Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

What is the main reason that keeps you from volunteering to help with SoylentNews?

Displaying poll results.
I don't have the time.
  30% 77 votes
I don't have the l337 5k!11z.
  19% 50 votes
I don't have the interest.
  9% 25 votes
I was helping, but the Soylent natives ran me off!
  26% 67 votes
I'm already on staff, you insensitive clod!
  4% 11 votes
Some other reason as explained below.
  9% 24 votes
254 total votes.
[ Voting Booth | Other Polls | Back Home ]
  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
(1)
  • (Score: 5, Touché) by Snospar on Friday May 28, @01:14PM (2 children)

    by Snospar (5366) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 28, @01:14PM (#1139615)

    I don't even have time to take part in this poll.

    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Saturday May 29, @05:54AM

      by mhajicek (51) on Saturday May 29, @05:54AM (#1139962)

      Been putting in 13 hours 7 days for months now. Booked up for at least another month of that. Launching a business is hard work.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Friday June 04, @01:58AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday June 04, @01:58AM (#1141645)

      On rare occasion I might have some time to volunteer, but those occasions are so scattered and unpredictable that I would feel I am doing more of a dis-service by dropping in every month or three, doing something, then abruptly disappearing again for who knows how long.

      --
      John Galt is a selfish crybaby [huffpost.com].
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @02:47PM (112 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @02:47PM (#1139644)

    I would be interested, but
    1) I have a full time job and would not want to feel compelled to put large numbers of hours in.
    2) As a volunteer, I would do things my way. I have no desire to be part of a boss-subordinate relationship.
    3) I used to be on IRC a lot. It was a grandiose timesink and I don't want to have to go back.
    4) Can NCommander really just decide to shut it all down?
    5) With the ejection of realDonaldTrump, the departure of TMB and maybe now Hemocyanin, gratuitous upvotes of Azuma's ad-hominems and anyone else parroting the current Democrat party line, corresponding downvotes to opposing ideas to hide them from default view and placing their authors in risk of an IP ban - I have no desire to volunteer for a site that is in danger of becoming a "safe space" for neo-Communists.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @03:54PM (41 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @03:54PM (#1139679)

      was rDT ejected, always took it to gettng bored with the presona. or did SN really start censoring so long before FB and the rest?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @12:28PM (36 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @12:28PM (#1140005)

        He was actively posting and then abruptly stopped. Word at the time was that he was "exposed as a sock puppeteer" but TMB would throw those accusations around liberally.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by martyb on Friday June 04, @01:18PM (32 children)

          by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 04, @01:18PM (#1141752) Journal

          What happened to realDonaldTrump.

          tl;dr: The community moderated his comments.

          He enjoyed an initial upswing in popularity (I'd seen several references to his posts as being a parody — good for a laugh — and I saw many "+1 Funny" moderations by the community.

          As time went on, the account was less favorably viewed by the community. I started to see fewer upmods and started seeing more downmods; "-1 Offtopic" and "-1 Troll" became more common.

          The moderations affected his karma (as they do for all logged-in users. His karma eventually dropped low enough that he lost the ability to post comments. (That's part of the design of our moderation system.) Actions have consequences. Nobody on staff put a anything like a "block" or "ban" on the account.

          The community spoke.

          --
          Wit is intellect, dancing.
          • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @04:54PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @04:54PM (#1141832)

            I thought the rDT persona was interesting, but it had limited long-term potential in this room. Like Paulie Shore or Emo Phillips (or Whoopi Goldberg). Ultimately, though, it wasn't the rDT performance - often positive and refreshing - it was the moderation. "less favorably viewed" means to eliminate threats. Encourage what you want, and drive away what you don't.

            America sucks: +3 Insightful
            MAGA: banned for life

            I sincerely tried to lighten and maybe enlighten this room, and find relief my long, stressful days; fortunately, much of my work (and personally-identifying info) was lost last month in the fire.

            Non-sequitur trolling, humorless anger, and driving-away other viewpoints are your fate. For me, the party's over, my friend.

          • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @05:07PM (22 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @05:07PM (#1141835)

            Arguably EF was more offensive, but posted for much longer - Question: He hasn't posted since April, have you banned him?
            rDT attracted downmods for his political statements, even though they were satire, as Hemocyanin's project has drawn attention to. Question: Has the green site banned users from voicing opinions that a brigade doesn't like?

            This poll has been up for a week, and this may have been the first reply by staff to the concerns people have brought up. It has been more disconcerting than I would have expected. No effort to assuage concerns, plus I learn that a mob can cancel even a logged in account.

            I have the technical skills, but hell no.

            Shouldn't have run your skilled admin TMB off.

            • (Score: 2) by martyb on Saturday June 05, @01:12AM (21 children)

              by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @01:12AM (#1141932) Journal

              Arguably EF was more offensive, but posted for much longer - Question: He hasn't posted since April, have you banned him?

              Same thing happened to EF as what happened to rDT... in this case his "offensive" posting (as you called it) caught up with him. He received enough downmods that it caused his karma to drop below a level where he could post comments.

              This poll has been up for a week, and this may have been the first reply by staff to the concerns people have brought up. It has been more disconcerting than I would have expected. No effort to assuage concerns, plus I learn that a mob can cancel even a logged in account.

              Several factors at work here. First, staff learned of TMB's departure when he posted it to his journal. Much scrambling ensued. And continues. There was much that was done over the past few years that was not documented. We've been discovering things, and documenting them, as we go. Each of us has taken on a part of TMB's former activities on top of what we had already done before. We also have a couple staff members who are on a leave-of-absence for personal reasons.

              So, today was the first day that I noticed this poll was here and I am making some time to respond to it.

              Let me take this opportunity to extend my personal thanks and amazement at the selfless extra efforts that staff has made during this period! The attitude has been all about "what can I do to help?" I count myself privileged to be a part of this organization. I've never before worked with such a selfless and talented group!

              That said, I need to step away from this discussion -- our pending story queue is running dry.

              --
              Wit is intellect, dancing.
              • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @03:15AM (15 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @03:15AM (#1141952)

                Same thing happened to EF as what happened to rDT... in this case his "offensive" posting (as you called it) caught up with him. He received enough downmods that it caused his karma to drop below a level where he could post comments.

                They both posted at similar rates, yet EF somehow kept clear of being cancelled for two years longer than rDT? How curious.

                It's apparent there was some sort of coup behind the scenes here, around the time Ncommander showed his self around. It doesn't look like anyone has ended up vocally pledging loyalty to him, but suddenly there was talk of "enforced niceness", Hemo and TMB left and erased their journals, and EF was cancelled.

                Fuck beta and all that, but how is the Green Site nowadays? As for me, it looks like I'll go perusing the Register more often. They have more stories and their comments have a fair share of dissenting opinions.

                • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:04AM (14 children)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:04AM (#1141959)

                  Karma bans are temporary. EF can come back whenever he wants. rDT probably got bored of playing the character.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @05:03AM (11 children)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @05:03AM (#1141965)

                    Even if rDT were allowed back, nobody with any energy and talent likes playing to empty seats.

                    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @10:04PM

                      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @10:04PM (#1146147)

                      rDT the talented? Ha! More like people realized it wasn't a parody at all and just another user driving a rightwing agenda in a joking manner. Republicans beat troll humor into the ground and are busy skull fucking the corpse at this point. Actually, they switched from trolling into straight up psychopath behavior and are currently trying to generate support for a military coup.

                      That shit ain't funny.

                    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Thursday June 17, @03:19PM (9 children)

                      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 17, @03:19PM (#1146520) Journal

                      Even if rDT were allowed back

                      He is free to return, there is no ban issued by SN. His karma went below the level that permitted him to post, thus he became silent. That was a result of community moderation. However, his karma has long ago returned to its default level and, if he wishes, he can resume posting again.

                      --
                      It's always my fault...
                      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @03:54PM (8 children)

                        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @03:54PM (#1146990)

                        That's like Captain Edward John Smith saying, "All is forgiven. Come on back aboard, we miss you!"

                        • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Friday June 18, @08:17PM (7 children)

                          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 18, @08:17PM (#1147116) Journal

                          Except we are not sinking, personally I don't wish to see that persona back, and it is the community that moderated him into silence, not us.

                          --
                          It's always my fault...
                          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @05:47AM (6 children)

                            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @05:47AM (#1147943)

                            With bulkheads made of Perl. As the bo'sun orders you to take on ballast, and the first mate jettisons the lifeboats. And yet you blame it on the sharks.

