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Jul 25, 2016jefe posted a message on Posts/threads deleted because of spam filter? Place your fix requests here.Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
May 21, 2016jefe posted a message on Should we put a downvote button next to the upvote button?Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
This has been brought up many times, and we have no plans of implementing a downvote button. If a post doesn't contribute to the discussion, then it breaks the rules and should be reported so a moderator can remove it. If you disagree with a post, then explain to them why you disagree. Hitting a downvote button is lazy.
I think this post explains most of our reasoning behind not implementing this feature:
Negative reputation was never added because they are counter-productive to the intention a forum is made for.
The most common reason for it to be added is to use it as a "simple way" to disagree with someone. Terrible idea. Why not reply to them with your reasoning and views in a constructive and courteous way instead of dropping a negative point and walking off while the person just sits there wondering what went wrong? A forum is for discussion, after all. What good is a forum without proper discussion?
Using it for rule-breaking posts would also be a bad idea. They should be worried about using the Report function, not reputation points. In fact, you could even say it might discourage people from using the report function, thinking mistakenly that the downvote button is sufficient (perhaps thinking the post would automatically be deleted after passing a certain negative threshold, like other websites that use a similar system) but it wouldn't call the attention of moderators, who would then handle the violation properly.
And, like previous posters have mentioned, we also have the potential for abuse. And there's a lot of "excuses" to throw around downvotes like hotcakes. Allow me to list a few, with examples:
- Trolling - "Downvoting every post ever is an easy way to anger people!"
- Sloth - "I disagree with a lot of posts, but I can't be bothered to build a reply so I can address his points or mistakes. I just leave a downvote."
- Envy - "This guy's much more talented than I will ever be, so I'll downvote him to discourage him from being amazing." or "This guy has much more reputation than I have! Maybe if I close the gap by bringing him a little bit closer to me, he won't feel so great any more."
- Spite - "Hey, I made a similar post! I'm going to downvote you so people will think mine is better."
- Fear - "I disagree with this post, but I'm afraid what other people will think of me if I don't express my opinion clearly enough or if make a mistake somewhere. On the other hand, pressing this downvote button has no room for mistakes..."
- Vengeance - "I remember you! You upset me in another topic, so I'm going to downvote every post you create!"
- Grammar Elitism - "This guy can't tell the difference between "your" and "you're". Downvoted."
- General Elitism - "Wow, this guy is a complete newbie to the forums. He should've used the search function. I'll drop a downvote to put him in his place or scare him off our beloved forum before he ruins them instead of showing him the ropes."
- Bandwagoning - "Wow, this post has 10 downvotes. I won't even bother to read it, and I'll also drop a downvote here! Can't go wrong siding with the majority!" or "Haha! Look at how low this guy's reputation is! Let's see how farther down I can push him so he can be further humiliated!"
I'm sure the list goes on and on, but that's all I can come up with off the top of my head. None of those downvotes would contribute to a post's value (quite the contrary), nor would the poster learn anything from them.
People will also inevitably judge others with a negative total and perhaps either dismiss their opinion/posts entirely based on a useless metric, just like you occasionally see with post count, profile ratings and even (lack of) positive reputation.
In short, downvotes offer very little positive value (if any at all) to the forum. What negative value do they offer? Countless windows for abuse. Posters perpetually confused on what they did wrong because a number certainly won't explain it to them. Feeling unwelcome and unappreciated, they're afraid to even post anything at all, perhaps leaving the forums entirely.
May 8, 2016jefe posted a message on Is necroposting better than duplicate threading? Rule clashPosted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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Apr 23, 2016Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
In addition to what Citricsquid has said, I'd like to point out that posting "reported" in response to a thread/post breaks the "Stay on Topic" rule. It adds nothing to the discussion of the thread and more likely then not it derails the discussion. Literally nothing of value is gained when telling another user you have reported them.
