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  1. Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

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    If there's one thing I think I learned in the last presidential primary season, it's that there are ways for candidates to defy expectations, in either direction, that seemed like fantasy in the...

    If there's one thing I think I learned in the last presidential primary season, it's that there are ways for candidates to defy expectations, in either direction, that seemed like fantasy in the two cycles Obama was elected.

    The new landscape makes for strange and unexpected break-outs and flops. Do the traditional candidates have a leg up? Sure. But those who capture the imagination of the media and get air time and social media virality also get outsized support by traditionally expected benchmarks.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting in ~tech

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    Reddit essentially redrew its lines on violent content yesterday as far as I can tell. If they made the change at an earlier point in time, they started enforcing it only yesterday.

    Reddit essentially redrew its lines on violent content yesterday as far as I can tell.

    If they made the change at an earlier point in time, they started enforcing it only yesterday.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    It's not ahead of controversy, it's in response to the Reuters article calling out /r/watchpeopledie. /r/gore has also been banned following similar behavior there although I haven't seen that...

    It's not ahead of controversy, it's in response to the Reuters article calling out /r/watchpeopledie.

    Members of a group called “watchpeopledie” on internet discussion board Reddit, for example, discussed how to share the footage even as the website took steps to limit its spread.

    Reddit - which has over 20 investors, including Conde Nast owner Advance Publications - said it was actively monitoring the situation in New Zealand.

    “Any content containing links to the video stream are being removed in accordance with our site-wide policy,” it said.

    /r/gore has also been banned following similar behavior there although I haven't seen that subreddit mentioned in the news so far.

    18 votes
  4. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    To me personally, the camera-revolution on phones since the original iPhone's 2 megapixel camera has been a huge innovation. The use-cases for a camera on the first smart-phones and a smart-phone...

    To me personally, the camera-revolution on phones since the original iPhone's 2 megapixel camera has been a huge innovation.

    The use-cases for a camera on the first smart-phones and a smart-phone from around 2011 and onwards have been revolutionary. They've essentially replaced stand-alone cameras for a huge majority of people.

    Sure that change has been iterative, one camera better than the previous, but the uses for a phone camera are beyond my wildest imaginations in 2007 and iPhone.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Why Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, considered his magnum opus to be a 1,150-page cookbook in ~books

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    The piece an artist is most satisfied with doesn't have to be the one everyone else values the most. For the artist, the process and commitment, reception/success, memories they have from that...

    The piece an artist is most satisfied with doesn't have to be the one everyone else values the most.

    For the artist, the process and commitment, reception/success, memories they have from that part of their life and surrounding events, and all sorts of things impact their view of the work itself.

    I'd say it's just as legitimate, if not more reliable to see what works withstand the test of time in the view of many.

    To me it doesn't matter what a poet says the content of a poem is. What matters is what I think of it myself, whether that's enhanced or reduced by knowing or not knowing the context, author's interpretation, how the work is transformed as a song lyric or whatever else.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are some good running shoes? in ~sports

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    This is great advice. Shoes are something you have to try. A shoe that fits my relatively broad foot with shallow arches won't fit you. Brands have different shapes and forms. I would recommend...

    This is great advice.

    Shoes are something you have to try.

    A shoe that fits my relatively broad foot with shallow arches won't fit you. Brands have different shapes and forms.

    I would recommend shoes with some shock-absorption if you're going to run on asphalt or concrete.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Do you think a collapse is coming? in ~talk

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    I think The United Kingdom may have a rude awakening if tonight's vote on Brexit goes poorly. Collapse? Maybe not quite, but I think the underpinning systemic issues within British society are...

    I think The United Kingdom may have a rude awakening if tonight's vote on Brexit goes poorly.

    Collapse? Maybe not quite, but I think the underpinning systemic issues within British society are gradually coming to a head.

    I think a lot of satisfied people in western democracies have forgotten that politics actually matters in their life. A lot. And they've taken semi-decent governance for granted.


    Again, I don't know about collapse, but the world is certainly much more volatile and uncertain that it's been for at least a couple decades.

    Somehow that has to resolve. It doesn't have to happen in 2019 or the next decade, but right now it feels like something's gotta give "soon"

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Why Is Customer Service So Bad? Because It’s Profitable. in ~misc

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    I'd turn this on its head: US customer service is so bad because consumer protections in the US are so bad. As with many other frustrations and seemingly absurd situations in American society,...

    I'd turn this on its head: US customer service is so bad because consumer protections in the US are so bad.

