Threads for deltabourne

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    I’ve been inspired by a site I stumbled across called Tiny Projects (, and I’ve also been listening to a lot of the podcast A History Of Rome, so I want to build a silly thing I always thought would be fun: a site to tell you which emperor you should vote for. Do you think there should be free grain allotments? Should provinces be given a pathway to Roman citizenship? Find out here who your guy is!

    Sure it’s silly and probably won’t be historically accurate, but I think it would be a fun way to learn about and explore the various policies of Rome over the years.

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      This sounds very cool, please share when you can 😀

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      I’m curious if there’s a defined process for monitoring / removing moderators who are overzealous or partisan in the course of their duties. The moderator log is a good start, but how does the accountability follow?

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        That’ll be my continuing responsibility as the admin. This application process should leave the site with me plus 3-5 people, so developing an explicitly defined process would probably be overkill for our scale.

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          Peter’s a fine fella but I personally find his own moderation style one-sided (I’ve seen instances where only a dissident opinion was removed from the comments, not both) and I don’t like that we can’t see removed comments, yes this is a limitation of the site but I think we’re all adults here and should be able to make our own judgements. Removing comments without letting anyone else read them at all smacks of censorship to me.

          Basically, what I’m trying to say here is that I don’t think moderation monitoring is going to be effective given the issues I see with the current moderation policies.

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            Burying comments (making them still readable, but hidden) has been mostly unsuccessful everywhere (I am aware of) it has been tried. Moderation IS censorship, and that isn’t a bug, it is a feature. The purpose is the removal of posts (or users).

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          Tags: rant

          I hate to say it, but I’m extremely cynical about the future of web. Standards bloat sucks, but so does privacy erosion, centralization, misinformation, political weaponization, and all the other outrageous fuckery we’ve all been reading about for years.

          When the GDPR first came out I was against it: what a ton of work for developers like me! Now, I just hope the laws keep coming as fast as possible.

          We cannot trust companies to do the right thing until the wrong thing threatens their bottom line. Trump banned? Yeah, unfortunately the violent overthrow of the US government would affect the bottom lines of many tech companies, so now he’s finally banned. Let’s not pretend there was any other reason.

          I just hope lawmakers—in all countries—start regulating the tech clusterfuck before more people get hurt. Or worse, before we do irreparable damage to our world.

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            privacy erosion, centralization, misinformation, political weaponization

            Luckily, government regulations are completely immune to falling prey to any of these so having them come in fast and loose will certainly make things better.

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              Hmmm, you make a good point. In lieu of flawless government, I guess we should wait for companies to magically change their behaviors despite every incentive not to. Or for a hitherto unknown third party with more power than world governments or international corporations to intervene on our behalf. Jolly good.