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12:05 AM
A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension...
My peeps lived in that
What is the significance here?
1:08 AM
@AndrasDeak It sounds like Roburt, after he changed his name. It's even less funny if it needs to be explained.
@Undo-ReinstateMonica /me salutes Thank you (plural)
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2:21 AM
I don’t know if this was intentional but I’m cheering twitter.com/gortok/status/1217990083535609861?s=21
No Comment :D
But hell yes I support that
@GeorgeStocker For what it's worth, your Twitter commentary on this has been one of the most encouraging things for (at least) me. Probably others too.
@GeorgeStocker and I'm told it seems frighteningly insightful
The commentary?
2:28 AM
Reported a bug, fixed within minutes of my report being spotted (1/2 hour my clock). Satisfied customer.
Otherwise we're talking about the new rules, and nothing insightful about that :D.
> If you want to try to out rules lawyer a programmer, you deserve what you get. They battle a system of rules every minute of every day.
My thoughts exactly.
@CodyGray I used to say the same about gamers.
We're geeks. We work through insanely complicated things for fun.
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4:21 AM
> "Wake me up inside... Call my name and save me..."
> So bury fear, for fate draws near
And hide the signs of pain
With noble acts, the bravest souls
Endure the heart's remains
Discard regret, that in this debt
A better world is made
That children of a newer day might remember
And avoid our fate
(for those uneducated :D ) '=
4:41 AM
*big sigh*
A big thanks to the MSE mods for keeping level-headed during these hard times.
5:03 AM
5:38 AM
Just a bit over a hundred upvotes to go before Shog's answer becomes the top-voted answer on MSE.
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6:39 AM
@CodyGray There are probably thousands of managers who made the experience that you can't rules lawyer a programmer painfully ;)
Well, I've always been a big supporter of education.
7:07 AM
While these are valiant and laudable efforts; I remember when the new featured tag policy came in effect, just after removing HMP, someone said "don't let this become the new hot meta posts!"; which I guess will be the argument to remove mod access to featured if the "mutiny" continues.
We are at a point where I'm not sure anything but exodus is really operative. My only problem is finding an appropriate place to migrate. But I imagine that will reveal itself, eventually.
@yivi I think thats inevitable at this point
Yes but where to go, is it really that bad?
If they don't remove the mod access to featured there'll basically be a long chain of posts sharply critical of SE that will be featured on SO. Basically, they're looking at months of anti-company sentiment on the sidebar. Considering how nuclear they went over some resignation notices, I can't imagine they'll abide this.
@yivi You don't like the strategy of playing chicken?
I don't think it's constructive but I don't begrudge y'all for doing it and would probably do exactly the same were I a SO mod
7:16 AM
If I really knew what would be constructive, I would absolutely do that instead, and convince everyone else to do it, too.
Thats a fair point
I would swallow my pride, get over the incredible emotional hurt that I feel, and do that. But what is "that"?
Absent any better path, all I can do is stand up for what I believe is right.
I had some suggestions in my meta post, but they all involve a certain amount of wait and see
if I was a mod I'd endeavour to be on the new mod advisory council
I...have been waiting for a while now
I don't know what the mod team looks like but posting feedback there is probably at least getting read vs what happens on meta
they might not act on it but maybe they read some of it
7:19 AM
I wouldn't assume that, Magisch.
The mod team is a lot like Meta, except that certain confidential mod-only information can be shared.
The people who read and participate there are the same people who read and participate on Meta: the CMs and certain devs.
really? I thought it'd be less confrontational
Which...makes sense, since those are the people whose job it is to actually interact with us, so that doesn't imply anything sinister.
Oh, um. I guess it is? I don't know. I mean, we certainly speak our mind when we disagree with something.
yeah but I assume the folks at the top would be more inclined to gather feedback there then on meta
if at all
I don't personally feel that Meta is all that confrontational, although to be fair, I hardly ever monitor MSE anymore. I spend all of my time on MSO. But I pretty much read every post on MSO (totally insane, I realize).
I...also might have a higher bar for "confrontational" than others do.
