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  1. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    Haha! I see your points. I've been dorking around with classic ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, etc for over twenty years. I get that most of it has particularly annoying shortcomings. On the other hand, I was...

    Haha! I see your points. I've been dorking around with classic ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, etc for over twenty years. I get that most of it has particularly annoying shortcomings. On the other hand, I was able to earn part of a living off of it while satisfying many customers.

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  2. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I'm so glad that you have mentioned this reference several times on Tildes. I've read through it many times. I've been engaged in Biblical scholarship for around thirty years and one of the most...

    This segment of Charles' Rules of Argument covers it well...

    I'm so glad that you have mentioned this reference several times on Tildes. I've read through it many times.

    I've been engaged in Biblical scholarship for around thirty years and one of the most quoted sayings from scholars goes something like this:

    As scholars we try to bracket and set aside our own personal beliefs when engaging with the texts...

    So on and so forth.

    Most all of the scholars that I've come across have made statements like this. Not surprisingly, it is nearly impossible to do this.

    As an example of a particularly prominent and/or popular scholar there is Bart Ehrman. He has made this statement almost verbatim many times. He, also, has divulged his particular belief system as an agnostic atheist.

    Would you be surprised that all of his popular books (which are NOT peer reviewed by the way) have an overwhelming slant towards his own belief system?

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  3. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    That's why I use Tildes ReExtended. One of the main features allows you to add colored text labels next to someone's username.

    The UI could help with this. Sometimes it's hard to remember people by usernames alone.

    That's why I use Tildes ReExtended. One of the main features allows you to add colored text labels next to someone's username.

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  4. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    Is PHP really that bad?

    Is PHP really that bad?

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  6. Comment on What are some earworms whose catchiness hasn't worn off for you over time? in ~music

  7. Comment on Blocking or ignoring users in ~tildes

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    Thank you so much! I keep forgetting to search the GitLab repository for questions like this.

    Thank you so much! I keep forgetting to search the GitLab repository for questions like this.

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  8. Blocking or ignoring users

    I've used a myriad of online forums for decades and most, if not all, of them supported blocking or ignoring users. I don't believe that Tildes has this functionality since I can't seem to locate...

    I've used a myriad of online forums for decades and most, if not all, of them supported blocking or ignoring users.

    I don't believe that Tildes has this functionality since I can't seem to locate it.

    If that's the case, then why doesn't Tildes have this feature?

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  9. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Why don't you start a new ~tildes post about this? That way, at least, more people will see it. And I believe that you have brought up a good point.

    Why don't you start a new ~tildes post about this? That way, at least, more people will see it. And I believe that you have brought up a good point.

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  10. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    That's the number one reason that I love this place so much. And Tildes relies on donations as opposed to advertisements.

    neighborhood pub/coffee-shop

    That's the number one reason that I love this place so much.

    A lot of other sites are built around making you visit constantly and try to make you feel like you're missing out on something whenever you're not visiting, because they make money through advertising, and that's how they'll be able to show you the most ads.

    And Tildes relies on donations as opposed to advertisements.

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  11. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Found out about a band that I hadn't heard before from listening to BAGeL Radio called Deeper. Here's a recent song: Deeper - This Heat

    Found out about a band that I hadn't heard before from listening to BAGeL Radio called Deeper.

    Here's a recent song: Deeper - This Heat

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  13. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    I'm sure that there are meaningful reasons why Tildes hasn't been completely unleashed to the public. @Deimos may not have mentioned what those are, but I'm willing to bet they are solid.

    I'm sure that there are meaningful reasons why Tildes hasn't been completely unleashed to the public. @Deimos may not have mentioned what those are, but I'm willing to bet they are solid.

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  14. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Or echo chamber.

    ...feedback loop

    Or echo chamber.

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  15. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

  16. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    I don't view this as a dichotomy (i.e. Tildes or Reddit). I use both. I use the small niche subreddits along with almost the entire Tildes site. I'm tired of the assholes, trolls, and general...

    I don't view this as a dichotomy (i.e. Tildes or Reddit). I use both. I use the small niche subreddits along with almost the entire Tildes site.

    I'm tired of the assholes, trolls, and general toxicity of the wider Reddit.

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  17. Comment on What's something that people commonly misunderstand about you? in ~talk

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    People that do not, intimately, know me believe that I am a religious person. They just met me and don't know enough detail, yet. Many years ago I would become offended and confused. Now, having...

    what's something that people commonly misunderstand about you?

    People that do not, intimately, know me believe that I am a religious person.

    Why do you think that happens?

    They just met me and don't know enough detail, yet.

    How do you feel or respond when you're made aware of it?

    Many years ago I would become offended and confused. Now, having been through this multiple times, I can easily give people the benefit of the doubt and move on from there.

    To expand upon my particular situation, I often engage people on what they believe or what they have been raised to believe. To be brief, that often leads into further conversations where I explain that I was raised in an evangelical Christian home. On the other hand, during that time, I was an agnostic atheist.

    Years later, I had experiences that changed my beliefs to an agnostic theist.

    So, I'm still not a religious person.

    I just have a different worldview as a result of paranormal experiences.

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