i cleaned up just tonight 1 account with 256+ posts, and one with 128+ posts and another with 50+ posts.
Thar be spam.
@General Desire said:
Maybe it's the South taking revenge for our hate?
Revenge is a plate best served over and over and over again.
p.s. lifeforce t-boost.
wait, guys, does tested have a spam problem?
The meta-spam is real.
Nor did I ever suggest that the South should not be made fun of
Actually, it seems to me that's exactly what you're doing. Read the title of the thread. Also read the last bit of your post. You have a clear call to action: do not make fun of the south. Just saying.
My point is that it would be great if folks made a conscious effort to make fun of the South. My gripe, minor as it is (and I have acknowledged from the beginning that it is minor - not everything has to be 0% or 100%), is that the "hatin'" on the South is not a conscious attempt to poke fun or criticize but an unconscious assumption that the best way to express human ignorance is via the Southerner. Have a dumb thing to say? Say it like a redneck. Want to pretend like you can't understand tech? Say it like a redneck. I will confess that Will gives a general impression of regretting that he was raised in the South, and perhaps that has colored some of what I’ve noticed.
Personally, I usually opt for an old person stereotype if I want to imply that I don't understand how a piece of tech works.Anyhow, I odn't really get that impression from Will, and it's not for use to judge one way or another how he feels. To my knowledge, he sitll has family/goes home for holidays, so it can't be that bad ;-)
Let me put it another way - you make a blonde joke, "ha ha." Now, instead, you create a "dumb women" meter that you use to rank how advanced a tech product is by how hard it would be for "dumb women" to figure out how to use it. (You can substitute "dumb women" with your choice of stereotype). Can you see the difference? Suddenly, it's more inflammatory than funny and it doesn't belong in civil discourse.
Fairly sure you have a category mistake here, as you're confusing sexism for stereotypes. Careful about conflating the two. Also, there is a whole other discussion on tested about this, so lets not open that jar of worms here. I'd also say there's a difference between creating a one-off joke and consistently marginalizing a given denomination. Telling a blonde joke is ok (though some may take issue), but creating an environment that demonizes or marginalizes a certain demographic, at least in my books, is not. And no, I don't feel like that's what Will & co are doing.
I was just making an appeal for civility. I think most folks can recognize the fact that our current society is rotten. Well, it won't start getting better until we actually try to make it better. There was a time when folks wouldn't use foul language in public, not because of "censorship" but because it was not a civil thing to do. People did not WANT to live in a society that was so vulgar it used curse words as common descriptors. Nowadays I can't even listen to the Tested podcasts without headphones because I've got kids running around the house. And what was the end result? The dilution of words, not the betterment of society (is there, really, a difference between “I have a bad headache” and “I’ve got a fucking headache”? Not anymore).
It doesn’t have to be all one way or the other – I’m not asking for eggshell walking or pro-Southerner videos – just a recognition that we truly aren’t the most ignorant bastards that have ever walked the earth (with the exception of West Virginians, naturally).
Yeah... there was a big discussion in the MaximumPC days about language on the podcast, and ultimately this is where we ended up. I doubt that it'll ever return to uncensored. As for the last bit, I can promise you that everyone is fully aware that the South are not the most ignorant bastards that have ever walked the Earth. Promise.
I'm Canadian. I have stereotypes of my own that constantly get used/abused. I laugh about them, because why not.
@General Desire said:
I do think lately more real people are finding the forums as well, which is a good thing. The prostitute-bots come in waves, but generally the forums are clean around 6PM GMT, so someone is doing some nice active clean-up. Can't wait for a decent behind-the systems thing to come in effect though, but yes, they're on it.
yep, that's about when I wake up most days :D
AFAIK, there's a bug where you can't edit a post that you just made. You need to first refresh the page, then you can edit.
In my experience, anyhow.
@OrigamiMarie: I've been trying to clean up the forums once in the evening before I go to bed (10pm PST) and once after I wake up (7AM PST). This is the majority of when the spam falls. Unfortunately, I can't clean spam when I'm sleeping (or I would).
Fighting spam is a solved problem. However, the engineers behind Tested do not have enough time to dedicate to investing in spam protection or a bevy of other features. It sucks, I know.
@mfh647: @Nscafe: the correct answer is editing functionality was removed from new users because spammers.
@StephenWestervelt: that's not too big of a deal honestly. I mean, it pushes content back pages, but it's still a one-click removal.
@jojonl: I'm honestly not even sure if we have capabilities to vet new moderators, short of getting engineering to hard-code it in. I've got a side project in mind to possibly help with the spam--i might do a bit of making myself.
I doubt it will change anyone's mind, it never seems to, but let me just try to interject something here. I find it odd that anyone who sees themselves as a skeptic, would discount anyone's position on anything, just because they don't like their conclusions. For example, right now I'm slogging my way through a book that is basically a neo-luddite manifesto. It is hard going, because I so fundamentally disagree with practically everything the author has to say, but I think it is important to read his arguments, and think long and hard about them, because the alternative is to lose all perspective to confirmation bias, and only being told what I want to hear.
I think that a very modern disease of social media, is we've all become far too enamoured, even dependant, on being able to click a button, and make dissenting views just vanish, at which point we pat ourselves on the back for being the smart ones, and make up stories about how stupid anyone who disagrees with us is. It is dangerous, and does not promote healthy skepticism and discourse. There is no idea mankind has every created, that is so sacrosanct that it deserves to be unchallenged.
FYI--This is probably my favourite forum post of the year. I know I'm guilty. I think it applies to a vast majority of internet discourse.
I've cleaned up the threads today.
If you see spam that isn't in it's own thread (i.e. video replies, spam in existing threads), please flag it because it'll be nearly impossible for me to find.
I apologize for all of this. Unfortunately, Whalerock does not have significant resources to equip us with better tools. AFAIK, I'm the only active moderator besides staff--and even then, calling me active is a bit of a misnomer. I try to remember to stop by at least once in the morning/evening to cleanup spam.
I'll set a reminder in my phone to remind me to take a better look. I've been here since the beginning--I'll try to do better.
I have noticed the spam choking legitimate activity. Tested is very aware of the problem.
Locked as per claimed.
Thanks for imac's generosity!
just stopping in to say a couple things:
@FortYTw0: are you able to receive texts from non-SMS users while the phone is off? Sending messages is straight-forward, receiving them is the tricky part. Without the phone being on to relay messages to Apple, I have no idea how else your Mac could receive messages from non-iMessage users.
Hey @coopdegra,@evil_gordita,@zmaster, and everyone else: speaking of forever ago: check out what I found on The youtube.
(Way before my time)
I actually really dig the tunes.
Hey, is there a way we can get an official anniversary date? I feel we should do something special for our annual/biannual anniversaries.
I'm a bit bummed, I would've definitely have showed up to an anniversary! That video brings back a lot. I remember constructing a lot of the initial area including the spawn point and the initial 'subway' station/line. That lava bit right by the platform? It was used to dispose of stacks of cobble/dirt/sand from the initial excavation, and was never cleaned up. :)
@will: @Rallier: "IT'S STARTING! COME BACK! COOOMMMEEE BAAAACCCKKK"
I've used a macbook air for university for the last three years and it's been awesome. handles all the tasks I throw at it, long battery life, and it's super light (probably the single best aspect of it).
There's some good information in here. I think a 256GB 13" MBA with a 8GB RAM upgrade is what I would buy if I were looking for a notebook right now. The only thing is, the gaming performance is a bit lackluster, but it tends to at least play most.