MSE is pretty confrontational
understandably so, but going against the grain there is super draining and exhausting. If you're an employee and post there, chances are you'll be wading through dozens of comments telling you how horrible your decisions and ideas are every day. The feedback itself isn't all too bad, just sometimes abrasive, but the shee amount of it makes it very daunting I imagine.
7:24 AM
Well, two things. First, if the vast majority of feedback you're getting is negative, that is a pretty good clue that it's time to step back and re-think your fundamental assumptions. In that sense, I find it highly valuable. Second, I tried putting myself in exactly that position by voluntarily choosing to announce the question upvote reputation gain change on MSO. Lots of downvotes, lots of criticisms, but almost none of them were offensive, abusive, or inappropriate.
It didn't bother me at all. It actually gave me confidence in the community.
I love nothing more than the fact that we have a passionate, dedicated, vocal group of users who care.
One of the things that drives me nuts about the world at large, and microcosms of that world (e.g., my workplace), is that there aren't enough people who care. There aren't enough people with passion.
The absolute most important thing you can have is passion. Sometimes you'll be wrong, sometimes you'll be right, but that's inevitable. We can't all be right all the time. But we can have passion for what we believe in, and we can fight for it.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't be open-minded. I try very hard to be, although I sometimes fail at it. But passion is very important, too.
@CodyGray This is only true if you believe the people on there have valueable points to make
Some people almost certainly don't have valuable points to make. That's a reality of life. Some people's input is less valuable than others
But...so what?
or if you aren't utterly convinced in your own fundament
You take the good, ignore the bad, and we're all better off for it.
if your operating assumption that meta is frequented primarily by the toxic 0,025% that you're trying to get rid of in favor of more people, then the perception shifts entirely
7:27 AM
That's why God Jeff Atwood invented downvote buttons.
no downvote buttons on comments though
Yeah, I....um, I have a real problem with labeling people as "toxic".
It's at least as abusive as any other negative label.
@JAD I have a "delete" button, though. Muahahaha!
imagine you're a senior manager. What is an easier pill to swallow. that you've been colossally wrong in nearly all your plans in the past months or that a toxic minority is trying to detract
Didn't this all start with a disagreement about the fine points and usage of gender neutral pronouns. From outside, it looks like someone neutral and mutually trusted needs to moderate between the Moderators and SO and its employees.

In the end, we all want our vision of the same thing and both SO and the moderators have heavily invested in achieving that.

Is some sort of tribunal required?
@Magisch Honestly? When a substantial number of people are making logical arguments? That I've been wrong. It wouldn't be the first time that I've been colossally wrong, and it surely won't be the last.
7:29 AM
If you consider that they also view the existing userbase as elitist, unwelcoming, sexist and racist (to a degree) then that becomes even more lopsided
Yes. If you start with prejudices, then it makes it very difficult to be fair and rational.
These things cut both ways, in other words. Something that I think is very important to keep in mind.
Sometimes, people are wrong. That's a thing, and you need to call it out. But dismissing them on some fundamental basis, well, that's just as bigoted and unreasonable.
Well, that's kind of a feature of modern society. If you've labeled someone as something horrible, they by definition can't have good ideas
thats why labels are often used to end debates
They key takeaway is, "sometimes I am wrong."
@Jodrell 1) I think what you mention what happened is part of a bigger thing and 2) that would require SO to have any interest in such mediation. That doesn't sound likely to me.
It's a feature of modern society that needs to be stamped out as hard as possible. It's something that I strongly believe each of us needs to work diligently every day to make sure that we don't fall victim to.
Totalizing assumptions are both inevitable (maybe even necessary, considering the complexity of the world) and also incredibly dangerous, so they need to be used with all the attendant caution implied by that danger.
7:34 AM
@JAD, that is they pivotal question, I think. How important are independent moderators, how important do SO think independent moderators are? Can they be replaced etc.
@CodyGray I tend to agree. But the fact that you think it's abhorrent doesn't mean it's not prevalent
If you want to understand exactly why people act the way they act you need to take context into account. In the eyes of SEI management we're toxic and probably 4-5 types of -ist. At that point listening to us is viewed as a moral failing
@Jodrell None of this really started with pronouns/CoC. That was just a "test case", effectively proving that the moderators and the larger community are not being listened to. I don't know of any moderators who opposed the idea of treating everyone with dignity and respect. Rather, we were concerned about the way that these policies were rolled out. Procedural concerns, as opposed to substantive ones.
