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The Free Joy State
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Founded: Jan 05, 2014
Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby The Free Joy State » Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:59 pm

Terrabod wrote:
Trotterdam wrote:On that note, the same technique has been used to deter kids. Maybe that's a more worthwhile issue.

Thanks for (indirectly) reminding me about this!

There has been an awful lot of discussion about devices like that where I'm from. They're painful, and it's certainly degrading to be subjected to that kind of treatment purely because of your age. I agree that it would make for a very interesting issue.

Also, some adults can still hear them.

They're supposed to be set to a range than over 25s can hardly ever hear, but I could still hear one of the local Mosquitos until a few years ago. Also, another idea for the issue, one father-daughter team turned this annoying (and painful) teen-deterrent into a parent-proof ringtone.
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SherpDaWerp
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby SherpDaWerp » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:42 pm

I'm moving this query out of my ranking thread because I'm nearly 100% sure at this point it's not a problem with any of the lists.

The badge on Pogaria's nation page states "Issues Author (x36)". Pogaria has said that they wrote 37 issues:
Pogaria wrote:Officially, I have 37
and every count I've done of the spoiler thread (both Val's human-readable version and my computer-readable version) has confirmed that Pogaria has 37 authorships.

For the record, here are the issue IDs of issues that the spoiler(s) credit Pogaria with:
695, 747, 1041, 1197, 1219, 1275, 1375, 1376, 1377, 1378, 1379, 1380 (unreported but confirmed to be part of MADness), 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1387, 1388, 1389, 1390, 1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1395, 1396, 1397, 1398, 1399, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, and 1405; this adds up to 37 issues.

The list Pogaria themselves provided was:
695, 747, 1041, 1197, 1219, 1275, +31 chain issues (1375-1405); this also adds up to 37 issues.

Can someone please check up on the backstage list and find out what's going on here?

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Fauxia
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Fauxia » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:18 pm

It's hardly unprecedented for the displayed number on the nation page to be incorrect.

Off the top of my head, The Rejected Realms Issue Committee is not displayed as having multiple issues but has written 4.

It's also possible that that Baggieland is credited as lead author for 1041.

I think the issue here is assuming that the displayed total on the nation page is exactly right. It usually is but sometimes, funky things happen.
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Pogaria
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Postby Pogaria » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:20 pm

SherpDaWerp wrote:I'm moving this query out of my ranking thread because I'm nearly 100% sure at this point it's not a problem with any of the lists.

The badge on Pogaria's nation page states "Issues Author (x36)". Pogaria has said that they wrote 37 issues:
Pogaria wrote:Officially, I have 37
and every count I've done of the spoiler thread (both Val's human-readable version and my computer-readable version) has confirmed that Pogaria has 37 authorships.

For the record, here are the issue IDs of issues that the spoiler(s) credit Pogaria with:
695, 747, 1041, 1197, 1219, 1275, 1375, 1376, 1377, 1378, 1379, 1380 (unreported but confirmed to be part of MADness), 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1387, 1388, 1389, 1390, 1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1395, 1396, 1397, 1398, 1399, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, and 1405; this adds up to 37 issues.

The list Pogaria themselves provided was:
695, 747, 1041, 1197, 1219, 1275, +31 chain issues (1375-1405); this also adds up to 37 issues.

Can someone please check up on the backstage list and find out what's going on here?

Here's your answer.
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Frieden-und Freudenland
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Frieden-und Freudenland » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:08 pm

I just read online that the QAnon Shaman's mom said in court that her son allegedly has not eaten anything since Friday, because his request for organic food was declined. While I was basically making fun of this tough (!) guy being a snowflake, it occurred to me - some people who are in jail might actually have legitimate special diet requests, and are they actually accommodated? I was thinking of writing an issue on this, but does this overlap with an existing issue in a substantial way?
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Trotterdam
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Trotterdam » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:45 am

Frieden-und Freudenland wrote:I just read online that the QAnon Shaman's mom said in court that her son allegedly has not eaten anything since Friday, because his request for organic food was declined. While I was basically making fun of this tough (!) guy being a snowflake, it occurred to me - some people who are in jail might actually have legitimate special diet requests, and are they actually accommodated? I was thinking of writing an issue on this, but does this overlap with an existing issue in a substantial way?
We have an issue about food in prisons, but it's about general quality rather than special diet requests.

A variant I've heard about once (not from a reliable source): Since only a minority of prisoners need kosher food, it's often cheaper for prison cooks to just buy it off existing catering services rather than making their own... and since these catering services exist primarily to cater to non-prisoners, their food is often of higher quality than the normal mass-produced slop prisoners get fed. As a result, a suprising number of people with a Jewish ancestor several generations back suddenly become very religious after going to jail...

