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  1. Comment on Should titles that use personal pronouns be changed to use the subject's name instead? in ~tildes

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    I really don't understand why so many seem to care what the "original" title of a piece of content is. The whole point of having a separate title field on tildes is that you can use it to make the...

    I really don't understand why so many seem to care what the "original" title of a piece of content is.

    The whole point of having a separate title field on tildes is that you can use it to make the best title possible for that piece of content.


    Editorializing isn't a word that means to change a title from whatever someone else chose it to be somewhere else, it's inserting an opinion in the title in addition to a description/report of what the content is.

    Many titles of blogs, commentary pieces, videos and the like are editorialized by the content creator themselves. By not changing the title away from an editorialized one, the submitter has submitted an editorialized link.


    Tildes is the best it can be when the submission titles are substantial and descriptive so you have the best possible information to determine whether or not the piece of content is worth clicking on or not. Whatever maximizes that, do those things to your titles.

    16 votes
  2. Comment on Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested in ~news

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    Earlier today police hadn't said anything officially, but several different media outlets were saying New Hampshire.

    Earlier today police hadn't said anything officially, but several different media outlets were saying New Hampshire.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    But these seriously glaring mistakes, like asserting that there's such a thing as "a real race" that consequently must have objective (literally racist) characteristics is sure to cost them huge...

    But these seriously glaring mistakes, like asserting that there's such a thing as "a real race" that consequently must have objective (literally racist) characteristics is sure to cost them huge potential investment to any investor that actually cares about these types of rights and regulations.

    It (and the other omissions I point to in the top-level comment) show that they have no idea what they're doing with these issues and clearly didn't care enough to have a single person in the field read through their rule!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    What scares me is that they keep trying too keep this sort of thing secret instead of doing what all well-functioning democracies do when they have hearings and incorporate feedback to improve...

    What scares me is that they keep trying too keep this sort of thing secret instead of doing what all well-functioning democracies do when they have hearings and incorporate feedback to improve ideas and rules before implementations to guide society.

    Why not solicit feedback to get things right? Baffling.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Let's say I don't believe in a religion, but am a humanist, an atheist, or whatever else I define myself as: That isn't protected, but any religion, however violent that religion's message is is...

    Let's say I don't believe in a religion, but am a humanist, an atheist, or whatever else I define myself as: That isn't protected, but any religion, however violent that religion's message is is indeed protected.

    It's just an early 20th century western understanding of what this entails. Reddit clearly hasn't considered countries where people can be vulnerable and persecuted because of other beliefs, even if that belief is simply the belief in science-based medicine.

    If the admins had just listed out US protected groups, they'd have veteran status in the mix. They don't, so they've clearly thought about adding and removing different groups but landed on a really bad conclusion that betrays that they haven't spoken to anyone with a current understanding of the field, even in the most basic United Nations or Universal Human Rights terms.

    13 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    You don't need the anecdote: They even write out that every single mod split-out group they discussed this with in some form or other pointed out that the term "vulnerability" was bad in various...

    You don't need the anecdote: They even write out that every single mod split-out group they discussed this with in some form or other pointed out that the term "vulnerability" was bad in various ways.

    It's not that I doubt they ignored all mod feedback and checked the box "got community feedback!" without embracing any of it, as admins have done many times with various policies in the past. This time they just said "screw it!" and even spelled out that they'd just ignored all the feedback.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    The new rule on hate speech and other things is a mess to say the least: Some glaring issues: Reddit has asserted that there is such a thing as a persons "actual race". Reddit protects people...

    The new rule on hate speech and other things is a mess to say the least:

    Rule 1: Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.

    Marginalized or vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, groups based on their actual and perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability. These include victims of a major violent event and their families.

    While the rule on hate protects such groups, it does not protect all groups or all forms of identity. For example, the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate.

    Some examples of hateful activities that would violate the rule:

    • Subreddit community dedicated to mocking people with physical disabilities.
    • Post describing a racial minority as sub-human and inferior to the racial majority.
    • Comment arguing that rape of women should be acceptable and not a crime.
    • Meme declaring that it is sickening that people of color have the right to vote.
    • Additionally, when evaluating the activity of a community or an individual user, we consider both the context as well as the pattern of behavior.

    Some glaring issues:

    • Reddit has asserted that there is such a thing as a persons "actual race".
    • Reddit protects people based on their religions, but not political beliefs or creed.
    • "the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority". So you can be as abusive as you like to people in a majority. Great!

    How did they not have at least one sensible person read through this? What did they even present at the mod council shindig they ran?

    41 votes
  8. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I just watched the first episode of Yellowstone since friends were talking about how hyped they were for the first episode of the third season to be released now in June. So far it's a gritty,...

