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  1. Comment on Do you wear glasses? in ~talk

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    yup! Looking to get some anglo american optical 406 lenses. Might go with something traditional. But also considering going with something like the yellow which is really...lol different.

    yup! Looking to get some anglo american optical 406 lenses. Might go with something traditional. But also considering going with something like the yellow which is really...lol different.

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  2. Comment on Trump On Elizabeth Warren DNA Test: "Who Cares?"; I Hope She Runs, "She'd Be Very Easy" in ~news

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    I've never heard of the circus part involving the leader making himself out to be a weak jerk though. Really.

    I've never heard of the circus part involving the leader making himself out to be a weak jerk though. Really.

  3. Comment on Trump On Elizabeth Warren DNA Test: "Who Cares?"; I Hope She Runs, "She'd Be Very Easy" in ~news

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    I mean, he took the Bill Mahr "challenge" seriously, and that was something like Donald proving that either his mom or dad (I forget which) wasn't an orangutan. I guess you could argue that he...

    I mean, he took the Bill Mahr "challenge" seriously, and that was something like Donald proving that either his mom or dad (I forget which) wasn't an orangutan.

    I guess you could argue that he never took that one seriously either though, that he was just trying to shove the whole thing into Bill's face or something. Going off topic, trump came off as the lesser man that round.

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  4. Comment on I think Tildes should remain invite-only in ~tildes

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    lol I have the ethics of a gnat when it comes to this shit. You're never going to get any money out of me, nor out of a lot of your users. But this shit isnt free to run and you should at the very...

    lol I have the ethics of a gnat when it comes to this shit. You're never going to get any money out of me, nor out of a lot of your users. But this shit isnt free to run and you should at the very least be breaking even on a project like this (which it sounds like you are...so at least you've got that). I'm surprised you're getting any donations at all to be honest.

    I've got my own social media website idea, as well as an MMO that I want to persue. So thank you thank you thank you for the suggestions dude.

  5. Comment on I think Tildes should remain invite-only in ~tildes

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    my suggestion (unless you're already doing this) is to mine our data. Seriously. I like the idea of a reddit alternative that remains small. As long as no one shows up at my house with plans on...

    my suggestion (unless you're already doing this) is to mine our data. Seriously. I like the idea of a reddit alternative that remains small. As long as no one shows up at my house with plans on murdering me...(shrugs). Ads trying to sell me something based on my internet history? Nothing new there.

    Also, do you have any particular suggestions on how to learn about security and scalability? I feel like building a basic social network site isn't necessarily too hard, but getting it so that it can't be broken into and setting it up to run with lots and lots of people using it is a whole other ballgame.

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  6. Comment on If you had to choose only one meal to eat for every meal for the rest of your life what would it be? in ~food

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    boiled chicken. succotash. maybe a plain baked potato and a piece of whole wheat bread. Probably wait a half an hour after that to down a glass of milk. Have a vitamin at the end of the day. It...

    boiled chicken. succotash. maybe a plain baked potato and a piece of whole wheat bread. Probably wait a half an hour after that to down a glass of milk. Have a vitamin at the end of the day. It would be bland as all hell but also really good for you and because its so flavorless you wouldn't get too too tired of it the way that you would really flavorful food.

  7. Comment on Should we allow movie trailer posts? in ~movies

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    I'd be against the idea simply because I'm for fighting monopolization of the site by various companies as much as possible. Sharing a trailer CAN be cool...but it can also be a movie studio...

    I'd be against the idea simply because I'm for fighting monopolization of the site by various companies as much as possible. Sharing a trailer CAN be cool...but it can also be a movie studio trying to peddle their latest film. And that's the kind of stuff that i'd be worried about. Still remember they had that return to oz movie coming out and random info about jamie franko was being peddled on reddit.

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  8. Comment on I think we need more conservative voices to balance out the intense liberalism of tildes in ~tildes

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    hahah cool! Glad you approve of my post! ;-)

    hahah cool! Glad you approve of my post! ;-)

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  9. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    "In short, if you're looking for a small tight-knit site where you can bond with people... you're in the wrong place. Tildes will never be as big as something like Reddit, but it is going to grow...

    "In short, if you're looking for a small tight-knit site where you can bond with people... you're in the wrong place. Tildes will never be as big as something like Reddit, but it is going to grow much bigger than it is now. I've seen people talk about having hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a group."

    A shame because I feel like I'm in moderately good company seeing other people post on here. They're not quite as "extreme" as me...but there certainly seems to be a bit of a desire to keep the site site small/controlled by controlling the number of users coming in and not just with moderating tool. It's going to be weird and maybe interesting to see what they can do. In the end, there are just a few sets of basic tools that the mods will have to control their users. That fundamentally boils down to whether the user can...or can't. Can the user post? Can the user not post? Can the user submit a new thread? Can they not? You can get into some gray areas like (for example, just making something up) saying that they can't post for a few minutes, or causing their post to auto show up at the very bottom of the thread every time. But you're either cutting back the users in some overly complicated fashion (rather than just doing something simple), or doing stuff that won't do anything.

