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  1. Comment on Should titles that use personal pronouns be changed to use the subject's name instead? in ~tildes

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    That seems useful to me. It requires more effort to look at the domain name to put it together yourself. I wouldn't consider that editorializing.

    That seems useful to me. It requires more effort to look at the domain name to put it together yourself. I wouldn't consider that editorializing.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Trackmania: Launch trailer in ~games

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    I decided to give it a download following your recommendation. The game is fun. Controls are just as tight as I remember. I'm not a huge fan of the frequent gimmicks (slowmo, fragile, ice). But...

    I decided to give it a download following your recommendation. The game is fun. Controls are just as tight as I remember.

    I'm not a huge fan of the frequent gimmicks (slowmo, fragile, ice). But once I finished the tutorial and started on the, I guess, "regular tracks", I started enjoying it more. It would definitely be fun to compete with friends on.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on The Monty Hall problem in ~science

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    I think your starter comment itself might have been an interesting submission, with the link to Wikipedia being a resource added at the end.

    I think your starter comment itself might have been an interesting submission, with the link to Wikipedia being a resource added at the end.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Please stop subscribing new accounts to a set of groups in ~tildes

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    I think most people would be confused by a workflow where they see content on the frontpage, create an account, and no longer see content.

    I think most people would be confused by a workflow where they see content on the frontpage, create an account, and no longer see content.

    5 votes
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  6. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

  7. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I think the admins must have asked this question as an opener. It's much too coincidental that it came up as a talking point in each individual group. It also seems like they weren't able to get a...

    They even write out that every single mod split-out group they discussed this with in some form or other pointed out that the term "vulnerability" was bad in various ways.

    I think the admins must have asked this question as an opener. It's much too coincidental that it came up as a talking point in each individual group. It also seems like they weren't able to get a consensus on a better term. Some suggestions were "disenfranchised" and "protected classes", but those present their own difficulties.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    That's very true. I guess I posted it mostly for historical value. I think it's also worth pointing out that Yishan has largely walked back those views. The caustic realities of running an...

    That's very true. I guess I posted it mostly for historical value.

    I think it's also worth pointing out that Yishan has largely walked back those views. The caustic realities of running an "anything goes" website eventually clashed with his free-speech philosophy.

    The free speech policy was something I formalized because it seemed like the wiser course at the time. ... Having made that decision - much of reddit's current condition is on me. I didn't anticipate what (some) redditors would decide to do with freedom. reddit has become a lot bigger - yes, a lot better - AND a lot worse. I have to take responsibility.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/3dautm/content_policy_update_ama_thursday_july_16th_1pm/ct3n7hc/

    He was an odd duck, but one thing I did appreciate about Yishan is how hard he defended Ellen after the site mercilessly attacked her. It's true that his own policies allowed such a hate machine to be formed in the first place, but it could have been interrupted at any point.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    In a way it is. /u/Yishan used these words back in 2014. https://redditblog.com/2014/09/06/every-man-is-responsible-for-his-own-soul/

    In a way it is. /u/Yishan used these words back in 2014.

    The reason is because we consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.

    https://redditblog.com/2014/09/06/every-man-is-responsible-for-his-own-soul/

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Create No-JavaScript friendly sites in ~comp

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    I think I inadvertently bash.org'd you into making your menu more accessible. :) I'm glad you found some nice solutions - sounds like a win/win for everyone involved! http://www.bash.org/?152037

    I think I inadvertently bash.org'd you into making your menu more accessible. :) I'm glad you found some nice solutions - sounds like a win/win for everyone involved!

    http://www.bash.org/?152037

    2 votes
  11. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    Appreciate the heads up! That's a very... non-traditional Apple thing to do. But credit where credit is due.

    Appreciate the heads up! That's a very... non-traditional Apple thing to do. But credit where credit is due.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is live and goes until July 9th in ~games

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    This is often how I decide to remove games from my wishlist. If I can't justify the purchase at 80-90% off, maybe I just don't want it that badly. I pared my list down by about half a few months...

    but when a bunch of games are getting discounts of 80% off or more and I'm still not actually buying them, maybe the level of interest isn't really there.

    This is often how I decide to remove games from my wishlist. If I can't justify the purchase at 80-90% off, maybe I just don't want it that badly.

    I pared my list down by about half a few months back, just to make it a little more manageable.

    Weird to see them somewhat copying "awards" from reddit on reviews, too.

    Don't love them on reddit, and won't love them on Steam. I'm sure there's profit in letting people tag reviews as "hot takes" though.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Create No-JavaScript friendly sites in ~comp

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    Screen readers can be configured to be more or less verbose. I'm not sure why Tailwinds opted not to use them here, but in my opinion it's best to give the client as much context as possible. They...

    Screen readers can be configured to be more or less verbose. I'm not sure why Tailwinds opted not to use them here, but in my opinion it's best to give the client as much context as possible. They can decide what to do with it.

