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General Discussion » Ask the mods anything » Post 19996

Ciaran
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友情は魔法だ
@Cosmas-the-Explorer
Japanese does have a Latin script. It’s called Romaji.
If you think English is acquisitive, you haven’t seen nothing. Japanese eats every other language it ever encounters.
The only difference is that it keeps track of where words come from. In English, for example, you don’t have to remember that Coffee is a loan word in order to be able to spell it right.
I don’t use Japanese much any more, but I used to use it almost daily, and lived and worked in Tokyo on and off for almost 10 years.
I still test Japanese operating systems and apps, though, and sometimes help with translations, like here, so I guess I still use it sometimes.
@saby
I’m almost the opposite. I can say things I would never be able to read.
@TheGamerPainter
I love the idea, but what are you talking about? Is that a thing?

Generals » Who was the Chris Chan of this fandom? » Post 164

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Muh themes!
@Beau Skunky
I had a few theories, but I decided to do some research by reading the CWCki.
I used to play D&D with an autistic person, and there’s one moment I’ll always remember:
The movie Biodome came up, and he said that he hated that movie. So I asked him if he hated it because he hated it, or because the Nostalgia Critic reviewed it. He gave me a defeated “shut up…”. So it can be hard to know whether an autistic person actually believes something, or if they’re just repeating something.
So here are some of the reasons why Chris never learns from his mistakes:
  • To navigate the world, you need some kind of belief system to test things against. Like with the above example, it’s often unclear what, if anything, Chris actually believes.
  • Chris legitimately does not understand how the world works.
  • Owing to the fact that he grew up in a time when internet safety wasn’t as well-understood as it is today, he had a poor grasp of it.
  • Learning from one’s mistakes requires one to swallow their pride. Chris’ ego is too big for that.
  • Speaking of ego, in the heyday of Christory, the formula for trolling him was extremely simple: appeal to his ego or dangle something he wants in front of him. The prospect of getting something he wanted tended to outweigh the risks.

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129388

doloresbridge
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Peace to all
This will be interesting The Supreme Court maybe getting ready to overturn Roe v Wade. Pay attention to this bit here though:
The disclosure of Alito’s draft majority opinion – a rare breach of Supreme Court secrecy and tradition around its deliberations – comes as all sides in the abortion debate are girding for the ruling. Speculation about the looming decision has been intense since the December oral arguments indicated a majority was inclined to support the Mississippi law.
Under longstanding court procedures, justices hold preliminary votes on cases shortly after argument and assign a member of the majority to write a draft of the court’s opinion. The draft is often amended in consultation with other justices, and in some cases the justices change their votes altogether, creating the possibility that the current alignment on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could change.
My side is already grumbling over the court docs being leaked but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the leak originated from the conservative side of the court, testing the waters for backlash. Not a lot of people recall when the Supreme Court turned away 10 gun right cases despite its lean right now. Lots of politics within the court and don’t be surprised if someone might have cold feet and this still doesn’t go through.
EDIT/UPDATE: Barricades supposedly up at the Supreme Court.

Generals » The Cringe Thread [Possible NSFW] » Post 28164

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Pomegranates :P
So did she come out of a test tube LOL?
She seems to have a myopic view of what it means to be a woman if she automatically assumes that is all what mothers do.
Radical Feminists have become the worst enemies for women.
And comparing extremes.
Alas, I know at least one person on this site I believe would agree with her.

