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Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 402 402

How ironic. That's what the Usenet is and was long before WWW came alone.

Very true, and I certainly do miss it. Do you remember the day when AOL hooked up their network to usenet? So much "me too"...

Anyway, forum software sort of got itself into a rut. It seemed like everyone copied everyone else's bad PHP setup. So in that way, reddit was unique. And HTTP is far, far more ubiquitous than NNTP.

-B

Comment: Also continuous lipstick application. (Score 2) 209 209

I've worked for two companies where "agile" methodology applied company-wide meant point releases every one or two weeks and minor UI changes with every point release to "get better with each version." This floated mgmt's boat and kept the UX/UI people busy and excited, but it was a nightmare for customer support and (evidently, by extension) for customers who could never quite feel as though they'd "learned" to use the software.

Every time they logged in they struggled to figure out how to repeat the workflows they'd struggled to get ahold of the previous time. Of course, the widgets, labels, views, etc. tended to change between logins. Kind of like a maze with moving walls.

I argued for UI changes to be batched for major versions, but this supposedly wasn't "agile."

Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 402 402

I'm sure some will. Burn out can be pretty common from what I've read.

But that's how they set up their system: users can create and manage their own areas of the site, while users add content. It was actually a pretty good idea ten years ago. Back then you had slashdot and fark and other forums where the admins essentially created all the different content areas (subforums, I suppose). So it was always a little limited. Now reddit comes along and you can create an area all your own just to talk about beanie babies or whatever. The amount and type of content is limited only by your user base (and, lately, sense of morality).

The trouble is that as things grow and time goes, people move on, lose interest, whatever. You've got really huge super popular areas and they generate a huge amount of work for the guy who started the beanie baby area, and so he brings in other folks to help. At least they hope this is how it works. Way back when a few guys made subreddits for every common noun you can think of. Some of those folks have left.

I'm sure more people will move on.

-B

Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 3, Informative) 402 402

The majority of users most certainly don't care (or care enough to sign a meaningless petition). But a lot of moderators, who are essentially the unpaid employees who are driving most of the content on the site, like those popular AMAs, DO care. A lot of them are pretty upset. The lack of communication and planning makes their (volunteer) jobs harder, which makes them less eager to do those jobs.

Take the AMAs for example. When Victoria was there, the mods could do what they do: verify the person's ID, make sure it happens on time, set up the schedules, etc. When they fired Victoria, the link between the admins and moderators was gone. That left the mods with no good way to do their jobs and make all that content the company is so eager to monetize. The mgmt team shot themselves in the foot, in other words, and now all the mods are getting are platitudes and vague promises without any deliverables, timetables, etc.

More people will likely start caring when the overall quality of content goes down as mods get more and more burnt out.

-B

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 4, Interesting) 402 402

It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Ellen Pao is, by many accounts, an abysmal manager and a CEO who appears to lack vision and/or a plan -- which are two things a CEO absolutely must have. Her handling of Victoria's dismissal is pretty clear evidence of that. A 20-something night manager of a McDonalds on the interstate could have handled letting an employee go better than she did.

We're talking about someone who doesn't even know how to use her own product (she once posted a submission that linked to one of her private PMs) and can't even apologize on her own site before going to the media to try to put out fires. She's apparently got dodgy ideas about race and sexism (her failed lawsuit against KP, banning certain subreddits). So an influential black leader gets pissy over a PR stunt that went bad and demands some action? Sure, I could see Pao reacting by firing the most high-profile and well-liked employee at the company without having a contingency plan in place.

-B

Comment: Too little too late (Score 5, Insightful) 402 402

She was all over other media outlets over the weekend, and only just now makes vague promises about "tools". Hopefully those won't go the way of the "transparency!" promises they made earlier. People are apparently rather unhappy. But the good news is that Ellen Pao thinks that her users don't care, and the ones who are raising a fuss are insignificant. That's the way to make the moderators (which are basically unpaid employees) happy, Ellen!

Her management style reeks of VC meddling. It's all sanitize and monetize now. Weird shadowbanning, giving some offensive subreddits the boot but not others, etc.

I predict a gradual exodus. The cool kids tend to move on anyway once their parents have arrived.

-B

Comment: Outlets at work? Not yet. (Score 3, Informative) 656 656

This despite the prevalence of outlets at home and work, ...

I've never worked anywhere, in my 30 years in the workforce, that had any outlets (free or pay) in or even near the parking lot. Perhaps that will change over time as EVs become more prevalent, but I don't see any evidence of that now around where I live and work in Virginia Beach. (inb4: YMMV)

Comment: Re:Looks pretty useful (Score 1) 30 30

It seems like something that would make it much more difficult for ordinary thieves to exploit cell phones. That would seem to be pretty useful.

And much easier for the Police / FBI / etc... to exploit to unlock your phone. That would seem to be pretty useful - for them.

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