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  1. Comment on Illinois rep. wants to ban ‘all violent video games’ to curb violence in ~games

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    So I'm going to make an argument that might be similar to what @Whom is getting at. I want to say up front: I don't think if you play violent video games you are destined to be violent, or...

    So I'm going to make an argument that might be similar to what @Whom is getting at. I want to say up front: I don't think if you play violent video games you are destined to be violent, or necessarily that much more likely as an individual to commit acts of violence because you played games. I think this rep and people who make that argument are 99% wrong.

    One thing I want to push back a bit on that I see in almost all conversations around this is the idea of "there is no issues with violence at all in video games" because I don't think that that's strictly true. Again, I'm not saying it makes players into violent murderers, at least not nearly as directly as the people in these articles make it seem. But video games DO impact us and shape the way we think and view the world, and to say that it doesn't would be, in my opinion, wrong. Video games are a form of art. Like film, tv, painting, stories, etc, they all have messages that they send and they all influence individuals and cultures. In the same way you can break down the types of monsters common in horror movies to understand what are the things people in a culture fear and look at how those films exacerbated those fears, we can look at what kinds of themes and messages different genres and subgenres of games are making and think about how they reflect and influence the culture they exist in. They don't exist in a vacuum completely outside of the real world and have no impact on the people who play them or are exposed to them.

    Again, I want to stress here I am not arguing that violent games make people violent, but I am arguing against what I think is too much of a push in the opposite direction that they are "just video games" and don't impact or influence us at all and that we should completely ignore the direct and indirect messages that games expose players and the larger culture/community to.

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  2. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Sorry! Rereading my original comment I’m not a huge fan of the way I worded it. If it came off rude I’m sorry. I agree that never looking exposing to anything that doesn’t agree with your own...

    Sorry! Rereading my original comment I’m not a huge fan of the way I worded it. If it came off rude I’m sorry. I agree that never looking exposing to anything that doesn’t agree with your own biases is a bad thing. I can see why you’d be wary of a tool like that, and I agree it’s really hard to make a tool that prevents people from closing themselves off to their own biases. In my opinion, the better way to do that is to foster a community where people don’t choose to do that. I think there’s a lot of value in a tool that allows people to filter the content they see, and I don’t know that I’m convinced we shouldn’t have them because people will abuse them. I think it would be better to have the tools exist, and try to figure out why people are isolating themselves and address that.

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  3. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    I'm confused about the filtering part of this comment. People are already able to unsubscribe from groups they aren't interested in and they wont see content from those groups, and we already...

    how much have we learned about the harm of filter bubbles over the last 5 years? Letting people filter out some topics, and actively promoting other content gives users the illusion they're the majority opinion on the site rather than one in many in a small bubble

    I'm confused about the filtering part of this comment. People are already able to unsubscribe from groups they aren't interested in and they wont see content from those groups, and we already allow for people to filter content based on the tags. Is that not the kind of filtering you're describing? Or am I misunderstanding your comment?

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  4. Comment on What’s an album that’s deeply personal to you? in ~music

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    I definitely didn't expect there to be other big Anberlin fans on here!! I completely agree with you on Blueprints. Even back when I was getting into them, I thought the lyrics of NTFP and Cities...

    I definitely didn't expect there to be other big Anberlin fans on here!! I completely agree with you on Blueprints. Even back when I was getting into them, I thought the lyrics of NTFP and Cities were just better. I owe the album a relisten, but that "boys speak in rhythm, girls in code" is the exact song I think of when I think of Blueprints which is super unfair because there were some really really good songs on the album! Naive Orleans, Glass to Arson, Autobahn; there were a ton of really fun songs on there. The acoustic of Naive Orleans and Unwinding Cable Car off of The Lost Songs still haunt me.

    I still identified as Christian at the time of its release but I disliked a lot of Christian music for being too on-the-nose.

    YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPP. That was exactly where I landed. The only other bands I can think of that kinda sorta walked that line were Switchfoot and Relient K, but even then both of them had songs on all of their albums where they got really on-the-nose.

