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kurokiku

Well, I think there are very good reasons for staff to be publicly visible as staff. For one, having them operate on anonymous alternate accounts would kill the effectiveness of the scholars completely, who are meant to be obviously apparent as people one should go to with questions and such. I'm assuming this is all more addressed at the mods anyway, so I'll put this out as a counter consideration: would you rather the possibility of some people liking their colored usernames a little too much and therefore joining staff for the wrong reasons and abusing their power in very obvious ways, or people misusing undemarcated alternate accounts and operating like a secret police? I'm almost certain the latter would have worse results, both in the worst-case scenario and in general.

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kurokiku

Also, please excuse my truncated phrasing. Typing on this phone is... not spectacular.

kurokiku

I would be interested in seeing the sources for some of these claims. Also, I think it’s pretty optimistic to be of the opinion that getting services paid by “private groups” would solve anything. Who are these groups? What incentive would they have to pay for the things currently regulated by the government?

kurokiku

See: the Great Depression and the New Deal, e.g.

kurokiku

Well for one, taxes feed into things like infrastructure and the social safety net, which because of the way the government works, is in a lot of cases what's keeping poor people alive. For two, lower taxes on corporations doesn't affect all that much what the average employee makes—it affects the profit margin and how much the executives are getting. This does have some effect on the economy, but the argument from this point of view, which seems to bear out historically, is that the economy on the whole does better when regulated to a certain degree than when corporations are allowed maximally free rein.

kurokiku

What about naming the AI Verdandi? After one of the Norse goddesses of fate. Verdandi was supposed to represent the present moment, and the AI is presumably always "present" to be consulted/do doorman things. :information_desk_person::skin-tone-2:

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kurokiku

Very different things, actually.

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kurokiku

Speaking of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, I found this. I think the argument gets a little slippery-slope in some places, and I recognize the potential for strong reactions here, so I'll just point out that I don't have a settled view on this yet and I think it's worth considering the wider social implications of cryptocurrency and the kind of world we'd have to live in for it to live up to the hype. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/blockchain-of-command/528543/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAtlantic+%28The+Atlantic+-+Master+Feed%29&utm_content=FaceBook

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kurokiku

Congratulations! That's awesome! :smile:

kurokiku

Heh, well, we might need alpha and beta testers eventually, but for now we both just need to put our noses to the grindstone and write.