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  1. Forum:Horrendous Content

    Thread:some fish

    Thread Author:Frinckles

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: some fish◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Frinckles View Post
    some fish like salt water
    some fish like fresh water

    but we all know the best fish, they like the brackish water

    Brackish?
  2. Forum:Horrendous Content

    Thread:Poll Test, please ignore

    Thread Author:Lag

    Post Author:Helz

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    Poll: ►►Re: Poll Test, please ignore◄◄

    The obvious answer is the capital No. All the other no's are weak
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    ►►OFFICIAL 2.0 Setup of the Day Submission Thread!◄◄

    You can submit your setups here to be a Setup of the day! These setups will be cycled through as defaults coded into the map to allow more variety in games. For a setup to be considered you must include a Roles List, Minimum Player Count, Non Default Options, Time Setup, and a summary of your setup and the setups code.

    Note: Setups must be created in a specific order. Roles must be set in order so lobbies with fewer than 15 players will remove the bottom roles to balance setups. Keep in mind if you only have all evil (or town) on bottom your setup will not stay balanced with player drops and will not be considered for a SOTD.

    Spoiler : Format for submissions :

    Roles List
    List your roles with the order they will be removed to balance for player loss from bottom to top. Setups not designed to balance for player loss will not be considered

    Minimum Player Count
    The minimum amount of players required for the setup to function in a balanced manner

    Non-default Options
    List all non-default options in your setup

    Time Setup
    List options related to time and vote structure

    Summary of your setup
    State the name of your setup as well as the general concept you are going for.

    Setup Code
    Use the command -saveslots in a game

    It outputs the save slot codes to documents/sc2/userlogs

    Copy/paste the text in the SaveSlots.txt file here



    Spoiler : Example submission :
    Role List
    *put a list of set roles, randoms, etc here*

    [/COLOR]
    Example:
    1. Mafia Killing
    2. Jailor
    3. Town Protect
    4. Citizen
    5. Mafia Support
    6. Town Investigative
    7. Town Killing
    8. Neutral Killing
    9. Town Investigative
    10. Crier
    11. Mafia Deception
    12. Any Random
    13. Neutral Evil
    14. Town Random
    15. Neutral Benign

    Note: Roles from the bottom (15) and up will be removed in order at the end for the lack of players. Because of this your setup may be unbalanced and not used if you simply stick all evils or town on top. Consider what roles should drop in what order to keep your setups balanced as player counts decrease or your setups will not be used.

    Minimum Player Count
    Minimum player count 8

    Non-default Options
    All night immunities are off except for the Executioner
    Vet- Unlimited alerts
    Mafia Killing- Exclude Disguiser
    Triad Killing- Exclude Informant
    Witch- Victim knows he is controlled (Off)
    Survivor- Has 3 Bullet proof vests
    Cultist- 2 nights between conversions
    Cultist- Excluded from randoms
    Witch Doctor- Limited to 2 saves
    Witch Doctor- 1 night between saves
    Witch Doctor- Excluded from randoms
    Executioner- Target is always town (Off)
    Executioner- Becomes jester upon failure
    Executioner- Must survive to the end
    Executioner- Invulnerable at night
    Any Random- Excludes Mafia roles
    Any Random- Excludes Town Roles
    Any Random- Excludes Triad roles
    Amnesiac- New role is revealed to town (Off)
    Amnesiac- Excluded from randoms

    Time Setup
    Day Length: 1.8min
    Night Length: 0.7min
    Discussion Time: 0.5min
    Trial Length: 1.0min

    Day Type: Trial
    Start Game: Day/No Lynch
    Death Description

    Last Will Disabled
    PM Allowed
    Discussion Enabled
    Trial Pauses Day Enabled
    Trial Defense Enabled
    Choose Names Enabled

    Summary of your setup
    Name: Another day in Paradise

    Typical 8-3-3 setup with an Any Random to open up potential claims. Both investigative slots are randomized but with roles weighted towards sheriffs and sheriffs nerfed in their options not to detect roles/alignments to balance the town. Benign weighted towards survivor in hopes it will influence good sportsmanship with scum knowing they may have to get on the survivors good side to swing their vote for the win. Words words words...

    Setup Code
    Save 1
    Author:
    Save Name:
    str1: 2211001111 11 111111 1000 0 00 0100 0 01 0 1111 110 0101 100 100 1 00 100 0 1010 1 0 1 0 10010 10 1 1 1 1 1 0 11110 100 001 10 1010 10 01 100 110 10000 10010 1 11 1
    str3: 1.75 0.70 0.75 1.00
    str4: 1000 0010 1 111 101100 110 1000 1100 11100 1000 11101 000101 0 1001 11011 0 00000 000000 0 000000 00000 0000 0000 00000 00000 000000 000000 0000 00000 00000 0 000000 000000 00000 000 00000
    str5: 0 11110 100 001 10 1010 10 01 100 110 10000 10010 1 1 0
    str2: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 3 3 2 2 3
    str0: 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 14 2 3 3 2 9 11
    str6: 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
    str7: 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 2 0 2
    str8: 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  4. Forum:Archived S-FMs

    Thread:S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk

    Thread Author:Lag

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by deathworlds View Post
    Eh I always pop up for these bastard games, they're fun!
    You are more brave than me then.