Pony Discussion » Unpopular opinion time » Post 169473

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129330

doloresbridge
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@Kiryu-Chan
Heard about this but didn’t get the chance to read it at the time. This is a interesting read, though I am not sure this means exactly what a lot of people would say it means.
This effect is strongest in Canada (Liberals 43% vs Conservatives 167%) and the United Kingdom (Labour 112% vs Conservatives 176%). In both countries the Prime Ministers and members of the Government are also Members of the Parliament and are thus included in our analysis. We therefore recomputed the amplification statistics after excluding top government officials. Our findings, shown in SI Fig. S2.,remained qualitatively similar. When studying amplification at the level of individual politicians (Fig. 1C), we find that amplification varies substantially within each political party: while Tweets from some individual politicians are amplified up to 400%, for others amplification is below 0%, meaning they reach fewer users on ranked timelines than they do on chronological ones.
We repeated the comparison between major left-wing and right-wing parties, comparing the distribution of individual amplification values between parties. When studied at the individual level, a permutation test detected no statistically significant association between an individual’s party affiliation and their amplification. We see that comparing political parties on the basis of aggregate amplification of the entire party (Fig. 1A-B) or on the basis of individual amplification of their members (Fig. 1C) leads to seemingly different conclusions: while individual amplification is not associated with party membership, the aggregate group amplification may be different for each party. These findings are not contradictory, considering that different politicians may reach overlapping audiences. Even if the amplification of individual politicians is uncorrelated with their political affiliation, when we consider increases to their combined reach, group-level correlations might emerge. For a more detailed discussion please refer to SI Section 1.E.3.
Our fine-grained data also allows us to evaluate whether recommender systems amplify extreme ideologies, far-left or far-right politicians, over more moderate ones [37]. We found that in countries where far-left or far-right parties have substantial representation among elected officials (e.g. VOX in Spain, Die Linke and AfD in Germany, LFI and RN in France) the amplification of these parties is generally lower than that of moderate/centrist parties in the same country (see Fig. S1). Finally, we considered whether personalization consistently amplifies messages from governing coalition or the opposition, and found no consistent pattern across countries. For example, in the United Kingdom amplification favors the governing Conservatives, while in Canada the opposition Conservative Party of Canada is more highly amplified
Note, I am quoting from the PDF, there was significant formatting issues copy pasting parts of this and I tried to fix it as best I can but some could have still slipped past me.
Lots of interesting stuff to highlight here that would probably get lost in the argument that I would imagine play it. So, before I give my two bits on the US portions of this I think it is worth to consider that this shows a lot of wide reaching effects of there machine learning algorithm versus there old control group in the old system.
It was argued by some at the time that the algorithm was boosting tweets based on outrage. Kind of twitters MO. conservative politicians would be more likely than to be mocked/argued with and is still based on real audience interaction over some sort of artificial favoritism out of manipulation for conservative causes. Look at the graphs on page 4 for example. Notice how the Democrats in the House are much closer to Republicans in amplification then the ones in the Senate? The Democrats have far more super stars in the house and that is where the energy is while in the Senate, you may have Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but the majority of the rest don’t have that energy, progressive or not, and a lot of them are seen by the base as old and stuffy. Most Republican Senators lack strong online followings as well for similar reasons but still certainly have tweets get attention from resist Twitter and whomever else calling them out. It does fit.
Does all the data fit that though? I don’t know. I need more information on dynamics. Especially on of the non Anglosphere countries before I can make that judgement and I am not really sure this is a silver bullet where someone can argue that wipes away all of my sides grievances with the platform. Still, thanks for the link, it was a interesting read and I hope to read through it further later when I have more time.
Experimental Setup
Below we outline this experimental setup and its inherent limitations. We then introduce a measure of algorithmic amplification in order to quantify the degree to which di erent political groups benefit from algorithmic personalization. When Twitter introduced machine learning to personalize the Home timeline in 2016, it excluded a randomly chosen control group of 1% of all global Twitter users from the new personalized Home timeline. Individuals in this control group have never experienced personalized ranked timelines. Instead their Home timeline continues to display Tweets and Retweets from accounts they follow in reverse-chronological order. The treatment group corresponds to a sample of 4% of all other accounts who experience the personalized Home timeline. However, even individuals in the treatment group do have the option to opt out of personalization (SI Section A). The experimental setup has some inherent limitations. A first limitation stems from interaction effects between individuals in the analysis [3].
In social networks, the control group can never be isolated from indirect effects of personalization as individuals in the control group encounter content shared by users in the treatment group. Therefore, although a randomized controlled experiment, our experiment does not satisfy the well-known Stable Unit Treatment Value Assumption (SUTVA) from causal inference [14]. As a consequence, it cannot provide unbiased estimates of causal quantities of interest, such as the average treatment effect (ATE). In this study, we chose to not employ intricate causal inference machinery that is often used to approximate causal quantities [17], as these would not guarantee unbiased estimates in the complex setting of
Twitter’s home timeline algorithm. Building an elaborate causal diagram of this complex system is well beyond the scope of our observational study. Instead, we present findings based on simple comparison of measurements between the treatment and control groups. Intuitively, we expect peer effects to decrease observable differences between the control and treatment groups, thus, our reported statistics likely underestimate the true causal effects of personalization.
A second limitation pertains to the fact that differences between treatment and control group were previously used by Twitter to improve the personalized ranking experience. The treatment, i.e., the ranking experience, has therefore not remained the same over time. Moreover, the changes to the treatment depend on the experiment itself.
This also could be issues with the data. Especially if their algorithm was changed around over time.
@Penguin Dragneel
It’s still a big website that can’t simply be moderated 100% all the time. The way Twitter works, I am not sure it ever could. I don’t think it is any pro-right wing bias among it’s employees, that is for sure.
without explanation banned /r/rojava
I believe it was suspected that Turkish accounts had mass reported the sub but I heard that accusation second hand.