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  10. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    I mean, there's a time and place for things. There has already been talk about whether or not to allow NSFW content on tildes and I agree with them not doing that. Just as netflix doesn't have a...

    I mean, there's a time and place for things. There has already been talk about whether or not to allow NSFW content on tildes and I agree with them not doing that. Just as netflix doesn't have a porn section (though they do occasionally have one or two really raunchy movies).

  11. Comment on I think we need more conservative voices to balance out the intense liberalism of tildes in ~tildes

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    "I never comment on these posts because of the view you just espoused. Instead of encouraging you just dismissed my view because I'm a 'super minority.'" I find your comment very weird. You're...

    "I never comment on these posts because of the view you just espoused. Instead of encouraging you just dismissed my view because I'm a 'super minority.'"

    I find your comment very weird. You're making it out like I did some personal attack when all I did was...well to put it harshly, I dismissed you due to lack of power. I'm not saying I'm ignoring your points, I'm saying you have no power over anything and so what you believe is moot until the power dynamics shift and people with your take have a say. lol I'd love for you to have power. Personally, unless I was going to have a kid with down syndrome or something, I wouldn't abort. Point is that I (to a degree) relate.

    "We are in a post talking about being open minded about other views, but the parent comment of this thread just listed out topics that are not even open for discussion."

    That's how these threads work. Thread is about ice cream...go a few comments down and eventually someone will get compared to Hitler.

  12. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    Don't know anything about Medium so maybe that would be a place for me. I will say that I addressed point in my initial write up though. Wasn't saying that I think tildes should be some super...

    Don't know anything about Medium so maybe that would be a place for me. I will say that I addressed point in my initial write up though. Wasn't saying that I think tildes should be some super exclusive and privileged thing...no more than any random middle of nowhere no name small town is. Just something small and comfortable. Like the internet equivilant of the Cheers bar so to speak.

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  13. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    lol jeeze this is a lot. thanks. I'll check it out later.

    lol jeeze this is a lot. thanks. I'll check it out later.

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  14. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    so I think I am coming at this slightly differently then others. Quality of the posting to me is a side effect of having a smaller community. There are of course other benefits too though of...

    so I think I am coming at this slightly differently then others. Quality of the posting to me is a side effect of having a smaller community. There are of course other benefits too though of course. Recognizing users simply because you've talked to them in the past. conversations are grounded, more thought out. posts aren't be resubmitted over and over again for karma/votes and the big companies aren't making posts on here in order to hype people up for some upcoming movie.

    You start getting into the high tens of thousands (certainly the hundreds of thousands) and all of that goes away unless you just simply whip out the ban hammer and either ban people or just dont let them comment which just takes us to some warped version of the smaller community that we currently have.

    See I could imagine a case where commenting is SUPER SUPER restrictive...and that could kinda work. The Lurkers would love it. Nothing but comments by well informed people and maybe a couple of jokesters and media people who know what the average person would like to see said. But I don't get the sense that thats what the goal of this site is. It's supposed to be a (not trying to be a jerk to the developers of tildes here) a quieter reddit. And I think that's entirely about population size. Note that even the lurkers upvote and downvote. And that's a factor in what threads get to the top and what comments rise in threads.

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  15. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    I mean...whats your take on this? limiting comes off as shitty but keep it small somehow? If so, I take your point. But I'm glad that you see where I'm coming from and are open to really get the...

    I mean...whats your take on this? limiting comes off as shitty but keep it small somehow? If so, I take your point. But I'm glad that you see where I'm coming from and are open to really get the dialogue going. as for case studies, interesting point. But it would really need to be another small reddit like site (also I feel shitty referring to tildes as a reddit like site...they're trying to do their own thing here and I get it).

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  16. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    ABSOLUTELY! I completely recognize the hypocrisy in my own post. Going along with NIMBY, I would say that a small town that wants to remain a small town still has to have SOME people in it....

    ABSOLUTELY! I completely recognize the hypocrisy in my own post. Going along with NIMBY, I would say that a small town that wants to remain a small town still has to have SOME people in it.

    Honestly, I would keep it simple. A few thousand users. 1000 - 5000 maybe. It's a totally made up number with not much rationale behind it. Simple has its problems but so does an overly complicated system so getting into who to keep when to kick people out etc etc, aren't topics that I wouldn't be getting too much into. If an account is dead for maybe a year (again made up number) make the account so that it can no longer be signed into and allow someone else to sign up. I will say that I think with numbers like that I think you would have enough lurkers, commenters, and posts submitters to keep the site healthy. But I also don't know how big the total population of tildes currently is and I'd be interested to know.

