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Comment: Re: oh boy! (Score 1) 253

Yes! People who have people skills assume it is easy to learn because they learned t easily. Many people have difficulty with it. You could teach me all ther moves for football but I would still get mowed down on every play. There are some things that one can't just learn out of a book. Believe me, I have tried.

Comment: Fugedaboutit (Score 0) 334

Get yourself a box. In it place a couple reams of notebook paper, a bunch of pens, envelopes, and stamps. Then ship that to them. Tell these people that if they can't learn to be responsible then you are not going to jump through hoops to make up the difference. Just because you know computers does NOT mean you are responsible for lazy-dipshit-proofing every computer owned by a lazy, irresponsible family member.

Comment: No "bias," just a fact. (Score 1) 579

by GrantRobertson (#47786023) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

A "bias" is a belief that affects a decision. That there are fewer women editors on Wikipedia (Wp) is, in itself, only a fact, NOT a bias or a proof of any bias. I am a man, and yet I don't bother to contribute to Wp for many of the same reasons previously given as to why women don't contribute: I dont want to have to learn yet another markup language, just to get started. And I don't like trolls and mean people (I have my filter set on +1 here on /.). Now, these apply even though I firmly believe pedantry is entirely appropriate and necessary in the Wp context. It is entirely possible to be pedantic while remaining polite and considerate.

Now, I believe the main reason women tend to flock to FB & Pintetest is that these sites are predominantly social. So, if Wp added a much more social component, it might help. Another issue is that far fewer women currently enjoy technical things. That, too, is a fact but it is caused by dozens of social norms and biases. In order to make up for that, Wp could make editing an article as easy as editing a FB post. And dont give me that crap about how the Wp markup is easier to type than HTML. There should be a simple, WYSIWYG editor.

Finally, I think anonymity should go away, at least in the back end. If someone wants the priviledge of editing then Wp should be able to know exactly who they are. People should be required to prove who they are to register as an editor. They can enter a "handle" for the rest of the world to see, but if you are an ass, Wp will know exactly who you are and can truly ban you for life or take legal legal action if necessary. That should clear up a lot of the meanness.

Comment: The damned things will just jump in your boat. (Score 2) 180

by GrantRobertson (#47700907) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

IIRC, when I first saw a video about these things, one of the problems is that when a motor boat goes by they will jump out of the water high and hard enough to injure people in the boat. In the video they were flying outta the water by the hundreds. All you gotta do is set up your nets to catch them in mid-air and "drive around" in your boat. No harm to the native species at all.

Comment: Paid registration. (Score 1) 382

by GrantRobertson (#47698587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

I would prefer that all sites offer the option of registering with your real name via a charge to a real credit card, NOT a debit or gift card. The money could go to the site or even to a charity. Then, if I had registered in such a manner, I would have the option of filtering out all non-registered users and even threads proceeding from their comments. It should be easy to click a button to turn the filter on and off, directly within the reading interface.

Then I could block most of the trolls when I want and easily see other comments if I am willing to weed through the trolls.

All sites should have downvoting but also have mechanisms to detect and de-register malicious downvoters, whether working alone or as an organized mob. Unregistered people should not be able to downvote registered people.

Sites should also offer white-lists, both manual and automatic. Only someone with good karma or badges or whatever should be able to vote at all.

I'm seriously thinking of droppping /. And doing all of my forum messaging through StackExchange.

Comment: Just make it fully standards compliant... (Score 5, Informative) 426

...and stop trying to take over the internet by adding proprietary extensions to said standards. Stop trying to push MS server or development products by tweaking the browser to work better with said products.

The browser wars are over. MS won the battle but is loosing the war. They need to drop the insurgency and learn to play nice if they want to play at all.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton