Science can now spot trolls after just five horrible, malicious comments

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CGHill:

Which is four too many, but hey, it’s a start.

Originally posted on Quartz:

People aren’t very nice to each other online. Everyone has read a comment thread and been annoyed at the vicious remarks, or witnessed a flame war under a YouTube video. Many online communities now have moderators, and they aim to ban trolls—those people who just who can’t stay civil.

But can you identify trolls before they ruin a community? Researchers from Stanford and Cornell think they can (pdf), after analyzing 18 months worth of Disqus threads from the news site CNN, the right-wing political site Breitbart, and the gaming site IGN. That amounted to 1.7 million users, almost 40 million comments, and 100 million up- or down-votes on those comments.

They compared users who were later banned from a community with users who were never banned. Of the trolls, they observed:

We find that such users tend to concentrate their efforts in a small number of threads, are more likely to post irrelevantly, and are more successful…

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Mother Dog Saves Puppies From Forest Fire in Chile by Digging Hole and Placing Them Inside

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CGHill:

This is why you never, ever disrespect your mother — or anyone else’s.

Originally posted on KTLA:

A mother dog saved her nine puppies from burning alive in a forest fire in Chile by digging a deep hole and placing her babies inside where they were later found untouched by the flames, according to rescuers.

Volunteers located the puppies following a massive forest fire in Valparaiso last week, CNN reported.

It took about an hour for rescuers to locate all of the puppies and lift them out of the deep hole, video from Megavision showed.

They were reunited with their mother and are all expected to be OK.

CNN contributed to this story.

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There’s no proof Daylight Saving Time saves electricity, so why do we even bother?

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CGHill:

Few explanations in life are as unpersuasive as “But we’ve always done it this way!”

Originally posted on Quartz:

If you’re looking for someone to blame for Daylight Saving Time, allow us to suggest the Germans.

After all it was Germany which, in April, 1916, first started moving clocks forward by an hour, to conserve energy during the World War I. The rest of Europe followed, as did the US, in 1918. They dropped it after the war. But in WWII they countries adopted it again.

The US went to summer DST after the war. (It tried year-round DST at the peak of the oil embargo of 1970s.) Then sky-rocketing oil prices pushed the US to extend DST by four-weeks in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which took effect in 2007.

The idea behind daylight savings time is to cut back on residential electricity use, which is heaviest at night. By moving the clocks forward in the spring, human activity would start and end earlier, and when people return to their still-sunny houses after work, they wouldn’t need…

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Clothes free friendly social media

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CGHill:

Some social media seem, well, more social than others.

Originally posted on clothes free life:

What does the owner of a Palm Beach clothing optional vacation venue, a musician and videographer, a blogger, and a yogi, and yoga teacher have in common? They have all been banned, suspended, or had accounts deleted from popular social media sites. Ordinary non sexual nudity, images of ordinary people doing ordinary things clothes free are being segregated in some social media in much the same way that pornography has been.

So are there any social media sites that don’t banish clothes free folks to cyber wasteland? Do those who enjoy being clothes free have any options to share images with freinds and others who are not offended? Can those who want to normalize clothes free life and share with those interested find a place to put down roots. Let me share some alternatives in the social a media sphere that I have found. I actually use or have used…

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An Open Letter To WordPress

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CGHill:

I’m always up for a good ranty rant, and this one touches on one of my sore spots: feeping creaturism.

Originally posted on Fish Of Gold:

Dear WordPress.com,

I am loath to write yet another letter to you, since I typically prefer to spend my time writing actual blog posts, but I’ve been bitching on Twitter and in your forums to no avail, so maybe you’ll pay attention to a blog post. It’s not likely, but hey, you never know.

Please, stop. Just put down whatever you’re working on and stop with the futzing. You have been tinkering under my hood long enough and you know what? None of the “improvements” you’ve made are actually improvements.

Below, you will find explanations as to why your improvements aren’t improvements sorted conveniently by feature.

Post Editor

Let’s talk about this “Beep beep boop” post editor nightmare with less than half the functionality of the old editor. Thankfully, you haven’t taken away the old editor yet. However, I fully expect that one day, I will go to write a…

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19 Things You Need To Know Before You Date A Sarcastic Girl

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CGHill:

Not that any of them are ever going to look my way or anything.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

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1. We’re always messing with you

Don’t take it too seriously. We’re playful, like cats with laser pointers. You’re the cat and we’re the laser pointer. Or something, I don’t know. Just take the joke and throw it back, okay?

2. Mean comments are displays of affection

There’s nothing more intimate or affectionate than me calling you an asshole and kissing you afterwards, trust.

3. We remember everything

That time you tripped outside the movie theatre, that embarrassing picture of you dressed as a lacrosse bro on Halloween freshman year. We like to keep our joke bank fresssssh, so don’t think that anything goes unnoticed or is off limits.

4. You can make fun of us too

We can honestly take a joke, even about our appearance. It’s fun when you bite back.

5. We come off cocky, but it’s a front

We’ll say inflated things about our…

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