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  1. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    My opinion, which I have done no research to back up, is that many of the older users have either aged out or shifted away from the big popular subs in favor of the smaller niche subs. There are...

    My opinion, which I have done no research to back up, is that many of the older users have either aged out or shifted away from the big popular subs in favor of the smaller niche subs. There are certainly a set of diehard power users that still use old.reddit.com and RES and whatnot...but we are far outnumbered by mobile users. Whether that is because folks have shifted to mobile, or newer generations tend to use mobile (or almost certainly some of both), it definitely feels like there are two reddits. The front page and /r/popular and /r/all tend to be high engagement and low value posts - mostly memes and various headlines phrased for outrage. The comments tend to be very much in the "hive mind", with recycled memes and comments and takes-from-people-who-haven't-read-the-article. And then on the other side you have folks who have curated their higher quality subs that either have strict moderation and/or are small enough to maintain a unique identity. There you tend to have more insightful conversations and meaningful interactions in the comments.

    So I guess I don't really know where the original redditors are. Some are probably on other sites like here and hackernews, some probably left with no replacement, some likely embraced what reddit is today - but theres definitely a small crew that is still there with their small slice of curated subs. Its hard to leave the communities that you've known for years...but every new change from the redesign to NFTs has likely aliented more and more.

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  2. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    Thats an ...interesting vision for the site. I can see some interesting aspects - like people contributing/donating to mods on a well-moderated sub, or experts writing up an in-depth explanation...

    Thats an ...interesting vision for the site. I can see some interesting aspects - like people contributing/donating to mods on a well-moderated sub, or experts writing up an in-depth explanation (from stuff like /r/AskHistorians all the way to what is essentially a guide in a small video game sub) - basically gilding a post, but you're giving cash or a visa card or something and reddit takes their cut. There are some interesting things that could come about, like users donating for a sub to get a custom bot or professional CSS. Or perhaps having custom swag like stickers or tshirts (though we have custom print shops all over the place...if you want a shirt that says "/r/myfavoritesub", then you can just get it printed...so...eh?).

    However...I see so many downsides. Reddit's original userbase is from a more free internet from 10+ years ago. They run adblockers and don't like corporate influence. This is very much not in line with that. I know the redesign and general move to mobile has worked well for the newer generations, but I'm not sure what reddit would look like if you alienate the remaining old school users.

    Not to mention the many problems with conflicts of interest. We've seen problems with "powermods" taking over many subs and then doing silly things with them. Imagine the conflicts we would have if being a mod was monitized - we'd have users attempting to become mods of any mildly successful sub and subterfuge to take over the sub and gain all the money. The powermods who unevenly enforce rules and basically rule their sub with an iron fist will have monetary incentive to continue doing stuff. Then you get into subs with conflicts of interest...imagine if an owner of a dispensary was a mod of /r/trees...now they have a vested interest in promoting their own posts and removing post on the competition. That probably not a good example, but something similar could definitely happen in smaller subreddits. And what about subs that are about a specific video game or a piece of software or something? How will it work if the mods of /r/overwatch are getting paid based on what is essentially Blizzard content? It will especially be a problem with NSFW subs, where many subs are already basically an advertisement for the mods who happen to be promoting their OnlyFans accounts.

    How will copyright and ownership work, as reddit is mostly a link aggregation site? Its one thing if a well-written comment gets gilded for money, but what happens to someone who simply posts a link? Does that person get paid for posting the BotW2 trailer to /r/zelda? If someone finds a cool piece of fanart and posts it in /r/zelda, then they might be profiting instead of the artist? If the artist posts their work, then that has some cool potential...but theres a lot of room for abuse and fraud there.

    Reddit is already definitely astroturfed with bots and "subtle" marketing...I can only imagine how bad it would get if there were possible monetary incentives. Same thing with repost bots - we already have people reposting things word-for-word to farm meaningless karma...but if you could make money with it?


    Ultimately this is just a vision of a possible future from an interview...and I can see what they want. Take a look at TF2 and how they enabled map creators and model designers to contribute content and get compensated for it. That is a rather cool concept.

    ...but oh boy are there devils in the details. I can see something like gilding comments with actual money or having a button to donate to the sub's mod(s). Its still got avenues for abuse, but at least its fairly limited and straightforward. The grand vision they describe has so many potential pitfalls...I don't think it would be good for reddit.

    25 votes
  3. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    She has passed. The original link was that she was having health issues, but has since been edited since the news broke that she had passed away.

    She has passed. The original link was that she was having health issues, but has since been edited since the news broke that she had passed away.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E01 - "Grounded" in ~tv

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    Thanks. I may have to give it a shot. I never got into the earlier Star Trek stuff (besides a movie or three), and I'm not really interesting in trying to dive into the whole thing...but this...

    Thanks. I may have to give it a shot. I never got into the earlier Star Trek stuff (besides a movie or three), and I'm not really interesting in trying to dive into the whole thing...but this seems pretty approachable.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E01 - "Grounded" in ~tv

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    Do you think its worth watching for non-trekkies?

