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12:17 AM
@Shog9 ಠ_ಠ
 
@M.A.R.ಠ_ಠ solution- E collar!
@SonicWizard That's not really the right way to deal with downvotes
I have a few unpopular posts and well, meh.
Individual meta posts arn't popularity contests. They're an attempt to expose a viewpoint
I actually treat my MSE posts like regular meta posts and works for me?
 
I'm ideologically opposed to the idea of losing rep just for expressing an unpopular viewpoint. It's really not a personal thing.
Even though that setback is just a little.
It's like how Community downvotes posts that are automatically identified as low quality and then edited
 
12:42 AM
Where was the post where someone gave a bunch of example questions to a bunch of people unfamiliar with SE and asked them where they would post them, and a lot of people would make off-topic posts?
 
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Repeating words in answer: Pyroclastic flow protection by jeff smith on earthscience.SE
 
user315433
1:16 AM
Management page needs an update, here's a draft.
 
user315433
 
@TelKitty How about "Democratic People's Republic of"
 
1:45 AM
@SFTP Are we ok with black in this context? Maybe pink would be better. (Though I guess this is all black humor . . .)
 
user202362
@SFTP so the moral of the story is not to tilt your face when taking profile picture?
 
@SFTP :(
And then the management page goes away....
 
user315433
It's black because I could not figure out how to pick a color in GIMP other than from the image
 
user202362
good choice of words, 'could not' indicates lack of intelligence, while as 'did not bother' just implies being lazy ...
 
(well, I guess they were talking about some C level changes but... most of them 0_0)
 
user315433
 
probably just the random name generator they use
 
user315433
The site isn't obviously selling anything, I guess someone just paid for SEO boost...
 
user202362
they thank you for increasing their network traffic
 
Anonymous
2:31 AM
@ShadowWizard sea-level people usually don't get "surprised layoff"ed.
 
@JeremyBanks they did mention that a few were leaving around the surprise layoff period
@JeremyBanks they get deep sixed?
 
Anonymous
yikes
 
also, I probably need to update my linkedin once I start work
;p
 
user202362
I deleted my linkedin profile
 
Anonymous
LinkedIn is the new Facebook
 
2:39 AM
I primarily have it cause its semi effective in finding stuff to apply for
 
user315433
I have it because a LinkedIn profile is required to stalk view other people's profiles.
 
user202362
I am lazy, I generally just ask potential tenants to supply employer details and previous agent/landlords/landladies details
 
@TelKitty eh, you're a professional land-lady ;p
You're like the bougious decadent landowning class ;p
 
user202362
I also own a tiny company that generates not much profit at all
 
user202362
currently doing company tax return by myself
 
user202362
2:44 AM
it should have collapsed long time ago, but I am a hoarder
 
user202362
seriously though, I don't know why people do not use my trip plan/iifind app
 
user202362
I use it and it helped myself with my own trip planning
 
user202362
maybe people don't know how to use it?
 
user315433
You obviously need a Chief Marketing Officer.
 
user315433
Possibly CFO and COO, too.
 
user202362
2:50 AM
yeah, keep on laughing at me more
 
ha ha ha
ha-choo!
 
3:11 AM
@TelKitty that's why you need marketing ;p
._.
 
user202362
I think the next trend would be A.I. machines, but to get into that would require a lot of capital
 
user202362
@JourneymanGeek to properly market any item nowadays, you need at least 200k budget
 
user315433
The new behavior of Google search re: stackoverflow results is annoying. I spent like 30 seconds looking for "invert a permutation in JavaScript" and ended up writing it myself like a savage.
 
user315433
The behavior is understandable: Google wants more diversity in search results, promoting pages from underrepresented forums.
 
user202362
Subject:  	Important: Ad suggestions may be added to your AdWords account
From:  	"Google AdWords" <adwords-noreply@google.com>
Date:  	Mon, March 26, 2018 9:12 pm
 
3:22 AM
Google wants YOU(r data) so they can create an AI to replace YOU
 
user202362
not in the next 100 years
 
user202362
I have faith in human stupidity
 
user202362
human can easily create a weapon to kill an intelligent and creative person, but it will take at least a century or a few to replace one
 
user202362
if it ever
 
user315433
3:47 AM
Looking at SO pageviews (quantcast): Dec 17 < Dec 16; Jan 18 < Jan 17; Feb 18 < Feb 17.
 
what's so special about that period?
 
dunno, full moon?
 
user202362
choose data to fit his own theory, maybe other data range did not work
 
user315433
This is how traffic is compared to eliminate seasonal trends: to the same month of the previous year.
 
user315433
For the last three months, SO has less monthly traffic than it did a year ago.
 
