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  1. [32]
    Whom Link
    I felt some immense pain at having to click "Windows."

    I felt some immense pain at having to click "Windows."

    36 votes
    1. [25]
      Zlyme Link Parent
      Get linux then ;p

      Get linux then ;p

      13 votes
      1. [22]
        cahaseler Link Parent
        Yea but I like to play games. When I used Linux at school and work I preferred it but I just don't feel it's viable as a home use platform.

        Yea but I like to play games. When I used Linux at school and work I preferred it but I just don't feel it's viable as a home use platform.

        16 votes
        1. [6]
          Duke Link Parent
          Yeah, I have to dual boot too because Microsoft office and visual studio is too good to pass up

          Yeah, I have to dual boot too because Microsoft office and visual studio is too good to pass up

          7 votes
          1. [3]
            whyarentihigh Link Parent
            I've never before seen Microsoft office and too good in the same sentence ;)

            I've never before seen Microsoft office and too good in the same sentence ;)

            10 votes
            1. [2]
              elf Link Parent
              Excel is, imo, the best spreadsheet software on the market and the rest of the suite is all pretty useful. My biggest problem with office personally is that Microsoft always finds ways to make...

              Excel is, imo, the best spreadsheet software on the market and the rest of the suite is all pretty useful. My biggest problem with office personally is that Microsoft always finds ways to make using open file formats a pain.

              10 votes
              1. azazo9 Link Parent
                Would you say it... Excels? Im sorry.

                Would you say it... Excels?

                Im sorry.

                3 votes
          2. [2]
            ourari Link Parent
            Do you have any experience with the LibreOffice suite? How does it compare in your view to MS Office?

            Do you have any experience with the LibreOffice suite? How does it compare in your view to MS Office?

            2 votes
            1. Zeerph Link Parent
              From my experience most of it is acceptable and I personally prefer LibreOffice Writer to Word and Calc to Excel. Though both can get a bit fiddly if you're moving docx or xlsx back and forth,...

              From my experience most of it is acceptable and I personally prefer LibreOffice Writer to Word and Calc to Excel.
              Though both can get a bit fiddly if you're moving docx or xlsx back and forth, everything works as expected when you use odt and ods.
              And I've never gotten used to the ribbon interface and always find myself searching for things, not finding it and then looking on the internet for it, I find things much easier in LibreOffice products, though your mileage may vary.

              1 vote
        2. [5]
          tumbzilla Link Parent
          Does anyone know if there's a technical advantage to programming games for Windows over Unix based systems? Other than the obvious marketshare and historical trends that have been set.

          Does anyone know if there's a technical advantage to programming games for Windows over Unix based systems? Other than the obvious marketshare and historical trends that have been set.

          4 votes
          1. [3]
            booleancat Link Parent
            GPU drivers are also incredibly complicated. Did you know that some game bugs get patched in the graphics driver rather than the game?! That's bonkers to me... but is a large reason for GPU...

            GPU drivers are also incredibly complicated. Did you know that some game bugs get patched in the graphics driver rather than the game?! That's bonkers to me... but is a large reason for GPU drivers being hundreds of MB.

            As a result, the graphics stack under Windows is MUCH more heavily supported by AMD and NVIDIA. Just because there is a larger user base, so patching the drivers for all of the edge cases is more important.

            Linux also has a common tendency to change things in subtle ways that can introduce minor incompatibilities from GPU drivers.

            8 votes
            1. Hassium Link Parent
              I was once playing a game and I got stuck somewhere, literally the character couldn't move forward like bumping into a wall or something. Went through forums and followed the one troubleshooting...

              GPU drivers are also incredibly complicated. Did you know that some game bugs get patched in the graphics driver rather than the game?! That's bonkers to me... but is a large reason for GPU drivers being hundreds of MB.

              I was once playing a game and I got stuck somewhere, literally the character couldn't move forward like bumping into a wall or something.

              Went through forums and followed the one troubleshooting step, successfully.... Disable V-sync. It still boggles my mind every once in a while.

              I think it was Batman Arkham Origins maybe?

              1 vote
            2. tumbzilla Link Parent
              I didn't know that... that's a really cool piece of information. It always impresses me how complicated the construction of a video game is...

              I didn't know that... that's a really cool piece of information. It always impresses me how complicated the construction of a video game is...

          2. havoc Link Parent
            The obvious market share matters a lot, just as lost past opportunities as well as Microsoft's market practices. As of now, it is simply a catch-22 situation. Also, there is no Unix-specific game...

            The obvious market share matters a lot, just as lost past opportunities as well as Microsoft's market practices. As of now, it is simply a catch-22 situation.
            Also, there is no Unix-specific game programming, it's either Windows-only using Direct3D or optionally cross-platform via OpenGL and now Vulkan.

            In my opinion, however, after things stabilized around 2008~2010, developers could have started to migrate to OpenGL and write more cross-platform games. They didn't do it because Windows offered better software to work with, like debuggers.

