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  1. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

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    Maybe it could just go under a spoiler-mask? Haha

    Maybe it could just go under a spoiler-mask? Haha

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  2. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

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    That's pretty useful. Wouldn't it be preferable to keep them as multi-reddits or do you find much value in carrying a different persona for types of activity? I can see wanting my political...

    But I keep different subreddit subscriptions between each account. One account is a shared mod user with more limited moderator permissions set (for security reasons).

    That's pretty useful. Wouldn't it be preferable to keep them as multi-reddits or do you find much value in carrying a different persona for types of activity? I can see wanting my political accounts to not mingle with my hobbyist activities, but then again I feel like even the innocuous hobbies seem to get worked up on occasion by partisans, gun fetishists, race "science," etc.

    One account is a shared mod user with more limited moderator permissions set (for security reasons).

    Honestly I've always though moderator powers should be enabled by flipping a switch that changes your interface and the look of your posts/handle so it keeps some separation from your regular persona. I don't moderate anything on Reddit, but when I did used to mod a forum I usually tried to separate stuff I'm saying as a mod from stuff I'm saying as myself. It's almost like a judge putting on robes to go to work. I sort of used it as a subtle psychological nudge to adopt a more objective and less personally invested stake in the situation.

  3. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

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    Arguably, the better way to address this use case would be to allow a single account to maintain multiple "display" names for however you use them. That way you won't have to play moderator...

    I use three separate accounts on reddit, for instance, and find it useful to see which is logged in.

    Arguably, the better way to address this use case would be to allow a single account to maintain multiple "display" names for however you use them. That way you won't have to play moderator whack-a-mole if someone feels like being a jerk.

    I suppose in some cases there might be single-accounts that have multiple users where this may not work, but that's another usage I'm not sure if Deimos wants to actually encourage beyond just letting them sign up twice.

  4. This is kind of a question for Tildes as well as a discussion topic on Social Media more generally. For context, "The Right to be Forgotten" is an idea being kicked around in international law and...

    This is kind of a question for Tildes as well as a discussion topic on Social Media more generally. For context, "The Right to be Forgotten" is an idea being kicked around in international law and human rights circles. It's kind of a corollary to the "right to privacy" and focuses on putting some guardrails around the downsides of having all information about you being archived, searchable, and publicly available forever and ever. It's usually phrased as a sense that people shouldn't be tied down indefinitely by stigmatizing actions they've done in "the past" (which is usually interpreted as long enough ago that you're not the same person anymore).

    This manifests in some examples large and small. Felony convictions or drug offenses are a pretty big one. Another public issue was James Gunn getting raked over the coals for homophobic quotes from a long time ago. Even on a smaller scale, I think plenty of young people have some generalized anxiety about embarrassing videos, photos, Facebook statuses, forum posts, etc. that they made when they were young following them around the rest of their lives. For example, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez had people try to shame her for dancing to a Phoenix song in an amateur music video. An even darker version of this happens with people who might be the victims of targeted harassment. Often doxxing happens by people digging through peoples' histories and piecing together clues to figure out who they are or at least narrow down where they're from, where they work, etc.

    In the context of Tildes, this would basically be a question of how do we feel about peoples' comment history lingering forever? Do we care about/agree with this "right" in principle and if we do, what should be done about putting it into practice?

    The root of the issue is the existence of archives of data about yourself that is 1.) searchable, 2.) publicly viewable, 3.) under someone else's control, 4.) forever. Even if the ability to delete comments exists, it's infeasible for any individual to pore over the reams of data they create about themselves to find the stuff that might be problematic. The solutions would revolve around addressing any one of those numbered items. Unfortunately, hitting any of those has upsides and downsizes. Some examples:

    Some people like being able to look back on old contributions and having them get deleted after a period of time (hitting problem #4) would be a bummer unless there is a system to selectively archive stuff you want to save from atrophy, which would be a function/feature that would take a ton of thought and development. What's more, there is no point in just saving your own comment if everyone else's stuff is gone because comments without context are indecipherable. It could work in a more selective way, so rather than a blanket atrophying of posts, but then you have the context issue again. Someone you were having a discussion with might choose to delete their entire comment history and there goes any sense of logic or coherence to your posts.

    We could address the searchable bit by automatically or selectively having posts pseudonymed after a period of time. But in a lot of cases a pseudonym won't work. People tend to refer to each other by username at times, and some people have a distinctive enough style that you could probably figure it out if they're well known and long-tenured.

    That's just some general food for thought. I'll yield the floor

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  5. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

    NaraVara Link Parent
    In use-case OP is talking about it seems like they're just concerned about people seeing their username while shoulder-surfing. The purple stripe is still a give-away, but it's way more subtle and...

    In use-case OP is talking about it seems like they're just concerned about people seeing their username while shoulder-surfing. The purple stripe is still a give-away, but it's way more subtle and less likely to be an issue.