3:51 AM
> to the same month of the previous year.
> previous year.
> year.
 
user315433
Meanwhile, some r/a flags here could be useful.
 
I'm an idiot.
 
user315433
I know, I should have written 02017 and 02018. longnow.org
 
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Mostly dots in body: I'm not sure about this? by Queso on christianity.SE
 
@SmokeDetector tp-
 
4:00 AM
OP is unregistered though, so they can't delete their own question
 
user202362
@SFTP so how does Feb 2018 compared to Dec 2017 ... maybe a lot of page views were from formal staff
 
 
1 hour later…
5:18 AM
@HTTPS fpu-
@JourneymanGeek no. Since most visitors of programming sites are males, and most males like females, choosing female names and avatars for spammers makes perfect sense. Chance of click increase.
@SFTP FHBL, nice.
 
@ShadowWizard that's slightly sexist. What of most males start assuming anyone female is a bot?
 
user315433
5:39 AM
 
6:25 AM
Could delete-voting an answer put the answer into the VLQ review?
Or alternatively, I don't have VLQ option on this answer, but I have del-voted it, and I don't see any review queue available for me
 
@HTTPS maybe because it got a mod notice?
 
hmm, that's also a possibility...
 
I never heard or saw that mentioned before though but I'm not too familiar with these specific notices.
 
@HTTPS It's not because you delete-voted it. I don't have that option either.
@Shog9 What are the criteria for allowing users to flag a post as VLQ?
 
We have this unanswered question: Explain missing VLQ flag in the UI
oh wait, that's a feature request
 
6:49 AM
@JourneymanGeek no, those are facts.
 
@ShadowWizard I mean the spammers
 
And spammers just use facts to earn more money, that's all.
 
@ShadowWizard assuming its even effective but I suspect they don't care
 
So, the real question is: which approach can improve the spam efficiency on SE?
1. use ladies' name & picture (Jane Smith)
2. spam on their username instead (Car Insurance XOXO)
3. use someone's popular-in-tech person's relative (John Skeet)
4. provide a fresh, non-plagiarized, high quality answer with spam link
 
I invoke XKCD 810
If the answer is fresh, and unique, and links to and explains the use of $product...
people might not even notice
 
6:57 AM
@HTTPS Good question, where will you add the link to freephonerepair.com?
 
There's no good tools for dealing with 2 for now
Shockingly enough, no one does 3 cause that actually means its a user familiar with the culture of the site, and they'd know spam dosen't last long.
 
113
Q: We need to improve the quality of our spam!

UndoRecently, I've noticed a downhill effect in the quality of spam posted on Stack Exchange websites. Take this as an example (found on Space.SE): There are a great many things wrong with this artifact: There is not one capitalized letter in the entire post. (-1 grammar point.) The only pun...

 
7:39 AM
@SonicWizard oh wait... that's @Journeyman without a hat! So confusing....
@Journeyman don't you mind @Undo is using your dog? ;)
 
@ShadowWizard no, that's @Undo
This network's going to the dogs ;)
(The ears are different ;p)
That's classic poodle
 
@ShadowWizard He had a Z as his avatar, but the dog ate it.
 
need some cats to balance it out
 
My avadog has a classic snauzer/unmodified westie pointy front flop
 
summoning telbjb
 
7:43 AM
(westie puppies have cardboard ear splints to keep them from having floppy ears, or one floppy/one straight ears)
 
@JourneymanGeek lol I know, but... :D
 
8:23 AM
> P.S.: I've been choosen as a breeder by the flu. Maybe that's why I did describe some parts twice. I'll edt it as soon as the job is done. -- retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/a/6088
 
8:36 AM
@SonicWizard no, it's not a dupe.
 
@ShadowWizard Retracted the RC flag a while ago, but it was too late to delete the chat message.
@Magisch Chickens, maybe? (cc @YvetteColomb @TelKitty )
 
@SonicWizard you should also delete the auto comment then.
 
looks around
 
@ShadowWizard No context for Nathan Tuggy's comment; I left it there for future context in case someone else decides to CV or RC flag
 
8:39 AM
@JourneymanGeek RC flags
 
status-already-voted-to-close
 
Rough Closure?
 
@JourneymanGeek Recommend closure flag
 
Royal Cola?
 
8:40 AM
That's Royal Crown Cola
 
huh lol
 
Which sadly killed off planet cola here.
 
I did like RC Cola while it was here....
 