    I am super picky about the hosts I will trust to play a closed setup with. Much less a bastard one.
  5. Forum:Archived S-FMs

    Thread:S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk

    Thread Author:Lag

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Lag View Post
    I warned you all, I put it in the title of the game!

    That said I think both sides had reasonable chances to win this game, and I felt it wasn't at all clear who would actually end up winning until the final day.

    Thank you all for playing! I hope you enjoyed the roles you received, I hand made each role for each player based on what they requested!
    Thank you for this experience. You did a lot of stuff I did not consider and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out what existed : )
  6. Forum:Archived S-FMs

    Thread:S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk

    Thread Author:Lag

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by deathworlds View Post
    I mean it's also been like, two years since I played on the site, maybe I shouldn't be doing meta reads
    I was about to say. Good to see you again. I think the last time we played together might have been some FM in 2015 or some shit. I did not expect to see your name pop up
  7. Forum:Archived S-FMs

    Thread:S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk

    Thread Author:Lag

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: S-FM 337: Play at Your Own Risk◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Mesk514 View Post
    Fuck you @Helz ‚̧
    <3

    I always feel bad when its over.

    Maybe more so this game because I worked so hard for the town and then had to work against all the stuffs I did.
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    ►►Re: Advice on improving D1 Performance?◄◄

    Games start with no info. As town you should work to create information from nothing. This is generally done by random voting (Which is why the first leg of D1 is generally refereed to as RVS or Random Voting Stage.) The idea is that by casting votes without reasoning people can build reasoning from those votes.

    Player C: Hello. I am a cat. Meow~
    Player A: I think Player C is a cat. Lynch all cats (Votes C)
    Player B: I think Player A is making up nonsense to push a misslynch! (Votes A)
    Player C: I agree. Lets get A (Votes A)

    ^Super simplistic version of it but from this method you take trolling into building a train with reasoning. Once real trains form people can evaluate reasoning and the game starts but the objective is to 'break' RVS. It can be done by overstating your reasoning and pushing a player or even by making yourself look scummy to draw a train onto yourself (if you are experianced enough to take the heat.)

    Past that if you are crossing over from the mod to FM I would recommend skimming this:
    https://www.sc2mafia.com/forum/showt...f-Scum-Hunting

    If you have a low attention span just read the tells and their descriptions and you will probably be starting off with a better grounding than a large chunk of FM players in the global community.
  9. Forum:General Discussion

    Thread:Fraud

    Thread Author:SuperJack

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: Fraud◄◄

    @SuperJack
    So the good thing about credit cards is that its an agreement to lend. If someone uses your credit card the burden of proof to say you made the transaction is on the credit card company and the firm it was used at. It is the most secure form of payment for that reasoning. You basically have an agreement with a lender to lend you up to X amount of money under X terms as you request it. If you did not request it you are not liable.

    I have had stuff like this happen a few times. In my experience I just file a police report and fill out some paperwork with my lender and everything gets sorted easy enough.
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    Poll: ►►Re: covid 19 vaccine◄◄

    On the issue of numbers dead from the vaccine when I looked at the CDC data set a while back I want to say it was around 20 something thousand. I was going to pull it up to reference here but it looks like now you have to get approved to view it and such. Probably to curve an anti-vax argument.

    I personally still wont get it given its effective time line. It does not look like infection rates are really being impacted. I also question how the argument changes to 'Its not suppose to prevent you from getting it, its suppose to make it less lethal if you get it' when discussions about people getting it who are already vaccinated. That basically invalidates the ethical premise for mandating it by saying 'if everyone got it the problem would go away.' And if that was the goal wouldent it make more sense to get 7.7 billion vaccinations stocked up and do everyone at once?

    Still, I think the risk of death is tiny and if they come out with one that lasts forever, or even at least 10 years or so I will probably go for it. Until that happens I don't think this pandemic will ever end.

    Something tangential I am curious about hearing you guys thoughts on is the molnupiravir treatment. I was talking with my family about it who have careers in healthcare and they saw it as the largest risk. It basically hurts the virus by mutating it which greatly increases the chances for the virus to create another stable (and potentially more deadly/contagious) variant in a virus that is otherwise extremely low mutating. Im not sure if this is something discussed in news outlets or not given I dont really use them but I have been surprised how many people I have talked to about it have not even herd of the issue.
  11. Forum:Forum Mafia Discussion

    Thread:Another idea for scum hunting

    Thread Author:Helz

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Another idea for scum hunting◄◄

    Something I have been chewing on recently in social interactions is how there is such a substantial difference between the connotation and denotation of a word. Whats interesting though is that in spite of the formal denotation of what was said in a model of communication the connotation often determines how the message is received and sent.

