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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +35 35 0

    2015.07.23 Daily Dose: Your Favorite Snaps this Week?

    The Daily Dose is a user-created discussion series where Snapzu members can check in with each other in a relaxed environment.
    We are experimenting with different formats and ideas, so feedback is very welcome!
    

    Happy Thursday, Snapzu! And welcome to all those that joined the site this week. :)

    I hope everyone has been having a nice week. Can you believe we're over half-way through the summer? Whew! At least the weekend is round the corner; if you have exciting plans lined up, definitely share with us! :)

    So today we wanted to check in on what people were reading and enjoying on Snapzu. What was your favorite snap from within the last week or two and why? Any particular discussion threads catch your attention? Any general Snapzu moments you really enjoyed? Share it all!

    Reminder

    It’s time to offer your suggestions for the August book club book. Visit this thread at /t/bookclub and offer your suggestions for a science fiction book and a nonfiction memoir you would like to read and discuss during the month of August. We’ll begin voting on the 25th and announce the winners on the last day of the month.

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +29 29 0

    2015.07.16 Daily Dose: Don't Forget the Snapzu Blog!

    The Daily Dose is a user-created discussion series where Snapzu members can check in with each other in a relaxed environment.
    

    We are experimenting with different formats and ideas, so feedback is very welcome!

    Hi Snapzu! I am sushmonster and /u/moderator has kindly given me the honor of hosting the Daily Dose discussions on Thursdays. While we are still looking for ideas to focus thursday's posts on -- quite like how wonderfully /u/glassdotter hosts the Tribe Talk Tuesdays -- in the meanwhile I will be highlighting one blog post from the Snapzu blog every week.

    This week we are going to look at the blog post [Optimization] We have released an update that optimizes a number of pages. Snapzu's community has been growing at a rapid speed, and as much as we are delighted for the growth, it also means that the admins need to constantly work towards ensuring the site runs smoothly while handling so much traffic. The blog allows us to see that we're in good hands, as admins keep us on the loop about even small updates.

    So be sure to follow /t/blog if you haven't done so already!

    Also be sure to follow /t/ideasforsnapzu and if you think you have ideas that will enhance the experience of this community, posts your ideas for the admins!

    Discussion

    The above blog raised two discussion points that I wanted to raise again here. The first is regarding downvotes. The Snapzu policies on downvotes are an important factor of this community: as you have probably already heard before, the downvote doesn't serve as an "I disagree/I dislike" button. If you do disagree with a post, please take a few moments to tell us why. This is far more productive and promotes a healthier community. Now is an opportunity to share your thoughts on downvotes below.

    Secondly, there was also a discussion about the level of communication, or how detailed the admins should be in providing updates. I personally appreciate the transparency and merely the fact that we get updated about any changes at all, what do you think is the optimal level of communication for a site like Snapzu?

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +38 46 8

    Let's discuss systematic oppression.

    I want to preface this by saying that while this springs out of a specific discussion that some of us had going in one of the Ellen Pao threads, the things I am about to say are not about Pao specifically (though I might use references to her as a currently popular example) or any Reddit drama. This is about some large structural problems in society, something that is oftentimes easy to shrug off on the internet owing to anonymity, amongst other things: this is about systematic oppression, what it is, why we should care, and why as active members of the vastest communication channels in the history of time (I'm referring to all internet communities and modes of discourse on the web) have more responsibility towards fighting it, not less.

    I wanted to write this post after some very well-meaning comments in this discussion that I started raised my concern and I hoped to engage this community in a conversation about oppression. It's not a pretty or fun topic and it almost always challenges us to address our own role, big or small, in the process, often to a point of discomfort. But from the moment I joined this community a few weeks ago (shortly before the recent big surge) I got the feeling that the users here were intelligent and thoughtful and open minded; perhaps you all would be willing to have this conversation. Let's just say I would never make this post on reddit. That said, if this is not content suitable for the lounge, please feel free to move it around as appropriate.

    Now, I am a sociologist. Perhaps that's putting it a bit strongly; I am a second year Sociology Ph.D. student. And a woman of color and immigrant student in the United States. None of this is to say that I am in any way more qualified to speak to the issues of oppression, just that I tend to (and have been trained to) notice it a tad more in ways that the average person might not. Here is the short version:

    Any behavior that contributes to the culture of oppression, sometimes in seemingly insignificant or innocuous ways, perpetuates a societal structure of oppression.

    Individuals are deserving of criticism of all kinds of reasons all the time and recently in the Pao context someone made the argument that people are just expressing their frustrations with her perceived failure as an entrepreneur via attacks on any aspect of her being they can tap at. I want to quote user blitzen but would like to emphasize that this isn't a criticism towards him/her in the slightest, it's merely an example that serves to explain something I am getting at here. I apologize if this makes the user uncomfortable and will be willing to remove it in said case.

    I think of it like getting cut off while driving. You might be angry at the driver, and yell insults based on age, race, gender, looks, baldness, big nose, whatever… You don't hate this person because they are say, bald, but it's the easy thing to pull out and insult with.

    There is an astronomical difference between delivering insults regarding features such as looks, baldness or the size of the nose versus aspects such as race and gender. Sure some forms of the former are better desired by some members of society than others, but they don't signify a deep history and continuing struggle for equality in a large social structure of power, where certain groups have always landed on the subversive. There isn't a culture of oppression around baldness. There isn't a history of oppression for bald people. So using insults pertaining to baldness is in no way, shape or form the same as using gender or racial slurs.