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129309

Meanlucario
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Is that a 5*?
There’s not all that much about Elon Musk that I really like. His cars are buggy beta tests and he seems to be a flaky, all over the place kind of guy. But he does have some interesting sides and ideas as well. 14 hours ago he tweeted this:
Wait, so Elon isn’t progressive, just lets things happen than complains about the world moving without him, blaming others for his refusal to grow and adapt?

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129261

silbasa
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There’s not all that much about Elon Musk that I really like. His cars are buggy beta tests and he seems to be a flaky, all over the place kind of guy. But he does have some interesting sides and ideas as well. 14 hours ago he tweeted this:
Exact same thing happened to me.

Pony Discussion » Unpopular opinion time » Post 169386

Cosmas-the-Explorer
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@CORDZ2000
I myself wouldn’t mind seeing that.
Season 9 Discord was interesting because he did crazy stuff to help Twilight. I think it’s an interesting idea. I’d even say I actually dont mind Discord not taking down King Sombra to test Twilight since there actually was no likely chance of failure unlike Discord when he became Grogar which was actually risky.
@Vivace
It’s a balancing act. I don’t want him to be a complete goody two shoes of course. I just want it to be balanced in how he acts.

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129210

Background Pony #CE21
@Zincy
I don’t know if not using the lemon test would really weaken the seperation, or isn’t consistent with constitutionalism. It really depends on the method they use and whether that is consistent. The lemon test has already been criticized and hasn’t always been used since it may not be the beat tool. It really seems to come down to what method they decide to use when they make their decision.

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 129207

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Part-time Pizza Cat
A public school coach held very public prayer sessions after games, on the field, with both teams. He was eventually made to stop doing that when some parents said that their kids felt pressured to join in at the risk of being excluded or mistreated for not participating. He acquiesced at first, opting instead to do private prayers himself. Except he didn’t, instead he would walk out onto the field himself and make a big show of it at the goal line. He also went on a bunch of talk shows and encouraged “supporters” to join him. Eventually, it got to the point where his supporters would rush the field to join him, even trampling a young band member at one event.
The school put him on leave, and eventually terminated him when he refused to stop the practice.
He sued, and now the SC is looking close to gutting the Lemon test and weaken the Coercion test. Doing either of those would greatly weaken the separation of church and state.

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Pony Discussion » What I want from My Little Pony Generation 5 in the future (Make your Mark and the specials) » Topic Opener

