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  1. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season? I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2...

    Also started up Cells at Work! CODE BLACK. I watched the original Cells at Work! awhile back. That was a cute/fun show. CODE BLACK should be rather dark, which will hopefully be fun in its own way as well. Enjoyed the first two episodes so far.

    Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season?

    I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2 and CODE BLACK), but I don't really get around to it consistently. I also sort of feel like I don't really want to share the things I do watch, but that's mostly due to my aversion toward sharing about myself in general.

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  2. Comment on Scientists stuck as China keeps foiling WHO investigation on virus origin in ~health.coronavirus

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    I haven't read the article you linked, but to play Devil's Advocate, I remember reading this post by a virologist. This was 8 months ago, so there certainly could be things that have...

    I haven't read the article you linked, but to play Devil's Advocate, I remember reading this post by a virologist.

    [TL;DR]: I am very confident that SARS-CoV-2 has no connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology or any other laboratory. Not genetic engineering, not intentional evolution, not an accidental release. The most plausible scenario, by a landslide, is that SARS-CoV-2 jumped from a bat (or other species) into a human, in the wild.

    This was 8 months ago, so there certainly could be things that have changed/discovered since then. Of additional consideration, someone linked this article, Did the SARS-CoV-2 virus arise from a bat coronavirus research program in a Chinese laboratory? Very possibly. but it ends with this:

    The pros and cons regarding the two alternative possibilities—first, that it arose in the field as a natural evolution, as many virologists maintain, or second, that it may have been the consequence of bat coronavirus research in one of the two virology research institutes located in Wuhan that led to the infection of a laboratory researcher and subsequent escape—are equally based on inference and conjecture. The points gathered in this paper can be no more than suggestive. There is no hard scientific evidence to support either position. Both are inferences from circumstantial evidence. The US administration’s political hectoring only assures that it will be very difficult if not impossible to ever find out which is true.

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  3. Comment on Left-wing protesters get treated with brutality. Right-wing protesters get coddled. in ~misc

  4. Comment on Voat is shutting down on December 25 in ~tech

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    I don't disagree with you but, regarding your 2) and possibly 3), I remember at one point this article: On a technicality (which is also listed on the Tildes' Introduction/Design) was once...

    I don't disagree with you but, regarding your 2) and possibly 3), I remember at one point this article: On a technicality (which is also listed on the Tildes' Introduction/Design) was once discussed about trying to give explanations or being transparent to people who do not argue in good faith.

    I think the conversation was also about people who like to "rules lawyer" and wrangle with mods about technical details such that even if the rules at first started simply like, "Don't be a jerk" the vagueness eventually had to give way to ever increasingly more detailed and complex set of rules to the point where newcomers wouldn't even bother reading them due to the length of the list. I'm sure there's a balance to strike somewhere, and this mostly only applies to people who aren't honest about their intentions.

    I have seen the HN's approach to ban logs discussed somewhere else on Tildes as well. I might be able to find it somewhere, although I don't personally use HN. The transparency thing is definitely something that is an on-going debate, even as far back as the first ever ban. More here and here about keeping logs (and some of the futility of trying to keep them or the example of the SomethingAwful moderation log not being a good fit).

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  5. Comment on What were the most novel, unique, or unusual games you played this year? in ~games

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    Cultist Simulator is a strange game I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to play. I can't say for sure if it's a great game, since I think I only scratched the surface, but the store page...

    Cultist Simulator is a strange game I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to play. I can't say for sure if it's a great game, since I think I only scratched the surface, but the store page says this:

    BE WARNED. This game has no tutorial - part of the challenge is figuring out how to play. It's hard, but keep trying, and you'll master it. Good luck!

    The reason for the mystery I expect is to add to the theme of the occult, secret nature of being a leader/part of a cult. It says it's a "roguelike narrative card game" and plays like a single-player digital board game. You first start as some random common person, then when you lose, it unlocks new backstories for other characters like a respected doctor or a bored heir(ess) to a rich family. From what I gather, each playthrough you begin with the basics and the game adds more complexity and events over time which then eventually leads to your defeat (such as if you mismanage your resources) or unlocks one of the many paths in the game.