    It isn't about the individual who is being subjected to said insults, it's about how it represents and reinforces the systematic inequality that are already in place; one many of us want to fight. I can't speak for everyone, but most of us probably would want to see a society where all groups are equal. If we turn a blind eye to racial slurs and misogynist statements, or shrug it off as inevitable, then continuation of oppression becomes inevitable. This stands very true in real life, but even on the internet. Perhaps sometimes even a bit more on the internet. The internet is a virtual sample of the population, a sample that grows larger and larger by the day and eventually might encompass the whole population (in 20 years, 100 years I do not know). The internet isn't really an exception the world we live in, it's largely the norm. So in order to eradicate existing forms of oppression, sometimes it's important to not accept forms of behavior just because it's being committed by an anonymous group in a virtual platform.

    Another user mentioned something along the lines of the concept of "playing the [race or gender] card." This phrase gets thrown around a lot in many places, and I get what people are trying to say: perhaps that some individuals are prone to using their minority status as an excuse/a tool/a ploy? Society isn't a game of poker, and if it were,any sort of minority would be the last person to have a real ace up their sleeves. Not all accusations of racism or sexism are warranted, sometimes they are baseless in the given situation. But again, if we think about it with the entire social structure in mind, minorities have throughout their lives experienced various forms of oppression at various points, sometimes directly as an individual, other times as member of a group that he/she may not even directly identify it -- think of how black men are overwhelmingly more incarcerated than any other groups, think about the STILL existing gender pay gap in OECD countries, etc. There is no race card. There is no gender card. There is the occasional individual who in isolated circumstances gains the odd benefit of their position in society which is made up almost entirely of disadvantages.

    I took the time to write all of this because I care about these issues very deeply, and have developed respect for this community in a very short time so even if my message reaches 1 user that may now think about systematic oppression in a way he/she wasn't before, I will have considered my time well spent.

    And I am also curious to see if this gets a discussion going and what other people have to say on the subject! Let's continue to be a unique community by being respectful, and maybe we can also be one of the first online communities that does not accept or make light of any small behavior that perpetuates systematic oppression, offline or online. Thanks for reading!

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    I need new moderators!

    Hi all, What with the recent surge and all I see this tribe growing faster than I can keep track. I definitely will need help keeping this tribe thriving. I want it to be on par with HP communities all over the web, with fanart, fanfics and the like. We might be doing a sitewide reread of the series starting September. I have a few more ideas but I need help. For now one I'll add one moderator and as we grow there will be more. Idk much about choosing one so just PM me if you are interested with an explanation of your interest, how you would help this tribe expand and grow, and any moderating experiences you have had in the past. I'll post who I chose within a week. If you have any questions, ask here. Until then, mischief managed. :)

  • Image
    3 years ago
    +2 3 1

    My Harry Potter tattoo, since we're sharing! :D

    Another user shared an awesome DH tattoo. Mine is a picture from right after I got it in January. It looks way more settled in now but I am lazy to take a new picture. There is a story to it. After going through a soul-crushing breakup I began to und ...

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +15 15 0

    Is there any interest in organized re-reading and discussion of the whole series?

    I have been thinking of organizing bi-weekly (or monthly, depending on what people would want!) discussions of the books in order. We can point out all the new things we discover, amongst other things. It could be fun but only if we had enough people participating! So I wanted to gauge the interest of my tribe members! :)

  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    +13 13 0

    Fifty Shades of shade: EL James's Twitter Q&A goes awry

    The bestselling author took to Twitter to field questions from fans and quickly found out how hashtags and the best of intentions don’t necessarily mix

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    I wish Cones of Dunshire was real!

    It looks like it would be the mother of all board games. Unfortunately, the kickstarter got cancelled because it wasn't fully backed. :(

    Edit: I should add to those who don't know, it's a fictional board game from the T.V. show Parks & Rec (my favorite!!)

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +6 7 1

    Can we have emoticons?

    Let's have emoticons! Please? XD

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +18 18 0

    How do you stay motivated without deadlines, Snapzu?

    As a grad student trying to self-discipline my work over the summer-break (gosh, I hate having no proper structure) I'm fining it difficult to stay motivated most days. It's easier to go on Netflix than to run regressions or read research papers when you feel like you have alllll summer to get that work done. So I wanted to ask, what are some of your strategies to get yourself working even when long-stretches of procrastination is an option?

  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    +19 19 0

    'Cursed Child:' J.K. Rowling reveals Harry Potter play - CNN.com

    "Harry Potter" will spend a spell treading the boards in London's theater land in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," J.K. Rowling announces.

  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    +15 15 0

    The awesome Harry Potter ending J.K. Rowling didn't even know she had

    Someone had an idea about how the Harry Potter books should have ended and it's fantastic. And when I say fantastic I mean this is truly, objectively what Harry Potter's final fate should have been in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows an ...

  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    Unspecified
    +8 8 0

    /t/harrypotter - Home

    No individual rules set for this tribe at this time.Please follow the standard rules and etiquette, and only post content that relates to the tribe.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +13 14 1

    Every good community needs a Harry Potter fandom space so I made one!

    I was really surprised not to find a tribe -- my brain is a little tired so if one exists and my searching abilities, please feel free to issue a censure -- dedicated to Harry Potter, and I wouldn't want to see /t/books flooded with HP-related posts as this community grows, so I made /t/harrypotter. I have no experience moderating (or promoting!) a community, so new users who are interested, and interested moderators would be appreciated! :)

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +5 5 0

    Which Hogwarts house are you in and why?

    Just to get some basic discussion going to start with. :)

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +8 8 0

    Hello! :)

    This looks like a nice community! Looking forward to being a part of it!