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When I think of My Little Pony, I don’t think of alicorns, I don’t think of magic, magicians, redesigned changelings, manipulating ponies or swapping cutie marks. That might sound strange to some of you, but what I do think are vulnerable ponies who are determined to learn about friendship, appreciate what they have learned and face dangerous conflicts. That to me is My Little Pony. Maybe it’s because I love the Mane 6 and the 2017 movie, but the franchise at its core is about well written characters that are up against nearly impossible odds, facing a conflict and learning something from that experience. Millions of people love the Mane 6 because they had an unbreakeable emotional connection with them. They root for these little ponies.
I’ve been a fan of My Little Pony since November of 2011, but I am an even bigger fan of the art of storytelling in films and TV shows. I already had a positive impression of the film A New Generation and I like Tell your Tale for what it is (with very short episodes, it’s hard to say “this was a waste of my time”), but if all the upcoming material of G5 (Make your Mark and the specials) is fun and exciting, I will be excited for the future.
So, what do I personally wanna see in G5?
First of all, the cutie marks need to go back to be established as a symbol that represents your unique talent, maturity and individual identity. It’s impossible to avoid the Starlight argument since she was the only unicorn in Friendhip is Magic who swaps and extracts cutie marks like nothing. In Call of the Cutie it was established that the cutie marks are something that a little pony obtains once they discover their talent. It was a beautiful idea that added some layers of humanity in the characters. I could understand that someone like Tirek would absorb the talent of other ponies and make the cutie marks disappear since it’s a dramatic element that shows there were stakes in the season 4 finale. Unfortunately, with Cutie Map, I think it completely rewrote the established rules and lore about cutie marks. It severely invalidates the personal aspect and the point of having a cutie mark. When you have a talent, you perfected it and you make a living with your own talent and effort, that doesn’t matter anyway because Starlight is gonna take that away from you whenever she wants and however she wants. And I think it shouldn’t have been this way. It’s like watching a human with magical powers playing God. It feels wrong, especially for someone who ended up being a main character.
Now that I mention it, there should be less emphasis on magic. And, sure, everyone loves magic, but when it’s overused, it becomes boring. When you depend too much on magic instead of the characterization of your characters, it makes the show less special. That’s kinda what happened in some episodes of the last seasons of Friendship is Magic. I think it should be used with restraint in the show. The characters we’ve seen in A New Generation are well written and I want the writers to take this oportunity to make character driven stories. I’m one of the fans who were happy for the decision of unicorns and pegasus depending on magical minerals because that will prevent overpowered characters as we saw in certain characters from Friendship is Magic. And the fact that there was some self-awareness in the film shows a commitment from the writers I admire.
As for plot, I think a story focused on exploring different parts of the world could be put to good use. I’d love to see Sunny Starscout being determined to see new cities, new towns, new creatures and new conflicts that will test her patience, determination and personal goals. After all, according to her, unity makes strength. And since she has a book about how friendship was in the past, it means they are some stakes. I honestly don’t see this not being in G5 these days, it should be at least a small portion of the future.
I like antagonists, but we need a certain type of antagonist who doesn’t believe in friendship and will do his or her best to divide a pony society that is slowly amending and starting new friendships after having so much mutual predujices in A New Generation. A villain who divides everyone has to have a bad experience that leads him or her to think friendship is not worth it. It has to be a relatable experience. And if they want a villain that is eventually reformed, then I’d buy it to treat themes of redemption. But it has to be well done. A well written reformed villain, not a character that goes back to manipulate everyone after being reformed, not a character that apologizes to everyone at the end of the episode and pretends to learn something that she will forget in the next episode, not a character that gets a pass regardless of what she does because the story is not self-aware. You know what I’m refering to: Starlight. She was horrible. She was manipulative, she doesn’t want to learn from her mistakes, she’s a hypocrite, she didn’t earn her constant apologies, she’s self righteous and she didn’t earn the place in the show in comparison to Twilight and her friends. The writers don’t even need to depend on other good references within the show to talk about redemption (like Babs Seed, Luna and Tempest Shadow), they could be inspired by some films that touched these themes, like the first Iron Man film and Prince of Egypt.
So, we know that Sunny has some alicorn powers. Yes, this has me worried. I don’t want her to solve everything with magic (because we got too many episodes about that in G4), I think most people will agree, if she needs to achieve something, it has to come from her guts, her desire to face some struggles or conflicts. What makes Sunny so memorable is her determination, because she believes in a good cause. The decision of making her an alicorn for a second in the last two minutes of A New Generation is the only thing in G5 that has me skeptical, but I think the team behind the tablets understands the concern and hopefully they implement this idea sparingly and tastefully. I like the idea of saving this for a small yet crucial scene that sets the story emotion. And as much as I like the Mane 6, I don’t want to see them in G5 because it’s essentially fan apeasement, and I despise fan apeasement because a creative decision based on “hey, remember this?” lacks creativity and artistic freedom. If they need to be shown, it should be in old pictures from the past, like old photos, stained glass windows, something visual that will work as a storytelling element. I think the references of G4 we saw in A new generation were well made (like the Wonderbolts room and the little toys) because, especially with the little toys of Sunny (which are the Mane 6), it represented a beautiful idea of what friendship meant, just as we saw Friendship is Magic for what it represented a beautiful idea in the past. Kinda meta. And I love it. And now that we’re gonna get two different shows of G5, I want Tell your Tale to get all the goofy stuff and Make your Mark to get all the adventure elements to avoid inconsistency.
So, before I wrap up with what I think of Friendship is Magic and its disjointed canon, I’ll give a quick recap:
