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  1. Comment on Is there a known image norm suitable for textured images? in ~comp

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    I think I follow you. This is a cool cluster of trailheads, thank you for explaining.

    I think I follow you. This is a cool cluster of trailheads, thank you for explaining.

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  2. Comment on Is there a known image norm suitable for textured images? in ~comp

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    I'm probably on the wrong sub but what are you talking about, this seems like it could be interesting. There's a lot of googlable terms in your post but there's a lot of noise in those search...

    I'm probably on the wrong sub but what are you talking about, this seems like it could be interesting. There's a lot of googlable terms in your post but there's a lot of noise in those search results and anyway I am in bed on my phone. What are you trying to do?

  3. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    I am reminded of one person I worked with who would go very cross if ever someone knocked on a door before entering; they argued it was more efficient just to enter unannounced and then if the...

    I am reminded of one person I worked with who would go very cross if ever someone knocked on a door before entering; they argued it was more efficient just to enter unannounced and then if the occupants say they are busy then you could leave. The premise of individual privacy or the meaning of the closed door seemed relentlessly negotiable in their case, and very few boundaries could be sustained against their self-justification. Do not be this person.

  4. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    I don't understand. It sounds like you're saying that a few minutes' distracted attention risks a degree of inefficiency capable of subverting the integrity of your billing process? The...

    I don't understand. It sounds like you're saying that a few minutes' distracted attention risks a degree of inefficiency capable of subverting the integrity of your billing process? The auto-response idea was a suggestion toward thinking about personal methods for compensating for your sense of loss besides rendering it unto clients as a financial cost or your workmates as an organization-wide policy. You have described it as both mere suggestion but also as an employer's ask? It is an "open policy" but one which has been ratified into an official handbook? I was advising you to destroy the evidence of this range of thinking, but it sounds like you're past that point.

  5. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    Either of those scenarios seems pretty workable to me. Obviously one is faster than the other, but I would regard this as a matter of personal taste rather than as an auditable, abstractable...

    Either of those scenarios seems pretty workable to me. Obviously one is faster than the other, but I would regard this as a matter of personal taste rather than as an auditable, abstractable problem in the cadence of your colleagues' communications. Perhaps you could have set up an auto-response to one word intros reminding people how you would prefer to be asked for help? The element of social corrosion isn't in the chats -- it's in the casual figuring of how much money might be lost as people coordinate with each other, and in the increasingly granular application of the logic of efficiency.

  6. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    I urge you to avoid estimating the values of such interstitial moments. Five minutes a day is an objectively small amount of time, even across large teams. I can appreciate a professional...

    I urge you to avoid estimating the values of such interstitial moments. Five minutes a day is an objectively small amount of time, even across large teams. I can appreciate a professional standard, but if I discovered that someone had done any accounting for the time it took me to type messages I think that would be embarrassing and alienating. Consider the task of actually tabulating this degree of disorganization in your own life -- when in your semi-distraction do you think you should click your stopwatch? This is a necessarily hypothetical value, and arguments which rely on such fuzziness seem intensely socially corrosive to me. I'm telling you, that napkin is a liability.

    I would compare it to cases of frustration over incorrect zipper merging onto highways, fears of having been cut in standing queues, and the stultifying impulse to shush fellow patrons in libraries. These are fundamentally individual inconveniences, and a fact of life.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    I think I follow your logic, but counting your minutes in that way sounds very inappropriate to me, even in professional situations where your billing hours matter. I know it can feel expeditious...

    I think I follow your logic, but counting your minutes in that way sounds very inappropriate to me, even in professional situations where your billing hours matter. I know it can feel expeditious to dispense with formalities, but I think there's something blatant and dangerous about the impulse to default against salutations or other trappings of human verbal habit as somehow anachronistic to your I-guess-modern line of work. If I were you I would dispose of that napkin...

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    Me neither, but I don't expect that it would be very difficult. We already use bars of color to cover up profile pictures when sharing screenshots from our social media. A simple banner system (or...

