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How often do you click through and read the fine article?

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Almost all the time
  5% 5 votes
More often than not
  8% 8 votes
Less often than do
  11% 10 votes
When the topic interests me
  43% 39 votes
Very rarely
  13% 12 votes
Never - it would go against long-standing traditions!
  10% 9 votes
Click what?
  4% 4 votes
Other (describe in Comments)
  2% 2 votes
89 total votes.
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  • 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.
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  • (Score: 2) by The Vocal Minority on Thursday August 04, @04:44AM (8 children)

    by The Vocal Minority (2765) on Thursday August 04, @04:44AM (#1264879) Journal

    "This resource is no longer valid. Please return to the beginning and try again. "

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Thursday August 04, @07:00AM (7 children)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 04, @07:00AM (#1264886) Journal

      I managed to vote and not have the same problem. Unfortunately, as a person can only vote once, it is difficult to bug hunt.

      Are you able to provide any additional information that might help us track the problem down? What else on the site were you doing at the same time? How long did you stay on the Poll site for?

      • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04, @11:16PM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04, @11:16PM (#1264995)

        as a person can only vote once, it is difficult to bug hunt.

        Seriously? Janrinock's naivete/sarcasm never ceases to amaze!

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by janrinok on Friday August 05, @05:43AM (3 children)

          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 05, @05:43AM (#1265048) Journal

          My response was neither naive nor sarcastic.

          The message is the result of a 'reskey' (resource key) becoming invalid. The reason the key became invalid is unknown and the conditions surrounding it cannot be reproduced. It might have been inactive for too long, the IP address might have changed during the action, or there might have been a different cause altogether.

          As we have pointed out to you, some of the software you too are using appears to be misconfigured and is compromising your identity - something we feel that you might think is important. You seem to be unable to fix your own problems and I do not think that your advice is worth much. Matthew 7:5.

          • (Score: -1, Spam) by zatoichi on Saturday August 06, @08:01AM (2 children)

            by zatoichi (17905) on Saturday August 06, @08:01AM (#1265242)

            Seems to be many issues with permissions, and allowances, and abilities. Shirley nothing to do with janrinok's vendetta against several ex-soylentils that are not to be named? Well, as long at the pogrom continues, I am not longer going to post.

            • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 09, @03:05AM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 09, @03:05AM (#1265649)

              More AC fishies in janrinok's aquarium glub glub

              • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @08:54AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @08:54AM (#1265910)

                Looks like, true to his word, zatoichi never posted again. That, or janrinok banned him/her.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 14, @05:36AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 14, @05:36AM (#1266554)

          as a person can only vote once, it is difficult to bug hunt.

          A developer has stated why an issue is difficult to resolve. Perhaps you should try finding bugs in code and fixing them when the problem is hard to reproduce.

          Maybe we need a poll on how many people here can actually program. There seems to be a minority here who just do not understand the basics.

      • (Score: 2) by The Vocal Minority on Friday August 05, @04:35AM

        by The Vocal Minority (2765) on Friday August 05, @04:35AM (#1265042) Journal

        I voted, the results appeared with the offending text at the top. I copied it and pasted into a comment and went on my merry way. No further problems encountered. Probably not worth worrying about if it was only me.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Friday August 05, @02:30AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 05, @02:30AM (#1265015) Homepage Journal

    As a rule, I click TFA while it is still in the subs queue. Not always, but that's sort of the rule. Sometimes, a submission is moved out of subs queue, into pending stories, before I read TFA. In which case, I will sometimes copy paste the title into a search. I suppose that I've read about 60% of TFAs before they reach the front page. Those that I haven't read, I may well click on the link if I find the discussion interesting.

    --
    There is a supply side shortage of pronouns. You will take whatever you are offered.
  • (Score: 1) by Dichzor on Friday August 05, @08:55AM (3 children)

    by Dichzor (4816) on Friday August 05, @08:55AM (#1265067)

    Pretty much always.

    Then i close my eyes, and think of all the possible perspectives the text can be understood from.

    Y'know, the genealogical perspective, non-hegemonic discources on whatever TFA is about, which level of the image it can be identified as, which tradition author is from and which other traditions he ignores... what has seduced the author and what does he fear...