-G5 needs to focus on a small group of characters in a small story that is part of a larger picture (something that A new generation achieved and I’m thankful for that).
-Less emphasis on magic, more empashis on the characters.
-More emphasis on the consequences of the character’s actions to give their struggles more meaning, kinda like Putting your hoof down or Nausicaä of the valley of the Wind.
-The alicorn form of Sunny should be used sparingly, maybe one time in Make your mark.
-The cutie mark needs to go back as a mark that reflects your talent, uniqueness and individual aspect that makes the ponies more relatable.
-The villains should have the complete opposite intentions of what Sunny wants from a dramatic point of view: Dividing a society because of bad experiences they had with friendship.
-Actual commitment and complete compromise with reformed villains if they have one (it doesn’t even need to be Sprout, it can be someone else)
-Tell your tale should be focused on comedy and silliness and Make your mark should be focused on adventures, that way you don’t compromise too much of both things.
Most importantly, the G5 has to be fun, simple as that. It has to make me close the laptop with a genuine smile that makes me appreciate even more the new characters.
Ok, the G4 stuff happened many many many moons ago, even Izzy said that. I know people are not happy with the fact that this is gonna be a sequel and this is pretty far from the events that happened in Friendship is Magic. I know many of you dedicated your time with the show, Equestria Girls, Pony Life and the shorts and the fanwork that extends the G4 vision further than the official content. That’s fantastic and beautiful. That’s completely understandable. Heck, I love a lot of the fanwork too, like Lullaby for a Princess. Friendship is Magic has been treated like a sandbox and it’s great.
But I would be lying, and so would you, if we said the TV show was perfect. Cozy Glow’s character development was dumb and Trixie’s return in season 6 was nothing more than fan apeasement. Not everything that slaps the Friendship is Magic name on it is gold. “More Friendship is Magic” does not always mean “good Friendship is Magic”. Nine seasons is too much for a TV show. Starlight manipulating everyone over and over again, including her best friend, invalidates her redemption arc. The redesign of the changelings were disappointing for the Chrysalis fans who were waiting 4 years until the writers decided to do something about it. Twilight being a teacher is neat, but characters such as Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash were never written to be teachers. And, for some of out there, the decision to make a sequel that happens many many moons ago after tthe events of G4 was disappointing.
For me, I’d rather watch Make your Mark without any prior knowledgement of story, character or struggle. As a fan of films and shows, I want the show to speak for itself, to be its own thing.
Let’s face it, If G5 ended up being too dependent on G4’s “legacy” and references, it would split the MLP fandom into even more factions that don’t see eye to eye. I can imagine the complaints:
“They should have covered this”
“They should have used that”
“This character wasn’t in G4”
“There are retcons”
“That G4 pony wasn’t as good as this G4 pony”
“This character should have returned”
“This G4 episode wasn’t as good as this other episode”
The list of complaints would be looonger than what we already have complained about G4’s shenanigans (and that’s a lot). It would be an incredible mess, to the point where it would be difficult to logically discuss it.
Look, I don’t hate Friendship is Magic, I don’t hate Equestria Girls. I don’t hate Josh Haber. I don’t hate Hasbro. I don’t hate anything. I’m an optimist, I understand the fan rage. But in my opinion, if G5 has to be relevant, the story needs to be smaller focused and completely re-engineered, something that A New Generation achieved. It’s not like Hasbro is coming to your house and decides to burn your hard-disc driver filled with the nine seasons of Friendship is Magic, the G4 isn’t going anywhere. You already have that show, four Equestria Girls movies, a couple of FiM shorts, a couple of EG shorts, the EG show, Pony Life, a huge MLP film. You have tons of content based on G4.
If you choose to be a jerk, hey, no one is stopping you. When MLP fans complained how Hasbro produced two TV shows for G5 “for money”, all I can do is roll my eyes. I mean, I get the point, but by that logic, wouldn’t you say the same thing about Equestria Girls, Pony Life and the last four seasons of MLP:FiM filled with filler episodes, not to mention the many toys they made about it?
Speaking about them, I find hilarious that they dismiss some criticisms about G4 as much as possible until G5 arrived back in september of last year. I remember back in 2013 I was complaining about how “Pinkie Pie was louder and stupidier in season 3” and someone told me “it’s a comic relief, give her a break”. In season 4 I wish Twilight got more episodes about her being a princess and someone told me “the tree is important, she can’t stay in Canterlot, don’t be nitpicker”. In season 6 it was Starlight’s shenanigans in Every little thing she does and everyone was like “redemption is a slow process, give her a break”. But as soon as A New Generation arrived in Netflix, those people who were dismissing these criticisms for years now are unleashing their inner beasts like a monster from Dark Souls, like “this is not like G4”, “where are the Mane 6?” or other complaints. Kinda funny the double standard.
You could say “but they have to listen to the fans”. I don’t buy the “give to the fans what they want” argument, because I asked for the return of Chrysalis for four years and they bring her back in the worst possible way in the season 6 finale to the point where I didn’t watch the rest of the show for 3 years and a half. The “listen to the fans” line is a nonsense phrase, it makes no sense, it has no starting point and no benchmark, it doesn’t matter. What fans want isn’t as important as unshackled creative freedom. After all, that’s how some of the best MLP:FiM episodes were made.
I don’t know if that’s because the Internet made us very negative over the years (which is a completely separated discussion). Then again, nowadays the Internet seems more willing to back something up. Kids nowadays have been born into this digital era. The kids of this generation are way more empathetic and understanding than my generation back when I was a kid. Kids nowadays give me so much hope in comparison to what I’ve been dealing with decades ago. I think these people will be the first ones to connect with Sunny and her friends. After all, that’s how many people found Twilight Sparkle relatable back in 2010. And A New Generation received good reviews and nice comments written by the people who liked it.
As a fan of shows who has the stance of needing new content that is not a rehash, but something new, different, inventive and unique, I believe in Sunny Starscout. I believe in Izzy, Zipp, Pipp, Hitch, I believe in her quest of friendship, I believe in her determination.
I believe in G5.
Do you?