    Me neither, but I don't expect that it would be very difficult. We already use bars of color to cover up profile pictures when sharing screenshots from our social media. A simple banner system (or just allowing a colorful mess) is an option. IDK about lookin good; I'm of the opinion that taste in visual interfaces tends to muffle and paper over many useful kinds of expression.

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  9. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    No, I haven't got an example. I don't think it's an entirely original idea but I imagined it after a discussion on this forum where I received a more-hostile-than-expected response after I had...

    No, I haven't got an example. I don't think it's an entirely original idea but I imagined it after a discussion on this forum where I received a more-hostile-than-expected response after I had replied to a comment in agreement on all fronts. I want to be able to indicate visually that I am On Your Side, and I think it would be more effective than longish comments where I lay out just how many ways I agree with you.

    Another: how about a bot that periodically asks users whether they meant a given comment sarcastically? A "please-explain-yourself" machine could work against the kind of interpersonal shock that I think accompanies the escalation of conflict in threads where there's a large disparity between the length of a comment and its reply.

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  10. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    Yes, let's! I have thought for a long time that votes are only barely functional at relating comments to their threads. Here are some messy suggestions for features which could be activated in...

    Yes, let's! I have thought for a long time that votes are only barely functional at relating comments to their threads. Here are some messy suggestions for features which could be activated in deeper threads to benefit detailed communication:

    • poster self-classification: reinforce your general sentiment by shading your comment to a color matching or similar to the color of the post you're replying to, or use a different shade if you intend to disagree. perhaps other users could help to interpret comment threads by marking color suggestions which could be averaged to brighten (or muddle down) as consensus builds around what perspectives are being presented by the various contributor. I think this could go a long way to helping people realize early when to disengage from threads instead of digging in.

    • commenter/replier specific subchannels: I would love a button to acknowledge/thank/"mhm"/"oh i c" to people who have responded to me specifically without adding a vote to comments which seem to contradict some portion of mine -- I get the sense that snappy, simple replies which get early votes are tinder for the sort of dogpiling that has been discussed here this week. A short list of basic acknowledgment reacts could supplement the private message system.

    • alternatives to comment trees!! your first comment in a thread could be required to be directed at the link itself OR to another user GENERALLY, rather than at a single other comment. Subsequent replies between you and OP or the user you spoke to could be displayed in chronological sorts (like the ones we use now) -- or other users beside the commenter and the replier could score the relevancy of the messages; a vote would be an arrow dragged from one post to the other. The premise here is that most threads do not require any kind of sort whatsoever to be legible, and that people tend to recognize when things have grown beyond that scale. if two users are speaking primarily to each other, digging a long hole together, quote-reply intertwining then those posts will follow each other clearly.

    All of these ideas could be abused, misunderstood, or just an eyesore -- but to be frank, basic voting is a very dull concept which rarely enhances the dimension of understanding. I recognize why it has been implemented here, given that this site was founded on insights gleaned from years of experience on similar forums, but the fact of the matter is that Tildes is still very similar to its forebears and voting is one of the most obviously vestigial features of that lineage.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    Hm, sounds plausible. And I guess if this were a mall I would avoid eye contact with the kiosk vendors, so maybe that is not the best metaphor.

    Hm, sounds plausible. And I guess if this were a mall I would avoid eye contact with the kiosk vendors, so maybe that is not the best metaphor.

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  12. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    What do you mean by "process," what are you having to be patient for? You're talking about this in tentative future-tense terms which make it seem complicated, but I'm not really sure what remains...

    What do you mean by "process," what are you having to be patient for? You're talking about this in tentative future-tense terms which make it seem complicated, but I'm not really sure what remains to be done before somebody could just start posting about the topics that interest you. If this were a mall it really seems like you've been offered the permission you would need to set up whatever kiosk. Haven't you told your mailing list to start making accounts or sharing content?

