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  1. Comment on What is the "bible" of your hobby or activity? in ~hobbies

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    Quoting the footer without context like this is misleading to the point that the only two options I can conceive of are that you either stopped reading after you saw that footnote, or that you're...

    Quoting the footer without context like this is misleading to the point that the only two options I can conceive of are that you either stopped reading after you saw that footnote, or that you're deliberately trying to misrepresent the article in the comments here.

    The article is not about Clean Code. The section on clean code is tiny, and it is almost entirely quoted from a deep dive done by someone else who has read Clean Code -- a blog post that the author recommends you read yourself. The author is not obligated to read Clean Code and dissect it in detail in an article whose thesis is basically "Uncle Bob has a ton of bad opinions" when it's merely one example out of many of his bad opinions and someone has already done the job more thoroughly themselves.

    The vast majority of the article is criticism of Uncle Bob's bad technical opinions. These are opinions that he has stated in places that aren't Clean Code, therefore the author has read and is clearly able to engage with them. He quotes others' rebuttals to these technical opinions throughout as well. The section on Uncle Bob's political views is absolutely miniscule by comparison and consists mostly of links to other sites discussing his bad political opinions and behavior. The author even acknowledges that most people dislike him for his politics rather than his bad technical opinions!

    To frame this article as a political hit piece, one would have to believe that any criticism of someone's politics is inappropriate even when accompanied by detailed and thorough criticism of their bad opinions about software development. Even when the article in question does not purport to be politically neutral whatsoever, and in fact clearly sets out that it aims to criticize Uncle Bob's opinions across both the technical and political spheres.

    Do the author's criticisms of Uncle Bob's inability to understand what a type actually is and weirdly dogmatic views about language features not count because the author also criticized him for being extremely sexist and racist? Because that's honestly how your comment comes off to me after having read the linked post.

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  2. Comment on You feel like shit in ~health.mental

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    Yeah one of the advantages of this website for me is that it's often hard to distinguish between why I feel shitty -- sometimes it's physical, sometimes mental, sometimes both. The style of the...

    Yeah one of the advantages of this website for me is that it's often hard to distinguish between why I feel shitty -- sometimes it's physical, sometimes mental, sometimes both. The style of the tool really helped me sift through the potential causes to solve what's easily solvable and get to the root of the problem.

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  3. Comment on Etsy sellers are turning free fanfiction into printed and bound physical books [against the wishes of the authors], and listing them for sale for more than $100 per book in ~books

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    Literally any monetized youtube video that shows clips from something not made by the same creator but includes sufficient commentary or other content to justify the inclusion of the relevant...

    Literally any monetized youtube video that shows clips from something not made by the same creator but includes sufficient commentary or other content to justify the inclusion of the relevant copyrighted material. Virtually any movie review or video essay on YouTube falls into this. Most videogame streaming would also probably fall into this category, assuming there's sufficient additional content/commentary from the streamer. A commentary-less upload of someone playing a videogame is likely not fair use.

    For a court-tested example, h3h3 won a lawsuit based on a judge considering their reaction content fair use. The judge in that case explicitly pointed out that the inclusion of commentary was a big factor when it comes to whether reaction content specifically is fair use.

    Even the most transformative reaction content is almost definitely a closer call when it comes to fair use analysis than almost any fanfiction, though, because the third factor of a fair use analysis is the amount and substantiality of the work used. Reaction content by its nature usually includes a substantial portion if not all of the work being reacted to. By contrast, fanfiction typically never even quotes the original copyrighted work directly, giving it a significant leg up in that factor of the analysis.

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  4. Comment on Etsy sellers are turning free fanfiction into printed and bound physical books [against the wishes of the authors], and listing them for sale for more than $100 per book in ~books

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    Copyright over characters and worldbuilding is much more ambiguous legally than copyright over the actual text of the work. It's a thing, but it's easy enough to argue that there are sufficient...

    Copyright over characters and worldbuilding is much more ambiguous legally than copyright over the actual text of the work. It's a thing, but it's easy enough to argue that there are sufficient differences from the original characters in many fanfics. And even if the fanfics include copyrighted elements like characters and worlds, it's the work as a whole that's assessed for transformativity, and most fanfic has more than enough original content to easily be seen as transformative.