    Looking on Spotify it looks like they released a lot of music after I started listening to them less. I don't know that I ever actually listened to Lowborn, or that in 2020 they released live versions of Cities, Blueprints, and NTFP and I guess a new merch line and doing livestream music events? Guess its time to dive back in!

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  5. Comment on The conflicting situation of Artemi Panarin in ~sports

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    Trigger Warning: Assault I wanted to talk about this situation because it is putting me in a situation where I am very conflicted. On one hand, I don't want to minimize the allegations made...

    Trigger Warning: Assault

    I wanted to talk about this situation because it is putting me in a situation where I am very conflicted. On one hand, I don't want to minimize the allegations made against Panarin. He allegedly assaulted an 18 year old woman in a bar, was arrested, and paid a huge hush payout to the police. Issues of assault aren't new to the hockey world.

    The reason things get murky is that the allegations are not coming from the woman herself, but from a KHL coach who is a major supporter of Putin. This is relevant because the allegations surfaced shortly after Panarin tweeted public support for the opposition to Putin, Alexei Navalny. Russia is no stranger to running hit pieces against people who publicly speak out against Putin. So now fans are left to decide who they believe. Of note: Panarin has decided to step back from playing with the team.

    I'd have to say I have about 80% confidence that this is a politically-motivated hit-piece, but at the same time it being politically motivated and Panarin assaulting a woman aren't mutually exclusive.

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  6. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Up front: I tend to make use of the 2nd person a lot. I'm trying to get away from it since saying "you" a lot makes things sound very directed at an individual and not the more general 'you the...

    Up front: I tend to make use of the 2nd person a lot. I'm trying to get away from it since saying "you" a lot makes things sound very directed at an individual and not the more general 'you the reader'. If I slip up, please know I'm not trying to directly call you specifically out.

    I don’t view every thread but I’ve felt this community has been nothing but pleasant compared to most.

    Two things I'd take from this that kind of point to it:

    1. Being pleasant compared to most isn't the same as being pleasant. At some point, people don't really care if someone is questioning the validity of their existence in an aggressive, passive, or curious way. The problem is that people require them to defend their existence in the first place. At some point it doesn't matter what tone someone came into the conversation with, its exhausting and disheartening either way. Tildes is certainly better than most of the internet, but just because it isn't (always) actively hostile, that doesn't mean it is great. Removing a negative is definitely good, but it doesn't necessarily make it a positive.

    2. Again, you're right that Tildes is better than most other places. That said, "better than the rest of the mainstream internet" feels like burying the bar 20ft below ground and asking me to hurdle it. I've talked about this before but I still remember the first thread I saw on Tildes of someone leaving. It was some chinese members of Tildes leaving because they felt like they couldn't go into any comment section without someone shitting on their home country, and not drawing a line between China the country and China the people. It is really easy to think things are pleasant when it isn't your rights/existence/experience under the microscope. And to be clear, I'm very guilty of this too.

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  7. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    This is advice that was given to me that works a lot better/easier in person, and is advice to a white dude (at that time, me). Paraphrasing: "I want white dudes to be the first line of defense....
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    I can empathize because I have been involved in similar conversations about race on other platforms and it is fucking exhausting. But that's how it works. Rather than avoiding these conversations or tinkering with the way they take place, we should try to make sure that there are enough voices to represent a group so the burden doesn't fall on the same handful of people every time these topics come up. It's a lot easier to explain your position when someone else is speaking up alongside you.

    This is advice that was given to me that works a lot better/easier in person, and is advice to a white dude (at that time, me). Paraphrasing: "I want white dudes to be the first line of defense. When someone says something problematic, challenge them on it. Don't make it the problem of a marginalized person to call out shitty behavior. Once that conversation has started, continue with it to the best of your abilities, but if a marginalized person is present and jumps in, make sure their voice is the main one. Don't make me constantly be the 'bad guy' for calling out shitty behavior, but if I start to speak on an issue, don't speak over me." Though, this advice doesn't really work for things like threads looking for specific people's opinions, I think in those cases it should be "probably don't comment top-level unless you're a member of that group" but I think that's getting more into the weeds than I'm really looking to do in this comment.