                            • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday June 22, @07:06AM (5 children)

                              by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @07:06AM (#1147948) Journal

                              Nobody orders anybody here to do anything. We are all volunteers and we each get on with our own role. You have a very distorted and inaccurate view of how this site is managed and how we all function. Politics or personal vendettas do not exist. Views expressed in comments however are personal views and we each have a right to comment as does every other member of this community.

                              The only reason that I can see to explain why rDT stopped posting was because his karma was moderated down below a certain threshold - I think -5. It returned within a very short period of time, and had he chosen to do so he could have continued to post comments.

                              --
                              It's always my fault...
                              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:21PM (4 children)

                                by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:21PM (#1148064)

                                You seem to take a very narrow view of the analogy. rDT is just a symptom, not some charismatic martyr. Review earlier posts. You can see the true theme here, again and again. And again. We are abandoning a sinking ship because...

                                • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday June 22, @05:04PM (3 children)

                                  by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @05:04PM (#1148076) Journal
                                  OK, bye.
                                  --
                                  It's always my fault...
                                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @05:32PM (2 children)

                                    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @05:32PM (#1148082)

                                    Okay, fine.

                                    Somebody else must have figured something was awry. Otherwise, why did they start this poll about "Why Don't You Want Anything To Do With Us?"

                                    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Wednesday June 23, @05:01AM (1 child)

                                      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 23, @05:01AM (#1148276) Journal

                                      You have made your decision to 'abandon ship' based upon erroneous information. What does it matter which language the site is written in? It makes no difference to how you interact with it. You seem to think that there is some sort of evil cabal overseeing this site plotting against certain community members - which is simply untrue. I have tried to correct this misconception but you have still decided to go. If you distrust us that much then I can only wish you luck in finding a community that you can join and enjoy being a part of.

                                      The site depends upon Rehash - our fork of the original Slash code written in Perl. It has been proven to be robust and more than capable of supporting a community several magnitudes larger than our current one. A decade or more ago Slashdot was famous for remain operational despite several attempts to bring it to its knees by Denial of Service attacks. The same cannot be said of the vast majority of modern frameworks. Rehash depends upon an old version of Apache. Work has been continuing on converting it to work with a modern and fully-supported version of Apache but this work was invisible to the community and, for the time being, has come to a stop. However what we currently have is working fine - the problems experienced over the last few years have all been systems problems and nothing at all to do with the Perl code. If it ain't broke - don't fix it.

                                      The the poll was run because we are always trying to recruit more staff. We have a very small editorial team, there are currently only 2 active sys-admins which is insufficient for 24 hour coverage and the amount of remedial work that a restructuring will require, and the last active developer for our software has just left the team with no warning. The software is fine but, currently, we are unable to make any enhancements or other changes. The problems have all been exacerbated by the arrival of COVID which has left many in our community struggling in their private lives and jobs with little time for giving support to the site. The poll, which was suggested by a member of the community - not a member of the site staff - is an attempt to discover if there are any other reasons why people are reluctant to join the team.

                                      There is also a frustration amongst the current team that many in our community are not here to discuss the stories that are published, but are using the site to push their own political or social views or simply to troll other members of our community. They seem to think that it is acceptable to attack the speaker rather than debate the views that are being expressed. We are not unique in this regard - social media of all kinds is battling with exactly the same problems amid much publicity. We are constantly looking for solutions to this problem and we discuss various options from time to time. None have yet been implemented and none will be without consultation with the whole community. None of the possible solutions discussed will please every member of our community and none discussed so far will address every aspect so we have not introduced them. But the fact that we are looking at the problem is not something that the community should interpret as an attack upon themselves.

                                      Good luck wherever you find yourself a home.

                                      --
                                      It's always my fault...
                                      • (Score: 1, Troll) by aristarchus on Wednesday June 23, @11:06PM

                                        by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday June 23, @11:06PM (#1148509) Journal

                                        I love you, too, janrinok!

                                        --
                                        You are currently banned from moderating. The last day of your ban is 2022-03-25.
                  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @09:02AM (1 child)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @09:02AM (#1141996)

                    Parody eventually gave way to the strangeness of truth. By the time they could post again, there was no challenging what is true, for truth is always strange but fiction has to make sense.

                    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:15PM

                      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:15PM (#1142066)

                      Should've started using realDrFauci last year, 'cause it's starting to lose its humour, now.

              • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Tuesday June 08, @07:55AM (3 children)

                by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 08, @07:55AM (#1143059)

                Same thing happened to EF as what happened to rDT... in this case his "offensive" posting (as you called it) caught up with him. He received enough downmods that it caused his karma to drop below a level where he could post comments.

                Maybe that is a bad thing. If one wants to be offensive one can always go AC. I can block a user (can I?) but I cannot block AC. Will users with low karma first start at -1? This would seem sensible to me: do not ban but start posts at -1. With 10 mod points per day it seems that by using a couple accounts a given user can be banned in a few or even on a single day. BTW 10 mod points per day is to much IMO, bring it down to 7.

                • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DECbot on Tuesday June 08, @03:26PM

                  by DECbot (832) on Tuesday June 08, @03:26PM (#1143161) Journal

                  It started as 5 points, but moderation was very sparse. TMB was the one who poked that the code to first make 5 points an automatic thing instead of random chance and then bumping up the point level to 10 to encourage more moderation. I agree that the original point scheme from slashcode doesn't work for a smaller community like SN. Perhaps the better solution was bumping up the chance you are awarded mod points to a number between the $orig_chance and the current 100% chance we enjoy now? That way you're more likely to receive points than what the original slashcode dolled out thus returning moderation into a reward for good karma and limiting users with sock puppets to a smaller pool of points to modbomb posts. Of course the way to defeat that is to just have more sock puppet accounts to increase your odds of getting an account with mod points that day--but with a vast quantity of puppet accounts to guarantee a daily pool of points, signs of abuse would be flagrant in the IP logs. Though take my recommendations with a grain of salt, I'm not staff and I haven't actually looked at the code. This is just what I recall from previous conversations about the topic.

                  --
                  cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @07:47PM (1 child)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @07:47PM (#1143258)

                  BTW 10 mod points per day is to much IMO, bring it down to 7.

                  Especially if those points are used to punish your enemies.

                  It depends on what your definition of "offensive" is.

                  We've seen so many times here what the definition of "enemies" is.

                  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:19PM

                    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:19PM (#1147987) Journal

                    Especially if those points are used to punish your enemies.

                    We needz 15 pointz, precious. (grin)

                    --
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
              • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:12PM

                by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:12PM (#1147986) Journal

                He received enough downmods that it caused his karma to drop below a level where he could post comments.

                No redemption for the sinners, even if they were to repent, eh? (not that I imagine EF would)

                --
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
          • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Friday June 11, @12:17PM (3 children)

            by PiMuNu (3823) on Friday June 11, @12:17PM (#1144226)

            I didn't realise that you could lose the ability to post comments. Personally, I would prefer that to not happen - maybe lose the freebie +2 mod points you get for logging in. I don't see that banning comments helps, as anyone can come in as AC, it just means we lose the ability to track unpopular people. I don't mind reading the slander fest that is FaceF?ck - it's just their style, and I appreciate knowing who posted so I can take that into account. Probably doesn't win them many mod points though.

            Nb: I thought RDT was an insightful poster right to the end. For some he is MAGA. For others he is satire. For others still he is just a jerk. Same as the real realDonaldTrump. That was the whole point, I thought. Moot point (for now) as the *real* realDonaldTrump has got the kick for now.

            Nb2: Reminds me of Starship Troopers (the movie). For some it is MAGA. For some it is satire. For some it is just a movie. I appreciate the trichotomy, especially given the historical context of the Iraq Wars.

            • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Monday June 14, @02:18PM (2 children)

              by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 14, @02:18PM (#1145063)

              Following that thought, what happens when a bad poster's karma goes so far down that they can't post comments?

              What can they still do, as a logged-in user? Can they reform their character and raise their karma back to the point where they can post useful comments again?

              • (Score: 3, Informative) by PiMuNu on Monday June 14, @05:27PM (1 child)

                by PiMuNu (3823) on Monday June 14, @05:27PM (#1145127)

                Some other post said the bad karma disappears after a few days.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 15, @05:49PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 15, @05:49PM (#1145602)

                  Aren't there any Rules of Engagement? It's no wonder people go off shooting in all directions. And all the foot injuries.

          • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Friday June 18, @12:17PM (3 children)

            by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 18, @12:17PM (#1146918)

            The community spoke

            That is very debatable at least. Mods (up or down) would only reflect the community if individuals were chosen at random (maybe weighted by their activeness) and would deliver a mod. This assumes that fake accounts do not exist. By contrast, few active modders (potentially using several accounts) dominate the modding landscape. Again, I advocate for limiting the number of mod points.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 19, @06:25AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 19, @06:25AM (#1147246)

              But I thought the only solution to bad speech is more speech.

            • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:23PM (1 child)

              by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:23PM (#1147990) Journal

              By contrast, few active modders (potentially using several accounts) dominate the modding landscape.

              [Citation needed] No, seriously, that's quite an accusation, proof would be in order.

              --
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
              • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Wednesday June 23, @11:12PM

                by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday June 23, @11:12PM (#1148510) Journal

                Shrewdsheep is clearly a sockpuppet account of a conservative on staff, probably chromas. In fact, maybe all SN accounts are sockpuppets. Everywhere I look, there is sockpuppetry, and injurious downmodding and mod-banning! So in the village where the barber shaves everyone, who is the sockpuppet puppeting the sockpuppets?

                --
                You are currently banned from moderating. The last day of your ban is 2022-03-25.
        • (Score: 3, Informative) by FatPhil on Saturday June 05, @08:59AM (2 children)

          He had ~5 clearly-defined and radically different personae, but rarely kept more than 3 active at any one time. For a while some were used just for self-upmodding, which of course is a Bad Thing(TM) - so we had way more justification to remove rights (such as AC posting) than were ever exercised. In fact, I don't recall even mod bans being placed on him, as he prosumably realised we were onto his game, and curbed that behaviour naturally. He's still active, just doesn't have such a characterful character presently. Looking forward to Sleepy Joe 2.net's comments in the future.
          --
          I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:19PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @04:19PM (#1142067)

            Which is less healthy, vanity up-modding oneself, or ganging together to drive-out opposing viewpoints?

      • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Sunday May 30, @04:43PM (1 child)

        by Magic Oddball (3847) on Sunday May 30, @04:43PM (#1140275) Journal

        TMB confirmed in the comments of his good-bye post that both RDT had been a satirical account by one of the regulars that I haven't seen on site in quite a while. The same person was (according to TMB) originally the creator of Azuma 2.0 but then lost control of the account to someone else.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 20, @06:28PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 20, @06:28PM (#1147534)

          It's hard to make parody of someone who long ago descended into self-parody. It was funny in 2016 and maybe for the first couple of months of 2017.

          Azuma 2.0 is horrible. It's one thing to parody a public figure, another to parody a community member, even one who's a troll. (And she's not even as bad as her gang of haters, EF, or any of the other troll accounts).

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @02:46PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @02:46PM (#1142048)

        Question is why haven't r3alB1d3n appeared yet?

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:26PM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:26PM (#1147991) Journal

          He's still sleepy, I reckon.

          --
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday May 28, @08:02PM (22 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 28, @08:02PM (#1139817) Journal

      I can agree with one of your points.

      1) I have a full time job and would not want to feel compelled to put large numbers of hours in.

      Additionally,
      [x] IRC, what's IRC? (hey, grew up with Macintosh, rarely touched a PC until the mid 90's, didn't touch Linux until 1999. So some tech culture differences)
      [x] I probably don't know the technology that powers the site
      [_] I felt like the site was really going downhill, over run by AC bots and AC mods or something going on behind the scenes that I could only guess at.
      [x] I've read how un-ready some story submissions are, and don't think I could edit them into suitable form before accepting them. (the time, the patience, the maturity and sanity required)

      --
      Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!
      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @09:48PM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @09:48PM (#1140109)

        IRC is internet relay chat, a client-server protocol for realtime text communication.

        Don't worry about the second one, they didn't know the technology powering the site either.

        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday June 01, @02:17PM (4 children)

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 01, @02:17PM (#1140728) Journal

          IRC is internet relay chat

          Yes, I know that these days. I'm not totally ignorant, just mostly. But thank you.

          It makes me think of BBS days. Later internet based "BBS" using telnet (yes, telnet). But I would have to learn to use it. And that is yet more of a time sink.

          --
          Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!
          • (Score: 3, Informative) by RS3 on Friday June 04, @03:20AM (3 children)

            by RS3 (6367) on Friday June 04, @03:20AM (#1141663)

            Pretty much everything can be webpage-ized: https://chat.soylentnews.org [soylentnews.org]

            • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday June 07, @06:15PM (2 children)

              by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 07, @06:15PM (#1142832) Journal

              I've had a peek at that before.

              --
              Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!
              • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Monday June 07, @11:55PM (1 child)

                by RS3 (6367) on Monday June 07, @11:55PM (#1142964)

                What has been seen cannot be unseen.

                • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:21PM

                  by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:21PM (#1147988) Journal

                  Can be forgotten alright, tho'.

                  --
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
      • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Saturday May 29, @10:57PM (15 children)

        by Fnord666 (652) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 29, @10:57PM (#1140124) Homepage

        [x] I've read how un-ready some story submissions are, and don't think I could edit them into suitable form before accepting them. (the time, the patience, the maturity and sanity required)

        If by un-ready you mean nothing more than a link to a story, then you are correct. If you look at the submissions queue at any given time, 90%+ of the submissions will be by bots, meaning they are just a link to a story. The burden is on the editors to actually turn those into stories, even if they have no personal interest in the story itself.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RS3 on Friday June 04, @03:24AM (14 children)

          by RS3 (6367) on Friday June 04, @03:24AM (#1141665)

          I've only submitted a couple/few stories. My first one or two, I had _no_ idea what to do. Of course now I know- hindsight is 20/20. I'm not sure if there's a tutorial, how-to, etc. Maybe there is now. If not, it might help to give a good clear outline of what's expected.

          • (Score: 3, Informative) by Fnord666 on Friday June 04, @06:33AM (4 children)

            by Fnord666 (652) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 04, @06:33AM (#1141694) Homepage

            I've only submitted a couple/few stories. My first one or two, I had _no_ idea what to do. Of course now I know- hindsight is 20/20. I'm not sure if there's a tutorial, how-to, etc. Maybe there is now. If not, it might help to give a good clear outline of what's expected.

            That's good feedback and something for the staff to review. Maybe I should put together an "Ask Soylent" story to get a discussion going with the community. There are some guidelines at https://soylentnews.org/faq.pl?op=editorial [soylentnews.org] but I'm too close to things at this point to be able to tell how useful those are for a newer person.

            • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Friday June 04, @07:57AM (3 children)

              by RS3 (6367) on Friday June 04, @07:57AM (#1141706)

              Thanks, you're truly one of the great workhorses of SN, and we could not thank you enough.

              There's some saying that I can't exactly remember, but it's about people who write about something- often write from their own perspective and knowledge. I encounter this constantly, esp. in tech manuals, instructions, etc.

              The FAQ you pointed to is awesome, and thank you. I'm thinking more of a template for a submission. IIRC, my first submission I just sent a link to an article. Someone (probably martyb) kindly gleaned out a summary. Then I realized what was needed. And it's all well and good, but when I spent a little bit of effort (not whining, really!) and got a rejection, I though: "okay, I don't really 'get it', like what's a good submission vs. rejection material, so I'll do something else." Sorry to ramble- tired and I type too fast.

              Bottom line: it may seem obvious, and maybe is to most, but a simple template would help us who are verbally disinclined. (English / composition was by far the most difficult subject for me in school...)

              • (Score: 3, Informative) by martyb on Friday June 04, @12:35PM (2 children)

                by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 04, @12:35PM (#1141748) Journal

                You raise a great point, thank you!

                The code base for soylentnews.com (which is now called "rehash") is based on a version of the code base for slashdot. Slashdot started in late 1996(!). Sure there were updates over the years but it was designed and implemented by internet nerds for internet nerds. IOW, everyone was expected to know HTML.

                Also keep in mind that HTML was much more limited then! HTML 2 was published on November 24, 1995 [wikipedia.org] and HTML 3 was published on January 14, 1997 [wikipedia.org]. There was a short learning curve and it was the obvious choice at the time — why reinvent the wheel?

                It's now 2021 and HTML is less well known. I'd dare say most people are more familiar with using web pages than in writing them.

                Several years ago, I started to write a "primer" on basic HTML for soylentnews but that fell by the wayside. It seems there is still a need for it — thanks for the reminder!

                Thinking about it now, offhand, I am thinking these are the basic, supported tags (actually HTML elements) that would get a new user started:

                • <p>...</p>
                • <b>...</b>
                • <i>...</i>
                • <tt>...</tt>
                • <a href="https://example.com">...</a>

                Next might be:

                • <blockquote>...</blockquote>
                • <ecode>...</ecode>

                Not sure where OL, UL, and DL as well as LI would fit in.

                My plate is pretty full right now, so no telling how soon I (or someone else) could get to it, but this discussion has certainly given it a higher priority. Thank You!

                --
                Wit is intellect, dancing.
                • (Score: 3, Informative) by DECbot on Friday June 04, @02:27PM (1 child)

                  by DECbot (832) on Friday June 04, @02:27PM (#1141771) Journal

                  I can say that OL, UL, LI are supported, but I think you can only nest 2 or 3 levels deep before it breaks as there are some "optimization" in the slashcode/rehash that covers for the lazy editor that forgets to close a tag. I use the UL, LI tags all the time for the poll submissions and OL for the 1., 2., 3. ???, 4. Profit memes. Never used the DL personally, so I can't say.
                   
                  Also <quote> tag works if you're too lazy to type out <blockquote> like me. We also support <user> if your trying to link a user in your post like this martyb.

                  --
                  cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
                  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Saturday June 05, @11:44AM

                    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @11:44AM (#1142019) Journal

                    Thanks for the feedback!

                    My focus on the GP post was to aim for a minimal subset that could help a person -- who was new to HTML -- to get started. IOW, if I were new to the site and am looking at a blank text-entry field... what do I do?

                    Agreed, the other tags ARE useful. Looks like this is turning into a mult-page "primer". =)

                    I use <blockquote>...</blockquote> very frequently, so it was helpful to *me* see <quote> mentioned as it looks like it will save me time and typing. Thanks!

                    I have directly used DECbot before, but had forgotten about <user>DECbot</user> so thanks for that, too!

                    --
                    Wit is intellect, dancing.
          • (Score: 3, Informative) by FatPhil on Saturday June 05, @09:04AM (4 children)

            The easiest way to submit a story is to just say ``=submit ${URL}'' on the main IRC channel. A bot will load the page, strip the title and what looks like the main story off the page, and stick that in the sumbission queue for you. Probably the majority of the stories arrive that way. You won't get any internet points from submitting things that way, but I don't even know what internet points you get from doing it the manual way anyway, but supposedly there is something.
            --
            I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.
            • (Score: 4, Informative) by martyb on Saturday June 05, @12:02PM (2 children)

              by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @12:02PM (#1142022) Journal

              If a story submitted by a logged-in user is accepted for use on the site, their account currently gets 3 karma points.

              --
              Wit is intellect, dancing.
              • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Saturday June 05, @05:04PM (1 child)

                by RS3 (6367) on Saturday June 05, @05:04PM (#1142073)

                Thanks, I wasn't aware of the karma points. That may explain why some people like to submit a lot of stories (trying to recover lost karma due to so many downmods.)

                Soylent News math: 50 = 50 + 3

                I wonder if I can get my supermarket's cash registers to calculate that way... :)

                • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Tuesday June 08, @02:47AM

                  by DECbot (832) on Tuesday June 08, @02:47AM (#1143009) Journal

                  It only works that way when you're giving the register $53 dollars.

                  --
                  cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 09, @08:54AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 09, @08:54AM (#1143470)

              hmmm... if I'm going to submit the least I can do is try to whack it up in some fashion using the web form.

              Meanwhile.. I submit stories when I see then, post replies, and pay money when I can.. is that enough?

          • (Score: 3, Informative) by Phoenix666 on Sunday June 13, @12:53PM (3 children)

            by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 13, @12:53PM (#1144791) Journal

            Submitting stories is easy. I use a template that takes about 2-3 minutes to complete. It's:

            From [Link to story source]:

            [Representative excerpt copy & pasted from article (most news articles have a suitable one)]

            [Some sentence from you as an icebreaker/conversation starter]

            You can skim through headlines quickly for those that interest you. You don't have to be an expert in the subject, nor do you have to come up with supporting material, because the discussion in the community is the thing and even experts disagree among themselves.

            --
            Washington DC delenda est.
            • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:45PM (2 children)

              by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:45PM (#1147997) Journal

              That's... amateurish.

              How about:
              1. confirm the story from multiple sources (if it's not from a reputable news agency)
              2. find the one that put the story into perspective from multiple angles. Sometimes there need to be 2 stories to reach enough perspective
              3. avoid stories exclusively syndicated by NewsCorp and the like - effing shits publish the same story in UK, US and Australia to baloon it up and nobody else's s interested
              4. if it's sciency, dig up the DOI for it, Maybe trace it down to the Uni or lab press release source, cause I hate IFLscience and the pseudo-sci pseudo-journos.

              Even the stories I push on IRC go through all the above.

              --
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
              • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday June 22, @06:12PM (1 child)

                by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @06:12PM (#1148092) Journal

                That's...a persnickety response.

                Nobody gets paid to go to that length. If you want to volunteer your time to do that for your submissions, great, but don't volunteer my or anyone else's time to do the same.

                Many don't submit stories because it seems too complicated or time-consuming to follow a method like that which you bumptiously insist on. Many also never submit stories or contribute to the site in any way because they don't have the time or energy to deal with reactions like yours.

                My method is simple and fast that others can use if they want to (and it works [soylentnews.org]). If they want to do something else, great.

                And, in the end, the community is not about creating the perfect bibliography, but about the discussion.

                --
                Washington DC delenda est.
                • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday June 23, @03:40AM

                  by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 23, @03:40AM (#1148266) Journal

                  TIL: persnickety, bumptiously.

                  If you want to volunteer your time to do that for your submissions, great, but don't volunteer my or anyone else's time to do the same.

                  Did I volunteers your time? I fail to see how.

                  I said: your approach is amateurish, that's my opinion (and I'll maintain it)
                  You said: it works, however it would may be.

                  I don't see any contradiction between the two. If you see one, I'll be grateful to be enlightened.

                  And, in the end, the community is not about creating the perfect bibliography, but about the discussion.

                  Discussion is also my reason for going the extra in choosing the source of the stories I submit: I want more discussions and less bashing - in my mind, there are better chances if the sources of the story present a variety of angles to view the object of it.

                  --
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @08:33PM (20 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @08:33PM (#1139823)

      gratuitous upvotes of Azuma's ad-hominems and anyone else parroting the current Democrat party line

      Yeah, I saw that too. It's happening much worse than it used to.

      • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @08:59PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @08:59PM (#1140572)

        Always remember, don't feed the Azuma's of this world. Once your argument has been made, resist the urge to reply to a blatantly aggressive/degrading/stupid comment. People here can judge for themselves.

        • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @07:27AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @07:27AM (#1140973)

          Once your argument has been made, resist the urge to reply to a blatantly aggressive/degrading/stupid comment.

          Because you are already going to burn in hell, so don't make it worse for yourself.

        • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Phoenix666 on Sunday June 13, @12:55PM

          by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 13, @12:55PM (#1144792) Journal

          Azuma is a rancid bigot. Once you realize that, she's not worth a moment's thought.

          --
          Washington DC delenda est.
      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Tork on Wednesday June 02, @09:19PM (16 children)

        by Tork (3914) on Wednesday June 02, @09:19PM (#1141246)
        A good deal of that is in reaction to a bunch of shitheads constantly noising the place up by having a go at her.
        --
        Slashdolt Logic: "24 year old jokes about sharks and lasers are +5, Funny." 💩
        • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @03:32AM (14 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @03:32AM (#1141372)

          Hey white knight, the pattern I see is a factual discussion is taking place, and then Azuma flies in like a seagull cackling loudly and shitting on everybody. She seems to enjoy it. I consider Azuma a troll account.

          • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:01AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:01AM (#1141707)

            And you know what you do not do with trolls? Feed them. If you or others think she is a troll, then don't feed her. Otherwise you are just asking for the reaction you know in advance that you are going to get. That simple.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:33PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @08:33PM (#1141874)

              You are correct.

