17 votes

Do you use the ignore feature? What type of posts do you ignore?

I've found myself ignoring a lot of posts that are simply lifted and reposted from the front page of HN without any meaningful discussion on them.

I wish there was a magic filter that'd auto-ignore posts for me that are currently trending on HN or Reddit, as I only really come here for the niche topics and discussions.

This got me thinking: what does the rest of the community use the feature for?

35 comments

  1. helloworld
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    Extensively. I avoid pretty much any political discussion as it is almost always non applicable to me as a non-american, and they tend to generate little value. Apart from that, I ignore...

    Extensively. I avoid pretty much any political discussion as it is almost always non applicable to me as a non-american, and they tend to generate little value. Apart from that, I ignore individual posts when I sense the discussion won't be productive. It means I get relatively barren experience of Tildes, but I'm fine with it.

    10 votes
  2. [14]
    AugustusFerdinand
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    Looking at my ignored topics it's a mixture of ~music posts before I just unsubscribed from the topic deciding my tastes weren't represented there, trailers that got too many comments and so kept...

    Looking at my ignored topics it's a mixture of ~music posts before I just unsubscribed from the topic deciding my tastes weren't represented there, trailers that got too many comments and so kept being high on the page, posts/questions of people treating Tildes as their social networking account, all of the poetry, and all of the (thankfully relatively short lived) "email is bad/dead/broken" posts.

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      vord
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      Tildes is a social platform though. This community feels more tight-knit and genuine than most of my other interactions online, especially relative to the online personas that various IRL friends...

      people treating Tildes as their social networking account.

      Tildes is a social platform though. This community feels more tight-knit and genuine than most of my other interactions online, especially relative to the online personas that various IRL friends put forth online.

      Tildes could function as a blogging platform simply by having a ~blog and every user gets their own sub-group.

      9 votes
      1. AugustusFerdinand
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        As is nearly every site that allows user submissions or even just comments. There are some niche news sites that I'm on that have commenters that are frequent enough to be recognized by others and...

        Tildes is a social platform though. This community feels more tight-knit and genuine than most of my other interactions online, especially relative to the online personas that various IRL friends put forth online.

        As is nearly every site that allows user submissions or even just comments. There are some niche news sites that I'm on that have commenters that are frequent enough to be recognized by others and form communities/cliques. That doesn't change my opinion that I don't think it belongs here or that this place should be someone's blog.

        I don't do anything to discourage people that do so, I don't comment in the posts, I hit ignore so I don't see it and move on.

        7 votes
    2. [11]
      culturedleftfoot
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      What's your music taste like that's not being represented?

      What's your music taste like that's not being represented?

      4 votes
      1. [10]
        AugustusFerdinand
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        Not folk, jazz, electronic, or pop. While there are individual songs in each of those genres I enjoy, I have to be in the mood for them and will seek them out specifically at that time. If we had...

        What's your music taste like that's not being represented?

        Not folk, jazz, electronic, or pop. While there are individual songs in each of those genres I enjoy, I have to be in the mood for them and will seek them out specifically at that time. If we had tag filters I'd probably filter out those genres and re-subscribe. I pop in there from time to time to see if there's anything that might tickle my fancy, but the genres I have no interest in are too common for me to have it among my groups.

        2 votes
        1. [6]
          mycketforvirrad
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          You can filter individual tags through the user settings option below the 'Browse the list of groups' button on the right hand side.

          If we had tag filters I'd probably filter out those genres and re-subscribe.

          You can filter individual tags through the user settings option below the 'Browse the list of groups' button on the right hand side.

          5 votes
          1. [5]
            AugustusFerdinand
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            Well I'll be a sonofabitch. Not only is it right there waiting for me to use it, clicking the arrow shows I've used the darn thing for some tags filters already and completely forgot about it. You...

            Well I'll be a sonofabitch.

            Not only is it right there waiting for me to use it, clicking the arrow shows I've used the darn thing for some tags filters already and completely forgot about it. You sir and/or ma'am are awesome. Send me a link to a charity, I'm donating $5 in your name.

