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  1. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    I think you care a lot about Tildes though. Which is most certainly a positive thing, but again, when a large majority of the future users arrive on this site, they probably won't care to the...

    I think you care a lot about Tildes though. Which is most certainly a positive thing, but again, when a large majority of the future users arrive on this site, they probably won't care to the degree you or say I do. That's going to leave this hierarchical tagging system in disarray.

    There's nothing you can't accomplish with an intersection of flat tags that isn't already possible with hierarchical tags.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    That doesn't account for potential tag permutations for such what if you start typing from one root, but actually your desired tag is under another. Suddenly just finding synonymous tags is more...

    That doesn't account for potential tag permutations for such what if you start typing from one root, but actually your desired tag is under another. Suddenly just finding synonymous tags is more than a process of starting with some certain characters. The autosuggestion functionality would have to get much smarter to manage this.

    And again, what's a significant number of practical, pragmatic benefits of nested tags that can't be achieved with just a combination of flat tags?

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    You know what's better than a guide? No guide at all! The user should be able to type law, and usa into the tags box. That's it. The combination of those tags expresses the same intent without the...

    You know what's better than a guide? No guide at all! The user should be able to type law, and usa into the tags box. That's it.

    The combination of those tags expresses the same intent without the nasty structures & complexity & debates that you'll get with nested tags, and you don't need a guide. Asking users to ⌘-F in a document they probably won't even know exists, and 90% of people won't bother looking at anyway, to figure out how to a fundamental portion of the site doesn't sit well with me at all.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    Sure, but I don't fundamentally believe a major aspect of the site should be so off limits to normal users by way of complexity that it's okay to say "it's fine if you don't understand this"....

    Sure, but I don't fundamentally believe a major aspect of the site should be so off limits to normal users by way of complexity that it's okay to say "it's fine if you don't understand this". That's a major, major UI smell. As I said, I bet we could find a way to get flat tags to express 95%+ of the diversity with a tiny fraction of the effort, pain, endless discussions, and warring that'll result from nested tags. So, why bother with this?

    Nested groups channel down verticals. Flat tags link the horizontals. Users can understand and contribute in both x & y axes. What's not to love?

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    This isn't going to be a helpful comment, so I apologise in advance. It's clear @Deimos & the community are opposed to it, but I've always felt like having hierarchical tags was a bit too much...

    This isn't going to be a helpful comment, so I apologise in advance.

    It's clear @Deimos & the community are opposed to it, but I've always felt like having hierarchical tags was a bit too much complexity for a discussion site and honestly might be a bit scary to newcomers; for reasons like this. This is a (very well written) part 1 of trying to examine and create rules for that complexity, and god, look how long it is. Who is going to remember all of this?

    I expect I'll get quite a lot of refutations to this view; but I also expect those refutations to come from Tildes power users, who are uniquely poorly positioned for explaining why nested tags are a good thing, because they disenfranchise non-power users the most, and are far more approachable for power users in the first place.

    Frankly I'm very much of the opinion tags should just be flat, and used merely as cross-group organisers; and I think it's possible to express just as much creativity with flat tags + nested groups as it is with nested tags. Keep it simple, etc etc

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    Out of curiosity, what's the theory which can recover from the MCAS-quality nosedive?

    Out of curiosity, what's the theory which can recover from the MCAS-quality nosedive?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump in ~news

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    But it will significantly impact most people's daily lives due to its tendency to destabilise parts of the world; and it isn't a discrete event like a nuclear war. It's an ongoing, progressively...

    Climate change by itself won't cause our extinction

    But it will significantly impact most people's daily lives due to its tendency to destabilise parts of the world; and it isn't a discrete event like a nuclear war. It's an ongoing, progressively worse cancer which will disrupt most of Earth's ecology & biosphere, acting to the point of causing a Cretaceous-equivalent mass extinction event.

    Who in their right mind wants to raise a child in such a hellscape.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump in ~news

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    Provided population decline exists in tandem with an 'all of the above' approach on clean energy, rapidly weaning ourselves off of gasoline, reforestation programs, etc; I think every little bit...

    Provided population decline exists in tandem with an 'all of the above' approach on clean energy, rapidly weaning ourselves off of gasoline, reforestation programs, etc; I think every little bit counts. We should give it everything we've got to do our best we can to mitigate, and then mend what's left to the best of our ability.

    Sadly, people just don't seem to care. We're too callous of a species. I wouldn't be surprised if "peak lifestyle" has already passed. By most metrics, it already has; and it seems like many in the younger generations know this. Who wants to raise a child in a world where they'll have a worse life than you, while you have a worse life than your parents?

    We care too much about money, and not enough about each other or the planet.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump in ~news

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    You know, even if it's somehow a barometer of "despair", I can't help but feel this is a positive thing, environmentally—at least. We do at some point need to transition from a growth-based...

    You know, even if it's somehow a barometer of "despair", I can't help but feel this is a positive thing, environmentally—at least. We do at some point need to transition from a growth-based capitalistic society to one that is environmentally sustainable, with correct prices on resources & outputs and their effects on our planet. Right now, population growth is one of the requirements for our capitalistic economy & society.

    "It's a national problem," says Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California.

    It's only a national problem if you want to continue to grow infinitely from a finite set of land & resources. Given what we know about how badly climate change is going to hit, soil loss, species extinction, and all the other things wrong with the world; it's not difficult at all to see we're overpopulated—by a pure measure of "is our population sustainable given the planet's health".

    So maybe, just maybe. This is a good thing. It's a shame it's just being forced due to younger generation's financial instability, and not a collective desire to become a more sustainable species, though.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    Mod logs have their own problems which I've documented on Tildes before, and often are actually a useful outlet for spammers to determine what techniques work and which ones don't. Also, you fall...