              I held myself to stop responding to Azuma'a posts for that very reason, and I consider the forum topic basically "over" if she arrives on the scene. Other people, I will still engage. Maybe I need to learn my lesson with others, but so far, it's just Azuma who is bad enough to treat the same as finding a turd in the punchbowl at a party: don't go back for another serving, party's over, time to leave.

          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @04:26AM (9 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @04:26AM (#1143802)
            Azuma is nothing more than a racist troll.
            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @10:31AM (2 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @10:31AM (#1143842)

              Azuma is nothing more than an anti-racist troll.

              FTFY, you scum-sucking lime-lizard white guy!

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:55PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:55PM (#1143880)

                It is wrong to assume I am a white guy because I point out Azuma's racism.

                Oh, hi there Azuma, you racist you.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:59PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:59PM (#1143881)

                Nope, nope, nope. Azuma is 100% fully racist. Everything that comes out of that troll's account is absolutely racist to the core.

            • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:45PM (5 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:45PM (#1143977)

              The fact that Azuma is an ignorant, hateful bigoted bastard, with ridiculous delusions, has nothing to do with race. Azu is a CBI who thinks a nurse's aid requires more than a 90-IQ. You kids are going to have to quit looking for racism in everything. That's a Don Quixote-size red herring.

              Now, about calling somebody a "scum-sucking lime-lizard white guy," that's racist. And bigoted.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:36PM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:36PM (#1144005)

                CBI?

                • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @07:31PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @07:31PM (#1144023)

                  CBI?

                  Certified Bedpan Inspector.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:44PM (2 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:44PM (#1144007)

                The fact that Azuma is an ignorant, hateful bigoted bastard, with ridiculous delusions, has nothing to do with race.

                Yep.

                But Azuma also believes that us dark skinned people are too stupid to be able to obtain ID, and that is racist.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @07:43PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @07:43PM (#1144031)

                  That's what Joe believes, too. That's why he is against showing an ID for voting. He also said "Poor Kids Are Just As Bright As White Kids." And let's not forget that Joe's mentor, Robert Byrd, was Exalted High Poobah of the KKK. And Joe's son Hunter goes around dropping the "N-word" at the drop of a laptop.

                • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @08:28PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @08:28PM (#1144378)

                  After mulling it over, I still think I'm right... Azu is/was practicing equal-opportunity ignorance and hatred. Someone who spews bile at anyone and everyone, and is only called out on it when the recipient is a minority, is not a racist.

                  It's like blaming cops for shooting armed perps of one race, but giving a free pass when the same events happen to another race. The fact is that armed perps are the problem. I had a terrifying event with two cops; I'm convinced that I'm alive today because I was unarmed, and I let them get their exercise without my resisting (I wasn't encouraging it... they had a gun on me). I'd be rich today, if someone had a camera phone at the time.

                  The racist is the one who singles out one group, and gives a free pass for all the rest. It's like there is allowed minority privilege, in their minds.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:40PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:40PM (#1146134)

            Interesting how people like yourself laud Ethanol-Fueled as a brilliant troll for his racist hate rants, but lose your fucking minds when Azuma calls you mean names. Maybe if you had some consistency then as a community we could tone down the vitriol, but that is not the case. In typical conservative troll fashion it is rules for everyone else, but when it comes to yourselves you whine about them frozen peaches. Truly the most fragile of people who can't stand some mean words!

            • (Score: 0, Troll) by TheMightyChickadee on Friday June 18, @02:03AM

              by TheMightyChickadee (14674) on Friday June 18, @02:03AM (#1146805)

              Interesting how people like yourself laud Ethanol-Fueled as a brilliant troll for his racist hate rants, but lose your fucking minds when Azuma calls you mean names

              Yes, very interesting. Rightwing snowflakes? [insert "pinch" emoji here] 🤏

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:19PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @05:19PM (#1143957)

          A good deal of that is in reaction to a bunch of shitheads constantly noising the place up by having a go at her.

          I'm not sure which came first, Azumi screaming insults at the right-wingers, or the right-wingers having a go at her?

    • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @11:39PM (12 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @11:39PM (#1139881)

      no desire to volunteer for a site that is in danger of becoming a "safe space" for neo-Communists.

      That resonates with me. Why volunteer for the abuse heaped on non-progressives by the worst behaved members of the community?

      gratuitous upvotes of Azuma's ad-hominems

      I've wondered about that. I think I blame Sockpuppetarchus for a lot of it. TMB told us that if/when we suspected Aristarchus of sockpuppetry, we would be right.

      The dynamics are odd, though. Ari seems to be in love with 'Zumi, but 'Zumi has told him to fuck off, quite publicly, multiple times. Typical incel stuff, I guess . . .

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @10:51PM (10 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @10:51PM (#1140353)

        I think I blame Sockpuppetarchus for a lot of it.

        You see that when there's a critical post, making a point exactly and succinctly. Click on the # and you'll see 3-up and 4-down votes, to keep it suppressed. You know that if there were 8-up votes, they'd find 9-down to counter it. Frankly, I don't think there are more than a half-dozen downers here... they're just very dedicated.

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @07:28AM (9 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @07:28AM (#1140455)

          It must be some sort of brigade. It can't possibly be that people actually think it is a bad post.

          • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @02:42PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @02:42PM (#1140499)

            To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true!

          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @04:02PM (7 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @04:02PM (#1140509)

            Thinking has nothing to do with it.

            #1137843 -1 Troll [soylentnews.org]
            Flamebait=1, Troll=2, Insightful=1, Informative=2, Total=6

            #1138033 -1 Informative [soylentnews.org]
            Flamebait=2, Redundant=1, Insightful=1, Informative=2, Overrated=1, Total=7

            • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @06:24PM (6 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @06:24PM (#1140537)

              It's simple. When discussing a topic like Critical Race Theory, don't point out the circular definitions. [youtube.com] Don't mention the child-like sophistry of the Hegellian Dialectic:

              thesis: race essentialism
              antithesis: social constructionism
              synthesis: structural determinism

              Definitely don't point out the underlying psychopathology at play [russh.com] or provide receipts. [twitter.com] Don't point out that Leftists wouldn't be upset about Republican bills banning race essentialism if these bills didn't ban CRT. Don't cite Gramsci [wikipedia.org] or point out that attacks against the family unit are contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Never mention the liberal order is being upended by attacks on the foundational concept of natural law. [thepostmillennial.com]

              If you do any of those things, you should fully expect to be modded down!

              • (Score: 0, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @07:34PM (2 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @07:34PM (#1140550)

                Happy Memorial Day
                Remember The Sacrifices Of Those Who Made And Kept Us Free
                God Bless America

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:33AM (1 child)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:33AM (#1140623)

                  Above is an example.

                  When they drop a bunch of boilerplate text trying to get you to take the bait, don't let them drive the conversation. As they attempt to drift the topic, don't go. They'll look exactly like what they are. And for fun, add something that will convulse them... like God.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @04:33PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @04:33PM (#1141106)

                    It's an example of someone's agenda. Imagine thinking that "Happy Memorial Day" is Flamebait!

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @04:26PM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @04:26PM (#1142397)

                Today, Sunday June 6, 2021, remember...
                D-Day June 6, 1944
                Allied forces landed in Normandy, sacrificing all for freedom
                God Bless America

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @02:06AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @02:06AM (#1146806)

                  Fighting Nazis? I'm sure there were fine people on both sides.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 21, @07:54PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 21, @07:54PM (#1147798)

                Today, Monday, June 21 2021, remember...
                June 21, 1788 The US Constitution was ratified
                New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify, ending the Articles of Confederation
                God Bless America

      • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Tuesday June 01, @07:23AM

        by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 01, @07:23AM (#1140699)

        Indeed it seems that a small group of people was able to upset this site recently. It also has to be said that people who recently left fell to their provocations (or trolling in newspeak). Certainly, if you feel you have to have the final word in an online forum, you have a problem we cannot help you with. Apart from these personal problems, I believe that technical solutions are sufficient. This site is small enough, so that no posts need to be hidden (apart from Spam). Make the breakthrough -1 as a default. Then, hide a thread if it becomes larger than a certain threshold (say 10 messages). The latter would require new programming but it shouldn't be hard. I believe that such measures could restore peace for most of us.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @11:52PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @11:52PM (#1140135)

      Personally I'm not interested, for two reasons:

      1. I spent a 35 year career in IT. I am burned out beyond belief. In my retirement I'm happily now just a slightly advanced user.
      2. Why would I help any of the deranged leftists here doxx me when I dare express the slightest disagreement with them? Participation would require an account, and I'm not going to sign up for one of those. Not enough reward for the risk.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @08:36PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @08:36PM (#1141230)

        I join you on point 1 - 35 year IT, burnout. In a nutshell - old skills, I will just watch tech from the sidelines, thank you.
        And actually a bit of point 2 - I come from a more conservative view. Not USA, so actually good, sound and sane values.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:46PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:46PM (#1146140)

        Sounds like we've got a trumper here who thinks GOP agendas are "slight disagreement" instead of literally fascist police state policies. You lot whine about any pushback, which means you are a massive narcissist with a victim complex. Doesn't help that you actually believe the lies Fox feeds you as you rant about how bad the MSM is. Can we get better people please? Brain dead boomers pushing Russian misinformation is getting pretty tiresome.

