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11:29 AM
Welcome :)
 
Its alive! Alive!
 
@IvoFlipse It is!
I assume all blue people can talk here without any need of interference on our parts?
 
Did you invite me? Else, yes any mod can come in here
 
@IvoFlipse Nope! Ok excellent
It works exactly as planned :)
 
Now if only we had something to talk about ;)
 
11:33 AM
@IvoFlipse Oh man, I'm sure we could kick it off with something exciting like deleted questions...!
Only joking. Had my fill for the weekend.
@IvoFlipse Whilst you're here actually - questions like this:
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Q: What are open problems in cryptography?

sashankI would be starting groundwork for my thesis in cryptography , I would like to know what are current open problems in cryptography, few I know of are Fully Homomorphic Encryption Functional Encryption ( which is bigger framework for solving the below) 2.a Identity Based Encryption 2.b Attrib...

Do you think that'd work, or is it better to close those to discourage that kind of question?
 
It would be better if he asked about which open problems there are on chat, then if one has a special interest to him, he can come up with an actual question about it
A description of why something is still an open problem and has been tried to solve it, but didn't work because of blabla would be a lot more useful
Meanwhile from the DIY department, what is wrong with my blender if it starts to smell like its smoking :\
 
@IvoFlipse mmmm something bad?!
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^^ that should be obvious, but just in case :)
 
@Ninefingers Somewhat ironic that everybody thinks I hate [nutrition] so bad, while I'm drinking protein shakes and read Wheat Belly
 
@IvoFlipse I can't stand the taste of those things :(
 
@Ninefingers Then you have the wrong recipe, the protein stuff is just one spoonfull.
 
11:49 AM
@IvoFlipse Mmmm, it was somebody else who offered me one. Have to find someone who knows what they're making I think.
 
Orange Juice, banana, spinach (really!), a bunch of nuts, protein powder and lots of blending :-)
 
Oh I'm one of the first users in here! :P
 
Please note that anything you say is this room can and will be used against you in any Meta discussion
 
@IvoFlipse As usual, then... :P
 
I love unicorns. Use that against me ;)
 
11:56 AM
Has any of you noticed an uptick in traffic due to the design changes?
I guess Quantcast thinks we haven't really
 
@IvoFlipse Not yet; hoping though :)
 
I mean, the new design puts beta sites at least somewhat more in the spotlight, you'd hope that users from other sites would go and have a peek there as well
 
@IvoFlipse "which especially in Programmers case I believe is due to the users there being much more liberal in upvoting answers than the other sites." True.
 
I don't really mind that they're voting so much, but I do mind seeing every question, even if its not worth it, be at the top of the Hot Question list. So there needs to be a normalizer that picks out questions that really stand out
 
@IvoFlipse I do mind... The first P.SE question on the hot list right now is off topic and it doesn't even come close to being representative of the community.
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Q: Python is slowly replacing C in universities. Doesn't this move degrade the quality of CS students?

nrbLearning C is one of the most important aspects of any programmer. Its a beautiful combination of High level and a low level language. University's move to stop teaching C in introductory stages can degrade the quality of students.

 
12:04 PM
I meant rather that I didn't mind that you guys vote so much, I obviously do care if users consistently vote on the wrong thing, but I have no solution to fix it. Deleting them has proven to be a rather counter-productive measure :P
If only the people who answer and vote on these questions understood how they are negatively influencing the site's image on the rest of the network...
 
Sounds like a peeve question, isn't it?
I mean, I'm no expert in the field, but it looks like this type of case: it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
 
I don't think there's any way to change the question to make in on-topic, but even if he were a CS prof honestly being interested in the pros and cons of C vs Python as the main language for CS education, I don't think its the right question
 
@IvoFlipse It's understandable that they don't get how it hurts the site in the long run. What's not understandable is how they refuse to get it after we spend hours on Meta trying to explain. Or how they do get it, but somehow the specific question in question is the exception...
 
I honestly have no way how to educate these users to get them to behave more as wanted, if only because they don't want to be persuaded
 
12:20 PM
in Programmers, yesterday, by Yannis Rizos
@psr The first programming principle I learned was RTFM. It amazes me how many people just fail to read the absolutely simplistic guidelines... If that makes me an elitist bitch, I'll wear that badge with honour...
The user that sparked that conversation was going around chat rooms calling everyone elitist bitches because he was question banned on SO... Somehow he managed to miss SO chat rooms though...
 
12:35 PM
@Alenanno in answer to your 20 or more comments flag, you don't have to delete the comments if you don't want to; you can remove selected comments, the whole lot or nothing. It depends on what you think is best - is there value in the comments? Can the users (or you) edit it (the discussion) into the question?
However, you'll probably want to mark the flag helpful; declining community flags I think declines any other flags on the post too (right?)
 