    I don't think I was good enough to get very far, but I might try it some more eventually. When I got the game from the March Humble Bundle, I was really just hoping I could summon Cthulhu but there's way more to it than that.

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  6. Comment on Book recommendations based on which TV shows you watched this year in ~books

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    I think it's just a different approach to recommend some lesser known books. The usual way is to recommend books that TV shows (or films) are based off of, but fans who watched the shows may have...

    I think it's just a different approach to recommend some lesser known books. The usual way is to recommend books that TV shows (or films) are based off of, but fans who watched the shows may have already read the books or vice versa. That's what I thought this list was about at first but it seems they purposely avoided that. Definitely some books/shows in the article that I want to check out now.

    I've listened to a few audio books and have not gotten around to watching all of their respective TV shows but ones I see mentioned frequently are: Game of Thrones, Altered Carbon, The Expanse, The Witcher, various Sherlock Holmes adaptations (e.g. Sherlock and Elementary), The Magicians, The Handmaid’s Tale, Good Omens, and a slew of others that I'm forgetting (just to spite those fans in particular). Likewise, I'm sure someone else could easily make a list of movie/books.

    Thinking about it some more, I agree though that, not a single mention at all near the top, bottom, or anywhere in between does it mention the source material whatsoever for the ones that have them. Maybe it didn't fit with the formatting since some of the shows are original material?

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  7. Comment on The Zodiac Killer’s “340 Cipher” has been solved in ~misc

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    Thanks! I'm not too familiar with the background of the Zodiac Killer story, but it looks like now two of the four ciphers have been solved. The page does not mention if this will help solve the...

    Thanks!

    I'm not too familiar with the background of the Zodiac Killer story, but it looks like now two of the four ciphers have been solved. The page does not mention if this will help solve the other two unsolved ones, but I believe they might be too short or have too many other possible solutions from what I've read. Still, amazing that after fifty something years, there is finally a solution to another of the four.

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  8. Comment on Confused about location-based tags for the UK in ~tildes

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    Off-topic, but I think I like topics like these. They make Tildes feel a bit organic. I imagine something like: User(s) identify something that might be fixed or suggest features they might want...

    Off-topic, but I think I like topics like these. They make Tildes feel a bit organic.

    I imagine something like:

    1. User(s) identify something that might be fixed or suggest features they might want to see.
    2. Someone proposes what might work e.g. a set of standards for tagging. Others also submit what they might prefer.
    3. Discussion and debate of 2.
    4. A GitLab issue is submitted
    5. Issue gets assigned a priority and processed somewhere along the development workflow.
    6. Eventually, if it's not rejected or redesigned, the feature gets implemented. Alternatively more discussion is opened.
    7. Feedback is then given. Maybe more improvements follow that?
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  9. Comment on Confused about location-based tags for the UK in ~tildes

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    Tags and hierarchy are two topics that get discussed every now and then (along with groups and subgroups). Since Tildes is still in early development, I am not certain if there are strict...

    Tags and hierarchy are two topics that get discussed every now and then (along with groups and subgroups). Since Tildes is still in early development, I am not certain if there are strict standards implemented yet (nor do I think there should be). I do however trust that the ones most familiar with Tildes development are aware of those topics and working towards that end.

    Related topics:

    GitLab issues that I think apply:

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  10. Comment on Genshin Impact made $245M in its first month on mobile alone, making it the top game by revenue in the period and one of the largest launches ever in ~games

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    I neither play Genshin Impact (yet?) nor know any Chinese, but from what I gather: Genshin Impact is developed and published by Shanghai-based studio miHoYo Genshin Impact seems to be separate...