    As with many other frustrations and seemingly absurd situations in American society, these things feel "natural" since it's always been that way, or people ascribe these things to huge concepts like capitalism.

    It's eye-opening to see how consumer rights and other things are regulated in other western countries.


    Customer service as it is in the US is a feature of decades of dysfunctional national politics and a corporate strategy of divide-and-conqueror pitting states against each other as they seek jobs from large corporate players.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on The 32 most iconic poems in the English language. in ~books

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    In general the list has a ton of great poems, but as your two examples here also underline, it's a US-centric list that consequently also strongly underrates the 19th century.

    In general the list has a ton of great poems, but as your two examples here also underline, it's a US-centric list that consequently also strongly underrates the 19th century.

  10. Comment on Woman cyclist forced to stop race after catching up with men in ~sports

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    The outrage is that the women's race was stopped at all. For things like marathon runs, long cross-country skiing events, triathons, and so on everyone can share the same course. There's strong...
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    The outrage is that the women's race was stopped at all.

    For things like marathon runs, long cross-country skiing events, triathons, and so on everyone can share the same course. There's strong cultures of letting faster people pass, whoever they may be, just like cars in different classes are let through in the Le Mans 24 hour race.

    That means women and men running together or biking together happens all the time.

    If the genders were reversed, having women run first and men catching up, the men would just run past like always and nothing would happen. It's unthinkable that the men's race would ever be stopped. The organizers might hear that they got the separation wrong when two pelotons met, but that's it.

    Stopping the race though? It's a tremendous scandal, like when tennis player Andy Murray has repeatedly been asked to comment on some male player being the first to x titles at y tournament and him having to point out that a woman or several woman have already accomplished that feat, or retain their records by good margins.

    This is about taking woman's sports seriously. we're almost a fifth into the 22nd century, and organizers and some sporting bodies themselves haven't caught on yet.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech: An exclusive embed with Facebook’s shadow government in ~tech

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    What a fascinating read. But also, how depressing it is that someone with this level of insight falls into my biggest pet-peeve of a faux concern regarding hate speech: Every developed country in...

    What a fascinating read.

    But also, how depressing it is that someone with this level of insight falls into my biggest pet-peeve of a faux concern regarding hate speech:

    Of all the prohibited content on the platform, hate speech is by far the hardest to adjudicate. First, there isn’t an obvious way to define it. In the U.S., there’s no legal category for hate speech; in Europe, it’s delineated pretty specifically.

    Every developed country in the world except the US has some form of law banning hat speech on the books.

    There's legal jurisprudence for all those issues with extreme troves of case law outlining in minute detail how each definition works, can be practiced, and what limits they have and issues they get "wrong"

    You just have to look anywhere outside the US.


    This article gets a lot of things about Facebook very, very right. The campus feeling being a "privatization of a public space" and the irony of Facebook's metaphor for how they deal with privacy as a "three sided coin" being literally money.

    However, the author gets the major point, the whole conversation regarding if "men are trash" is something you want on your site or not is somehow a large conundrum.

    The use of 'nigga' and 'nigger' varying by continent isn't a huge unsolvable issue.

    Different EU nations having different hate speech laws isn't a large issue of what to ban where or not.


    What all legal systems aim to accomplish is a match between the rules of society and the feeling of "getting things right."

    All of them resort to huge and complicated sets of laws because common sense isn't codified in a 40 page document.

    If Facebook wants to get common sense right, they need to accept that it requires qualified arbiters (read: not cheap) who get substantial training so they get things right.

    The site will also need tonnes of in depth rules if they're gonna govern all types of speech for billions of people.


    On top of that, if Facebook really wants to go for being somewhere everyone want to participate or at least feel safe participating, then Bickert can't have it both ways.

    “We really do want to give people room to share their political views, even when they are distasteful.”

    Is directly related to the “Social climate,” changing where “Immigration into Europe. Ethnic tension. Sharply contested elections. The rise of hot speech.” is different from what things were like five years ago.

    That's because of allowing that hate in normal discourse means.


    I really struggle with why so many people choose allowing hate speech as their free speech hill to die on.

    We already have a ton of regulations against different types of speech. Libel, slander, national secrets, fighting words, incitement to violence, intimidation/threats, lying/false advertising, copyright/trademarked speech, child porn, involuntary pornography, ,the list goes on and on.

    Free speech isn't all or nothing. Everyone sane agrees we need speech regulations on a sliding scale. Why is it so important to allow people to hate on others?

    Why does Facebook as a private company feel it's so super important not to err on the side of removing more hate than less hate? Would their community become too constructive and inclusive?

