There is a perfectly suitable system on this site for vetting stories that are submitted. If enough involved users (i.e. nerds) decide a story is interesting enough to discuss further, the story is promoted to the top. Bitch about stories at the firehose, not in the comments of stories that were already promoted by your peers.
Obviously a flat text/html site can be "coded from scratch".
I don't hold all muslims responsible for these acts, but I hold them responsible for taking a more active role in denouncing and preventing them. Show me an islamic neighborhood in Europe openly displaying the comics in public as a form of protest and I'll be pleasantly shocked. Fat f**king chance.
BTW: "lose", "losing" - look into it.
Thanks for the reply!
What I wish was available was a way to view the source of a git with one minor enhancement - the ability to browse with a click to the declaration/definition of functions/variables a la the IDE of your choice. Would be neat to be able to build an index using some tool, check it into the root of your repo, and then have the site use the index to mark up the source code with the appropriate links.
I've dug around for something that does this but haven't found anything suitable - anyone know of anything?
The *only* specific gripe I've seen was that if the thread gets too nested the comments are squeezed into an unreadably narrow box. (1) that's seems like a pretty easy fix, and (2) I can't recall the last time I've read through a good comment thread that was more than 4-5 levels deep. So with respect, what am I missing? What has been fundamentally broken in the comment system? Nobody seems to say, they just say it sucks, or is fundamentally broken, or as you say is an add-on, etc.
I've been an active reader/commenter/submitter for over a decade and none of this makes any sense to me. Worst case the site is done, due not to the redesign itself, but the completely unhinged overreaction to it (see: throwing out the baby with the bathwater.) Best case, 1-2 months from now the is cruising along fine minus a tiny group of users with a very skewed set of priorities.
It's buggy. There is shit missing. A lot of shit missing. Yet, I seem to be able to read all of these pointless comments, and reply to them without issue. I can mod them offtopic with no issues whatsoever. If it weren't for this totally inexplicable flood of self-righteous protest comments I think my life would cruise right along reading and enjoying normal slashdot comments in the new design. Or, maybe not. Maybe if I could see the site operating as it should be in the new format I would begin to feel your profound misery. Alas I'll never know.
I've resigned myself to the distinct possibility that the site is now forever ruined - by you and your ilk, not by the poor saps charged with the redesign. Of all of the goddamn things to be outraged about, I do not understand it.
The new shit is buggy and is missing features, they've said they'll handle it, let them. Very depressing to see that the general sorry state of discourse in this country has spread now to this site. Fuck the unreasonable vocal minority. I miss the site, quit holding it hostage.
A good contractor fixes the problem, or clearly documents why he or she cannot fix the problem and provides alternative recommendations, one of which might be hire a different contractor. It's called professionalism.
...the code is not robust. You create a small new feature, and the app breaks down in unexpected ways. You fix a bug, and new bugs pop up all over the place.
You've just described every project I've ever been dropped into - welcome to the wonderful world of software development, where anything is possible - but NOTHING is easy.