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  1. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

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    Huh, weird, I even made a bunch of comments in that topic and bookmarked a ton of the recommendations but somehow missed the 99% invisible ones. And NP about the links. It may seem entirely...

    Huh, weird, I even made a bunch of comments in that topic and bookmarked a ton of the recommendations but somehow missed the 99% invisible ones.

    And NP about the links. It may seem entirely altruistic, but I assure you it's not... by doing that, now I have a list of recommended podcast espisodes in my own comment history to go back and listen to eventually. ;)

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  2. Comment on Let's talk about musicals! in ~talk

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    Neato. And that definitely explains why you want to play Jesus Christ Superstar, too. There are some pretty sick drum and piano heavy songs all throughout, so I figured you might play one or the...

    Neato. And that definitely explains why you want to play Jesus Christ Superstar, too. There are some pretty sick drum and piano heavy songs all throughout, so I figured you might play one or the other. ;)

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Do you collect questions? What are some questions on your list? in ~talk

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    IMO, if you have something to add to an older conversation, so long as it isn’t “noise” or an attempt to reignite an old argument, you shouldn’t hesitate to add it. That’s the whole point of...

    IMO, if you have something to add to an older conversation, so long as it isn’t “noise” or an attempt to reignite an old argument, you shouldn’t hesitate to add it. That’s the whole point of activity sort, to extend the life of topics and allow older ones to get a second wind with renewed interest in them. The only thing I would suggest is to make sure that if you’re replying to a specific person and hoping for an answer from them, to check their profile first to make sure they’re still active on the site.

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  4. Comment on Boss of holiday firm bans bigots in ~lgbt

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    Any chance you could quote the particular section that made you consider buying from this company? The article is behind a hard paywall so is completely inaccessible to non-subscribers such as myself.

    Any chance you could quote the particular section that made you consider buying from this company? The article is behind a hard paywall so is completely inaccessible to non-subscribers such as myself.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Let's talk about musicals! in ~talk

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    Out of curiosity, what instrument/s do you play?

    Out of curiosity, what instrument/s do you play?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Chicken Parmigiana (Good Eats: The Return) in ~food

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    Holy crap, Good Eats is easily my favorite cooking show of all time, and I had no idea it was coming back. And to top if off we're apparently going to be getting 2 new episodes a week. This...

    Holy crap, Good Eats is easily my favorite cooking show of all time, and I had no idea it was coming back. And to top if off we're apparently going to be getting 2 new episodes a week. This submission just made my day, so thanks for sharing this, @Tau_Zero!

    As for the episode itself, I am super relieved to see Alton and Co. hasn't allowed the quality to decline at all from the old show. In fact, I would say it even looks like the original format has been improved! It was just as quirky and informative as ever, but the sets looked way higher budget, and some of the shots were incredibly creative with super slick transitions (e.g. this series of shots blew my mind). The only thing I felt it was missing was more discussion on the food science elements and some oversized props to demonstrate them.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

  8. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

  9. Comment on The War on Consciousness (controversial TEDx talk) in ~misc

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    Huh? I think you have the meaning of that phrase completely backwards if you think onyxleopard needs to provide proof against Graham Hancock's wild speculations. Graham Hancock is the one that was...

    Do we have any evidence against it? The burden of proof lies on the one making the claim.

    Huh? I think you have the meaning of that phrase completely backwards if you think onyxleopard
    needs to provide proof against Graham Hancock's wild speculations. Graham Hancock is the one that was making the unfalsifiable claims, therefor the burder of proof lies on him, not on people skeptical of said claims. See Russell's Teapot as to why that is the case.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on The War on Consciousness (controversial TEDx talk) in ~misc

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    It wasn't really "banned", since it's still available on the TED site and on their TEDConversations Vimeo account. For a rundown on the entire situation, see:...

    It wasn't really "banned", since it's still available on the TED site and on their TEDConversations Vimeo account. For a rundown on the entire situation, see:
    https://blog.ted.com/graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake-a-fresh-take/

    For the reasoning behind it's removal from YouTube:
    https://blog.ted.com/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/
    https://blog.ted.com/the-debate-about-graham-hancocks-talk/

    And where it is still accessible:
    https://vimeo.com/tedconversations

    And technically it's not even really a TED talk, it's a TEDx talk (which are independently organized, and vary tremendously in quality as a result).

    15 votes
  11. Comment on What are your favourite episodes of 99% Invisible? in ~talk

  12. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #3 - Argument de-escalation and disengagement brainstorming session in ~tildes

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    Don't worry, you don't need a rationale since we're just brainstorming here. And I think there might be some merit to what you're suggesting in spite of not having a rationale for it....

    Don't worry, you don't need a rationale since we're just brainstorming here. And I think there might be some merit to what you're suggesting in spite of not having a rationale for it. @mundane_and_naive touched on desiring more granular options for dealing with these sorts of issues, and partially quarantining discussions that maybe aren't quite deserving of removing entirely but are still unproductive and likely to cause more fighting, might be worth exploring, IMO.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Privacytools delisted brave from their website in ~tech

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    Brendan Eich is what keeps me from using Brave. He is a massive homophobe who supported Prop 8 and was ousted "voluntarily stepped down" as CEO of Mozilla as a result. And since then he has even...