    For Mafia it occurred to me that many players dependence on mechanical hunting is specifically because it cuts through arguments and manipulation leaving established data. What I was considering is if a simple method could be used to break down the intentions aside from the arguments to reflect patterns as an intention indicator. If I am a wolf I could come up with creative arguments to dissuade pressure on my fellow wolf and when the arguments are examined what I have done seems reasonable but on the macro level looking at these pushes to keep a player alive or to kill a different player could help to push inductive reasoning more towards the deductive appeal that has many players attracted to mechanical aspects of the game.

    Really early thought and its already kinda done in some ways but I do not think I have ever seen a structured process with that focus and I feel like it could be effective. Im curious if anyone has already tried something along these lines and what they did.
  12. Forum:General Discussion

    Thread:you guys are idiots

    Thread Author:rumox

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: you guys are idiots◄◄

    Something that makes me laugh is how much terms are being thrown around like 'Block Chain.' Some of the wealthier people I interact with have been coming to me asking what that is and the questions they are asking reflect how little they understand about it on a level I have never seen.

    Its interesting to see how many NFT's have been self perpetuated. People buy up a bullshit item then sell it to themselves for increasing amounts to inflate the value of their portfolio at the cost of the transaction rate and exploit the drive to make money from all those people who missed the bitcoin train, the following crypto train and now want to jump on board what presented as the 'block chain' movement. There is a lot of money to be made in markets without the consumer protections and the Ponzi pump and dump scheme has a new face : )
  13. Forum:Setup Workshop

    Thread:Ban Mafia

    Thread Author:MartinGG99

    Post Author:Helz

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    [WIP] ►►Re: Ban Mafia◄◄

    I like the thought process but I feel like it misses the core of what mafia is.

    At the end of the day itís just about vote power. When town holds greater vote power than mafia the game goes on and the wolves are hunted. When the wolves gain majority itís over.

    Temporary removal of players would need to come with some benifit to the town or it would be very wolf sided. Maybe make it also the investigative function? Or maybe implement some nerfs for the scum?

    Really cool idea that could be something with some crazy counterbalance mechanics but alone it just makes the game more scum sided
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    Poll: ►►Re: S-FM 336*: (Ladder) Politico II - 12P◄◄

    /reserve

    Ending my professional obligations soon and looking forward to some games. Doubt it will be soon enough for this but one can hope : )
  15. Forum:Punished Players & Appeals

    Thread:Valknott: 1-S2-1-324571

    Thread Author:seal

    Post Author:Helz

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    {Watch List} ►►Re: Valknott: 1-S2-1-324571◄◄

    I am not going to look at or comment on the moderation decision. I was only pointing out that people in the arcade and forum are punished for hate speech.
    I don't like that this site gets a reputation just because its open minded (and it has nothing to do with arcade moderation)
  16. Forum:Punished Players & Appeals

    Thread:Valknott: 1-S2-1-324571

    Thread Author:seal

    Post Author:Helz

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    {Watch List} ►►Re: Valknott: 1-S2-1-324571◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Hermito View Post
    First off, it's hilarious you're reviewing me for racism considering literally none of the racist spamming people have ever been banned or warned as far as I can tell.
    I probably have not responded to anything in literal years as far as arcade moderation but if you believe what you said here I think the punished forums are public and you should read them..
    I do not think you have a very informed position given your statement.
  17. Forum:General Discussion

    Thread:Framing Narratives

    Thread Author:Helz

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Framing Narratives◄◄

    Something I have been thinking about lately is how substantially our interactions are impacted by the narratives created on issues. I feel like as a society we have hit a point of collapse in how we disseminate information. The outlets we use to be informed have financial and political interests in framing situations to push objectives and socially we are becoming tribal in a sense, speaking in communities that support group held ideology's.

    I was speaking with some people last week about the Rittenhouse situation and the more I looked at it the more I saw how the media voiced narrative impacted our views. In spite of shooting 3 white guys theres a lot of opinion that he is a racist. In spite of working as a lifeguard in the town and his father living there there is a widely held belief that he traveled to the city as an outsider.

    Im not trying to get into the Rittenhouse stuff. But just using those bits as examples. Maybe there is some parallel to how rumors naturally gain traction in social interactions but its very notable how prevalent it is. How situations immediately become polarized and how even when you dig for the truth its just so hard to find objective information. We live in a day where political interests are even capable of convincing masses of people that our elections are stolen resulting in violent riots.

    Im curious how everyone trys to counter this. Or even how many people take steps to try to counter this. These toxic rhetoric's result in a very real cost in our society and even in the people we get close to. Socially if someone tried to convince you that your girlfriend was cheating on you with the goal of splitting you up you might want to fight them. But how can you fight institutions that exist to profit from fostering division and hatred? Why is there such little accountability for spreading lies and how can we even insulate ourselves from this toxicity?