Tagging Discussion » Merging Multiples » Topic Opener

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Just Another Pink Pony
Since my last thread was getting out of hand, I’m going to post my non-plural suggestions here. I will update one post within the day and add a new comment on separate days as and when I find issues.
practice, practice drawing, practice art, art test, practice sketch are all–generally speaking–used for people to post sketches. I suggest merging them all into sketch, as full-colour images already exist in that tag (for whatever reason, eg. >>2851218), and “true” sketches should be tagged with lineart too.
The problem with these tags is that practice is also used for art of characters ‘practicing’, so already this tag of nearly 400 requires manual retagging. test also exists as both ‘art of a test’ and sketches (eg. >>2683245), as does experiment (eg. >>2789368), so clearly these tags need to be defined and split.
For the other definitions, I suggest merging gym and martial arts “practice” into exercise, and a new tag academia for exams and scientific “experiments”, “tests”, research, etc.
This is obviously a huge undertaking, though, which I would be willing to help with.

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General Discussion » Unpopular opinion time (super alpha no pony edition) » Post 79988

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友情は魔法だ
Admittedly, some of the ostensibly Hetero ships in that show were not what you might normally call “straight” …
Plus whatever the fuck Scorpio’s and Emily’s admittedly adorable but slightly codependent ship was all about …
When you’ve got horses and furniture that can pass the Cpt Jack Harkness test, it being a show with Lesbian furries is just the beginning of the things that can happen
Not sure I remember what the point was …
Oh, right, something about worrying that people think that all straight relationships in fiction are toxic
Who actually thinks or says that all straight relationships in fiction are toxic?
Why would you even bother listening to anyone who says shit like that?