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Jutsa
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Postby Jutsa » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:49 am

Hello, everyone. o/

So, it's been a little while since I've done anything in Got Issues?. Originally it was mostly because of work, but I think it's basically come down to "I'm just not interested in writing anymore".

Now, I may return - I've got a long history of having manic bursts of activity followed by either a total dropoff or prolonged fizzles. And, perhaps as I plan to be taking college courses I might actually be good at English for a change (we can dream), which might inspire me to flex my new vocabularical prowess, but until then, I've just got too many other things I both need and want to do.

So, this is sort-of a farewell of sorts. I'd certainly like to try to comment on others' drafts, but I wouldn't even do that while active. >.>
I'll still be in discord and all that junk though, feel free to tg me, etc. I'll still be active (or, well, vaguely attentive) in the East Pacific.

As for my poor drafts... uh. Well. Feel free to recycle them for material I guess.

Weeping Widows is actually alright and I admit I might eventually come back round to this.
The next three I'm actually in the process of moving to "abandoned" outright :P
Invasive Maneuvers was added under a different name (thank goodness)
Fishy Business is still workable, although, keep in mind, I've recently realized it rights a bell or two with that existing issue about Tasmanian birds.
Nickel and Diming... agh. Again. I like this one, might eventually come back to it if nobody else uses it, but idk how tight a premise it is.
Class in Ethics I like. No complaints, I just honestly don't feel like working on it. :P
Lastly, Affirmation Bias... I mean, the concept I think is alright but I didn't work very hard on it for reasons stated both there and here. :P

Also, please do flip through my list of issues ideas. I'd encourage this even if I were still remotely active. :P
(note: some if not most premises may have faulty wiring)

That's all for now. Again, might eat my words, we'll see, but I'd kinda rather that than simply fade out of existence. Again, just ping or tg me if you wanna communicate at any time. :)
Here is a list containing a bunch of factbooks I created that are Got Issues? related.
>List of issue ideas
>List of missing issues/options
>List of accepted issues~
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Fauxia
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Postby Fauxia » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:23 pm

Sometimes you don’t feel like writing ever. I get that.

Good luck, Jutsa! I’ll miss seeing you around (as much) :?
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The Free Joy State
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Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby The Free Joy State » Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:35 am

Jutsa wrote:Hello, everyone. o/

So, it's been a little while since I've done anything in Got Issues?. Originally it was mostly because of work, but I think it's basically come down to "I'm just not interested in writing anymore".

Now, I may return - I've got a long history of having manic bursts of activity followed by either a total dropoff or prolonged fizzles. And, perhaps as I plan to be taking college courses I might actually be good at English for a change (we can dream), which might inspire me to flex my new vocabularical prowess, but until then, I've just got too many other things I both need and want to do.

So, this is sort-of a farewell of sorts. I'd certainly like to try to comment on others' drafts, but I wouldn't even do that while active. >.>
I'll still be in discord and all that junk though, feel free to tg me, etc. I'll still be active (or, well, vaguely attentive) in the East Pacific.

As for my poor drafts... uh. Well. Feel free to recycle them for material I guess.

Weeping Widows is actually alright and I admit I might eventually come back round to this.
The next three I'm actually in the process of moving to "abandoned" outright :P
Invasive Maneuvers was added under a different name (thank goodness)
Fishy Business is still workable, although, keep in mind, I've recently realized it rights a bell or two with that existing issue about Tasmanian birds.
Nickel and Diming... agh. Again. I like this one, might eventually come back to it if nobody else uses it, but idk how tight a premise it is.
Class in Ethics I like. No complaints, I just honestly don't feel like working on it. :P
Lastly, Affirmation Bias... I mean, the concept I think is alright but I didn't work very hard on it for reasons stated both there and here. :P

Also, please do flip through my list of issues ideas. I'd encourage this even if I were still remotely active. :P
(note: some if not most premises may have faulty wiring)

That's all for now. Again, might eat my words, we'll see, but I'd kinda rather that than simply fade out of existence. Again, just ping or tg me if you wanna communicate at any time. :)

Take care, Jutsa. You contributed so much to GI, and you'll be much missed around here.