            Due to that and for the historical reasons I referred to above, there are also much more D3D game developers than for OpenGL.

            P.S.: The complexity of GPU drivers is not much of an issue as the lack of added value of Linux platforms. GPU manufacturers also didn't want to risk relying on open source because of both patents and trade secrets.

            1 vote
        3. [6]
          ourari (edited ) Link Parent
          As I'm sure you already know, thanks to SteamOS and Steambox many games are now available on Linux, though not all. It's definitely less of an issue than it was a couple of years ago. You can also...

          As I'm sure you already know, thanks to SteamOS and Steambox many games are now available on Linux, though not all. It's definitely less of an issue than it was a couple of years ago.
          You can also run Windows in a VM, so you don't have to reboot each time for games that are not available for Linux.

          4 votes
          1. [2]
            SleepyGary Link Parent
            About half my steam library is supported by linux, unfortunately very few of the AAA titles are included in that list. Linux has very few FPS shooters that are not Arena style Quake/UT clones or...

            About half my steam library is supported by linux, unfortunately very few of the AAA titles are included in that list.

            Linux has very few FPS shooters that are not Arena style Quake/UT clones or tactical CSGO or Arma style. When I crave something like BF/COD/Overwatch/Dirty bomb I have to go back to windows.

            1 vote
            1. ourari Link Parent
              Insurgency and Day of Infamy are awesome FPS' which support Linux. But I'm not in any way trying to force you to do anything. Just trying to show you options :) I still have to fire up Windows...

              Insurgency and Day of Infamy are awesome FPS' which support Linux.

              But I'm not in any way trying to force you to do anything. Just trying to show you options :)

              I still have to fire up Windows myself, sometimes.

              1 vote
          2. [3]
            Mathias Link Parent
            How well does gaming on a virtualbox work?

            How well does gaming on a virtualbox work?

            1 vote
            1. SleepyGary Link Parent
              It's difficult to get set up in many cases because you need to pass through your graphics card to the virtual machine and 3d support isn't super great, performance is terrible.

              It's difficult to get set up in many cases because you need to pass through your graphics card to the virtual machine and 3d support isn't super great, performance is terrible.

              1 vote
            2. ourari Link Parent
              Honestly, I don't know. I have yet to try myself.

              Honestly, I don't know. I have yet to try myself.

        4. [4]
          merick Link Parent
          I'm with you. I don't use Windows because I like it, I use it because there's no option. I've been having so many problems with it lately that I don't think it's worth even 20 bucks. If only I...

          I'm with you. I don't use Windows because I like it, I use it because there's no option. I've been having so many problems with it lately that I don't think it's worth even 20 bucks. If only I could use something else...

          1 vote
          1. [3]
            Zeerph Link Parent
            I would beg to differ that there is no other option to Windows, but maybe there isn't for your specific use case and that's fine. However, if you don't require specific Windows programs that...

            I would beg to differ that there is no other option to Windows, but maybe there isn't for your specific use case and that's fine.
            However, if you don't require specific Windows programs that cannot be run in a VM, then there are options out there, one just has to look for them.

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              Aiwanei Link Parent
              I'm assuming they meant they have no other option for their specific usage. I don't think they were saying there is nothing out there other than windows, but clearly that is not the case.

              I'm assuming they meant they have no other option for their specific usage. I don't think they were saying there is nothing out there other than windows, but clearly that is not the case.

              1 vote
              1. Zeerph Link Parent
                That would make more sense than the way I parsed it.

                That would make more sense than the way I parsed it.

      2. [2]
        Whom (edited ) Link Parent
        At most points in time (not recently since windows tried to destroy it during the last big update) I dual boot, but I'm not going to be able to fully switch, I love games too much. Common story, I...

        At most points in time (not recently since windows tried to destroy it during the last big update) I dual boot, but I'm not going to be able to fully switch, I love games too much. Common story, I know, but still true.

        On my laptop, where I'd love to have it, there's some immense support issues and there weren't any known solutions to them...at least as of a year ago when I last tried. There were workarounds that would make it boot without getting stuck maybe 30% of the time, but that wasn't quite reliable enough to take to class.

        3 votes
        1. SleepyGary Link Parent
          I went about two years without dual booting but then Overwatch came out and there was nothing like it available for Linux I buckled and bought a license. Since there a bunch of windows only games...

          I went about two years without dual booting but then Overwatch came out and there was nothing like it available for Linux I buckled and bought a license. Since there a bunch of windows only games have come out that has kept me on Windows. But as a developer I just find the same level of enjoyment via any editor available on the OS. Even Neovim for windows isn't half the experience than neovim through the terminal in linux.

    2. [3]
      trazac Link Parent
      I know how you feel. It's my 'main' operating system. My laptop, which I use for school work, uses Manjaro which I love. I hate Windows, but I can't help but want to play video games. I'm thinking...

