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  1. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    TheJorro Link Parent
    I find it hard to resolve that you want to only use the keyboard but you don't want to use a specific character. You're basically asking for the site to cater to your personal preferences, not...

    I find it hard to resolve that you want to only use the keyboard but you don't want to use a specific character. You're basically asking for the site to cater to your personal preferences, not suggesting a scaleable solution.

    You really need to decide what's a higher priority: typing one character, or using a mouse. Because both of those are extremely simple solutions already.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    TheJorro Link Parent
    Not so much on Tildes, but to avoid frontpage distractions (e.g. I'm avoiding spoilers, or I'm looking for a specific collection of information such as the latest computer part sales), I type in...

    Not so much on Tildes, but to avoid frontpage distractions (e.g. I'm avoiding spoilers, or I'm looking for a specific collection of information such as the latest computer part sales), I type in subreddit names manually. If Tildes ever crosses a certain threshold of traffic, I'd probably scale up my useage of going directly into a group from the URL.

    That said, typing in a ~ is just fine to me, but @DanBC raised a good point: some keyboards make using the ~ character a bit more cumbersome than the US layout.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on End the Tyranny of Arial: The big internet platforms use the same fonts and backgrounds. Let’s make it interesting again. in ~tech

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    I agree with you. That era of the internet was garish and a soup of bad design decisions but there was a creative spirit behind it all as everyone was trying to figure out what worked and what...

    I agree with you. That era of the internet was garish and a soup of bad design decisions but there was a creative spirit behind it all as everyone was trying to figure out what worked and what didn't, from Maddox's yellow on black to the seizure-inducing Geocities pages that any child could generate. I'm sure that era of flopping around like psychedelic fish is exactly why we have such a strong UX industry today, as many in there must have cut their teeth and learned many lessons about digital UX design from that time period.

    I'd say the something lost is the freedom to make one's own mistakes. Everything has become so homogenized that style is largely dictated in terms of layout and heavy animations rather than typography now. I think the clamour for more dark modes has started making many outlets aware that the one-stop solution of black-on-white isn't always the solution.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    TheJorro Link Parent
    I'm sorry, but you're being entirely unfair now. He has been very clear about his point, right from the start. If anything, this entire exchange reads like you parachuted in trying to shove in...

    In all fairness, you haven't been making that point very well. You kept talking about who generated a URL - a user or a developer - rather than the format of the URL itself.

    I'm sorry, but you're being entirely unfair now. He has been very clear about his point, right from the start. If anything, this entire exchange reads like you parachuted in trying to shove in your own argument where it wasn't in question before. Now you're being condescending about him not making his point clearly when it seems like you've been doing your best to misconstrue his points from the beginning. I feel like you haven't displayed any attempt to understand what he was saying.

    11 votes
  5. Comment on Feature request: Use "/t/" in alternative to "~" in the url of a tilde. in ~tildes

    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
    I'm a non-developer too, but I arrived at the opposite of your takeaway. It's very clear after clicking all those links what is meant by official and user-generated. Two of those pages are user...

    I'm a non-developer too, but I arrived at the opposite of your takeaway. It's very clear after clicking all those links what is meant by official and user-generated. Two of those pages are user accounts. One is a user organization. The other two are official GitHub pages. It seems pretty clearcut from context what is meant by "official" and "user-generated" after a brief glimpse across all of them.

    The issue with namespacing that he's pointing out is that you don't know what you're going to see at all. You can't possibly tell what's behind those links at a glance at the URL. It may not be an issue in all situations but in some (e.g. in an org where a non-technical person gets a format-stripped email and has to tell by the link URL itself if it's spam or not) it can make all the difference.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I enjoyed that game far more than I thought I would, I straight up fell in love with it. It is absolutely relentless with its action and the music blaring the entire time just kicks it up to that...

    I enjoyed that game far more than I thought I would, I straight up fell in love with it. It is absolutely relentless with its action and the music blaring the entire time just kicks it up to that next level for me.

    I can't stop myself from grinning like a madman whenever I'm playing it.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    Been on a Dark Souls 3 kick this past week. I'm not one to wax romantic about the Soulsborne games but there is a raw appreciation I have for their format: exploring an unexplained world and...