    On the Rittenhouse thing I probably spent 5 or 6 hours digging after it happened and I still had truckloads of misconceptions. Between misinformation campaigns and our inability to break away from our established ideology's it just makes it so easy for conversations to go badly. Even understanding our own bias and how it causes us to jump to support misinformation is just so hard to recognize, much less counter. Im curious if there is some metacognitive process that could be used to counter this and if there is some social skill that could mitigate its impact. Or even if others see it as such a substantial issue on the macro and micro levels of our lives.
  18. Forum:Circlejerk

    Thread:I'm Being Censored

    Thread Author:HentaiManOfPeace

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: I'm Being Censored◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbomber16 View Post
    Does my avatar make me look like scum? What if I said it was made by @fred
    Yours is pretty nondescript. I had more considered along the lines of an avatar being made to look innocent to give a subliminal feeling that the individual is innocent. Or I once used one that had an optical pattern which was difficult to focus on as scum thinking it may make me less memorable.
  19. Forum:Circlejerk

    Thread:I'm Being Censored

    Thread Author:HentaiManOfPeace

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    ►►Re: I'm Being Censored◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow Marshall View Post
    ...does that mean having a wolf avatar when playing FM is not optimal?!
    Hahaha

    Odd line of thought but when I first started playing FM's here I legit did avatar analysis on anons. I don't think it was worth much but at the time I legit thought there could be some AI and PR coloration with chosen avatars. (still think there probably is but its also probably so idiosyncratic you gotta meta it)
  20. Forum:Circlejerk

    Thread:I'm Being Censored

    Thread Author:HentaiManOfPeace

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: I'm Being Censored◄◄

    When I was a teenager breaking into cars I understood something very basic. People see what they expect to see. So I dressed up as a church boy wearing kakis and a polo wearing a Jesus cross when I went out to rob peoples cars. It got me out of some shit.

    I think you could consider your name and avatar while you look at bias against you. You have presented yourself in a pretty socially offensive way which probably means people will assume the worst in your posts and see you as a troll as opposed to a genuine member. That just draws from human nature.

    But I think these words are waisted because I think your trolling with them and you know exactly what your doing.
    Which begs the question- Am I censoring you by saying so because I dislike your justified beliefs, am I falling to the fallacy that comes with assumptions from people presenting themselves as a troll, or do I have some bias against you that justifies you presenting yourself as a victim?
  21. ►►Re: Critical Race Theory (CRT) and it's place in American race-relations.◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow Marshall View Post
    Lazy me who doesn't really want to/have much time to watch the 21 minutes: So she's basically saying that racialism is bad because it's based on the flawed/nonexistent concept of "race" and is in fact just racism? Or am I projecting my own views on the bit of her words I've listened to?
    Honestly I am a pretty dense speaker. A lot of what I say is like.. information dense. Her piece there is probably as dense as you could speak without using truckloads of esoteric terminology. I think I have listened to this piece 5 or 6 times now and I do not feel capable of really covering the thoughts she conveyed. If you want a brief takeaway I would say listen from 10:00 to 12:00. That bit has a holy fucking shit amount of good takes I legit had to take in bites to unpack.

    To your question she is arguing that the use in language and social structure of race is racism and that in context of social structures eliminativism practices actually work to destroy racism while reconstructionist, naturalist, and conversations positions end up perpetuating the issue.

    Honestly it would be a huge task to unpack what she is talking about but holy fucking shit this girl nails racial concepts from like.. every angle. The philosophy, popular and historical takes, sociological, pragmatic.. Its all there.
  22. Forum:Mafia Discussion

    Thread:Nerf Jailor Role

    Thread Author:Serena

    Post Author:Helz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serena View Post
    So let me get this straight, if an interro has kidnapped someone and executed. and then runs out of ammo from kidnapping and shooting, and they jail the SK. and can't execute, that person dies then? because the sk can't be roleblocked right?
    Depends on if SK kills role blockers is on if I remember correctly.

    My earlier point was that theres 2 main doctrines to balancing a game. One in which you try to quantify what optimal play is and then set the game up to have true balance. Another where you look at your player base and figure out what they do so you can just make games enjoyable for the way they are played.

    Consider Starcraft. Mathematically Zerglings and Tanks have insane DPS but because of how they are used they are considered 'balanced.' This balance is measured and modified based on how the highest tiers of players preform in tournaments and such. Every once in a while someone innovates breaking the balance and changing the meta but its re-established with patches.

    Our mod is more self-balanced. Players create setups and when a setup favors one side or one role people get angry about it forcing repicks and occasionally balance updates. If you ever decide to get into the Forum Mafia version of the game you will very quickly discover that the SC2Mod is crazy imbalanced and if you had a full group of 'competent' players the town would just laughingly stomp the scum every time.

    That said, its less about actually balancing the game so much as giving tools to players to make the game enjoyable. But to your point I very much agree that the Jailor is an extremely over powered role in many respects. Although it also depends on what options are enabled.

    Tangentially Crier was my favorite role before it had an evil counterpart simply because having an anonymous but confirmed town voice made it a citizen who could coordinate. It was very powerful in the right hands but also arguably the most skill based role but got reduced to a blathering troll at night when it lost its confirmed town status.
  23. Forum:Mafia Discussion

    Thread:Nerf Jailor Role

    Thread Author:Serena

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: Nerf Jailor Role◄◄

    It really is an op role.

