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Comment Re:I disagree (Score 1) 153

I'd say so. Coding is design + typing + debugging. This removes the typing (and the need to learn syntax and wrestle with silly syntax errors) and much of the debugging.

If you like coding with most of the tedious annoying bits removed, you might like actual coding. Or at least for "top down" people, it's a good approach.

Comment Really? That's All It Takes? (Score 1) 327

"Oh, sure! Suuuure! We'll stop trying to arrest you! Why don't you come out of that embassy there and... give it a try?" And for some reason I totally hear that in Brock Samson's voice.

And also, "You guys might want to think about, ah... febreezing that embassy of yours there... it smells like moldy pizza and... Assange crotch."

Comment Re:Allow me to quote... (Score 1) 571

Foreign governments have been hacking us pretty aggressively, including getting all the dirt on everyone who applied for secret clearance (where you list everything you could be blackmailed for). It seems quite likely they'd have read email on an unsecured server for anyone high profile, since that's so much easier (and let's not kid ourselves that Hillary is the only one doing this!).

The SAP documents include names of "NOC agents" - actual moles in foreign governments and whatnot. That's not the only kind of SAP documents, but it's a common reason for a doc to limit access so strictly. You die when you get outed.

Comment Re:Why so scared? (Score 1) 667

What sort of professional performer wouldn't want the majority of his audience to enjoy the show? He's saying that he's unwilling to change his style of performance to the point it's not his any more to achieve that - better to stay away. It's also quite valid to call out that that shouldn't be necessary - being so thin skinned isn't good for people - it makes them unhappier in life than they should be.

Comment Re:Freedom of Speech is the key. (Score 1) 667

I think there is a difference between ridiculing people for what they are and have no control over (skin color, sex etc.) and for the choices they make, like their choice of religion.

Many people think that. So fucking what? To paraphrase Carlin: if you find a comedian offensive, there's a volume knob and there's a channel knob. If you find a speech on campus likely to offend you, don't attend. If you want to prevent that speech because people will actually attend, then go fuck yourself.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1829

To my mind, AmiMoJo's posts are exactly the same in value and content as GNAA posts. But there's an objective difference: GNAA posts only get downmods, but AmiMoJo's post sadly get both up and down mods (it's an imperfect world). On that basis, keeping his posts visible would mean most people could stop browsing at -1 and the GNAA posts would in practice disappear.

If we leave it to any subjective judgement, controversial opinions look just like GNAA posts, but clearly they aren't and thus clearly we need some objective system to provide special handling of them.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 2) 1829

have always thought that there should be a way to flag and remove obvious garbage posts rather than simply moderating them to -1.

I disagree - reading at -1 is not for the meek, and I think garbage and meme posts from cows to GNAA to APK keep /. colorful and creative. There doesn't seem to be a problem with the garbage posts staying above -1, and I like the "we never delete anything" ethos.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 2) 1829

. A "disagree" mod that didn't affect a posts score would be pointless

Oh no, it would get used. And much better than abusing -1 mods.

As for if the "disagree" mod has a -1 value, down voting is in essence silencing a

Sure, but that's so damn common already, I doubt it would be worse. I'd prefer "0" though.

Comment Re:Suggestions. (Score 1) 1829

Thanks for noting the scripts. I think we're all in support of some sort of revenue model to keep the site alive, but one that didn't involve creepy tracking would be appreciated.

Relatedly, please allow AC to be as anonymous as possible, Is TOR still blocked? If so, why? The mod system works well for garbage posts. Most AC posts are garbage of one srt or another, but we've had some pretty informative posts over the years from people who needed to stay anonymous. Anything to fight the tracking would be good to encourage that.

Comment Re:Aim to not be Reddit, Hacker News, Stack Overfl (Score 2, Insightful) 1829

Should we show some stories automatically on the front page that have reached a certain level of popularity within the firehose?

I like that, if done only in the absence of timely editing. Too much voting on what stories make the front page is what killed Digg, but as a fallback it sounds great - and in any case, have it as a way to call the attention of the editors to certain stories!

More timely stories is great, but too many stories means not enough comments on any of them.

Other gripes:
* Fix the way /. breaks stories over pages in certain views. It's frustrating to see the same thread in 3 consecutive pages with maybe 1-2 changed posts at the very bottom.
* Allow editing of posts, at least for a limited time to fix embarrassing typos - we'd all seem more literate.
* Fix the bulleted lists! They work worse than manually typing "*"s last I checked. :)

Thanks for taking an interest.

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