    Been on a Dark Souls 3 kick this past week. I'm not one to wax romantic about the Soulsborne games but there is a raw appreciation I have for their format: exploring an unexplained world and struggling your way through. Emily Short wrote one of the best articles about the video game medium I've ever read about how this medium is able to translate the difficulty of an event in a way that no other medium can. It's something that's always stuck with me, especially when playing games that conflate difficulty with theme and story. Something like playing Batman: Arkham games on Hard mode so that it feels more appropriate to the challenge Batman would feel, or playing Witcher 3 on Death March so that fighting monsters feels like more than chopping down wheat.

    I suppose the Soulsborne games let me feel out that immersive difficulty in a way I don't really feel from most games, especially open-world type RPG games.

    5 votes
  8. Inspired by @Whom's music and anime threads What have you been playing to this week? You don't need to be playing the latest games, nor do you have to write gigantic essays. This is just a space...

    Inspired by @Whom's music and anime threads

    What have you been playing to this week? You don't need to be playing the latest games, nor do you have to write gigantic essays. This is just a space to talk games!

    Feel free to give recommendations, thoughts, opinions. Chat about playstyles and habits! Reminisce about games and mechanics long gone, or coming back!

    20 votes
  9. Comment on Billy Ray Cyrus Responds to Country Music Controversy After Joining Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' in ~music

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    Not trying to be pedantic but the actual approach of that song actually lends itself to being a perfect analogue for this song, quality aside (dear lord, that is terrible) So it's not BRC trying...

    Not trying to be pedantic but the actual approach of that song actually lends itself to being a perfect analogue for this song, quality aside (dear lord, that is terrible)

    So it's not BRC trying to break into rap territory. It was a middling rap producer working on a project inspired and based on BRC's work. BRC liked it and got involved.

    The end product is just as much a country/rap mish-mash as this Lil Nas X song. So... how did the Billboard country chart respond to that song? It probably didn't even rank considering how bad it was.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    I switched over the VS Code after seeing that it was basically the same as Atom but much, much, much faster.

    I switched over the VS Code after seeing that it was basically the same as Atom but much, much, much faster.

  11. Comment on What are people's thoughts on CAPITALIZATION in headlines/titles for EMPHASIS? in ~tildes

    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
    Style. LTT does it because that is their brand. They've owned the clickbait nature of the platform and doubled down on it with a self-awareness—their awkward advertisement inserts are part of that...

    Style.

    LTT does it because that is their brand. They've owned the clickbait nature of the platform and doubled down on it with a self-awareness—their awkward advertisement inserts are part of that charm they employ. Of course, there's not exactly much room for style when it comes to clickbait titles, but the caps are part of the style of the channel.

    With Tildes, we don't have channels or personal brands. Just posts. So when posting a link or an article, the idea is that there's no room for style in the posting, only in the comments. But if someone is making a self-post, there's some room for style. Perhaps they do want to emphasize with capitalization, that's up to them. Of course, they should be conscious about how it may come across but that's part of the deal of style: how do you work with what you've got?

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Let's talk about titles in ~tildes

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    But all those insights are blind assumptions that you're making based on a title you're reading without any other context yet. It's quite literally wanting to be able to judge a book by its cover....

    But all those insights are blind assumptions that you're making based on a title you're reading without any other context yet. It's quite literally wanting to be able to judge a book by its cover. And it's a pretty misguided to also judge a submitter based on the title of an article they're submitting, just because they chose to share it.

    You're giving far, far too much importance to a title. The title, relative to a full article, is pointless. All those "insights" are worthless if they're only based on the title and not at all the content. Do you actually have a problem with the way the new title portrayed the content, or are you gunning for an absolutist position here? Because this all really must be case-by-case, there's no good way to make a general policy around it.

    Also, many of the 80+ comments are not about the importance of titles.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Should harder games have "Easy modes"? in ~games

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    Well, we can always return back to Demons Souls and Dark Souls. They weren't known as being hard games either since they were relatively unknowns at launch, but their gained their popularity in...

    Well, we can always return back to Demons Souls and Dark Souls. They weren't known as being hard games either since they were relatively unknowns at launch, but their gained their popularity in large part because they were so hard.