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  5. Comment on Etsy sellers are turning free fanfiction into printed and bound physical books [against the wishes of the authors], and listing them for sale for more than $100 per book in ~books

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    This is not strictly true -- these are both factors taken into account in a fair-use analysis, but they don't both have to be true nor are they the only factors. Sufficiently transformative works...

    To be considered fair use, my understanding is that it needs to be both 'transformative' and noncommercial.

    This is not strictly true -- these are both factors taken into account in a fair-use analysis, but they don't both have to be true nor are they the only factors. Sufficiently transformative works can be fair use even when they're commercial. Noncommercial works may be given more leeway but it's not a direct predictor of fair use and it's not a legal requirement for it. It's a common myth (especially within the fanfiction space) that noncommercial works are "safe" but they aren't. The bigger factor when it comes to commercial work is whether the work "infringes on the market for the original", which it would be hard to argue is the case for the vast majority of fanfiction. The work being entirely noncommercial wouldn't hurt, but in a fair-use analysis but it's not even close to a deciding factor. A judge weighs all the fair use factors on a case-by-case basis, so it's difficult to generalize much beyond that because it could differ between different fanfictions.

    But the major factor with a fanfiction lawsuit would, as always, be how deep the pockets of the plaintiff are compared to those of the fanfiction author -- being fair use doesn't pay your legal bills, especially in a case like this where anti-SLAPP laws wouldn't really apply.

    So the fan-fiction itself could be considered fair use, but what these etsy sellers are doing is breaching copyright.

    These etsy sellers are indeed breaching copyright -- the copyright of the fanfic authors. They should submit DMCA requests or something equivalent to Etsy if possible. Whether the fanfiction itself is fair use is honestly irrelevant because without the fanfiction authors' permission this is still blatant copyright infringement. Even if a piece of fanfiction isn't sufficiently transformative as a whole to be fair use (pretty much never the case fwiw) the fanfiction author owns copyright over anything original they added.

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  6. Comment on Fitness educational resources? in ~health

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    As someone who is in VERY bad shape, one of the few fitness "influencers" I've found with a plan that can be adjusted down to my level (in terms of difficulty) is Hampton from Hybrid Calisthenics....

    As someone who is in VERY bad shape, one of the few fitness "influencers" I've found with a plan that can be adjusted down to my level (in terms of difficulty) is Hampton from Hybrid Calisthenics. He has some social media content that was very compassionate and helpful, and it's been a helpful way to dip my toes into physical fitness. It accounts for a pretty broad level of starting points too which I really appreciate.

    I'm definitely stealing some recommendations from these comments to check out for myself too tho.

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  7. Comment on Tumblr to begin selling user content to AI generative service companies, opt-out will be per blog in ~tech

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    I assume Tumblr is offering some way to filter or curate the content -- in part because I can't imagine it being useful as training data otherwise, because Tumblr's format and culture would make...

    I assume Tumblr is offering some way to filter or curate the content -- in part because I can't imagine it being useful as training data otherwise, because Tumblr's format and culture would make it absurdly messy bad data without that. Scraping tumblr directly would produce so much absolute garbage that it would be very difficult to get anything particularly useful out of it imo.

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  8. Comment on UK Conservative party suspends MP Lee Anderson over claims that Islamists have "got control" of London's Mayor Sadiq Kahn and the capital in ~news

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    I think the person you replied to was asking why he only got suspended after refusing to apologize, rather than for the behavior itself regardless of whether he apologized or not.

    Essentially that's what's happened I believe, him being suspended essentially means he's been kicked out.

    I think the person you replied to was asking why he only got suspended after refusing to apologize, rather than for the behavior itself regardless of whether he apologized or not.

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  9. Comment on Feeling lost with mental health treatment in ~health.mental

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    No worries, I didn't even realize I hadn't specified in my original comment, and that is an important thing to specify! Thanks for letting me know so I could add a clarifying edit.

    No worries, I didn't even realize I hadn't specified in my original comment, and that is an important thing to specify! Thanks for letting me know so I could add a clarifying edit.

