ugh have to learn this sooner or later ugh
"Upvote/downvote scores can be applied to the original text, serving to both recommend said content to other readers and offer the creator an easy-to-read feedback metric (well, in theory, anyway) — but you can also use them to surface interesting discussions, reward comments that align with popular sentiments, and hide toxic comments by burying stuff that falls past a certain threshold."
I gotta say that upvote/downvote format is bad for a lot of serious discussion boards because it breeds hugboxes very quickly. Hugboxes produce inferior unchallenged intellects and groupthink. Groupthink creates inbreeding of ideas, and polarization. Hugboxes are why the politics game is beyond futile, nowadays.
It also replaces actual social merit with a metric. People think I’m cool and handsome because they see what I do via sharing and get the jist of who I am, because there’s no number next to my comment that’s red with a thumbs-down telling un-associated parties that I’m the Great Satan of the internet and shouldn’t even be given consideration. They should be developing that ability to discern all by themselves like real people who aren’t total chumps.
They get to make their own decision when they see me call that Chinese guy a faggot. If they decide they don’t like what I said, they can reblog and call me a faggot right back, and we can have a nice civilized discourse just like that where we call each other faggot alot. That is tumblr’s strength over the other modern forum formats.
So in the attempt to deal with jerks, these architects have only succeeded in destroying the minority report. The fact of the matter is that troll-free environments have a huge downside. Once you remove trolls, the atmosphere is now ripe for office politics to move in. Then it becomes an internet oligarchy and nobody can ever have fun again, because your average human grouping lacks the spontaneous creative structure that jerks and trolls naturally provide.
So I say that internet jerks are in fact, not a solvable problem, because they aren’t a problem at all! Just an inconvenience that people are too fat or lazy or fat or oversensitive to learn how to deal with.
Nobody knows who you are
For those without context on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0359hSerDeE
I seriously hope this isn’t the case. They fund-match kickstarters if they get console exclusivity rights for one month per ten thousand they match (up to 50K)
And the best part is it doesn’t even negate the PC/Mac/Linux releases.
Don’t confuse my reblogging of this for pokemon fandom.
IT WAS AT ALMOST TWICE AS BAD AS THIS AT MY HOUSE.
Wow it’s below freezing already in Portland?!
Yeah it’s too bad you’ve never had hell weather like this. Not only is it below freezing, but it snowed lightly for almost fifteen minutes today.
I don’t know if my city will make it. We could all be dead by tommorrow.
Zak Sally (via orlyman)
Oh look I’m not the only one.
So fucking happy I got this picture at Katsu last year
they are perfect holy shit