    But it does lead to a question of why show the username at all? It only seems like a pertinent bit of information if you juggle between multiple accounts, but since that's probably a rarer situation it would probably make more sense to leave the hidden version as default and allow it to be displayed by toggling a setting.

    The only legitimate use-cases I can think of for having multiple accounts would be for separation of duties between admin/user roles and for people to post potentially stigmatizing information under a throwaway. Are there any others? I guess people can create novelty accounts, (e.g. /r/ShittyWatercolor) but I'm not sure if that's something you want to encourage.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    I suspect it's a "passing the torch" film to transition the series.

    From what I've read it looks like Craig's bond is still the lead role in the movie, but he's called out of retirement and Lynch's character is the agent who has taken on the 007 codename.
    Sounds like a Bond film to me.

    I suspect it's a "passing the torch" film to transition the series.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    The lens shifted though. Instead of showing his being Bond as a "Women want him, men want to be him!" escapist adventure romp, it became darker and he seems much more tortured and less...

    One of my favorite Bond moments was when M said straight to Bond's face "I think you're a sexist, misogynst dinosaur, a relic of the cold war." I thought "Oh shit, they just called him out for what he is! Maybe this'll be new!" --... but then he just kinda went on being Bond.

    The lens shifted though. Instead of showing his being Bond as a "Women want him, men want to be him!" escapist adventure romp, it became darker and he seems much more tortured and less aspirational than in the previous iterations (Timothy Dalton exempted).

    Basically they turned him into a rich Spike Spiegel.

  8. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    Not only that, the first episode dedicated a decent amount of screen time just to delivering a lecture about traditional suiting. They accomplished more education in 10 minutes than Tan France on...

    Not only that, the first episode dedicated a decent amount of screen time just to delivering a lecture about traditional suiting. They accomplished more education in 10 minutes than Tan France on Queer Eye has pulled off in 2 seasons.

  9. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    Instead of having the hero(ine) make the fashion statements, they'll have her harem of eye-candy conquests do it instead hahaha.

    Instead of having the hero(ine) make the fashion statements, they'll have her harem of eye-candy conquests do it instead hahaha.

  10. Comment on This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles in ~enviro

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    At first I assumed that this surely must just be for siding or interior drywall, but nothing load bearing. The article (though vague) makes it sound like it’s all the building material.

    At first I assumed that this surely must just be for siding or interior drywall, but nothing load bearing. The article (though vague) makes it sound like it’s all the building material.

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  11. Comment on We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made. in ~comp

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    It’s a vague term so we shouldn’t get too bogged down in the semantics of it that we lose track of what he’s trying to say. The point is that Rick was an asset who was managed poorly to the point...

    It’s a vague term so we shouldn’t get too bogged down in the semantics of it that we lose track of what he’s trying to say.

    The point is that Rick was an asset who was managed poorly to the point where he became a long-term liability. His personal productivity was high, but his shipping unmaintainable and uninterpretable code means he was dragging the rest of his team down and the company should never have allowed things to come to that.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~misc

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    That seems like user error more than an issue with the concept of riding a scooter. Outside of freak-accidents, I can't understand how a student aged person would get killed on one of those unless...

    multiple students died in accidents on them while drunk.

    That seems like user error more than an issue with the concept of riding a scooter. Outside of freak-accidents, I can't understand how a student aged person would get killed on one of those unless they run red lights/stop signs or just careen irresponsibly into moving traffic. And all those would be just as true of being a pedestrian or a cyclist or even a motorist.

    I'd say the biggest risk this poses is to the disabled and the elderly, and it mostly comes from scooters using sidewalks at high speed when they ought to be on the road, like bicycles. A lot of cyclists where I live tend to whine that they slow things down since they're slower than a bike (on flat terrain at least). But if we actually care about sharing the road that's how it works isn't it? That's basically how cars feel about cyclists. . .

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census in ~news

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    Hasn't stopped them from voting for a wall which will certainly require eminent domain over a bunch of farm and ranch land. Promises to stick it to the illegals seem to motivate a lot of...

    Hasn't stopped them from voting for a wall which will certainly require eminent domain over a bunch of farm and ranch land. Promises to stick it to the illegals seem to motivate a lot of short-sighted spite votes. And usually this stuff is so opaque to voters they don't really consider it. Who sits and listens to minutiae about apportionment when there's culture war crap to get worked up about?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~misc

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    I'd be happy with designated scooter parking lots. Maybe have the app give you a small discount or credit if you leave your scooter parked in them so it wouldn't be mandatory but still provide...

    I'd be happy with designated scooter parking lots. Maybe have the app give you a small discount or credit if you leave your scooter parked in them so it wouldn't be mandatory but still provide some nudge/encouragements for better citizenship. Most of the people who behave badly with these tend to be teenagers, in my experience, and young people tend to be fairly price sensitive.