      I know how you feel. It's my 'main' operating system. My laptop, which I use for school work, uses Manjaro which I love.

      I hate Windows, but I can't help but want to play video games. I'm thinking about putting the time and effort into getting a working GPU passthrough with a virtual machine, but right now I don't have the time because of school.

      6 votes
      1. [2]
        Zeerph Link Parent
        I suppose, with age, I've found I like very few games, and those games that I do like are playable on non-Windows platforms. So, I'd imagine that when we have less free time we become more...

        I suppose, with age, I've found I like very few games, and those games that I do like are playable on non-Windows platforms. So, I'd imagine that when we have less free time we become more selective in our entertainment.
        That and I feel it is useful to support those development studios that have releases on Linux, so that other studios see it is viable as a platform. And not really caring for Triple-A games, probably helps.

        6 votes
        1. trazac Link Parent
          I'm actually surprised regularly which games are on Linux, even AAA games. Looking at my list of games on Steam on Linux right now, Borderlands 2 is right at the top of games I wouldn't expect to...

          I'm actually surprised regularly which games are on Linux, even AAA games. Looking at my list of games on Steam on Linux right now, Borderlands 2 is right at the top of games I wouldn't expect to be on Linux. The Metro 2033 games are also on Linux, although you might argue that they aren't that those are more indie than AAA. The Witcher 2 is a weird one. Neither of the other Witcher games are on Linux. These are just games that I own.

          Of course, just about every indie game is also on Linux.

          4 votes
    3. [2]
      vdub Link Parent
      I have found that the new Windows Subsystem for Linux helps ease some of that pain. Most days I swear it's the only way I make it though the day at work.

      I have found that the new Windows Subsystem for Linux helps ease some of that pain. Most days I swear it's the only way I make it though the day at work.

      3 votes
      1. elf Link Parent
        The windows subsystem for linux actually resulted in my finally getting around to installing linux on my desktop. I enjoyed using it so much I realized that just having the subsystem wasn't enough...

        The windows subsystem for linux actually resulted in my finally getting around to installing linux on my desktop. I enjoyed using it so much I realized that just having the subsystem wasn't enough for me... plus I kept managing to find ways the break it 🙄

        I mean I've broken my actual linux install a couple times too but I swear I managed to break the WSL like twice a week.

        2 votes
  2. [26]
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      Grapevine Link Parent
      Wow, I know it's a small sample size but over 25% female on an Internet forum is really shocking to me. Glad to see we're an inclusive bunch! We're also almost entirely left (myself included)...

      Wow, I know it's a small sample size but over 25% female on an Internet forum is really shocking to me. Glad to see we're an inclusive bunch!

      We're also almost entirely left (myself included) which scares me a bit.

      Seeing Linux representation this massive is nice, I've never seen it over 10% anywhere other than places dedicated to Linux lol

      Also kinda surprised to see so many introverts. Like yeah, forums are the types of places for introverts to be, but considering you have to ask for an invite I would think there'd be at least a bit more representation of extroverts.

      8 votes
      1. [6]
        scituselectrum (edited ) Link Parent
        Yeah, such a massive concentration of a political ideology might be dangerous, especially in a forum as small as this one. I hope that in the future we get to see more diversity of ideologies. I...

        Yeah, such a massive concentration of a political ideology might be dangerous, especially in a forum as small as this one. I hope that in the future we get to see more diversity of ideologies. I think it is interesting nonetheless.

        8 votes
        1. [2]
          panic Link Parent
          There are a ton of ideologies that fall into the “left of center” bucket, though!

          There are a ton of ideologies that fall into the “left of center” bucket, though!

          11 votes
          1. scituselectrum Link Parent
            True that! But it'd be interesting and would enrich us as a community (in my opinion though!) if we had more people from the right.

            True that! But it'd be interesting and would enrich us as a community (in my opinion though!) if we had more people from the right.

            4 votes
        2. [3]
          bigby Link Parent
          Depending on how many users are from the US, it might be skewing the results. What is considered left in the US may be considered centrist in the EU and elsewhere.

          Depending on how many users are from the US, it might be skewing the results. What is considered left in the US may be considered centrist in the EU and elsewhere.

          8 votes
          1. [2]
            thykka Link Parent
            Indeed. That is the common narrative.

            Indeed. That is the common narrative.

            1. UrsulaMajor Link Parent
              I have no idea how to read this graph

              I have no idea how to read this graph

      2. [4]
        Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
        If I remember correctly, that's lower than the percentage of women on Reddit.

        I know it's a small sample size but over 25% female on an Internet forum is really shocking to me. Glad to see we're an inclusive bunch!

        If I remember correctly, that's lower than the percentage of women on Reddit.

        6 votes
        1. [2]
          mistouflon Link Parent
          Various recent Reddit surveys put it at 30-40% female. Here's one from SurveyMonkey of their app.

          Various recent Reddit surveys put it at 30-40% female.

          Here's one from SurveyMonkey of their app.

