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  1. Comment on WhatsApp voice calls contained a buffer-overflow vulnerability that was used to install spyware [CVE-2019-3568] in ~tech

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    freshly secured versions of WhatsApp were pushed out to users on Monday

    “The issue affects WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44, WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348, and WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15.”

    5 votes
  2. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    While hidden to us end users, the invitation relationships are tracked and visible to Tildes admin. When a user is found to be a bad actor, it's easy to scrutinize the full "family tree" the user...

    While hidden to us end users, the invitation relationships are tracked and visible to Tildes admin. When a user is found to be a bad actor, it's easy to scrutinize the full "family tree" the user belongs to and, if necessary, kill the entire thing (or, less severe, prevent any of them from inviting)

    18 votes
  3. Comment on What are your favorite food related Youtube channels? in ~food

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    I'm seeing some mixed views on Dr. Michael Greger. From what I'm reading, a strong bias towards veganism, with some exaggerated claims and cherry-picking data. Maybe I'm being a bit too skeptical,...

    I'm seeing some mixed views on Dr. Michael Greger. From what I'm reading, a strong bias towards veganism, with some exaggerated claims and cherry-picking data. Maybe I'm being a bit too skeptical, but nutrition on the internet as a whole is so full of untrustworthy info that it's hard for me not to be.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Markdown preview is now available when writing topics/comments/etc. in ~tildes.official

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    If privacy is the biggest of the concerns, maybe the comment-in-progress could be saved in the browser's localStorage when the window/tab is closed that can be restored later. Comment wouldn't...

    If privacy is the biggest of the concerns, maybe the comment-in-progress could be saved in the browser's localStorage when the window/tab is closed that can be restored later. Comment wouldn't leave the user's machine. You could even use it to provide a Local Drafts user page. Could make it a user setting and gracefully fall back to the confirm-leave-alert if turned off or JS is disabled.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Which subscriptions do you consider to be worth their cost? in ~talk

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    Interesting. Can you link me to a make and model? I’m not finding much searching. GE’s site, for instance, talks about the cycling being normal at temps below high (and sometimes even on high, for...

    Interesting. Can you link me to a make and model? I’m not finding much searching. GE’s site, for instance, talks about the cycling being normal at temps below high (and sometimes even on high, for safety).

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Which subscriptions do you consider to be worth their cost? in ~talk

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    Perhaps my previous landlord wasn’t as truthful as I thought, or there have been even more recent changes. A claimed “brand new (in 2017) near-top-tier glass top electric range” was still cycling...

    Perhaps my previous landlord wasn’t as truthful as I thought, or there have been even more recent changes. A claimed “brand new (in 2017) near-top-tier glass top electric range” was still cycling on me.

    As for picking up the pan for a quick switch to low, that works if you’re only managing that one thing. Gets more difficult to spare two hands with a more things going and needing attention.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Markdown preview is now available when writing topics/comments/etc. in ~tildes.official

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    I wonder how people would handle a split, with a live preview based on the core markdown engine displayed somewhere near the input, plus the tab for the proper preview. We’d have to think of some...

    I wonder how people would handle a split, with a live preview based on the core markdown engine displayed somewhere near the input, plus the tab for the proper preview. We’d have to think of some good terms to distinguish the approximate preview from the full preview. I think it would be useful to get people close enough as they type for the most commonly used markdown, then they can check the final proper render with the tag before submitting. I do see how it could be a bit misleading if we can’t find a way to convey the difference clearly.

  8. Comment on Which subscriptions do you consider to be worth their cost? in ~talk

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    Having lived for years with both types (different apartments), and both old and new, while cooking a lot, and have found electric ranges to be awful compared to gas. Slow to respond (can’t quickly...

    Having lived for years with both types (different apartments), and both old and new, while cooking a lot, and have found electric ranges to be awful compared to gas. Slow to respond (can’t quickly reduce to low), handles mid-heat by cycling on and off instead of even heat (terrible for delicate dishes), takes longer to cool (have to move pans somewhere to prevent over cooking), usually lower max output. Glass-top electric (still elements underneath) has the only advantage of being easier to wipe clean with the flat surface. I haven’t found an electric oven that I’ve been impressed with either.

    Enough of a difference to be a dealbreaker for me on a place now.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Tested with Firefox on OSX, same issue. Focus on title, link, or text inputs and a backspace works as expected (deletes text until empty, then nothing). Focus on the tags input and a) backspace...

    Tested with Firefox on OSX, same issue. Focus on title, link, or text inputs and a backspace works as expected (deletes text until empty, then nothing). Focus on the tags input and a) backspace works when there are letters b) if the tag input is empty OR there are only tag boxes (e.g. no plain text in the input), then it does a browser back. I thought usually browser-back happens if you're not focused on a proper form input/textarea element, but document.activeElement shows the <input> (and I see the blinking cursor inside it)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    We have a new feature that attempts to autocomplete/suggest tags from what you're typing based on existing tags. The tag "herpetology" already exists as a tag on two posts in ~science. When...

    We have a new feature that attempts to autocomplete/suggest tags from what you're typing based on existing tags. The tag "herpetology" already exists as a tag on two posts in ~science. When creating a new post in ~science, it is not unreasonable to expect "herpetology" to be suggested when you start typing. Currently, however, it goes "h" -> ["health", "history"], "he" -> ["health"], "her" -> []. It has nothing to do with how the field of herpetology relates to the field of zoology.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Ah, I see now. It's using a short pre-populated list of tags for suggestions, so it is indeed a very limited search set. That seems like a performance decision vs something like a live search.

    Ah, I see now. It's using a short pre-populated list of tags for suggestions, so it is indeed a very limited search set. That seems like a performance decision vs something like a live search.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    Sure. "social" in ~anime or ~test. Expected "social" and "social media", got neither. This may be part of some group-specific filtering, which (if it is) I think would be better as a sort weight...

