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  1. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - the importance of content in ~tildes.official

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    If we submit a link for discussion, should it be necessary to accompany the link with a relevant discussion? One of my gripes about Reddit is that users will just put up links for controversial...

    If we submit a link for discussion, should it be necessary to accompany the link with a relevant discussion? One of my gripes about Reddit is that users will just put up links for controversial subjects just to generate karma, but won't bother giving context or applying context to the discussion.

  2. Comment on ‘Gaming disorder’ is officially recognized by the World Health Organization in ~news

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    I really, really hope this doesn't become part of a victim-complex. I apologize if saying that offends anyone, because I myself went through high school totally ignoring my academic...

    I really, really hope this doesn't become part of a victim-complex.

    I apologize if saying that offends anyone, because I myself went through high school totally ignoring my academic responsibilities and just playing games from the time school ended to when school started the next morning (other than music classes) and saw my grades become total bunk, but I noticed when I stopped playing games cold turkey I merely replaced it with something else.

    I would probably have been diagnosed with this as a kid, and the problem with the WHO actually identifying this is now companies will be allowed to medicate for it. Really kids like me back in high school just needed a good (and hard) push in the right direction; not fed pills.

    The problem I think today is that games I played as a kid weren't designed to be life-encompassing endeavors. They had start and stop moments. There was a credit roll, there weren't DLCs, and there weren't any in-app purchases. It was a cartridge or a disc and that was it. Today companies rely on hook strategies, many coming directly out of ludological theories on gambling and addiction and how to design experiences to grab people in primal ways and convince them to empty their pocketbooks.

    Given that games today are designed to actually create physical addictions, does this mean that "gaming disorders" (just because the WHO says a thing exists doesn't mean it does) can actually be medically treated? What about gaming rehab? Or is this something that can really only be fixed with physical and mental force from within?

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  3. Comment on China says Pacific debt claims 'ridiculous' after Julie Bishop raises concerns in ~finance

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    It's not just with nations in the Pacific Ocean - it's happening all over the world. People are actually naming it "debt-trap diplomacy". It's China's attempt to reinvigorate the two ancient trade...

    It's not just with nations in the Pacific Ocean - it's happening all over the world. People are actually naming it "debt-trap diplomacy". It's China's attempt to reinvigorate the two ancient trade routes that made them the richest country in the world approximately 1000 years ago, along with expanding some of their ancient routes into Africa. The difference with today of course is that the President has adopted the Maoist global goals, but is using market capitalism to branch out instead of communist ideology.

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  4. Comment on ASL? Just kidding but seriously where are most of you Tildoes from? in ~talk

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    Age: 37 Sex: male Location: Originally from California, then moved to China back in 2003. Been living in Tianjin since 2012.

    Age: 37

    Sex: male

    Location: Originally from California, then moved to China back in 2003. Been living in Tianjin since 2012.

  5. Comment on What do you remember about the "old" internet? in ~talk

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    There are different phases of the "old internet" at least in my lifetime. Late 80s (when I started using it) - Prodigy/CompuServe modem-based e-mail and news. Later when pictures were introduced,...

    There are different phases of the "old internet" at least in my lifetime.

    Late 80s (when I started using it) - Prodigy/CompuServe modem-based e-mail and news. Later when pictures were introduced, I was like "wow!"

    Early 90s - AIM (every. single. day), Gemstone II/III, and e-mail AD&D groups.

    Mid 90s - Gemstone III leaves AOL, my heart breaks. The rise of gaming fan-sites - basically my second home, much to the chagrin of my high school teachers and their assignments.

    Late 90s - Moving on to MUDs, after GSIII implemented their ridiculous (currently still ridiculous) subscription models.

    Early 2000s - Personal, self-coded blogs. So many game fan-sites. AIM, and whatever other IM was the flavor of the month. More MUDs. Started actually coding MUDs and joined several (failed) development teams that wanted to capture the mobile/online market. Then in 2002 everything ended with WoW. Sad face.

    Mid 2000s - the rise of blogger. More newspapers converted to online markets, but still extremely primitive.

    Late 2000s - Hard to say. Moved to China where every year and more and websites got blocked by the GFW. Eventually mass adoption of Wordpress into the personal blogosphere, and for a brief moment was bright until blogs went dark and

    The now - Facebook and other social media became the hives of activity. Au Revoir, "Old Internet".

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  6. Comment on So apparently there's an ongoing controversy about Battlefield V allowing you to play as a female character. in ~games

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    The issue seems to be about whether or not Battlefield V is actually trying to represent historical accuracy. If so, they should do their research and stand behind it (like Ubisoft does with the...

    The issue seems to be about whether or not Battlefield V is actually trying to represent historical accuracy. If so, they should do their research and stand behind it (like Ubisoft does with the Assassin's Creed games).

    If not, then it shouldn't matter whatsoever. Be a woman in World War I, be an alien, be a talking dog. It really doesn't matter.

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  7. Comment on What I hope is my last Meta post on Tildes in ~tildes

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    Honestly, I think reforming the system has already won half the battle. Using votes to indicate consensus, but not including karmic scores or even scores of posting history is going to greatly...

    Honestly, I think reforming the system has already won half the battle. Using votes to indicate consensus, but not including karmic scores or even scores of posting history is going to greatly increase the value of comments and discussion, because people will be increasingly directed towards one or two people in their discussions.