Apr 20, 2016 Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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Jul 30, 2015BC_Programming posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
Did you? Because I read it and I'm not even sure what you are talking about. The only annoyance therein was the bit about Updates not being optional. Sounds like you didn't read the EULA/Microsoft License Terms and you are getting your information from Articles by authors claiming to have read it? Stuff like Cortana and such definitely gather information, but they can be disabled (FOR GREAT JUSTICE)
I've posted my thoughts on Windows 10 a lot. I've been using it since early on, though on a separate PC.
the TL;DR is basically that I have no intention of upgrading any of my main systems.
I actually feel incredibly disillusioned- like I can't even safely express my opinion. As a Microsoft MVP (.NET/C#, though) they kind of hold me to a standard, and while it's hardly spelled out I do wonder if "Never say anything bad about us publicly" is one of their unspoken rules. I was actually partly hoping I wouldn't get re-awarded (as great as it is!) this last July so I wouldn't feel bad about ripping into Windows 10, but I did... I guess feedback is a good thing. Most of this I've written Insiders feedback about too, though perhaps in a less aggressive tone.
looking at it running on my other system, I cannot think of a single positive thing to say about it, actually. And bear in mind, I'm usually quite pro-Microsoft. I went into it wanting to like it. I really, really tried to like it. But doing so was an uphill battle, so I gave up.
-Start Menu crashes. That is, the start button stops displaying the Start Menu, and I cannot get the Start Menu to appear. I have to reboot or shut down by using Control+Shift+Esc to get to Task Manager. This was a problem in earlier builds. They claimed to fix it. it's still not fixed. It seems to happen less frequently- maybe once a week, but considering I only boot the system twice a week, that doesn't bode well. I'm not going to upgrade to an Operating System where basic Shell features stop working.
-Start menu is awful. I can't believe people actually like it, though I'd say the same about the Win7 Start Menu. There is no full-screen option that makes it similar to the Start Screen- the Full screen option is basically just expanding the crappy(IMO) Start Menu to the full size of the screen, and it works nothing like Windows 8 or 8.1. Again, this probably makes sense- weirdos who think Windows 7's Start Menu isn't crap will feel right at home.
-Start Search is broken. It's unbelievable that they could make the Start->Search feature, which has been one of the absolute, hands-down, most powerful, intuitive, and semantically accessible features of Windows since Windows Vista, so idiotic and awful. Extra steps to disable it's idiotic and completely stupid web search feature, and apparently it still does web searches in the background. Hey, here's a thought- when I type notepad, how about your first result be starting notepad? No, I didn't want to go to the notepad wikipedia entry, thanks. No I didn't want notepad recipes, whatever those are. It's slightly better now but I don't know if that is because of my registry hacking in completely undocumented settings or because of changes in the builds.
-Cortana. What an absolutely useless piece of garbage, just like Siri. It's a brilliant way for Microsoft to gather marketing information about you, I guess. And what better way to appeal to socially inept nerds than to name it after a fictional, overly sexualized character that they probably got off thinking about. So many idiots saying stupid crap like "Hey Cortana want to marry me" and then going "haha she said something silly in response, it's just like a real relationship.... I'M SO ALONE"
The saving grace is that you can kill it with a Group Policy. Die forever. I thought Cortana saying "I'm disabled by your system administrator :(" was pretty interesting. The sad face should be a smiley face though.
I am also not a fan of applications not having their own processes. I can only imagine what excitement we'll get when malware figures out how to exploit that. Edge isn't an executable, for example. Realistically, this is an issue for Windows 8 forward, too, but now that Modern UI applications can run on the desktop we're going to have a lot more fun. Go ahead guys- start the Edge browser. Now tell me- what process is it? Where is the executable file? I'll tell you- It's explorer. Yep, that's right- all Modern UI programs are launched in an explorer process. You know, it's interesting in a way, remember how much malware infected systems through Explorer add-ons and things that ran within the explorer process? Good thing Microsoft learned from that, huh? Oh, they didn't, they did the exact same thing and this time they made it even more untrackable. This time, though- they "compartmentalized" it so it's more secure. Like the Titanic.