    I just watched the first episode of Yellowstone since friends were talking about how hyped they were for the first episode of the third season to be released now in June.

    So far it's a gritty, dark and interesting show about a dysfunctional ranching family across several generations who live on a large ranch.

    Has anyone seen more of the series? So far it seems I may watch more of it, but I'm not sure I quite buy the main premise of seeming lawlessness and free reign of oldschool gangster-esque ranchers in the olden style.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Monster train: Action card game. There's a lot of variety from round to round. The pvp modes also work pretty well. It's actually pretty difficult to play optimally. Even then you sometimes just...

    Monster train: Action card game. There's a lot of variety from round to round. The pvp modes also work pretty well. It's actually pretty difficult to play optimally. Even then you sometimes just pick the wrong strategy, which is hard to recover from. Not for those who would mind losing more games than winning, but that also makes playing well feel better. I'd rate it maybe around 6/10

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The Last of Us Part II tries to be profound. It fails in ~games

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    The first one was one of my favorite games of all time. It was revolutionary in how it told a story and the quality of that storytelling (but the gameplay itself was clearly secondary to the...

    The first one was one of my favorite games of all time. It was revolutionary in how it told a story and the quality of that storytelling (but the gameplay itself was clearly secondary to the storytelling at every step).


    I've been prepared that playing through TLoU2 won't compare to that amazing first playthrough experience of the first game. I've been prepared for being overhyped since the first one was so good. Sequels often struggle.

    I've also been prepared for having to evaluate this game on its own merits. I've been prepared for having to go in with an open mind because the game might play very differently.

    The serious reviews I trust have been all over the place. From people saying this is the best we can get a game to be with 2020 technology, to advising not to play the sequel if I loved the first one. And absolutely everywhere in between.


    I can't wait to give it an unspoiled try when I have a block of time at some point.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its moderators are in open revolt - The site’s CEO says it will implement a new hate speech policy in ~tech

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    I won't bore you with all the older history of admin/mod IRC rooms, individual admins participating in subreddit mod backrooms in official capacities, private admin/mod hangout subs used to...

    I won't bore you with all the older history of admin/mod IRC rooms, individual admins participating in subreddit mod backrooms in official capacities, private admin/mod hangout subs used to solicit mod opinions, admins reaching out by reddit pm for protracted feedback from individual mods and so on in "prehistoric" reddit times.

    I was a part of the Open letter conversations referenced recently that related to "how reddit should deal with hate speech" six years ago. That was the third time I was involved in significant admin-run conversations brainstorming how to deal with hate speech on a platform level.

    I was involved in reddit's (to my knowledge) first mod council. It was related to gaming and how to get figures in gaming communities to learn and use reddit instead of breaking self-promotion rules (and how to tweak those) back in 2016-7.

    I was party to the first wave of admin-initiated video calls with mod teams, admin-initiated sub-specific slack rooms, closed-betas for various mod features, the discussions bastardized into the mod guidelines and on and on.

    I've rambled more than enough in this comment as it is to list more or go into details. You more than get the idea I'm sure.


    This is the exact same path that's been run down with mods for at least 9 years. I'd love to be proven wrong by action this time, which is why I've bothered participating time and time again.

    But I'm beyond believing anything will change until I see enforcement of strong and clear new rules,

    This start yet again seems like a project that's been pitched to the bosses that will be evaluated in x months where the essence of a job well done will be entirely words internally before the project is just abandoned.

    It's proven to be a very successful strategy for ensuring mods don't organize (past that first Victoria-fired-blackout) because enough always give the admins the benefit of the doubt for the latest dead-end process. That ensures media coverage isn't too big and reddit isn't forced to change.

    I'm jaded. IF this is different, I'd be the first to be extremely happy to be proven very wrong.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its moderators are in open revolt - The site’s CEO says it will implement a new hate speech policy in ~tech

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    I have to say, it's pretty disheartening that the admins keep making calls and off-site solutions with few people rather than using, their own social media platform and the host of admin-mod...

    I have to say, it's pretty disheartening that the admins keep making calls and off-site solutions with few people rather than using, their own social media platform and the host of admin-mod communities they've created over the years.

    To me that signals that they've given up on using, well, reddit and all the thousands of moderators to get feedback. It's just like they keep sending out mod surveys rather than having conversations with mods.

    They keep making threads and posts and then they don't respond to comments or concerns.

    They don't even share their platform news in subreddits about reddit as a platform that they as a company run and moderate

    For being in the communication industry, it sure looks like reddit doesn't understand communication. That's pretty disheartening.