    Brendan Eich is what keeps me from using Brave. He is a massive homophobe who supported Prop 8 and was ousted "voluntarily stepped down" as CEO of Mozilla as a result. And since then he has even repeatedly said on HN and reddit that everyone against Prop 8 were really the ones on "the wrong side of history", and he is really "the one being persecuted". Guy is a total unrepentant asshole IMO and so I refuse to support anything he is involved in, no matter how much I agree with the project in principle.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Movie Monday Free Discussion in ~movies

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    It's been quite a while since I watched it last, so I can't speak specifically to any of those particular details that bothered you, but I don't remember anything really sticking out as egregious...

    It's been quite a while since I watched it last, so I can't speak specifically to any of those particular details that bothered you, but I don't remember anything really sticking out as egregious to me personally. I mostly remember really loving the acting, the characters and their interactions, as well as the setting, cinematography and ambiance of the whole thing.

  15. Comment on Movie Monday Free Discussion in ~movies

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    I adore that movie (and everything Jarmusch has written/directed), but I am also admittedly pretty pretentious when it comes to my taste in movies... so you're probably not wrong in calling it...

    Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. An interesting take on vampire movies, some good shots but was too pretentious for my taste.

    I adore that movie (and everything Jarmusch has written/directed), but I am also admittedly pretty pretentious when it comes to my taste in movies... so you're probably not wrong in calling it that. :P

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  16. IMO one of the major issues with online debates, arguments and heated discussions is that they often tend to escalate rather steadily over time, and as each side gets more frustrated with the...

    IMO one of the major issues with online debates, arguments and heated discussions is that they often tend to escalate rather steadily over time, and as each side gets more frustrated with the other they also tend to slowly get more personal as well. I am admittedly guilty of falling into this trap occasionally myself too, which has got me thinking about ways that Tildes (the site and the users here) can potentially help deescalate unproductive arguments and allow people to disengage more effectively from them. To this end I thought it might be a good idea to have a brainstorming session regarding that.

    To start things off, here are most of the ideas I could find related to this issue that have previously been proposed and are already on Tildes Gitlab (click to read the full details):

    Add ability to hide topics (and view/unhide ones users have previously hidden) self explanatory
    Add community based thread locking We have labels now, which help moderation and can help hide comments that hurt the discussion. But maybe we need some sort of similar function for locking or temp-locking threads when they get out of hand due to drama or something. As long as we only really have Deimos doing the moderating, that can help avoid things blowing up when he is unavailable.
    Add "block user" feature This would more effectively allow people to avoid arguments but has some potential downsides worth considering as well, e.g. users getting trapped in a filter bubble. However, other than for moderators, that is probably not a major drawback compared to the benefits, IMO.

    How deep the block goes is also something that probably needs to be investigated and discussed. E.g. Does blocking a user just prevent PMs? Does it prevent their replies from notifying the user? Does it hide their comments/topics, and if so does it hide all the replies to those hidden comments as well? Etc.

    Add "unfollow" feature, allowing users to turn off notifications for replies to their comments/topics This would allow users to more effectively disengage from arguments. It should probably be something disabled by default and only enabled on a case-by-case basis, not a global user setting though, IMO.

    edit: Feature also requested again, but for a slightly different reason (avoiding getting spammed on busy topics)

    Add placebo comment labels Related to the other "disengage" feature suggestions, I think a "placebo" comment label could also potentially help the culture of the site. What I mean by that is perhaps adding some comment labels that have no effect, or only an effect for the person that applied it. e.g. A "Disagree" comment label, that has no effect whatsoever, or perhaps makes the comment collapse (like a "noise" labeled comments), but only to the user that applied the "disagree".

    Comments related to this.

    Add "argument/bickering" label for users to apply on unproductive arguments This label, once it reaches a certain threshold could even have effects applied to it, E.g. imposing a forced time delay on replies between all involved parties, adding a delay before the replies even show up (to give time for people to cool off), or even simply locking that particular thread entirely if enough labels are applied.
    Show whether a comment has already been replied to in users' /notifications/unread page I suspect that people often reply directly from their /notifications/unread page, which can lead to needless repetition in the comments. It also potentially further escalates arguments as well, since a user may feel obligated to reply since they do not realize that someone has already addressed the comment effectively. Embedding the other replies somehow, perhaps by using a `details` like expando, might be nice as well.

    Feel free to voice your support or criticism regarding the above suggestions, offer up ideas to potentially improve them, or even propose your own brand new ideas related to this issue in the comments here as well.

    p.s. Once again, the point here is to open up the conversation and get ideas flowing freely, so let's please try to keep things positive, and keep any criticism purely constructive and friendly so as not to discourage people from participating.


    Previous Unofficial Weekly Discussions:

    Week #1, #2


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    Donate to Tildes - Tildes Gitlab : Issues Board - Tildes Official Docs

    23 votes