Multiple desktops is interesting, but it's such a weird feature to add. Something almost nobody needs which has very powerful tools (like Desktops) that work very well, being integrated into the OS is incredibly strange, particularly given how so much else has effectively been stripped out. Windows key +Tab shows the Task View, but you can only select from windows you have on that desktop; to switch to another desktop you need to click on the other desktop. You can switch desktops using Windows key+Control+Left/Right, though. And it looks like they fixed their former silliness where the taskbar didn't actually change when you switched desktops. It's still an incredibly odd feature to add- something for advanced users- while completely stripping customization options, which leads me to...
Customization options are limited. I'm not even kidding. It's as if, over the years, Microsoft has slowly reduced the customization options of Windows. Windows 10 provides even fewer options than Windows 8.1. In Windows 8.1 I can choose my Window titlebar colour. In Windows 10 they have decided that allowing users to select what colour their title bar and taskbar is was giving them too much power. Now it's white. Always. Always white. You want a title bar that is green? No. Go away. White for everybody.
white power. You can get third-party programs that allow you to change that, but really? This is basic functionality. The Settings/Personalization window is a joke. You select a background image/Color, and a "accent colour" which get's used arbitrarily for certain undocumented elements. That's literally the extent of the customization. Wow Amazing. I'm blown away that a 2015 operating system has customization options that look like completely garbage compared to Windows 3.1.
Anybody remember when we could actually customize Windows? You know, change the size of the caption buttons, Change title bar fonts and colours, that sort of thing? Those were some good times. Interesting how all these abilities have slowly been pared down, with the "Advanced Display Settings" dialog being first made hidden in Windows 7, and in Windows 8/8.1 it's not even accessible, but some options are moved to the scaling customization options, with more limited settings. Annoying. Windows 10 removes it entirely. Microsoft now dictates which font will be used in your title bar and at what font size. How dare you presume to change that which has been so benevolently provided to you.
Honestly I think it all comes down to the idiotic, phone-based interface that is Modern UI. in Windows 8 and 8.1 it was mostly optional, nonetheless, everybody hated it. I doubt anybody actually uses the Modern UI versions of programs like "Settings"; I know I use Control Panel in 8.1. And now, WIndows 10 effectively forces Modern UI applications, but because they sort of kind of look like Desktop applications since they are in a Window, everybody is cool with it.
VPN connections use this too. on Windows 8.1 I click the network icon, a slideout comes in from the right, I click my work VPN, then I press connect, and I'm done. All done within the little fold out. (similar with Win7- all takes place inside the menu pop-up)
In Windows 10, I click the network icon, click my VPN- and it takes me to Control Panel. A few weeks ago it hilariously just dumped me right into the main control panel, nowhere network related. That has been fixed, Now it instead takes me to the network settings control panel, where VPN connections are listed. This is an idiotic design. Why list my VPN connections, but make the connection step separate? It may as well not list VPNs at all and just have it show a "VPN Connection..." option that takes you to that control panel, since there is nothing you can actually do in the menu pop-up from the network icon that does anything different for each different VPN connection. I'll ignore that setting up a VPN is a pain in the ass to begin with.
Speaking of the desktop, Windows 10's desktop capabilities add zero new features. This is mostly in line with their push to make everybody effectively develop mobile applications- Windows Forms and WPF desktop applications are no longer cool. Unlike previous Windows versions, I cannot find any new Windows 10 capabilities that are available through the standard Win32API.
I'm not opposed to replacing the WIn32 API, but how about we not replace it with something that is garbage? is that perhaps an option? No? Universal App framework? What makes the entire thing very annoying is that Microsoft has said that the Universal App Framework is not a replacement for Win32. And yet absolutely everything they are doing makes it clear that Win32 is being slowly replaced with a framework that is simply worse when it comes to actually developing applications. (as opposed to developing "apps")
May 10, 2015Akel posted a message on RandomBotLane - | No Whitelist | Towny | Anti Grief | Ranks | Shops | Homes | Much More!Posted in: PC Servers
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Steam (optional): Aekely
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Reason for joining: I wanna hang with the cool kids again.
