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12:44 AM
Stuck late in the office grading :( and Amazon Music is down. :((
I doubt that Youtube will have the 96-track Deluxe Edition of Mellon Collie & Infinite Sadness.
Which is what I wanted to listen to, given the nature of grading.
Perhaps someone should try some different music. ;)
Any finite amount of sadness would not suffice.
12:55 AM
OTOH, Friday is the last day of classes. A super-happy hour.
let's admit it, u r sad coz u didn't c kitteh - here, haz a kitteh (coz I am all sympathetic) ...
1:12 AM
As an undergrad, I was blissfully unaware of the term "Liberal Arts". Kind of wish it stayed this way.
@zaq 92 tracks, actually. (They are back up.)
1:38 AM
Good to be the student who lands on "Porcelena" I guess
And unlucky ones get Zero.
1:51 AM
what's good to land on will depend on how far you fall from ... for example, a student who falls from a 3 story building will be lucky to land on a gigantic piece of feta (cheese)
I'd be pretty happy to land on a huge block of cheese. Think of the concentrated value! Think of the pizza-making opportunity!
If it's big enough to cushion a fall, it'd probably be worth over $10k.
> Remember the good old days, when you could post a namespace into the URL bar to google it…and it wasn’t a random .services TLD landing page? pic.twitter.com/fylYCwv8ks -- Nick Craver at 5:48 PM - 6 Dec 2016
Nick has an interesting combination of extensions and bookmarks.
@bjb568 also depends on the type of cheese - for example, cheddar is not a good type to land on for a long fall
Air bubbles are probably pretty good.
2:02 AM
One of them is Special:Random from Wikipedia. A form of self-education, I guess.
@zaq Doesn't Special:Random just return a random article?
random is just random, what about this 'special' is all about then?
Yes, that's what it's for. Not something I'd bookmark... I prefer having a little more system to what I learn about.
Special: is used for dynamically-generated pages on Wikipedia. These include your watchlist (which tracks changes in selected pages), the login page, and system statistics.
Special pages are pages that have no wikitext, but are generated by the software on demand. They are found in the "Special:" namespace. It is not possible to make a redirect to a special page, or to create normal pages beginning with the "Special:" prefix. Special pages often take arguments. Sometimes these can be supplied after a slash (as in Special:Log/block); in other cases an index.php call is used, as in http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges&days=3&limit=10. Also the content of some special pages depends on preferences that have been set by the user, e.g. classic...
> Q: stack exchange, quora, yahoo answers: which is the least useful?
> A: when asked, each will point to another, rock-papers-scissors style. https://twitter.com/nnnnicholas/status/806318835611668480
2:17 AM
Not true... Would be closed anywhere on SE.
2:52 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword with email in body: what is the formula for resultant of two vectors? by Isidro De La Cruz on physics.stackexchange.com
I was almost in the mood to start telling a story about how a demons captured the mother of 3 siblings, so the 3 siblings set out to rescue their mother. In order to do that, they had to travel through a maze of riddles. So the oldest brother pulls out of a laptop and started to ask questions on reddit, although he did get some initial success, he was eventually engulfed by trolls. While the first brother battled trolls, the second sibling, a daughter, searched yahoo answers on her tablet.
She too, had some success. Then she posted a question and received no answers, so she waited and waited. The youngest sibling posted the question on SE network ...
then I decided to not waste my effort on someone/thing so boring, bye
@Telkitty noooo, what happened next?
3:23 AM
@approxiblue Many possibilities, currently 3 ending. But probably should write the ending when I am in a better mood (I don't want sound so sarcastic).
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4:06 AM
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> Head to any local department store and you will be bombarded with Anti Aging cream sales pitches.
Yeah... and even if you don't go there, you still will be.
A: Is this avatar appropriate or offensive?

bwDracoTo get an idea of what we expect, users who use Gravatar for their avatars can only use images rated G or PG. We don't allow adult-only avatars. The way I'm seeing it, this avatar is NSFW and sexually explicit to the point where it is only appropriate for 17+ audiences. I would not consider it a...

