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  1. Comment on Do not bump topics from offtopic comments? in ~tildes

    Eylrid (edited ) Link Parent
    The criteria for what goes in the meta page is simple: Is it talking about something that would be recorded in the topic log? Examples: "Should this be moved to ~othergroup?", "The title is...

    The criteria for what goes in the meta page is simple: Is it talking about something that would be recorded in the topic log? Examples: "Should this be moved to ~othergroup?", "The title is sensationalist. I'm changing it", etc

    In the case OP is complaining about it's a discussion about general site features and policy, with only one small mention about the post itself. It should be spun off into its own post and moved to ~tildes, rather than go on the meta page.

    also most people would probably ignore the talk section and use the default one instead.

    Those who should be using the meta page (mostly moderators) can be trained to do so. Comments that don't use it when they should can be moved there by moderators.

    Edit: accidentally hit post before done, rest of comment incoming. Edit 2: Comment completed.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Do not bump topics from offtopic comments? in ~tildes

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    Not only would that clean up the original thread, it would make it easier to find the new topic discussion. Someone interested in a topic can easily miss a great conversation on it because it's...

    Not only would that clean up the original thread, it would make it easier to find the new topic discussion. Someone interested in a topic can easily miss a great conversation on it because it's nested in a thread on something they don't care about. By pulling it out and making it it's own post it becomes discoverable.

    Keeping a link to it in the original thread would preserve the natural flow from original topic to tangent for those that want to follow it. Coming from the original thread it wouldn't be much different than a "continue this thread" link.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Do not bump topics from offtopic comments? in ~tildes

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    That would be great for meta discussion, but moving comments to a new thread is still useful for topic drift.

    That would be great for meta discussion, but moving comments to a new thread is still useful for topic drift.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Epic Games Store Is Shit - But It's Not Spyware in ~games

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    Podcasts are a shining example of what open content distribution can be. Publishers put up an RSS feed and any podcatcher can access it. It makes things simpler that podcasts are, as a rule, free....

    Podcasts are a shining example of what open content distribution can be. Publishers put up an RSS feed and any podcatcher can access it. It makes things simpler that podcasts are, as a rule, free. Adding payment into an open system like that could be tricky.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights during joint press conference in ~lgbt

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    Suggestion: Take the example of Wikipedia's Talk pages and have a separate page for each post meant for meta discussion. Maybe put the link to it in the topic log. People taking moderation actions...

    Suggestion: Take the example of Wikipedia's Talk pages and have a separate page for each post meant for meta discussion. Maybe put the link to it in the topic log. People taking moderation actions can comment there explaining why they took the action they did.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her in ~life

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    This is so tragic. How can people be so heartless?

    This is so tragic. How can people be so heartless?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    I agree this whole thing is mind blowing. The orbital prototype is a test craft so it isn't quite as critical. They may build a building for the production rockets. But then again ocean going...

    I agree this whole thing is mind blowing.

    The orbital prototype is a test craft so it isn't quite as critical. They may build a building for the production rockets. But then again ocean going ships are built out in the open. The future of spaceflight is a move away from precious, expensive one time use rockets to industrial workhorses made to take a beating from being used over and over again.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    In the eyes of pro-lifers that would be every abortion.

    In the eyes of pro-lifers that would be every abortion.

    5 votes
  9. I have stood on both sides of the abortion debate. I was raised conservative. Most of my family is conservative. But I became more liberal as an adult. In listening to both conservatives and...

    I have stood on both sides of the abortion debate. I was raised conservative. Most of my family is conservative. But I became more liberal as an adult. In listening to both conservatives and liberals argue their side of the debate they have something fundamental in common: both are motivated by a desire to care and protect. Liberals want to protect the rights, autonomy and health of women. Conservatives want to protect the life of the unborn.

    Both sides see the other as monsters out to attack. They think that because the other side works to thwart their efforts to protect, that the other side intends harm. But that's not true. Neither side wants to inflict harm. They may be willing to inflict harm to protect another, but that is not the same as wanting to inflict harm. Those who are pro-choice don't want to kill babies; they want to protect women and sometimes killing the unborn is the unfortunate cost. Similarly those who are pro-life aren't necessarily motivated by a desire to control women*; they want to protect the unborn and limiting some rights of women is the cost.

