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  1. Comment on Comment tags have been re-enabled to experiment with, input wanted on plans in ~tildes.official

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    Teachers are taught to provide students feedback in a 4:1 ratio of 4 positive comments for every 1 negative one. There is ample research backing up that this leads to greater improvement of...

    Teachers are taught to provide students feedback in a 4:1 ratio of 4 positive comments for every 1 negative one. There is ample research backing up that this leads to greater improvement of student behaviors and performance (the ratio varies depending on research but is consistent in some higher number of positives for every negative.)

    We are not students here. But I would predict the impact would carry across contexts. It would be nice to design features such as tags off of an existing body of research. Especially features designed to shape people's behavior. This is all to say I support adding more positive tags.

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  2. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~life

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    I don't see the problem in stating what you've done. As the current stay at home mom, I also like to give the husband a rundown of my day, chores, and accomplishments. It makes me feel good. The...

    I don't see the problem in stating what you've done. As the current stay at home mom, I also like to give the husband a rundown of my day, chores, and accomplishments. It makes me feel good.

    The real problem in the article is that the wife is feeling unappreciated for the work she's doing. That's what she should address directly.

    16 votes
  3. Comment on NASA sets a grim deadline for saving a beloved Mars rover in ~space

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    The Rover was planned to last for 90 days. It has been going for 13 years. It'll be disappointing if it stops working, but it has already lasted far above and beyond what was expected.

    The Rover was planned to last for 90 days. It has been going for 13 years. It'll be disappointing if it stops working, but it has already lasted far above and beyond what was expected.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Private dog cloning, what are your thoughts? in ~science

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    Having a spare body is still very much sci-fi. It would take 25 years to grow a 25 year old version of yourself, which is not efficient. And you'd have to keep it on life support systems with all...

    Having a spare body is still very much sci-fi. It would take 25 years to grow a 25 year old version of yourself, which is not efficient. And you'd have to keep it on life support systems with all the issues that involves (muscle atrophy, bed sores) and somehow keep it unconscious, to store as a spare body.
    That or it will be living as it's own person, in which case it's basically the same as having a twin, just in a different generation, and you wouldn't get to "harvest" this person.

    What I think is realistic in the near future is growing body parts in the lab in isolation from stem cells. Like growing your own liver in lab for transplant.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on New study finds it’s harder to turn off a robot when it’s begging for its life. in ~tech

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    That writing is similar to how AI is talked about in the sci-fi Culture series by Iain M. Banks. Have you read any of them?

    That writing is similar to how AI is talked about in the sci-fi Culture series by Iain M. Banks. Have you read any of them?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on People who ask "are you pregnant?" in ~talk

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    I got this comment at work once. I was in a great mood and walking with a bounce in my step. Older male co-worker comes up to me and says with a smile and a hush voice, "I know people aren't...

    I got this comment at work once. I was in a great mood and walking with a bounce in my step. Older male co-worker comes up to me and says with a smile and a hush voice, "I know people aren't supposed to say this, but you're glowing so I have to ask, are you pregnant?" I was caught way off-guard and embarrassed and managed to mutter a no. At first I thought it was kind of funny. But as the day went on it made me feel bad. Ruined my week. I'm not even overweight at all. Guess it was just a really unflattering shirt.

    It made me think about beauty standards for women. A woman with anything less than a flat, toned stomach - must be pregnant! Meanwhile the comment coming for a man with his own stomach pouch. He'll never be on the receiving end of this insulting mistake.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Choosing to not have children in ~life

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    That was a big consideration for me and my spouse too: future health of our planet, what kind of life would a future kid be left with due to climate change. I hold a much more optimistic...

    That was a big consideration for me and my spouse too: future health of our planet, what kind of life would a future kid be left with due to climate change. I hold a much more optimistic prediction than my spouse. I hope I'm not terribly wrong. It really should be a consideration that people take into account when thinking about kids.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on It's animal tissue grown in a vat. But is it meat? in ~food

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    I enjoy this podcast episode about the topic. https://www.startalkradio.net/show/clean-meat-with-paul-shapiro/ It suggest that just as muscle is designed to grow in certain patterns, it is not...

    I enjoy this podcast episode about the topic.
    https://www.startalkradio.net/show/clean-meat-with-paul-shapiro/
    It suggest that just as muscle is designed to grow in certain patterns, it is not crazy to think that they could grow strains of muscle alongside with growing strains of fat. Eventually they may be able to not only grow marbled meat, but they may be able to design the ideal marbled meat; it could be a taste improvement to natural meat.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on How do you use technology to aid in productivity? in ~tech

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    I've started using simple timers and recurring alarms in my phone for everything. No more starting the laundry and then forgetting about it for the next five hours. Laundry, pet chores, watering...

