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  1. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I have noticed a decline in seeing any other of these posters in the past few months and myself have stopped challenging much since I can't remember a single time where we came to any other...

    I have noticed a decline in seeing any other of these posters in the past few months and myself have stopped challenging much since I can't remember a single time where we came to any other conclusion besides "we should stop arguing since we aren't going to agree", which I often have to be the one to post. It's quite frustrating and it really killed a lot of my joy for this site, and I've really been here less frequently. Non-political threads are so much more fun anyways.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Messaging app Signal threatens to dump US market if anti-encryption EARN IT bill passes in ~tech

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    My interpretation is they would just relocate, not cancel the service to Americans. Would they be open to lawsuits from the US if they are no longer located there?

    My interpretation is they would just relocate, not cancel the service to Americans. Would they be open to lawsuits from the US if they are no longer located there?

    it would not be possible for a small nonprofit like Signal to continue to operate within the United States. Tech companies and organizations may be forced to relocate

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    "flip that switch" gave me an idea that may or may not be good. Perhaps when replying users can flip a toggle to turn the conversation into a PM with a copy of the chain already in it. This could...

    "flip that switch" gave me an idea that may or may not be good. Perhaps when replying users can flip a toggle to turn the conversation into a PM with a copy of the chain already in it. This could add a message below a comment in the regular view saying "this conversation has been moved to PM".

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    This is a big one IMO. A lot of time questions like that are sarcastic or snarky. Do you really think that's a good idea? Why would you want to do that? A lot of questions can be interpreted as...

    Don't ask questions to provoke a reply if it's unnecessary unless you're genuinely seeking clarification.

    This is a big one IMO. A lot of time questions like that are sarcastic or snarky. Do you really think that's a good idea? Why would you want to do that? A lot of questions can be interpreted as genuine, but are really just users being assholes.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I assume this is related to this thread that I had not even seen until I logged in for the first time in a while a few minutes ago. I've read some of it, but I don't have the time on my hands to...

    I assume this is related to this thread that I had not even seen until I logged in for the first time in a while a few minutes ago. I've read some of it, but I don't have the time on my hands to read 123 comments, and doing so seems like it would only disappoint me after reading the comment @Deimos posted in locking it.

    if it's even possible to have nuanced political discussions online

    It is certainly possible, as for a long time there have been dozens of political posts with no such issues happening, but with a subject as dear to many people's hearts, and with many stressed with the times and needing a place to take it out, I'm not entirely shocked such a thing happened. As such, I don't believe we are doomed to having bad megathreads, as many end up fine, but I think there are certainly some possibilities for better structuring to minimize such issues.

    Are there additional political ground rules that need to be set up?

    I don't personally believe that there are any additional rules that need to be made, but existing rules could be more strict. I don't know exactly how @Deimos moderates, but I do have some inklings based off our interactions and interactions I have seen in other threads, and he does a good job. I suspect some moderation goes on behind the scenes where only he and the problematic users can see (in messages).


    Here is a list of suggestions that came to mind when pondering this subject. Not all of them are ideal, but I am just throwing ideas out there.
    1. I think adding a link to the code of conduct next to "formatting help" when writing comments would be an easy change that would remind users to "not act like an asshole".
    2. Having a "strikes" system where users get strikes for being naughty, and can earn their way to getting strikes removed by an appeal system or by making certain types of good contributions to the site. This system would be very objective though and a lot of work for @Deimos, so it might not work.
    3. An option for topic authors to make "cooldowns" on comments.
    4. A new tag where if enough users mark a chain as "argumentative" (different wording perhaps?) that would temporarily lock the chain for an hour or some other time period.
    5. Extended moderation abilities for non-admins. Just as some people can add tags, a few users should get the ability to lock comments (if 2+ of them mark a post with it) and remove comments (if 2+ of them mark a comment with it). I realize this may not be ideal, as many have complained in the past about superusers being an issue with controlling what is going on, and this would give them more power, but in reality if it is abused it could be solved with a permanent revocation of their permissions for moderation.
    6. Finding a way to remove the hesitation about marking comments "Malice", and further emphasizing the need for "Noise" comments to be made less frequently, which seems to me (I have no data to support this) like they happen more often in politics topics.
    7. When posting a comment, add a confirmation dialog of sorts to make people think deeper about what they are posting.
    8. When posting a comment, change so politics-tagged posts have a 15 second timer between pressing "Post Comment" and the final post prompt is given. This will slow them down and perhaps decrease tensions.

    Edit: fixed formatting for details box. Forgot a /

    4 votes
  6. Comment on EARN IT Letter to my representative in ~misc

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    Pretty interesting response. It makes sense and is logical. Of course we want to protect children. No sane person doesn't. But the vagueness in terms of what actions companies will have to take is...

    Pretty interesting response. It makes sense and is logical. Of course we want to protect children. No sane person doesn't. But the vagueness in terms of what actions companies will have to take is concerning.

    best practices to prevent child exploitation

    What "best practices"? If it's just a better report system with enough flags starting an investigation that would be fine, but adding a backdoor is not a good practice. As far as I can tell, this bill doesn't outright ban encryption, but it sets up a group of people that COULD, without any vote by all representatives, ban it.

    I have revised my own letter into its final form and I have been waiting to mail, just need a stamp.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Phone recommendations: Pixel 2? 3a? Something else? in ~tech

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    Just a reminder to check what bands your cell carrier uses and which the phone supports. Some phones (Pixels are probably fine) don't have all the bands for certain carriers which really sucked...

