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God Emperor Lionel Lauer has been at 8 events

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Hanna Silver30,351+The Prince Of Seagulls is a band consisting of +Hanna Silver and +Paul Harmon . A crowd funding campaign is being run to release their new album at http://pozible.com/tpos . If we get 25 supporters by Saturday 1.30pm (Melbourne time), Hanna will do a special crab dance to one of the new Prince Of Seagulls songs!$10 gets you a digital download of the album.$20 gets you the CD mailed to you.Plus more perks for high rollers!Hanna dances for The Prince Of Seagulls crowd funding campaign!2014-05-31 05:30:0037 
STEM Women on G+112,482Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096 
Imagine Science Films470,101Join us to kick off the 2014  Experimenta Series! For the first episode of the year, we are excited to welcome guest Kelley Remole for a conversation about the mind, brain and behavior.  Post questions on the event page and join us Thursday on air at 11am. We hope to see you there! Kelley Remole, PhDDr. Remole is the Director of Neuroscience Outreach at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. She obtained her doctorate in neuroscience from Columbia University in the laboratory of Dr. Holly Moore, specializing in hippocampal alterations in a rodent model of schizophrenia. Concurrent with her scientific training, she developed a program to place graduate students in New York City public school classrooms to bring knowledge and interest of the brain to children. In her current role at the Zuckerman Institute, she works with scientists, educators and the public to create outreach programs for all ages.  She also helps lead the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Under her leadership, the chapter produced braiNY, the New York City celebration of Brain Awareness Week, bringing together a dozen cultural groups and academic institutions to host coordinated public events about the brain. Dr. Remole was the Sackler Brain Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History from 2011 to 2013, where she developed and taught brain-based classes to youth and adult audiences.  She consults formally and informally on brain education initiatives in a variety of contexts. She received the Society for Neuroscience’s Next Generation award in 2011 in recognition of her work bringing brain science to the public.Experimenta: Mind, Brain & Behavior with Kelley Remole2014-01-16 17:00:0061 
GLAAD131,456Millions wear purple on #SpiritDay in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Getting involved is easy! Take the pledge now at http://glaad.org/spiritday to wear purple and go purple online on October 17th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are.Add a photo of you wearing purple on 10/17 and use the hashtag #SpiritDay! Spirit Day: Wear purple on October 17 to stand up against bullying! #SpiritDay2013-10-17 06:00:00217 
NASA1,695,600Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station---------Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONSTo ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event.WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUTTo join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA.During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008352 
Lady Fran W7,147Can you make an ordinary running kitchen tap look fab?This challenge came about following a conversation in a thread with +Megan Huddle (thanks for the inspiration babe!). Whilst on a recent trip to New Zealand, I got my very first 'soft milky water' shot of a stream, and purely by luck. I had no ND filter, no tripod, just good light and a little bridge to lean the camera on. See here - http://goo.gl/Vpz58I'm now obsessed with trying out this kind of photography wherever I go. I'm searching for streams, waterfalls, beaches, you name it. +Megan Huddle suggested I could make anything look good (uber flattered). .. and so the challenge came about. A camera, an idea, and a plain old running tap in the kitchen sink.    Can you make it look fab?   I think you can. Work your magic. Show us what you’ve got.Any camera, and setting, any processing.It’s all open to your imagination and creativity.Sooooo, why not give it a go?  There's no prizes I'm afraid. No rewards. (Unless some super generous sponsor out there wants to throw something in as incentive.) Otherwise, it's all about the glowing recognition, compliments and praise from your G+ peers. Due date: 11:30pm, Friday 8 December Saturday 9 December -----------------------------------------------------------PS PUBLIC EVENT! - Apparently one can't invite large numbers of guests to an event (ie big circles), soooo, please feel free to forward this around and get people involved. =)Photo challenge - A simple tap2012-12-08 13:30:0072 
Melbourne Photowalkers1,155The Melbourne walk for the +Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk is announced. Register quickly as there are only 50 places. Extra people are welcome but won't be able to submit images or enter the prize draw.This walk is Sat Oct 13 from 2pm to 4pm and begins at Federation Square and ends at the old Treasury Building. Of course being +Melbourne Photowalk there is bound to be a dedicated sunset group walking long into Sunday!Make sure you sign up on this place to enter the prize draw... don't just say "I'm going" to this event!http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/melbourne-vic-australia-federation-square/Note that +Frank Yuwono has a Docklands walk in the wings too so keep an eye out. Be cool if yours was in the AM Frank, that way we can all do both :).Federation Square - Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk2012-10-13 14:00:0072 
Google Australia157,961The Hangout on Air has ended. Watch the recorded session on +Deakin University or on youtube.com/deakinuniversity.Hangout with the PM was brought to you by +Deakin University, Fairfax and +OurSay Australia powered by +Google+ Hangouts and +YouTube.Hangout with the PM2012-07-21 03:00:00360 