@JourneymanGeek
 
but not yet deleted ;)
 
8:41 AM
@Magisch at least two of the close voters are too nice, didn't even downvote. :/
Luckily it's at -3 so we can delete.
 
@ShadowWizard it's gonna be deleted soon anyways, I didn't waste the 0.7s
 
RC Cola... wow
 
But without -3 or lower we can't delete.
 
it was at -3 when I saw it
but fiiiiine
 
Plus, message is much more clear when it's at -8 than -3. :D
 
8:43 AM
I'm happy to mob-downvoting OT questions on MSE...
 
naw, I can only DL once
 
@ShadowWizard t'was already at -3 when I vtc'd
 
I can CV and DelVote...
 
32 secs ago, by Shadow Wizard
Plus, message is much more clear when it's at -8 than -3. :D
:)
 
Also, the signature is not the same as the username.... it's sockzpuppetus!
 
8:44 AM
@JeremyBanks so it's weird why he didn't update the LinkedIn profile, if it was planned leaving.
 
@ShadowWizard not everyone bothers
;p
Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to meh-ness
 
the one human universal is boundless lazyness
 
One human universal? There is only 1 human in the universe?
 
He was too lazy to say constant.
He accidentally.
 
@JourneymanGeek never attribute to malice or incompetence what can be easily explained by sheer lazyness
 
8:47 AM
@Magisch that's a lot of typing. Meh/
 
9:29 AM
@PeterMortensen you commented " Active reading [<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface>] " in the edit to my question, but what does that mean?
 
Out of 10 recent revisions by him, all but 2 started with "Active reading". The exceptions started with "Copyediting", so...
 
I am beyond making any assumptions after 8 years of using this site
I'm just curious because I've rarely encountered this phrase in the wild
English isn't my native language
 
Me neither
 
@Shog9 I'm gonna ask here again coz you ignored me in the lounge, and I bet it's coz of my default name. Can't blame you for it, but I still want to know. Have you considered the rate of "please continue this discussion in chat" comments over the years? And also forcibly moved to chat rooms comments by mods. Or are these stats only for the rooms not automatically created from moved comments?
talkin about the chat usage stats
like do these automatically moved comments counts as "active chat users" because techniacally they have posted in chat, even though they didn't
 
9:45 AM
@user1306322 some background blog.superuser.com/2011/04/27/peter-mortensen-editor-in-chief I think it means he found a common spelling mistake.
 
Jan John's acquintance?
 
Yup
He does a ridiculous amount of copy-edits
 
tool supported ...
 
Even then
I'm sure he reads a lot of them cause I sometimes get comments for clarification when my english is just too terrible
 
well, I also edit posts when I see obvious mistakes in them, but I'm not actively seeking them out
I'm just curious about the phrase "active reading"
 
10:07 AM
@Shadowclaw what's this?
 
based on the activity, it seems an account specific for chatting... or not
@Shadowclaw welcome to the Tavern, where stars are given freely :)
 
Isn't that the account from yesterday?
 
dunno, I didn't see it yesterday
 
The one on the main site, there was a question about sock puppets that got hammered
 
@Shadowclaw is communicating to us through their chat profile because of chat rep requirement not fulfilled...
 
10:15 AM
Why is that still enabled exactly?
 
how novel :3
idk if you are allowed to exploit things
I mean people are gonna tell you no
but you know
 
Doesn't look like an exploit because it's their "about me" after all...
 
True
Why exactly is there an "about me" section in chat?
It seems kinda meaningless
 
... because you're bored :/
 
//shrug
 
user359686
10:22 AM
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
coz you can use it to briefly explain who you are and what you are about
 
There's the main site for that though
 
I know it's not very obvious from the phrase "about me" :p
 
I know, right! Who would have thought?
 
it's like saying "there's the entire history of one's life and all of their actions" for that
 
10:25 AM
Because that's the only place CMs can have fun with their "about me" :p
 
poor community-facing employees everywhere
 
Most sites don't have them, except as faceless drones.
Here, they're mostly faces, and sometimes they drone
 
10:40 AM
@JourneymanGeek we did it as soon as possible
 
@PrincessLuna he's not suspended, just have less than 20 rep.
I agree people should not be able to change anything while suspended, but if low rep? Think they should be able to.
@PrincessLuna because sometimes people want to have a chat profile which is different from their "main" profile.
e.g. "I love waffles" fits for chat profile more than main profile for someone who want to appear professional. ;)
And as with any feature/privilege, if abused, it's reason for mod warning and suspension, which will hopefully make them stop, even though they'll still be able, technically, to change it while suspended.
 
also I thnk chat was slightly bolted on ;p
 
(enough the two of you, I voted already)
 
one of the only things I wish they fixed is inviting people into chat who have never posted there in the first place
 
Also, whose sock is that @Shadowclaw user?
 
