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Your $220 million to the ALS bucket challenge made a difference - Business Insider
Remember the "Ice Bucket Challenge"? The money it raised funded research that actually made meaningful progress on ALS.
science  socialcomputing  upliftingnews  medicine  via:reddit 
28 days ago by mcherm
How Hacker News stays interesting
"HN moderators buried my post. It was wise curation, not censorship."
socialcomputing  HackerNews  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
january 2019 by mcherm
Online dating is so awful that people are paying virtual dating assistants to impersonate them — Quartz
People paid to flirt on dating sites in hopes of getting a phone number for their clients. Wow.
socialcomputing  dating  via:boingboing 
april 2018 by mcherm
Modern outrage is making it harder to better society - The Globe and Mail
Outrage encourages social media sharing (and tends to keep communication among the like-minded), sewing social division.
via:HackerNews  socialcomputing 
march 2018 by mcherm
Twitch detoxes chat by splitting it into separate rooms
A single giant chat room is difficult or impossible to moderate effectively.
socialcomputing  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
Why I don't use my real photo when messaging with customers on my website · Kapwing Blog
Lots of sexually harassing (and non-sexually) messages to a support agent with a female image and name; few or none with a male one.
sexism  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
february 2018 by mcherm
Birdcage liners – Joel on Software
Facebook and Twitter "feeds" evolved to maintain engagement (one by accident, the other by machine learning) at the cost of meaningful interactions.
socialcomputing  blogging  JoelSpolsky  via:JoelSpolsky 
february 2018 by mcherm
The Social Dynamics of Programming Together in Dynamicland
A weird "programming with physical objects instead of code on a screen" project and how it affects collaboration.
softwaredevelopment  via:HackerNews  socialcomputing 
february 2018 by mcherm
Trolls Hijack White-Power Sites to Discuss Color Swatches
Racist sites on Reddit taken over for humorous purposes. This is a form of trolling but it's also the best anti trolling technique I've heard of.
reddit  socialcomputing  trolling  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
After governance breakdown, Node.js leaders fight for its survival | ZDNet
1/3 of node.js board members resigned (and forked the project) when the board wouldn't jettison a member.
opensource  management  node.js  socialcomputing 
august 2017 by mcherm
Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable
A peer-to-peer Twitter clone took off when many Japanese started using it to share the pseudo child porn they find culturally acceptable but Twitter bans. In general, is this the main way second networks get started?
socialcomputing  twitter  sexoffenders 
august 2017 by mcherm
Facebook’s Safety Check is a stress-inducing flip of social norms | TechCrunch
Facebook is asking everyone in the general vicinity of a disaster to check in on Facebook or it will mark them as not checked in, thus raising fears in their friends that they have been caught up. "Disaster" can be as simple as a fire several blocks away in a major city.
facebook  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
Drupal Confessions
An open letter from several leading community members asking that the BDFL of Drupal NOT kick someone out of the community simply for participating in BDSM/Gor privately.
socialcomputing  via:slashdot  freespeech 
april 2017 by mcherm
Lost Garden: Game design patterns for building friendships
A lengthy essay on how to design online virtual games to encourage players to form friendships.
gamedesign  socialcomputing 
february 2017 by mcherm
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project
References ACTUAL RESEARCH on the "real names" question for online forums. The research (which is limited) says allowing anonymous usage doesn't lead to ruining social forums.
via:HackerNews  anonymity  socialcomputing 
january 2017 by mcherm
On Trying Not To Be Wrong | Otium
Blogs are superior to "social media platforms" in that they are structured to encourage thoughtful critical discussion.
blogging  via:SlateStarCodex  socialcomputing 
november 2016 by mcherm
How Crowdsourcing Turned On Me - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus
A few defectors ruined his attempt to win a competition using a large crowd of people.
socialcomputing  crowdsourcing  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
What I learned selling my Reddit accounts — Medium
The selling of reputation: it's actually got a pretty decent price.
reddit  socialcomputing  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
Against Interminable Arguments | Slate Star Codex
You shouldn't have a community norms that says whenever an outsider wanders buying questions anything you must immediately to send everything to that individual.
socialcomputing  via:SlateStarCodex 
march 2016 by mcherm
Is group chat making you sweat? — Signal v. Noise — Medium
An analysis of how chat programs help but can also hinder productivity. The writer is selling something, but the analysis is insightful anyhow.
softwaredevelopment  via:HackerNews  socialcomputing 
march 2016 by mcherm
How completely messed up practices become normal
How WTF practices can start, continue and be changed in software development organizations.
softwaredevelopment  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
Non-Dual Awareness | Slate Star Codex
Observation: in some professions (professor, doctor, drug dealer, lawyer) you either "made it" or you don't -- a bimodal distribution. Other professions are more continuous. This is probably driven by regulation in the form of some sort of "licensing". It is probably also a bad thing (leads to abuse, etc).
economics  socialcomputing  via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander  sociology 
october 2015 by mcherm
Freshman kicked out of school for posting false-alarm threat on Yik Yak | Ars Technica
He posted "I heard about a threat" to YikYak. He turned himself in and was NOT prosecuted, but WAS kicked out of school.