The points and arguments don't matter so much as their framing does.
@Jodrell they could be replaced by employees (which costs money, so is probably a no-go), or the dissenting volunteers can be replaced by new volunteers
@CodyGray and that in the light of a community (seemingly) foaming at the idea of having to use pronouns
It isn't about replacing the moderators. We probably are expendable. It's about replacing the communities: the experts, the advocates.
7:37 AM
well, the same argument for moderators can be used for powerusers
out with the old, in with the new, and hope the general public doesn't notice too much
Not really. There are a limited number of experts who are willing to dedicate themselves to this. Moderators are a much smaller number, so there are plenty of others who are willing to fill those spots. But if you lose all of the experts, there aren't just hundreds of others waiting in the wings to fill those spots.
which means that there will be a shift in definition of expert, and that same hope that the general public does not notice that
the next SO elections will be the easiest it'll probably ever be to win
they'll need to fill like 6 spots. basically half or more of the people who pass the primary will win
I can name easily a dozen people who could replace me as moderator (would they be willing at this point? I don't know. But that isn't really the point). I cannot, however, name even a couple of people who would be willing and able to post the type of quality content that our departing experts generate.
regardless, there will be a group of active users that is answering most questions
7:39 AM
I mean, yeah. If you lower your standards, you'll get more 'experts'.
You'll also turn into Quora or Yahoo Answers.
@CodyGray, and the experts did vote for the moderators.

@JAD I'd the suggest that paid, unelected replacements, would be costly. Would modertors do a better job if they were paid, I doubt it.
@JAD yeah but the quality of answers will be in a nosedive
Those sites exist, but they're an entirely different model, and a lot less successful.
> and that same hope that the general public does not notice that
It seems that that's what SO is banking on
@Magisch Yeah... I fear it's gonna a be a troll-fest. I don't know realistically how many spots they'll have open for a single election. But either way, it's worrisome.
7:41 AM
when the answers you get stop being useful you bet they'll notice
The luster of the brand will go on for a while, but things are already starting to decline. Questions are less likely to get high-quality answers, or even answered at all. Fewer people are showing up at Stack Overflow as a result of Google searches.
@CodyGray considering 10-15 of the usual suspects will probably not run due to being discouraged or having left, it'll probably be a swath of 50-150k users who run on the "We won't close any questions and sanction users who do" platform that 3 candidates ran on in the last election
It's not like people haven't been shouting this for years, and so far it appears to have fallen on deaf ears
and inertia and rep means several of those will win
fun times and good luck ;)
I have made the point elsewhere that this may be the first time that a Stack Overflow election fractures into political parties.
George Washington will roll over in his grave.
7:43 AM
tbh though it won't matter
So you think. Imagine the brawls in our private channels. :-)
SO elections are decided by people who vote because they got the notification, not by anyone who reads meta or the answers or anything
what will be interesting is how this shakes out. I imagine there'll be a huge schism in the mod teams
You know, I've thought about that before. Many times. When I was running, obviously, and then even after that. Why is it that, even though you'd think it was just any Random Joe voting, even those who don't care about Meta and presumably don't share the same views as the Meta audience, and vastly outnumber the Meta crowd, the candidates that agree with me are the ones who consistently win, with the others not even coming close?
also because every single existing mod can indefinitely veto any former mod returning, that might get really interesting
@CodyGray They probably check the primary scores
7:45 AM
@CodyGray I'd assume presentation and eloquence
I know I did when I first voted, before I discovered meta
Okay. Whatever the reason, it works.
Also, the winners tended to be better speakers (or writers)
Hmm. I don't know?
maybe the meta opinion makes sense?
and also appeals to users that don't use meta?
7:46 AM
I think @JAD's theory makes more sense. I don't want to insult anyone who has run and won moderator elections on SO, because I have a massive amount of respect for the entire team, but I don't necessarily think they were the most eloquent and most presentable of all candidates.
You fools voted for me, after all. :-)
Eloquent in general, or eloquent in the nomination post?