          6 votes
          1. Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
            Yeah, that's in the ballpark of what I'm remembering.

            59% of the Reddit app users are male.

            Yeah, that's in the ballpark of what I'm remembering.

            1 vote
        2. elf Link Parent
          The smaller the subreddit the more the female/male ratio tends to decrease though. If we assume that ~ is drawing from a similar population to that of an average obscure subreddit, we're actually...

          The smaller the subreddit the more the female/male ratio tends to decrease though. If we assume that ~ is drawing from a similar population to that of an average obscure subreddit, we're actually doing acceptably.

          2 votes
      3. [3]
        Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
        It has dropped in the few hours since you posted this. It's now at only 20%. :(

        I know it's a small sample size but over 25% female on an Internet forum is really shocking to me.

        It has dropped in the few hours since you posted this. It's now at only 20%. :(

        5 votes
        1. [2]
          Parliament Link Parent
          Even further now. Only 14%.

          Even further now. Only 14%.

          3 votes
          1. [2]
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            1. Tardigrade Link Parent
              I will probably drop further to be honest.

              I will probably drop further to be honest.

    2. [5]
      Emerald_Knight Link Parent
      The prevalence of INTPs is really interesting!

      The prevalence of INTPs is really interesting!

      7 votes
      1. [2]
        Baldemoto Link Parent
        It's weird. I'm pretty sure on Reddit the INTP subreddit is the most subscribed MTBI subreddit as well. I guess it makes sense if you want stimulating discussion with others.

        It's weird. I'm pretty sure on Reddit the INTP subreddit is the most subscribed MTBI subreddit as well. I guess it makes sense if you want stimulating discussion with others.

        5 votes
        1. Emerald_Knight Link Parent
          Yeah, I was just thinking it could just be self-selection bias. It would make sense that we would see a higher rate of INTPs responding to a survey purely because INTPs would be more interested in...

          Yeah, I was just thinking it could just be self-selection bias. It would make sense that we would see a higher rate of INTPs responding to a survey purely because INTPs would be more interested in contributing to and viewing the results than other MBTI types.

          9 votes
      2. [2]
        acosmichippo Link Parent
        Explains Ravenlcaw.

        Explains Ravenlcaw.

        4 votes
        1. Tardigrade Link Parent
          How so? I don't really understand the MTBI but took it for the quiz.

          How so? I don't really understand the MTBI but took it for the quiz.

    3. burntcookie90 Link Parent
      Im kind of not surprised by the results, but it points to a problem that we could face. Our current demographic (based on what seems like 10% of site population) is very homogeneous. Gonna need to...

      Im kind of not surprised by the results, but it points to a problem that we could face. Our current demographic (based on what seems like 10% of site population) is very homogeneous. Gonna need to find out how to increase our variety or else we'll become an echo chamber much like reddit's default subs.

      6 votes
    4. [4]
      Optimus_Vir Link Parent
      Haha, I just took it and the results are pretty funny. We seem to be polar opposites.

      Haha, I just took it and the results are pretty funny. We seem to be polar opposites.

      3 votes
      1. [4]
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        1. [3]
          Optimus_Vir Link Parent
          This is true. Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?

          This is true. Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?

          2 votes
          1. [2]
            Emerald_Knight Link Parent
            I'm pretty sure a circle has no beginning.

            I'm pretty sure a circle has no beginning.

            3 votes
            1. tan Link Parent
              Well reasoned.

              Well reasoned.

              2 votes
    5. bigby Link Parent
      I did not expect so many ravenclaws.

      I did not expect so many ravenclaws.

  3. [6]
    AlastrionaCatskill Link
    Alright that was fun! Edit: No Macs so far, I like you all.

    Alright that was fun!

    Edit: No Macs so far, I like you all.

    16 votes
    1. frank Link Parent
      Sadly, we have been tainted

      Sadly, we have been tainted

      6 votes
    2. RobotRaven Link Parent
      I think this is the only place I know with more Linux than Mac users (excluding Linux forums, of course).

      I think this is the only place I know with more Linux than Mac users (excluding Linux forums, of course).

      6 votes
    3. Kremor (edited ) Link Parent
      I use linux and mac equally but the survey only gave a choice :b

      I use linux and mac equally but the survey only gave a choice :b

      2 votes
  4. [13]
    Petril Link
    Is it too late to add a race question while it's still new? Maybe socioeconomic status? Do you consider yourself disabled? Good to know if we mightneed other perspective.

    Is it too late to add a race question while it's still new? Maybe socioeconomic status? Do you consider yourself disabled? Good to know if we mightneed other perspective.

    14 votes
    1. [6]
      eladnarra Link Parent
      Yeah, not to pile on, but I'm a little disappointed in the questions; it looks like this was prompted at least in part by @mistouflon's demographics topic, yet it doesn't include some pretty basic...

      Yeah, not to pile on, but I'm a little disappointed in the questions; it looks like this was prompted at least in part by @mistouflon's demographics topic, yet it doesn't include some pretty basic categories from the beginning.