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  10. Comment on Is an ethical social media platform even possible? in ~tech

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    I wish I were surprised by that.

    I wish I were surprised by that.

  11. Comment on Is an ethical social media platform even possible? in ~tech

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    Even without showdead Hacker News comments can get pretty rough about certain topics -- it's very similar to reddit in regards to any conversation that abuts feminism or trans issues.

    Even without showdead Hacker News comments can get pretty rough about certain topics -- it's very similar to reddit in regards to any conversation that abuts feminism or trans issues.

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  12. Comment on Feeling lost with mental health treatment in ~health.mental

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    While I agree that discussion in these comments can be at least a little therapeutic, it doesn't have much to do with CBT specifically -- CBT describes a certain approach to therapy that focuses...

    Because right now I think you're engaging in a low form of CBT here. Just with a variety of people as opposed to one-on-one. You've been taking a controlled substance without building the skills to cope with the actual stresses of life you're more encountering.

    While I agree that discussion in these comments can be at least a little therapeutic, it doesn't have much to do with CBT specifically -- CBT describes a certain approach to therapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, behavior, and feelings. The discussion here hasn't really been very similar to the way CBT talks about these things.

    CBT can be very helpful for certain people and conditions -- it can be extremely helpful for anxiety and certain types of depression. But it's not for everyone. For me, its "homework" element really made it hard for me to engage with it, since (because of the ADHD) I never remembered to do the documentation over the course of the week that my therapist asked for until I was about to leave for therapy. I've also heard other neurodivergent people (particularly autistic people) describe disliking CBT's way of framing your thoughts as "wrong", but I didn't personally experience that so I assume it varies by therapist.

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  13. Comment on Feeling lost with mental health treatment in ~health.mental

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    I definitely didn't intend to advise going off the SSRI at any point in my comment -- my discussion of a "tolerance break" was for the methylphenidate, where it's very common practice. Didn't...

    I definitely didn't intend to advise going off the SSRI at any point in my comment -- my discussion of a "tolerance break" was for the methylphenidate, where it's very common practice. Didn't realize that wasn't clear, sorry!

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  14. Comment on A US drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis in ~health.mental

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    I had the opposite response to it actually! It made me very jumpy and unfocused, something akin to a hypomanic episode. My mother is on it for her anxiety and iirc tolerated it fine though. Meds...

    I had the opposite response to it actually! It made me very jumpy and unfocused, something akin to a hypomanic episode. My mother is on it for her anxiety and iirc tolerated it fine though. Meds like this vary so much person to person!

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  15. Comment on Feeling lost with mental health treatment in ~health.mental

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    I have a very similar set of diagnoses -- ADHD, depression, and some anxiety (in my case, social). If your ADHD medication is less effective now than when you started, I recommend taking a short...

    I have a very similar set of diagnoses -- ADHD, depression, and some anxiety (in my case, social).

    If your ADHD medication is less effective now than when you started, I recommend taking a short tolerance break to start (EDIT TO ADD: for clarification, I'm only referring to the ADHD stimulant medication, not the SSRI) I got sick for a week and when I started taking my medication again afterwards it was noticeably more effective. It's also possible that you genuinely need a different dose -- you need to work with your doctor or psychiatrist on this side of things. It's also maybe possible that another medication will end up being better for you than methylphenidate -- I started with it but now am doing better on Vyvanse. It's very individually dependent, unfortunately, so trial-and-error is really the only way to go here.

    I have also found personally that as I get into the routine of taking my medication, it feels less helpful than it did when I first started just because I begin to take it for granted. The effects (for me at least) are subtle enough that it doesn't feel "that different" anymore, and unfortunately stimulant medication doesn't solve all your problems with ADHD, especially with comorbid depression. Things will still suck and be really hard sometimes. That shouldn't stop you from trying to make things suck as little as possible through whatever means necessary, but don't expect every day to necessarily be life-changingly better with meds the way it felt when you first started them.

