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  1. Comment on Does Tildes control a user’s feed in any way? in ~tildes

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    Well, we can add "manuals in plain English that thoroughly explain how to use Tildes" and an "official place to host the 'how to' guide" to the list. And I don't disagree with you that there...

    What am I demanding?

    Well, we can add "manuals in plain English that thoroughly explain how to use Tildes" and an "official place to host the 'how to' guide" to the list. And I don't disagree with you that there should be an official wiki eventually, just as I don't disagree that their should be official guides somewhere. What I do disagree with is you constantly bringing up the fact those things aren't available right now when you know damn well that everyone here is aware those are shortcomings, and you still completely refusing to acknowledge that there is not enough resources currently available to provide them, but people are still trying their best to help others despite that.

    I also disagree with you constantly interjecting yourself whenever someone mentions Gitlab as an option for people who want to find the answers to their questions. Not every reply is for you, non-developers or even the OP in some cases. When someone mentions Gitlab they are not just "fobbing people off" they are spreading awareness of the fact that Gitlab exist as an option to find the answers for those willing to dive into it. Charitable interpretations, remember?

    That's not how any other user help forum works. If you go to any other user help forum for any other software and ask a question, you won't get told "go read the code for yourself" - and that shouldn't happen here, either.

    Literally NO ONE is saying that here either!!!! Nobody is saying "go read the code for yourself" or demanding that people do, they are simply pointing out that people can read the code as a way to find answers if they want to and that it's available on Gitlab. You are once again attacking a strawman. Nor is the only response to people's questions here ever just a link to gitlab with no others... there are always plenty of other comments with people trying their best to answer in plain English as well... but having someone also point out gitlab in addition to the other answers is not a cardinal sin, as you act like it is. So please stop it.

    GitLab is not the issue.

    It clearly is or you wouldn't keep harping on people who mention Gitlab exists as an option for people.

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  2. Comment on Kitchen spices look startlingly different in the wild in ~food

  3. Comment on Does Tildes control a user’s feed in any way? in ~tildes

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    Yes, your unwillingness to learn is definitely a factor here, and I can link to several of our previous interactions where you rant about not understanding Gitlab and then subsequently completely...

    So it's my unwillingness to learn, rather than other people's unwillingness to explain, that's the problem.

    Yes, your unwillingness to learn is definitely a factor here, and I can link to several of our previous interactions where you rant about not understanding Gitlab and then subsequently completely ignore everyone (including myself) who are showing a "willingness to explain" by attempting to walk you through the process of using it, if you would like. But another major problem, IMO, is your incredible sense of entitlement, constantly demanding more of others who are volunteering their limited time trying to help you and others here, as well as your complete refusal to acknowledge that Tildes has limited resources and that we are doing the best we can right now to address the issues you keep bringing up.

    Every time someone mentions gitlab here you don't have to keep pointing out that not everyone is a developer. We get it... Gitlab isn't easy to use. We get it... not everyone can read code. But that is precisely why ~tildes exists, so even people who can't (or like you, refuse to) use Gitlab, and can't code can still ask questions, report issues, make suggestions and interact with developers who can. We get it... truly. But you need to also "get it" that not every comment in here is for you or requires your (now incredibly predictable) reply whenever someone mentions Gitlab.


    They provide user-oriented explanations instead: help pages and user manuals, written in plain English (or whatever language they're selling their product in).

    You mean manuals in plain English like the docs.gitlab site that thoroughly explains how to use Gitlab in plain English, that I explicitly mentioned in the part of the sentence you conveniently replaced with [...] when quoting later?

    And if people don't understand the source code or Gitlab and need help with either, there are plenty of resources available out there, E.g. docs.gitlab, and they can even create an issue in Tildes Gitlab itself or post in ~tildes or ~comp asking for help understanding anything they are struggling with.

    Now, could Tildes do better to help non-developers learn to use Gitlab by perhaps writing up a "beginner's guide to using Gitlab" or "guide to submitting issues to Gitlab", etc... for the Tildes docs? Yes, and in fact I had planned to do exactly that eventually already. However again, I, Deimos and all the other people volunteering to try and help Tildes have limited time available and there is lots of other, often more important things, to do around here... so it will likely won't be a priority, especially since there is already a perfectly viable alternative to using Gitlab (~tildes) that anyone can use, developers and non-developers alike.