    They can even offer charging infrastructure so they'll be more likely to have a topped up battery if they're parked there.

    Part of the issue is scooter use (and bike shares) just haven't been socialized very well. We need to start teaching kids in school how the rules of the road work when you're on a bike or a scooter the same way we teach kids about cars.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on How Minneapolis Freed Itself From the Stranglehold of Single-Family Homes in ~news

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    Love this picture in the article. Any time you advocate for density or urbanism people always assume you're trying to turn their suburb or peripheral neighborhood/town into Manhattan. But more...

    Love this picture in the article. Any time you advocate for density or urbanism people always assume you're trying to turn their suburb or peripheral neighborhood/town into Manhattan. But more often than not, it's just this. The quiet street is still just a quiet street. If you're going from single family to multi-family dwellings you're unlikely to substantially change that unless the number of people you're adding gets close to triple-digits. This is especially true when you build with modern insulation and let people ride bikes and electric vehicles. There won't be that much noise.

    Depending on how big the units are that building is, at minimum, 8 units on a plot that would otherwise be one single family home. This is a pretty massive increase in density that barely impacts the character of the street at all. It impacts the look of the street more due to the materials its built with and the aesthetic style than the scale.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census in ~news

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    It doesn't have to just be about how districts are drawn up. Tons of federal dollars are apportioned by Census derived population counts. It wouldn't be impossible for the Republicans to pass...

    So, he really thinks this data will change how districts are drawn up?

    It doesn't have to just be about how districts are drawn up. Tons of federal dollars are apportioned by Census derived population counts. It wouldn't be impossible for the Republicans to pass bills that change the formula for such funding to be based on counts of citizens only. This would hit funding for programs like HeadStart, Medicaid, and public education as well as police and fire rescue, transportation, and tons of other things. It would basically create a ton of political pressure to cut immigrants off from access to things like public schools, public transit, emergency room care, etc.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census in ~news

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    This has been the Republican Party's MO since 1994 at least. We're already there and have been there for some time. This is the main reason we got boondoggled into the Iraq War.

    This has been the Republican Party's MO since 1994 at least. We're already there and have been there for some time. This is the main reason we got boondoggled into the Iraq War.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on I want to donate to a tree-planting non-profit. Do you recommend any? in ~enviro

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    You might need to narrow the request down a bit based on your goals. Are you interested in urban forestry and city beautification, are you interested in tree-planting for carbon capture, or are...

    You might need to narrow the request down a bit based on your goals. Are you interested in urban forestry and city beautification, are you interested in tree-planting for carbon capture, or are you interested in "re-wilding" or habitat renewal?

    If it's urban forestry and you want to be local, you might want to think more locally than just "Europe." These organizations tend to be pretty specific to the individual city or region. Most major metropolitan areas will have a department/ministry of urban forestry, either as part of its own office or as part of a Transportation agency or Parks and Recreation or something. They should be able to point you to organizations that operate in your local area.

    If you're interested in habitat renewal/conservation, you probably want to aim for an organization that has a more global reach. One of the issues with NGOs is that donors get too hyper-specific for fairly arbitrary reasons and it causes a lot of money to go towards administration costs to duplicate across tons of dinky organizations instead of a handful of large ones that benefit from returns to scale. Often what happens is the global non-profits work with smaller NGOs in local areas to leverage their connections and expertise by giving them grants. The Nature Conservancy is the main big one, though you might want to wait until they work their way through their #MeToo scandal before you start writing the checks. Another good one is OneTreePlanted.

    There is also a subset of the habitat renewal ones where they focus on doing economic development through habitat protection. The idea here is basically to pay the people who live near natural habitats to take care of it. They create jobs for the locals to act as stewards of the nature around them and disincentivized poaching (which can include unauthorized harvesting of forest resources like trees or endangered plants) and slash & burn agriculture. ITS (International Tree Foundation) and Trees for the Future both do this.

    If it's carbon capture as the main goal I actually don't know. I'm guessing one of the orgs mentioned above will meet that goal as well as any.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on It's official: Harley has an electric motorcycle in ~tech

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    It has the vibe of a nice little café racer and would also be more bike than I would need (not that my wife will ever allow me to get one). I'm surprised how much I like the design of it which,...

    It has the vibe of a nice little café racer and would also be more bike than I would need (not that my wife will ever allow me to get one). I'm surprised how much I like the design of it which, I'm guessing, means most of the old-school Harley fans must hate it. :-p

  20. Comment on It's official: Harley has an electric motorcycle in ~tech

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    Based on this video it actually sounds pretty decent. It's kind of like an industrial air conditioning unit spinning up, it conveys some sense of "power" but without rattling everyone's windows.

    Based on this video it actually sounds pretty decent. It's kind of like an industrial air conditioning unit spinning up, it conveys some sense of "power" but without rattling everyone's windows.

    1 vote