    Why do American journalists never seem to ask Facebook why it's so important for them to include hate in situations why it's not newsworthy?

    Why is it so important to let an African call someone "nigger" or an American to call someone "nigga"? Why in the world are those the hills these companies are choosing to die on?


    The haters must be a really, really profitable group in some way. Or be thought to be that profitable by the shareholders.

    Otherwise it'd never be Facebook's or Reddit's or any of the other tech-bro companies' hills to die on.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit testing a new "tip" feature. Giving real money to other users. in ~tech

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    My thoughts were exactly the same regarding revenue. The judgement reddit seems to be making is that the use-case for tipping is different in many cases, and people are using other platforms for...

    My thoughts were exactly the same regarding revenue.

    The judgement reddit seems to be making is that the use-case for tipping is different in many cases, and people are using other platforms for that instead of reddit as it is.

    Substantial revenue from "premium" snapchat/discord server access or as an alternative to tipping streamers or patreons seem to be what they're aiming to get a cut from.


    In any case, from stopping with AMA-support and essentially giving OC the cold shoulder for some time, now there's first user profile-subreddits the OC tag and this.

    I'm not sure whether I interpret this as an OC-monetization focus, or just "let's try everything so in total we'll hopefully profit from our users"

    This was unexpected to say the least though.


    Edit: twitch.tv stream subscriptions have the platform taking 50% for those with the smallest following, then a gradually reducing amount. Users seem to be willing to support their favorites with $2.50 out of $4.99, so why not try that price point on reddit too (for in app purchases)?

    6 votes
  13. Comment on PSA: Disinformation and the over-representation of false flag events on social media. in ~misc

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    Essentially, are publishers interested enough in newsworthiness and their role as setting the agenda? I think the answer to that is too often one of pageviews and attention rather than importance....

    Essentially, are publishers interested enough in newsworthiness and their role as setting the agenda?

    I think the answer to that is too often one of pageviews and attention rather than importance.

    Publications often have editorial priorities and agendas.


    Outrage culture, looking for strong negative emotional reactions to content is also a sure way to get eyeballs and attention.

    We superficially consume or scroll past a lot of content and headlines without taking the time to read the full story.

    Agenda-pushing is a big deal. It's important. As a lot of people are no longer interested in civics and just get the headlines or soundbites, how well is the Fourth estate doing its job?

    What goes viral? How does it happen?

    In an age where anti-elitism is strong in certain groups, it can often be a qualification not to be knowledgeable or point out that some views are less important or right than others. Truth isn't always a matter of opinion.


    Assuming the role of a victim gives substantial advantage in many situation. It also creates tribalism.

    I think a lot of Democratic presidential candidates are getting deserved and important scrutiny. However, some things are blown out of proportion: they get more attention than their importance merits.

    Many of them have serious flaws that will be exposed during a general election campaign anyway. Of course there are vested interests against specific policies or people, but it's also very tempting to suggest external influence and tomfoolery rather than attributing a lot of criticism stems from the US being a highly polarized country where people just have different views on what's right for the country.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    There are a lot of options for posting about sports. There's ~games and ~hobbies, ~misc and ~talk ,and ~news to cover different aspects of sports, from playing yourself, favorite teams, news and...

    There are a lot of options for posting about sports.

    There's ~games and ~hobbies, ~misc and ~talk ,and ~news to cover different aspects of sports, from playing yourself, favorite teams, news and developments, discussion on sports in general etc.


    I also want and expect Tildes to attract more varied posters than now. However, I think it's easy to underestimate how the layout of the site attracts the tech crowd more than other more visual sites and "modern" layouts.

    The seed community is also heavily tech-focused. That makes attracting varied people harder than attracting more tech people who find more of their interests covered.

    The reason I bring this up now rather than down the line is that I remember very well what reddit was like in its first couple of years, and how it and similar sites like Digg have been dominated and still are dominated by cultures that were established early on in the site's history.

    The window of opportunity for tuning the culture of Tildes while it is plasticine is now before the site's more noisy about its existence.

  15. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    I remember the thread on groups and suggestions well. [I made a comment about how I believe the topic of politics should be treated on the site in it. I totally agree that groups don't need to be...

    I remember the thread on groups and suggestions well. [I made a comment about how I believe the topic of politics should be treated on the site in it.

    I totally agree that groups don't need to be relevant today to exist today. I think they clearly show the intentions of the site and are strong indicators on who Tildes is trying to attract.

