19 votes

What's the most interesting interaction you've had on Tildes so far?

Now that a good portion of people have had accounts here for over a year, it seems fitting to ask: are there any interactions that have particularly stuck out to you? Anything that's caught your eye? Maybe changed your life, at the polar end of possible positive results?

28 comments

  1. Keegan
    Link
    Something that has stuck with me for a long time was the generosity and great vibes going on in this game key giveaway. I see these occasionally on other places, and they always really remind me...

    Something that has stuck with me for a long time was the generosity and great vibes going on in this game key giveaway. I see these occasionally on other places, and they always really remind me of how that even though the news likes to make video gamers look like the most toxic and entitled people of all, there is still a large quantity of really wholesome gamers out there.

    10 votes
  2. CharlieConway
    Link
    I can't point to anything in particular but that's not the community's fault. I joined last year in June but I'm only now starting to visit on a more frequent basis. Overall I enjoy the general...

    I can't point to anything in particular but that's not the community's fault. I joined last year in June but I'm only now starting to visit on a more frequent basis. Overall I enjoy the general nature of conversation here more than reddit though. I get the impression people actually read the articles here before commenting which helps haha.

    8 votes
  3. culturedleftfoot
    Link
    I'm not even close to the one-year mark yet but mine would be this thread where I wanted to find out everyone's areas of interest and/or expertise. It got some fascinating replies and basically...

    I'm not even close to the one-year mark yet but mine would be this thread where I wanted to find out everyone's areas of interest and/or expertise. It got some fascinating replies and basically introduced me to many of the impressive people in our community, so it's probably helped humanize Tildes for me more than anything else.

    8 votes
  4. kfwyre
    (edited )
    Link
    I post a lot of ask threads, partly because it's my way of contributing to the site (since I don't read a lot of news articles elsewhere that I could submit) and partly because I'm genuinely...

    I post a lot of ask threads, partly because it's my way of contributing to the site (since I don't read a lot of news articles elsewhere that I could submit) and partly because I'm genuinely curious.

    Of these threads, my favorite has probably been What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected?

    It got a wide variety of answers, spawned a lot of interesting side conversations, and has several great "infodump" posts throughout that I found very valuable.

    If we're looking at individual interactions, I've had a lot of great ones in my time here and am quite fond of the community. The best one in particular, however, was @spit-evil-olive-tips teaching me about encryption. They were incredibly patient and thorough in their explanations and gave me a great mental framework for understanding it. I can now say that I am a proud user of full-disk encryption on all of my devices thanks to them!

    8 votes
  5. gergir
    Link
    I haven't been here long, but received a few very nice PMs in the beginning from unexpected directions. That motivated me to start reading many more contributions than just those within my...

    I haven't been here long, but received a few very nice PMs in the beginning from unexpected directions. That motivated me to start reading many more contributions than just those within my immediate interest areas. It's a good place.

    7 votes
  6. [2]
    Eva
    Link
    Mine so far was this interaction with @boredop, where he shed a delightful (though somewhat sad) bit of background on some of my favourite records:...

    Mine so far was this interaction with @boredop, where he shed a delightful (though somewhat sad) bit of background on some of my favourite records:

    https://tildes.net/~music/enp/kevin_devine_no_time_flat#comment-3gp6

    5 votes
    1. boredop
      Link Parent
      That was a good one from my end too. Always nice to reminisce. Hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since I knew all those guys. We had a fun little indie scene going there for a couple of...

      That was a good one from my end too. Always nice to reminisce. Hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since I knew all those guys. We had a fun little indie scene going there for a couple of years.

      You know, I actually had a chance to meet Kevin Devine at my day job a couple of years ago, but I didn't bring up that I knew Mike. I didn't want to bring him down right before he had to perform. Hopefully our paths will cross again some day.

      6 votes
  7. [4]
    bilbodwyer
    Link
    I introduced @cfabbro to one of my favourite musicians in a thread 6 months ago, and have had a fair amount of back and forth about that artist ever since. Even going so far as to notify them of...

    I introduced @cfabbro to one of my favourite musicians in a thread 6 months ago, and have had a fair amount of back and forth about that artist ever since. Even going so far as to notify them of tours in their area :D

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro
      (edited )
      Link Parent
      Dude, Cosmo Sheldrake is great, and I still really appreciate you introducing him to me! And I still fully intend to see him live when I finally get the chance, too! I would have already bought...

      Dude, Cosmo Sheldrake is great, and I still really appreciate you introducing him to me!

      And I still fully intend to see him live when I finally get the chance, too! I would have already bought tickets for his appearance at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, but that is unfortunately taking place on my sister's birthday... and I don't think she would appreciate me fucking off downtown to a concert instead of being there to celebrate with her. ;)

      p.s. Speaking of Cosmo, did you see his latest A Capella, Joan Baez cover? I was tempted to submit it here, but I was worried it might just be my obsession with him that makes me love it so much, and so other people might not find it as compelling. :P

      3 votes
      1. bilbodwyer
        Link Parent
        Take her with you! :D I listened to it this morning, very much enjoyed it :)

        and I don't think she would appreciate me fucking off downtown to a concert instead of being there to celebrate with her

        Take her with you! :D
        I listened to it this morning, very much enjoyed it :)

        2 votes
    2. Eva
      Link Parent
      Nice! That's fantastic to hear!