    What was the motivation to write the text, who is the target audience and the emotional index.. which words are used near each other, which words are presented as opposites and similar, etc.

    If i'm intrigued by the TFA, i might scrape the whole archive, make a corpus and open it in my concordancer (TextSTAT 3) to see _how_ author uses words and how well his manner of writing matches what shit cultures like reddit or something awful output; to identify whether author is *shudder* another not constrained by reality activist (Иду Резать Актив, ehehehe)...

    Reading texts is sirius biznis!

    • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Monday August 08, @10:21PM (2 children)

      by Mykl (1112) on Monday August 08, @10:21PM (#1265613)

      I'm intrigued.

      Does your analysis then inform future actions, or is this more of a filter to determine the weighting to put on a given article? Or do you just love stats?

      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Dichzor on Tuesday August 09, @11:15AM (1 child)

        by Dichzor (4816) on Tuesday August 09, @11:15AM (#1265724)

        So hard to express it...

        More like divining what direction the text is pointing to and from, and what it says nothing about... it is very subjective, as most text analysis, i think...
        But instead of goats liver or tarot cards, i use text-composting tools people usually use for linguistic analysis...
        No objectivity, just pattern recognition...

        I'll give an example.

        I was looking for how concept of "synaptic current" in neurons was defined, to model it computationally for some unspecified reason.
        So i downloaded Izhikevich's "the geometry of excitability and bursting" and downloaded all texts from its reference list, then did same for more papers with high impact rating, as well as numentas output and all papers their people wrote ever etc. I think i ended with several thousand pdf files. I 3 sci-hub.

        Then i made a corpus with that program, like 900 megabyte-ish, then i used that corpus to look up definitions of all kinds of things (neuron, synapse, hyperpolarisation, depolarisation, current)in all the texts simultaneously, that is what a concordancer does... Which i think provided me with data on how many possible ways currently there exists to understand and eventually model the synapses on a neuron. Like they can be seen as discrete units, an aggregate, with varying fidelity in dynamics, as a statistical distribution, as a binary digit if youre BlueBrain and so on... And also told me what ways of modelling it are missing, considered infeasible and so on, all the places worth looking into..

        I did same for edward said's textual output once, lol, and long ago for all output of george w. bush junior... that is how i found out they both were full of.. but that's an entirely different matter, heheh

        Guess i just love stats.. *shudder*

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @11:19PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @11:19PM (#1266052)

          That's pretty hardcore. Pretty awesome, but also pretty hardcore.

  • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Monday August 08, @11:36AM

    by deimtee (3272) on Monday August 08, @11:36AM (#1265528) Journal

    If the article interests me I'll read it. I usually also RTFA before I will post a comment.
    Occasionally there is an interesting discussion that has gotten far from the FA and I might comment on that without RTFA.

    --
    No problem is insoluble, but at Ksp = 2.943×10−25 Mercury Sulphide comes close.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 08, @08:55PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 08, @08:55PM (#1265600)

    What is the fine article? Is it the source or the link if you will?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @11:14PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, @11:14PM (#1266048)

      The linked story. Way back in the /. days, if someone made an irrelevant comment because they didn't bother to read the article, a common retort was to tell them to Read The Fucking Article (sort of an homage to the older mainframe days of telling someone to RTFM for the manual). So in a discussion where someone wanted to refer to the linked article itself, people started referring to it as TFA. In polite company, people would tongue-in-cheek say that TFA meant "the fine article."

  • (Score: 1) by venn on Wednesday August 10, @10:12AM (1 child)

    by venn (13224) on Wednesday August 10, @10:12AM (#1265916)

    For a few years now, I've noticed more and more US based news sites blocking EU visitors (they don't want to comply with privacy and cookie laws here. I've kinda given up clicking through to articles. If I'm very interested in the article, I just have to find a local source or VPN it.

  • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Saturday August 13, @10:15PM

    by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 13, @10:15PM (#1266496) Homepage Journal

    I can comment on a lot, but it helps if I can support being right with a quote from the article in question.

    If I'm wrong... maybe the quote won't make it into the comment.

  • (Score: 2) by rufty on Monday August 15, @01:30PM

    by rufty (381) on Monday August 15, @01:30PM (#1266732)

    I generally click the article when I think it'll have piccies. (Oooo, space telescope stuff!)

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