    So Sekiro is probably well understood by now to be a hard game by virtue of a reputation built by earlier FROM Software titles that didn't have the reputation for being hard. Even now, when you look up a Sekiro review, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't mention the difficulty.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    It's worth noting that Bioware refused to comment for the article, but drafted and published their response before reading the story. Lines like this are especially interesting after reading the...

    It's worth noting that Bioware refused to comment for the article, but drafted and published their response before reading the story. Lines like this are especially interesting after reading the content that's actually in the Kotaku article:

    We don’t see the value in tearing down one another, or one another’s work. We don’t believe articles that do that are making our industry and craft better.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Moderators of r/Games have closed the sub for the day and posted a serious message about harassment in the community. in ~games

    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
    That's just reiterating the earlier claims in different language, though. The difference between the earlier reading and what was actually being said isn't addressed. The mods would only have...

    That's just reiterating the earlier claims in different language, though. The difference between the earlier reading and what was actually being said isn't addressed. The mods would only have needed to pick better examples if the earlier claim was true. The delta needs to be addressed.

    The earlier claim that 71 comments were used as a representative sampling, and not the example of extremity that they actually were, and a direct line from those select 71 comments to the entire community was drawn as an "extrapolation" to describe the logos of the mods' actions. There's no room in the earlier statement for this revised version you're providing of "I acknowledged there were more", the earlier claim was that the mods made a call for the entire community based on some extreme examples. But, again, that wasn't the situation. You should address the delta here.

    And why is it that all the justifications come back to "the community says nuh uh"? This post was about what the community consistently fails to do. There is a demonstrable way to show it—there's a big difference between ignoring and suppressing. The subreddit community has actively suppressed it, not ignored it. r/truegames shows what actual ignoring looks like. You are continuing to avoid addressing it in favour of "the community downvoted those extremists though!" Well, just because my racist neighbour doesn't like white nationalism doesn't mean she's not racist when she calls every black person the n-word—she still needs to be called out on her racism.

    The mods say the community has trouble discussing some subjects with civility. The users responded by failing to discuss those things with civility. Hiding behind "most people just don't care" is a cop-out argument. The community is clearly incapable of having a rational discussion about those topics, and the whole point is that maybe they should start caring about these things a little so that these extremists get pushed out instead of making any excuse to avoid and suppress them, therefore providing a home for the extremists to feel comfortable.

    Don't forget, GamerGate was a testbed for Breitbart, Steve Bannon, Trumpism, and the alt-right because gamers kept their head so in the sand about these topics that they let themselves get easily swindled by figures like Jordan Peterson, who came around swinging their slippery slope arguments—it's not like gamers were armed with the basic knowledge they needed to combat such misinformation since they kept their heads in the sand so hard that they start suppressing basic information. Why would anyone want to let that weakpoint continue on unless they want gamers to continue being a training ground for alt-right ideology?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2019 on the internet in ~misc

    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
    That definition why I think it's a pointless criticism. It's such a broadly-defined term that it's rendered basically useless in any nuanced discussion. Yes, this post about bringing something to...

    That definition why I think it's a pointless criticism. It's such a broadly-defined term that it's rendered basically useless in any nuanced discussion. Yes, this post about bringing something to attention is intended to attract notice. Is it really insightful to point it out? Those definitions can be applied to any announcement or notice at all, so what's the point of summarizing something as pretentious? Like, what am I supposed to glean out of that as a statement about something beyond that there's an air of importance to it? Unless you're suggesting in other words that they're being performative (definition 1), I don't know what you're hoping to communicate by calling it pretentious and walking away is.

    Sorry if I sound a little upset about words, I have strong feelings on words.

    I really don't think when they shut it down is all that important, only the why. This would have had the exact same reaction on any other day, only with the complaints adjusted for whatever the event was e.g. "Why do this for PAX? PAX supports those causes, this is unfair!" This is also the tactic that many of the comment sections regarding minorities, LGBT issues, or diversity take. They will frequently find any excuse to shut down conversations about it, and saying "this isn't a good time" seems to be more of that. It will never be a good time. It's the same concept as any protest. It's not supposed to be convenient, it's supposed to be effective. And this has been pretty effective at getting attention so far.

