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  1. Comment on Banning of users and the discussion of controversial subjects in ~tildes

    JCPhoenix Link Parent
    This is an excellent analogy. I tend to use a similar argument. Though less pissing, more screaming at passersby ; ) I've never quite understood this notion that a website, specifically reddit, is...

    When an asshole walks into a supermarket and pisses on the floor, what does the staff at that supermarket do? Try to explain to him why that's a bad action, or kick him out, and if necessary call the cops? Why should an internet forum's etiquette be any different than a brick and mortar store? Will there be that many people sticking up for that guy's rights to piss in everyone else's corn flakes? I doubt it.

    This is an excellent analogy. I tend to use a similar argument. Though less pissing, more screaming at passersby ; )

    I've never quite understood this notion that a website, specifically reddit, is somehow a public square. And even in a public square, I don't think you'd get to scream at the top of your lungs, castigating and harassing anyone that happens to walk by, even if they did engage with you. I'm sure most places, even in the US, have laws and ordinances against that kind of behavior.

    Before reddit, and even after reddit, I've never seen such a massive community think they have 100% free speech on a publicly-accessible, privately-owned website (AKA any regular website). Maybe 4chan is the outlier. Even the creator of Voat had to start enforcing some things.

    I've been on forums and other types of social media since the mid 90s. There are always rules. And there are always mods/admins ready to enforce those rules. Only on reddit do people kick and scream at the smallest of enforcement action that's often necessary.

    Don't get me wrong; mods and admins are never super popular. But I feel like people elsewhere have tended to understand why they exist; why they have to exist.

    I enjoy reddit. I still use it daily. Far more than tildes at the moment. But reddit's dumbest decision was always their approach to "free speech" on the site. Look how many times they've had to walk that back in the face of various self-inflicted crises. Not only that, but their perceived selective application of it, as well.

    The worst part -- and perhaps this is a result all of social media, though reddit plays a big part -- is the spreading of the belief that somehow everyone gets to have a say AND people MUST listen. No. You can have your say, but I don't have to listen. And, as a mod, I don't have to make other people listen to you, either. I don't need people pissing in my community's aisles or in their corn flakes. Take that to Walmart or Voat.

    I'm glad to see many tildes users, and its creator, take this position. After years of taking a beating on the issue elsewhere, especially when moderating, it's a breath of fresh air.

    13 votes
  2. Comment on Elite Dangerous player stranded for three months has been rescued in ~games

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    This reminds of a group in EVE that helps rescue stranded players in Wormhole space. Signal Cartel, I believe. Very neat story!

    This reminds of a group in EVE that helps rescue stranded players in Wormhole space. Signal Cartel, I believe. Very neat story!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    One of the first animes I remember seeing as a kid was Sailor Moon. I wanna say it was part of the Saturday morning cartoons in the mid/late 90s. I didn't watch it regularly, but I watched it...

    One of the first animes I remember seeing as a kid was Sailor Moon. I wanna say it was part of the Saturday morning cartoons in the mid/late 90s. I didn't watch it regularly, but I watched it enough to understand the basic storyline. Oh and I think in middle school, some friends showed me some Hentai on VHS! WTF...

    Toonami (and then Adult Swim) definitely exposed me to a lot more. Cowboy Bebop was what got me hooked. And by the time I got to 8th/9th grade, several of my friends and I watched DBZ.

    These days, I actually don't watch all that much anime. I probably binge 2-4 shows/season of a show per year. I'm really into the more philosophical dystopian future shows like Ghost in the Shell (prob 2nd favorite series after Bebop) and Psychopass. I also like "political" shows like Code Geass, Aldnoah.Zero, and Last Exile. Though that doesn't mean I haven't seen - and enjoyed - shows like Attack on Titan, Ah My Goddess, and Ouran High School Host Club.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on MLS starts next week. Who do you support? in ~sports

    JCPhoenix Link
    Sporting KC. It's my hometeam!

    Sporting KC. It's my hometeam!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on A Case For Why Labels Should Be Removed in ~tildes

    JCPhoenix Link Parent
    Somewhat in the same vein, I think Tildes needs to be careful of becoming an "anti-reddit." I tried Voat and Imzy and I noticed a similar mindset among users. I don't think you can build a product...

