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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Langue_doc on Today at 01:28:38 PM »
Sorry to hear that you are stuck, ab_grp. There are three or so compound-type words (one, a medical term), one that looks like a proper noun, but is a music-related common noun, and one that is a variation, spelling-wise of another word. It's a solid 150 points today. Good luck, hope you've found a few more words by now.

I don't think I'll make the LB today--a three-fer, bah!
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by downer on Today at 01:12:51 PM »
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Contrary to what many believe, remote instruction did not decrease county-level incidence during the fall surge, when compared to in-person instruction.
https://twitter.com/youyanggu/status/1363920599064674305

This leaves me perplexed. Was there good scientific evidence for a move to remote instruction in the fall?
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Suggestions, Comments, Questions / Re: Research resources subforum?
« Last post by eigen on Today at 01:03:02 PM »
I'm all for giving it a shot, sure.
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General Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Cruel Fora
« Last post by eigen on Today at 01:01:11 PM »
It means a lot that you pay out of pocket and manage the platform. I hope it's not a lot of money.  It explains why you didn't stick up for Writingprof with words when he was being called a troll, because you were already doing your duty. I wasn't aware you pay out of pocket to keep the fora going. I'm thinking now I might stop coming here, because arguably you should have more control over what is acceptable here, and I doubt I could agree with you on what that would be. May I recommend, in the interest of full disclosure, you name it 'Eigen's Place?'
A group of people labelling someone a troll is free speech and not an illegitimate attempt to evict a poster? I think the jury's still out on that one. Intelligent people can disagree.
on edit: this might be interesting, or maybe not. I used to frequent an online self-labelled conservative group, include many with PhD, where I estimate 50% of the posters here would be called a troll. They don't like diversity either. That's life in the twenty-first century I guess.

So... you're upset that I have made a place that the community can use and don't censor people because it might give me too much control if I decided to change how I do things in the future? You're kind of exhausting, sometimes.

You try to do nice things for people....
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Suggestions, Comments, Questions / Re: Research resources subforum?
« Last post by Ruralguy on Today at 01:00:20 PM »
Many of us speak about fields similar to our PhD field or even the exact subfield without being terribly revealing. It won't be mandatory of course, and we get a big variety of people who reveal nothing up to people who reveal basically everything but name and exact school.

Of course, the downside is that some bozo who knows nothing can profess to be an expert, or even admit to being a bozo, but spout anyway.
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General Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Cruel Fora
« Last post by Cheerful on Today at 12:53:11 PM »
More than 1,000 views, woo hoo!  Hello everyone!  May peace prevail in the hearts and minds of all who read this post.
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General Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Cruel Fora
« Last post by mahagonny on Today at 12:45:38 PM »
It means a lot that you pay out of pocket and manage the platform. I hope it's not a lot of money.  It explains why you didn't stick up for Writingprof with words when he was being called a troll, because you were already doing your duty. I wasn't aware you pay out of pocket to keep the fora going. I'm thinking now I might stop coming here, because arguably you should have more control over what is acceptable here, and I doubt I could agree with you on what that would be. May I recommend, in the interest of full disclosure, you name it 'Eigen's Place?'
A group of people labelling someone a troll is free speech and not an illegitimate attempt to evict a poster? I think the jury's still out on that one. Intelligent people can disagree.
on edit: this might be interesting, or maybe not. I used to frequent an online self-labelled conservative group, include many with PhD, where I estimate 50% of the posters here would be called a troll. They don't like diversity either. That's life in the twenty-first century I guess.
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 12:35:11 PM »
Just an update to say that I have not found even one more word since this morning.  Still two points from Alpha! Husband came from behind and passed me and is now at 140, so there is hope.  Has any one else had any luck?

Still making feeble attempts at the LB, but no success there yet.  All the b4ss issues...
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I'd be happy to contribute where useful. But I only know about the data and scholarship in a very narrow set of areas, so not sure how often I would be able to help anyone else (for example, I have never heard of male lesbians or haint blue until now).
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General Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Cruel Fora
« Last post by eigen on Today at 12:25:25 PM »
One thing I appreciated about Writingprof in contrast to so many in the academic life was his honesty around one particular issue, adjunctification. As with many topics, he hinted that he had thought about it quite a lot, but affected a halfway engaged relationship with the forum, so the posts were terse. (Shades of Prytania2). Yet never as far I as recall would have been niggardly enough to begrudge adjuncts a union (and neither did our old conservative friend Pry). As regards adjunctification, he didn't whine about the defunding of higher education, that discussion being a rationale for vastly increased hiring of part time faculty. Whereas obviously whoever decides to publicly fund higher education does not force anyone thereby to maintain a two-tier labor system of ever widening disparity, and he would have noticed that, and not being on board with much of higher education's particular style of viewing itself as benevolent, just quietly accepted the status quo. The icing on the cake was the mix of cynicism and libertarianism.
And yes, I absolutely believe (do I dare go here?) that legal abortion makes his heart sick. When something quacks and walks like a duck and has feathers and a bill, it's a duck.

It's like an immutable law of the forum. No matter what the starting topic was, you can bring it around to adjunctification and snipe at other users views within a page or less.

Please, I urge you, review the forum guidelines with respect to "baggage" and meditate on what that means.

You've been on this thread six times already and you didn't even like Writingprof. You're more negative than me.

What in the world makes you think I don't like Writingprof? I've never had a problem with them, nor have any of my posts here been directed at them. Nor would they be, since WP hasn't logged in since the original post.

OK. You're saying it. I guess it's my fora duty to take you at your word. I don't recall you ever sticking up for his right to free speech when the mob was calling him a troll and asking others to ignore. I did stick up for him. Which probably only made it worse for him.

I mean, I consider the fact that I pay out of pocket for and manage the platform that he was able to use for his free speech and the fact that I did not restrict his speech to be pretty damn supportive. But I guess that doesn't mean much to you in the scheme of things.

I also support other people's right to free speech, which includes them calling him a troll. And their right to free association through the use of the ignore function. And your right to free speech to stick up for him.
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