    Sure.

    • "social" in ~anime or ~test. Expected "social" and "social media", got neither. This may be part of some group-specific filtering, which (if it is) I think would be better as a sort weight than a filter.
    • "voip" in ~tech. Expected "voip". There are 2 posts in ~tech with that tag.
    • "hydrogen power" in ~misc. There is 1 post in ~misc with that tag.
    • "quentin tarantino" in either ~tv or ~movies. There are 2 posts, one in each of those groups, with that tag.
    • "extensions" in either ~comp or ~tech. There are 9 posts with that tag, most in ~tech, one in ~comp.
    1 vote
  13. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    It seems like the search-set is limited to the top-100. Most implementations I've seen use the entire search set, order with some weighting (factors may include most frequently used, most recently...

    It's not very useful to get a giant list of suggestions of tags that have only ever been used once or twice, that'll just be even more confusing for someone that isn't sure how to tag their post.

    It seems like the search-set is limited to the top-100. Most implementations I've seen use the entire search set, order with some weighting (factors may include most frequently used, most recently used by user, etc.), and then display N results. These work well in balancing convenience and usefulness against discoverability. The more someone types, the more niche suggestions they can get (depending on how common the prefix is, of course). Right now, there's many tags that I tried typing exactly as they appear on other topics which instead return zero suggestions.

    I think group creation would almost always be attached to the most popular tags, so I don't think that should be a concern at all.

    Right. My point with this was that it will be harder for new tags to grow in popularity because they're less discoverable and, without suggestions, harder to settle on a standard between multiple similar variants.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Autocomplete for topic tagging is now available in ~tildes.official

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    I'm sure the most popular 100-tag set for each group was used for performance reasons, but I think that removes the potential benefit of discoverability for less frequently used tags. When tags...

    I'm sure the most popular 100-tag set for each group was used for performance reasons, but I think that removes the potential benefit of discoverability for less frequently used tags. When tags are less frequently used and seen, it's helpful to have them suggested so that future posts can standardize a bit. When suggestions are based on popularity, the most popular will continue to dominate as they get suggested, and the less common ones may continue to splinter variations without suggestions, thus remaining unsuggested. When tag reuse is tied not only to finding posts but, eventually, to creating groups, this becomes more important.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on How do you organize your bookmarks? in ~tech

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    An item can only be in one folder. An item can have many tags.

    An item can only be in one folder. An item can have many tags.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Suggestion: When linking to Tildes on other sites, substitute 'Tildes: a non-profit community site' text for information about the thread. in ~tildes

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    I think the two most obvious are either the snippet (i.e. the collapsable text on the topic list) or the group and tags. The group and tags provide more consistent context for the link shared...

    I think the two most obvious are either the snippet (i.e. the collapsable text on the topic list) or the group and tags. The group and tags provide more consistent context for the link shared outside of Tildes than hoping the first sentence or two of content is informative.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on In my opinion, censorship is a bad way to combat hate speech. in ~talk

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    Natural Language Processing, which is more or less what it sounds like. In OP's case, using that to detect automatically, algorithmically hate speech.

    Natural Language Processing, which is more or less what it sounds like. In OP's case, using that to detect automatically, algorithmically hate speech.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on In my opinion, censorship is a bad way to combat hate speech. in ~talk

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    I agree that containment generally doesn't work, and as you've stated for Tildes in particular, a core "feature" is quality of discussion. I think Tildes has done a decent job so far at moderating...

    I agree that containment generally doesn't work, and as you've stated for Tildes in particular, a core "feature" is quality of discussion. I think Tildes has done a decent job so far at moderating poor behavior while allowing mostly free good-faith discussion.

    Thinking out loud for the more general case, like a more pure news/link aggregator or general social media community site, I wonder if there's some implementation that could work at least for preserving good users' pleasant experience.

    Most containment tried or discussed for these environments is related to the topics, where BadTopicX is allowed and only allowed in sub/group/area BadGroup, and BadGroup may be hidden from the wider audience. PosterZ, a prolific contributor to BadGroup, but is also allowed to post anywhere else as long as they only talk about BadTopicX in BadGroup. Since the boundaries of such are usually at least a tiny bit bit grey, plus phrasing and framing and tone can change how things are seen, there's some leakage that eventually will poison the well. In the end, it fails, just more slowly.

    A full containment solution, however, completely separates such users. Several online multiplayer games use this approach, where cheaters and bad actors are flagged for segregation (or, in some cases, an entire geo-region is blanket segregated based on frequency of offenses). They're still able to have the full experience - all of the maps, items, whatever - but the only people they will ever play with either through server selection or matchmaking are other flagged people. It keeps both the specific issues as well as the users themselves, from spoiling the rest of the community's gameplay.

    I wonder what effects a full containment solution would have on a site like Tildes, or what it might look like. There's a range. You could completely segregate the group, where everything in topics are only seen by either GoodPosters or BadPosters. You could have everything by BadPosters only be seen by other BadPosters, but everyone can see everything done by GoodPosters (i guess that sounds a bit like a shadowban with a shadow community). You could modify that last one and have only GoodPosters topics seen by everyone, but comments are completely separate. There's plenty to tweak, and that's without getting particularly creative.

    Regardless how it's sliced, you might be able to give GoodPosters options; default to the maximum separation, but allow them to configure how much they see from the other side. Some people like to see even the toxic dissenting opinions, others like the challenge of trying to reach and rehabilitate these people. Perhaps there can even be a redemption system, where enough trusted GoodPoster nominations after a certain time can bring someone back into the primary community, encouraging (however little) self-reflection and improvement if the main community experience is good enough.

    2 votes