    And if people don't understand the source code or Gitlab and need help with either, [...] they can even create an issue in Tildes Gitlab itself

    You want people who don't know how to use GitLab to use GitLab to ask how to use GitLab?

    Intentionally cutting my sentence in half over and over so you can repeatedly attack a strawman is really not a nice thing to do, mate. ↓

    And if people don't understand the source code or Gitlab and need help with either, there are plenty of resources available out there, E.g. docs.gitlab, and they can even create an issue in Tildes Gitlab itself or post in ~tildes or ~comp asking for help understanding anything they are struggling with.


    So again... If you want to learn Gitlab I would be more than happy to help you. Seriously. I am not just saying that to make myself look good or you look bad. I am offering because I would genuinely like to help you so that you can then potentially help others (which you are good at doing, BTW) to do the same. So please, cut out the shenanigans and take me up on the offer... PM me and we can go over anything you're struggling with regarding Gitlab.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Yalla - Vostochnaja Chajkhana (The Eastern Chaikhana) in ~music

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    Oddly enough, I was actually thinking Black tea with sage might be nice.

    Oddly enough, I was actually thinking Black tea with sage might be nice.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany in ~tech

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    Eh... getting misinformation from the occasional bad source doesn't necessarily destroy a news organization's credibility IMO. And it's not like buzzfeed news is alone in having that problem. Just...

    Eh... getting misinformation from the occasional bad source doesn't necessarily destroy a news organization's credibility IMO. And it's not like buzzfeed news is alone in having that problem. Just look at Bloomberg and the Chinese "microchip hack" claim. Nobody can find any evidence whatsoever of it being true and most security experts think it's highly improbable on a technical level. Even Bloomberg is allegedly investigating their own investigation now... so they likely know full well they fucked up.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Yalla - Vostochnaja Chajkhana (The Eastern Chaikhana) in ~music

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    Ahhh ok that makes way more sense. Black tea is lovely... and I could maybe see a hint of thyme in it being nice. I might have to give it a try some time if that's the case.

    Ahhh ok that makes way more sense. Black tea is lovely... and I could maybe see a hint of thyme in it being nice. I might have to give it a try some time if that's the case.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Yalla - Vostochnaja Chajkhana (The Eastern Chaikhana) in ~music

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    As someone of Italian heritage, I am deeply offended. Thyme is for pasta not making tea!!! ;) Seriously though, that does sounds kinda gross to me since Thyme is definitely not a flavor I...

    thyme tea

    As someone of Italian heritage, I am deeply offended. Thyme is for pasta not making tea!!! ;) Seriously though, that does sounds kinda gross to me since Thyme is definitely not a flavor I associate with hot beverages.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    That's the one that really surprised me... largely because I didn't realize Raffi was even still alive, since I haven't listened to him since I was a youngin' myself. :P The fact he is 71 years...

    Raffi - Motivational Songs (Children’s Music)

    That's the one that really surprised me... largely because I didn't realize Raffi was even still alive, since I haven't listened to him since I was a youngin' myself. :P The fact he is 71 years old and still producing wholesome children's music is awesome!

  9. Comment on Does Tildes control a user’s feed in any way? in ~tildes

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    IIRC he is technically a Director of Spectria, the Canadian registered not-for-profit corporation that operates Tildes. IANAL so don't know exactly where everything regarding NFP rights,...

    IIRC he is technically a Director of Spectria, the Canadian registered not-for-profit corporation that operates Tildes. IANAL so don't know exactly where everything regarding NFP rights, responsibilities and processes are spelled out in the law, nor do I know how everything related to NFPs here works exactly, but Canadian law is pretty open/transparent so it's reasonably easy to find information if you know where to look (and can read legalese, which I admittedly struggle with). E.g. Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act

    However even if you don't speak legalese, the Canadian government also has decent "plain English" explanations of most things as well which can help us laymen understand this stuff. E.g.