@Magisch I mean, you can't really just say 'I object'. You're kinda expected to say why ;)
@Tinkeringbell is it that hard to find a bogus reason?
There was a mod election on Mathematics in August last year, before Monica was demodded. It's a fairly busy site, but there weren't many mod candidates until the nomination period was almost over. One of the few candidates nominated themself just to make up the numbers, even though their rep was quite low (around 500, IIRC), and they hadn't posted a question or answer for over a year.
in Python on Stack Overflow Chat, Aug 2 '18 at 15:48, by PM 2Ring
Speaking of SE.mathematics, there's an election on there at the moment, still in the nominations phase. One of the mods there retired recently, due to burnout. I visited the election page yesterday, and things are looking pretty dire. So far, there are only 4 candidates, and two of them strike me as definitely unsuitable.
When I vote, I first pick anyone I'm familiar with and like. After that, I filter on primary scores and pick based on the statements.
7:47 AM
@Tinkeringbell I'm pretty sure you could come up with a passable reason for everyone you ever met
especially since many of the resignations happened during the pronoun-debacle?
@Magisch I ... mean ... sure but ... I'd expect people to poke through that?
@Tinkeringbell normally I'd agree with you but the CM team is doing the work of 10 people with 4
depends on how hard people are willing to dig
@Magisch Nah. I can't come up with a single reason why Shog shouldn't be moderator, for example.
7:49 AM
I remember a particular comment on my nomination saying I was 'affluent' enough to be a moderator...
@CodyGray I can. It'll be bogus and unfair, but I could probably make it sound like a sincerely held objection
@CodyGray just ask Evan for some inspiration
Perhaps it was a translation error, or it means something different elsewhere... but I wasn't sure how to answer that
@JAD Sigh. I guess I am not as 'creative' as Evan.
7:50 AM
It's helpful to keep the asymmetry of BS in mind
it's a lot easier to make up semi-plausible sounding BS then to disprove it
Just think of contemporary political leaders
don't even have to look at politics. A single glance at the internet suffices
It's a legitimate (as in it works) political tactic. You can use it together with projecting strength and presupposing a frame to effectively keep your opponent on the defense permanently if they're not unethical enough to do the same to you
these things are intertwined or, did I just get old and grumpy
@Magisch This is not my personal experience, but I realize that I am very different in this respect and completely take your point.
7:53 AM
you're not dishonest enough for the world of politics
@Jodrell it's not new (look at propaganda), but it's definitely a lot easier with the global media we have now
with global media being wider than just the internet
It's also very easy to reach loads of people with your BS
@Magisch I'm not even remotely suitable for politics. I recognize that.
Making people happy is...not one of my skills.
your entire mode of thinking is based in the frame of what is right and honest and ethical. You approach winning through that frame and within that frame. If you discard that and think in the frame of winning and appearing ethical, that's when you come closer to be able to understand how most politicians work
@CodyGray "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job"
I like thought experiments in other frames. I like approaching any issue from a multitude of viewpoints to see if I have blind spots. But yeah, I'm not ruthless enough to be a politician either
7:55 AM
So, while SO and SE are not immune. One of the things that draws "evidence based practitioners" like myself, is that the content is more balanced and assured than the opinion and "alternative facts" we might find elsewhere.
@Magisch From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullshit#Bullshit_asymmetry_principle "The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." - Alberto Brandolini
@Magisch It isn't ruthlessness that I lack.
coming up with plausible but bogus claims is really easy
Also, can you imagine the problems when text-generating AI advances far enough to randomly generate news articles?
@JAD Wait, we have to wait for that to happen?
7:57 AM
they're almost there
@CodyGray nah you do. You don't lie without flinching. You don't go for the low blows because they're effective. You don't manipulate people enough. In short you're not playing the game, you're taking the whole thing seriously
I class that as lacking ruthlessness
or maybe they are there, and it's just the prompts that need tweaking
@JAD, @CodyGray, happening already, Facebook, Twitter
@JAD That's already in use
7:59 AM
If you were any of those things I wouldn't have voted for you in the mod election, though.