    Reddit’s general counsel, Ben Lee, explained Huffman’s plans for a hate speech policy by saying the company planned to clarify its values. “Our existing policies are quite similar to hate policies on other platforms, however, they will be updated to prohibit the promotion of hate based on identity and other characteristics, vulnerabilities, etc.," he said in a statement. "We will also step up enforcement to address the policy change." The company believes there are fewer hateful communities left on its platform and will target individual bad faith users.

    If this emphasized part is true, I really, really wouldn't get my hopes up.

    Suggesting that reddit has as strong anti-hate policies as other social media platforms is blatantly false.

    I also don't think they understand the sheer amount of time/effort or the volume of consequences those sorts of policies demand at Youtube, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twtich, Tumbr, Pinterest and on and on.


    Why won't the admins ever engage in a policy discussion on open subreddits about reddit's rules/policies and how they could be changed?

    Unless such detailed discussions happen, I think it'll be the same thing it's been for the last at least 6 years: All talk, then vague and poorly defined changes that the admins never go to bat a defense for.

    Until I see enforcement of strong and clear new rules, this just seems like reddit's PR run this time around to try to save growth while avoiding meaningful change.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Alexis Ohanian (site co-founder) resigns from Reddit's board, urging them to fill his seat with a black candidate and pledging future gains on his stock to serve the black community in ~tech

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    In addition to the two great resources cfabbro has posted, diversity in a group of people can often be a valuable qualification in itself. When you have a group of people who collectively make...

    In addition to the two great resources cfabbro has posted, diversity in a group of people can often be a valuable qualification in itself.

    When you have a group of people who collectively make decisions, you want to have varied experiences among that group to think through a wider range of action than people who all have similar backgrounds (education, upbringing, culture, geography, gender, wealth, ethnicity and many more in no particular order).

    When dealing with systemic hate, having people who've lived through those experiences are qualifications you don't otherwise get. Who can say how it feels the same way as someone who has experienced it and lived that reality their whole life?


    If there are 8 people on a board with a similar background to me, the 9th seat should almost certainly be filled with someone who has a different background to me irrespective of the level of excellence I might have with my background.

    Someone of a different background will almost certainly be a "better total package" than me. That also goes for a board of 8 people of the same gender, same education, same _____.

    19 votes
  14. Comment on Alexis Ohanian (site co-founder) resigns from Reddit's board, urging them to fill his seat with a black candidate and pledging future gains on his stock to serve the black community in ~tech

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    The comments on that reddit post in 5) are so telling. "What about those powermods?!" "Saying the board member has to be black? That's racist, just get the best candidates whatever race!" "Will...

    The comments on that reddit post in 5) are so telling.

    "What about those powermods?!"

    "Saying the board member has to be black? That's racist, just get the best candidates whatever race!"

    "Will this apply to all racism, including the racism towards white people?"

    There are many good comments, but the volume of nonsense missing the entire point because of the privileged positions redditors come from is something to behold. It's just so tone deaf.

    And I bet reddit's employees don't have the guts to say it.

    18 votes
  15. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within three days in ~tech

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    That's on Trump for picking a private company for his messages, not an issue for Twitter to treat those messages responsibly. If Obama were to write an op-ed in The New York Times, NYT could...

    [Requiring an account to see the flagged messages]

    Strongly disagree. As someone who does not want to have an account on any social media site, and as a citizen of the US, I have a right to know what our leader is saying without having to be forced to consent to tracking by a private company.

    That's on Trump for picking a private company for his messages, not an issue for Twitter to treat those messages responsibly.

    If Obama were to write an op-ed in The New York Times, NYT could choose to paywall said piece. That's on Obama, not NYT.


    But Twitter didn't make the incorrect statement. I don't think they should be required to do anything like that

    Whenever you quote someone, the medium is responsible for giving that quote context. That's their moral responsibility as the hosting platform. Otherwise they're just a microphone stand for whomever saying whatever, however damaging.

    It goes for media, it goes for radio, it goes for social media and anyone hosting any content produced by anyone else.

    There's a large amount of people who have huge economic reasons for arguing that their platform is just "dumb pipes" to avoid taking responsibility for their platform because that'd cost time/money, while they want all the revenue from said dumb pipes and levels of monetization that edited platforms have. I don't think they should be able to get that both ways, ethically speaking.

    If you're a microphone stand for someone who says grossly dangerous things, like a moral duty to kill anyone who eats spaghetti, surely you have to bear responsibility for amplifying that message, right?

    If I allow someone to say something grossly misleading on my platform, to avoid my platform misleading people, I need to clearly state that it's wrong and make that fact accessible if I publish and then correct later rather than hold off on publishing until I can give adequate context. Wouldn't you agree?