    I've started using simple timers and recurring alarms in my phone for everything. No more starting the laundry and then forgetting about it for the next five hours. Laundry, pet chores, watering plants, thawing food... Setting reminder alarms for ongoing household chores has made me much more productive at home.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Oprah Winfrey is now one of the world's 500 richest people in ~finance

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    Hearing wealth descriptions like that make me feel a little sick regarding income inequality. When one rich person is drastically richer than this other rich person, who is so drastically richer...

    Hearing wealth descriptions like that make me feel a little sick regarding income inequality. When one rich person is drastically richer than this other rich person, who is so drastically richer than the rest of us. I'm all for some people making more than others, but this seems off the hook.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Intermittent fasting, thoughts? in ~health

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    I find it interesting that the article says cells responded to the stress of exercise in a similar way to the stress of fasting. The takeaway at the end of the article seems to say that what...

    I find it interesting that the article says cells responded to the stress of exercise in a similar way to the stress of fasting.

    The takeaway at the end of the article seems to say that what matters most is total calories consumed. The article is skeptical that there is a benefit to fasting over just reducing calorie intake daily.

    To improve health, the goal should be to lose weight by reducing the total amount of calories consumed, suggests Freedland, rather than focusing on when those calories are consumed. “If you [don’t] eat two days a week, and limit what you eat the other five days, you will lose weight. It’s one approach to losing weight,” he says. “I’m not sure it works any better than cutting down slightly seven days a week.”

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Capturing the busy life of a newborn in ~creative

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    No scrapbook, just something fun to do to pass the time since caring for babies can sometimes be kind of monotonous.

    No scrapbook, just something fun to do to pass the time since caring for babies can sometimes be kind of monotonous.

  13. Comment on Capturing the busy life of a newborn in ~creative

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    The old fashioned way. Printed them out and grabbed a sharpie.

    The old fashioned way. Printed them out and grabbed a sharpie.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Lasik's risks are coming into sharper focus in ~health

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    I've also been considering lasik for convenience. A ton of my family has already done it which makes it seem like no big deal. But I guess I'll have to do more research before jumping in. I...

    I've also been considering lasik for convenience. A ton of my family has already done it which makes it seem like no big deal. But I guess I'll have to do more research before jumping in. I wouldn't mind much if I develop an aberration that then goes away in a couple of months, but I wouldn't do it if the aberration is permanent. The level of permanence seems to be where the different studies listed vary or drop the ball.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~hobbies

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    I have a couple hobbies that I seem to rotate through across the years. I'll get into one of them for a year and then my interest will fade away and I'll bounce back into one of the others. It...

    I have a couple hobbies that I seem to rotate through across the years. I'll get into one of them for a year and then my interest will fade away and I'll bounce back into one of the others. It works well because I can keep building my skills, albeit with some backsliding every time there's a gap. My motivation tends to be for social and exercise (climbing, social dance). I'm also an introvert and relax by doing things alone, so I find it motivating to spend a day decorating cakes/cookies.

    If you find you're not interested in drawing anymore just for yourself, then maybe just let that be and revisit the idea in another year or so. But since you have some drawing expertise, can I ask you for advice for someone just starting to get into it? Is it the kind of thing where you just draw a lot and improve that way, or would you say there are good videos/blogs that really help skill building?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    And duplicating reddit's lack of representation should not be our goal. If tildes is all about high quality content, there is no reason not to have close to 50% women. Women are just as interested...

    And duplicating reddit's lack of representation should not be our goal. If tildes is all about high quality content, there is no reason not to have close to 50% women. Women are just as interested in having high level discussions.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on "Guy" should be a neutered term. Change my mind. in ~talk

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    Context matters though. In isolation, occasionally being misgendered online isn't a big deal. But then consider if you are constantly being misgendered every time you're online. And if your gender...

    Context matters though. In isolation, occasionally being misgendered online isn't a big deal. But then consider if you are constantly being misgendered every time you're online. And if your gender isn't represented in movies or TV or books, except minimally or just as a flat love interest. Consider if much of your experience of the world acts as if your gender doesn't exist (medical studies, business). In cumulation, that would get discouraging and bothersome. And in that context, a simple online misgendering can feel a lot more uninviting and irksome. While maybe one comment shouldn't be a big deal, we don't experience the world as singular isolated instances.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What are your favourite board games? in ~talk

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    One Night Werewolf is my go to. It is fast so can be used as a short filler game; or you can play it's variations over and over for hours. Any hidden role game that results in everyone yelling and...

    One Night Werewolf is my go to. It is fast so can be used as a short filler game; or you can play it's variations over and over for hours. Any hidden role game that results in everyone yelling and accusing each other is a fun time for my group

    3 votes