@Magisch I find the truth to be more convincing, and high blows to be more effective. It takes more work, for sure, but I don't struggle with that.
cause I despise politicians with a passion
The insidiousness, is that the most evocative and inflammatory BS is only "honey-dripped" into the ears of the receptive. So that it cannot be refuted.
Dog-whistles are what I believe you're referring to, @Jodrell?
Like mass-gossip but more targeted
8:01 AM
@CodyGray That depends on the target audience. A discerning and informed electorate? Sure. People who are angry and just want someone to be their lynchpin and tell them everything's gonna be aliright? nah
@CodyGray, yes, that what I mean
This stuff is used to win/control elections.
It makes SO and SE look like an Ivory Tower.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by that
@Magisch Which brings us to the question I raised obliquely earlier: how did I (and all the others like me) manage to win the SO election? None of us were pandering, all of us held primarily appeal for a 'discerning and informed electorate'.
Although...most of us were angry, most of us did have a passion.
I don't know. Maybe it's colored by my own experiences, but the SO election always looked like a popularity contest to me
usually the majority of the candidates was qualified and good, so whoever got elected basically mattered very little
That can't be right, either. I've never been popular.
8:09 AM
@JAD, The problems here, on SE and SO, between the Moderators and the Company, may seem intractable and deadlocked. However, if you step back, and look at wider society, it seems more like this problem only exists because of the efforts, by both groups, to make a viable and good quality site. Neither side is bombarding the community with BS in a cynical attempt to seize unfettered control.
@CodyGray you were most of all visible
Glasses do tend to make things visible.
very recognisable avatar
I go for known-good over unknown 100% of the time in these things. I assume most voters also do. When someone visited meta in the 3 years or so before you became a mod, your name was definitely popping up in most threads
My decision making process for mod elections is: 1. Known really good -> known good -> known competent -> unknown (I'll read answers and dig deeper then)
@Magisch This is very normal. Or, at least, this is my process.
However, in the last election in particular, it was a lot more difficult, as there were a number of "known really good" candidates.
8:12 AM
so given that there are more people who could do the job then spots, people who fit that criteria and are visible are more likely to get my vote
@Magisch That honestly doesn't explain the awful runner up in IPS's pro-tem election though...
Suggesting that we really need to induce good candidates to run.
@CodyGray Will probably be quite hard
Don't think it's appropriate to name names.
most of those have left the site, or are considering leaving
8:14 AM
@Tinkeringbell In what way were they awful?
IPS probably had a decent chunk of protest voting
At the risk of offending someone, I think IPS is a special case in almost every way.
@CodyGray I think TWP is offended
the OG special case
leave TWP alone
what is IPS?
8:18 AM
totally unbiased because TWP is my main site
Yeah, and then there's TWP: Academia.
In the vein of CSI: Miami.
@PM2Ring No respect for personal boundaries, and no activity for over a year, which showed in their reviewing activities (had to ban them shortly after the election was over).
@Tinkeringbell Seems like the ban came just a bit too late? :-)
@Jodrell Interpersonal Skills ;)
@Tinkeringbell you remember IPS had a sizeable exodus from the site following backup policies and changing scope right
8:19 AM
@CodyGray Hey, if people don't do a thing for over a year, it's hard to ban them for not doing anything...
@Tinkeringbell Thx
everyone who is technically eligible gets pinged when voting begins
@Magisch I do. But we're left with a much quieter and more focused site that actually has some subject matter...
And a close-knit group of regulars :)
Ah. I was wondering how "no activity for a year" could have "showed in their reviewing activities". :-)
@Tinkeringbell right. But a lot of people who left are kind of bitter about the whole thing
8:20 AM
So, you guys basically recreated NPR -> Programmers -> Software Engineering.
@CodyGray It's like 'oooh, election. Let's nominate. Wait, people are commenting that I haven't done anything? Let's do all the things, wrong!' :P
@Magisch You can't please everyone.... We're still getting people that think the site is just a gossip corner, so we have ways to go still...
hey, they were like 10 votes away from being your new colleague :D
What didn't help is that that the user in question was pretty visible and recognisable during the early days of the site, so those coming back might recognise them
I bet if we were talking about the people that answer homework questions on SO, suddenly it's not a problem that they're disgruntled... but the people that want to gossip on IPS? Oh, they're to be pitied! ;)
@JAD Yeah, probably...