    Do you think its worth watching for non-trekkies?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on JK Rowling's new book, about a transphobe who faces wrath online, raises eyebrows in ~books

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    Had to read that twice. winning instead of whining makes a big difference to that statement lol.

    I find it hard to empathize with billionaires basically winning because...

    Had to read that twice. winning instead of whining makes a big difference to that statement lol.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    More underrated than forgotten IMO, but consider giving the Dune miniseries a watch while waiting for Villeneuve's part 2. The internet has lots of opinions on how the new movie and old movie...

    More underrated than forgotten IMO, but consider giving the Dune miniseries a watch while waiting for Villeneuve's part 2.

    The internet has lots of opinions on how the new movie and old movie stack up against each other (and against the books), but the miniseries is often left out of the conversation. I personally found it quite solid and much closer to the books than the 1984 movie - dune is hard to fit into a single movie, and the miniseries ends up being ~6 hours IIRC, which gives them a lot more time to set up and delve into things.

    Regardless of which adaption you like, you can find die-hard fans who disagree with you =P

    7 votes
  8. Comment on On the hunt for ginormous effect sizes in ~science

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    I apparently missed the original "Potato Diet" discussions, so this was an interesting read that led down a bit of a rabbit hole. Has anyone tried the potato diet? The results in their study...

    I apparently missed the original "Potato Diet" discussions, so this was an interesting read that led down a bit of a rabbit hole. Has anyone tried the potato diet? The results in their study definitely seem significant.

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  9. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I'd definitely give it a shot then. I went back and looked and you definitely need more than the first chapter to give it a fair shake. I'd say if you get to ~10 or so and aren't feeling it, then...

    I'd definitely give it a shot then. I went back and looked and you definitely need more than the first chapter to give it a fair shake. I'd say if you get to ~10 or so and aren't feeling it, then it might just not be for you.

    MoL was also a major influence on Rowe's Arcane Ascension series. I think Rowe also has at least one more main book in that series, as well as a series or two that follow a different character in that universe if you haven't found those yet. Rowe was also the one who coined "progression fantasy" and started the subreddit for it.

    Cradle is great and one of the staples of the progression fantasy genre. Though it definitely is closer to the xianxia (chinese immortal hero and cultivation stuff) side of things than it is to Rowe's stuff or MoL.

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  10. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I had no problem with the writing, but then again the main reasons that MoL is good would be the (hard) worldbuilding and the fairly unique story. It also was one of the major drivers behind the...

    I had no problem with the writing, but then again the main reasons that MoL is good would be the (hard) worldbuilding and the fairly unique story. It also was one of the major drivers behind the recently-recognized "progression fantasy" sub-genre. If you either prefer soft worldbuilding or focus on the prose rather the worldbuilding, then it might not be as enjoyable for you as it is for other people. I've found that I definitely have to lower my standards when it comes to web serials - there are some fantastic stories if you can get past some of the rough writing, mediocre translations, and lack of editor.

    I can't recall if this is the case for MoL, but most web serials like this do tend to have better writing over time as people provide feedback and they get a feel for things. I do know that I read the chapters when they were posted online, and there are now books. That may mean earlier chapters got rewritten/edited, but I don't really know.

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  11. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    There are scrapers that can grab them and make them into .epub or .mobi files. You can then set up email-to-kindle, where you can attach an epub and amazon will put that epub on your kindle. I...

    There are scrapers that can grab them and make them into .epub or .mobi files. You can then set up email-to-kindle, where you can attach an epub and amazon will put that epub on your kindle. I don't recall exactly how to set that up, but you can likely google it. The only things to look out for that I can remember was that you need to whitelist where emails can come from, and there is a "free" email address that downloads over wifi and doesn't cost anything.

    Sorry I don't have full instructions, but I set it up a long time ago and haven't needed to tweak it. I basically use Lightnovel Crawler to scrape and create epubs, then have an IFTTT automation that whenever I put a file into a specific dropbox folder, it will then use my gmail to send that file as an attachment to my free amazon kindle email. Its also nice for any other free epubs I pick up, like the monthly free book from the Tor newsletter (for example, I believe Brandon Sanderson's Alloy of Law is free through Aug 5th).

    If you're looking into webnovels in addition to worm and ward, I'd also highly recommend looking at Mother of Learning (magic-based progression fantasy), The Perfect Run (dark post-apocalyptic superpowers), and Worth the Candle (meta DnD litrpg story about coping and redemption).

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  12. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    I have a pet turtle, and most of my conversations are when he knocks things over in his tank and then stares at me expecting me to fix it. So most of my conversations are me looking over and...

    I have a pet turtle, and most of my conversations are when he knocks things over in his tank and then stares at me expecting me to fix it. So most of my conversations are me looking over and saying "What now, you little shit?"

