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  1. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    As a pedestrian walking a dog in a US city, it's so much safer and easier with shelter-in-place in place due to the reduced traffic. Almost no vehicle will be making a turn when the pedestrian...

    As a pedestrian walking a dog in a US city, it's so much safer and easier with shelter-in-place in place due to the reduced traffic. Almost no vehicle will be making a turn when the pedestrian light is green.

    I wonder if it'll be feasible to not ever go back to the previous level of traffic under the name of countermeasure against global warming. It may be easier to expand what we're allowed to do starting from here, just up to a sustainable level; harder to go back to the previous level and then put restriction on again.

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  2. Comment on Johnny.Decimal, a system for organizing documents in a structured way in ~tech

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    I've started decluttering my digital life and deleted nearly all emails from my Gmail archive as a starter. Next low-hanging fruit is the files/documents scattered around my local system, Dropbox,...

    I've started decluttering my digital life and deleted nearly all emails from my Gmail archive as a starter. Next low-hanging fruit is the files/documents scattered around my local system, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, what have you. Johnny.Decimal seems like a good template to start giving a unifying organization structure to them.

    From the Areas & categories page:

    First, we divide everything in our system in to (at most) ten large buckets of stuff. We call those our areas, and we assign each area a range like 10-19, 20-2990-99.
    Then, within each area, we break things up again in to (at most) ten more buckets. We call them categories and we assign them numbers like 11, 1219.

    This gives us up to 100 categories of things, up to 10 groups of categories.

    Finally, we assign each individual thing in our system to a category, and give it a unique number. We start at .01 within each category, and work our way up through the numbers

    Each thing will be referenced with a Johnny.Decimal number in the format of [category number].[thing number]. As each number is limited to two digits, the system can handle up to 10,000 things.

    As the screenshots in the Saving files page clarify, you can store multiple files under each thing. Recreating the first screenshot in ascii...

    > 10-19 Finance
    v 20-20 Administration
      > 21 Company registration
      v 22 Contracts
        > 22.01 Cleaning contract
        v 22.02 Office lease
          Security bond details.xlsx
          Signed lease agreement.pdf
          Terms & conditions.doc
      > 23 Staffing
    > 30-39 Marketing
    > 40-49 Sales
    

    Use date-based numbering when it makes sense.

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  3. Comment on Japan as a coronavirus outlier: conspiracy, good fortune, or efficacy? in ~health.coronavirus

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    There was a special program by the public broadcaster of Japan (NHK) on March 22, in which one of the experts admitted that their strategy up to that point may not be able to suppress the second...

    There was a special program by the public broadcaster of Japan (NHK) on March 22, in which one of the experts admitted that their strategy up to that point may not be able to suppress the second influx of infection that they were beginning to see (speculated to be from people returning home from overseas).

    On top of this recent surge, a widely known comedian passed away today due to the virus at the age of 70 -- this may influence people's general attitude towards the pandemic.

    Anyhow, I'm watching this chart hoping that all the lines start dropping.

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  4. Comment on Japan as a coronavirus outlier: conspiracy, good fortune, or efficacy? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I recently read a Japanese blog post on the subject from Mar 20: why there hadn't been an outbreak and the theory behind the government's strategy up to that point. Here are some rough notes and...

    I recently read a Japanese blog post on the subject from Mar 20: why there hadn't been an outbreak and the theory behind the government's strategy up to that point. Here are some rough notes and some excerpts from the notes:

    Keep in mind that Japan's R0 has been lower than that of other countries. Otherwise, Japan would've been in an overshoot situation by February like them.
    ..
    The real reason is unknown right now.
    ..
    It may have to do with the fact that many people already had a habit of personal protection in the form of hand washing and masks and no cultural norm to be physically close to other people, such as shaking hands or hugging.

    [..]

    Group infections we've seen so far have occurred in situations that meet these criteria:

    1. Closed space with poor ventilation
    2. Many people were gathered densely
    3. Conversations or vocalizations within short distance (be able to touch each other if you reach out)

    These three conditions explain why packed trains have not caused cluster infection (isolated infections are still possible): they satisfy the conditions of closed space and close quarters, but not close contact.

    If every citizen can reliably avoid these conditions, which should be fairly easy compared to lockdowns and quarantines issued in other countries, large-scale secondary infections can be prevented.

    By altering human behavior in a relatively easy manner, Japan may be able to prevent cluster infections (not all infections; this is the key difference) and suppress most of corona infections.

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  5. Comment on How should I report outdated docs or suggest edits to the wiki? in ~tildes

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    Thanks for the affirmation and a comprehensive answer. One pending confirmation on the GitLab part ;)

    Thanks for the affirmation and a comprehensive answer. One pending confirmation on the GitLab part ;)

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  6. Comment on How should I report outdated docs or suggest edits to the wiki? in ~tildes

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    Oh wow, so much power on day two. Thanks! @hungariantoast linked to the tildes-static-sites repo as a way to suggest edits, and @Algernon_Asimov corrected that we should edit the ~tildes.official...

    Oh wow, so much power on day two. Thanks!

    @hungariantoast linked to the tildes-static-sites repo as a way to suggest edits, and @Algernon_Asimov corrected that we should edit the ~tildes.official wiki instead.

    The repo's readme says contributions are welcomed though, while directing people to the wiki as a simpler method.

    In general, contributions (edits or adding new pages) are welcome for the Docs site (files inside the content/pages/ directory).

    Does this part of the readme no longer apply? or is it still fine to make pull requests to the repo?

    Hmm, I found this other repo: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes-wiki/-/tree/master/tildes.official - which is read-only.

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  7. Comment on How should I report outdated docs or suggest edits to the wiki? in ~tildes

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    Gotcha. I was a bit worried that (hypothetically) posting every minor typo might be noisy. I suppose we can apply a common tag to such posts if that becomes actually noisy and let people filter...

    Gotcha. I was a bit worried that (hypothetically) posting every minor typo might be noisy. I suppose we can apply a common tag to such posts if that becomes actually noisy and let people filter them out.

    1 vote
  8. How should I report outdated docs or suggest edits to the wiki?

    I've been reading the docs after joining the site (hi!) and noticed a few places that were either outdated or unclear. Should I ignore them, given the disclaimer on the Instructions doc that says...

    I've been reading the docs after joining the site (hi!) and noticed a few places that were either outdated or unclear. Should I ignore them, given the disclaimer on the Instructions doc that says docs may not be current? Or is it better to report them?

    Here's a list of what I noticed for context:

    Some guidance on what to do with discoveries like these will be helpful for those who read docs :)
    I'm not really asking them to be updated here and now, but that's a fine outcome of this post too.

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