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  1. Comment on FCC chairman Ajit Pai out, net neutrality back in in ~tech

  2. Comment on Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO and visionary, dies at forty-six in ~tech

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    The cause of death was injuries sustained in a house fire that occurred in Connecticut while he was visiting family. Zappos and Tony did a lot of interesting things. I haven't personally seen much...

    The cause of death was injuries sustained in a house fire that occurred in Connecticut while he was visiting family.

    Zappos and Tony did a lot of interesting things. I haven't personally seen much about them lately, but I definitely remember reading a lot about some of their projects around 10 years ago.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Sex, Lies and Video Games: Oomba was a startup designed to make a lot of money from the games industry — instead, everyone played each other in ~games

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    The article only mentions it a little offhandedly, but it looks like his new company is Glytch, which seems to still be trying to do the "esports lounge" thing described in the article in relation...

    The article only mentions it a little offhandedly, but it looks like his new company is Glytch, which seems to still be trying to do the "esports lounge" thing described in the article in relation to GameWorks, Oomba Lounge, etc.

    They had a press release last week that talks about some of their investors and partners. Especially interesting to see Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin named, because he announced that he was leaving Twitch on the same day as that press release.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Interesting look at how the best ("90% effective") result of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine was basically the result of a mistake: AstraZeneca’s best COVID vaccine result was a fluke. Experts...

    Interesting look at how the best ("90% effective") result of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine was basically the result of a mistake: AstraZeneca’s best COVID vaccine result was a fluke. Experts have questions

    The WHO is stressing that it needs a better trial.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court sides with religious groups in a dispute over Covid-19 restrictions in New York in ~news

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    They've been trying to go that route up here in Alberta, Canada and resisting putting in actual restrictions, it hasn't gone well. We're getting more cases now than the provinces that have much...

    They've been trying to go that route up here in Alberta, Canada and resisting putting in actual restrictions, it hasn't gone well. We're getting more cases now than the provinces that have much higher populations.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on There is a Reddit moderator that has been behaving strangely towards my self and other moderators in ~talk

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    For better or worse, situations like this are part of how Reddit works. Moderators don't have to behave logically or fairly, and are generally allowed to do things like ban people from their...

    For better or worse, situations like this are part of how Reddit works. Moderators don't have to behave logically or fairly, and are generally allowed to do things like ban people from their subreddits for any reason they want, or even no reason at all. There doesn't need to be a reasonable explanation. A moderator can choose to ban every user with the letter "e" in their username if they like.

    If you think their behavior is rising to the level of harassment or a violation of the moderator guidelines, you could try reporting them to the Reddit admins. I've never heard of them doing something like forcing a subreddit to unban someone though, and I think they will only get involved if it's something extreme enough that the moderator would be completely banned from Reddit. Even then, it's a high bar before they'll take action, and this probably isn't to that point.

    Realistically, about all you can do is move on. Continuing to contact the moderator (or other moderators in the same subreddit) is probably more likely to make them dig in their heels on it than start agreeing with you (and may even have them report you for harassment if you keep messaging them). I'm going to remove this post though, because there isn't anyone here that can help you, and it's drifting into territory that's a little too direct/personal for my taste.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Glad you got a negative result! I'm curious though: will you be required to go back to work sooner than you would have with a positive? You'll probably never be able to find out if it was a false...

    Glad you got a negative result! I'm curious though: will you be required to go back to work sooner than you would have with a positive? You'll probably never be able to find out if it was a false negative, but that seems kind of worrisome to me, if your symptoms are very covid-like but you might need to go back to teaching before the normal covid quarantine period would be over.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Black Mesa: Definitive Edition - The final major update for the fan-made re-imagining of Half-Life in ~games

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    I was uncertain from the post too, but I believe it's released, yes. SteamDB shows a large update yesterday (the only one since April): https://steamdb.info/app/362890/patchnotes/

    I was uncertain from the post too, but I believe it's released, yes. SteamDB shows a large update yesterday (the only one since April): https://steamdb.info/app/362890/patchnotes/

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Primary Lemmy instance enables federation in ~tech

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    Is the ActivityPub code split out as a separate library that other projects can use, or is it tied in pretty tightly with the Lemmy platform code itself?

    Is the ActivityPub code split out as a separate library that other projects can use, or is it tied in pretty tightly with the Lemmy platform code itself?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    Thanks, really good thoughts. One other alternative (that isn't currently possible, but I want it to be) is letting people specify which "content types" they do or don't want to see. Every topic...

    Thanks, really good thoughts. One other alternative (that isn't currently possible, but I want it to be) is letting people specify which "content types" they do or don't want to see. Every topic has something like "Article", "Video", "Ask" shown on it, and you should be able to use those in filtering. So what you'd be looking for is something like "~music, but only Article and Text" or "~music, but no Audio", or something along those lines. Using a subgroup could work too, but would just kind of move the filtering around a little differently.

    I like the idea of "subscription weighting" in general too, but I haven't tried to figure out the actual details of how it could work yet. I think it would be pretty weird with certain sorting methods, to have the potential for individual topics to appear and disappear when they drop below some threshold.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Implement a feature that allows users to flag and challenge exemplary labels on comments they find undeserving in ~tildes

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    Malice is fine for that, it works as a way to get my attention on a particular comment (definitely write a reason saying it's related to the label though).

    Malice is fine for that, it works as a way to get my attention on a particular comment (definitely write a reason saying it's related to the label though).

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Implement a feature that allows users to flag and challenge exemplary labels on comments they find undeserving in ~tildes

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    They do get misused sometimes, and I'll occasionally remove them if I think it was egregious (and like you said, some people have gotten upset about this happening). A few users no longer have the...
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    They do get misused sometimes, and I'll occasionally remove them if I think it was egregious (and like you said, some people have gotten upset about this happening). A few users no longer have the ability to use them, after repeated misuse.

    Overall though, I think it's important to recognize that in a lot of the cases where misuse happens, it doesn't actually matter. For example, it's fairly common that someone will use an Exemplary on one comment in a back-and-forth argument between two users, and then someone else will feel like they need to use one on a comment from the other side, to "balance out" the original Exemplary on the side they disagree with.

    But other than the mild annoyance of "someone shouldn't have done that" when you see it, it doesn't really do anything. The only effect is a small boost in how the comment is sorted compared to its "siblings" (replies to the same comment), and in most of these cases it doesn't even have any. Even if does have siblings, the Exemplary is almost never the deciding factor in the sorting. And even if it is, the threads on Tildes are still small enough that it's normal to read all the comments anyway, regardless of how they're sorted.

    Eventually, I'd like to split Exemplary and Malice out of the labels and make them into their own mechanics that could behave differently, and also be more explicit about the right/wrong ways to use them. When that happens, I think it would probably make sense to consider some larger changes to how they work. I'm not totally sold about making them non-anonymous (I think there are valuable cases for anonymous ones too), but it's interesting and could be a reasonable possibility. In the meantime though, it's not worth fretting too much about the occasional undeserved Exemplary.

    30 votes