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  1. Comment on If you could completely refresh something and rebuild it from the ground up, what would it be and why? in ~talk

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    That's... debatable. I admire Esperanto for managing to attract such a large community by conlang standards, and i quite like it when viewed purely from a "that's neat" standpoint, but i think...

    or Esperanto

    That's... debatable. I admire Esperanto for managing to attract such a large community by conlang standards, and i quite like it when viewed purely from a "that's neat" standpoint, but i think it's a horrible auxiliary language in just about every facet of its design:

    • Phonology — Clusters like /stsi.i/ scii and /konjunktsi.o/ konjunkcio are difficult to pronounce for what i assume is most of its target audience, even in words as basic as "to know"!
    • Spelling — Eĥoŝanĝoj ĉiuĵaŭde is difficult to type without custom keyboards or awkward Ascii workarounds
    • Grammar — So many weird complications, especially around la akuzativon — why do adjectives have to agree with the noun (but not la)? Why are there three different endings for adverbs? Who knows!
    • Vocabulary — Very, very Eurocentric, and don't get me started on the thing where women are just treated as variants of men* or the usage of gendered pronouns for no apparent reason, given that it doesn't have grammatical gender

    * Note: I'm aware of the *-iĉo* system, and use it myself, but i doubt the default for *viro* will ever be seen as anything but "man"

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  2. Comment on Wikipedia is getting a new look for the first time in ten years. Here’s why in ~design

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    Doesn't look like it; trying to go to Special:Preferences in private browsing just kicks me to a signup screen. You can still customise via extensions like Stylus and Tampermonkey, but whatever...

    Doesn't look like it; trying to go to Special:Preferences in private browsing just kicks me to a signup screen.

    You can still customise via extensions like Stylus and Tampermonkey, but whatever wizardry the internal themes use will be off-limits!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Wikipedia is getting a new look for the first time in ten years. Here’s why in ~design

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    I'm glad to see they're being quite restrained about the whole process; these all seem like little common-sense improvements rather than a giant breaking change. Good to hear the line-width is...

    I'm glad to see they're being quite restrained about the whole process; these all seem like little common-sense improvements rather than a giant breaking change. Good to hear the line-width is shrinking, too; that always made Wikipedia a pain for me to read on desktop.

    Granted, these initial changes probably won't be affecting me, because i switched to a custom theme piggybacking off the built-in Timeless theme that's available to logged-in users... the other things in the linked document might, though, especially the thing about the search bar — but i welcome those changes!

    13 votes
  4. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I attended a special school with kids who had varying degrees of special needs for ~7 years, and out of all the demeaning insults based around intelligence — idiot, stupid, dumb, moron, &c. —...

    I attended a special school with kids who had varying degrees of special needs for ~7 years, and out of all the demeaning insults based around intelligence — idiot, stupid, dumb, moron, &c. — retard was the only one i heard used specifically as a demeaning term for those who were (oh cripes what's the accepted term to use in this context) let's say, lower functioning on the spectrum. I heard it about as much in that context as i heard it as a general demeaning term — while i certainly think the term is on its way to just being a generalised insult, i disagree that the meaning specifically pertaining to demeaning those with cognitive disabilities is at all non-prominent.

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  5. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Interestingly, counting up all the variations that were put in the custom response box, the two largest religious affiliations below Christians and the irreligious were... Buddhists and (some...

    Interestingly, counting up all the variations that were put in the custom response box, the two largest religious affiliations below Christians and the irreligious were... Buddhists and (some variation on) Pagans1, which doesn't seem very representative of the population as a whole!

    (To be honest, the overwhelming majority of irreligious people / atheists does make me a little sad, because it means there'll probably never be any kind of ~faith or similar group — i love hearing about other people's beliefs and practices!)

    Reading through the list of criticisms, i found myself agreeing with a lot of it, especially these—

    WAY too many commenters think comments should be about proving their own opinions or beliefs correct and others wrong. jesus christ, can't we just discuss topics to explore the topic?

    there is still that lingering high-brow attitude from Þe Olde Days and its reification in incredibly exhausting-to-read bickering. there still are threads that i won't click on because i instinctively feel that the comments are gonna be of that sort (usually if there's 30+ on a recent post, heh).