      If it's just for fun, as many of the questions suggest, ignore me. But if it's meant to get a good idea of who is here (and who isn't) so that we can discuss what voices might be missing in the very early stages of the development of tildes, waiting for the next survey to include things like race, education, and disability... it's disappointing.

      19 votes
      1. [5]
        mistouflon Link Parent
        Yes, race, education, disability, current & childhood socioeconomic status, experience with online abuse... These are among the things I am interested in. This could use reflection and reaching...

        Yes, race, education, disability, current & childhood socioeconomic status, experience with online abuse... These are among the things I am interested in. This could use reflection and reaching out to experts in such matters. I posted that thread less than 4 hours ago. Not sure why we need to jump the gun on polling. Then again, I don't think it obviates a need for a coherent strategy at the top.

        14 votes
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          1. havoc Link Parent
            In regards to disabilities, it's just that it would actually be useful for the development of tildes.

            In regards to disabilities, it's just that it would actually be useful for the development of tildes.

            4 votes
          2. mistouflon Link Parent
            No worries! I'm still interested in having the conversation in my earlier post. Maybe @Deimos can chime in there? I'm especially thinking about where people are coming from (mostly Reddit and HN,...

            No worries!

            I'm still interested in having the conversation in my earlier post. Maybe @Deimos can chime in there? I'm especially thinking about where people are coming from (mostly Reddit and HN, I think?) and the effect of growing by invite.

            2 votes
          3. [2]
            glass_table_girl Link Parent
            I think it's totally fair if this is for your own personal interest (I'm still not tired of reporting my Hogwarts houses), but I just want to suggest the perspective that for many people, things...

            I think it's totally fair if this is for your own personal interest (I'm still not tired of reporting my Hogwarts houses), but I just want to suggest the perspective that for many people, things like our race, ethnicity and childhood socioeconomic status, etc. are very much part of our identities. Like I am who I am because of the culture my parents raised me in, and how that intermingled with the dominant culture, and how how it manifests in me, etc.

            1 vote
            1. [2]
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              1. glass_table_girl Link Parent
                FWIW, wasn't being sarcastic about enjoying those "for fun" questions. Been really embracing lately that, yes, I probably am a Hufflepuff and should be proud. And I appreciate your response,...

                FWIW, wasn't being sarcastic about enjoying those "for fun" questions. Been really embracing lately that, yes, I probably am a Hufflepuff and should be proud.

                And I appreciate your response, clarifications and understanding on the feedback. Looking forward to seeing results as the community grows!

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      1. Petril Link Parent
        But disabled people can work. You can consider yourself disabled while being in any career!

        But disabled people can work. You can consider yourself disabled while being in any career!

        12 votes
      2. Optimus_Vir Link Parent
        Disabled and employed aren't necessarily mutually exclusive

        Disabled and employed aren't necessarily mutually exclusive

        12 votes
      3. eladnarra Link Parent
        Plenty of disabled people have jobs, though; assuming they all answer with their occupation, we won't see them.

        Plenty of disabled people have jobs, though; assuming they all answer with their occupation, we won't see them.

        3 votes
    3. [3]
      seila Link Parent
      As it stands I'm not interested in participating in a survey that doesn't include these factors. Here's hoping another one comes along that's a bit more inclusive.

      As it stands I'm not interested in participating in a survey that doesn't include these factors. Here's hoping another one comes along that's a bit more inclusive.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
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        1. seila Link Parent
          I appreciate the effort you put in. I wouldn't choose to take the survey because it is not inclusive enough to be representative of what I'm interested in about the community and I would not like...

          I appreciate the effort you put in. I wouldn't choose to take the survey because it is not inclusive enough to be representative of what I'm interested in about the community and I would not like to support that by adding my data to it.

          It's for the same reason I am dismayed about the U.S. Census deciding not to include direct questions about sexual orientation and gender identity and thus do not support that. Admittedly, I would have to answer those questions but thankfully here I don't have to worry about a fine.

          2 votes
      2. Petril Link Parent
        It appears that anyone could make a new one! I know it was just an oversight. It would be nice if OP would have deleted it when we were at like 13 responders to try again, but it's ok. It's not an...

        It appears that anyone could make a new one! I know it was just an oversight. It would be nice if OP would have deleted it when we were at like 13 responders to try again, but it's ok. It's not an official one.

        1 vote
  5. [8]
    meristele Link
    This was hilarious. I have to say that I flip flop between intj and intp fairly regularly. :)

    This was hilarious. I have to say that I flip flop between intj and intp fairly regularly. :)

    11 votes
    1. cahaseler Link Parent
      Me too. We're a special breed of people who balance emotions and logic. =P

      Me too. We're a special breed of people who balance emotions and logic. =P

      3 votes
    2. Axelia Link Parent
      Yeah I used to get INTJ fairly consistently and nowadays I get INTJ and INTP. I usually just stick with INTJ since it's been the most common result.