God Emperor Lionel Lauer has been shared in 308 public circles

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Divergent Travelers1,563Divergent Circle 2. Oct 21If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle   #Sharedcircles   #circleshare #publiccircle   #followme   #public      #sharedpubliccircles   #circleoftheday  #circleall   #circlecircle   #circleday  #circleme   #circlenetwork   #circleoftheweek  #circleplus   #circleshare   #rikacircles  #circletoday   #circleup   #circleyoushare  #circlebyAmalRika   #AmalRikacircle  #googleplus   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc2014-10-21 11:16:01500010
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
steph wanamaker107,669#followfriday   my must read circle !  +AccuraCast and  +Scredible you are in here!2014-10-03 20:01:5048815
John Nuntiatio46,118#circles   #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-09-26 06:23:05167132
Dig Bargain Australia0My First circle.Thank you all. #australia   #circle   #sharedcircles   #posts  2014-09-23 06:27:5892000
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Becky Collins16,515Hot and spicy foods circle! :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-15 05:16:26463005
Becky Collins15,992Herbal, Health and Gardening Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-05 05:06:044302212
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Gerard Blacklock23,700Gerry's Australian Photographers Circle Version 3Hey Aussie togs, this is a pretty big update to this circle from the last one, this time I have been more selective in the fact that inactive glus members get booted, the circle was over 600 and as such I needed to comply with 'the less than 500 requirement' hence culling was needed.Note, this is the only circle I share since I really have a interest in local content.Feel free to reshare as you see fit, the main purpose is to facilitate more engagement between local aussie togs.Please feel free to comment and let me know if you know anyone (or if you are indeed one) who is a quality, active and interesting Australian based photographer.Two great communities/themes to get involved with if you like Australia content is #photomaniaustralia +Photo Mania Australia and Australian Landscape Photography https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/1060822645285719679572014-08-13 02:56:2844714219
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Maria Morisot35,573Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle07 July, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-07-07 10:34:533009098132
Cher Fauvél426This is my Elite Raw Rocks Shared Circle!This is my circle for anyone interested in raw, organic, vegan nutrition!May be you just wanna investigate raw living a little? You will find the leaders in this circle.Please G+ and share if you would like to be added :)Be sure to share the original post.Welcome to Raw Rocks Shared Circle!  #rawliving  #rawfood #rawfoodlifestyle #organic   #rawnutrition  2014-07-05 15:20:52500313
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Rodney Pike2,538,148Best Artist Circle on G+It's been a long time since I've shared this artist circle. It's way overdue. You'll find some of the finest artists and some of the most influential people on Google+ here. My newest addition is a friend from facebook, +Shannon Maer. Please welcome her and share!!2014-06-11 22:02:2248615825
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
Maria Morisot30,654Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle24 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-24 17:43:08300678596
Tourej Ansari17,611Another great circle of photographers1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-23 13:12:444527412
Rosie Taylor229WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS A Circle of Women You re-share is appreciated! Follow and add to your circles  and  you will find why these women are wonderful innovative creators with a gentle touch.To be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.Thanks#circle   #share   #addfriends   #addcircles   #addpeople   #circlesharing  2014-05-19 16:35:00301526
Maria Morisot30,275Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle19 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-19 14:12:213008389118
Maria Morisot30,124Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle15 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-15 16:03:413006589115