    The real trick is going to be the methodology used to discourage trolls from trying to dislodge discussions through comment filibustering (what often takes place in commenting streams such as Livefyre; ie: the person who finishes the discussion wins).

  8. Comment on I think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the concept of being transgendered works. Clarifications would be helpful. in ~lgbt

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    Thanks for your reply! If/when people refer to you the wrong way, do you feel that is because they are objectifying you and lumping certain expectations along with that objectification? In other...

    Thanks for your reply!

    If/when people refer to you the wrong way, do you feel that is because they are objectifying you and lumping certain expectations along with that objectification? In other words, do you feel this is an expectation hoisted upon you by others, or is this an expectation about yourself that comes into conflict with how you perceive others should/shouldn't represent you? (Perhaps that was even more confusing; if so, sorry!)

  9. Comment on Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border in ~life

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    I've spent two hours trying to figure out the laws that are undergirding these policies. I saw one article that stated that every president since Clinton has successively implemented "laws" for...

    I've spent two hours trying to figure out the laws that are undergirding these policies. I saw one article that stated that every president since Clinton has successively implemented "laws" for treating illegal immigrants as criminals but it wasn't until the current administration that they started to actually follow those laws/policies. But for as many laws and policies that are mentioned, I cannot find out what those laws/policies are and who put them into the system. Very aggravating.

    If anyone has any time and can figure out what some of these laws are, that would prove far more helpful to informing people who can make changes. Challenging those laws and changing those laws is how we prevent things like the above from happening.

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  10. Comment on Best book you've ever read in ~books

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    Hard to pick a favorite. But the book that had the most influence on me was Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter, because for the first time I actually felt like I had read a book that...

    Hard to pick a favorite. But the book that had the most influence on me was Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter, because for the first time I actually felt like I had read a book that both took itself seriously and also wasn't afraid to go absolutely bonkers with ideas. Dunsany's book felt to me like he captured imagination in a small bottle and then he kept tapping on the bottle like a little kid, trying to see if imagination would show her face to him.

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  11. Comment on George Lucas Would Have Set Third Star Wars Trilogy in 'Microbiotic World' Linked to Midi-Chlorians in ~movies

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    I believe the problem with Phantom Menace is that Lucas took a new community approach to film-making, where he basically felt like everyone should have a say in the process and the whole process...

    I believe the problem with Phantom Menace is that Lucas took a new community approach to film-making, where he basically felt like everyone should have a say in the process and the whole process got garbled up. I listened to an interview where he was asked if he regretted making this decision and he said he didn't, even if he had to sacrifice some of his vision. He also said he was happy with the result, even if fans were not, although whether he was happy because everyone got what they wanted or because he felt it was a good film was not something he mentioned.

    I'm trying to remember the interview but it was a lifetime ago, back after the release of the second prequel film.

    So basically, I think if they gave him full-access to the film he might have actually done a good job with it. If you enjoyed Star Wars Rebels (or the Clone Wars animated series), they do a lot with the Whills in that series; it's more the spiritual successor of Lucas's vision than the current reboot. Those were really good tv shows, IMO.

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  12. Comment on How do you read? in ~books

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    If I read a book on a tablet I don't feel like I accomplished anything, but the problem is when I'm traveling and I actually carry a book to read (preferred method) I generally end up using my...

    If I read a book on a tablet I don't feel like I accomplished anything, but the problem is when I'm traveling and I actually carry a book to read (preferred method) I generally end up using my phone the entire time.

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  13. Comment on Who was excited to pick a cool username? in ~tildes

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    I picked the one that allows anyone anywhere to easily doxx me. I'm just too forgetful to use different names. I have basically stuck with the same username since 2001.

    I picked the one that allows anyone anywhere to easily doxx me. I'm just too forgetful to use different names. I have basically stuck with the same username since 2001.

  14. Comment on I think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the concept of being transgendered works. Clarifications would be helpful. in ~lgbt

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    Please forgive my ignorance on this topic (not being transgender or even knowing anyone who is), but for those who are transgender, is there a significant difference for you for people who were...

    Please forgive my ignorance on this topic (not being transgender or even knowing anyone who is), but for those who are transgender, is there a significant difference for you for people who were born as the wrong sex and needed surgery to make corrections versus people who see themselves as a different gender because of how our society portrays/discriminates/labels people of different genders?

    For example, in situation number 1, one person actually feels like the body is alien, foreign and disruptive, but in situation number 2, another person feels that participating in social life is impossible given the absolutely crazy gender stereotypes our society has and honestly can’t function given how the mind processes daily actions and thoughts and therefore it’s necessary to transition in order to function normally in community with others.

    To you, are these two one and the same or are they vastly different? I really, really don’t mean to offend anyone but as I said I don’t know any transgender people and this has been clinging to the back of my brain since the discussion began in our culture. I’ve been living in a country (for most of my adult life) where transgender people are hidden, so I’m hoping someone here can respond to my question.

  15. Comment on What are you working on this weekend? in ~comp

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    I’ve spent the last month getting tours of scientific labs at my university and this week I need to synthesize all this information into a workable presentation. Labs have crazy stuff from mounted...

    I’ve spent the last month getting tours of scientific labs at my university and this week I need to synthesize all this information into a workable presentation. Labs have crazy stuff from mounted sonic screwdrivers to arm-sized tricorders to brain-controlling magnets (and even crazier things).

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