law  freespeech  socialcomputing  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2015 by mcherm
Freedom On The Centralized Web | Slate Star Codex
Free speech means the government doesn't suppress speech, but big internet companies do. This is dangerous because it's an oligopoly, protected by network effects, and protected because anyone starting a new one gets swamped with trolls and undesirables and thus can't build a good community to compete.
socialcomputing  freespeech  via:SlateStarCodex 
august 2015 by mcherm
9 questions about Tinder you were too embarrassed to ask - Vox
Some info about Tinder. Also, Bumble (started by the woman who was abused and then fired) seems like an interesting contrast.
socialcomputing  via:vox  vox 
august 2015 by mcherm
Fringe benefits of the attention economy | Jon Udell
The people who use social media a lot (and those who used it early and got a first-mover advantage) get a bunch of (unfair) benefits.
socialcomputing  JonUdell  via:JonUdell 
july 2015 by mcherm
timer - AskReddit
A mature and reasonable response to the mess this week at Reddit.
socialcomputing  reddit 
july 2015 by mcherm
The Toxoplasma Of Rage | Slate Star Codex
Extensive essay on memes and how the press (without intending it) promotes controversial stories instead of clear ones.
memes  racism  politics  socialcomputing  via:reddit 
december 2014 by mcherm
Because Reading is Fundamental
In his discussion forum software, Jeff Atwood tried to incentivize people to READ more, rather than to post more.
socialcomputing  codinghorror  JeffAtwood  via:CodingHorror 
december 2014 by mcherm
Swimming against the stream | Jon Udell
So many people decided to follow twitter and facebook instead of RSS feeds that now people aren't producing RSS feeds. But that is giving up a measure of control, and an important one. So we should work to restore the RSS feed as a tool. I fully agree.
rss  socialcomputing  JonUdell  via:JonUdell  internet 
november 2014 by mcherm
Information overload? Time to relax then | Technology | The Guardian
Instead of trying to consume every tweet/story/email, read what you can, ignore the rest, and count on repeats to ensure you don't miss important stuff.
socialcomputing  twitter  email  CoryDoctorow  via:CoryDoctorow  TheGuardian 
october 2014 by mcherm
It’s Official: AIs are now re-writing history | Robert Elliott Smith
I don't even know what to make of this. Algorithms automatically altering photographs without the user even realizing.
photography  ai  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
october 2014 by mcherm
I’m leaving Mojang | notch.net
Notch (who invented it) is leaving Minecraft. His reason is (approximately) that he wants to be a person, not a symbol, and he doesn't want to be this great leader.
minecraft  socialcomputing 
september 2014 by mcherm
Video Killed Trust in Police Officers - The Atlantic
Interesting point: starting from Rodney King and continuing to the current protests in Ferguson, the advent of video recording is what has altered the trust in police officers.
police  socialcomputing  via:reddit 
august 2014 by mcherm
How A Simple Spambot Became The Second Most Powerful Member Of An Italian Social Network | MIT Technology Review
They had a bot with an account to scan the social network. People started linking to it (since it visited them). It became one of the most influential "people" on the site. Then it was banned for being a bot.
socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
august 2014 by mcherm
Seth Mnookin: Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease : The New Yorker
They find 9 more cases of the previously-unique genetic disorder by posting about it online.
medicine  personal_net  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
july 2014 by mcherm
It’s time to engineer some filter failure | Jon Udell
The social media sites out there today do a great job of showing us stuff that agrees with our viewpoints ("echo chamber"). They make it harder to find opposing viewpoints -- but we should strive to do so anyhow.
socialcomputing  JonUdell  via:JonUdell 
january 2014 by mcherm
Google+ Invite Lands Man In Jail | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
He has a restraining order against him but Google+ apparently sent his former girlfriend an invitation. He says he didn't do anything to cause it.
law  socialcomputing  google  googleplus  via:HackerNews 
january 2014 by mcherm
One stream to rule them all (the real Facebook vs. Twitter war)
Facebook and Twitter are each trying to become each other, because both want to be the "one feed that everyone reads". Also, allowing one-way "friending" or "following" makes more money because it allows people to follow brands they like, not just connect with friends.
socialcomputing  facebook  twitter  via:JoshuaPorter  JoshuaPorter 
january 2014 by mcherm
Why I Shut Down the Forums | Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development Blog
A detailed essay describing some of the perils of trying to nurture an online community.
socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
november 2013 by mcherm
Google+ YouTube Integration: Kind of Like Twilight, Except In This Version When +Cullen Drinks BellaTube’s Blood They Both Become Mortal, But +Cullen Is Still An Abusive Creep, Also It Is Still Bad | Vi Hart
A rant about Google going downhill, spurred by the forced integration of Google+ into the comments of YouTube, but extending to Google's whole way of interacting with users.
socialcomputing  google  youtube  vihart  via:vihart 
november 2013 by mcherm
Nelson's Weblog: culture / games / toxic-behavior-in-league-of-legends
Measured in an online game culture: a tiny portion of the participants were extremely unpleasant, but most of the unpleasantness came from people who were normally well-behaved but had a bad day. Lesson: clarify community standards rather than trying to just ban bad people.
