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  1. I was reading this thread and the important concept of finding the original source came up. I think two things that a lot of content aggregators run into as they grow is people will often post...

    I was reading this thread and the important concept of finding the original source came up. I think two things that a lot of content aggregators run into as they grow is people will often post links from low-quality sources, and when a big newsworthy event happens a lot of similar links from multiple sources appear at once. Obviously not a big problem here now, but it may happen as Tildes grows.

    Both of these issues often require significant moderator input, either through deletion of duplicates or banning of unsavory sources. One way we could instead approach this issue could be to allow for "alternate sources" to a story. For example, if a user is unsatisfied with a link to a news article, they could submit an alternate source to the thread that would show up in the discussion. If enough other users prefer that source, it could replace the link in the OP. The original source would still be visible, but all alternate links themselves could be ranked within the thread.

    It seems the primary focus of Tildes is to be a discussion board, and so in my mind that means the link that engages the discussion doesn't matter much -- if we are voting on individual links anyway, this could be a way to automatically compile multiple similar threads into a single discussion.

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  2. Comment on Remember the Person: Effortposting about Tildes and Anti-Social UX patterns in Social Media in ~tildes

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    Only other potential "social" media format I can think of is the Wiki. Not necessarily made for conversations (although I have seen it used that way, informally) but it's definitely collaborative...

    Only other potential "social" media format I can think of is the Wiki. Not necessarily made for conversations (although I have seen it used that way, informally) but it's definitely collaborative and in a sense is kind of a social pooling of knowledge.

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  3. Comment on Looking for a phone that doesn't follow recent trends in ~tech

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    As someone else said, I generally have a similar opinion as you in terms of what I'm looking for and bought the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can unlock the bootloader to install...

    As someone else said, I generally have a similar opinion as you in terms of what I'm looking for and bought the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can unlock the bootloader to install custom ROMs or root if you're inclined to do that, and has all the features you requested. Plus, it's a damn good phone -- great battery life, gorgeous screen, yadda yadda yadda.

    Doesn't have an official LineageOS unfortunately, although somebody ported an unofficial build. Also I'm sad that it won't get the new One UI, but what can you do :/

  4. Comment on HBO Must Get Bigger and Broader, Says Its New Overseer in ~tv

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    Reading that article really points out the absurdity of executive profit drive. HBO makes $6 billion in profit, and this guy just handwaves that aside as if it's effectively meaningless. If I...

    Reading that article really points out the absurdity of executive profit drive. HBO makes $6 billion in profit, and this guy just handwaves that aside as if it's effectively meaningless. If I worked for HBO I would have been furious.

    As a user I'm mostly disappointed. Netflix was the model he's clearly after, and honestly in my opinion Netflix has been going downhill for awhile now. While they used to have quality content, I feel like so many of the shows they put out these days are low production quality, mediocre writing, etc more recently.

    Every company yearns for constant growth. It's never enough to just be profitable and maintain the status quo anymore.

    I can't imagine that America was always like this -- companies used to do things like make shower curtains in a small town for decades, now that little shower curtain company will inevitably grow so big, absorb every other shower curtain company on the market, and eventually start making shitty knock off versions at way lower cost. Just doesn't seem right.

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