    Perfect role blocking
    Near perfect protector
    Coordinates and functions as a semi investigator demanding claims
    Can kill
    Is self confirmable providing excellent lynch insulation

    At the same time though the game follows the philosophy of being balanced for how players play it as opposed to being actually balanced.
  24. Forum:Site Discussion

    Thread:Culture of moderation

    Thread Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: Culture of moderation◄◄

    I had a conversation with Lag about it last night although it became apparent to me that such patterns were much more prevalent in Arcade moderation than it FM (and to be clear I did not make this topic because of any recent FM moderation actions.)

    Independent of results this is just poking at the thought process of whats considered when deciding on punishments. The individuals history is of great pertinence in line with prior actions being the greatest predictor of future actions to protect the community as well as to rehabilitate the individual. At some point when I have time I have been considering writing up a piece on ethical considerations of moderation derived from legal concepts but this is one substantial aspect of accepted thought process.

    In a certain discord channel I have grown very fond of I recently poked at another of understanding individuals intentions behind their actions but I think the person I poked on it did not want to touch the subject when I asked them what other way they feel things should be handled which was disappointing.
  25. ►►Re: Critical Race Theory (CRT) and it's place in American race-relations.◄◄

    Sorry for yet another necro but for those interested this is probably the end point of my chasing this rabbit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StTilZ9WQYM

    Dr Sheena Mason has truckloads of great takes on the issue and breaks down the nonsense I have been fumbling about and fucking up for years. The view of eliminating the subject also makes a lot of sense to me in multiple respects and I love that she frames the issue in a way that addresses the ideology behind it. More and more I find that is what I am actually getting at in my rambling ways..
  26. Forum:Site Discussion

    Thread:Culture of moderation

    Thread Author:Helz

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    ►►Culture of moderation◄◄

    Sometimes I think about entropy. How structures slowly devolve and how this applies to social structures and their managment.

    Something that I found particularly elegant about SC2's punishment system was the principle that punishments would be treated in ratio to frequency. That there was a designated time line for escalation.

    But this was also the most neglected concept when I was Warden. It was probably near my end that I realized that the neglect of this concept created a structure that would slowly alienate our player base. I very poorly addressed this issue and I have no idea if its still a breach of the original design for moderation.

    Something I have been considering lately is how that pattern structures the growth of a forum. It may be worth considering if community growth is limited by such a structure or if its ethical to escalate punishments without regard to the growth that comes with time. I am a little lost right now between the global community as a super structure in my mind but I felt like this was worth a conversation.
  27. Forum:Site Discussion

    Thread:Retirement

    Thread Author:Voss

    Post Author:Helz

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    ►►Re: Retirement◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by Voss View Post
    I'm actually re-retiring.
    I sometimes wonder if Mafia is a life sentence.

    I hope you find the time in your life that you are looking for.
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    ►►Re: Purpose of neopronouns?◄◄

    I think a large portion of the optics of this issue comes from a very small but very vocal portion of the population. I am not going to pretend to understand the logic behind the titles and as Oops said- I have never actually seen someone get offended and push some weird pronoun although I have seen truckloads of pushing the idea of being pronoun considerate.
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    ►►Re: Bitcoin is fucking dumb and useless◄◄

    Quote Originally Posted by oops_ur_dead View Post
    I am honestly considering starting an NFT-based grift because I think people who are so GOOFY that they believe that NFTs are good deserve to get scammed for all their money.
    /sign : )
  30. Forum:News

    Thread:The Donor Thank-You Thread!

    Thread Author:Dark.Revenant

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    Sticky: ►►Re: The Donor Thank-You Thread!◄◄

    I think at some point I consolidated multiple donor lists in a staff section including more things than are on this list. Might be worth some copy-pasta to the the public thread
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    ►►Re: How can one be against philosophy◄◄

    I had some fun with a concept like this earlier this week. Helped a friend of mine with a paper she had to write for her political science degree. She was given a chapter from Paul Feyerbend's 'Against method' essentially debating the ideology of science being the end-all of discovery and if reasoning had a place in furthering science.

    There were very valid points such as Galileo Galilei figuring out that the planets orbited the sun with reasoning as opposed to the scientific method and the fact that science itself was created from reasoning making it silly to dismiss reasoning as a valid form of progression in the structure it created.

    I think its of note that a PhD is literally a doctorate in philosophy in a field. Its the mainstay of the highest level of academics even in straight deductive fields such as mathematics for a reason. Examining the potential of 'what could be' allows us to innovate and move past where we are now even if such growth is seen as intellectual masterbation.

    One example that comes to mind is William Shockley. Brilliant level of genius who was able to work outside established structures and do whatever he felt like because he was so good. The guy was a monster of a mind at bell labs (which really is saying something) but he was so good he would chase whatever tangents he fancied at the time even spending time designing and riding unicycles up and down the halls. People had no understanding of why he did the things he did and most would look at him as more of an artist than a scientist. Regardless his mental gymnastics helped create the transistors and foundation of information theory that allows me to type this message.

    I think a defining moment in my life was when I read about Kants deterministic view of innovation. Looking at mental thought as a closed loop system in which you are only able to think in terms of what you have already thought and the stimulus around you. I personally believe I am able to come up with new ways of looking at things simply because I work my mind in weird ways and dive into philosophy. It gives me that external stimulus I need to draw different conclusions from the same situations we all look at which is a very basic foundation of education as seen in the PhD programs.
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    I feel like under an automated market you would need to name it something new. Communism is more like socialism with the government dictating production as well as distribution of production which does not fit imo.

    I do not think automation could ever fully eliminate jobs. Networking and personal relationships are a huge part of business and I don't see how you could fully replace that with AI's and robots. You will always still have people in Sales, HR and management on some level and theoretically if you did have a 100% automated company nobody would be out there to advocate for legislation in its favor so I bet 'people run' companies would take advantage of it and the populous would favor taxing the hell out of it.

    Then there is the aspect of creativity. Sure there are advanced AI's out there that can design more efficient parts like this wall section for an airplane ( https://cdn.redshift.autodesk.com/20...sidebyside.jpg ) but most respects of innovation and art will always be human. Take it to the extreme and markets will always exist for 'people made stuff.' Just think of the bullshit 'handmade Amish furniture' people pay for just because they assume its hand made.

    Then you will need people to be there to fix and program the machines. One sci-fi concept I have always been interested in is the AI singularity where computers gain autonomy in designing computers which has many tangents. The most famous would probably be what's outlined in the terminator story line. But would that be so bad? Humans are fucking incompetent on the macro level and incapable of addressing problems proactively more than a few years ahead. We probably won't suffer too much from this but fast forward a few generations and I bet they will be looking back at our lives now as some golden age. I, Robot tackled some aspects of that problem.

    Another thing that comes to mind is what would happen to people if they did not need to work. People who retire often die within 10 years of quitting work. I can speak from personal experience for both myself as well as the people I work with that when you don't have that 'reason' to get out of bed in the morning and some level of structure in your life most people fall apart.

    Just a few things that come to mind. I would be very curious about how an automated market would interact with a human-driven government. Those dynamics would be very interesting to consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HentaiManOfPeacesGhost View Post
    You know what would be a better idea? Naming teams based on that cities' most searched keyword on PornHub.

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    AL EAST

    Tampa Bay Trumpers (Trump #1)

    Boston Students (College)

    New York Footjobbers (Footjob #1)

    Toronto Lesbians

    Baltimore Backshots (Cumbacks)

    AL CENTRAL

    Chicago THOTs

    Cleveland Cougars (Cougars #1)

    Detroit Facesitters (Facesitting)

    Kansas City Chubbies (Chubby)

    Minnesota POVs

    AL WEST

    Houston Sexmex (Sexmex #1)

    Seattle DPers (Double Penetration)

    Oakland Swaggers (Swag #1)

    Los Angeles Hatefuckers (Swag #2)

    Texas Latina Princesses (Sexmex #2)

    NL EAST

    Atlanta Ticklers (Tickling)

    Philadelphia Fat Asses (Fat Ass #1)

    New York Feet Appreciators (Footjob #2)

    Miami Trumpers (Trump #2)

    Washington Voters

    NL CENTRAL

    Milwaukee Bondages

    St. Louis Unplanned Parents (Accidental Creampie)

    Cincinnati Cougars (Cougars #2)

    Chicago THOTs

    Pittsburgh Big Booties (Fat Ass #2)

    NL WEST

    San Francisco Brutal Lovers (Swag #3)

    Los Angeles Roughriders (Swag #4)

    San Diego Conquistadors (Swag #5)

    Colorado Anus Lovers (Tushy)

    Arizona Navajos
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    I know how hard it is to walk away from a long term project you care about and how it feels to force yourself to push on working on it when it costs you moments in life. I hope this decision brings you enjoyment and if it matters I think what you did do was huge. I can not imagine how many hours you poured into it all but itís good to see you putting yourself first.
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    Lots of good points. And to be fair I only made the argument I did because it tickled my brain and I felt like it could make for an interesting discussion.

    I suppose as pointed out the question has to be clarified. When saying 1+1=2 do the numbers refer to an abstract designation of quantity or are they talking about 2 physical things? And past that even if they are physical things the most prominent model of quantum physics (to my very limited understanding) is string theory and its variations which speaks to the smallest particles being 2 dimensional strings so with that thought cutting up the 3 dimensional sphere would invalidate my entire line of thinking even if we were to say that the 1s refers to real physical objects.

    Yxb also gave me some brain candy I had never considered in refuards to how to pick apart this problem. I do love a good rabbit hole.
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    Sorry, thereís just no way for me to play when working on the rig.
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    I will replace in or play depending on the timeline.
    I am a ghost for the next 2 or 3 weeks but I love this game concept
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    Quote Originally Posted by yzb25 View Post
    Through the use of the Axiom of Choice, we can cut a sphere into finitely many pieces that can be rearranged and put back together as two balls, yes. However, this does not in any way imply 1+1>4. The difference is you're taking an infinite set of points (the points of a sphere), cutting them up in some fucked way and rearranging them to make two infinite sets that are the same as the prior set, rather than finding a way to literally make one single item into two.
    I did not expect to go down this rabbit hole yet again. But I very much enjoy doing so (made a small edit in red to rephrase my argument correctly). One lesson I have been chewing on for the last month or so is how ideology is the enemy of free thinking. With that in mind I feel like I can phrase this argument differently than I ever have before.

    Quote Originally Posted by yzb25 View Post
    That, of course, still may not sound logical - like you're taking something of 1 volume and producing something with 2 volume. But the key thing to note is that these smaller pieces are unmeasurable. That effectively means it's not possible to apply traditional notions of volume or mass to these broken up pieces. Axiom of Choice gives us the power to make constructions that can't exist in reality, and one type of construction is these weird, fractal-y fucked up partitions that lack a well defined notion of volume.
    The fact you see them as unmeasurable does not mean that they are. Sure we are diving deep into the theoretical side of math but we are very ignorant of our reality. For example- What is 1 divided by 3? Unmeasurable. Take that same number in a number scale of twelve and what is a third of a foot? 4". Change the model from base 10 to base 12 and it can be solved perfectly.

    Sure, the way we use math right now we can not explain this proof but it is a proof and the only way to invalidate it is to invalidate math itself. My argument here is just a slightly more complex version of my response to Oops but with much deeper reasoning. Consider my premise that ideology is the enemy of free thinking. What we have to dismantle here is the idea that math as we understand it is encompassing.

    Think about the concept of 0. It took a long time to come up with and its implications were huge. I am sure people then thought they understood math but something so simple was a huge mind bend to them. So why should we think we are different? We understand reality in 3 dimensions with general exploration of the potentials of 4 dimensions but we have no clue how many there are. We understand the periodic table of elements as we have discovered and measured it and we have even stretched it pretty far creating things in labs that did not exist naturally but who is to say we do not understand the equivalent of the concept of 0 when it comes to chemistry when we have little understanding about 95 - 27% of matter that exists as 'dark matter.'

    Then theres the two accepted models of physics from Newtonian to Quantum which do not seem to line up. Both seem valid although the Quantum is newer and less understood. Diving into it something as simple as the exact position of a particle is considered unmeasurable. Schrodinger's cat was considered blathering nonsense until Quantum physics was accepted so it brings up a question of where you want to draw a line. Its cute to say its as simple as 1+1=2 but that is not anywhere close to the whole story and we are honestly so ignorant of our ignorance its tough to accept what 'could be.'

    I personally hope there is some parallel between wavelengths of particles and cognitive connections so science is validated but everything in me tells me we are hardly scratching the surface of what we don't know. For the most basic answer I would point out some base level of quantum physics could be the equivalent of what 0 once was.

    The understanding of our ignorance is the beginning of knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oops_ur_dead View Post
    I am firmly of the belief that math is abstract nonsense that lines up with reality sometimes. Hence, 1+1=2 because that is what we have defined it to be.
    We have also defined complex mathematical concepts to be every much as valid as simple mathematical concepts (such as 1+1=2) so invalidating math as abstract nonsense and then referencing math is a severe contradiction. We must either question the nature of mathematics at its core or disregard it entirely- but in either situation 1+1=2 is no longer an acceptable premise with that reasoning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oops_ur_dead View Post
    I was ready to elaborate on my stance. I said my mind won't be changed which was absolutely true, same how nobody will change my mind on 1+1=2.
    I duno. BanachĖTarski paradox strongly suggests that 1+0= >2. I could regurgitate the proof to you or you could see it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banach...h_of_the_proof but either way there is a very substantial argument that 1+1 does not equal 2 assuming mathematics is a language that reflects reality and is not just abstract nonsense that just lines up well (although thats a debate in itself)
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    I couldn't answer some of those questions. Took a practice test and I got 14 out of 20 right. https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/ci...tice-test-2008 for those interested (although I have huge gaps in my knowledge most Americans probably don't)

    There are tons of questions I just do not understand the point of. Asking what day you have to file taxes by? Hell yeah that matters being a citizen. Asking to name an Indian tribe that existed before America or the exact date a law was passed....? What makes someone more able to function within our society by knowing that?
    Yet things I feel like would help society function such as simply establishing a common language or knowledge of how to use the functions within society are largely ignored. "What number do you call in case of an emergency" would be an obvious example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbomber16 View Post
    I disagree with your point about it requiring context. I think the Dubai requirements are bullshit, just as I think the American requirements are bullshit. I will still have a stronger opinion about the American requirements because itís the country that I live in. I can vote on representatives to make legislature about citizenship reform. I canít do that in Dubai. My voice on that opinion actively doesnít matter so I do not care to voice it.
    I take more issue with Mexico. To say 'Were going to take all your shit when you die unless your a citizen' and then turn around and make it a huge pain to become a citizen.. Thats just dirty.
    But I guess the country is more honest about being corrupt than America.
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    Honestly we have kinda gone twards nicknaming organizations that are so douche they act woke. Anyone remember the Washington Dildos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbomber16 View Post
    I'm not saying everywhere else is great. I'm saying that locking down citizenship behind a paywall for a college student is stupid. It would be stupid in another country too.
    Agreed.

