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1  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Proposal for Election What-ifs on: July 29, 2015, 09:09:52 pm
Are there any difference between Election What-ifs, Alternative Elections and Past Election What-If's?

Hi -
Election what-ifs is intended to be how the result of an actual election could have differed (such as 2008 where McCain uses a different campaign strategy, or what if turnout varied in a given state, changing the EV allocation, etc.).

Alternative elections - intended for hypothetical US election match-ups, including future ones

What I see from the threads is that alternative elections and past election what-ifs have the same content.  I think that merging those two boards makes sense for sure.  (under "Alternative Elections").  It also may make sense to also alternative elections with the top-level election what-ifs. (to become Election What-ifs & Alternative Elections).  The international board could stay as a child board, although it has very little traffic. 

Interactive Timelines should start in the Election and History Games board (as I've now merged those boards).

I like the Alternate History board being separate - with the thought of more discussion on more afield topics of history - I'd love an in depth knowledgable discussion of how people think the world would look like if WWI is avoided.

Thoughts always welcome.
Thanks,
Dave
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / WA: Gravis Marketing: Clinton Leading in Washington on: July 27, 2015, 10:02:08 pm
New Poll: Washington President by Gravis Marketing on 2015-05-19

Summary: D: 40%, R: 45%, U: 15%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / WA: Gravis Marketing: Murray Leading Republican Challengers in Washington on: July 27, 2015, 09:57:26 pm
New Poll: Washington Senator by Gravis Marketing on 2015-05-19

Summary: D: 52%, R: 41%, I: 0%, U: 8%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Gubernatorial Election Polls / WA: Gravis Marketing: Inslee Ahead of all but McKenna on: July 27, 2015, 09:54:03 pm
New Poll: Washington Governor by Gravis Marketing on 2015-05-19

Summary: D: 44%, R: 36%, U: 20%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / NH: Public Policy Polling: Close Race for US Senate in New Hampshire on: July 27, 2015, 08:25:44 pm
New Poll: New Hampshire Senator by Public Policy Polling on 2015-07-07

Summary: D: 45%, R: 44%, I: 0%, U: 11%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Gubernatorial Election Polls / NC: Public Policy Polling: Close Race for North Carolina Governor on: July 27, 2015, 08:23:40 pm
New Poll: North Carolina Governor by Public Policy Polling on 2015-07-06

Summary: D: 43%, R: 41%, U: 16%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / NC: Public Policy Polling: Bur Leading Democrats in North Carolina on: July 27, 2015, 08:17:00 pm
New Poll: North Carolina Senator by Public Policy Polling on 2015-07-6

Summary: D: 35%, R: 46%, I: 0%, U: 20%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / NV: Public Policy Polling: Close Race for Nevada Senate on: July 27, 2015, 08:11:10 pm
New Poll: Nevada Senator by Public Policy Polling on 2015-07-14

Summary: D: 42%, R: 41%, I: 0%, U: 17%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Green Line on: July 27, 2015, 05:17:43 pm
Hi - I will merge your Chi-rish posts into the green line account and will delete the Chi-rish account.
Thanks,
Dave
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / NH: University of New Hampshire: Ayotte Leading in New Hampshire on: July 27, 2015, 03:43:11 pm
New Poll: New Hampshire Senator by University of New Hampshire on 2015-07-20

Summary: D: 41%, R: 47%, I: 1%, U: 12%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / NH: Marist College: Ayotte Leading in New Hampshire on: July 27, 2015, 03:35:43 pm
New Poll: New Hampshire Senator by Marist College on 2015-07-21

Summary: D: 42%, R: 50%, I: 0%, U: 8%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
12  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Moderated post point system in process of being removed. on: July 27, 2015, 09:23:26 am
Hi -
The point system on the forum that applied to post moderation is in the process of being removed.  The feedback I receive has shown that it is more of a negative than a positive.  Note that this does not mean that the guidelines for acceptable posts has changed.  But the accumulation of points is no longer a process to deem whether warnings, mutings, or bannings are set.

Thanks,
Dave
13  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Atlas Moderation in April - 0.22% Mod Rate. You be the Mod Poll on: July 26, 2015, 12:05:07 pm
For the record - I see lots of people are in outrage over Nr. 6. The reason for moderation was that it was thread necromancy - someone posting an opinion in a thread that was like a year old. We generally try to discourage that if there isn't a good reason and this was just adding a random opinion to a dead thread. You may still disagree with it of course, but I thought the context should be noted.

Thanks Gustaf - you are correct - and I actually quoted the wrong part of the post being moderated.  I have edited my first post.  Yes, this should have been deleted.

Dave
14  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: So, let's take a breath here and I'll try to explain about what's going on. on: July 26, 2015, 11:44:25 am
Hi -
With help from the moderation team, I've modified the bans to temp bans for BK at 2 months and AG at 2 wks from July 22.

Overall, I'm saddened by this set of events.  This incident has really hurt people.  Its my hope that anyone considering actions of this nature consider the consequences to people and choose not to pursue destructive acts.

Thanks,
Dave
15  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Atlas Moderation in April - 0.22% Mod Rate. You be the Mod Poll on: July 26, 2015, 10:42:10 am
Hi,
I've added my comments on each post into the first post on this topic.  I'll, from time to time create more of these threads.

Thanks,
Dave
16  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Atlas Moderation in April - 0.22% Mod Rate. You be the Mod Poll on: July 24, 2015, 08:55:39 pm
Hi,
I took a look at the moderation from April.
In April, there were 40079 posts
192 reported posts (0.48%)
  141 moderated (74% of reported, 0.35% of posted)
  51 not moderated (27% of reported)

of the 141:
 37 were SPAM accounts (26%)
 19 were from one individual posting blatant material (13%)

only 85 posts were moderated out of 40079 (0.21%)

Here are 12 representative posts of the 85 that were either modified or deleted:
1

Poll has majority with 30-13 modify or delete
Dave: Post includes a personal attack.  Modify to remove the first sentence.