10:52 AM
socket?
 
pocket
 
lol fixed
I work with sockets too much, I guess
 
pock sucket
 
must be someone here
 
web socket?
 
10:53 AM
though they keep trying to fix some of my more folksy spelling, some of which is intentional
kinda sorta is spelled kinda sorta, not kind of sort of.
 
can't argue with that
 
@user1306322 I almost replied "rocket p****" but... better not... not in Tavern at least.... :D
 
pup socket blast off at the speed of light
 
wait... who are you, Mr. @user? checking
 
who am I?
who am I?
who do you think you are?
who do you think I am? :p
 
10:56 AM
oh, thought you're one of the regulars, changing name again, e.g. @Sag
lol
 
I'm a regular in another room
 
another domain, yeah
 
that's my other problem with chat
this weird domain differentiation
can't find anyone from chat.SE on chat.SO
 
not all people are on multiple sites though
and some use different names on different sites
 
do you think this is an issue on chat.SE?
 
10:58 AM
@PrincessLuna like dear @user as well. :D
 
@PrincessLuna you Won't find Will here ...
 
@user1306322 unlike on SO/MSE chat, we can't go to user's chat profile on the main SE chat, we can only find them by searching.
 
@rene hm?
 
Will, United States
107k 43 268 357
So those are impossible to find on chat.SE since we don't know their parent site.
 
11:02 AM
heh
@M.A.R. so, did you scratch? Or are you really strong minded and you didn't? ;)
(that's also your daily ping so that you won't feel neglected, in case you won't get more today ;))
 
@M.A.R. daily ping ಠ_ಠ
 
11:18 AM
@user1306322 oh dear, memory loss can be a pain
 
@JourneymanGeek or a gain
"Benjaman Kyle" was the alias chosen by an American man who has severe dissociative amnesia after he was found without clothing or identification and with injuries next to a dumpster behind a fast food restaurant in Georgia in 2004. As a result of his lack of personal memories, between 2004 and 2015, neither he nor the authorities were sure of his real identity or background, despite searches that used widespread television show-based publicity and various other methods. In late 2015, genetic detective work which had gone on for years finally led to the discovery of his real name, William Burgess...
I mean.... he became a celebrity due to that. :D
 
I guess I should say that I'm not anyone you know from this room
I only know 3 people here and they're all mods
or admins or cms
smoke detector needs a better logo
the white lines are too thin and the difference between dark red and dark blue is bleh on the eyes
and some food for thought: there is neither smoke nor a detector of any sort depicted
 
@user1306322 well, it used to be a unicorn, so... ;)
@user1306322 so feel free to suggest new avatar! ;)
@user1306322 yeah, figured that out, looked on your chat history. :)
 
unfortunately I'm no an artist in a graphical sense
 
</pings-for-@user-for-now>
 
11:32 AM
do you guys know when chat api is gonna change?
I only heard from someone that it's gonna, but not when exactly
and I can't find any posts about it on my own
 
@user1306322 question undefined, since chat as no API.
So nothing to change....
 
chat login process
 
Maybe you meant to ask "when will chat have official API?" ;)
 
which is gonna break the current chat bot api libraries
 
@user1306322 that's the downside of not having real API, we're all in the dark, depending on things that can change any moment without any notice.
 
11:34 AM
(the circle shrinks, as it is now known that I am one of the few active chat bot maintainers)
 
Leaving alone the total lack of documentation.
 
it's not that complicated if you look into the code, actually
the code written by someone who has done the hard work of figuring it out >.>
 
@user1306322 I answered that question earlier: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/308327/…
 
so you don't know when approximately it might happen
 
June/July I expect as July, 1st is mentioned as end-of-support
 
11:39 AM
I mean I guess I'll know when it breaks coz my chat bot will stop working
but yea I'd rather be ready to check up on it more frequently during that time
anyway, thanks for the info
 
@rene well, I think we can ask @Adam about changes in the Login system of Stack Exchange and how they might affect chat bots. No?
 
@user1306322 Yeah, that is the strategy I follow as well
 
@user1306322 I kind of knowing you after checking the name on SO and seeing the rep on Anime.SE...
 
yea that's how I stalk people on SE/SO as well
 
Do I miss something here? @user has only one other name (Hakase) which wasn't changed....
 