Good luck in real life! :hug:
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Electrum
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Electrum » Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:17 am

When I first started in this forum around 8 months ago, you always stood out to me as being a pillar of the GI community with your positivity, eagerness to write and your mentorship of others. You've done a lot for everyone on the forums, including me, so I do you'll drop in whenever you have the time :)
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Westinor
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Liberal Democratic Socialists

Postby Westinor » Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:55 am

Jutsa wrote:Hello, everyone. o/

So, it's been a little while since I've done anything in Got Issues?. Originally it was mostly because of work, but I think it's basically come down to "I'm just not interested in writing anymore".

Now, I may return - I've got a long history of having manic bursts of activity followed by either a total dropoff or prolonged fizzles. And, perhaps as I plan to be taking college courses I might actually be good at English for a change (we can dream), which might inspire me to flex my new vocabularical prowess, but until then, I've just got too many other things I both need and want to do.

So, this is sort-of a farewell of sorts. I'd certainly like to try to comment on others' drafts, but I wouldn't even do that while active. >.>
I'll still be in discord and all that junk though, feel free to tg me, etc. I'll still be active (or, well, vaguely attentive) in the East Pacific.

As for my poor drafts... uh. Well. Feel free to recycle them for material I guess.

Weeping Widows is actually alright and I admit I might eventually come back round to this.
The next three I'm actually in the process of moving to "abandoned" outright :P
Invasive Maneuvers was added under a different name (thank goodness)
Fishy Business is still workable, although, keep in mind, I've recently realized it rights a bell or two with that existing issue about Tasmanian birds.
Nickel and Diming... agh. Again. I like this one, might eventually come back to it if nobody else uses it, but idk how tight a premise it is.
Class in Ethics I like. No complaints, I just honestly don't feel like working on it. :P
Lastly, Affirmation Bias... I mean, the concept I think is alright but I didn't work very hard on it for reasons stated both there and here. :P

Also, please do flip through my list of issues ideas. I'd encourage this even if I were still remotely active. :P
(note: some if not most premises may have faulty wiring)

That's all for now. Again, might eat my words, we'll see, but I'd kinda rather that than simply fade out of existence. Again, just ping or tg me if you wanna communicate at any time. :)

Hey Jutsa. I'm sorry to see you go - you really are an amazing figure here in GI! That lack of motivation to write certainly is familiar. Good luck in all your future endeavors! Should you ever return, we'll always welcome you back with open arms. Thanks for all you've done :)
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Stay safe, wear a mask, and have a great day! :)

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Frieden-und Freudenland
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Frieden-und Freudenland » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:33 pm

It has recently come to my attention, while I was killing time dropping the little orange guy on Google Earth in random places in Europe and fooling around, that most of Germany is not covered by Google Street View. I was curious if this was some kind of bug, I Google'd it and realized that it is because Germany does not allow this type of documentation due to strict privacy laws. Of course, somehow some cities could be mapped to a limited scale (e.g., Berlin), but if you want to virtually explore small German villages here and there, you are out of luck.

I was wondering if this could be a valid issue. The structure I have in mind is basically as follows.

Description: A private company from United Federation (NS equivalent of Google) releases Street View and it is all the rage. Should @@NAME@@ allow volunteers to drive around with 3D cameras to record @@DEMONYM@@ streets to be made available online?

Option 1: Yes, it will be awesome and might motivate some tourists to visit @@NAME@@.
Option 2: No, it will be terrible for privacy (e.g., I don't want my house to be recorded).
Option 3: Compromise - we can record pictures of all streets, but can remove certain buildings etc. upon request
Option 4: Either a crazy option about espionage (this is a trick that UF is using to spy on us!) or an idea about misusing the street view for counterespionage activities, or maybe for misleading info (e.g., let us take the camera to some kind of Potemkin village etc.)


What do you think?

P.S. This also happens to be my 2000th post on NS forums! :p
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Miku the Based
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Founded: Dec 03, 2020
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Miku the Based » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:38 pm

Can never write more than a paragraph without going off on a tangent and not actually forming a cohesive argument or train of events/thoughts. My words per minute is too slow and it just get more aggravating the more I try.
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Trotterdam
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Postby Trotterdam » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:32 pm

@Frieden-und Freudenland: Sounds like a perfectly reasonable premise to me.

For your crazy option 4 I would think your second suggestion works better than your first, because wanting privacy from foreign spies is already covered by wanting privacy from everyone in option 2.

Another possibility for a compromise option would be allowing taking the photos but requiring that the photographs be carefully timed to only capture long-lasting structures like buildings when there are no actual people on the streets, and maybe give residents warning in advance that their street is going to get photographed so they can close their curtains, etc. (Or decorate their houses with silly pranks right when the photographer is going to come around, because you know people are going to do that.)

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