    I hate to say it over and over, but part of this problem feels like a natural consequence of the tech-heavy community we have. When a third or half of our thread topics are comp/programming/tech related, we are likely to attract an audience that disproportionately favors white men since they are the largest demographic in that field.

    strongly agree. Tildes will continue to have issues of constantly shifting towards homogeneity as long as the content is topics that white men typically dominate. Both because marginalized groups have lesser likelihood of being interested/exposed to the topics, and because people are going to come to Tildes with baggage. Yes, people coming to Tildes are (typically) trying to escape the way other forums act, but people aren't going to show up here and immediately assume it is some sort of paradise where they can suddenly freely comment. If your experience talking about certain subjects has been negative, you're probably not going to want to comment on those threads until you've decided you're not going to be met with the same hostility. Tildes is in this really weird place right now where I don't know how we fix the "type of content" problem without a large increase of diverse users, but getting those new users to stay is going to be hard if the content is mostly things that are of interest to white men.

    In the end, I think maaayyybbbeeee more subgroups is a potential solution. At least giving members of marginalized groups a dedicated home base on Tildes would help to encourage more people of different backgrounds to stay on Tildes. Being able to follow a subgroup on Tildes might be a happy medium between Tildes ('large' forum site about many topics) and a discord/fedverse thingy (yeah my brain is dead I'm sorry :( )

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  8. Comment on What’s an album that’s deeply personal to you? in ~music

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    I'm torn between two albums but for nearly identical reasons, which are the same reason as @CrunchyTabasco. Ocean Avenue by Yellow Card: This was the "get me into music" album. I had just gotten...

    I'm torn between two albums but for nearly identical reasons, which are the same reason as @CrunchyTabasco.

    Ocean Avenue by Yellow Card: This was the "get me into music" album. I had just gotten introduced to the band right around the same time I got a shitty gen1 ipod handed down to me from my cousin. I now had the ability to take Yellow Card's music with me everywhere and I did. It introduced me to a guy who would become one of my best friends, and he'd introduce me to Anberlin, MCR, FOB, the whole scene music gambit. Despite the band being uhhhhhhhhhh fucking trash fires of human beings, it is impossible for me to not list this as one of the most important albums to me.

    Never Take Friendship Personal by Anberlin: The first album I listened to that wasn't yellowcard. They were suggested to me by my best friend at the time and it would really define who I would be for basically the rest of my life, or at least through current times. It was my first album where I was obsessed with the band. It started my scene phase, which introduced me to my high school friends that I am still close with. It was my first concert. It was a mutual interest that introduced me to some of my closest friends in college. Anberlin the band was such an all-encompassing and influental part of my high school and early college years. The only reason any album comes close to the importance to me that Never Take Friendship Personal does is because Ocean Avenue is such a clear link to how I was introduced to Never Take Friendship Personal that it feels weird not to mention it.

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  10. Comment on What's something (opinion/sentiment, problem, culture, type of content) that has been present for longer than people might expect? in ~talk

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    Language is fake. We made it all up and constantly decide what's a "real" word and what isn't. Today's slang is tomorrow's lexicon.* *This is semi-tongue-in-cheek and a huge oversimplification.

    Language is fake. We made it all up and constantly decide what's a "real" word and what isn't. Today's slang is tomorrow's lexicon.*

    *This is semi-tongue-in-cheek and a huge oversimplification.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on BlizzCon 2021 announcements/trailers/etc in ~games

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    As someone who is so die-hard into Hearthstone, I'd be super curious to hear if you tried out Legends of Runeterra (and when, since they've been adding to it like crazy) and what your thoughts...

    As someone who is so die-hard into Hearthstone, I'd be super curious to hear if you tried out Legends of Runeterra (and when, since they've been adding to it like crazy) and what your thoughts are. I feel like I'm slowly becoming the opposite of you. LoR is consuming more and more of my brain but Hearthstone just never clicked for me no matter how often I tried.

