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Say no to John Snow ;o)

by frankus (Priest)
on May 24, 2002 at 15:30 UTC ( #169109=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Node Tension

"Oh yeah, ooh, ah, that's how it always starts, but then later there's running, then screaming".

Originally I liked this idea, but viewing votes for a post is often irrelevant.
It is the replies that make people think hard, and possibly vote.

I rarely down-vote a node, instead I upvote reasoned replies.
This is where the real tension lies.
The difference, in votes, between a node and it's children seems a better benchmark of interesting nodes.
For me, the statistical wobble of one node doesn't offer insight into the consensus of opinion, whilst it is amusing.
Part of that amusement is seeing people react superficially to the wording of a post.

It takes effort to reply, or view replies, more so than clicking a check box in one of the main areas..

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Brother Frankus.

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Re: Say no to John Snow ;o)
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on May 24, 2002 at 15:39 UTC
    That, my friend, is an excellent thought. Measuring tension by thread rather than by node would indeed be more interesting to me than a single node. Any thoughts on how to represent thread tension concisely? I'll have to mull on that one for a while.

    Matt

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[ambrus]: (b) a good presentation system that lets the presenter quickly interactively edit the slides live during a presentation, to combine the advantages of blackboard and overhead slide styles in modern tech
[Corion]: Heh - in university, I cheated on (a) by doing blackboard presentations using chalk. But those were 2 hour presentations, not quick/essential/ reduced presentations where you want to show something quick
[ambrus]: (either on just one screen or two screens). this is necessary because
[ambrus]: overhead slide plus blackboard is inconvenient because the lighting conditions are different and they require separate areas you can't quickly repartition, and typing on keyboard is faster and more convenient than writing on a blackboard
[Corion]: (b) would be cool. I've thought about this doing Pod editing, and even simply regenerating/live updating the browser makes things much more interactive
[ambrus]: modern computers have way enough processing power to allow this, at least for geeks who are willing to spend a few weeks to learn a tricky new user interface like vim
[Corion]: ambrus: Well, for mathematical notation, I find blackboard much more convenient than a computer. But when inserting text or moving text around, the computer wins obviously
[ambrus]: But either of these is a big problem in practice, so I'd need to spend like thirty years of my life to solve (a) and five more years to solve (b)
[ambrus]: Corion: yes, CURRENTLY the blackboard is more convenient
[ambrus]: and it's not like I want to ban blackboards anyway

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