      Yeah I used to get INTJ fairly consistently and nowadays I get INTJ and INTP. I usually just stick with INTJ since it's been the most common result.

    3. [2]
      SleepyGary Link Parent
      I swear every time I take this test I end up something different (Introverted is the only constant)

      I swear every time I take this test I end up something different (Introverted is the only constant)

      1. smoontjes Link Parent
        I remember reading that it has no basis in science or anything like that, so I guess it's not too surprising that it's not constant

        I remember reading that it has no basis in science or anything like that, so I guess it's not too surprising that it's not constant

        1 vote
  6. [14]
    Silbern Link
    I'm the lone BSD user. RIP One thing that really surprised me was how balanced the woman and men are. Normally internet sites show significantly more men then women, but that's not the case right...

    I'm the lone BSD user. RIP

    One thing that really surprised me was how balanced the woman and men are. Normally internet sites show significantly more men then women, but that's not the case right now at least...

    8 votes
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      1. apoctr Link Parent
        It seemed the balance has now tipped.

        It seemed the balance has now tipped.

        3 votes
    2. [7]
      Mathias Link Parent
      What's a BSD actually?

      What's a BSD actually?

      2 votes
      1. apoctr Link Parent
        A UNIX OS (unfortunate caps make it seem like I'm shouting, I swear I'm not). It is different, but you can think of it as similar to Linux.

        A UNIX OS (unfortunate caps make it seem like I'm shouting, I swear I'm not). It is different, but you can think of it as similar to Linux.

        4 votes
      2. [3]
        trazac Link Parent
        BSD stands for Berkeley Software Distribution. Technically, MacOS could be considered BSD as well, since it's based on BSD, but it's so different that most people wouldn't think of it that way....

        BSD stands for Berkeley Software Distribution. Technically, MacOS could be considered BSD as well, since it's based on BSD, but it's so different that most people wouldn't think of it that way.

        Its goals were the same as Linux and GNU; make a free alternative to Unix. BSD is often considered to be the most secure operating system. It's also the least compatible because very few people use BSD for anything other than servers. There are some user friendly versions of BSD out there now (The one that comes to mind is Ghost BSD) but I remember having performance issues when I tried it a few years ago. Otherwise, isntall bash and it's more or less Linux.

        GNU/Linux and BSD are considered Unix-like operating systems, whereas MacOS is Unix.

        4 votes
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          apoctr Link Parent
          I though BSD was UNIX, not UNIX-like.

          I though BSD was UNIX, not UNIX-like.

          1. trazac Link Parent
            Most BSDs now aren't considered Unix. Maybe at one time when there was just one BSD it was Unix, but today that's not the case. BSD's derivatives are Unix-like. I think the only current OS with...

            Most BSDs now aren't considered Unix. Maybe at one time when there was just one BSD it was Unix, but today that's not the case. BSD's derivatives are Unix-like. I think the only current OS with BSD code that is certified Unix is MacOS.

            1 vote
      3. frank Link Parent
        Its an alternate operating system, most similar to Linux. Its a completely (licensing) free operating system, which makes it incredibly appealing for embedded and hardware developers. The...

        Its an alternate operating system, most similar to Linux. Its a completely (licensing) free operating system, which makes it incredibly appealing for embedded and hardware developers. The Playstation 4 runs on a modified FreeBSD kernel, as well as many small devices such as modems, routers, cable boxes, etc.

        Linux has a different license, which requires that derived operating systems must also be released as open source, whereas BSD-licenses do not have these restrictions. Desktop BSD is not as commonly used, although very functional, but server-side BSD is considered one of the most secure operating systems available (by default).

        macOS (and all derivatives) run on the Darwin kernel, which is derived from the BSD kernel, so in a way BSD is the second most popular desktop operating system.

        1 vote
      4. Silbern Link Parent
        BSD stands for Berkley Standard Distribution, it was a form of an OS called Unix that was popular in the early days of computing. Unix was what Linux was based on, so the two are quite similar,...

        BSD stands for Berkley Standard Distribution, it was a form of an OS called Unix that was popular in the early days of computing. Unix was what Linux was based on, so the two are quite similar, but have some philosophical and a few major design differences. I prefer the BSDs overall, although I have great respect for what Linux has accomplished and use it everyday.

        1 vote
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      frank Link Parent
      I use BSD on several servers, Linux on others, Windows on my desktop for gaming, Linux on my laptop, and have a Mac Mini for iOS development. I figured I actively use linux the most so I went with...

      I use BSD on several servers, Linux on others, Windows on my desktop for gaming, Linux on my laptop, and have a Mac Mini for iOS development. I figured I actively use linux the most so I went with that

      What flavor BSD?

      2 votes
      1. Silbern (edited ) Link Parent
        FreeBSD. I've wanted to get OpenBSD a try but haven't gotten around to it yet, but now that I have an old that it'll properly support Thinkpad I think I'll do so somewhat soon :D and I'd also love...

