Galt's Gulch Technical Details

Posted by $ Flootus5 6 years, 5 months ago to Education
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This post stems from a topic that began in another post, but was perhaps a distraction to that important post.

People were mentioning PM's and I had no idea what that was. Now I do. The topic came up as to if there were other functions of the site that were worth exploring. And I do have questions.

The thumb up/thumbs down feature. Are there guidelines as to how to use the feature? Particularly if a post got seriously downgraded - what happens? I've seen some posts mentioning lurkers that are downgrading posts. How anonymous is it?

And how does points work? Is that different than just the number of posts one has made?

In the members area, one of the pieces of information included is distance. Distance from?

And some of the features with each post. What is gained by "Mark as Read", and "Flag", and Permalink?

Thanks in advance. As an old Ayn Rand acolyte from back to the 60's, it is great to see where it is all at these days.

I selected Education as the category figuring that is what I'll get.


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  • Posted by sdesapio 6 years, 5 months ago
    RE: "The thumb up/thumbs down feature. Are there guidelines as to how to use the feature?"
    http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/faq#faq5...

    RE: "Particularly if a post got seriously downgraded - what happens?"
    If a post goes below -5, it will be automatically "hidden." Comments are also ordered by highest votes to lowest.

    RE: "How anonymous is it?"
    Downvoting is completely anonymous. However, only Producers or members with over 100 points can vote.

    RE: "And how does points work? Is that different than just the number of posts one has made?"
    Every time you post, you get 1 point. 1 post = 1 point. Whenever other eligible members vote on your post, your point total is affected. 1 post = 1 point; 3 upvotes + 2 downvote would then raise the post total point value to 2 (1 + 3 - 2).

    RE: "In the members area, one of the pieces of information included is distance. Distance from? "
    Distance from you (either your nearest ISP hub or your zip code if provided).

    RE: "What is gained by "Mark as Read", and "Flag", and Permalink?"
    - "Mark as Read" is a way for you to simply dim a comment so that the next time you visit the thread, you'll know which comments you've read.
    - "Flag" send an email to the Gulch admins. You 'll want to use this if you see someone spamming the site or "trolling."
    - "Permalink" provides a direct URL to a specific comment. For instance, if you want to send me a PM to read a comment, you would send me the Permalink so I could click on it and be taken directly to the comment.
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    • Posted by Ibecame 6 years, 5 months ago
      I have two suggestions (although far be it from me to pile work on someone else):
      First, Your answers were so concise I think they should be added to the FAQ's.
      Second, I would suggest adding a FAQ tab to the top menu bar. I remember at first when I stumbled into the Gulch it was a bit confusing until I discovered the FAQ link at the bottom of the page. Having it at the top would be friendlier to new people.
      Thank you for the great comment.
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      • Posted by $ TomB666 6 years, 5 months ago
        I second that notion to have the FAQ visible at the top of the page. I did not know until reading this that there was a FAQ at the bottom of the page! I don't often scroll all the way down and when I do it is to read something.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 5 months ago
      I may be the only beneficiary, but the input has been very helpful.

      So, another question. How is a troll recognized? What are indicative behaviors?

      And I take it a troll is someone entering into the forum with the intention of disreputing its general goal?
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      • Posted by sdesapio 6 years, 5 months ago
        You hit the nail on the head. A troll's main purpose is to disrupt. You really have to evaluate on a case by case basis, but most the time they're pretty easy to spot. When in doubt, hit the flag button.
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        • Posted by Turfprint 6 years, 5 months ago
          I just posted this on "What the Gulch is... and what it isn't." But I think here is a good spot for the comment.:
          My first exposure to Aynn Rand was at a social gathering at a small condo in Tiburon Ca. around 1970. I had been asked to tag along with a friend of mine who thought I would be interested. And I was interested, but it seems they weren’t that interested in me. They were having a party later and I was not invited, according to my friend the host felt I was not the “right type” Referring to my self-educated status and not inclusive of business acumen. To me those attending this Aynn Rand social event appeared more interested in how their conversation sounded than what it communicated. For my part I wasn’t interested in talking about the philosophy of living large, I was busy doing it. Nonetheless through the BS filtered enough about Aynn Rand to pique my interest. So I went to the source, read her books, checked up on her ideas, and fell dead in love with her.
          Just recently I was reminded of that 1970’s historical party. I went to my attorney / business partner with a well thought out legal position. Part way through my theoretical justifications I observed him in pantomime masturbation or elsewise stated… He was doing the crazy hand jive motion with his hand. He then told me, “George, it is important in life not to believe your own lies.” And ‘that’ reminded me of my first and last Aynn Rand social gathering.
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        • Posted by johnpe1 6 years, 5 months ago
          I identified myself as out-of-bounds last night when
          a post which I was about to make contained vile
          language (in a video). . not a troll, but out-of-bounds. I cancelled the post. -- j

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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 5 months ago
      Good stuff, thanks.

      So, another question. What are the indications of a troll? How does one recognize a pattern?

      I take it a troll is someone coming into the forum with intentions of disrupting its general goals?
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 6 years, 5 months ago
    Well, Turfprint, it seems that every system has
    its hypocrites. It is sad that some people place
    their snobbery above actually living the philosophy
    and true dedication to the cause.
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  • Posted by $ puzzlelady 6 years, 5 months ago
    Love the "Mark as read" feature. Brilliant solution! Thanks, Scott. One can still reread them if desired, or skip past to new material. Genius!
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