curator Circle0Circle Curator Edition 5All promised last week this is the #CircleCuratorEdition  5. In the circle, I hand picked those that shared the Edition 4 of my circle share, those that showed their interest to be included in this new edition by commenting the relevant post (based on their thematic fit) and some of the best #photographers  and #active   #entrepreneurs  on Google+.As usual, if you receive this message, it means that you are in. Therefore here are the rules; obviously, make sure you add me in your circles if you haven't done so yet.1. Plus the circle and re share if you want to be included in the next one.2. Comment to ask for inclusion if you are not in. The next Edition (6) will be shared by the end of the week.2014-05-13 15:12:48456193017
Kristin Milton9,730Hi everyone, This is a starter circle for +Ben Milton.It's mostly my 'most relevant' circlers, heavily weighted for sciency content.Enjoy :)2014-05-13 12:51:4398105
Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041
Maria Morisot29,925Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle11 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-11 12:15:14300527389
Paul Snedden16,109Advance Australia ShareThe CircleWhat an absolutely amazing response I got after I asked for your favourite #Aussie  G+ers. Here is the circle, as promised, with 372 amazing reasons why I love this great country of ours.There's a lot of people to thank, so here goes.The Contributors+Mz Maau +Charles Strebor +Jaana Nyström +Kamal Tailor +Lady Fran W +Clint Fudge +Kära Cathryn +Stephen Lord +Phillip Tyson +Kathryn van Nieuwkerk +Belinda Kamel +Paul Pavlinovich +Alizah MacLeod +James Brown +Chris Anderson +Neale Oxley +Aleta Curry +Shinae Choi Robinson +2014-05-11 11:36:433721662548
Walter Gawronski27,725Here's my Oz Shooters circle +Paul Snedden feel free to reshare.2014-05-10 22:05:45413705
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Maria Morisot29,785Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle08 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-05-08 14:41:26300425684
Maria Morisot29,655Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle07 May, 2014RESHARE if you want to be included.moanlisa.org2014-05-07 18:00:513007891102
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
Ryan Johnson2,352sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     #myseoissocial     #besocial     #socializethesocial     #trust   #circles   #sharedcircle     #followers      #social     #socialnetworking     2014-04-16 05:12:352629212
John Nuntiatio33,101#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #tennis #europe   #asia   #america   #africa   #australia   #football   #golf   #basketball   #news  2014-04-09 06:25:5632961213
Cableicous2,524Two Years of #Cableicous: Thank you, thank you and thank youTwo years - we've now been sharing #Cableicous  beautaliciousness for two years here on geeplus: thanks muchly to all of you who have contributed your +Cableicous imagery over these two years and I look forward to more of your cable beauty.Very much so.It must be time for a drink to celebrate.Very much so.And cables - many, many more cables.Very much so.#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-03-26 09:26:12433478125
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
John Nuntiatio29,392#circles  #sharedcircles  #circlesharing  #circle  #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #news2014-03-10 19:56:08471227
John Nuntiatio29,392#circles  #sharedcircles  #circlesharing  #circle  #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #news2014-03-10 19:55:42471336
Alister Macintyre41,863Here is my circle of people interested in Asia or actually there.  I tried to add more to this circle (My India circle is bigger) but sometimes G+ won't let me do some things.While I follow the story of MH 370 flight down in Asia, I will be sharing my updates with this circle, and a few others.2014-03-09 23:08:58183212
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Jay Carter7,522Haven't shared a Circle in 2 years so... This is my "Haven't Sorted" circle which generally means people I find have great sense of humour and are all interesting :-) 2014-01-26 21:27:3117920034

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2014-10-23 03:20:45 (89 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Another Week, Another Woman Harassed Into Leaving

Over the weekend I found out yet another awesome geek lady of G+ has abandoned the site due to overwhelming sexual harassment. 