    I've never used Lynx myself. I'd be curious to see how it handles newer layout tools like flexbox and grid.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    That's a good way of putting it, and I feel similarly. They seem to want to focus on radio play and Youtube mashup stuff, and that's just not in my interest at all. I have my favourite albums, and...

    their vision for YTM and what I want from my music app are very different

    That's a good way of putting it, and I feel similarly. They seem to want to focus on radio play and Youtube mashup stuff, and that's just not in my interest at all. I have my favourite albums, and I want to play them without friction.

    I'm not sure how many tracks the Apple locker service allows, but I'd also consider the switch if I were in that ecosystem. Android and iOS are so equally matched nowadays I don't think it would be a hard transition.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    When I consider competitors for Google, I generally think of Bing, Baidu, and Yandex. I don't think I'd include Facebook's internal search as a competitor. I'd have to do some research, but these...

    When I consider competitors for Google, I generally think of Bing, Baidu, and Yandex. I don't think I'd include Facebook's internal search as a competitor.

    I'd have to do some research, but these numbers seem a little off to me. I wonder if their sampling is very global. I previously understood that Yandex and Baidu are quite popular in their respective countries.

    As for online video, I think there's also a big difference between user-produced content like Youtube, and professionally produced content like Netflix. Their more direct competition would be Vimeo, Daily Motion, and... that's really it.

    Sidenote: I don't know what Vines or TikTok or any of these things are. Maybe these are also considered competitors.

    Twitch is a different format as it's live content, but Youtube has also moved into that market (as has Facebook, apparently). While there's definitely overlap I'd still consider live content a different market than traditional videos.

    In the context of live, I'd say Twitch is the closest to a monopoly (especially with the closing of Mixer yesterday).

    Finally, I understand this comment might come off as very pedantic and non-contributory - sorry if that's the case. I think categories are important though when discussing monopolies, and I had some differing views on how these companies might stack up in their respective markets.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Create No-JavaScript friendly sites in ~comp

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    I think CSS animations do help the issue, but aren't quite as good at determining intent as a Javascript solution would be. This is definitely helpful too, but keep in mind that tabbing is only...

    I think CSS animations do help the issue, but aren't quite as good at determining intent as a Javascript solution would be.

    The keyboard navigation is much simpler to resolve if each menu item contains an anchor tag. That way navigation can be done with the tab key

    This is definitely helpful too, but keep in mind that tabbing is only one method of navigation. Ideally you would cover all bases for accessibility.

    For instance, sighted users who navigate via keyboard will require visual feedback to better understand menu context. Just seeing the link target doesn't provide enough information about site hierarchy, for example.

    Screen readers can also navigate from other approaches than just tabbing, such as jumping to specific elements. While many screen reader users operate from sound alone, some also retain limited visibility and can also use that extra visual information from seeing menus open. I don't believe that is possible in your example above.

    e: grammar

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Google blew a ten-year lead in ~tech

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    I don't know if Gmail or Search count as monopolies (they have plenty of competitors). I do agree on Youtube, and probably Maps though. My other thought was DoubleClick. There are other ad...

    I don't know if Gmail or Search count as monopolies (they have plenty of competitors). I do agree on Youtube, and probably Maps though.

    My other thought was DoubleClick. There are other ad networks, but they really do dominate.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    I was finally able to transfer my GPM library to Youtube Music, after about a dozen attempts. I'm not pleased at all to hear about these new restrictions. I was hoping the new casting and Google...

    I was finally able to transfer my GPM library to Youtube Music, after about a dozen attempts. I'm not pleased at all to hear about these new restrictions. I was hoping the new casting and Google Home integration of Youtube Music would be more generous, without constantly telling you off for being a free user. It seems they've gone the other way instead.

    I hope this article gets some traction and Google re-examines their support of home libraries.


    edit: I went ahead and tried the Youtube Music integration on Google Home. Not impressed. It doesn't seem to understand how to play library-owned music, so it defaults to "radio play" instead. Radio play runs an ad after every single song - usually for the service itself.

    It also seemed far worse at understanding my inputs (and requests to please stop playing), which is strange.

    If they discontinue GPM before improving this service, I won't be a happy camper.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Create No-JavaScript friendly sites in ~comp

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    Feels quite smooth. I like it. As a tip, it would be more screen reader-friendly If you used <li> in there as well. Right now it'll be read as assorted links on a page, rather than a single list...

    Feels quite smooth. I like it.

    As a tip, it would be more screen reader-friendly If you used <li> in there as well. Right now it'll be read as assorted links on a page, rather than a single list of navigation items.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What's it take to make a secure, stable, and scalable site? in ~comp

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    I love SSGs, but I don't know if they're really applicable for social media websites as CALICO described. You're likely going to need a database at some point.

    I love SSGs, but I don't know if they're really applicable for social media websites as CALICO described. You're likely going to need a database at some point.

    3 votes