socialcomputing  via:NelsonMinar  NelsonMinar 
august 2013 by mcherm
How Paypal and Reddit faked their way to traction — Design + Startups — Medium
If your startup requires a community or network effect to work, you may have to cheat and create fake users to "prime the pump" as you launch.
socialcomputing  via:HackerNews  startup  paypal  reddit 
august 2013 by mcherm
Lost Garden: A single game as a lifelong hobby
There are people who play one game deeply for a long time (eg: chess) and others who consume games like media (a new computer game every couple of months). These are completely different consumption patterns and people don't usually cross over from one pattern to the other.
socialcomputing  gamedesign  gamedev  via:DanielCook 
august 2013 by mcherm
Nelson's Weblog: culture / games / gamer-monsters-lol-tribunal
The game had terrible participant behavior problems. They imposed a system where players report others for bad behavior then randomly selected neutral players "judge" it and can impose penalties. It is working.
socialcomputing  via:NelsonMinar 
august 2013 by mcherm
The Blog of Helios: Hacker News Folks Get Long Overdue Thanks.....
He needed immediate surgery to live. Doctors donated time, but he still needed $50,000. HN helped raise it.
politics  socialcomputing  HackerNews  via:HackerNews  healthcare 
july 2013 by mcherm
The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back. — A Programmer’s Tale — Medium
"Facebook is a failure because it is mostly presenting stuff I have no interest in."
personal_net  facebook  socialcomputing 
june 2013 by mcherm
Why Tumblr Was a Massive Steal for Yahoo – AllThingsD
Good things about tumblr: it caters to readers (who have money) not writers (they've just got time) it has highly specific interests (to more perfectly target advertising), and it has infinite scrolling but can still track what you cared about (by hearting posts).
yahoo  tumblr  socialcomputing 
may 2013 by mcherm
LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network - Interactually
LinkedIn publishes who looked at who (and that's creepy). Also they suggest people you may know based on something this author can't guess but which is also fairly creepy.
socialcomputing  linkedin  via:HackerNews 
may 2013 by mcherm
Players Who Suit MUDs: Richard A. Bartle
An analysis of the 4 motivations for players on MUDs: play to achieve within the game, play to explore the game, play to socialize with other players, and play to attack other players.
socialcomputing  gamedesign  via:HackerNews 
may 2013 by mcherm
Google Public Policy Blog: Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager
Google allows customers to specify what to do when they stop using their account (possibly because they're dead).
google  socialcomputing 
april 2013 by mcherm
Marcelo Calbucci's Blog: Google is about to learn a tough lesson
A really good point: cancelling Google Reader is really going to hurt them because it may have very few users, but the users are influencers.
google  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
The Pull Request Hack - Felix Geisendörfer
He says he adds as a committer anyone (almost anyone) who submits a patch for his open source apps.
socialcomputing  github  opensource  softwaredevelopment 
march 2013 by mcherm
Facebook Is Recycling Your Likes To Promote Stories You've Never Seen To All Your Friends - Forbes
Facebook is defining "like" as pretty much any interaction so they can send notices that you have "liked" something even when you haven't really. Good for advertising, bad for users.
facebook  socialcomputing  via:HackerNews 
january 2013 by mcherm
The Mathematics of Reddit Rankings, or, How Upvotes Are Time Travel – Built on Facts
A great example of finding a physical interpretaton to give insight into a mathematical equation. Also, a good source of ideas for MY thoughts about how news should be sorted.
math  reddit  socialcomputing  via:reddit  blogworthy 
january 2013 by mcherm
Facebook tests $1 fee for inbox access | Internet & Media - CNET News
They'd charge to message someone who is not a "friend" and have it show up where "friend" messages usually go.
monetization  facebook  socialcomputing  via:reddit 
december 2012 by mcherm
Guardian kills its Facebook social reader, regains control over its content — Tech News and Analysis
A newspaper tried distributing their stories over Facebook, but now they're abandoning that effort partly because Facebook was in control of what got pushed and when.
facebook  via:HackerNews  socialcomputing  newspapers 
december 2012 by mcherm
The Web We Lost - Anil Dash
The web used to be much more "open" before things like Facebook -- back when people owned their own blogs and thereby controlled their own presence on the web.
socialcomputing  internet  history  facebook  blogging  via:boingboing 
december 2012 by mcherm
Facebook's fragile network effects - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog
Something else could compete with Facebook despite the powerful network effects if it got started as a social network that was "cool" among young people (and Facebook was not).
socialcomputing  GabrielWeinberg  via:GabrielWeinberg  facebook 
december 2012 by mcherm
Jive Developers: Home
Information about the API for Jive (social software that powers Capital One's social intranet).
research  jive  api  socialcomputing 
december 2012 by mcherm
Social Login Buttons Aren’t Worth It | MailChimp Email Marketing Blog
Why MailChimp got rid of their "Log in with Facebook" and "... with Twitter" buttons: confuses users, makes ui complex, dilutes brand, and gives others control over your security.
socialcomputing  openid  usability  ui  via:HackerNews  webdesign  security  authentication 
october 2012 by mcherm
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