    7 votes
  16. Comment on One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within three days in ~tech

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    I disagree vehemently. There should be large colored letters that are much more visible than the message itself that point out the falsehoods and fact checks. There should be pinned warnings on...

    I think Twitter's doing an okay job of blocking the standard modes of interaction with the tweets while preserving it and indicating that it violates ToS.

    I disagree vehemently. There should be large colored letters that are much more visible than the message itself that point out the falsehoods and fact checks.

    • There should be pinned warnings on the profiles of public figures that regularly spout nonsense.
    • There should be 18+ limits for accounts accessing that content.
    • You should be required to log in to see the flagged tweets.
    • Twitter should have overview pages of all tagged tweets they've had to amend from public figures.
    • Twitter should push tweets requiring click-through to anyone who were following tweets they've amended that show the next time they log onto twitter telling them of all falsehoods made.

    That would be responsible disclosure.

    Like newspapers, the corrections to glaringly wrong headlines on the front page can't be unnoticeable retractions hidden away on page 57 days later. To me that's more of an equivalent to what twitter is sometimes and selectively doing now.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit's /r/history closed down for 24 hours in protest against Reddit's lack of anti-racist policies in ~tech

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    The thing with these blackouts is that for normal people just browsing reddit, the blackouts are hard to notice. Front page feeds always fill up with new content unless you have very few...

    The thing with these blackouts is that for normal people just browsing reddit, the blackouts are hard to notice. Front page feeds always fill up with new content unless you have very few communities in your listings.

    I think this is a very ineffective way of spreading the message that belies a lack of understanding of how reddit functions as a site. I'm not surprised the mods of the some of the largest communities on the site don't understand the site better.

    What you need for visibility on an issue is more activity and more content with higher vote counts while filtering out as much content that doesn't align with your agenda as possible.

    It'd be much more effective to turn these communities into active communities that only allow content on the topic they want to promote. And they should allow as low-effort and easily consumable content as possible to get the widest reach on reddit.

    If you solicit a response from reddit's administration, the only thing they've caved to in the past is massive media attention. You get that attention not by doing less in a hard-to-notice way, but by mass outpourings of content with the same specific message.

    15 votes
  18. Comment on A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is absolutely shocking. I haven't seen this story anywhere and I follow a lot of news. How haven't major news sources all over the world picked up this story? The initial study and WHOs...

    This is absolutely shocking.

    I haven't seen this story anywhere and I follow a lot of news. How haven't major news sources all over the world picked up this story? The initial study and WHOs reaction gained massive attention and front page coverage all over the world seemingly in every language under the sun.

    I really hope this sparks a debate on how rigorous the peer review process needs to be, private publishing being the gatekeeper for publicly funded science, and how public institutions rely and evaluate research for use in policy decisions.

    How could The Lancet end up publishing such a flawed study in the first place? How did it pass their quality control, when seemingly simple google searches on a host of mentioned facts and figures in the manuscripts should have thrown up scores of red flags?

    Thanks a ton for sharing!

    9 votes
  19. Comment on Copyright bots and classical musicians are fighting online. The bots are winning in ~music

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    As long as people have varied interests, I think the short answer is no. For things that seemingly dominate a person's interests when they pick it up as a hobby, a segregated platform might work....

    As long as people have varied interests, I think the short answer is no.

    For things that seemingly dominate a person's interests when they pick it up as a hobby, a segregated platform might work.

    For other things, the Facebooks, Twitters, Twitches, Youtubes etc. have so large network effects within the communities they're prevalent, that it's extremely hard to see how that's going to be significantly uprooted. Myspace and the other failed networks are tiny compared to the behemoths of today.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next? in ~misc

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    FDR is widely known as the first president to truly embrace Keynesianism. His seemingly ruthless deficit hawkery is largely forgotten. That pretty much directly led to the Roosevelt recession of...

    Is this supposed to be sarcastic? Because reducing deficit spending in a downturn is the opposite of Keynesianism.

    FDR is widely known as the first president to truly embrace Keynesianism.

    His seemingly ruthless deficit hawkery is largely forgotten. That pretty much directly led to the Roosevelt recession of 1937. To the extent that The New Deal is lauded as this large fiscal gamechanger, FDR wasn't a leader, but had his hand forced to do the right thing after the other options had been exhausted (I'd argue).

    Others mostly remember him for getting rid of the gold standard, embracing substantial deficit spending rather than following the "balanced budget"-careerists in DC at the time. This leads to people envisioning him as much more of a social democrat than I'd argue he actually was.

    The whole Economic Bill of Rights of 1944 with his famous quote:

    We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. ‘Necessitous men are not free men.’ People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

    wasn't visionary foresight, he'd tried the other paths and they didn't work.

    5 votes