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  17. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    In a way that's what I'm suggesting. a very simple (lol perhaps overly simplistic in some respects, like cutting off an arm when only the pink is gangrene) and effective governance system that's...

    In a way that's what I'm suggesting. a very simple (lol perhaps overly simplistic in some respects, like cutting off an arm when only the pink is gangrene) and effective governance system that's basically guaranteed to work. Reddit has moderators. But even if they went crazy with banning...if you just go around blocking repeat content and people who are constantly adding anything to the conversation with their comments, I think you would be putting an absolute ton of effort into...basically having what tildes currently has, which is a small community. You'd be letting in some more people then you would otherwise but at a tremendous effort. Do you have any idea about those governance systems that you could tell me about? Because right now all I can imagine is banning users, temporarily banning them, and shadow banning them as reddit currently has. And using those tools, or tools very similiar to them (shrugs).

    You know honestly I dont see reddit as something that sucks. I'm actually going back and forth between reddit and tildes to be honest. But I do see reddit as something that is very large. Tildes is not and has some strengths (as well as some weaknesses) as a result. And it seems to me that no matter what you do, that once the size of tildes gets large enough that some of those strengths will be lost.

    Your argument seems to be (from my take) that the focus wont be on fostering community as much as "just" quality posts. A very very tricky thing. a ton of work would need to go into limiting who could post (and maybe who could post on what threads).

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  18. Comment on Thoughts on permanently limiting the number of people who use tildes? in ~tildes

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    Now I have not been on hackernews too much, but I dont think the discussions on there would appeal nearly as much to the wider audiences. Tildes on the other hand covers all of the basic subs well...

    Now I have not been on hackernews too much, but I dont think the discussions on there would appeal nearly as much to the wider audiences. Tildes on the other hand covers all of the basic subs well enough for that not to be the case though.

    I think the limitation of subs would keep some people to reddit, but not many. The niche subs are, after all, the niche subs. Those people who are passionate about some obscure thing tend to be small in numbers. I think If you opened the flood gates tomorrow you would actually keep more people away simply by the fact that tilde isn't all the different from reddit. However, my bet would be plenty would come in, see it as a small website, and decide to stick around for that very feeling. However, I believe that more than enough would stick around for that element of the website to actually be lost. It's speculative of course but (shrugs) at the very least you have to call it a reasonable enough fear.

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  19. It used to be considered an honor to become a default subreddit. Then when it was seen what happens when a sub became a default (tons and tons of people came flooding in filling the threads with...

    It used to be considered an honor to become a default subreddit. Then when it was seen what happens when a sub became a default (tons and tons of people came flooding in filling the threads with what were often mediocre comments and destroying the sense of community) becoming a default lost it's shine. The same can be said about Reddit as a whole though. It's extremely impressive that it's become such a huge website, but at the same time, it's not a small, quaint town. It's now just another place for the masses to congregate (both for better and for worse).

    Right now Tilde is a small website. And a smaller website means a stronger sense of community. smaller threads means that your comment is more likely to be read. less upvotes (or just votes in this case) but when you do get one or two it means more. Smaller also means that you're more likely to talk to specific people again and again (as opposed to just a new totally random person each and every time).

    Tilde said no NSFW. No porn. I agree with that. A bajillion porn sites out there, no need for another one. Well...There's a number of massive social media websites as well out there as well. The number of users on them are puffed up by bots, but they're still going to have millions upon millions of actual users.

    I put forth that same basic question here as to what Tilde should become. If all it does is say no to NSFW stuff (essentially the exact opposite of voat) then, to put it bluntly (and kinda cruelly) it will in time just be some Reddit clone. If however the makers decide to keep it very small, and permanently so, I think we could foster something special and unique. Not something that's exclusive (I don't know about any of you but it's certainly no amazing prize to have a one on one interaction with me :-P) it would just be a way to create a small community that I get the sense that a lot of people on here desire. less memes, less sh*tposting, less a lot of stuff that doesn't actually contribute to any sort of actual interesting conversation.

    Please don't tear my head off, but I look forward to seeing what people think of this.

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  20. Comment on Feature Idea - Notify users when a comment which they had interacted with is edited. in ~tildes

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    It would change how you're interacting with the people on here. That's all I meant by being related. "Go to the group you want to post in (such as ~tildes). In the sidebar, you'll see a button...

    It would change how you're interacting with the people on here. That's all I meant by being related.

    "Go to the group you want to post in (such as ~tildes). In the sidebar, you'll see a button that says "Post a new topic". Click on that."

    Thanks.