    Corporations Canada - Not-For-Profit Corporations - Remuneration of directors, officers and members

    The directors of a corporation are entitled to fix reasonable levels of remuneration for the directors, officers and employees of a corporation, unless the corporation's articles or by-laws provide for a different arrangement. The NFP Act also specifically permits a director, officer or member to receive reasonable remuneration and expenses for any services to the corporation that are performed in any other capacity (for ex., in the capacity of a consultant to the corporation).

    And I would assume most types of donations are considered revenue, and so can probably be used to pay wages for employees of the not-for-profit Corporation, although I have no idea where specific information about that could be found... and again, IANAL (nor an employee of Tildes... I just volunteered to help) so take that for what it's worth.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Does Tildes control a user’s feed in any way? in ~tildes

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    OP essentially asked if Tildes is manipulating what is seen by users in any way, like preventing a "healthy variety of sources" from being seen. HanakoIsBestGirl and all the subsequent responses...

    OP essentially asked if Tildes is manipulating what is seen by users in any way, like preventing a "healthy variety of sources" from being seen. HanakoIsBestGirl and all the subsequent responses to you are not direct answers to OPs question per se, but simply pointing out the fact that if someone truly suspects there is any manipulation going on, they can check the publicly viewable source code, and use all the other transparent development features (e.g. Issues, commit tracking, etc) available on Gitlab to try and find evidence of that... or ask others to investigate that for them.

    Now, it may require some effort for non-developers to understand how to use Gitlab and what's going on in the source code, but it's not impossible by any means; All it takes is time, effort and a most importantly a willingness to learn. And if people don't understand the source code or Gitlab and need help with either, there are plenty of resources available out there, E.g. docs.gitlab, and they can even create an issue in Tildes Gitlab itself or post in ~tildes or ~comp asking for help understanding anything they are struggling with.

    So with all that said, if you want to attempt to learn how to navigate Gitlab and utilize its features or even learn to understand the source code itself, I will be more than happy to try my best to help you... but please, for the love of God, stop constantly harping on how "impossible" it is for "non-developers" to understand this stuff or figure out how to use Gitlab. We get it... you hate Gitlab, staunchly refuse to learn how to use it, and don't understand web development or programming. However Tildes can only provide as many resources as are currently feasible to provide to help people with that... which it already is. Resources are tight (Deimos hasn't even taken a wage yet! edit: AFAIK) and only so much can be done as a result.

    p.s. I am not a trained web developer or programmer either, I am a former sysadmin/data recovery tech, turned freelance web designer and only a very, very amateur programmer who had never used git/hub/lab or even a full IDE before a little over a year ago... and yet in that year+ I have learned how to use git, navigate Gitlab and figure out the basics of how Tildes works thanks to free resources available on the net, Deimos' (and others) help, and all the things I pointed out in my previous comment to you.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    Oh, oops... At one point I did a find/replace on Song.link > [Song.link since I forgot the opening bracket initially when writing the markdown, and that inadvertently added it to all the links too...

    Oh, oops... At one point I did a find/replace on Song.link > [Song.link since I forgot the opening bracket initially when writing the markdown, and that inadvertently added it to all the links too since I forgot to enable "Match Case" first.

    And I missed Pi'erre Bourne entirely somehow, but Whom seems to have fixed that now.

    Sorry about all that.


    p.s. And since we're mired in the meta already... For those interested, I made a Gitlab suggestion related to topic collaboration like this to make it easier in the future: Allow users to collaborate on topic text posts (e.g. add permissions for multiple users to edit them)

    I will prob make a ~tildes topic on it at some point to get people's ideas related to that, too.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Google and Amazon make up — YouTube coming to Fire TV in ~tech

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    That's entirely fair. The internet is full of rabid fanboys and irrational haters, after all... or at least they're often the most vocal. However, I would hope that here on Tildes most people...

    That's entirely fair. The internet is full of rabid fanboys and irrational haters, after all... or at least they're often the most vocal.