    Mod logs have their own problems which I've documented on Tildes before, and often are actually a useful outlet for spammers to determine what techniques work and which ones don't. Also, you fall into the "why was this person banned?!11" trap where every action becomes some potential moderator-flogging event.

    Add me a countervoice for "let's not have a modlog".

    7 votes
  11. Comment on PHP in 2019 in ~comp

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    Because language diversity is a positive thing. I don't use it very often, but I find writing PHP quite fun, actually. What does "For modern stuff you will need a modern setup anyways" mean?...

    Because language diversity is a positive thing. I don't use it very often, but I find writing PHP quite fun, actually. What does "For modern stuff you will need a modern setup anyways" mean? What's modern mean?

    PHP isn't cheaper on Heroku or DigitalOcean

    I don't think any language is cheaper than any other, what is this comparison?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    This is a problem with so many moderation decisions. Almost all of it displays some level of subjectivity. It's hard to arrive at "concrete" rationales for bans. Or where exactly certain lines are...

    The entire process seemed somewhat arbitrary

    This is a problem with so many moderation decisions. Almost all of it displays some level of subjectivity. It's hard to arrive at "concrete" rationales for bans. Or where exactly certain lines are drawn. What is arbitrary defined as? How about "objective"? What is an "objective measure" for banning someone behind a series of text posts? Do you weight bad words and numerically compute a ban value? How about hostility? How do you determine how hostile something is?

    From 4 years of Reddit moderation experience, I can conclusively say there's no objective metric you can use for banning people, and everything is subjective to some extent. This sort of criticism is the issue I have with the users behind communities who complain towards mods (not saying you are); they're asking for something which is impossible to achieve, effectively. The only solution which reliably works in practice is that moderators have to do the best they can to meet as narrow of a line as realistically achievable, and users need to accept the world is a subjective place. It's a give and take situation; requiring compromises from both sides. And unless both sides are willing to assume good faith and make such compromises, you will always have warring factions.

    It becomes even more complicated when you factor in people having differing opinions on political topics. One person's hostility is another's "beautifully worded forceful argument".

    Ultimately this is something I hope Tildes can solve via a wide, broad group of people having a fairly decent number of powers. Instead of moderators numbering 1 to 1000 people, have 1 in 5 people be quasi-moderators. After all, "trust users, punish abusers". Let consensus decide. Spread the pain of moderation amongst many. It won't be perfect, but it sure isn't going to be difficult to improve on the clusterfuck that is reddit.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    Let's not. You made a mistake and you owned up & apologised about it. You're only human. As far as I can see, no berating or criticism is needed. The internet has enough miserable commentary as it...

    Anyway, I'll leave the comments open this time so that you can berate me appropriately.

    Let's not. You made a mistake and you owned up & apologised about it. You're only human. As far as I can see, no berating or criticism is needed. The internet has enough miserable commentary as it is, I see no need for myself or anyone here to pile on.

    61 votes
  14. Comment on CPU.fail - Multiple attacks against modern Intel CPUs disclosed (ZombieLoad, RIDL, Fallout) in ~comp

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    Yeah, sorry to say you're not the target market for a lot of modern products in that case. Especially so with desktop-class games on macOS, but you know this already. The sands of time hold true;...

    Yeah, sorry to say you're not the target market for a lot of modern products in that case. Especially so with desktop-class games on macOS, but you know this already. The sands of time hold true; and just like every other piece of old software, they will slowly become more and more difficult to run or even emulate.

    Give it 10-15 years and you may not have a choice of running retail x86 anymore if you use a computer. Just like barely anyone runs a PowerPC Mac now.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on CPU.fail - Multiple attacks against modern Intel CPUs disclosed (ZombieLoad, RIDL, Fallout) in ~comp

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    If an application is using properly documented system APIs, then there's really no problems to worry about. Microsoft, Apple, or the OS provider will provide the suitable bytecode for the...

    If an application is using properly documented system APIs, then there's really no problems to worry about. Microsoft, Apple, or the OS provider will provide the suitable bytecode for the architecture the platform is running on. The issue is with the bigger software vendors who use SPIs which aren't publicly documented or rely on hacks that the OS provider didn't anticipate, which is, admittedly, a lot of people. Adobe, etc are the big abusers here.

    The fact of the matter is x86 is dated, has an absurdly long list of errata, and operation for operation, ARM implementations tend to be more power efficient—which benefits hardware vendors like Apple & Microsoft because they can create thinner, longer lasting mobile devices. ARM switchover in the consumer space is a "when", not "if" scenario.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on CPU.fail - Multiple attacks against modern Intel CPUs disclosed (ZombieLoad, RIDL, Fallout) in ~comp

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    I mean, with Marzipan beta 2 about to be released, it's basically a complete guarantee. The only remaining question is when; and I don't think that's far away either. Probably less than 18 months....

    I mean, with Marzipan beta 2 about to be released, it's basically a complete guarantee. The only remaining question is when; and I don't think that's far away either. Probably less than 18 months. So I'd advise if this really is a dealbreaker for you, to start planning your alternative now.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Roughly, how many people are contributing to the development (writing code) of Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I feel you on this. I want to contribute, but setting aside the time to get an environment set up for this is just not something I want to deal with after I get home from work at 6PM then spend 30...

    I feel you on this. I want to contribute, but setting aside the time to get an environment set up for this is just not something I want to deal with after I get home from work at 6PM then spend 30 minutes+ cooking dinner. Nothing against Tildes or its setup specifically, just dealing with code after spending the past 8 hours also working code is such an acidic feeling.

    I'm mentally drained by that point, and as much as I love to contribute, I don't think anyone wants my on-autopilot code :P

    8 votes