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  1. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Wikipedia's old look was much better than the new one in ~talk

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    People talk a lot about readability, but I don't think that's the best way to think about it. Sure, accessibility options are important, but different designs encourage users to engage with the...

    People talk a lot about readability, but I don't think that's the best way to think about it. Sure, accessibility options are important, but different designs encourage users to engage with the content differently. I think the old Wikipedia design is well suited to a certain way of consuming information and the new Wikipedia design is suited for another. There's something about the old design that captures the imagination that the current one I don't think does. Personally, I don't like the trend of centering content and significantly increasing white space

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of November 28 in ~news

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    Based on the article, Stanford received a complaint that Meyer had done something that caused someone physical injury and an investigation was launched, which involved scheduling a hearing for...

    Based on the article, Stanford received a complaint that Meyer had done something that caused someone physical injury and an investigation was launched, which involved scheduling a hearing for Meyer as well as offering her an advisor to work through the process. It's highly unlikely that the person who submitted the complaint said why she did what did, so Stanford would not have known that it was in response to an alleged rape and they likely were going through the standard procedure for a case like this. The contentious part should be in how harshly administration communicated with a student, stating that they might have their diploma on hold and that their position as an athlete could be in jeopardy, on a disciplinary matter they yet had little information about.

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  3. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    Well, there's one major path to discovery for people who have never heard of Tildes: searching "alternatives to Reddit"

    Well, there's one major path to discovery for people who have never heard of Tildes: searching "alternatives to Reddit"

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  4. Comment on ‘These are conditions ripe for political violence’: How close is the US to civil war? in ~misc

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    I agree that America is especially polarized at the moment, but I think we collectively just need time to sit down and process things, and I feel it would be unwise to go around pointing too many...

    I agree that America is especially polarized at the moment, but I think we collectively just need time to sit down and process things, and I feel it would be unwise to go around pointing too many fingers. In 2016, we elected Trump, a man who we can endlessly debate where on the spectrum of corruption he laid; but more importantly, we elected a man who was a bad individual in a way that was clearly visible, but who was too good at deconstructing political norms to be held accountable for any objective moral wrongdoing, to be criticized for any action considered wrong by most people, or for constructive, internally consistent debate to be had on any action that was morally grey (i.e. all of politics). This was the state of things for 3 years, then we had a global pandemic that killed 1 million Americans. I really, truly think we just need time to process things before we start worrying about the US going to war with itself.

    On the whole, I think there are things to be optimistic about. By my perception at least, it seems that polarization is dropping among people who don't spend too much time on the internet. It also seems that the intellectual foundation of American conservatism is starting to reform, though it may take a couple cycles for it to manifest in electoral politics.

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  5. Soft reminder to read linked article when commenting?

    I don't think this has been much of an issue so far with this community, but I expect that with time people will be more and more likely to not read the linked article before commenting. We've...

    I don't think this has been much of an issue so far with this community, but I expect that with time people will be more and more likely to not read the linked article before commenting. We've become so primed in general to consume information on the Internet in a way that makes us feel overconfident in our understanding based on just a few details, that I think it would be useful to have a soft reminder to actually read and engage with the things you're responding to instead of offering a "hot take".

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  6. Comment on AI-generated art sparks furious backlash from Japan’s anime community in ~anime

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    A lot of what makes art art is that it's a human process that involves work, struggle, and life experience. And whether the end consumer understands it themself, the circumstances of the art...

    A lot of what makes art art is that it's a human process that involves work, struggle, and life experience. And whether the end consumer understands it themself, the circumstances of the art piece's creation (i.e. the "behind the scenes", the story of how it came together/got funded, the minds behind the piece, etc.) will influence how the art is experienced by influencing how and among whom it's talked about, how it's critically analyzed, and how and to what extent it's disseminated to the general public. Art is inherently a social process in both its creation and consumption, and I think the use of AI to confuse how and by whom art is being created and to undervalue the craftsmanship of those who have studied the form and serve to preserve its history is truly a slow descent into madness.

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  7. Comment on An AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition, and artists are pissed in ~arts

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    I think people get too caught up in the moralization of if AI is good or in the argumentation of if the work that AI produces is actually all that great. On the whole it's important to keep in...

    I think people get too caught up in the moralization of if AI is good or in the argumentation of if the work that AI produces is actually all that great.

    On the whole it's important to keep in mind that AI, unlike previous technological developments, won't just displace humans; it has the ability to replace all forms of human work unless we support the arbitrary but valid paradigm that "AI is bad". Another way to think about it if that sounds too dogmatic is that we should let the market price in people's taste against AI and let governments form policies accommodating people's ethical stances against AI.

  8. Comment on How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral—and caused untold harm in ~lgbt

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    I take issue with a few things in this article, but hopefully I don't get murked given the sensitive nature of the topic. One being the assertion that conservative interest groups that cite...

    I take issue with a few things in this article, but hopefully I don't get murked given the sensitive nature of the topic.

    One being the assertion that conservative interest groups that cite Littman's paper are inherently operating out of bad-faith or are doing anything essentially different from what any political group on either the left or right does with respect to scientific studies (i.e. curating relevant papers to support their arguments).

    The second being the underlying assumption that anyone who disagrees with the paradigms that (gender is distinct from sex) and that (given that gender is distinct from sex, gender identity is not merely a choice but something that someone is born with) is a terrible person with little regard for science or the well-being and free choice of LGBT+ youth. It's worth noting that psychological frameworks are not proven, they are validated (i.e. shown to have clinical value).

    The third isn't necessarily an issue, but something that I think that's worth commenting on. It's important to be generally cautious when it comes to invoking a hypothetical suicide to make a point. I don't think the author is in a position to comment on the severity of Jay's situation and it can be incredibly dangerous to expect the reader to carry the guilt of what might happen to him

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  9. Comment on Is it possible to change my username on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I think there's something nice to keeping it manual and maintaining some degree of friction in the process

    I think there's something nice to keeping it manual and maintaining some degree of friction in the process

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  10. Comment on The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse in ~life

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    The second half of the article got me thinking. It feels like there might be some serious intergenerational dysfunction among the ultra-wealthy, especially in the US.

    The second half of the article got me thinking. It feels like there might be some serious intergenerational dysfunction among the ultra-wealthy, especially in the US.

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