    I neither play Genshin Impact (yet?) nor know any Chinese, but from what I gather:

    • Genshin Impact is developed and published by Shanghai-based studio miHoYo
    • Genshin Impact seems to be separate from miHoYo's other releases, but prior to Genshin Impact they released Honkai Impact 3rd (or Houkai 3rd depending on language/region I think?) which was the third entry in the Honkai series and a spiritual successor to one of their other games
    • If I'm not mistaken, all of miHoYo's games have been released to mobile platforms. Honkai Impact 3rd was officially released to PC in December 2019, several years after the game was out. While Genshin Impact released on PC, PS4, and mobile devices at the same time on September 28, 2020 with plans to release on the Switch and PS5 at some point.
    • Honkai Impact 3rd (and maybe the series in general) in addition to having a large fanbase has other related media, which includes an anime series and multiple manhua series.
    • As for why it is popular, there are probably several factors, but I don't think I am qualified to answer.
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  11. Comment on World flags: Attending countries introduced with a samurai anime character for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in ~anime

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    Growing up, I watched G Gundam which represented a handful of countries with a (subjectively silly) mobile suit design featuring stereotypes of that country. I would say these Olympic designs are...

    Growing up, I watched G Gundam which represented a handful of countries with a (subjectively silly) mobile suit design featuring stereotypes of that country. I would say these Olympic designs are better.

    I haven't read or seen it but I think Hetalia: Axis Powers also anthropomorphizes countries. I'm sure there are other manga/anime that do the same, but I'm not able to recall them at the moment.

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  12. Comment on A worker-owned game studio rises from the wreckage of 'Skullgirls' developer in ~games

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    I really hope they are able to figure everything out, and that it works well for them. Then, if it does turn out positively, I hope these ideas spread elsewhere. This news in contrast to recent...

    I really hope they are able to figure everything out, and that it works well for them. Then, if it does turn out positively, I hope these ideas spread elsewhere.

    This news in contrast to recent news of Microsoft entering an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media is something I find a bit interesting. A silly hyperbole, but it's like in Agar.io where you have this huge cyberpunk-dystopian corporation cell merging with another giant cell to control even more of the industry while on the other hand is this tiny cell that is being formed out of the remnants of a previous cell with the hope of not being screwed over.

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

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    Not a question for the survey/census itself, but when posting results, would it make sense to have 2 threads (main and freeform/free-form)? One thread to act as the main topic for the census...

    Not a question for the survey/census itself, but when posting results, would it make sense to have 2 threads (main and freeform/free-form)? One thread to act as the main topic for the census results with a link to the second topic which more specifically addresses the free-form questions.

    It sounds like this time around there might be more free-form questions, and it might be easier for comments to discuss them separately from discussion about the census in general. Are stickied comments a thing in progress on Tildes?

    Looking at last year's results, I think with just the 3 pastebins about Tildes, the answers seemed overwhelming (although many of the answers were kind of similar), so ideally there is a better way of handling that. Might be a task to delegate. I'm not entirely sure what the best way to do this sort of thing is.

    As an aside, I imagine making nice charts (pie/bar/whatever) is difficult with the amount of different answers?

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  14. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    You are completely right. The FGO series: First Order, Babylonia, and whatever else related to them were made with the target audience being players familiar with the Fate/Grand Order mobile game...

    You are completely right. The FGO series: First Order, Babylonia, and whatever else related to them were made with the target audience being players familiar with the Fate/Grand Order mobile game in mind. I've not played the game myself, but I believe the anime adapts the story/chapters from the game, so large parts of it might only be understandable to people who have played and are familiar with those characters.

    I'm not a fan of micro-transactions (predatory/anti-consumer or not and despite my indulging every now and then) but I believe FGO is one of the most popular mobile games in the world. I am sure they make a ton of money from people trying to collect their favorite waifus so the anime appeals to those fans and possibly acts like an advertisement.

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  15. Comment on General US protests discussion in ~talk

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    I'll joke. "The Galactic Empire, headed by Emperor Palpatine, declares the Rebel Alliance 'freedom fighters' to be terrorist scum" "Imperial Storm Troopers are urged to use any force necessary to...

