writers.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    The way Tildes maps the invite tree, finding any single one of these spammers is going to expose all of them, and the users, codes, and links used to bring them in, which can then all be vetted by...

    The way Tildes maps the invite tree, finding any single one of these spammers is going to expose all of them, and the users, codes, and links used to bring them in, which can then all be vetted by the admins. The only way for a spammer to avoid this is to avoid spamming, or to spam in such a way that no one can tell they are spamming, in which case I don't see it as a problem. The rules on clearly labeling self promotion will also help with this.

    Most spam is coming from artificial stupids, and those simplistic engines only work on places with no quality control or reputation or consequences attached to the user accounts (like reddit). Tildes isn't one of those places. As for humans who are being paid to spam, they'll have to learn how to spam without being noticed, which is kinda the opposite of the purpose of spam. The only real option they have here is 'honesty in promotion' which means clearly labeling their content as such. Failure to do so will bring the hammer down.

    It's going to be interesting watching spammers break like waves on this system, which is something they've never encountered before, designed to take away all of their power. Spammers are going to have to be very, very clever here - and I doubt most of them are, or they'd be finding a more profitable and productive use of their mental faculties than working for some click-farm.

    Spam is not hard to beat. It's just that no one ever really tries.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    All that sweet sweet hollywood money is calling. The actors want to move on in their careers, D&D want to start writing star wars movies (check their IMDB). They were mentally checked out on...

    All that sweet sweet hollywood money is calling. The actors want to move on in their careers, D&D want to start writing star wars movies (check their IMDB). They were mentally checked out on thrones years ago, I'll bet.

    2 votes