    I still don't see ~sports ever taking off because it's a grouping that doesn't align well with people's interests. Again, people mostly follow a sport/team or two, not sports in general. Especially not in the scope of in-depth discussion.


    I think tildes won't attract people who are interested in high-quality content about any topic by having a selection of groups that only caters to a specific group of people.

    I like what a friend of mine called the "sister test" many years ago. Would your theoretical sister be interested in participating in this forum or not? Before getting rid of the concept of defaults, reddit as a site hugely favored traditionally male topics in the defaults with /r/twoxchromosomes tacked on. Right now Tildes seems to me to be geared towards tech-interested guys in a similar way.


    My suggestions don't have much to do with what I'm personally interested in. I'm extremely interested in tv series, but completely uninterested in movies. I love non-fiction but read few novels. I listen to a lot of music, but generally I don't look to discover new genres or experiment much. I know what I like and don't in terms of music.

    That's neither here nor there in my suggestion of merging those groups to ~entertainment because I strongly believe most people don't go on netflix or whatever looking specifically or a movie or tv series, but entertainment.


    I think ~anime sends a message about who Tildes is for that's very off-putting to a lot of people. The name itself has strong connotations that many people steer away from.

    I think ~lgbt steer a lot of people this site isn't for away from the site, and appeals to a lot of the people the site wants to recruit. Just by being there on the front page.

    Those types of concerns matter a lot in the early stages of a social media site imo.

  16. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    Sorry I was unclear. The bolded phrase is in contrast to the group of topics referenced in the paragraph above: /r/rust on reddit is geared toward a branded/specific product/language, and I'd...

    And those who are interested in products generally care about a brand they own/follow and not the product category itself (think playstation 4 or Samsung phone). It's similar in comp: there's a reason computer/coding help forums are populated by very few people, and most places boil down to "I have issue. Never mind, I solved issue" or "I have issue. Here's solution. Thanks kind stranger!"

    Sorry I was unclear. The bolded phrase is in contrast to the group of topics referenced in the paragraph above:

    It takes a very special type of person to sit down and discuss phones or laptops or IoT fridges or whatever non-branded product online.

    /r/rust on reddit is geared toward a branded/specific product/language, and I'd argue lobeste.rs is even more niche than HackerNews (which in itself caters very specifically to the tech crowd) and therefore does cater to a very special type of person, not to folks on a general discussion forum.


    I'd argue that is true for most sites/groups in these categories. You don't get a casual following who go to a site to check out their latest sports team stuff and then talk about phones in general.

    I work in networking. Only a very special subgroup of people in networking browse /r/networking or do anything network related on their spare time that they'd ever mention at work. That's not part of their identity outside of the day job.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    I mean, it's a matter of opinion. I feel and believe ~tech and ~comp have and overlapping userbase and should be merged. I think splitting off ~privacy is an organizational change that would be...

    I mean, it's a matter of opinion.

    I feel and believe ~tech and ~comp have and overlapping userbase and should be merged. I think splitting off ~privacy is an organizational change that would be better for the site as a whole.

    To me this is an issue of community building and the seed community Tildes is attracting and will attract.

    I think presenting the idea without a long hard-sell reasoning to convince others leads to a more interesting conversation on the organization of these groups than the thread mostly being a discussion for/against the OP's arguments.

    I've elaborated on my reasoning in other comments and won't repeat those thoughts.


    The site has other underused or non-deliberate groups too.

    The set of topics the site is divided into strongly suggests who and what the site is for and about.

    If Tildes is to have groups they should either be active, or send very specific messages about who the site is for or is trying to attract.

    Who is the site trying to attract? What communities would they want to immediately see?

    I think the long-form, in-depth, analysis perspective is hard to see from the groups on the site. As it is, the groups that do exist don't seem like a deliberate selection. It should be.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    The groups available on the site are a clear indicator to would-be users whether or not the site is for them. If tildes has ~tech, ~comp, ~privacy, and ~anime that says something about who the...

    The groups available on the site are a clear indicator to would-be users whether or not the site is for them.

    If tildes has ~tech, ~comp, ~privacy, and ~anime that says something about who the site is for or is trying to attract.

    If the site has ~travel, ~outdoors, ~home, ~kids, ~workout, ~partying or whatever, that paints a different picture immediately the first time you hit the front page of the site.

    Just having ~lgbt as one of 24 groups sends a very clear message on what values this site has (I think this message is a good and important message to send)


    I don't think ~tildes should have more tech-related groups. It would send a very clear message to would-be users of the site that this is just another "tech-bro site" that's not for them.