            4 votes
            1. [4]
              mycketforvirrad
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              Hahaha, you are more than welcome! I don't currently have a charity that's close to my heart at the moment, so if you're serious about the $5, I'm willing to open up the Tildes floor for any good...

              Hahaha, you are more than welcome!

              I don't currently have a charity that's close to my heart at the moment, so if you're serious about the $5, I'm willing to open up the Tildes floor for any good suggestions...

              2 votes
              1. [3]
                AugustusFerdinand
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                Tildes floor is open for charity suggestions! I'll give it 24 hours from this comment for suggestions otherwise I'll donate to my usual local charity the Paws in the City animal rescue....

                Tildes floor is open for charity suggestions!

                I'll give it 24 hours from this comment for suggestions otherwise I'll donate to my usual local charity the Paws in the City animal rescue.

                @mycketforvirrad done: https://i.postimg.cc/C1zWNdLK/image.png

                3 votes
                1. [2]
                  Don_Camillo
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                  give it to tildes, we all love it and they do good work I've heard ;-)

                  give it to tildes, we all love it and they do good work I've heard ;-)

                  5 votes
                  1. AugustusFerdinand
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                    Tildes already has a monthly donation from me.

                    Tildes already has a monthly donation from me.

                    4 votes
        2. [3]
          culturedleftfoot
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          Well, I hope that doesn't stop you from posting stuff that you are into. Most of the stuff posted isn't in my favorite genres either, but that probably makes my posts more valuable.

          Well, I hope that doesn't stop you from posting stuff that you are into. Most of the stuff posted isn't in my favorite genres either, but that probably makes my posts more valuable.

          4 votes
          1. [2]
            AugustusFerdinand
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            I do on occasion as I did earlier today with Ayron Jones.

            I do on occasion as I did earlier today with Ayron Jones.

            5 votes
            1. culturedleftfoot
              Link Parent
              I welcome the diversity and good taste :)

              I welcome the diversity and good taste :)

              5 votes
  3. Icarus
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    I generally ignore topics that are high participation, but irrelevant to me in the end. This usually occurs at around ~20+ comments as that seems to me to be where original comments cease to occur...

    I generally ignore topics that are high participation, but irrelevant to me in the end. This usually occurs at around ~20+ comments as that seems to me to be where original comments cease to occur and everything moving forward are back and forth replies.

    I have in the past had an ignore list to ignore hot button topics that I felt weren't teaching me anything new or had otherwise unproductive/unoriginal discussions. This would probably be an umbrella of political-adjacent topics. The political stuff has toned down quite a bit compared to past years so I don't maintain an ignore list now.

    For the most part it is very rare for me to ignore posts these days.

    8 votes
  4. [2]
    asoftbird
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    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs". I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is...

    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs".

    I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is the best. So l ignored that.

    6 votes
    1. hamstergeddon
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      Everyone knows the best editor is a magnetized needle so you can toggle bits by hand directly on the platter. Sorry, SSD users.

      Everyone knows the best editor is a magnetized needle so you can toggle bits by hand directly on the platter. Sorry, SSD users.

      8 votes
  5. [2]
    Douglas
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    A lot of comp/programming/tech tags. I am not a programmer and there is a lot of programmer/coding/tech stuff I don't care to read about.

    A lot of comp/programming/tech tags.

    I am not a programmer and there is a lot of programmer/coding/tech stuff I don't care to read about.

    6 votes
    1. RNG
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      That's totally fair. This site does not need to be a carbon copy of Hacker News for a multitude of reasons.

      That's totally fair. This site does not need to be a carbon copy of Hacker News for a multitude of reasons.

      1 vote
  6. [2]
    MetArtScroll
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    I do not use this feature. If I am not interested, I simply scroll down. When (not “if”!—I strongly believe) Tildes gets bigger, I might unsubscribe from some groups, but I am not going to...

    I do not use this feature. If I am not interested, I simply scroll down.