I usually delete off topic comments, and post a comment along the lines of "comments are not suitable for extended discussion, please use chat instead"...
 
I usually do that, but maybe there was another way to handle this, so I asked... Thanks! :)
 
 
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6:25 PM
@casperOne Good stuff!!!
 
hi @Sathya, how did SaaS-class go?
 
hey
trying to come up with solutions
finding subtle differences between yours & mine
 
@Sathya I believe freiheit came up with solution 4, that was quite elegant
I dread my tournament solution
 
tournament =  [
              [
              [ ["Armando", "P"], ["Dave", "S"] ],
              [ ["Richard", "R"], ["Michael", "S"] ],
              ],
              [
              [ ["Allen", "S"], ["Omer", "P"] ],
              [ ["David E.", "R"], ["Richard X.", "P"] ]
              ]
              ]
my solution XD
 
Careful not to break the honor code ;P
 
6:34 PM
@IvoFlipse ah, yet to reach that :\
 
At some point I stopped with ex2 and went on with the other exercises first
 
@IvoFlipse well, I'll stop for now
> Mon 5 Mar 2012 3:59:00 PM PST
 
hehe, giving up are we? ;P
 
so I still have a bit of a time
 
Oh I thought it was that late already, hehe
 
6:43 PM
@IvoFlipse naah, it's 15 past 12, I need to goto sleep. Office tomorrow :\
 
Ah well, you know where to find me
 
@IvoFlipse indeed. ciao for now!
 
7:06 PM
@IvoFlipse Oh thanks for adding me to the trello board by the way :)
I can now see what you're planning.
Have you a meta guide to the colours?
 
@Ninefingers What colors?

 Super User Blog Editor Room

Where the editors drink coffee and try to get things done!
 
@IvoFlipse On the trello board - you're using colours, I wonder if they had any meaning.
 
No clue, I leave that stuff to Tom Wijsman
 
@IvoFlipse Ok, I'll ask him when I have time.
 
For now, don't worry :-)
 
7:31 PM
Welcome folks. Anyone awake?
 
I are
We haven't persuaded a lot of mods to join us yet :P
 
I'm going to go write a meta post essentially calling on all of us to be more transparent and use this room. Also it would be nice to get the extra TL features like pinging all mods on a site enabled for this room.
 
I'm all for it, it will just take some persuading to get others in here
Some of us are more used to hang out in public rooms, than others though
 
what's the purpose of this room again :-s
yes, yes I was supposed to be asleep an hour ago >___>
 
@Sathya the point is for this to be the TL, and for the TL to only be for stuff that's truly confidential.
So as to increase overall transparency of the moderation process and our interactions with the SE team.
By making it public, it lets other users see more about how moderation works, and to see that yes, we do work hard to get their ideas and feedback through to the team. But by making it gallery, we don't get bogged down by random users coming in and turning it into just another general chatroom.
 
7:39 PM
mhmm
 
We still have the TL for things that can't be discussed in the open (socks, account details, secret parties, etc.) but we can conduct all the normal discussion in here.
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Things like "su mods: would this be good for you?" can be a learning opportunity for all users to see what constitutes a good question. Discussion about site objectives and goals would be more open. And when we say "hey Rebecca, can you burninate this tag/check this meta post/update our FAQ/whatever" everyone can see that process working.
 
sounds good
 
Anyhow, I need to go write a meta post.
 
7:54 PM
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Q: A call for increased moderator transparency

nhinkleIt's the general policy of Stack Exchange to conduct moderator activities as transparently and openly as possible. Right now, a lot of the communication between moderators is conducted in a private chat room. This is done for good reason - the moderator agreement specifically prohibits us from di...

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@nhinkle Good stuff :)
 
It was to be expected @Arjan would be one of the first to check out the room ;-)
 
So is everyone still down for the dinner party on Friday?
 
@phwd Is the dress code blue? If so, count me in :)
 
The only thing that seems not possible in here is the ability to ping for migrations easily. Which means I need to go dig back for the user script again
whois cat mods
yup, no show.
 
8:07 PM
@phwd @nhinkle's feature-request has requested that for here.
 
@shog9 How hard would it be to set up a blog for the SO community? Other than the url being an issue?
 
@IvoFlipse I think he went for a break for the rest of the day
@IvoFlipse what day was the design change again?
 
@phwd Too bad, because I think it would be a great way to 'backup' some of the contentious posts in a convenient way
@phwd Can't recall exactly, wednesday?
 
Oh, yeah I don't see any change in stats
 
@phwd we could ask to have the bot here, that wouldn't be a big deal
 
8:14 PM
@phwd Well quantcast is for the whole of SE, so if we don't see a marked change there, its unlikely to effect single sites significantly. Only MSO seems to have gotten a huge bump in traffic, I wonder if that was due to the redesign...
 