    4 votes
  13. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I'm confused...as you saying that certain smartphones won't access WiFi without an active plan? Or that they can't broadcast/hotspot without it being in the plan?

    I'm confused...as you saying that certain smartphones won't access WiFi without an active plan? Or that they can't broadcast/hotspot without it being in the plan?

    3 votes
  14. Comment on RWBY: Ice Queendom - Eps. 1-3 in ~anime

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    I only watched a couple episodes of the original RWBY. Is this a remake where I can start with no RWBY knowledge? Or is this something where its better to have seen the original?

    I only watched a couple episodes of the original RWBY. Is this a remake where I can start with no RWBY knowledge? Or is this something where its better to have seen the original?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    Its a bit more nuanced than that, but she did have detractors beforehand due to both being a liberal woman and having some dark humor that some people didn't like (and some of which that didn't...

    Its a bit more nuanced than that, but she did have detractors beforehand due to both being a liberal woman and having some dark humor that some people didn't like (and some of which that didn't age well and/or wasn't intended to be published). The tweet she made was a complete nothingburger (and as she points out - the same joke was made by many others who got no pushback). It just happened to coincide with the rise of asian hate due to covid, and once it started, lots of her detractors jumped on the "cancellation" bandwagon and twitter did its thing to amplify engagement.

    I'd highly recommend watching her "Mask Off" video for the context from her side of things.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    Relevant video+thread from her "Mask Off" video about a month after the "cancellation". The article says she regrets that video, which makes sense because the "cancelers" didn't care...but it was...

    Relevant video+thread from her "Mask Off" video about a month after the "cancellation". The article says she regrets that video, which makes sense because the "cancelers" didn't care...but it was a very eye-opening video and unlike most "apology videos".

    Sad to see the lasting effects she is having to deal with. Social media, and twitter in particular, is not a great place to hang out for your mental health and should be relegated to business announcements (like the book announcements that she talks about) and not "discussion". I hope she feels better about her post-social media life and doesn't get dragged in more than the bare minimum for book announcements.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg envisions a billion people in the metaverse spending hundreds of dollars each in ~tech

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    Theres definitely some stuff going on in that realm. This VRchat topic+video is relevant to the whole conversation, but also covers some of the interesting ways that people are interacting in an...
    • Obviously porn, of course - although I don't think VR is game changing in the way that VHS or DVD or streaming was. And I doubt Meta are doing porn stuff anyway. The porn barometer is an interesting one. It's always been pretty reliable when it comes to predicting uptake of new media sources, and I don't get the sense it's particularly pointing in the direction of VR at the moment.

    Theres definitely some stuff going on in that realm. This VRchat topic+video is relevant to the whole conversation, but also covers some of the interesting ways that people are interacting in an adult manner.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The best carbon steel pans in 2022 in ~food

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    Never washed is a stretch - you still need to wipe them down and season them after use. And its not bad to wash them occasionally as long as you re-season them and don't let them soak/rust. And...

    Never washed is a stretch - you still need to wipe them down and season them after use. And its not bad to wash them occasionally as long as you re-season them and don't let them soak/rust. And the ease of the basic wipedown can vary depending on what you cooked. Both cast iron and carbon steel are pretty similar in that regard. I do like them, but its hard to beat the anodized aluminum pans I have - just chuck in the dishwasher and they'll be ready to go next time I cook.

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  19. Comment on The best carbon steel pans in 2022 in ~food

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    I bought a lodge carbon steel pan last year and I'm fairly happy with it. I have a deeper (and smaller diameter) cast iron dish that I can use for sauces and the oven, so the shallow dish has been...

    I bought a lodge carbon steel pan last year and I'm fairly happy with it. I have a deeper (and smaller diameter) cast iron dish that I can use for sauces and the oven, so the shallow dish has been a good add for me.

    ...but as I started cooking more (signed up for blue apron), I realized that the thing that is most valuable to me for any kitchen gadget is the ability to chuck it in the dishwasher. For various reasons, the headache of manually cleaning dishes means that I will simply avoid cooking. It got to the point where I took my under-sink tub of dirty dishes, and replaced everything with dishwasher safe versions (and donated the old stuff). I've been reliably cooking with my rachel ray pans, my ceramic or titanium-coated knives, and a fancy new pizza cutter and cheese grater - and then chucking it all in the dishwasher so I can do it again later in the week.

    Not to discourage anyone from getting carbon steel pans - they are great. Just an amusing note on how my cast iron pans, carbon steel pan, fancy victorinox knives and other nice kitchen gadgets have fallen out of favor because I don't have the time or energy to clean them (or give them the other care they really need like sharpening or seasoning).

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Believe it or not, men who can’t tell the difference between attraction and connection are not unusual in ~life

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    ...what?

    It’s not unheard of for heterosexual men to feel an inexplicable urge to kiss a male friend when they’re standing face to face. It’s also understandably challenging for these men like to maintain platonic relationships with women.

    ...what?

    17 votes