    However, I would hope that here on Tildes most people would be a little more objective in their assessment of the situation, so I don't think you have to worry too much about expressing unpopular opinions. But if any "retaliation" does happen (i.e. personal attacks/insults, etc...) (not to be confused with objective criticism or civil expression of a differing opinion), label the comment with Malice... and include a brief message on why you used the label, so it can be investigated and dealt with appropriately. :)

  13. Comment on Lil Dicky - Earth in ~music

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    I know nothing about trap and went entirely off rateyourmusic's entry for Lil Dicky: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/lil-dicky But people are welcome to dispute genre tags and I will change them...

    I know nothing about trap and went entirely off rateyourmusic's entry for Lil Dicky:
    https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/lil-dicky

    But people are welcome to dispute genre tags and I will change them if they do, though... so I removed rap.trap and added r&b, since now having actually listened to the song it definitely has elements of that.

  14. Comment on Lil Dicky - Earth in ~music

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    The video description has a ton of credits in it, and from some quick googling of those, it looks like the companies behind it were RYOT Studio and DYAD so you might be able to find info on their...

    does anyone here know how this stuff is made?

    The video description has a ton of credits in it, and from some quick googling of those, it looks like the companies behind it were RYOT Studio and DYAD so you might be able to find info on their particular processes.

    But more generally... animation software (e.g. Autodesk Maya) and post-production software (e.g. Adobe Premiere) is typically what's used to make stuff like this... but which particular software varies depending on the studio and the requirements for the animation.

    1 vote
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  16. Comment on Does Tildes control a user’s feed in any way? in ~tildes

    cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
    While they may not be able to attain a perfect understanding, even non-developers can still get a decent sense of what's going on in the code since Deimos has done an incredible job of commenting...

    While they may not be able to attain a perfect understanding, even non-developers can still get a decent sense of what's going on in the code since Deimos has done an incredible job of commenting everything, as well as using detailed git commit messages/descriptions explaining all the changes... which anyone who understands English can read.

    E.g. Commit messages (click ... beside each)
    Well commented code (read the """ enclosed red text)

    And Gitlab Issues are also largely in plain English as well:
    Gitlab "open" (unresolved) Issues
    Gitlab "closed" (resolved) Issues

    edit: I forgot to mention "Blame", a git/gitlab feature where you can see commit messages beside the lines of code to help you figure out when/why things were included/changed:
    https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/blame/master/tildes/scss/modules/_topic.scss

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Tencent Controls 15% of Gaming Market and Brought In Nearly $20 Billion in 2018 in ~games

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    Uhm, isn't that the wet dream of most superpowers, including the US?

    It's the Chinese wet dream to control the world's media.

    Uhm, isn't that the wet dream of most superpowers, including the US?

    3 votes
  18. Comment on One Punch Man is awesome! Suggest me similar animes please in ~anime

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    Heh, to be perfectly honest, I don't like My Hero Academia either... but I only mentioned it because it's very commonly recommended when new people express interest in anime and say they enjoyed...

    Heh, to be perfectly honest, I don't like My Hero Academia either... but I only mentioned it because it's very commonly recommended when new people express interest in anime and say they enjoyed OPM or Attack on Titan. ;) I prefer significantly more mature anime that explores existential themes, E.g. Ghost in the Shell / GITS: Stand Alone Complex

    1 vote
  19. Comment on One Punch Man is awesome! Suggest me similar animes please in ~anime

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    I suppose it depends on what exactly you mean by "over-sexualization" and "incel-level pandering"... but honestly, most of your complaints sound aimed specifically at shōnen... which are designed...

    I suppose it depends on what exactly you mean by "over-sexualization" and "incel-level pandering"... but honestly, most of your complaints sound aimed specifically at shōnen... which are designed to appeal to teenage boys, and so often mirror their level of maturity, i.e. focusing on melodrama, using juvenile humour as a crutch and objectifying women. However, there is a whole world of much more mature and deadly serious anime out there that doesn't do any of that, and has actual character development, more subtle and dry humour, and explores complex existential themes.

    p.s. If you're particularly sensitive to those issues you listed (which is not a bad thing or all that uncommon, BTW), then I would highly recommend checking out animefeminist's reviews; They do a remarkably good job of pointing out any potential issues like that.

    2 votes