    I expect many people make that judgement after interpreting the design of the site as a retro-ish forum as it is.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Merge ~tech and ~comp and create a separate ~privacy in ~tildes

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    Neither. My read of the tildes community right now is one where I'd expect privacy to take over /r/tech as that topic or US technology politics has taken over similar seemingly broad...

    Do you want to be able to filter out privacy topics (or only see privacy topics)? Is that the motivation for requesting them to be in their own group?

    Neither.

    My read of the tildes community right now is one where I'd expect privacy to take over /r/tech as that topic or US technology politics has taken over similar seemingly broad technology-related forums on most other sites. I would want neither, but discussion on hardware, software, gadgets, regulations, trends etc. relating to tech and computing to take place in one place.

    With most of the large companies we deal with aiming for closed platform systems, the difference between hardware and software for tech products has been decreasing substantially as tech behemoths have taken market share, both in the consumer and the company markets. Enough about that.

    I tend to believe privacy-focused tech spaces online chase away a lot of would-be users because their demand people take much more extreme steps to safe-guard their privacy than users actually do because they have different values to "regular people."

    Therefore, I think it's much more healthy for the health of the communities to split the privacy discussions into a separate group where that orthodoxy reigns to make all the rest of the topics appeal to more people. The privacy minded will dominate privacy submissions irrespective of where they are placed anyway, unless the demography of tildes will appeal to a vastly different userbase than other more niche social media sites (they mostly have more tech-interested folks as early adopters anyway).

    I think a lot of people write off entire communities that are dominated by privacy advocates due to the many stereotypes that (somewhat rightly) follow those users around the web. It would be a shame if that happened to tech and computing topics on tildes as well. Once a seed community is established, changing that course may prove very difficult. That's why this suggestion comes at this stage rather than later.


    Either Tildeans are much worse at using subscription features to unsubscribe than on other sites, or /r/comp with its ~9300 subscribers is pretty much as applicable to everyone as /r/tech with ~9600 subscribers. ~comp has a lot less content as of now, so detailed, less accessible content won't dominate a merged group in any case, just like in-depth, complicated issues requiring a lot of prerequisite knowledge don't bog down ~lgbt or other groups.

    I suspect that the site's current users are very, very heavily geared towards tech-savvy users due to the recruitment channels tildes has had from a tech and privacy-focused segment of redditors and users of even more niche sites.


    I don't think it'd be smart for tildes to have even more tech/social media/computing/silicon valley-esque groups. Even though they aren't very active as of yet, I think groups like ~food, ~creative ~movies are extremely important in showing what this site is and isn't. If it's a tech site, but with some add-on topics that attracts a much less diverse and interesting crowd for having a longform, discussion-focused community.

    I think there's a very specific and clear mechanism that leads some tech/comp topics to have strange discussions online. It takes a very special type of person to sit down and discuss phones or laptops or IoT fridges or whatever non-branded product online. Although these are topics everyone can engage with, in practice, only a very few people are interested enough in these things to follow the topics extensively.

    And those who are interested in products generally care about a brand they own/follow and not the product category itself (think playstation 4 or Samsung phone). It's similar in comp: there's a reason computer/coding help forums are populated by very few people, and most places boil down to "I have issue. Never mind, I solved issue" or "I have issue. Here's solution. Thanks kind stranger!"

    (For similar reasons we might as well just get rid of ~sports. Most people aren't interested in sports, they follow a couple sports or leagues. The community won't take off unless tildes somehow attracts a very specific subset of users. I believe ~hobbies is much more easily approached.)


    Basically, tildes has been around for a while now, and some of the initial buzz has worn off, communities/cultures in the different types of threads are being established. The site's so small a lot of people seem to follow everything and that may not last.

    I think several changes to the groups would make sense as tildes is now. I've suggested what I believe is the most impactful change for improving the split of tech-related topics, one of the areas with many submissions on the site now.

    4 votes
  20. The whole suggestion is in the title. I find the split between ~tech and ~comp to be very overlapping. Such a vast proportion of the content both places is ~privacy -material anyway. Content...

    The whole suggestion is in the title.

    I find the split between ~tech and ~comp to be very overlapping. Such a vast proportion of the content both places is ~privacy -material anyway. Content tagged privacy is effectively rendering ~tech a semi-privacy board as it is now anyway.

    I think the suggested categorization makes more sense than the current organization based on the content actually submitted to tildes now.


    Here's the ~comp privacy tag overview: comp

    Here's the ~tech privacy tag overview: tech

    11 votes