Nine more upvotes needed for the Reversal badge :p
4:32 AM
I don't like turtles but turtles like me.
4:42 AM
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5:08 AM
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5:21 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword in body, bad keyword in title, link at end of body, pattern-matching website in body: Methods Without Acne For A Fruitful Living by rachefweal on superuser.com
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5:37 AM
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5:58 AM
6:16 AM
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6:30 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Link at end of body, repeated URL at end of long post: Collamask n that is a decent begin by Kristinaallen on drupal.stackexchange.com
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[ SmokeDetector | MS ] URL in title, bad keyword in body, link at end of body, pattern-matching website in body, pattern-matching website in title: supplementstest.org/booty-pop-cream/ by wero on workplace.stackexchange.com
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8:20 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] URL in title, bad keyword in body, pattern-matching website in body, pattern-matching website in title, repeated URL at end of long post: supplementstest.org/booty-pop-cream/ by janehartwick221 on apple.stackexchange.com
8:43 AM
Make this guy a mod on Lifehacks. NOW.
I hope he is full grown
@rene that is the best part of this wonderful idea: the moment you realize your skin stretched and the ruler don't even work anymore.
depending on your need you can use that feature to your advantage.
9:08 AM
I wouldn't mind getting one if there is a stick on tattoo such as this
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9:48 AM
10:02 AM
about 600 seconds to the "less than 1kk to Winter Bash" jump
Only 200 now
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Manually reported answer: Can I still pursue a research career after a possibly lengthy break? by garima on academia.stackexchange.com
10:20 AM
Dammit, I missed the 1kk turnover
10:42 AM
@angussidney you hoped for similar chaos as predicted for Y2K?
11:27 AM
*Random* trivia of the day:
The first image on the Winter Bash 2015 recap blog post has Pinkie Pie on it.
LA syllabus says tests are 15%, final 30%. Professor says that since final is a take home, it will be given about the same weight as a test. Now he says tests are 22% and final is 12%. o_0
12:02 PM
Calculate your grade under both schemes. If it's higher under the one on the syllabus, you have a good case for that being your grade.
12:12 PM
@rene Ppl like 2 have imaginary enemies, they just wouldn't admit to it
12:24 PM
12:41 PM
Is it me, or most of Jane Austen wrote mostly Mary Sue style main characters
@Derpy another trivia: who is the guy in this photo?
@EvanCarroll hello, are you new here? ;)
@ShadowWizard is it you?
1:02 PM
I give up
Less than 1,000,000 seconds until WB begins
@rene you give up fast...... :D
Yes, I started here but I have more things to do today ...
1:19 PM
@rene lol, you can just see my message history.... I made a mistake.... ;)
Anyway, the count down fits even a tiny screen
are you still on Win7?
@rene you are not asking me, so yes
why not
1:24 PM
@rene at work, yes. Got old IDE's that won't work on Win10
@ShadowWizard Visual InterDev?
@Telkitty it was hard to evade those upgrade popups.
win10 isn't full of ads?
@Telkitty since when does xcode run on Win7?
@Telkitty not yet ...
1:28 PM
@rene lolz... nope. :D
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Shortened URL in answer: Getting first customer just after release by UX studio on startups.stackexchange.com
@Telkitty no, it just sends everything you do on the computer to Microsoft servers, they are still working on sending back proper ads.
a bit old, about 8 months ago, so ...
win7 is considered a stable version
1:30 PM
always use a stable version until the next stable version comes out
<-- still waiting for the next stable usable version of Windows after 7 to be released.
Grr, overescaping in @Doorknob's userscript.
@Telkitty the win xp slice is a bit worrying
win xp was the last stable version before win7
updated ^
1:34 PM
> now SEOs are recommending that clients remove all the user-generated content from their websites -- searchenginejournal.com/4-myths-google-panda-still-rounds/…
Hm, that's an idea...
Get rid of all the Stack Overflow posts, but make sure there's a phone number in a large font somewhere near top.
@Telkitty win10 is also stable, but big organizations take lots of time to upgrade
Our banks all still using Win98 with IE6 as far as I can tell and will probably still use it in 50 years too.
Yeah, that is stable in the expected bugs ...
My goal is to upgrade as little as I need to, as long as I can get all my tasks done
Probably should get a new PC in a year or two
1:41 PM
that's when I upgrade
@ShadowWizard a leather tannery we worked with some years ago still used DOS ...
<---cobol on mainframe
although cobol is a language not an OS
@Bart heh, that's just sad...
at the end of the day, it's about getting work done
1:46 PM
if you can get work done better with paper and pen so let it be
better ^
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@JNat cross site spammer for you stackexchange.com/users/8568209/ux-studio?tab=accounts :)
"Member for 6 months" - pretty sure he spammed before and 100% sure he'll spam again unless nuked from orbit.
2:06 PM
@ShadowWizard gone
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2:23 PM
@JNat awesome, thanks! :)
@ShadowWizard I have witnessed the same issue last year. Emailed the team instead of posting on MSE.
@rene oh. And?
It's not really "fatal", the name isn't displayed publicly anywhere.
they suggested to post on meta, where I went meh
(it's used probably for emails sent by the team, etc.)
@rene and... did you post something? (readies hammer)
@ShadowWizard nope, you can leave your hammer where it is.
2:30 PM
oh, no hammer. :(
I can try to reproduce by blanking out my real name on SO then create new account on some site...
@ShadowWizard here are my repro steps it involved an error scenario though
@rene oh, so the real name was used as display name... that's bad. I think you can post this as answer on Chris bug report, to help the devs fix it faster. No?
Hmmm, don't think so
2:50 PM
rschrieken ... am I the only one who thinks of rschicken?
I'm not sure, why should I?
3:29 PM
@ShadowWizard Is that from GitHub? Where is that "Related Users" page?
3:48 PM
Q: Temporary Anti-Spam measures are now in place

