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  1. Comment on How search-engine optimization ruined the Internet in ~tech

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    I'm not sure DMOZ really fell short. It just became outdated. It stopped making sense to find websites by category then alphabetical listing when you could simply ask for what you wanted.

    I'm not sure DMOZ really fell short. It just became outdated. It stopped making sense to find websites by category then alphabetical listing when you could simply ask for what you wanted.

  2. Comment on How search-engine optimization ruined the Internet in ~tech

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    If you have a search engine, then you have search engine optimization. You need only look at the Yellow Pages for examples of that. An alphabetical listing results in companies naming themselves...

    If you have a search engine, then you have search engine optimization. You need only look at the Yellow Pages for examples of that. An alphabetical listing results in companies naming themselves "AAA Towing" and such.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on How search-engine optimization ruined the Internet in ~tech

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    The idea of using 410 for crawl budget reasons is silly. This is rarely a problem outside of misbehaving scripts (eg. calendar plugins that generate infinite pages). If you really have so many...

    The idea of using 410 for crawl budget reasons is silly. This is rarely a problem outside of misbehaving scripts (eg. calendar plugins that generate infinite pages).

    If you really have so many legitimate pages that you need to worry about crawl budget, then use the robots directives via meta tag or robots.txt instead. Using 410 is only going to hurt you.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    I still frequent old forums, and I turn off signatures. There's really no reason to read the same quote over and over again. They rarely change, and most are not nearly as clever as people think...

    I still frequent old forums, and I turn off signatures. There's really no reason to read the same quote over and over again. They rarely change, and most are not nearly as clever as people think they are. The bio on the profile page is a much better implementation, in my opinion.

    I could maybe see the argument for avatars but I still think it adds too much visual noise, which drowns out the signal.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    My only "smart" device is a Nexus 7 tablet. It still works, so I haven't replaced it yet. Mostly I just use it to check my email, listen to audiobooks, or play a round of Desert Golfing.

    My only "smart" device is a Nexus 7 tablet. It still works, so I haven't replaced it yet. Mostly I just use it to check my email, listen to audiobooks, or play a round of Desert Golfing.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Someone asked me recently what Tildes offers that reddit doesn't, and the first thing that came to mind was "reasonable people". I actually enjoy participating here. Browsing random threads...

    Someone asked me recently what Tildes offers that reddit doesn't, and the first thing that came to mind was "reasonable people". I actually enjoy participating here. Browsing random threads doesn't get my dander up like reddit does.

    So maybe it's best not to focus on features of the site, but qualities of the community.

    17 votes
  7. Comment on Pinball FX3 Care Package: nine free tables available through April 8 in ~games

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    To add to your account, "purchase" the F2P base game to add it to your account, then select one of the DLC and do the same for it. The whole package will then unlock.

    To add to your account, "purchase" the F2P base game to add it to your account, then select one of the DLC and do the same for it. The whole package will then unlock.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Browser gestures cause this weird issue in ~tildes

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    It seems that the extension is writing directly to the page, so I'm surprised you haven't seen something like this before. It's more their fault than that of the page it's being used on. They...

    It seems that the extension is writing directly to the page, so I'm surprised you haven't seen something like this before. It's more their fault than that of the page it's being used on.

    They could at least be using an absolute div to bring it out of the document flow.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    Aha. It seems I did not understand correctly, then.

    Aha. It seems I did not understand correctly, then.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    "DIUC": typo or new acronym? No google results.

    "DIUC": typo or new acronym? No google results.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've recently gotten back into Elite Dangerous with the recent announcement of fleet carriers. I'm doing some mining to grind up to the required 5 billion credits. I started at 3B so it's not as...

    I've recently gotten back into Elite Dangerous with the recent announcement of fleet carriers. I'm doing some mining to grind up to the required 5 billion credits. I started at 3B so it's not as prohibitive for me as it is for others.

    I decided to forego my core mining Python and spec out a new Cutter designed for laser mining. In three hauls I've made just enough to reach 5B, but will do a couple more for insurance reasons. I normally prefer playing in VR but this is a long task so I've just been playing in pancake with Netflix on the side.

    I finally watched My Neighbor Totoro while playing. Nice film.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Internet Archive has created a National Emergency Library, allowing users access to all 1.4 million books in their collection with no waiting lists in ~books

  13. Comment on Enhancements to tracking protection in Safari: full third-party cookie blocking, 7-day cap on script-writeable storage, and more in ~tech

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    Yes, this is absurd. Apple has become so tunnel blind by tracking fears they're now breaking essential browser functionality. Progress Web Apps can not function without a reliable LocalStorage....

    Yes, this is absurd. Apple has become so tunnel blind by tracking fears they're now breaking essential browser functionality. Progress Web Apps can not function without a reliable LocalStorage. It's like declaring your home folder as /temp.

    This means that now companies will have to build an app instead of a website, which maybe was Apple's intention all along.

    As for me, I will just say "too bad" to Safari users.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Costco will not allow returns on high-demand items like toilet paper, water and more in ~finance

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    Indeed. Their full name is even Costco Wholesale. They sell to consumers but businesses are their intended market.

    Indeed. Their full name is even Costco Wholesale. They sell to consumers but businesses are their intended market.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    Chrome's "privacy budget" concept may apply here as well.

    Chrome's "privacy budget" concept may apply here as well.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Why don't we just ban targeted advertising? in ~tech

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    Is that true? I knew about the auction system, but I didn't know that each competing company receives information about the user. I thought at most it was granted the winner, and even then it was...

    Usually, when there’s an opportunity to show you an ad, tens or hundreds or thousands of companies compete in an instantaneous and automated auction for your eyeballs. The idea is to connect you with the one who puts the highest value on someone with your precise characteristics. In the course of this auction, all these companies (plus perhaps a dozen intermediaries) gain at least transient access to your personal data.

    Is that true? I knew about the auction system, but I didn't know that each competing company receives information about the user. I thought at most it was granted the winner, and even then it was only transactional data and not personal information.

    I'm skeptical of the claim, but open to being wrong.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What browser do you use? How have you customized it? in ~tech

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    If anything it would be based on standards from the Coalition for Better Ads.

    If anything it would be based on standards from the Coalition for Better Ads.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on De-Googling my life – two years on in ~tech

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    Definitely. I don't love the attempt to funnel us into watching more videos. I turned off auto-play the day it was introduced, and I don't think I've ever clicked a video after finishing what I...

    Definitely. I don't love the attempt to funnel us into watching more videos. I turned off auto-play the day it was introduced, and I don't think I've ever clicked a video after finishing what I was watching.

    I know that's not typical though. Sometimes I forget that people let the recommendation engine take them on a journey. I guess I see Youtube more as a means to an end than an entertainment platform.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on De-Googling my life – two years on in ~tech

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    If that is the concern, why not just block the analytics? I'm pretty sure uBlock Origin blocks google-analytics.com by default.

    If that is the concern, why not just block the analytics? I'm pretty sure uBlock Origin blocks google-analytics.com by default.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Toolbox V5.3.0 Coaching Chicken released today - excellent extension for Reddit moderators in ~comp

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    Toolbox is essentially required for mid to large-sized subreddits. User notes and removal reasons being the most important modules. Reddit did finally add native removal reasons, but only to the...

    Toolbox is essentially required for mid to large-sized subreddits. User notes and removal reasons being the most important modules.

    Reddit did finally add native removal reasons, but only to the redesign and they aren't nearly as powerful.

    4 votes