    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @08:28PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @08:28PM (#1140318)

      The artless and humorless Me-tooers - those bigoted, agenda-driven bolsheviks and commies - are driving reasonable people to re-evaluate everything.

      Tip: Ignore their insults, accusations and gotcha questions... unless you have something extra juicy. Everything they say is rhetorical. Stay on your topic, make your points, follow your agenda.

      Or go elsewhere.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @08:33PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @08:33PM (#1140319)

        The party's over, it's time to call it a day
        They've burst your pretty balloon
        And taken the moon away
        Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
        Take off your makeup, the party's over
        It's all over, my friend

        It's all over, my friend

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:09PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:09PM (#1140719)

      I think you got just about everything for me.

    • (Score: 2) by turgid on Saturday June 05, @09:29PM (1 child)

      by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @09:29PM (#1142153) Journal

      I have no desire to volunteer for a site that is in danger of becoming a "safe space" for neo-Communists.

      I see what you did there.

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @01:58PM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @01:58PM (#1147999) Journal

        I don't. Really.

        --
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by tangomargarine on Thursday June 10, @05:15PM (1 child)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday June 10, @05:15PM (#1143955)

      5) With the ejection of realDonaldTrump, the departure of TMB and maybe now Hemocyanin, gratuitous upvotes of Azuma's ad-hominems and anyone else parroting the current Democrat party line, corresponding downvotes to opposing ideas to hide them from default view and placing their authors in risk of an IP ban - I have no desire to volunteer for a site that is in danger of becoming a "safe space" for neo-Communists.

      Ditto. When half of most threads are people shouting insults at each other (sometimes not even related to the topic at hand), it doesn't encourage me that the site is worthy of my effort.

      It used to be a lot easier to have a civilized conversation around here.

      --
      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by kazzie on Monday June 14, @02:25PM

        by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 14, @02:25PM (#1145067)

        A lot of the arguing seems to be based on politics for a country other than my own, so it's a little easier for me to be indifferent or clueless about it. And some of it serves to remind me that there are a lot of different perspectives and viewpoints out there; that's the sort of broad sampling that you don't get on bubble-oriented social media.

        But yeah, it is a pian to have to scroll past loads of un-related arguement to find any discussion of TFA.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PiMuNu on Friday June 11, @12:47PM (2 children)

      by PiMuNu (3823) on Friday June 11, @12:47PM (#1144230)

      There are as many loony right posts as loony left. I don't think TMB was very loony right compared to Ethanol Fuelled or a couple of others.

      • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Wednesday June 23, @05:23AM (1 child)

        by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 23, @05:23AM (#1148278) Journal

        There are as many loony right posts as loony left

        ... and they are all off-topic. I agree with you entirely, if everybody would discuss the subject story it would be a far more interesting discussion.

        --
        It's always my fault...
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 24, @02:19AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 24, @02:19AM (#1148559)

          Because those topics are so damn well selected and intelligent that they should never drift.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DannyB on Friday May 28, @08:05PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 28, @08:05PM (#1139818) Journal

    THANK YOU !!

    To the people (current and former) who run and have run SN.

    Thanks!

    You make this a nice place to visit.

    --
    Employers should not mandate wearing clothing. It should be a personal choice. It only affects me. Junk can't breathe!
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @04:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @04:33AM (#1139949)

    The largest being that it seems like a pain in the ass. If I didn't have to interact with others and could just edit some stories because it needed to be done, I probably would quite often because I'm bored. The thought of interacting with all the IRC-people and the very sappy-seeming editor staff keeps me from wanting to overcome the laziness barrier.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @06:30AM (18 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @06:30AM (#1139965)

    I could have helped back when I only had 5 kids. I did lots of open source stuff back then. I was unemployed too.

    Now... sorry. I don't know about you all, but for me a dozen kids is really time-consuming. Maybe the volunteers have fewer kids? I'm thinking that's it. They are probably gay.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @11:03PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @11:03PM (#1140126)
      • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @02:37AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @02:37AM (#1140156)

        Pretty sure once you get into the double digits this [wikipedia.org] is more appropriate.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @02:40PM (13 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @02:40PM (#1140257)

      If this is the guy that has 13 kids, I am curious whether you are concerned about the future your kids can have. A big reason I have no desire to have kids is thinking about whether they can have a decent life when they grow up.

      I see how lucky I was that I got into programming in the current era, while others who went with more difficult majors (IMO) ended up with half my salary, while the management class makes double or triple what I do.

      The world is overpopulated, and social opinion is biased against members of my race and gender. "Rockstar" fields, like programming is now, may not exist in the future or my kids may not have the aptitude to work in them. And a purposeless life on government handouts spent living in Terrafoam is not something I want to bring them into either.

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @06:35AM (12 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @06:35AM (#1140450)

        I am very concerned about the future my kids will have, so I made lots of kids. Think about what you do when you are concerned about the future your data will have: you make backup copies and/or get a RAID system. It's the same thing. With each kid having half my DNA, they add up to 6.5 replicas. Once they move away from home, I will have off-site backups. Some may fail at life, but I have many others.

        BTW, when I load the page my initial comment shows up as "Comment Below Threshold (5 children)". No silly, it's 13 children.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @03:13PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 31, @03:13PM (#1140502)

          Except the carriers of this "data" are living, feeling human beings that are somehow going to have to live through an 80 year lifespan.

          If anyone else wants to "backup their data", send off for a kit from 43 and me, and let the police keep the "data" safe.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:45AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @01:45AM (#1140629)

            I don't know of anybody still reproducing at 80 years. My kids don't need to survive that long.

            If they make it to 20 years, they may already have enough offspring to replace themselves.

            If they make it to 40 years, they may have produced all that can be produced. Especially for the females, that biological clock ticks to a stop.

            If they make it to 60 years, they may have an empty nest. Beyond that, they are not so important. Perhaps they can advise their adult kids and grandkids.

        • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Monday May 31, @09:03PM (8 children)

          by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Monday May 31, @09:03PM (#1140575)

          DNA is overrated. It is the memes that count in the end.

          BTW, how does one RAID one's kids?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @11:25PM (6 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 01, @11:25PM (#1140886)

            Memes don't satisfy my biological urge.

            I'm not about to invent anything like fire, the wheel, Islam, phonetic alphabets, the "0" digit, or sliced bread. Even if I did, it wouldn't amount to anything much. It's shallow trivial crud. DNA is me.

            As a side effect though, the memes do spread. Leftists average about 1.5 kids per woman, while the right is at 2.5 kids per woman. One of those is exponential decay, and the other is exponential growth. The occasional temporary victory for the left will not overcome the long-term population advantage.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @05:08AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @05:08AM (#1140959)

              How many of those right-leaning kids are indoctrinated in education facilities? With control of the media, social networks, and higher education, the ideas on the left will not perish much like the last piece of fruitcake.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @03:33PM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @03:33PM (#1141069)

              My grandparents are hardcore religous fundamentalists... All their children turned into atheistic hippies. Political views are based on your peer group, not your parents.

              • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @08:18PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @08:18PM (#1141215)

                Political views are significantly influenced by DNA. The genes are known, so you can actually test for it. I guess your grandparents weren't purebred. Not that religion equals politics of course: I'll guess your grandparents were big into the charity and turning the other cheek. Most religions, Christianity included, can be leftist.