    Cultural discussion is almost suffocatingly rooted in stereotypical STEM interests - ie. frequent and serious discussion about video games/anime daily but virtually no representation of dance, visual design, fine arts, music scenes, contemporary novels, theater etc.

    I'm not sure i really have anything to add that hasn't already been said, but i think there is more of a problem with vitriolic bickering than the site likes to admit / pride itself on.


    1 I counted 8 each for Buddhists and Pagans. In addition to the 6 respondents who checked “Buddhism”, those who responded with “Buddhism, Taoism, and Neopaganism” & “Buddhism for our lifes, Agnostic for our religion” were included as Buddhists. In addition to the 3 respondents who checked “Paganism”, the following 5 responses were included: “Buddhism, Taoism, and Neopaganism”, “Hellenic Paganism”, “Left-Hand Path Heathenism”, “Heathenry”, and “Neopagan (Hellanist)”. (Of course, this is all provided I remember how the spreadsheet operated correctly, and you couldn't both check a box and do a write-in)

    11 votes
  6. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    I think they were talking about Spacemacs/Spacevim, rather than the base programmes of Emacs and Vim themselves.

    I think they were talking about Spacemacs/Spacevim, rather than the base programmes of Emacs and Vim themselves.

  7. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    Well, i managed to learn it by accident1, so that should tell you something about how easy it is. :P If you're interested in learning, i'd suggest rnd's course— it's the best i've seen at...

    H0w hard it is t0 learn it c0mpared t0 a language like German f0r example?

    Well, i managed to learn it by accident1, so that should tell you something about how easy it is. :P

    If you're interested in learning, i'd suggest rnd's course— it's the best i've seen at capturing how the language is spoken today, including various unofficial words that are still in common parlance.

    1 Sometimes, when i get very bored indeed, i translate random stuff into other people's conlangs. Toki Pona is simple enough that i accidentally committed it to memory.

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  8. Comment on How does Tildes enable you to express yourself in contrast to reddit/other? in ~tildes

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    I like the lack of a proper karma system; i think Reddit's makes people ashamed to say opinions they think might be unpopular and prioritises low-quality content, all because of imaginary internet...

    I like the lack of a proper karma system; i think Reddit's makes people ashamed to say opinions they think might be unpopular and prioritises low-quality content, all because of imaginary internet points.

    I think the Labelling feature goes some way towards mitigating this on Tildes, but personally, i'd rather do away with votes altogether, especially on the root posts (as opposed to comments). I don't think they add anything to the discussion; in fact, i think they're a net negative, seeing as people more often seem to use them as "i agree with this" buttons rather than "this contributed to discussion".1 The "Exemplary" label should stick around though IMO; it's nice to have some way to show your appreciation for people's effort!

    (Aside: I recently blocked the vote counts on my end on Reddit, and wow has that made it a lot more bearable to browse! It almost feels like people are actually talking to each other rather than fighting for internet points.)


    1 Not that that's inherently a bad thing! I think an "i like this" button is good in most cases, especially when the people who liked it are publicly available (it's nice to know who cares about your work), but I don't think it works for a discussion-oriented place like Tildes.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Ed Davey elected leader of the Liberal Democrats in ~news

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    From the analysis article: It's hard for me to see where the Lib Dems go from here — his opponent Layla Moran promised to shift the party to the left, which would have been a risky gamble, but it...

    From the analysis article:

    The party’s under-30s are deeply impatient for change, frequently referencing the Thornhill review into the election disaster that said the base had not been listened to enough. Davey “represents the past, the link to coalition”, some have said, and in his time as acting leader he has not cut through in the media. One member cruelly dubbed him “Sir Six Percent” – a nod to that dire polling.

    It's hard for me to see where the Lib Dems go from here — his opponent Layla Moran promised to shift the party to the left, which would have been a risky gamble, but it might have had a chance of paying off, rather than having the party lounge at 6%.

    (Incidentally, the three largest UK-wide parties are now all led by white men with seats in London — will that end up affecting minority / youth turnout?)