    When (not “if”!—I strongly believe) Tildes gets bigger, I might unsubscribe from some groups, but I am not going to formally ignore anything.

    6 votes
    1. culturedleftfoot
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      I've never had cause to use it either. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not frequenting the site as much as other users or what. I unsubscribed from ~comp a month or two ago, but that's about it....

      I've never had cause to use it either. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not frequenting the site as much as other users or what. I unsubscribed from ~comp a month or two ago, but that's about it.

      It's interesting to see what people's expectations are for using Tildes though, and how they differ. I'm here to broaden my horizons more than anything else, so I want to see more content in my feed that I'm not super familiar with than stuff I am, as long as the quality is high. I don't want to build a better bubble for myself here.

      9 votes
  7. Kuromantis
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    I use it for stuff I don't really know about, care about or can opine in and usually is popular enough to stay decently high up the front page for a while, bothering me. Examples are: The spicy...

    I use it for stuff I don't really know about, care about or can opine in and usually is popular enough to stay decently high up the front page for a while, bothering me. Examples are:

    The spicy Tofu op-ed.

    The Dune trailer and movie trailers in general.

    Giveaway threads like this one

    Help posts I can't contribute to and am not particularly interested in or are already solved like this one

    4 votes
  8. [3]
    mrbig
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    I have ignored posts which might tempt me to comment, when I really shouldn’t, for one reason or another.

    I have ignored posts which might tempt me to comment, when I really shouldn’t, for one reason or another.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      RNG
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      Do you notice any trends? Are they predominantly a certain type of post, or are they ones where there's a flame war?

      Do you notice any trends? Are they predominantly a certain type of post, or are they ones where there's a flame war?

      2 votes
      1. mrbig
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        Not general trends, no. It’s more personal, things in which my input is usually unproductive.

        Not general trends, no. It’s more personal, things in which my input is usually unproductive.

        2 votes
  9. NaraVara
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    The sites still low traffic enough that I haven’t felt the need. I tend to see everything there is to see in 2 or 3 visits a day. If it got huge I’d probably start. As it stands I might just...

    The sites still low traffic enough that I haven’t felt the need. I tend to see everything there is to see in 2 or 3 visits a day.

    If it got huge I’d probably start. As it stands I might just filter out anything that might have spoilers to things I’m watching, but we tend not to do in depth discussions of any particular TV shows here.

    3 votes
  10. WMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMWM
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    I just checked, and I thought I had a couple of filtered tags, but I only have one: politics. It's similar to the strategy I follow elsewhere: Unfollow anyone who propagates political talk, or any...

    I just checked, and I thought I had a couple of filtered tags, but I only have one: politics.

    It's similar to the strategy I follow elsewhere: Unfollow anyone who propagates political talk, or any other "90%" topic, including too much covid talk.

    It's actually been a great litmus test for Twitter. I spent a long time not even opening it because, on top of the nojs-hostile UI, the content was mainstream-boring.

    Within days of unsubscribing from anyone posting about covid, the signal ratio went way up.

    3 votes
  11. [7]
    Keegan
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    This post belongs in ~tildes, @Deimos can I get the permission to move posts?

    This post belongs in ~tildes, @Deimos can I get the permission to move posts?

    2 votes
    1. RNG
      Link Parent
      Yeah, if you can, go ahead and move it. I should've posted it there.

      Yeah, if you can, go ahead and move it. I should've posted it there.

      2 votes
    2. [3]
      teaearlgraycold
      Link Parent
      Seems to me like it's useless for you to have that power if you ask Deimos before taking the action.

      Seems to me like it's useless for you to have that power if you ask Deimos before taking the action.

      1 vote
      1. Keegan
        Link Parent
        I do not have the permission itself, I would have moved it if I was able to.

        I do not have the permission itself, I would have moved it if I was able to.

        6 votes
      2. Diff
        Link Parent
        You ask once so you don't have to ask in the future.

        You ask once so you don't have to ask in the future.

        6 votes