        FreeBSD. I've wanted to get OpenBSD a try but haven't gotten around to it yet, but now that I have an old that it'll properly support Thinkpad I think I'll do so somewhat soon :D and I'd also love to try NetBSD sometime.

        1 vote
      2. [2]
        UDK450 Link Parent
        Windows on the desktop and Linux on everything else sounds like a pretty common config for a lot of people. I actually dual boot, but I'm not sure when the last time I booted into Linux on my desktop.

        Windows on the desktop and Linux on everything else sounds like a pretty common config for a lot of people. I actually dual boot, but I'm not sure when the last time I booted into Linux on my desktop.

        1. frank Link Parent
          I dual booted for a while, but came to terms with the fact it was useless for me and wiped the Linux partitions to reclaim the space

          I dual booted for a while, but came to terms with the fact it was useless for me and wiped the Linux partitions to reclaim the space

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    ahquemeneye Link
    Surprised to see more people identifying as far left than everything from centrist to far right combined

    Surprised to see more people identifying as far left than everything from centrist to far right combined

    8 votes
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      Whom Link Parent
      It's always weird. You see around Reddit and these parts lots of ideas rise to the top which are in line with the whole libertarian tech crowd, but they often consider themselves left...going with...

      It's always weird. You see around Reddit and these parts lots of ideas rise to the top which are in line with the whole libertarian tech crowd, but they often consider themselves left...going with the whole "socially liberal, economically conservative" thing but using "left" to describe them quickly in things like this since they don't hate gay people or whatever.

      Self-identification with stuff like this rarely seems to reflect the content on top.

      13 votes
      1. debate_irl Link Parent
        Yeah, I have to wonder if a lot of the people self-identifying as leftist mean leftist as in anarcho-communism, or leftist as in Bernie-supporters. The issue I think comes from different groups...

        Yeah, I have to wonder if a lot of the people self-identifying as leftist mean leftist as in anarcho-communism, or leftist as in Bernie-supporters. The issue I think comes from different groups having separate definitions of leftism. I'm an anarcho-communist myself, and on subs like r/COMPLETEANARCHY, the consensus is that anyone who isn't class-conscious is centrist, if not right-leaning. however, a lot of Democrats I know in my own life consider themselves to be very far-left. There's no good way to solve any of this - even if each individual ideology was listed out, there's no good way to get everything or account for everyone's personal belief. This whole comment was pretty pointless, but it just makes me wonder how accurate the results are.

        4 votes
      2. [3]
        ZaphodBeebblebrox Link Parent
        I much prefer the scale used it the politics thread. Though it does show that the majority of people are still rather far left. I am, as of the time of this post, the only person who is actually...

        I much prefer the scale used it the politics thread. Though it does show that the majority of people are still rather far left. I am, as of the time of this post, the only person who is actually economically conservative who has filled out that survey.

        2 votes
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          Whom Link Parent
          That test does skew to the libertarian left. As in, a lot of people who just hold typical liberal opinions end up far into a quadrant for anarcho-communists and the like. As much as I would like...

          That test does skew to the libertarian left. As in, a lot of people who just hold typical liberal opinions end up far into a quadrant for anarcho-communists and the like. As much as I would like to say it's just because answering reasonably means people agree with me more...it's more that it's a poorly designed test with a lot of leading questions. I've seen plenty of people who are more or less Gary Johnson-types end up on the libertarian left / center, which is pretty clearly not accurate.

          Still, I like the compass itself as a way to represent things.

          5 votes
          1. ZaphodBeebblebrox Link Parent
            That was the thing I found weird about it as well. I had thought I would be further to the right on the scale then I was, but it made me a centrist. I thought I would be decently far into the...

            That was the thing I found weird about it as well. I had thought I would be further to the right on the scale then I was, but it made me a centrist. I thought I would be decently far into the bottom right as I see myself as more of a classical libertarian, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

            2 votes
    2. [4]
      Axelia Link Parent
      Raises the question of how we prevent echochamber effects if everyone here is left-leaning.

      Raises the question of how we prevent echochamber effects if everyone here is left-leaning.

      3 votes
      1. [3]
        Mumberthrax Link Parent
        In a few previous (very brief) discussions on this topic, the response I've seen is something like (paraphrasing) "racial/ethnic/gender/etc. diversity is more important than political ideology....

        In a few previous (very brief) discussions on this topic, the response I've seen is something like (paraphrasing) "racial/ethnic/gender/etc. diversity is more important than political ideology. also some ideas are just wrong and hateful so don't belong on tildes"

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          chocolate Link Parent
          Yeah, that sentiment. How do we prevent it?

          Yeah, that sentiment. How do we prevent it?

          3 votes
          1. Mumberthrax Link Parent
            Perhaps we can draft something that could go into a tildes reddiquette, phrased in a positive way as a virtue, which would counteract this tendency for tribalism and encourage exploring opposing...