    Prolific poster u/moocow1452 asked a question like yours in June and I was one of the only respondents then, but they forged ahead and posted marble events throughout the summer. It was fun!

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  13. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    I've seen you mention this a couple of times, but what are you talking about? r/AskBibleScholars seems to disallow discussion in posts beyond the OP themselves and preapproved panelists? That...

    I've seen you mention this a couple of times, but what are you talking about? r/AskBibleScholars seems to disallow discussion in posts beyond the OP themselves and preapproved panelists? That doesn't really sound like us. I appreciate the strong moderation on subs like r/AskHistorians and your very restrictive approach might be a reasonable adaptation given what I know about the tendency of online discussions of religion and religious history to slide into pretty rough territory -- but I guess I don't know what you think we're going to talk about here. Maybe you could post a survey thread to see if there are questions waiting to be addressed by your experts?

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Myst - Announcement trailer - Completely re-imagined for modern systems, with optional VR support in ~games

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    Oh gosh, I'm sorry, of course that first wave of VR experiences took the mouse-to-eye translation a little too literally. Maybe you would do better without the headset? I stand by the immersive...

    Oh gosh, I'm sorry, of course that first wave of VR experiences took the mouse-to-eye translation a little too literally. Maybe you would do better without the headset? I stand by the immersive worldbuilding -- the "unfinished" part is about a notable anticlimax which fits with the story they tell, but seemed to me like a cut-for-dev-time kind of compromise. Stay upright, friend.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Myst - Announcement trailer - Completely re-imagined for modern systems, with optional VR support in ~games

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    Oh, you should! It is noticeably unfinished but actually still quite compelling and immersive. If ever you wanted to experience one of these games as the technical achievements they once seemed to...

    Oh, you should! It is noticeably unfinished but actually still quite compelling and immersive. If ever you wanted to experience one of these games as the technical achievements they once seemed to be, Obduction VR is an excellent modern candidate.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Designers and technologists look to the natural world to envision more resilient futures in ~design

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    I think "ai research" like this listicle is pretty larky but gosh if yours doesn't sound like a cynical perspective. What is a "death spiral" and how does it relate to us as a collective organism?

    I think "ai research" like this listicle is pretty larky but gosh if yours doesn't sound like a cynical perspective. What is a "death spiral" and how does it relate to us as a collective organism?

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Tele-health privacy concerns are a barrier to therapy in ~tech

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    Gosh, yes, it's really frustrating. My therapist refused to even talk on the telephone, cagily and nonsensically citing HIPAA requirements which he could not describe in any detail. I guess I need...

    Gosh, yes, it's really frustrating. My therapist refused to even talk on the telephone, cagily and nonsensically citing HIPAA requirements which he could not describe in any detail. I guess I need a webcam to receive therapy?? And my psychiatrist knows and manages his own schedule but for some reason he can only describe it vaguely, so getting follow-up appointments on the books is a long process of me asking when he would be available. Both of these services are very hemmed in by the software suites they employ and it makes them much less useful.

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  18. Comment on Programming is a losers game in ~comp

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    What would it mean to know what it means to know what sort of "game" is programming? Sometimes I think there's a competition going on in the tech blogosphere to set up the thinnest possible...

    What would it mean to know what it means to know what sort of "game" is programming? Sometimes I think there's a competition going on in the tech blogosphere to set up the thinnest possible metaphors..

    11 votes
  19. Comment on ‘The Venture Bros.’ canceled at Adult Swim after seven seasons in ~tv

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    I just started watching this last year! I watched season 6 thinking it was season 1 and I was blown away by how much worldbuilding they had ready-to-go. Full cast, apparently loads of history,...

    I just started watching this last year! I watched season 6 thinking it was season 1 and I was blown away by how much worldbuilding they had ready-to-go. Full cast, apparently loads of history, super novel concept -- loved it. Now I've seen the rest of the show and it's still great. Shame they won't get to try out a finale, maybe someday?

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  20. Comment on Today is my birthday! in ~talk