                So anyway, my kids have my DNA. I moved to a conservative county. The kids are homeschooled. They participate in a conservative homeschooling group with other kids, and they participate in extra-conservative scouting groups, and they participate in conservative religious groups. I'm far-right, and my kids make me look like a leftist. My kids like to go protest abortions. Personally, I like how abortions kill leftist kids before birth, so I don't wish to stop abortions at all. My kids miss Rush Limbaugh and Herman Cain.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @04:29PM (2 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @04:29PM (#1141104)

              So many arguments in favor of home-schooling.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @02:04AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @02:04AM (#1141647)

                Like the fact that it is not, schooling, that is.

                  Seems most of the "conservatives" think that education is just brainwashing, so when they home-school they just are trying to brainwash the way they like it. They also think that as "owners" of their children, they should be able to customize them as they desire, so, homeschooling, genital mutilation, peircings, and bleach-therapy for the COVID. (Not even going to say, "pimp my child"!) But the thing is, when these children grow up, and are on their own, they get to decide what Adult Day-care or nursing home you go to. And they may not be happy about how you treated them when they were young. You cain't teach "stupid".

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 14, @10:22AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 14, @10:22AM (#1145026)

                  https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/yummy-mummy-club/homeschooling_b_1826688.html [huffingtonpost.ca]

                  THE BLOG
                  Why Do Home-schooled Children Outperform? Their Parents
                  I know there are some who might use the finding that home-schooled children outperform their public school counterparts as an argument against the latter, but "the system" is apparently not the telling factor here. Nope. It's parents. Homeschooled children tend to outperform traditionally-educated kids, because their parents are more involved and the kids respond to that involvement.

                  The fact is, home schooling runs the gamut, from inferior to superior. The better educated the teachers, the better educated the students. While public schooling has been demonstrated to be little more than indoctrination into political views, and employer's expectations. The educational levels of the "teachers" has modest if any impact on the education of the students.

                  Before judging home schooled people, you should take inventory of all the figures in history who educated themselves in "non-traditional" methods. Read and learn - http://learningabe.info/Lincoln_education.html [learningabe.info]

                  II. Abraham's Education: From the John L. Scripp's Interview of Abraham

                  Lincoln in 1860 (in the Chicago Tribune)

                          While here (Indiana farm), Abraham went to A B C schools by littles, kept successively by Andrew Crawford,--Sweeney, and Azel W. Dorsey. He does not remember any other. The family of Mr. Dorsey now resides in Schuyler County, Illinois. Abraham now thinks that the aggregate of all his schooling did not amount to one year. He was never in a college or academy as a student, and never inside of a college or academy building till since he had a law license. What he has in the way of education he has picked up. After he was twenty-three and had separated from his father, he studied English grammar--imperfectly, of course, but so as to speak and write as well as he now does. He studied and nearly mastered the six books of Euclid since he was a member of Congress. He regrets his want of education, and does what he can to supply the want.

                  FACT LIST OF LINCOLN'S EDUCATION

                  When his father could spare him from chores, Lincoln attended an ABC school. Such schools were held in log cabins, and often the teachers were barely more educated than their pupils.
                  According to Lincoln, “no qualification was ever required of a teacher beyond readin', writin', and cipherin', to the Rule of Three.” Including a few weeks at a similar school in Kentucky,
                  Lincoln had less than one full year of formal education in his entire life-- all in short winter-time periods to not interfere with farm work during the important seasons.
                  Abe's stepmother encouraged his quest for knowledge.
                  At an early age he could read, write, and do simple arithmetic.
                  Books were scarce on the Indiana frontier, but besides the family Bible, which Lincoln knew well, he was able to read the classical authors Aesop, John Bunyan, and Daniel Defoe, as well as William Grimshaw's History of the United States (1820) and Mason Locke Weems's Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington (about 1800). This biography of George Washington made a lasting impression on Lincoln, and he made the ideals of Washington and the founding fathers of the United States his own.
                  By the time Lincoln was 19 years old, he had reached his full height of 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in). He was lean and muscular, with long arms and big hands that gave him an awkward appearance. Although he had remarkable strength, he never liked farm work. He preferred instead the easy congeniality that he found at the general store in nearby Gentryville. A neighbor recalled “Abe was awful lazy, he would laugh and talk and crack jokes and tell stories all the time.”
                  Abe's childhood schools were in small log cabins with holes for windows. There were few, if any books. The Bible was used as the reading source in the later schools.
                  Teachers were called "wizzards" if they could read, write, cipher to the rule of three, and knew Latin. One of his teachers spent their school time learning manners of the time. He only lasted a year.
                  Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham's step mother was illiterate like Thomas, but encouraged Abraham's unusual ways in desiring to learn and read.

          • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @02:10PM

            by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @02:10PM (#1148001) Journal

            BTW, how does one RAID one's kids?

            The best to my taste: on strips, with parity, on multiple plates, in different storages**
            The striped kids last longer if deep frozen too. (grin)

            ---

            ** (yes, you can hot-swap RAID6 using an USB hub with 5 USB sticks. I tried, it works)

            --
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @02:12AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @02:12AM (#1146808)

          All those kids may end up being the death of you!
          Dad to 'world's largest family' with 94 children and 39 wives dies aged 76 [mirror.co.uk]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @10:45PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @10:45PM (#1140349)

      The bosses here are like the young start-ups of a generation back, who cruised through it in their dorms, then cashed in later. All they need are another billion internet users, and they're home free. They'll be able to buy as many kids as they want.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @11:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 30, @11:22PM (#1140363)

        Wasn't this place just another big AI/Bot experiment to begin with? If I were running the show, I'd have just bought/trained a bot farm, or used a Chinese two-cent army, or just had my buddies in the JIDF "be the users."

        Then I could claim that my site has six-million distinct users and try to cash in selling it off that way, perhaps even to whomever owns Slashdot (hell, that's probably what Slashdot did to sell out). How many distinct users does Reddit/Twitter/Facebook tell their investors they have, even as they've been caught straight-up with large-scale bot activity with unrelated accounts posting the same, "As a White person..." schpiel? Then you identify the real-life troublemakers and boot them, and now your echo-chamber is ready to sell!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by looorg on Sunday May 30, @08:59PM

    by looorg (578) on Sunday May 30, @08:59PM (#1140321)

    My snazzy and pithy comments doesn't count as helping out?! Outrageous ...

    I don't know. I can't say that it's time. I make some submissions from time to time of interesting stories. I guess that is my main contribution then. It's hard to compete with the bot submissions in quantity. Beyond that I don't really know why. I guess I don't really have an excuse. I guess I could do some editing if I really wanted to. I guess I don't?

    That said I'm grateful to the people that do. It gives me much entertainment and I usually find it interesting after having conditioned my brain to ignore all the jew posts etc.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Marand on Monday May 31, @08:23PM

    by Marand (1081) on Monday May 31, @08:23PM (#1140563) Journal

    I appreciate what others do to make the site work but there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do already. I waste too much time and don't get enough done as it is, so adding SN work on top is out of the question.

    Plus you guys couldn't pay me enough to make me want to deal with someone else's Perl codebase, which is the only thing I'd be interested in doing anyway. I like Perl well enough and spent a lot of time with it in the past, but even then I didn't like dealing with other people's Perl, and since then my programming preferences have changed greatly and made me even less tolerant of the sort of things Perl encourages.

    In fact, I semi-randomly chose a file just to see if maybe I'm being too negative, and immediately got annoyed by this mockery of "documentation" [github.com] Taking the time to create a perldoc but providing zero useful info and then commenting the module with "figure the rest out ;-)" is exactly the kind of obnoxious shit I expected out of the Slashdot codebase. And not much farther in there's an undocumented object property with the helpful name "magic". Nope, fuck that. Kudos to the SN folks that have/had (RIP TMB) the patience to deal with slashcode's bullshit, but I'm not one of them, at least not any more.

  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday May 31, @08:59PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Monday May 31, @08:59PM (#1140573) Journal

    Don't have time to experiment with square foot gardening or volunteering with Soylent: don't even have time to stop for a nice plate of Soylent Green.

    Work, work, work, sleep, rinse, repeat.

    Hoping to retire earlier than my Freedom 95 shows... maybe then.... :/

    --
    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Thexalon on Tuesday June 01, @06:33PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday June 01, @06:33PM (#1140824)

    I wrangle code and servers for a living. The very last thing I want to do after a day of wrangling code and servers is spend my evening or weekend wrangling code and servers, especially outdated Perl that is a miracle we even keep functioning.

