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12:09 AM
I think ELU has become plain unusable.
Almost every question you ask is a duplicate, and so they require you to do a time-consuming search in order to find an answer, which, ironically, is more time-consuming than a Google search: ironic because people use Stack Exchange to find an answer more quickly than they would on Google.
 
12:48 AM
I would have found it easier to publish a book on democracy in Soviet Russia than to ask a question on ELU without it being closed.
 
 
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1:56 AM
@ktm5124 Well, to play the Devil's Advocate, being pointed to a duplicate could be considered helpful: if it is a true duplicate, you may find a good answer there. So closing a question as a duplicate would not be reproachful, but helpful.
Do you feel the question(s) pointed to as duplicates are not useful duplicates?
 
2:48 AM
@Cerberus You make a good point. I suppose there is nothing wrong with closing a question as a duplicate. It just happens to make me feel bad, which is probably my fault. The only point in my favor would be, that my associations with close-votes on ELU are already so bad, that even reasonable close-votes trigger bad emotions.
E.g., I probably would not mind close-votes on Latin.SE.
 
 
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4:27 AM
@Cerberus This is a completely random question, but, do you think it's ever good to be impulsive?
 
4:41 AM
@ktm5124 If you're always 0% unimpulsive, how are you ever able to decide when it's time to go to bed?
Or carry out other basic tasks?
@ktm5124 Perhaps, but I think closing a question is probably inherently negative for any err indirect object of closure.
And the closers refuse to see or admit it.
 
4:54 AM
@Cerberus Ah, but what if a self-disciplined man decides to go to bed at 10pm every day, non-impulsively?
@Cerberus And perhaps that same self-disciplined man could live like a clock, and perform routine tasks at the same time every day, even to the point of going to the latrine?
 
 
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6:52 AM
@ktm5124 It sounds like this hypothetical man lives alone. And that his body works like a clockwork.
 
7:19 AM
Without any impulses, how do you decide what to do when your surroundings change?
 
@JoonasIlmavirta I suppose that if he lived with someone else, it would be hard to live like a clock (for example, if someone is on the one and only latrine at the time when he is supposed to go).
@JoonasIlmavirta But I should remind you, that a person who is not impulsive can still act on their impulses, if only in a rational and prudent way.
 
True.
It'll be slow in many cases, but not impossible.
 
I suppose there are those lines from Hamlet,
> Rashly—
And praised be rashness for it: let us know
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well
When our deep plots do pall, and that should teach us
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will—
I think here he is extolling the merit of occasional impulsivity.
 
He is, and it is a good point to make.
 
I agree, it's a fine point.
I should keep it in mind whenever I succumb to rashness.
 
7:25 AM
What brought you to this question in the first place, if I may ask?
 
I acted rashly. :)
 
Nothing motivates reflection like shame.
 
Haha
 
Do you think you should have been less rash?
 
I'm not sure. Only time will tell.
 
7:27 AM
Sometimes even time doesn't tell...
 
Hm. Well in this case, it will.
 
Then you'll learn.
Unrelated: When did you sign up to our site?
 
It says I've been a member for 11 months.
Hm, time for sleep. Nice talking to you. Have a great rest of your day.
Vale!
 
Bene dormi, whenever sleep comes.
 
7:33 AM
@ktm5124 How have you liked your first year here? (No need to answer immediately.)
I just woke up. :)
 
 
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9:05 AM
@ktm5124 Still, he has to decide whether to go now, or a second later, or yet another second later.
In practice, our brain fires off some kind of impulse to set us moving at some partly arbitrary point.
Arbirtary sometimes at a minuscule scale, as within a second or two.
 
 
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5:45 PM
@Cerberus That is true. Good point.
 
6:38 PM
Well, the rashness seems to have not paid off...
@JoonasIlmavirta I really enjoyed my first year. I couldn't have asked for anything more from the forum. It's really nice that so many classicists and classics enthusiasts take to the internet. Gives you a vibrant environment for the study of classics outside of school and tuition.
 
 
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9:29 PM
@ktm5124 I believe that is often case. Some cases call for instinctive action, but rashness is rarely beneficial.
 
@ktm5124 Oh, what rashness?
 
@ktm5124 I'm glad to hear! The first year of our site is coming to an end, and we are considering some feedback things and special events to celebrate and develop our site.
 
Is it a juicy story?
 
What's a juice story?
 
Oops!
KTM's rashness.
 
9:31 PM
Oh, I see. I really thought for a moment that you assumed to story to involve fruit-based beverages.
 
Well. It might!
 
Hmm... Does the tag "mnuv" make any sense here? I'm not sure if it's a thing.
@Cerberus It might indeed. The one-headed dog didn't share any details last time, but maybe he will share some of the juice.
would be more useful.
 
10:24 PM
@JoonasIlmavirta Well...no comment...
Incidentally, how do we feel about this?:
I think it's noble that you asked two things in two questions, you were trying not to have people "proofread" your work. But in this case, perhaps the two questions could be merged? latin.stackexchange.com/questions/2668/… P.S. I've posted a transcription with the other one. — Cerberus ♦ 15 mins ago
Two questions about the same passage.
But it makes sense for whoever is trying to transcribe the request word to also look at the whole text.
And hence produce a transcription of the whole.
 
@Cerberus I like the two questions separate.
 
But I'm biased, because I have done just that.
OK.
 
I don't have a very strong opinion, so I would go with what the OP did.
 
Then what should I do?
Post my transcription to both questions as an answer?
I doesn't seem right to artificially split it.
That would be less useful.
 
That would do. You can explain the particular confusing word(s) in the other answer and give a link to the full transcription.
I think the two questions are separate: How do I parse X? How do I parse Y? They have separate interest.
 
10:27 PM
@JoonasIlmavirta Hmm, okay then.
@JoonasIlmavirta That is absolutely true. And yet it seems...odd.
 
This is only my opinion, though!
 
And...as if I were trying to get twice the votes...
OK!
 
@Cerberus I agree it seems odd, but I see more merit in separation here.
@Cerberus I don't think people would mind. If you worry about it, make the shorter one CW and link to the fuller answer in the other question.
But I'm off to bed. Vale!
 
@JoonasIlmavirta Sleep well! I've referred to you in my answer hehe.
 

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