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Comment: Makes sense (Score 1) 64

by The_Noid (#46722953) Attached to: Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

âoeTell me, and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.â

The safety instructions are mostly just telling, because the showing part is, for most passengers, too far away and happens too fast to be useful. Anything that forces the learner to actually do something with the material himself works much better than just telling the material.

Comment: Re:News for the USA. (Score 1) 274

by The_Noid (#46235831) Attached to: The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

At that point it becomes a matter of scale. The death cap is native to Europe, where it is widespread. (according to a 1974 paper). If something is "native" to 90% of the continent and "invasive" in 10, do you still label it as "invasive to the continent" ? And after which timeframe does it stop being invasive and starts counting as native?

Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score 2) 252

I'm one of the users that still use the old comment system, so for me you didn't change much in 2011. But since you implied that that won't be an option this time, users are not happy...

I would have expected you to make the beta feature complete before pushing it on 25% of the users. Then the feedback probably would not have been quite so negative.

If you wanted feedback on the design aspects I would have expected you to make a story about it, asking for feedback, like last time. But for a second round of feedback I would have expected a changelog, with details of what was done with the last feedback.

You can not get any other feedback from an incomplete site than on the design. If you want feedback on an incomplete site you have to give a big disclaimer before asking people for feedback, detailing which parts are still incomplete, and how they are planned to be changed. You can not just push something functionally broken like that on 25% of your users and expect anything useful.

Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score 2) 252

Sound like minor tweaks to me, but I'm looking forward to the full list. Two questions:

What percentage of active users is still using the Classic Discussion System (D1)?

What kind of response where you expecting when you decided to push a broken, incomplete beta upon 25% of your users?

Comment: Re:wikipedia (Score 3, Insightful) 252

The beta looks pretty much the same as the last time you asked for feedback on it.
What feedback did you get back then, and what did you do with it? Because the general impression is that you did nothing with it, and that is why people are angry.

You should already have this information. You should be able to post, right now, what you did with the previous feedback and what you changed on the beta as a result, and which points you did not change, and why. This is data from months ago. Where is it? Why do you not publish it? Is it because you really didn't do anything with that feedback?

Comment: Re:Gold has value in a working economy (Score 1) 249

by The_Noid (#46198343) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

The main reason people in the real world value gold over bottle caps or fuel is that gold doesn't rust, doesn't evaporate and is reasonably easy to subdivide. If I buy gold I can be certain that in ten years that gold will still be exactly the same.

Bottle caps as currency is very unrealistic in a mad-max scenario.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil