philosophy meta-forum

Suggestions for Improvement

Sigmund

145 day(s) ago

It looks like we are getting an ant problem of sorts. What's with all the spam threads?

Speaking of ants, is there any relation?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanchard%27s_transsexualism_typology

Kaibara

145 day(s) ago

Probably time to bring back the captcha. Sad!

Bertrand

145 day(s) ago

For at least as long as we have dedicated usernames, I would suggest the ability to delete one's own posts. In addition, it would be nice to be able to edit posts for a short time after posting (e.g., 5 minutes).

Karl

This is not a bad idea. Let us think about how it could be implemented.

Bertrand

145 day(s) ago

How about a "quarantine" or "holding tank" for junk threads? This would be a way to exercise light moderation and improve the quality of content on the front page, but anyone who wants to actually read those threads go head to the subforum and see them. So don't totally censor the purposely disruptive posters, the idea is, but instead just limit their impact. This may prove necessary for the health of this forum, I think. People who don't like anonymous and lightly-moderated discussion of academic philosophy have already attempted to disrupt this and other forums with junk comments and threads (ant spam, 9/11 truther crap, "That braen es heavy gendered"). A strategy to deal with them sounds important.

Bernard

This is an interesting idea. We (the admins) would rather not impose our own views about what is a "junk" thread (aside from obvious cases like spam). Perhaps one way to go would be to put all threads with a high enough ratio of dislikes to likes (3:1 or 4:1) into a quarantine forum, as you suggest. Any other suggestion about how this might be actually implemented would be very helpful.

Bertrand

145 day(s) ago

Probably time to bring back the captcha. Sad!

Kaibara

We may well have to bring it back, at least for starting a new thread. If anyone knows of any good means of filtering spam, we would love to hear about it.

Gersonides

145 day(s) ago

How about a "quarantine" or "holding tank" for junk threads? This would be a way to exercise light moderation and improve the quality of content on the front page, but anyone who wants to actually read those threads go head to the subforum and see them. So don't totally censor the purposely disruptive posters, the idea is, but instead just limit their impact. This may prove necessary for the health of this forum, I think. People who don't like anonymous and lightly-moderated discussion of academic philosophy have already attempted to disrupt this and other forums with junk comments and threads (ant spam, 9/11 truther crap, "That braen es heavy gendered"). A strategy to deal with them sounds important.

Bernard

This is an interesting idea. We (the admins) would rather not impose our own views about what is a "junk" thread (aside from obvious cases like spam). Perhaps one way to go would be to put all threads with a high enough ratio of dislikes to likes (3:1 or 4:1) into a quarantine forum, as you suggest. Any other suggestion about how this might be actually implemented would be very helpful.

Bertrand

I don't have the technical chops to offer any helpful tips on how fight spam. I do, however, appreciate your commitment to light moderation. Thank you. It is, in my view, rather important.

Henricus

119 day(s) ago

Did someone get triggered and DDOS the metaforum?

Anyway it would be prudent to have up to date backups all the time. Whoever attacked PL's blog deleted his posts, and he had to recover them from a backup.

Anjan

119 day(s) ago

Did someone get triggered and DDOS the metaforum?

Anyway it would be prudent to have up to date backups all the time. Whoever attacked PL's blog deleted his posts, and he had to recover them from a backup.

Henricus

PL = ? Peter Ludlow? Did he have a blog that got attacked? I must have missed this.

Gaetano

118 day(s) ago

PL = Philippe Lemoine

Joachim

95 day(s) ago

The post sort order just got inverted. It's not showing the oldest first.

Bertrand

81 day(s) ago

There was a problem with posting for a little while; Alfred has fixed it. If there's a problem like that in future, please feel free to email us (don't assume we are already aware of the problem! Your message may well bring it to our attention.)

Alfred

81 day(s) ago

I've fixed the problem and, in the process, I've changed the nickname system so that nicknames are kept for ten days unless they are used, in which case the timer is reset. Unfortunately, there was no way of making this change without everyone loosing their present nicknames. Apologies!

Muhammad

77 day(s) ago

It's often impossible to post replies, one gets "error" messages. We'll see if it works here.

Bertrand

57 day(s) ago

Posting within threads is now enabled without a captcha.

Bertrand

52 day(s) ago

We've added a rudimentary caching feature for the site (which should speed things up a little), improved the way that quotes are handled, and improved the linkification system. If you have any issues with any of that (or anything else, for that matter) please let us know.

Basilides

52 day(s) ago

Thanks! Can you do anything about the Blogosphere updates? They are 5 days old. Also, would you take requests for more sites you keep track of besides LR and DN?

Bertrand

52 day(s) ago

Thanks! Can you do anything about the Blogosphere updates? They are 5 days old. Also, would you take requests for more sites you keep track of besides LR and DN?

Basilides

Thanks for pointing out the lack of updates -- we'll try and figure out what happened. Please do feel free to suggest more sites to mirror (scraping for each one needs to be set up individually, so no guarantees, but we'll do our best).

Bertrand

51 day(s) ago

We've just made (what are hopefully) some speed optimizations. As always, we'd be grateful if you let us know if we've broken anything. (If the site feels faster to you, that would be good to know too).

Octave

17 day(s) ago

Pretty please can you do something about the updates which are now 12 days old? I want you to have my traffic!

Bertrand

17 day(s) ago

Pretty please can you do something about the updates which are now 12 days old? I want you to have my traffic!

Octave

Thanks for your comment, Octave. The scraper isn't working automatically for reasons I don't fully understand. I will try to fix it at some point in the future; but since the blogosphere forum hasn't been getting much uptake, it hasn't been very high on my list of priorities. In the meantime feel free to start threads about any posts on other blogs you'd like to discuss. (And, as always, if anyone knows any Python or HTML and wants to help out with the site, please email us at philosophymetaforum@gmail.com).

Baruch

15 day(s) ago

"FFS. Do we have to manually put in paragraph tags?"

https://www.philosophymetaforum.org/topics/272/1

Franz

15 day(s) ago

Here is a paragraph...

And here is another one.

No paragraph tags needed.

(Not sure what the problem was with the post you link to).

Umberto

15 day(s) ago

Paragraph 1.

Paragraph 2.

Umberto

15 day(s) ago

It works in this thread but it failed in some other threads.

Giuseppe

13 day(s) ago

Paragraphs don't work in the first post of a new thread. They need to be put in manually.

Bertrand

12 day(s) ago

Paragraphs don't work in the first post of a new thread. They need to be put in manually.

Giuseppe

Thanks for pointing this out. It should now be fixed.

Judah

2 day(s) ago

The blogosphere commenting feature is a good idea, but if you want people to use it, it should be better integrated with the main page. It looks like very few people click on threads in that section (though that could be because there are almost no comments). I would guess it's because there's nothing drawing attention to new contributions there, outside the 5 latest comments which usually are on the latest active fight thread in the main forum.


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