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Apr 11, 2012Update:Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
With the recent forum software upgrade, the title system is a little bit different. For one, any title you unlock will be available for use from that point on. With that in mind, any hidden title you earn will be usable at any point, not just for the specific post count it shows for. That also means that when you get to that specific post count for a hidden title, it will stay beyond that post count, rather than revert back to the previous title. While we could have simply removed the hidden ranks due to the new system, we decided to keep them in place at the same post counts to unlock.
The update to post ranks is finally here! Sorry to take so long on that. It was a bit difficult trying to keep most of them the same, add new ones, and still keep things on a fairly steady title change scale. Oh, and laziness.
First off, Pig Tamer is not the final title anymore! In fact, it's just been flat out removed. It was placed there before because at the time, we only had one person even close to it. Now that so many are passed it, it's not really needed as a placeholder anymore. There are now far more ranks after 5000, and a few minor tweaks to some lower ranks. There's been a few new hidden ranks added as well. For now, we'll wait until people find them before added them to the spoiler'd list.
(Once you get past the post number mentioned, you have that title until you reach the next number)
0 - Newbie
1 - Newly Spawned
2 - Out of the Water
10 - Tree Puncher
40 - Carpenter
70 - Stone Miner
100 - Coal Miner
150 - Zombie Killer
250 - Iron Miner
350 - Gold Miner
500 - Redstone Miner
700 - Diamond Miner
900 - Lapis Lazuli Collector
1200 - Obsidian Miner
1500 - Void Walker
2000 - Nether Resident
2500 - Ghast Hunter
3000 - Glowstone Miner
4000 - Blaze Extinguisher
5000 - Portal Expert
5556 - Creeper Destroyer
6500 - End Dweller
8000 - Enderman Ender
10000 - Enderdragon Slayer
15000 - Farlander
20000 - Beyond the Horizon
42 - The answer to life, the universe and everything
64 - Full stack
314 - Mathematical Dessert
404 - ERROR 404: User Not Found
413 - Stuck at Home
666 - Mark of the Beast
1337 - IRC HACKER
2001 - A Space Odyssey
5555 - Creeper
9001 - Over Nine Thousand
9999 - Dragon Egg
Jul 4, 2014Posted in: Feedback ArchiveQuote from davidp5118
People can/do lie about that easily, it was practically an untrustworthy and useless tool for that reason.
You're absolutely right, this has been quite the problem. It makes it hard to trust people since some people have lied about their identity.
Mar 10, 2014Posted in: Hardware & Software SupportQuote from aceattwister
EDIT: While the issue was the Vram, the thing putting me over was the coin mining in the background.
For the past 3-4 hours I've been running essentially all programs but CGminer, and it's been fine.
CGMiner by default allocates all GPU Memory it can. It's a shame our psychic powers weren't able to discover that you had a program explicitly designed for allocating as much Graphics Memory as possible running in the background and had to take the unenviable approach of working with the information we were given.
Which, I Might add, did not include the fact that your Graphics card has 2GB of Video Memory, which would be enough for running everything sans a background program that tries to use it all.
Jan 31, 2014fm87 posted a message on Best Programming Language for Creating a MMO(RPG) Game?Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
Nope, I'm totally talking about archaic and ancient languages no one has used in 30+ years.Quote from Ham62
You could do Commodore basic programming in notepad then copy the code into your emulator, but I think you meant more modern code, right?
Hey, while we're at it, lets also mention punch cards!
What punch card IDE do you guys use? I prefer the IBM Zweihander.
Seriously, can you stop interjecting with threads about your (not so) vast knowledge of outdated and irrelevant systems and languages?
No one is talking about goddamn commodore basic.
No one is talking about DOS programs and windows 9x programs.
No one is asking for irrelevant info about managing memory in windows 3.1.
Why would anyone be unless the thread is specifically about it?
For the love of god, stop it.
Jan 30, 2014Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
To be honest, I was just hoping someone to throw something like this together since I am unable to (and have such limited experience with the language). I pretty much straight-up agree from the first point.Quote from Yourself
Seeing so many people recommend C++ to every single beginner thread here is starting to get on my nerves a bit, but I did not have the knowledge to point out specifics as to why this is a bad idea other than the syntax being dated.
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