    I do feel like the voiced position of 'American citizenship needs reform' should be placed in context with other countries citizenship though. Its a relative question to say if 'this location is being unreasonable' and I have never herd about anyone calling out Dubai having some 500k a year minimum income requirement to become a citizen. If we are just about equality shouldn't we be advocating to allow all the poor people in India into Dubai? (Someone is going to pick up on the unspoken joke there)

    On the just dunking on America page I have no clue about that financial requirement and I have worked with quite a few immigrants as the got their citizenship through the oil field, construction and general business in the south. Maybe its new? I just duno. The thing I always talked shit about though was all the weird shit required to be an American. They had to memorize all sorts of stuff I had no idea about and I lived here a large portion of my life. I had this driller I worked with named Chris who was born in Mexico but lived in America sense he was some months old and was more American than I was in many ways but when he was working on his practice test every third question I had no fucking clue what the answer was.
    Just saying.. I duno about the 1k nonsense but when citizens of a country can not pass the requirements to become a citizen of their own country somethings kinda fucked up. (although again I don't think its fair to act like America is the worst or even unreasonably dicks about their process when you look at country's of wealth)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbomber16 View Post
    It also costs $1000 to become a US citizen, something that one of my classmates is dealing with currently.
    Its worth looking at the citizenship requirements of other countries when speaking about Americas problems.

    My buddy has been working on becoming a citizen in Mexico for over 10 years and having hell. He only wants to because his land holdings will revert to the government when he dies and only citizens can pass stuff down to their children.

    Not saying its not terrible but people act like America's process is so terrible while the rest of the worlds is so great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lag View Post
    Really the system is set up as a way to stop people from doing things such as: owning a US based business but living in a place with no income tax to get around having to pay tax on the profits you're making within the US
    I kinda feel like it failed if that was its intent. Deferral allows U.S. multinational corporations to forego taxes on profits of their foreign subsidiaries until they are paid as dividends to the U.S. parent company allowing most of our big tech companies to dodge taxes at an insane rate. Always tickles me when thats seen in contrast to how they push 'progressive' ideas and government spending like they care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lag View Post
    There is the FEIE - Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. FEIE lets you exclude the first $108,700 you earn abroad from US taxes.

    Additionally there are Foreign Tax Credits which allow you to receive tax credits for income that is already taxed and paid to a foreign country.

    So, do Americans have to pay US taxes even if they're expats living abroad? Technically yes, but for "normal" people that amount of taxes they have to "pay" is usually $0. The system is set up in this way to prevent people that are sufficiently wealthy from obtaining foreign citizenship in a country like Qatar with no income tax, and claiming their 7 or 8 figure incomes in those countries to get around paying US income tax.

    (Not to say that tax loopholes don't exist, but like at least the absolute lowest hanging fruit of loopholes like that one don't exist)
    This is accurate. The foreign work I did in the past was tax free even when reported although I never reported over 100k.

    I also remember people signing up for re-enlistment bonuses in Iraq and Afghanistan and if their bonus was somewhere over 100k they were briefed they would be taxed.

    -edit
    I actually believe many countries have something similar although someone else would have to speak to the details.
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    It may be important to disentangle the idea of morals from sociological 'norms'

    The unwritten code of conduct for our society establishes some behaviors we should follow and some that are unacceptable but its hardly immoral to walk down the street in your underwear while its moral to wear a swim suit that covers the exact same amount of skin.

    Any objective standard of morality would need to function outside of that gap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbomber16 View Post
    Oops will say what he wants to say over what literally anyone wants him to say/what oops should probably say (nothing at all).
    Honesty holds value even when its someone looking you dead in the eye and telling you that you are an idiot.

    Has Rev ever been less real? I remember the time I sorted like 900 bug reports to come to a hand full that actually still existed and when I brought them up his response to some Bus Driver issue was "Fuck your BDSM orgies."
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    Quote Originally Posted by HentaiManOfPeacesGhost View Post
    I nominate the admins.

    Seriously, "goofy" is a legitimate slur and the Canadian sources you're asking are denying it to troll me and the admins so they can make some faux pas in Canada when they visit.

    You'd think having some college-level educated admins and from learning about actual evils that stopping discrimination is the very first action to take against marginalizing vulnerable minorities such as myself. But instead they look the other way and actually enable it just because they're not from the country where it is a slur.

    It's a joke honestly considering how Nazis have started with enabling hate against Jewish people, actively harassing them, seized their properties, forced them into ghettos, and then sent them to concentration camps to work, starve, and/or die. And these same human evils have been repeated in many years before and after that, such as the Holodomor by USSR's Stalin, the Rwandan Genocide by Hutus, and recently the genocide of Muslims in Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi and her violent buddhists.

    What's next? Are the admins going to invade Canada and seize my properties like the evil communists they are?
    There is an issue in the community you are talking about. Might be worth making a separate thread on if you want to have a conversation about ethical moderation or the considerations that should govern decisions. I feel like making that 'this' is just going to destroy a topic that means quite a bit to me and entangle it with video game politic nonsense I do care about but needs to be handled separate from this subject.
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