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Everything Else / Re: Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:53:49 pm »
Or like, the 'suggested videos' sidebar on YouTube used to be a semi-fixed, mappable thing.
The comment section had clickable page numbers.
There were community sections.

You knew other people were seeing what you were seeing, and you could give them directions, or go back and find something by following a path you'd just gone down. There was a sense of a digital physical space to explore, and not these hyper-personalized, individual content streams.

Those streams feel weirdly isolating and recursive now, honestly. Like I'm being fed back what I supposedly like based on whatever category sites like that think I fall into? But it just makes everything feel all same-ish and monotonous?

I apologize if I'm not making sense, or not explaining myself well.

Everything Else / Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:35:29 pm »
On what is probably a completely unrelated note to everything else going on right now, this is going to sound weird, but has Google been getting steadily worse as a search engine over the last few years?

The results seem less and less relevant to what I'm actually trying to find, and more and more spammy.
Also I have to really wrangle it into searching for what I actually want it to search for. (Put individual words in quotes, hit verbatim, do a whole bunch of other stuff).

When I go to Google News and click 'read more' on a story cluster, it brings me to a nicely laid out page, but it doesn't actually show me stories in the cluster I just clicked on?

It's like the bones and connective tissues of the internet are getting sleeker but less functional/useful/informative/illuminating/educational?
Like the edges of the whole experience are being sanded off and heavily processed, and harder to actually steer or navigate in an exploratory sense?
Like it's harder to use it to discover cool internet things that aren't already deeply meme-ified and mediated?
I don't know how to put it properly. I'm feeling a similar vibe with certain parts of Wikipedia now compared to Wikipedia a few years back?

Has anyone else noticed this? The question's not just limited to Google.

Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:28:34 pm »
Oh hey it is November!
You know what that means?

Because I don't. I don't know what anything means anymore. I took a quiz to tell me what kind of quiz I was and it told me I was a dumb quiz. The world is and has always been confusing.

Also please don't let this community die.

I know it's slightly more work than some places, but it's the only place online I don't feel like my participation is being soul-crushingly gamified by a points/likes system, or picked apart for a corporate branding agenda, or the political machinations of Russian internet trolls or someone else.

A lot of the huge other social sites leave me with this weird sick unsatisfied empty feeling, like everyone's competing and trying to destroy each other and there's no warmth.

We have had our ups, downs, problems, and undeniable drama here. It's not as fast paced as some other places. But I genuinely feel better after spending time here than I do sooo many places online. I don't know.

A crowd-sourced, algorithm based editorial voice isn't necessarily bad, but it gets reaaaal tiresome and repetitive.
I want this place, flaws and all.

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:36:42 pm »
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Everything Else / Re: Forum very dead, much empty
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:31:59 pm »
Lies and slander.
I was just waiting for someone else to jump in so that I would know it was safe.
Also I'm busy with managing my recent ADHD diagnosis, for real.

Also thank you and I hope you are well.

Podcasts / Re: My new podcast!
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:53:38 am »
Cool stuff!

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:58:24 pm »
Hydro. Hydro is this Peter Pan Goes Wrong? Hydro. Oh My Goodness. I just started watching the video but oh my goodness thank you oh my yes good yes.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Election
« on: August 19, 2017, 12:00:56 am »
Rosie O Donnell asked to play Bannon.
Zach Braff asked to play Stephen Miller.
Billy Baldwin asked to play Eric Trump.

If there's one important thing I'm to learn from all this, it's that famous people are just as eager to get Lorne Michaels to put them on Saturday Night Live as I am.

Site News / Re: How about an Online Games Section?
« on: August 06, 2017, 08:01:17 pm »
Thank you both. Even in trying times, top brand is something to believe in.

Site News / Re: How about an Online Games Section?
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:57:45 am »
Hi Nikocruz! 11 and a half years later, it turns out the PC Games section has worked just fine for posting about Online Games!

To my knowledge, you're still 100-percent welcome to post about online games there!
I hope that clears things up!

Art / Re: Daily Drawing - July 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:02:43 am »
But town is where I live.

Art / Re: Daily Drawing - July 2017
« on: July 30, 2017, 11:46:11 pm »
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That depends on how you interpret this video.

Art / Re: Daily Drawing - July 2017
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:18:10 pm »
I keep forgetting to mention that these are amazing and you are incredible.

Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:14:07 pm »
I copied the share link properly, I think, so this will allegedly get you there:

Everything Else / Re: Random Image Extravaganza
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:06:52 pm »
Hey, liquid wood is vital to my treepunk fantasy settings.

I'm really into worldbuilding right now, but I'm starting small. So far I've decided there's a chair.

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