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For anyone curious, used notepad++ to make most of this.
Alt+H to replace texts as needed. Select “Regular expression”, and replace , with \n[s01e]\(/tags/s01e\) -> [, and $ with ]\(/tags/\). I clicked episodes in order in a tag editor box, copy/pasted that list into document.
Alt+C to insert numbers, leave cursor on spot in line to have it insert in that spot (help from here)
(This spoilered bit wasn’t necessary since it’s just better to make a new doc. Left here for those who’d like to know about it for something else just in case.)
Replace (-> \[.*)(]) with -> [] to clear right side link displays.
Replace \[]\(/tags/.*\)$ with []\(/tags/\) to clear right side tag links. (help from here)
Note, display bug found in [not just] “Preview”, but also actual post: ' turns into in post preview mode. Same for quotation marks. "" into “”(Found by copy/pasting into search box when checking for link mistakes)
Season 3
s03e01 -> the crystal empire
s03e02 -> the crystal empire
s03e03 -> too many pinkie pies
s03e04 -> one bad apple
s03e05 -> magic duel
s03e06 -> sleepless in ponyville
s03e07 -> wonderbolts academy
s03e08 -> apple family reunion
s03e09 -> spike at your service
s03e10 -> keep calm and flutter on
s03e11 -> just for sidekicks
s03e12 -> games ponies play
s03e13 -> magical mystery cure
Note, order error: season 3 listing in tag shortcuts
7. wonderbolts academy
8. just for sidekicks (supposed to be episode 11)
9. apple family reunion (supposed to be episode 08)
10. spike at your service (supposed to be episode 09)
11. keep calm and flutter on (supposed to be episode 10)
12. games ponies play
Apologies for dumping the former tags on >>2188836 to create any missing ones. And going by the results in this tag search going from 611 to 738, it didn’t have all of them for sure. Missed 127/221.
This SHOULD be all of them.

General Discussion » Unpopular opinion time (super alpha no pony edition) » Post 79951

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 128860

Background Pony #A202
But as far as the situation on the ground in Ukraine goes, analysts said, the ICBM test would have no practical effect.
It’s a strategic weapon, essentially designed to hit the United States as was the SS-18, its Cold War predecessor.
And even then, Putin’s menacing words should be seen in a wider context.
Like Russia, the United States has its own ICBMs – as well as ballistic missile submarines and nuclear-capable strategic bombers – that would prove a strong deterrent for Putin to ever use his “Satan II.”
Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, has previously told “Fox News Sunday” that Washington is confident of its own ballistic missile capabilities.
However, unlike Russia, the US has made efforts to avoid inflaming tensions with its own missile programs. Earlier this month the US Air Force canceled a scheduled test of its Minuteman III ICBM for this very reason.
“I think there was a prudent decision at the time to take a knee on that and to not launch it, where we were in space and time in the early goings on with respect to this invasion, it was the right thing to do,” Kirby said.

Generals » Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy. (Politics General) » Post 128847

Generals » Time-Wasting Thread 3.0 (SFW - No Explicit/Grimdark) » Post 183533

lonewolf
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U mad?
Picked up this at an antique store today. Authentic cold war vintage. Last inspection was in 1993, but it looks like it’s never been used, and it seems to still work (circuit test was good. It only takes 1 D battery). Of course I don’t have a way to test it.
The notion of the chance it may come in handy if things go further south in Europe is sobering.

Generals » Video Game General 2: Definitive/Remastered Edition » Post 43179

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Prince of Skrees
I just beat Path of Pain in Hollow Knight 3 times in a row, using a backup save to keep redoing it. I’m really getting good at it, the only part i still struggle with mostly is the start of room 3. The Kingsmoulds at the end are a complete joke because my optimal charm build for PoP is Grubsong, Quickslash, Mark of Pride, Sprintmaster and Shaman Stone.
I’m really loving the challenge. It really tests your use of the movement abilities.

General Discussion » Vent thread » Post 178056

Myoozik
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Took a COVID test since I’m still sorta sick and thankfully the results were negative. Even then, this week and a half congestion has still not went away.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 8345

kleptomage
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Probably something electric to improve the Stellantis fleet average.
I wouldn’t mind test driving a 508 Estate in a decent trim, but a lot of cars for the European market are too small and underpowered for America. If they want to sell small, cheap cars in America that market is already covered by the Asian brands.
@RainbowDash69
The carbon footprint would depend on what energy source provides the Hummer electricity, but just the emissions to mine, manufacture, transport, and assemble all the parts for a 9,000lb truck would be huge.

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