    I do recommend if you can afford it searching for a therapist who specializes in ADHD and takes a more trauma-focused approach rather than a generic CBT therapist -- not because it will necessarily improve your symptoms, but because the negative mindset others project on you for your ADHD symptoms can be just as harmful as the symptoms themselves. Medication can address the symptoms of ADHD but it can't treat the trauma of growing up with ADHD in a world that constantly demeans you for struggling because of it. I similarly have struggled to find a therapy approach that works for me -- CBT in particular was not a good fit.

    I really do wish you the absolute best. This situation sucks ass to be in. You deserve treatment that helps you live your best life, and I hope you find a better equilibrium sooner rather than later.

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  16. Comment on The carry-on-baggage bubble is about to pop in ~travel

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    fwiw, if they require you to check carry-ons because of space, they're generally gate-checked and you thus don't have to wait for the baggage carousel.

    I also don't see how standing even longer at the carousel is worth more than just staying in your seat on the plane.

    fwiw, if they require you to check carry-ons because of space, they're generally gate-checked and you thus don't have to wait for the baggage carousel.

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  17. Comment on The carry-on-baggage bubble is about to pop in ~travel

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    I've never had luggage lost but I've had checked suitcases not arrive with me and need to be shipped to me twice just since covid restrictions lifted (I travel internationally by plane about 2-3...

    I've never had luggage lost but I've had checked suitcases not arrive with me and need to be shipped to me twice just since covid restrictions lifted (I travel internationally by plane about 2-3 times a year). Once being completely my fault, to be fair, but still. Luckily both times were on return journeys home, so waiting for the suitcases to arrive wasn't too painful.

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  18. Comment on A US drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis in ~health.mental

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    I'm not sure how well-validated its efficacy is but it's definitely a thing I've heard mentioned in my ADHD books. I personally responded really poorly to it side-effects-wise when I tried it so I...

    I'm not sure how well-validated its efficacy is but it's definitely a thing I've heard mentioned in my ADHD books. I personally responded really poorly to it side-effects-wise when I tried it so I can't attest to its effects on my ADHD symptoms either.

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  19. Comment on Ukrainian forces withdraw from Avdiivka; megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 17 in ~news

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    yeah I'm honestly becoming more and more disappointed with some of the comments I see about... almost any trans or gender-related issue when it comes up outside of ~lgbt. I try to do my best to...

    yeah I'm honestly becoming more and more disappointed with some of the comments I see about... almost any trans or gender-related issue when it comes up outside of ~lgbt. I try to do my best to respond thoughtfully if I have something to say that might help someone see things from a different perspective but it's kinda exhausting.

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  20. Comment on Ukrainian forces withdraw from Avdiivka; megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 17 in ~news

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    No offense, but this isn't your call to make, and it's a really gross perspective to have. The idea that you have to push back on trans people who do things you don't understand or approve of,...

    I think pushing back against neopronouns is not unimportant for the overall goal of fostering acceptance for non-cis individuals, especially to garner support and understanding among those who aren't terminally online.

    No offense, but this isn't your call to make, and it's a really gross perspective to have. The idea that you have to push back on trans people who do things you don't understand or approve of, even when they don't directly harm anyone, for the "overall goal of fostering acceptance for non-cis individuals", is fundamentally conservative and oppressive. No one's forcing you to use neopronouns. You can just avoid people who use them if you dislike using them and don't want to overtly be an asshole. But framing "pushing back against" them as some sort of progressive act is absurd.

    Even if you were correct that people deliberately choose them just to be obnoxious and no one comes to the choice to use them from a serious or well thought-out place (which, to be clear, is not something you are correct about), the idea that someone's choices need to be pushed back because they're weird and annoying at worst is fundamentally harmful to trans people as a whole. Sure, your threshold for what's weird and annoying enough that we should "push back against" it is neopronouns. But for the next person over it's any trans person who doesn't conform to stereotypical gender presentation. For the next person it's literally any nonbinary identity at all -- I've absolutely seen people say almost the exact same shit you have in this comment, except about nonbinary identities as a whole rather than just neopronouns.This is fundamentally no different than that. It's also much like "pushing back against" femme gay men and drag queens because they make it harder for society to accept non-heterosexual people. Queer acceptance shouldn't be contingent on you agreeing with every choice a given person makes or on that person not doing anything you find weird or off-putting.

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