8:55 PM
Oh noes! A public room! Where will I go to do my secret evil moderator stuffs, now?
 
user2334
Sic semper tyrannis!
 
user2334
Wait, why am I allowed to talk here?
 
@MarkTrapp You're still blue!
 
user2334
 
@MarkTrapp Sorry :(
 
9:03 PM
@MarkTrapp You know you can't really leave
While you have a point that stuff often should go to Meta, some things first have to be thought up before they can be asked. Crowdsourcing possible solutions or approaches to something is a lot easier on chat than on Meta
 
@MarkTrapp Although whilst we're here, 1) I am sad you're stepping down and 2) thanks for the help, advice and assistance along the way :)
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user2334
@IvoFlipse So do it in a completely open chat. Can't crowdsource if you mute the people you're crowsourcing from
 
@MarkTrapp Technically, we have 200+ mods to crowdsource from :P
But nothing's set in stone, so if you have any good suggestions, then we can change our approach
 
user2334
@IvoFlipse So if you're not at all interested in the peanut gallery's opinion, why this charade of openness? The only people who would be interested in this are going to be the people who are meticulously taking notes to see when mods slip up and they can have their gotcha moment on meta about how X pet issue has to be resolved because see see mods are handling it incorrectly
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user2334
@Ninefingers de nada :P
 
user2334
9:09 PM
@IvoFlipse If you want to be open, go full bore. Berate people in TL for discussing public matters in private and refuse to engage with mods who do. Use meta and open chat rooms to discuss ideas.
 
@MarkTrapp Which will only achieve that I can pat my chest for being morally above the rest, while getting shit done
 
user2334
@IvoFlipse What does this chat room achieve? Seems more like a CYA than a real change in mod transparency. TL still exists, and the people who don't trust mods in the first place can keep pointing to that. Just like the government declassified only the unimportant UFO documents: the real goods are still locked up in Area 51 and Fort Knox.
 
@MarkTrapp Are you suggesting the Richard Stallman approach? /hides
 
@MarkTrapp Unfortunately people are always going to have that argument - we will always need to keep some stuff behind closed doors because we agreed to protect user's privacy in line with the mod agreement.
That said, we can have some stuff more in-public.
 
user2334
@Sklivvz Well I don't think there's a problem with mod transparency, and it feels like mods have been thrown under the bus as an easy scapegoat for the whole deletion bitchmeme. But if it really is a problem, this isn't a solution.
 
9:14 PM
and I'd not be adverse to allowing non-mods in - but we do need a way to deal with trolls etc.
 
user2334
@Ninefingers Mods have those tools: kick, suspend, time outs, etc.
 
@MarkTrapp True. and we'd always be around to monitor it, given there's a few of us :)
 
@MarkTrapp I don't expect this to solve the deletion war
but hopefully it'll show other users we don't just hang out to scheme against them and to find what question we can delete next
 
user2334
@IvoFlipse Nah, all the scheming's done in TL.
 
user2334
tents fingers
 
9:17 PM
Sheesh I stand to lose about 50% of my SO rep or so...
 
@MarkTrapp Well then at least they can see we also have a nice side, just like people hate the government, but still hold up their hand for social service
 
We're never going to "win" vs those who ultimately believe we are out to get them and that's just how it is, unfortunately. But as @Ivo says, for some users, this'll help us seem less distant. Or so the theory was; happy to hear different view on it.
 
user2334
I think the sentiment's great: I just don't think the gallery chat room's the way to go. If the current status quo of discussing public issues on meta is still too distant, then create a public chat room to talk about issues.
 
user2334
Although as an aside, even my most ardent detractors on Programmers appreciated the level of engagement I provided on Meta Programmers.SE. And I think nearly every mod does the same on their respective metas
 
@MarkTrapp The more you say this the more I find myself agreeing with you. Hmmm. We'll see what people think. I ultimately don't mind what happens; I'd just like to do something.
 
9:27 PM
@MarkTrapp Probably not of the same size, but on SU we do have a room where they can ask us questions. Whether they always get answered is a different matter
 
@MarkTrapp I follow crypto meta avidly :) and crypto chat.
 
room mode changed to Public: anyone may enter and talk
 
Hey!!! :-)
 
@MarkTrapp We'll see, I'll happily suspend anyone who thinks he can troll this room
And yes, you may quote me on that one
 
user2334
I think joran's answer on the question is a great, actionable problem: he just wanted to know why a mod stepped in after the community reopened a question. A simple comment could've went a long way. Copious commenting is the bee's knees if you can spare the time: lets people know you actually understand what happened.
 
9:32 PM
@MarkTrapp I can only second your comment there, leaving a comment is always a good thing. Though it obviously depends on the context
 
10:16 PM
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