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  10. Comment on TietoEVRY, a software company from Finland, has developed a new font called Polite Type which uses machine learning to rewrite offensive language into more inclusive forms in ~tech

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    I disagree highly with the font's censoring of "autistic" to "on the autism spectrum". I don't see how calling myself "autistic" is any worse than calling myself "trans" rather than "on the...

    I disagree highly with the font's censoring of "autistic" to "on the autism spectrum". I don't see how calling myself "autistic" is any worse than calling myself "trans" rather than "on the transgender spectrum".

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  11. Comment on The Scots Wikipedia is edited primarily by one person: an American teenager with limited knowledge of Scots in ~humanities

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    Yeah — as a fellow autistic person who can attest to how weirdly addicting the process of manual translation is, i really feel for him. I can't imagine how he must be feeling right now; being on...

    Yeah — as a fellow autistic person who can attest to how weirdly addicting the process of manual translation is, i really feel for him. I can't imagine how he must be feeling right now; being on the receiving end of harrassment because of a horrible misunderstanding in a passion project...

    11 votes
  12. Comment on The Road to the Tildes 2020 Census: Pandemic Boogaloo Part 2: The Boogalooing in ~tildes

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    Allowing multiple answers might also allow syncretists' beliefs to be represented more accurately.

    Allowing multiple answers might also allow syncretists' beliefs to be represented more accurately.

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  13. Comment on The Road to the Tildes 2020 Census: Pandemic Boogaloo in ~tildes

  14. Comment on The Road to the Tildes 2020 Census: Pandemic Boogaloo in ~tildes

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    I'd greatly appreciate a text-box option for the question on gender, because if you ask five different non-binary people how they feel about their gender, you'll get six different answers! If...

    I'd greatly appreciate a text-box option for the question on gender, because if you ask five different non-binary people how they feel about their gender, you'll get six different answers! If that's undesirable/impossible for whatever reason, individual options for at least genderfluid, agender, and bigender folk might be nice.

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  15. Comment on Do you have any quirks/idiosyncracies in how you use the English language? in ~talk

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    I'm sorry about editing the quotes — i'm not sure why i thought it'd be a good idea in the first place; i think my brain just saw the comment joking about me being the editor of the New Yorker...

    I'm sorry about editing the quotes — i'm not sure why i thought it'd be a good idea in the first place; i think my brain just saw the comment joking about me being the editor of the New Yorker and... overreäcted somewhat out of a sense of being offended. I shouldn't have done it, in retrospect.

    (As for the rest of the comment, that was the first thing i saw when i woke up today and i'm still trying to parse how i feel about it after getting way too stressed out about mild internet criticism; i don't think i have any kind of satisfactory resopnse)

    (Update, September 4th: I've decided to limit the diacritics only to the first instance of the name in a long, non-conversational text. Also, i've adopted spellings more true to the original Greek, with endings like -OS and -ON rather than -US and -O.)

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  16. Comment on Do you have any quirks/idiosyncracies in how you use the English language? in ~talk

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    I think so, yes; however..... i thought it looked nice, and would be a nice (if minor) way to show reverence. I generally use the most common spelling, for reasons of comprehensibility: APÓLLŌ,...

    Isn't the setting apart of names of a Deïty in this and similar ways in otherwise normal writing largely a tradition in Abrahamic religions?

    I think so, yes; however..... i thought it looked nice, and would be a nice (if minor) way to show reverence.

    and it seems as though you are using Latin spellings (eg, no -ν in APÓLLŌ)

    I generally use the most common spelling, for reasons of comprehensibility: APÓLLŌ, not APÓLLŌN; DIÓNYSUS, not DIÓNYSOS; GAÎA, not GÆ̂A, and so on.

    Yet then you add Greek accents (but not breathings?) for APÓLLŌ, but not HERMÊS (either monotonic or polytonic)?

    The reason for this is actually rather mundane: none of the small caps fonts would coöperate with stacked diacritics on my website. HERMÊS works well, but if i try to properly notate the last ē̂, it comes out looking like "HERMē̂S" or "HERMĒ ̂S".

    (In handwriting for personal notes and such, this problem is avoided; i've forced myself to learn Greek cursive and just use the original spellings directly!)

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