    * This of course comes with some sticky caveats. There is plenty of sexism among many who are pro-life, and plenty of hardliners who think women should be subservient. And those people's sexism does color there views of women's reproductive autonomy. But there are also moderate pro-lifers who otherwise value the rights of women. You don't have to be sexist to be pro-life. Anecdotally the pro-lifers I know personally are in the latter group.

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    22 votes
  10. Comment on Momo Challenge, memes, and "Secure, Contain, Protect" (SCP) in ~talk

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    "There's an old saying in Tennessee— I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee" is a reference to George Bush

    "There's an old saying in Tennessee— I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee" is a reference to George Bush

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What are some common skills that will become extinct in the next couple of decades? in ~talk

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    Add decorative clocks to that, too.

    Disagree on this one, simply because of watches as jewellery/accessories. Culture changes much more slowly than technology!

    Add decorative clocks to that, too.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Opinion piece: Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless in ~tech

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    There's a site the keeps track of all the articles declaring Bitcoin dead: Bitcoin Obituaries. There are over three hundred so far going back to 2010. Bitcoin has crashed 80% or more from a peak...

    There's a site the keeps track of all the articles declaring Bitcoin dead: Bitcoin Obituaries. There are over three hundred so far going back to 2010. Bitcoin has crashed 80% or more from a peak several times. Each time the bottom of the crash has been substantially above the where it was before the rally that lead to the peak started.

    Bitcoin is getting close to that point. As I argued, once Bitcoin’s price falls below its cost of mining, the incentive to mine will deteriorate, thrusting bitcoin into a death spiral.

    The cost of mining isn't fixed. It fluctuates based on how much mining is happening. If blocks are found too quickly then mining difficulty adjusts and it gets harder. If blocks take too long then the difficulty goes down. If the cost of mining is too high then the least profitable miners drop out and the cost of mining goes down for the rest of the miners that keep going.

    That's exactly what is happening right now. A portion of the miners have shutdown, the difficulty dropped and the cost of mining has come down.

    ...its value is driven... mostly by its cost of mining.

    It goes the other way around. The value of Bitcoin drives the cost of mining because of the difficulty adjustment mentioned above. The more valuable Bitcoin is the more miners jump in and the more the difficulty goes up. The less valuable it is the less mining power there is and lower the difficulty goes.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on If you could choose to live out your entire life in any time and place in history, what would you choose and why? in ~talk

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    I feel a similar way about the 80's. (I was born in '87.) There's something tantalizing about a period you just missed out on. It's the culture of the kids just older than you, and you get the...

    I feel a similar way about the 80's. (I was born in '87.) There's something tantalizing about a period you just missed out on. It's the culture of the kids just older than you, and you get the lingering remnants of it. It's like walking into a party just as it ends and people are cleaning up.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on If you could choose to live out your entire life in any time and place in history, what would you choose and why? in ~talk

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    Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker is another excellent book on the subject.

    Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker is another excellent book on the subject.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Coinbase and Circle announce the launch of USDC , a stablecoin that is fully collateralized by US dollars in ~tech

  16. Comment on The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture - Greek and Roman statues were often painted, but assumptions about race and aesthetics have suppressed this truth in ~humanities

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    The examples they showed look a lot better in color than pure white statues do, much more vibrant and alive.

    The examples they showed look a lot better in color than pure white statues do, much more vibrant and alive.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Netflix, their use of customized posters. An article and some reflections after reading Yuval Harari. in ~tech

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    If someone responds to black characters I wouldn't see anything wrong with Netflix suggesting shows with black leads. But showing minor characters in thumbnails is deceptive.

    If someone responds to black characters I wouldn't see anything wrong with Netflix suggesting shows with black leads. But showing minor characters in thumbnails is deceptive.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Netflix, their use of customized posters. An article and some reflections after reading Yuval Harari. in ~tech

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    But they aren't starting from "this person is a woman" or "this person is Hispanic" and making assumptions from there. They are judging someone not for what they are but by how they act, what they...

    But they aren't starting from "this person is a woman" or "this person is Hispanic" and making assumptions from there. They are judging someone not for what they are but by how they act, what they choose to watch. A woman who doesn't watch rom-coms and musicals isn't going to get the same suggestions as those that do just because she's a woman. Someone who does watch rom-coms and musicals will get suggestions for things that most other people who watch rom-coms and musicals like, regardless of whether that person is a woman, a man, or something else. Isn't that how we're supposed to judge each other "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"?

    2 votes