    There is no day that would be convenient for a subreddit full of people who suppress discussions about these topics to bring them to light. It will always be "not the right time".

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Moderators of r/Games have closed the sub for the day and posted a serious message about harassment in the community. in ~games

    TheJorro Link Parent
    Ah, but there's the rub. What kind of discussions would it be creating? Based on the subreddit's history, it wouldn't exactly be discussions that those listed charities or any LGBT+ organization...

    This would still have plenty of problems I'm sure, but at least would be somewhat in keeping with the chaos of April First, and better serve to create discussion than to stop it.

    Ah, but there's the rub. What kind of discussions would it be creating? Based on the subreddit's history, it wouldn't exactly be discussions that those listed charities or any LGBT+ organization would call supportive, or empathetic, or productive. This is a subreddit that regularly suppresses any discussion about those issues, I think it's very, very optimistic to believe they'll suddenly have good discussions when forced to only talk about those subjects.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2019 on the internet in ~misc

    TheJorro Link Parent
    But if you claim something is pretentious, and I still don't see what the pretentiousness is about... is it a good summation of issues? That's what I mean about calling something "pretentious" as...

    But if you claim something is pretentious, and I still don't see what the pretentiousness is about... is it a good summation of issues? That's what I mean about calling something "pretentious" as a form of criticism—it's really lost so much of its meaning that any "effortpost" could be called that, deserving or not.

    And I get that it seems kinda backwards to do this on April Fools but it's as much of a good day as it is a bad one: lots of traffic, almost no real news, and the subreddit always ends up loathing April Fools by lunchtime. Shutting it down for the day isn't going to impact any real news or discussion, and it does cut down on a lot of the negativity that the subreddit gets every April Fools.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Moderators of r/Games have closed the sub for the day and posted a serious message about harassment in the community. in ~games

    TheJorro Link Parent
    I'll repeat a claim I made above to explain how the userbase is not making the call for it: I can recall many, many occasions when a perfectly good thinkpiece was posted to the subreddit only to...

    I'll repeat a claim I made above to explain how the userbase is not making the call for it:

    r/Games hasn't had a healthy discussion on those subjects in years. Every single time something like that is posted, you'll find it heavily downvoted with plenty of comments that do exactly what the mod post claims: trivializing the issues in an effort to dismiss and avoid them.

    I can recall many, many occasions when a perfectly good thinkpiece was posted to the subreddit only to be as heavily rejected as these same comments. Downvotes aren't acting as a rejection of the opinion stated, it's acting as a "keep it hidden" button. Keeping something hidden is not the same as refusing something entirely. There are plenty who will agree with these extreme types just for the mutual goal of suppressing these discussions. That should not be happening, that should not be tolerated.

    If r/Games can manage to become a subreddit where discussion around minorities, LGBT issues, or diversity matters can be expected to happen in reasonable, rational ways, then I'll consider it a success. The question is about how to get to that point, and the mods calling out the sub's inability to do it is a good first step.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Moderators of r/Games have closed the sub for the day and posted a serious message about harassment in the community. in ~games

    TheJorro (edited ) Link Parent
    Those are just a sampling of 71 comments, to show the extremity of the language. The range of comments that express similar opinions range well into the accepted comments across the subreddit....

    but to extrapolate from these 71 deleted comments on the rest of the r/Games community (or even the Gaming community as a whole, even if does have a myriad of problems) would be wrong.

    Those are just a sampling of 71 comments, to show the extremity of the language. The range of comments that express similar opinions range well into the accepted comments across the subreddit. When you account for those, the numbers go up by multiple times.

    The idea that the 71 deleted comments are the total representation of what they're referring to is, itself, a disingenuous argument. The mods did not present it that way ("From bigotry to vitriol, this album merely scratches the surface of the magnitude of the problem."), it is just being taken that way to manufacture a counterpoint.

    You want a better measure to see what the mods are getting at? Find the last ten occasions that r/Games was able to calmly and rationally have a discussion about minority status, LGBT issues, or diversity in video games. If the r/Games community was perfectly capable of discussing those topics, and it was really just a few bad apples, then this shouldn't be a difficult thing to do.

    But you'll have to dig through years worth of heavily downvoted submissions to do it.

    8 votes