    Just a reminder to check what bands your cell carrier uses and which the phone supports. Some phones (Pixels are probably fine) don't have all the bands for certain carriers which really sucked with my current phone.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    For sure. The order of words in Spanish is sometimes backwards of what it is in English and thus is very confusing for the first few times encountering it. FWIW Duolingo does teach it, but it is...

    grammar book

    For sure. The order of words in Spanish is sometimes backwards of what it is in English and thus is very confusing for the first few times encountering it. FWIW Duolingo does teach it, but it is very easy to get past it without having learned it. The different tenses for verbs is also very different from English, with a me/you/him-her-they/them/we/(one more too but I can't recall it) setup. There are also some words that do not follow the general guidelines that I don't think Duolingo teaches much.

    Perhaps the best resource Duolingo has in my opinion is when it asks you to translate a sentence by typing it, not by choosing the blocks. This makes it more like it would happen in a natural setting, and is a much better test of what you have learned. It's a shame you can't choose to get the typing instead of blocks.

    They also claim that 35(?) hours of Duolingo is the same as a year (or semester) of Spanish in class. This might be true for the first year, but after that I am skeptical.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    I made a Discord server for those interested in learning or would like to help others. I tried with Matrix but the ability to put several groups into one place there is somewhat limited and...

    I made a Discord server for those interested in learning or would like to help others. I tried with Matrix but the ability to put several groups into one place there is somewhat limited and difficult.

    https://discord.gg/9fAbjn

    CC: @culturedleftfoot @Kremor @Ellimist

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Americans' fear of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly unanimous and nonpartisan in ~health.coronavirus

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    This can hardly be called a quote at all. It is a third of the article. It isn't acceptable to paste the entire article so where is the line for how much is too much? I have lately seen these...

    This can hardly be called a quote at all. It is a third of the article. It isn't acceptable to paste the entire article so where is the line for how much is too much? I have lately seen these comments get longer and longer and with less user-written commentary, and they never receive any comments on them.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Americans' fear of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly unanimous and nonpartisan in ~health.coronavirus

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    Is commenting literally a third of the article beneficial?

    Is commenting literally a third of the article beneficial?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    Check your PMs, I think we might be a good fit for this. I'll wait until tomorrow to make any server or anything to see if anyone has suggestions for what platform to use.

    Check your PMs, I think we might be a good fit for this. I'll wait until tomorrow to make any server or anything to see if anyone has suggestions for what platform to use.

  13. Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me?

    I have a pretty solid start to learning Spanish. I took two and a half years of it in high school and have not lost much of what I learned then. I'm wanting to get back and become fluent in it. As...

    I have a pretty solid start to learning Spanish. I took two and a half years of it in high school and have not lost much of what I learned then. I'm wanting to get back and become fluent in it. As such, I am flying through Duolingo lessons right now to get to new content.

    In order to keep myself honest and working on learning it, I would like somebody (or multiple-body) to practice with and compete on Duolingo, communicate in Spanish online in typed text, and possibly in voice calls. If you're new to Spanish, don't be discouraged by my two years of learning, I can help with any questions you have about the content to the best of my ability.

    This is the perfect time to learn a new language. If you would like to join me, please leave a comment or send a PM, whichever you prefer. I will PM my Duolingo code to you so we can be friends there. If enough people decide to do it, I can make a Matrix group or Discord server for us.

    18 votes
  14. Comment on How can I create better YouTube videos? in ~hobbies

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    Some smaller advice regarding the content itself: If you plan to showcase lots of linux distributions, instead of installing the distro to show it off you can use https://distrotest.net/, which is...

    Some smaller advice regarding the content itself:

    If you plan to showcase lots of linux distributions, instead of installing the distro to show it off you can use https://distrotest.net/, which is pretty solid.

    Sometimes it is nice to be a bit silly in a video, so if it's you and a few friends you could joke around a bit. Have it be natural, not staged.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are some good (and free/cheap) online courses in various subjects? in ~talk

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    For learning languages, Duolingo is a great resource for learning words and comprehending others talking. It isn't quite a substitute for a tutor or a class, but it does significantly help with it.

    For learning languages, Duolingo is a great resource for learning words and comprehending others talking. It isn't quite a substitute for a tutor or a class, but it does significantly help with it.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The US now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases in ~health.coronavirus

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    Number 1 as always 😏 Yes label joke pls

    Number 1 as always 😏

    Yes label joke pls

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Zoom iOS app sends data to Facebook even if you don’t have a Facebook account in ~tech

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    Headline isn't surprising, but what is surprising is that it isn't mentioned at all in the privacy policy. Is this a breach of GDPR?

    Headline isn't surprising, but what is surprising is that it isn't mentioned at all in the privacy policy. Is this a breach of GDPR?

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    Toolless seems best, since it seems like otherwise there's another item to have to consider getting. And I'll make sure not to do patch in the wall thank you.

    Toolless seems best, since it seems like otherwise there's another item to have to consider getting. And I'll make sure not to do patch in the wall thank you.

  19. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    Yeah I plan to do something similar to manuever horizontally. I'm also concerned about how to terminate the ends, since it seems like otherwise you have to buy premade lengths of cable.

    Yeah I plan to do something similar to manuever horizontally. I'm also concerned about how to terminate the ends, since it seems like otherwise you have to buy premade lengths of cable.

  20. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    Thanks for the suggestion. That would suck to have to have to redo the work of fishing it through a wall.

    Thanks for the suggestion. That would suck to have to have to redo the work of fishing it through a wall.

    1 vote