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  12. Comment on BlizzCon 2021 announcements/trailers/etc in ~games

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    (I'll tag @Good_Apollo as well here since my goal is to convert everyone to LoR >:) )

    (I'll tag @Good_Apollo as well here since my goal is to convert everyone to LoR >:) )

  13. Comment on BlizzCon 2021 announcements/trailers/etc in ~games

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    If you like the ideas of Hearthstone but not the game, I'd suggest giving a try to Legends of Runeterra. I played MtG, MtG:A, and tried to get into Hearthstone a couple times a year. In both of...

    If you like the ideas of Hearthstone but not the game, I'd suggest giving a try to Legends of Runeterra. I played MtG, MtG:A, and tried to get into Hearthstone a couple times a year. In both of those games I had my 1-2 decks I liked to play and I hoped that they were good. Runeterra is infinitely more f2p than either, and I've still sank $50 in the game to complete the collection (pre-new-releases) because almost every card/champion has a deck that seems fun to play, even if it won't climb me up the ladder. They're releasing new cards like crazy (we've got another major release including a new region coming March 3rd). All in all it is hands down the best CCG I've ever played, I can't rave about it enough, the new cards look insane, it is insanely generously f2p, I would strongly suggest it to anyone and everyone.

    Here is a reasonable video explaining why people like it as an alternative to hearthstone, but its from early 2020 so there's been a lot of card releases and new keywords added since then so it is by no means comprehensive of the game as it currently stands.

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  14. Comment on I'm considering on becoming a first-time dog owner soon, looking for advice in ~talk

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    Yeah at least that's been my experience with landlords and apartments in one city, but I am guessing it extends to other places. I do live in a city where the government tends to side with renters...

    Yeah at least that's been my experience with landlords and apartments in one city, but I am guessing it extends to other places. I do live in a city where the government tends to side with renters over landlords, which is great in some ways but also means my leases are very very specific because my landlord knows if we get into a legal argument over something and I have any footing in the case, I'll most likely win. But yeah, for us it'll be common to see something in a lease/listing that says like "small dogs allowed (under X lbs)"

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  15. Comment on I'm considering on becoming a first-time dog owner soon, looking for advice in ~talk

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    Weight limit is a way for them to put a number to size. “Small” dog is something that is vague and can be argued. Under 50lbs just requires a scale.

    Weight limit is a way for them to put a number to size. “Small” dog is something that is vague and can be argued. Under 50lbs just requires a scale.

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  16. Comment on Bring back the nervous breakdown in ~life

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    I completely agree! Sorry if I came off as not. I don't expect it to be simple. It's definitely a pie-in-the-sky thing that won't come into reality for probably a decade or more if ever. Like you...

    I completely agree! Sorry if I came off as not. I don't expect it to be simple. It's definitely a pie-in-the-sky thing that won't come into reality for probably a decade or more if ever. Like you said, before we can tackle this, we'll have to tackle mindsets of people like my parents who have over 300 sick days because they never use them and they roll over. We regularly get into arguments about "work-ethic" and how they "just view work differently than I do". Which is to say they don't understand why I put my foot down and stand up for my heath and don't let my employer grind me in to a poor, overworked, miserable dust like they have.

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  18. Comment on Bring back the nervous breakdown in ~life

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    I can understand why people feel differently, but I agree and think it’s kind of important that they are considered sick days. Sick days are for your health. IMO. that covers physical, mental, and...

    I can understand why people feel differently, but I agree and think it’s kind of important that they are considered sick days. Sick days are for your health. IMO. that covers physical, mental, and emotional health. I don’t want separate days for mental vs physical health, I want it to be normal for all three of those aspects of health to be weighed equally for once. I don’t want to be juggling how many mental health vs physical health days are offered across job interviews and try to guess how bad my mental illness is going to be across the year. But then again, I think companies should have unlimited vacation time with a rule that forces employees to take at least 5 days off every 6 months so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  19. Comment on How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use in ~tech

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    I agree with everything you said and wanted to just put in here "holy cow fuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccckkkkkk recommendation algorithms"

    because it blows up in some abstract recommendation algorithm

    I agree with everything you said and wanted to just put in here "holy cow fuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccckkkkkk recommendation algorithms"

    4 votes