    Somewhat in the same vein, I think Tildes needs to be careful of becoming an "anti-reddit." I tried Voat and Imzy and I noticed a similar mindset among users. I don't think you can build a product or community simply by being the antithesis of that other thing. I'm sure many of us come from reddit so it's natural to compare and contrast the two. But for Tildes to be successful, it needs to be able to stand on its own.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall in ~news

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    How popular was that decision? Were average citizens, at the time, OK with removing the Cherokee? I ask because the wall isn't popular. Even if Trump decided to ignore a possible slap-down by the...

    How popular was that decision? Were average citizens, at the time, OK with removing the Cherokee?

    I ask because the wall isn't popular. Even if Trump decided to ignore a possible slap-down by the courts, he'd still have to contend with an angry populace that's probably willing to take action. Toss in eminent domain fights (perhaps literal), and there's no way it's getting built.

  7. Comment on Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now lost to us in ~tech

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    Relevant XKCD. That would be awesome if Opportunity spontaneously started back up. But I wonder if we'll be listening anymore to even know.

    Relevant XKCD.

    That would be awesome if Opportunity spontaneously started back up. But I wonder if we'll be listening anymore to even know.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

    JCPhoenix Link
    Jungle. The music is awesome, but the videos are even better. See: "Julia" Edit: And "Casio"

    Jungle. The music is awesome, but the videos are even better. See: "Julia"

    Edit: And "Casio"

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Senators propose legislation to end Congressional pensions in ~news

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    Two freshman Republican senators are trying to end taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress. https://outline.com/ZH2dFN

    Two freshman Republican senators are trying to end taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress.

    https://outline.com/ZH2dFN

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Introductions #6 - It's been a while since the last one. How's everyone doing? in ~talk

    JCPhoenix (edited ) Link
    Hi all. I just got my invitation and joined yesterday! I've been a redditor (under a different name) for the last 8-9yrs and mod some smaller, US state politics subs. I stumbled onto Tildes from...

    Hi all. I just got my invitation and joined yesterday! I've been a redditor (under a different name) for the last 8-9yrs and mod some smaller, US state politics subs. I stumbled onto Tildes from reddit a few months ago, and nearly forgot about it until an invitation thread popped up on my frontpage the other day!

    In the real world, I work as an "IT Generalist" from Kansas City, MO, USA. My interests are in politics and news, gaming, technology, and travel.

    I've had an opportunity to try other, similar sites like Imzy and Voat, so I'm exited see to how Tildes develops and how it can differentiate itself from those and ofc, reddit.

    Edit: Missing words.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019 in ~tech

    JCPhoenix Link Parent
    Consumer-level GPS became widespread around early 2000s, right? We had cell phones, early versions of the iPod (though MP3 players were already available), USB drives, etc. Surprising that storage...

    Consumer-level GPS became widespread around early 2000s, right? We had cell phones, early versions of the iPod (though MP3 players were already available), USB drives, etc. Surprising that storage was still considered "scarce."

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Isn't the number of groups too restrictive? in ~tildes

    JCPhoenix Link Parent
    In a small community, you don't want people spread out all over the place. Interaction is the most important thing to have in a growing community, and you're more likely to have this interaction...

    In a small community, you don't want people spread out all over the place. Interaction is the most important thing to have in a growing community, and you're more likely to have this interaction with fewer "barriers." This is true even in the real world.

    Imagine going to a convention that had 15 different sessions at once, even though there were only 50 attendees. Sure, you were able to cover more topics of interest to attendees, but maybe only one session was well-attended with 25 people, while the other 14 rooms had less than a handful or even no attendees. What good is a session with no/few attendees and no ability to discuss/network? It's not good. It's a bad experience and those attendees may not come back the next year. Because without interaction (the reason why people go to in-person conventions), people aren't coming back. Same principle applies in online communities, whether it's a forum, discord, reddit-types, etc.

    Sorta related, there's precedence for this. I think a lot of users are used to reddit as it is and as it has been for the last several years. But early reddit, I believe, didn't have subreddits. There was just reddit.com and you submitted everything there.

    7 votes