            Perhaps we can draft something that could go into a tildes reddiquette, phrased in a positive way as a virtue, which would counteract this tendency for tribalism and encourage exploring opposing perspectives - not necessarily because they are good (nobody is going to think those they disagree with have good ideas), but because understanding them from the inside is empowering.

            1 vote
  8. lesalecop Link
    Y'know usually I hate survey formats but this one was excellent. I especially appreciate the clarification with gender identity and considering one's self trans. In usual surveys me clicking...

    Y'know usually I hate survey formats but this one was excellent. I especially appreciate the clarification with gender identity and considering one's self trans. In usual surveys me clicking "female" winds up erasing my trans status, so that little detail was great, thank you.

    6 votes
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    1. tan Link Parent
      Seems pretty expected to me, techie early adopting forum users tend to be introverted and nerdy

      Seems pretty expected to me, techie early adopting forum users tend to be introverted and nerdy

      7 votes
  10. lobster (edited ) Link
    Finished the survey, I liked the "for fun" part. It was a good survey in my opinion, making questions optional was a good idea.

    Finished the survey, I liked the "for fun" part.
    It was a good survey in my opinion, making questions optional was a good idea.

    4 votes
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    RobotRaven Link
    It's interesting that almost 30% identify as queer, and 12% bi. That seems unusually really high.

    It's interesting that almost 30% identify as queer, and 12% bi. That seems unusually really high.

    4 votes
    1. Mumberthrax Link Parent
      I think most of the trends we're seeing are a consequence of the filter bubble phenomenon.

      I think most of the trends we're seeing are a consequence of the filter bubble phenomenon.

      1 vote
  12. elf (edited ) Link
    It might not have been a good idea to turn on live results right away since it can de facto dox people through the process of elimination. EDIT: I mean dox is too strong a word, but you can figure...

    It might not have been a good idea to turn on live results right away since it can de facto dox people through the process of elimination.

    EDIT: I mean dox is too strong a word, but you can figure out users' gender/country of origin.

    EDIT 2: OK this isn't really a concern anymore now that there are >4 replies and every question has multiple distinct answers.

    3 votes
  13. brett Link
    Is it possible to add questions? I'd like to see an educational background question on there

    Is it possible to add questions? I'd like to see an educational background question on there

    3 votes
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    asdf Link
    Could you add a question regarding age? I'm 17 and I sort of get the feeling that everyone else on here is old enough to have been on reddit 10 years ago. It would be interesting to see how many...

    Could you add a question regarding age? I'm 17 and I sort of get the feeling that everyone else on here is old enough to have been on reddit 10 years ago. It would be interesting to see how many users are around my age.

    3 votes
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      1. asdf Link Parent
        Oh my bad, I went through the live responses cause I was too lazy to do the survey (I'll fill it out now). For some reason I didn't think age would have been one of the two text fields.

        Oh my bad, I went through the live responses cause I was too lazy to do the survey (I'll fill it out now). For some reason I didn't think age would have been one of the two text fields.

  15. [2]
    Kremor Link
    Really curious, what is the difference between sexual orientation and romantic orientation?

    Really curious, what is the difference between sexual orientation and romantic orientation?

    3 votes
    1. Axelia Link Parent
      I had to ask someone else about this one, too. It was explained to me that sexual orientation is basically "who do you want to have sex with?" and romantic orientation is "who do you want to have...

      I had to ask someone else about this one, too. It was explained to me that sexual orientation is basically "who do you want to have sex with?" and romantic orientation is "who do you want to have a deep emotionally intimate relationship with?" For a lot of people, these might be the same answer, but for others they can be different I guess.

      Example: a man who likes to have sex with women and romance women is hetero in both sexual and romantic orientation. A man who likes to have sex with women but romance men is heterosexual but homoromantic.

      3 votes
  16. Ten (edited ) Link
    I took it. It's a shame those last two questions involve imaginary topics. /s

    I took it. It's a shame those last two questions involve imaginary topics. /s

    1 vote
  17. brighteyes720 Link
    The personality test was very interesting. First time, I heard of this. And hello fellow ENFPs. There are just three of us here.

    The personality test was very interesting. First time, I heard of this. And hello fellow ENFPs. There are just three of us here.

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    Tetizeraz Link
    /u/Kat, I was planning to do a survey eventually, but isn't Typeform limited to 100 responses in the free version?

    /u/Kat, I was planning to do a survey eventually, but isn't Typeform limited to 100 responses in the free version?

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      1. Tetizeraz Link Parent
        oh, I had no idea they at least allowed this. I also have an old account, so I'm going to test it soon. Thanks!

        oh, I had no idea they at least allowed this. I also have an old account, so I'm going to test it soon. Thanks!

  19. AnTi_PRO Link
    Can't wait to see these results. Some strange questions, but fun!

    Can't wait to see these results. Some strange questions, but fun!