      Nice! That's fantastic to hear!

  8. annadane
    Link
    THE ONES IN THIS THREAD OF COURSE.

    THE ONES IN THIS THREAD OF COURSE.

    1 vote
  9. [16]
    Grand0rbiter
    Link
    Can't remember. This site is slowly dying so i don't visit very much anymore. But the one about pregnant women who were too large was interesting.

    Can't remember. This site is slowly dying so i don't visit very much anymore.

    But the one about pregnant women who were too large was interesting.

    1. [15]
      PopeRigby
      Link Parent
      Why is the site dying? Seems pretty active to me.

      Why is the site dying? Seems pretty active to me.

      11 votes
      1. [14]
        Grand0rbiter
        Link Parent
        It's getting less active each day, but maybe it's just my impression.

        It's getting less active each day, but maybe it's just my impression.

        1. [3]
          hungariantoast
          Link Parent
          @Loire This definitely wouldn't be the first time Tildes has had a lull in activity. It's my opinion that these kinds of things ebb and flow on smaller websites and aren't really indicative of...

          @Loire

          This definitely wouldn't be the first time Tildes has had a lull in activity. It's my opinion that these kinds of things ebb and flow on smaller websites and aren't really indicative of actual future prospects.

          In fact, @Loire, the last distinct lull in activity that I remember ended in February 2019, shortly before you joined, when we had a decent wave of users come in.

          The thing to remember is that Tildes could be much more popular if that was the intended goal, but as far as I can remember reading, that's very much not the intention at the moment.

          Also, as I am so fond of mentioning, Tildes has much more activity and fewer than one hundred users less than Lobsters, a site that has been around since July, 2012. (Though, to be fair, Lobsters is much narrower in scope.)

          My point behind this comment is that, as far as I can tell, Tildes isn't dying.

          Also, I could be wrong about this, especially since I wasn't on Reddit that early, but I think I remember someone pointing out that Tildes has more users now than Reddit did at the same age.

          4 votes
          1. [2]
            Loire
            Link Parent
            By no means do I think Tildes is dying, I was just pointing out the one posters observation that things are a bit slower than normal is not out of place. As you said lull's in activity are normal...

            By no means do I think Tildes is dying, I was just pointing out the one posters observation that things are a bit slower than normal is not out of place.

            As you said lull's in activity are normal for a forum.

            Also what the hell is Lobsters? This is the second time I've seen it mentioned and the fkrst I simply assumed it was a forum for J. Pete. fans.

            2 votes
            1. hungariantoast
              Link Parent
              Ha, no, it "is a computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion". It's kind of like Hacker News, but with an even narrower scope of technological subjects and with a...

              Ha, no, it "is a computing-focused community centered around link aggregation and discussion".

              It's kind of like Hacker News, but with an even narrower scope of technological subjects and with a different culture.

              They do actually mention the Peterson thing on their about page though:

              The name "Lobste.rs" is a cute domain hack without any deeper meaning. It has nothing to do with self-help guru Jordan Peterson, whose fans started to call themselves "lobsters" about six years after we started.

              4 votes
        2. [10]
          PopeRigby
          Link Parent
          I disagree. It seems to be getting more active. I got over 30 comments on a post I made earlier, after only an hour or so. That's way more than before.

          I disagree. It seems to be getting more active. I got over 30 comments on a post I made earlier, after only an hour or so. That's way more than before.

          3 votes
          1. [8]
            Loire
            Link Parent
            To be frank things do seem to have slowed down a bit. It probably didn't help that one of the most prolific posters got banned.

            To be frank things do seem to have slowed down a bit. It probably didn't help that one of the most prolific posters got banned.

            3 votes
            1. [7]
              PopeRigby
              Link Parent
              Who?

              Who?

              1 vote
              1. [6]
                Algernon_Asimov
                Link Parent
                @alyaza. Coincidentally, I was wondering just an hour ago why I hadn't seen her around lately. (These things take a while to creep up on you.) I checked her page, and it says she's banned.

                @alyaza.

                Coincidentally, I was wondering just an hour ago why I hadn't seen her around lately. (These things take a while to creep up on you.) I checked her page, and it says she's banned.

                3 votes
                1. [5]
                  PopeRigby
                  Link Parent
                  Wasn't she banned before?

                  Wasn't she banned before?

                  1 vote
                  1. [4]
                    Algernon_Asimov
                    Link Parent
                    Yes. And then she was unbanned.

                    Yes.

                    And then she was unbanned.

                    1. [3]
                      PopeRigby
                      Link Parent
                      What was it this time?

                      What was it this time?

                      1 vote
                      1. Soptik
                        (edited )
                        Link Parent
                        Probably the same thing as the first time, being hostile when disagreeing with others. Bans aren't public, so I guess you'd have to crawl through her profile. Wayback machine has about three weeks...

                        Probably the same thing as the first time, being hostile when disagreeing with others. Bans aren't public, so I guess you'd have to crawl through her profile. Wayback machine has about three weeks old copy, when @alyaza was still not banned.

                        6 votes
                      2. Algernon_Asimov
                        Link Parent
                        I don't know. Deimos didn't announce this ban (he doesn't announce most bans), and I haven't asked him. You could send him a message and see what he says.

                        I don't know. Deimos didn't announce this ban (he doesn't announce most bans), and I haven't asked him. You could send him a message and see what he says.

                        2 votes