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  1. Comment on What do you remember about the "old" internet? in ~talk

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    Another oldbie here :) . First "online" in 89 on BBSes, then online properly in 92 while at University. The main thing to realise is what was missing. No web. No browsers. No HTTP. No search...

    Another oldbie here :) . First "online" in 89 on BBSes, then online properly in 92 while at University.

    The main thing to realise is what was missing.

    No web. No browsers.

    No HTTP.

    No search engines.

    No graphics. Not enough bandwidth to download them, really. Forget video.

    So it was almost all text. Knowledge was power - knowing where to get something was valuable, things weren't easily "discoverable". I knew a collection of psytrance sets held in someone's account on sweden's academic account (in .au format!), was excellent to share that with people.

    And that's the other thing - almost everyone until the "eternal september" was an academic. And a geek at that. The only way to get access was through university, and it was so obtuse it needed a computer geek to manage it. The equipment was tough to come across as well, outside a university context.

    So email, gopher, ftp sites, MUDs, unix talk, eventually IRC and stuff. Going back even further, almost all BBSes had only a few connections, so only a few people could be online at once. You'd go on, send some messages, then log off so someone else can have a slot, and come back later and see if you had anything, or continue the conversation!

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  2. Comment on Rec Room in ~games

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    I play it, very casually. Pop in once or twice a week. It is always fun seeing new people get to grips with VR in there, the social games (eg charades or disc golf) are just excuses to have fun...

    I play it, very casually. Pop in once or twice a week. It is always fun seeing new people get to grips with VR in there, the social games (eg charades or disc golf) are just excuses to have fun together around an activity, and the team games/quests are actually very difficult to complete!

    Overall a nice crowd of people, little to no trolling, and a simple yet entertaining set of minigames. You probably won't play it forever but it's fun while you do.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Tineidae - Rigel (2012) in ~music

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    Nice! Yes, I know Solar Fields well. If you like bands on Ultimae (including SF, Aes Dana, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Asura, Miktek, and probably my favourites Connect.Ohm and Martin Nonstatic), you...

    Nice! Yes, I know Solar Fields well. If you like bands on Ultimae (including SF, Aes Dana, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Asura, Miktek, and probably my favourites Connect.Ohm and Martin Nonstatic), you will probably like many bands on the recently deceased Tympanik label, including Tineidae, Access to Arasaka, c.db.sn, Comaduster, Legiac, Stendeck, Subheim, Undermathic. A bit more IDM than UIltimae's dub influences but some real classics there too.

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  4. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - go forth and multiply in ~tildes.official

  5. Comment on Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancelled in ~tv

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    It's not quite the same as P&R where the first season misses the mark - of course it takes some time to get the dynamics and characters down, but the writing is pretty consistent (I'd say...

    It's not quite the same as P&R where the first season misses the mark - of course it takes some time to get the dynamics and characters down, but the writing is pretty consistent (I'd say consistently good, you might disagree).

    To be frank most of the episodes don't have too much of an overarching narrative so I'd recommend pick one with good ratings from season 1 or 2 and give that a try.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - go forth and multiply in ~tildes.official

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    No, I think that captures the essence of meta-moderation well. What I liked is while it provided "cleanup" on the site, it also rewarded participation. I think caps on "abilities" would prevent...

    No, I think that captures the essence of meta-moderation well. What I liked is while it provided "cleanup" on the site, it also rewarded participation.

    I think caps on "abilities" would prevent the power users you call out as a potential problem, though an issue I always found with /. was having so few moderation points you felt like you couldn't spare them much. Though it is not worth overstating the effective low-end moderation that all users do on most reddit subs by downvoting stuff into oblivion before the mods can even get to it - on many threads this is the primary defense against brigading.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - go forth and multiply in ~tildes.official

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    Hi there I like the pieces you are taking from /., usenet and reddit, it feels like a good balance in theory to me. Apologies if this has been asked already, but what do you think about...

    Hi there

    I like the pieces you are taking from /., usenet and reddit, it feels like a good balance in theory to me.

    Apologies if this has been asked already, but what do you think about metamoderation, /. style? Could it be a good way to prevent people gaming the system?

    6 votes