2

Poll is split - 19 delta/modify and 24 leave alone
Dave: I personally do not like this kind of post - at best, its hyperbole, at worst, libelous.  I would delete it.

3

Poll is evenly split 22- delete/modify and 21 leave alone.
Dave: Personal attack.  There are much less toxic ways to say that you believe a poster's statement is not respected.  Delete.

4

Poll has a solid majority leave alone 35-10
Dave: This post is purely political.  Leave alone. 

5

Poll has a solid majority 28-15 to delete/modify
Dave: Most of the post is fine.  Last sentence completely unnecessary - modify post to remove the last line.

6

Poll: Solid majority 40-3 have leave alone
Edit: Note, Gustaf has set me straight on this one - actually, I quoted the wrong part of the post as being moderated and it bumped a 1yr old thread.  Its actually this one:

Delete is appropriate.

7

Poll: Solid majority to delete 31-10
Dave: absolutely delete on sight.  I'm frankly surprised that 10 people voted to leave it alone.

8

Poll: Majority delete 29-12
Dave: delete.

9

Poll: split 19 delete 23 leave alone
Dave: This type of post category can be more more borderline.  I'm ok with people asking some unpopular questions - or questions going against cultural normalcy.  However, there are boundaries to this.  This specific topic is over that line for this forum.  Delete.

10

Poll: Majority have leave alone 27-12
Dave: We should not be encouraging criminal behavior, but I believe that this post is commentary. I'm ok to leave as-is.

11

Poll: leave alone 26-16
Dave: I personally don't like this post.  Throwing around unsubstantiated criminal accusations towards someones ancestors to try and undercut their credibility is not appropriate in my opinion.  I would delete.

12

Poll: solid majority leave alone 38-4
Dave: Post is ok. Leave alone.


Overall, 3 of the 12 I think did not need to be moderated.  9 of 12 were correctly moderated.  Some of these may be out-of-context and that can affect the decision.

Thanks,
Dave
17  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Secret Question and Security on: July 24, 2015, 08:31:39 am
Hi,
Repeating:

SMF Passwords are encrypted and can not be viewed, even by the admin.  They are also never emailed or displayed in any form.  If you forget your password, you can only change it through the email method or secret question method.

I recommend you remove any secret question.  But if you really want one, make it very difficult to guess.  Always make your password difficult to guess.  Then you will be fine.  The software is quite mature and has had 22 point updates over the years that have addressed security issues.  Our forum is up-to-date.
Thanks,
Dave
18  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: If the rumors are true and Atlas Forum gets shut down... on: July 24, 2015, 07:22:01 am
Hi - There is no plan to shut the forum down.  Quite the contrary, I'm soliciting feedback and will be putting effort into makings some changes to help mitigate the concerns.

Thanks,
Dave
19  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Atlas Forum Feedback on: July 23, 2015, 10:10:35 pm
Hi all,
Thanks for the feedback.  I am reading all of these posts.

Dave
20  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Are our forum account passwords encrypted? on: July 23, 2015, 04:45:55 pm
Hi,
SMF Passwords are encrypted and can not be viewed, even by the admin.  They are also never emailed or displayed in any form.  If you forget your password, you can only change it through the email method or secret question method (the latter I highly discourage).

Thanks,
Dave
21  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Atlas Forum Feedback on: July 22, 2015, 11:07:19 pm
What do you mean by criteria too low or too high? If it is too high, that implies not enough people are being banned or is it the opposite?

Thanks - I have clarified above.
Dave
22  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Atlas Forum Feedback on: July 22, 2015, 10:43:31 pm
Hi - Some feedback items you can vote on above (you can choose 7).  Feel free to elaborate your thoughts in posts below.  For some questions, you may feel both sides of they question are true and can elaborate. Please let me know your thoughts.
Thanks,
Dave
23  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Secret Question and Security on: July 22, 2015, 10:13:08 pm
Hi - Given the rash of emails sent recently about password resets, I ran through the experiment of what happens when someone tries to guess your "secret question".  The secret question is not there by default - its a setting you create in your account related settings.  Should someone guess the answer to a secret question you set up, they will have the ability to immediately change your password (it does not show them the password, the system requires it be changed).  If someone else does this, it will lock you out preventing you from logging in, posting, etc.  My recommendation is not to set a secret question as it is likely far easier to guess than your password. 

If you receive an email where someone is requesting a password reset, it is not an indication that someone has hacked your account, but is a result of someone putting your username or email address into the form.  They can not get into your account this way since the password reset link is sent to the email address you signed up with (and presumably only you have access to).

Thanks,
Dave
24  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Leip, one of your mods is encouraging people to kill themselves. on: July 22, 2015, 10:00:26 pm
Hi -
I have communicated to Joe and all the moderators that while I understand the anger felt by Joe due to the actions of Boss Tweed I consider such statements as unacceptable.  This type of statement is not something a moderator should be posting.  I am currently taking in a lot of feedback and am working to formulate a set of potential big picture changes.  I will be elaborating on more later.  Please be patient as I consider and research this.

Thanks,
Dave
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / VA: Quinnipiac University: Slight Lead for Republicans in Virginia on: July 22, 2015, 11:51:10 am
New Poll: Virginia President by Quinnipiac University on 2015-07-20

Summary: D: 40%, R: 43%, U: 13%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details
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