11:42 AM
nothing seems amiss
 
@ShadowWizard regular on anime.se
 
@ShadowWizard IIRC the charcoal team is in the loop for what is needed to keep Smokey running. Once they got a glimpse of what will change I'm sure we'll hear about it. I mean the bots are mentioned on the announcement post in both comments and answers
 
@rene hopefully that will be enough to get warnings before they break things.... :)
 
I do know SoBotics already released/works on a new lib. I didn't check Kenny yet ...
 
11:44 AM
technically though, my question proper, as posed, is about where the API page is, but not when it might change, just to clear it up
so I guess my other question isn't answered there
 
Sure, I always answer only half of the questions anyway
 
that's coz people probably ask double the questions
 
There's no official chat lib.
There were rumours of one
 
and eh, about 3-4 major chatbot frameworks?
 
11:48 AM
@JourneymanGeek 6-8
 
@rene and maybe 2-3 bots on each ;p
Ours keeps falling over a lot anyway
 
@JourneymanGeek "ours"? You mean Smokey?
 
just like the hidden API v2.3 that's used on mobile app...
 
naw
Cavill
 
Cav who?
 
11:49 AM
@HTTPS the one they stopped developing? ;p
 
New New API
 
@ShadowWizard its a fork off rlemon's caprica bot we run on root access
 
rumor said that they will work on the API first before the mobile app...
 
@HTTPS though, if we're speculating pointlessly, most of the mobile team is still in place so...
 
@HTTPS yeah!
 
11:50 AM
is there source code for chat?
 
Only the master.js
 
I mean is the chat portion of SE made public
 
Nope
 
I bet if they made Area51 public it'd get fixed in a week
 
hah
Or people would be driven mad
 
11:52 AM
until SE made mobile app's source code also public
 
actually that might not be a terrible idea
But I suspect unlikely to happen
 
12:44 PM
@Shog9 Is there anything new on that thing you mentioned in the last townhall you wanted to do to address serial voting on SO better? Or has that been put on the backburner due to higher priority stuff creeping up?
 
1:33 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Link at end of answer: How can I see more Google autocomplete suggestions? by Alex on webapps.SE
 
Anonymous
1:51 PM
@JourneymanGeek probably not happening.
 
@JeremyBanks probably not
(but by rumours, might have been you mentioning it sooooo) :p
 
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Manually reported answer: Online Number Theory Video? by videobhaia on mathoverflow.net
 
has anyone read the expanse novel series?
 
Most of it
 
is it comparable to classic scifi?
 
2:11 PM
@AdamLear looks like an account might got stuck here.
 
Anonymous
billion laughs SVG body + authentication HTTP header = "sorry we won't let you access this page until you give your real credentials"
 
Anonymous
I wonder if you could get multiple auth dialogs in a single request, by redirecting between wildcard domains...
 
@user1306322 its semi-hard
pretty well written
 
@rene thanks for the heads up. will look when i’m at my desk
 
OK ... no pressure, I'm not your boss ....
 
2:15 PM
@rene private beta and they already got a design??
 
yep, they are sponsored
 
Anonymous
30
Q: Sponsorship Pilot — Bringing resources BACK to Stack Exchange

Robert CartainoAs our devs continue to work on features like Talent and Channels (now called Teams), I've been anxiously looking for ways to increase engagement in our current Stack Exchange sites to help assure that development RETURNS to our Q&As… as soon as possible. As the biz-dev folks spread the word abo...

 
@JeremyBanks that seems... evil 0_0
 
Anonymous
@JourneymanGeek Oops --- billion laughs works in Chrome, the auth works in Firefox, but neither in the other. Maybe it would work on Edge, though.
 
@JeremyBanks I wonder if SE still works on the last version of opera... ;p
 
Anonymous
2:22 PM
if anybody wants to test it on themselves, click "show" in https://glitch.com/edit/#!/bad-hackerman?path=server.js
 
Anonymous
Billion laughs doesn't seem to work on edge, at least not severely.
 
Anonymous
I guess this isn't a good example, since the page has nothing in it. But in Chrome, the dev console breaks. In Edge it does not.
 
My laptop's fan starting to accelerating after I closed the auth dialog on Chrome...
 
2:55 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword with email in answer, potentially bad keyword in answer: Can I use 15w-40 Shell Rotella diesel engine oil instead of 15w-30 for my 4G63 Mitsubishi gasoline engine? by Igor Abramovich on mechanics.SE
 
user370331
@rene I can access Meta now, but the chat account somehow got linked with an old Math SE account's chat which (the main account) I had deleted a long time ago (around 2 years). Probably login error using Facebook. I guess deleting the chat account will solve the problem
 

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