Tim PostSo you've been getting hammered. While we very much appreciate all of the hard work everyone has been doing to keep things clean, we feel like we should be making it easier for you. Hence, effective immediately, the threshold of spam / abuse flags required for a post to be automatically deleted ...

Was it really that bad recently? It seems the trend toward more spam on Workplace is months long.
There were worse days; my flag record has 13 Workplace spam flags on December 3.
@zaq for a small-ish site, that's probably quite a lot
4:06 PM
Yeah, but it doesn't look like a sharp spike, metasmoke.erwaysoftware.com/…
The last two weeks have more spam than usual. Something to do with holiday shopping season?
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Link at end of answer: Selenium for Parasoft SOATest jython script by Walter Jenkins on sqa.stackexchange.com
4:32 PM
And then the same on English? A Temporary Tweak to Work Around Abusive Posting Patterns by Tim Post on meta.english.stackexchange.com
I'd suggest Graphic Design instead.
But maybe this is more about trolling than regular spam.
@ProgramFOX not directly: libraries.io/github/rschrieken
@ShadowWizard I see!
5:00 PM
Today's xkcd comic (Never Seen Star Wars):
5:39 PM
> Is this full stack? I'm using HTML/JS/CSS knowledge to shrink a file served by a load balancer w/ buffer restrictions b/c of a broken proxy. -- Nick Craver at 9:31 AM - 7 Dec 2016
I understand most of those words, but not together in this order...
A: A Temporary Tweak to Work Around Abusive Posting Patterns

RathonyIn the long run, please consider making a flag from high-rep users, e.g. over 15K or 20K, count double than other users. It will be more effective as I don't question their integrity and commitment to the site. It will really help the site respond to increasing number of low-quality posts and s...