@Tinkeringbell It isn't!?
8:22 AM
@Magisch They weren't, because I would've resigned immediately ;)
/goes to IPS to ask about being disgruntled over programming questions on SO
@CodyGray Check the help center ;)
It should point out that MSO is the place to ask about that :P
@Tinkeringbell you're under the impression they'd let you leave?
Don't tell me, you have specific verbiage forbidding questions about Stack Overflow?
@Gimby It's a site for questions and answers about Interpersonal Skills. Interpersonal Skills are behaviours you use to interact with others well... I also have a more scientific definition lying around somewhere but no-one liked that one...
8:24 AM
you didn't even want to be mod to begin with. We're not stuck here with you, you're stuck here with us :D
> This site is specifically not here to discuss issues and disputes between users on the Stack Exchange Network. This site is not the “court of public opinion” of Stack Exchange. Please refer all concerns related to Stack Exchange to

the child meta of the site you are using
Meta Stack Exchange
the staff directly using the Contact link at the bottom of any page.
@CodyGray other sites in general. Most of those issues should be taken to their metas /MSEinstead of IPS
@Magisch I could've made them ;)
> court of public opinion
funny, because I thought IPS wasn't that in general
Haha. Ahh. Love that "off topic" page.
It's like the signs in a restaurant saying "No dogs on the counter".
Clear evidence that at some point in the past, large numbers of people put their dogs on the counter.
8:25 AM
I'm glad we haven't yet needed to put up a 'no sex, drugs and rock&troll' notice.
I'm happy to host the court of public opinion over on MSO.
"No giant evil spiders hanging from the ceiling"
@CodyGray You'd accept questions ranting about IPS? ;)
Good noon
Judge Cody, I like it.
8:26 AM
Hello :)
@Gimby I'm already picturing a giant Lincoln
Hard to think of a question that isn't ranting about interpersonal skills, just without the capitalization.
y mod close teh duplicaet
@Gimby I'm now imagining this one :P
@Tinkeringbell Eek, he's penetrating my soul
8:28 AM
This is inter- . . . I dunno. Human–computer relations?
@Tinkeringbell That's a weird-looking Lincoln...
Yeah did he shave or something
And if you're imagining Judge Cody, you could at least pick someone with glasses!
@CodyGray Hmmm.
@Tinkeringbell that's where twitter is for right?
8:29 AM
@JAD Sure go ahead ;) My account is protected so I won't see it anyways :P
Yeah, Twitter was created for rants, I believe.
@JAD Minor functionality but the whole world is better for it
twitter was made for soundbytes
it has become death of modern discourse
@CodyGray Meh, the character limit doesn't allow for any appropriate amount of curse words.
it epitomizes and focuses the labeling based worldview everywhere
I realize I'm extreme in that opinion but I think modern social media especially twitter and facebook are one of the worst things to ever happen to humanity
8:31 AM
@Tinkeringbell Hmm, not something I'd have expected to hear you say. Perhaps I've misjudged?
@CodyGray If I rant... I go full out ;)
But yeah, I generally don't curse.
@Magisch You are certainly not alone. I share this opinion.
Not sure if it's just because I think character limits are the worst thing to happen to humanity. Depends on if I've just hit the character limit for a comment on an SE site...
@Magisch Well, you already know how much I LOVE Facebook
@Tinkeringbell almost like you're too nice
@CodyGray or dogs can read
8:35 AM
@Magisch Years and years of religious indoctrination, more like...
And my parents can still overhear if I don't time it just right ;)
I was making a pun
@Magisch Ah, that one.
You caught me unaware ;)
Hmm, and here I thought that was the primary difference between you Northern Europeans and us Americans: less zealous religious indoctrination.
I literally was taught no cuss words
@Magisch I don't get it
8:36 AM
No one is taught them, dawg. You learn them on your own.
