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  1. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    I spent a lot of time not responding to this message because I was trying to figure out how to respond to you. You honestly inspire me. I’m so thankful that you found something inspiring and...

    I spent a lot of time not responding to this message because I was trying to figure out how to respond to you. You honestly inspire me. I’m so thankful that you found something inspiring and educational in my post. I’m so happy for you. I am thankful for you and for your existence my friend.

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  2. Comment on Limit the number of posts from a particular site? in ~tildes

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    If the community doesn’t think the content is interesting then it won’t get any votes or comments and will sink as new posts come in. The problem solves itself. The main issue with this is there...

    If the community doesn’t think the content is interesting then it won’t get any votes or comments and will sink as new posts come in. The problem solves itself. The main issue with this is there is such a lack of content being posted it takes forever for things to sink.

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  3. Comment on Limit the number of posts from a particular site? in ~tildes

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    I don’t like this idea for a variety of reasons. To keep it brief-ish Tildes needs more content. There’s such little new content being added, especially non-tech and non-us-politics content. Two...

    I don’t like this idea for a variety of reasons. To keep it brief-ish

    • Tildes needs more content. There’s such little new content being added, especially non-tech and non-us-politics content. Two of the most common complaints about tildes when the topics come up to improve tildes are (a) lack of content and (b) lack of non-techy users. I think as long as posts are quality articles it really doesn’t matter what site they come from. If they aren’t things the community cares about they’ll fall from the top of the page into oblivion. Maybe if people get frustrated at one site dominating the top of the front page then more people would post content.

    • I don’t think site is a good metric for variety. Most of the long-form articles I read come from one of a few sites but that doesn’t mean they are at all the same subject. I have tabs open to make posts about: a girl who murdered her rapist when she was 11 and her life story, an opioid kingpin, a man who had a ticket for unlimited flights, a mysterious event involving the FBI at an observatory, and the post I did make about the gay Chinese fathers and surrogacy. All those came from narratively. If I submitted all those at once to accurate groups would that be considered “limiting the variety of content” because they all came from one site? Because IMO that’s a bad way to define content diversity. There are lots of sites that are like this. Wired and BBC are some other good examples.

    • What does this look like in practice? Let’s use my narratively tabs as an example and say there is a 4 posts limit from a site. Should I not post anything until I read every article I’m going to read in a 24 hour period before I post anything to make sure I only post the articles I find the most interesting from the site? Should I post articles I find interesting as I read them and then just accumulate a backlog of things I want to post until my time limit refreshes and hope eventually I work my way through my backlog? Should I delete posts if I find an article more interesting than one I already posted so that I’m able to post it? Realistically if that limit existed I’d either stop posting since most my posts come from an RSS feed or pocket, or I’d create multiple accounts to get around the limits. Both of which are, in my opinion, worse outcomes.

    If the community at large disagrees, I’ll stop posting as much from CityLab and Narratively. I’m going to read them either way so it’s no skin off my bones to post less often. I just don’t think it’s a good direction for the community to move in when the site already feels like it is starved of users who actively engage with the site beyond votes.

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  4. Comment on What ‘Livability’ Looks Like for Black Women in ~life

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    Yeah I was really surprised by Boston being as high as it was, especially given the boston globe article about wealth disparity along racial lines (note: the original boston globe article is...

    Yeah I was really surprised by Boston being as high as it was, especially given the boston globe article about wealth disparity along racial lines (note: the original boston globe article is behind a paywall. Source if anyone knows how to get past it: https://apps.bostonglobe.com/spotlight/boston-racism-image-reality/series/image/). I'm sure there is nuance under the surface of what they were measuring that helps explain this seeming contradiction.

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  5. Comment on Two Gay Chinese Dads. One Long and Winding Trip to Fatherhood. in ~lgbt

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    I hope this article fits this group. I thought it was a very interesting look into life and parenthood of members of the LGBTQ+ community outside of the US/Western culture which is what I have the...

    I hope this article fits this group. I thought it was a very interesting look into life and parenthood of members of the LGBTQ+ community outside of the US/Western culture which is what I have the most exposure to.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits. in ~tech

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    Finally!!! Someone on my side. My partner and my coworkers all have multiple windows with like 20 tabs each on them open and claim they need them all. If I have more than like, 5 tabs open that...

    Finally!!! Someone on my side. My partner and my coworkers all have multiple windows with like 20 tabs each on them open and claim they need them all. If I have more than like, 5 tabs open that aren’t in use I feel overwhelmed. Like if I’m doing a task that requires a lot of research or tabs I can deal with that, but as soon as they’re not useful anymore they need to be culled or I will lose my fucking mind. Idk why it gives me so much anxiety.m, but I just will feel immediately overwhelmed and either close out of all but 2 tabs or shut down.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on Stack Exchange, the parent company of Stack Overflow, has been taking aggressive stances against the Stack Exchange community in ~comp

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    This is really sad and disappointing. I'm definitely not an active member of the SE community, but I do use them to solve problems I have. Huge S/O to @gpl for adding more references in the...

    This is really sad and disappointing. I'm definitely not an active member of the SE community, but I do use them to solve problems I have. Huge S/O to @gpl for adding more references in the comments to give me a more full picture of the situation.

    As a general question: are there any alternatives to SE that are better? Not necessarily in terms of quality of answers, but quality of treatment of the community? Is there a place (or common places) that the ranking members of the SE community are flocking to as they leave SE? I'd love to support that rather than what it seems SE has become.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Gadgets for Life on a Miserable Planet: At the Consumer Electronics Show, the only solution for technology-induced stress is more technology in ~tech

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    [...] These two quotes pretty much sum up my feelings about tech in recent years. I had a rant about consumerism last night that is still fresh in mind so my points may get muddled a bit but...

    this year, those in attendance mostly proved that they’re still not sure—or maybe just don’t care—what people want from them.

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    Tech companies, like many for-profit enterprises, aren’t necessarily incentivized to ensure that what they sell is used correctly, or that correct use provides any particular material benefit. They simply need to make a compelling argument to people who can pay, which means identifying and capitalizing on the anxieties of the affluent.

    These two quotes pretty much sum up my feelings about tech in recent years. I had a rant about consumerism last night that is still fresh in mind so my points may get muddled a bit but they'll all still apply to tech I think. I just really can't think of the last time I saw anything consumer-tech wise that actually interested me or seemed like it served a genuine need. Instead I just see endless announcements of homogeneous apps or products that all feed on the same societal-based anxieties that's main goal seems to be (a) Convince people buying a new piece of tech will 'fix their problems' (more likely just mask them) rather than questioning why they put up with being so miserable all the time and (b) Harvest as much data as possible to make way higher profits. It's just exhausting. Every time I read one of these articles I think of the low-tech "cults" (they aren't all cults but a lot of them are cults) in rural areas of the US and think about going and joining one.

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