    I'll joke.

    "The Galactic Empire, headed by Emperor Palpatine, declares the Rebel Alliance 'freedom fighters' to be terrorist scum"

    "Imperial Storm Troopers are urged to use any force necessary to deal with this rebel threat. Those caught rallying members to protest this rightful and just purge of anti-imperial sentiment are to be declared Jedi sympathizers and executed on the spot."

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  16. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    I don't doubt that police have disguised themselves before and provoke protesters. I've heard tales that they pretended to be protestors during the various Occupy movements. Other examples: Not a...

    I don't doubt that police have disguised themselves before and provoke protesters. I've heard tales that they pretended to be protestors during the various Occupy movements.

    Other examples:

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  17. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

  18. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    According to this article, St. Paul police are claiming that person was not one of their officers. https://www.inquisitr.com/6080600/jacob-pederson-st-paul-protest/ Is it true? I'm not sure.

    According to this article, St. Paul police are claiming that person was not one of their officers. https://www.inquisitr.com/6080600/jacob-pederson-st-paul-protest/

    Is it true? I'm not sure.

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  19. Comment on How do I know how to properly tag my posts? in ~tildes

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    Relevant comment by hungariantoast from here:

    Relevant comment by hungariantoast from here:

    I honestly would not worry too much about posting to the correct group, or tagging stuff correctly, or at all even.

    The most important thing is just posting the content. Don't let the underlying categorization stuff stop you from posting. Users like @mycketforvirrad[+] and others stay on top of all that pretty well.

    I mean, it's great if you want to get into it too, but don't stress over it.

    Also, just in case you have not noticed it yet:

    If on desktop, on the right side of your screen is the sidebar, and near the bottom of the info presented in the sidebar is the topic log. That tells you what changes were made by which user, and when, to your topic.
    If you're on mobile, the sidebar should be a button in the top right that you can press to reveal it, and then the topic log will again be at the bottom of that info. You have to click/press the topic log drop down to reveal that information.

    Checking the topic log, you'll notice that I moved this topic from the ~talk group to the ~tildes group. That's because meta discussion about Tildes itself usually goes here.

    Again, it's no big deal if a topic gets moved, and the groups can be a bit confusing at first. Feel free to ask questions when you notice someone edits your topic, as moderators here are almost always happy to explain/discuss changes.

    Also, here is the list of things that moderators can edit on a topic:

    • The topic's tags
    • The topic's title
    • The group the topic is posted to
    • The topic's link

    Finally, the site's documentation and blog are worth reading. They should both give you a good feel of the site. Of course, you can always ask questions if you are confused about anything, or submit suggestions for site features, changes, etc. as a post to ~tildes.

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  20. Comment on How do I know how to properly tag my posts? in ~tildes

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    I think with Tildes in its current state, groups and tags are fairly flexible. You'll see every now and then tags getting added by those with the ability to do so in the "Topic log" to the right....

    I think with Tildes in its current state, groups and tags are fairly flexible. You'll see every now and then tags getting added by those with the ability to do so in the "Topic log" to the right.

    Rarely (almost never), if someone thinks a different group would fit the thread better, they will ask the original poster or move the thread then ask if the original poster would prefer it moved back. Or the original poster can object to the move.

    My current belief is that you post in whatever group you think is best and tag it with 2 or 3 tags that you think fit most appropriately. If later you decide to change your mind, you can ask someone to move it for you.

    As far as I am aware, there isn't a stigma against posting the same thing in multiple groups. People subscribed to both groups might see both appear depending on their Activity sorting but they are also able to click "Ignore this post", and generally whichever topic has more activity will end up being the main thread while the others will kind of fade off.


    Every so often there will be a discussion of groups and heirarchy. For example this one:
    https://tildes.net/~tildes.official/h23/potential_new_groups_and_general_discussion_about_the_purpose_and_organization_of_the_group

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