@JourneymanGeek Raises an eyebrow
I mean I was exposed to none till I was 18 🤣🤣🤣
I rarely curse unless with friends, and i'm an atheist
so it's not just religious indoctrination
@CodyGray The Netherlands has a bible belt. We're living on the edge of that. Dad's definitely worse than mom, but it's still... My grandmother would never dream of commenting on a nice new outfit if it included a pair of pants, but would overload you with praise for the most drab skirt you could find.
@Magisch Don't know about the worst things, but they're definitely tools to allow people to be extremely terrible.
8:37 AM
@JourneymanGeek OK, if I had a third eyebrow, I would have raised it
I can get sweary now. Mostly in English
@Magisch Alternative theory: lingering religious undertones in your society that you no longer perceive as being connected to religion.
I mean just randomly cursing weakens your point somewhat
it depends on the objective
Astrophysics is a religion, for example
here I'm talking among friends but usually also want to convey an idea
8:38 AM
@Magisch I wish I could respond to that performatively, but I'm afraid of these blue people enforcing the rules...
@CodyGray Smurfs?
IRL I do curse once or twice per conversation (this is an extreme amount of restraint, BTW. My friends curse thrice in a sentence. Vote for me), way more often if I'm alone and cursing the hobbitses or inanimate objects.
When I'm playing video games with friends I curse regularly though
Turks are . . . very comfy with their swear words.
I only curse at my computer and the TV when they're being mean to me.
8:40 AM
@Magisch I can say I never do that :P Because I only did a multiplayer game once XD
@Tinkeringbell doh!
@Tinkeringbell Dutch biblebelt is a bit weird, cause Utrecht appears to be in the way of things
@Tinkeringbell so you grew up in a very conservative environment
Like, there's a Zeeland/Zuid-Holland part (and Katwijk), and the stretch east of Flevoland
@It'sOver this.
> Professor Albert Einstein was asked by friends at a recent dinner party what new weapons might be employed in World War III. Appalled at the implications, he shook his head.

After several minutes of meditation, he said. “I don’t know what weapons might be used in World War III. But there isn’t any doubt what weapons will be used in World War IV.”

“And what are those?” a guest asked.

“Stone spears,” said Einstein.
the retelling is quite made up, but there are proof he DID say something very similar.
8:44 AM
@BlueSoul well the one I heard was "sticks and stones"
I know that quote from Cards against Humanity :D
I guess it's catchier that way.
But he also probably wasn't the first one.
Most of the Dutch people I've met IRL & online are cool, groovy, and progressive. But the few conservative Dutch people I've encountered make the typical American Bible-Belter look like a rank amateur.
there are some earlier references:
> Joe Laitin reports that reporters at Bikini were questioning an Army Lt. about what weapons would be used in the next war. I dunno, he said, but in the war after the next war, sure as hell, they’ll be using spears!
8:45 AM
so it is also possible that Einstein was quoting something he readed
@Magisch Yes.
@JAD yes too ;)
and this could actually be a good question for Skeptics, assuming no one already asked that
So I guess there will be World Peace as soon as we stop putting words in Einstein's mouth
FGS, what did he do, other than say "God doesn't throw mice"
@BlueSoul It already was asked IIRC
@It'sOver more realistically, as soon as we manage to get extincted.
8:47 AM
"I have an approximate knowledge of many things."
Poor mice. They'll never understand quantum mechanics.
Mark Twain said that. Or an Adventure Time character.
One of those
@CodyGray The least they can do is thanking physicists for throwing cats in boxes
@It'sOver there was also the "an expert is one that know more and more about less and less.... to the point of knowing everything about nothing"
That's true. Overall, I suspect mice like physicists much better than biologists.
At least biologists don't boil their watches
They do feed the mice, even if it's weird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles green goo
8:53 AM
@CodyGray That's an experiment we now just have to have :P
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9:16 AM
@RichardsaysReinstateMonica see this question of mine and the almost duplicate here that contains a reply.
9:56 AM
@Magisch I think that right now many mods wouldn't risk to end up in Google results.
/me looks in
Wibbles requested?
wibbles mandatory.
@Tinkeringbell I blame the hand that put the Grudge Stones in the same pocket as the Pokeballs
Prolly ;)
I thought I knew things about pokemon but I guess I don't
9:59 AM
/me wibbles rapidly

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