I like this. Giving equal spam-fighting power to 15 rep user and 15,000 rep user is unnecessarily rigid.
Turn the knob one way, spam stays forever; turn another, some trigger-happy nuking happens.
And mods should have an easily accessible list of community-nuked posts. I think a FR for that exists already.
5:49 PM
My Google search results are shown in Roboto font now. What have I done to deserve this?
6:12 PM
> I am going to restricting my flagging to questions:
1. From 1-rep users,
2. who are evidently non-native speakers,
3. asking about: how to learn English grammar more easily, or auxiliaries, or modals, or present or past perfect, or comparisons of present and past [perfect] tenses, or has, had, have been and so on,
4. which are short and exhibit no research.
These are apparently criteria for spam/abusive flagging? meta.english.stackexchange.com/a/9812
ELU is a weird place.
6:41 PM
@zaq I don’t have 10k, but based on Tim’s comment, it sounds like these are malicious users posting seemingly-benign questions to build up enough rep to be abusive? I agree that flagging questions that fall under those criteria as spam seems awfully misguided, though.
7:11 PM
And the ensuing discussion in comments is a confused mix of quality-control vs help-new-users wedging into the discussion of fending-off-abuse.
About how own research is important or maybe not so important, and closure notices are confusing, etc.
> The concept of 'accepted answer' doesn't work well on Stack Overflow. Technologies change, newer answers further down are better. -- Damien Guard at 11:16 AM - 7 Dec 2016
> I think they should just order the answers by upvotes with some additional weighting for when the upvotes occurred. -- Damien Guard at 11:19 AM - 7 Dec 2016
Sounds familiar...
7:40 PM
Also sounds familiar. But reddit has no such hovertext for upvotes.
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8:44 PM
When does bash start? It's cold here and my badges will freeze.
@zaq WE LOVE HATS! Winter Bash will begin in 11 days, 3 hours, 15 minutes, and 36 seconds.
Does anyone else think that after partially typing site name in the topbar's site switcher, we should be able to press down-arrow to select a site and press Enter to go there?
This is how drop-down lists tend to work, in my experience...
8:46 PM
Using Tab for this purpose doesn't come naturally to me. Tab is for moving focus between navigation elements, not for using one of them.
Second countdowns make me feel old. The seconds go past almost 2.5x how fast they did a few years ago.
@zaq Down-arrow shouldn't be needed.
How do you select "United States" from a list of 200+ countries ordered alphabetically?
I press U to get Uganda or something, then down-arrow.
Move to Uganda so you never have to select United States again?
But for the browser search box, st enter goes to stackoverflow.com, without pressing down-arrow.
8:55 PM
Sometimes I want to visit one of the other 150+ sites, not necessarily one I visit daily.
Like, to find out what's the deal with ELU these days.
9:24 PM
> What's a word that describes the current deal on EL&U?
I'm looking for a word or phrase that captures the current mood here.
[single-word-request] [totally-not-playing-crosswords-in-the-tavern]
@zaq I just keep hitting "U" until it comes up right.
@rene Life hack!!
I'm so practical, it is scary ...
By the way, that reminds me, I haven’t seen a LH question in the HNQ list in forever. I feel like I did at one point, though. What’s the deal with that?
@AlexisKing they hacked the life out of it?
Maybe ask @Frank
9:41 PM
Q: How to open a frozen car door?

pacoverflowThis evening I left work and found my 2-door car covered with a little ice and a lot of snow. I was able to unlock the driver side door, but the door was frozen stuck. I pulled on the handle and the door wouldn't budge. I tried pounding along the edges of the door frame with my hand to see if ...

12 answers, and no one has suggested urinating on it yet. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GODS OF HNQ TURN THEIR BACKS ON YOU.
go ahead, and write that answer ...
Don't forget to add baby-wipes to clean the door handle when done
that would be the ultimate life hack answer
gotta work vinegar in there somewhere
@Shog9 Like 6 months ago I realized I wasn’t seeing LH in HNQ anymore and I seriously wondered if the site had been shuttered. I had… mixed feelings when I found out it was alive and well.
Move someplace where car doors never freeze.
What happened, Lifehacks? You’re the clickbait of the SE network. You were the chosen one!
9:52 PM
@AlexisKing We could never do that to Wipqozn.
@JonEricson Uganda?
I said it again within an hour
@rene I was thinking more like Hell, but that's also an option.
@JonEricson that ... will do ...
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10:06 PM
@AlexisKing Then WorldBuilding came along...
@zaq I wish I could ignore sites from my HNQ list. WB and Puzzling would be the first to go. Code Golf would probably follow.
Doable by a userscript...
Q: Hide sites from Hot Network Questions section

GiorgiScreenshot About The 'Hot Network Questions' section has questions from websites which are not very interesting for me so with this script you can: Hide questions from those websites Stop hiding the site if you change your mind The settings are stored per browser so they work on all sites ...

@AlexisKing insufficient content
We've had more new users daily than we've had new questions daily
New users are the highest stat in the site activity graph
I guess life has been solved, then. All the hacks must have been discovered.
10:47 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Manually reported question: Prove that graph is planar by Leopik on math.stackexchange.com
@SmokeDetector false alert
@zaq Registered question as false positive.
And too verbose.
someone is trying to close the API Sandbox again: meta.stackexchange.com/review/close/48087
11:02 PM
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