    As for editing and other contributions of that sort, I have plenty of organizational work to do right now elsewhere, and that task seems like it would be setting myself up for grief, not fun.

    I have utmost respect to the people who do this work, precisely because I don't want to!

    --
    The inverse of "I told you so" is "Nobody could have predicted"
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Frosty Piss on Wednesday June 02, @04:04PM (3 children)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Wednesday June 02, @04:04PM (#1141089)

    I’m not really a “giver”, I’m a “taker”.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Wednesday June 02, @06:34PM (2 children)

      by DECbot (832) on Wednesday June 02, @06:34PM (#1141158) Journal

      With a username like Frosty Piss I dread hearing of your interests and hobbies as a "taker."

      --
      cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @10:13AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @10:13AM (#1141411)

        Now you're just taking the piss....

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @02:12PM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @02:12PM (#1148002) Journal

          Wrong. It was a clear case of taking shit.

          --
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by GlennC on Wednesday June 02, @06:11PM (1 child)

    by GlennC (3656) on Wednesday June 02, @06:11PM (#1141146)

    I have neither the time, talent, or interest in doing so.

    Sorry.

    --
    Sorry folks...the world is bigger and more varied than you want it to be. Deal with it.
    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @07:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 02, @07:40PM (#1141195)

      I have too much talent to want to throw any of it down a shit hole. If they had the talent to aggregate compelling topics and encourage civilized visitors who don't dwell on terms like "shit hole," this wouldn't be such a shit hole.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by microtodd on Thursday June 03, @01:43AM

    by microtodd (1866) on Thursday June 03, @01:43AM (#1141332) Homepage Journal

    So I volunteered a couple years ago. I chose a bug out of the backlog and grabbed the codebase and thought "I'll fix this bug and commit it back and help out in my own little way".

    Any you know what? This perl-ish whateveritis codebase is hard. I even downloaded that one docker image that was apparently a ready-to-go deployment and I couldn't even get it running.

    And I felt stupid. I mean, I think of myself as a perl guru. I did perl professionally for over 10 years, I know the language really well, I've contributed to some CPAN libs, but I just could not wrap my mind around the codebase.

    So yeah. I'm just not l33t enough. Sorry.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @06:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 03, @06:45PM (#1141526)

    I'm an always-AC who works in a chemistry lab; not much expertise in perl, so I can't help with the codebase. I submit articles sometimes, from work while I'm waiting for something/on break. As a homeowner living alone, I'm too busy to devote much free time to submitting/editing from home. I could make an account and try editing submissions, but I don't really have the time.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @04:12AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 04, @04:12AM (#1141675)

    I can volunteer here and there, but difficult to commit to consistent set schedules.

    So, despite all my bitching and moaning, mega yuge shoutouts to all you volunteer suckers.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by WeekendMonkey on Friday June 04, @09:19AM (1 child)

    by WeekendMonkey (5209) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 04, @09:19AM (#1141722)

    I don't have enough free time on a regular basis to assist with editing and I know nothing about server architecture or the code behind SN, so help in the only way I can by subscribing.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @01:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @01:31AM (#1141935)

      Why subscribe here when you can get the Reddit experience for free? It's not like you're going to see novel ideas flourish due to tightly-controlled (((community))) moderation or anything. All you're gonna get is just a bunch of uninspired Jews seeking to launder your donations to BLM and Antifa.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by ElizabethGreene on Saturday June 05, @12:13AM (9 children)

    by ElizabethGreene (6748) on Saturday June 05, @12:13AM (#1141920)

    I work for Microsoft. If you let me volunteer then a bunch of people will get triggered. I can already hear the accusations of Embrace/Extend/Extinguish.

    • (Score: 2, Disagree) by RS3 on Saturday June 05, @12:43AM

      by RS3 (6367) on Saturday June 05, @12:43AM (#1141928)

      Not _everyone_ feels that way about Microsoft nor their employees. In fact, that you're willing to admit to your crimes is a powerful first step toward healing. :) But seriously, there are many things I've hated about MS over the years, and many things to like and thank them for. I'll always be suspicious, but they seem to be becoming a much friendlier, more like friends of the community kind of company.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @01:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @01:05AM (#1142210)

      Save a billion for M$:

      • Download a copy of the open-source scripts
      • Cut Off Their Air Supply™
      • Have your in-house lawyers grab the domain name
      • Business as usual
    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:37PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:37PM (#1143874)

      Yes, they will get triggered.

      Your employer is evil. Windows 10 and Skype are pure fucking shit. I find the version churn of Dot Net (Framework? Core? Back together in 5?) hilarious, all seemingly to tie Mono to specific implementations of libc and libssl, tied to systemd. All this so you can accuse RMS of transphobia and accuse your colleagues of "misogyny" when they refuse your sexual advances.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:41PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @01:41PM (#1143877)

        I forgot to also bitch about Dot Net Core being basically closed-source in a trusting trust manner, since there's no way to bootstrap it from C.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, @06:04PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, @06:04PM (#1144835)

      Sorry to hear that you sold out. Oh well, I'm sure you can justify it to yourself.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by ElizabethGreene on Thursday June 17, @04:46PM (1 child)

        by ElizabethGreene (6748) on Thursday June 17, @04:46PM (#1146580)

        The giant piles of money really do help ease my conscience. <3

        Joking aside, the story I tell myself is that Microsoft is a very different company than it used to be. I don't think I could have worked for Mr. Balmer, but Mr. Nadella is very different man. (How different? e.g. My primary workstation ran Linux and was supported for a data center migration project when I needed it.) The other part of it is that I feel I have more impact driving change inside the company vs. shouting at the gates.

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @02:34PM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @02:34PM (#1148010) Journal

          I don't trust Nadella even as far as my WFH atrophied muscle can throw a stick (but that's irrelevant and inconsequential anyway).
          But I like how the dotnet is progressing since it started as OSS - a lot better than Java and certainly well ahead of many other proglangs, PERL and Python included.

          --
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @04:37AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 18, @04:37AM (#1146850)
    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 22, @02:15PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 22, @02:15PM (#1148003) Journal

      I work for Microsoft. If you let me volunteer then a bunch of people will get triggered. I can already hear the accusations of Embrace/Extend/Extinguish.

      Oh, wow. How about a port of #rehash in dotnet 6.0? (greene... errr, sorry... grin)

      --
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0
  • (Score: 2) by Zinnia Zirconium on Sunday June 06, @08:44PM

    by Zinnia Zirconium (11163) on Sunday June 06, @08:44PM (#1142468) Homepage Journal

    I don't have the necessary love of politics or hatred of technology.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:11AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @06:11AM (#1143820)

    merge with the blue site?

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday June 10, @05:07PM (1 child)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday June 10, @05:07PM (#1143951)

      Considering that every time I check in on them again they only have single-digit comment counts on 93% of articles

      and this has been the case since the beginning I'm pretty sure

      kinda surprised they're still around.

      Labor of love/pet project I guess.

      --
      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @09:27PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @09:27PM (#1144081)

        At this point, someone probably just forgot to stop paying for hosting.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @11:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, @11:44PM (#1144129)

      merge with the blue site?

      If by that you mean "stuck on the bottom of their shoe," then I agree.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, @06:01PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, @06:01PM (#1144834)

    Heil Hitler! And all the other brain-dead stuff here.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:56PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16, @09:56PM (#1146142)

      ^

      this place is only good to fling shit around these days

      as a bunch of nerds with a more rebellious streak I expected a better community, har har har jokes on me, trolls drove off the better users

      lean into the shitstorm randy!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:23AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:23AM (#1147929)

        trolls drove off the better users

        Not true, aristarchus is still around after all.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:03PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, @04:03PM (#1148057)

          aristarchus‽ Better‽

          It depends on what your definition of "better" is.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 20, @06:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 20, @06:22PM (#1147532)

    I don't really want to work with ancient crappy Perl. I'm not really a Perl expert to begin with (I focus on the JVM stack). I have enough ideas for projects to work on that I am not sure it would even be the best use of time. I happen to be out of work right now, but if I weren't, it would be easier to convince me to donate than to volunteer.

    I try to contribute by writing constructive comments. Unfortunately, that's the best I can offer.

(1)