Rory Triscuit (https://profiles.google.com/100979357612465960518/about) is gone and told mutual friends that she left because of being sick of the sexual harassment she faces here every day.  I don't know what specific event was her last straw, but she's deleted her posts and all that remains is her about page with its bolded appeal to not hit on her.  But creepers don't read about pages or heed warnings, do they?

Last week I posted about a woman who was getting rape threats from a troll she'd snarked back on, and how G+ staff actually told her she shouldn't have engaged the troll to begin with and just block him, completely ignoring the fact that the dude had beenbl... more »

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2014-10-24 01:07:04 (36 comments, 49 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

All the posts & comments being flagged as spam is not due to some kind of attack. Word from inside the Googleplex is that it's something major wrong with the backend systems, & that the team are on it in a big way.
ETA: +Yonatan Zunger has given me permission to call this an official announcement. Verbatim quote:
Something is seriously broken with the backend -- it's marking a huge number of posts and comments as spam. Team is on it.

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2014-10-24 01:07:04 (36 comments, 49 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

All the posts & comments being flagged as spam is not due to some kind of attack. Word from inside the Googleplex is that it's something major wrong with the backend systems, & that the team are on it in a big way.
ETA: +Yonatan Zunger has given me permission to call this an official announcement. Verbatim quote:
Something is seriously broken with the backend -- it's marking a huge number of posts and comments as spam. Team is on it.

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2014-10-25 18:07:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've been participating on online discussions for about 3 decades[0], & whenever someone's disrupting a forum, some well-intentioned idiot will tell people "Don't feed the trolls!". Just like advising bullied kids to ignore their bully, it's shitty, useless advice that simply doesn't work, & worse, it enables abuse. This article explains why.

[0] Yes kids, people were having online discussions before The Internet was a thing.

I've been participating on online discussions for about 3 decades[0], & whenever someone's disrupting a forum, some well-intentioned idiot will tell people "Don't feed the trolls!". Just like advising bullied kids to ignore their bully, it's shitty, useless advice that simply doesn't work, & worse, it enables abuse. This article explains why.

[0] Yes kids, people were having online discussions before The Internet was a thing.___

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2014-10-25 17:55:39 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It puts the ethics on it's skin, or it gets the death threats again.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  

It puts the ethics on it's skin, or it gets the death threats again.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  ___

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2014-10-25 17:53:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-25 13:24:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-25 12:42:16 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-25 12:21:57 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  

#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  ___

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2014-10-25 11:42:41 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Having trouble understanding why the #gamergaters  are so incredibly freaked out & butthurt that people - especially women - are criticising some elements of their hobby?
This article breaks down the psychology that sends privileged people so over the edge about trivia that they think it justifies harassment & death threats.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #gamergate   #teamsjw   #notyourshield  

This should be required reading for anyone who might be sitting there thinking to themselves "I don't agree with everything they say, but those #Gamergate  guys seem to have some good ideas!"

Because no, they don't.

http://weeklysift.com/2012/09/10/the-distress-of-the-privileged/

#sarkeesian   #sarkeesianeffect   #sarkeesianderangementsyndrome   #quinnspiracy   #misogyny   #gamejournalism  ___Having trouble understanding why the #gamergaters  are so incredibly freaked out & butthurt that people - especially women - are criticising some elements of their hobby?
This article breaks down the psychology that sends privileged people so over the edge about trivia that they think it justifies harassment & death threats.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #gamergate   #teamsjw   #notyourshield  

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2014-10-25 04:12:01 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

"KILL THE FEMINAZIS!"
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  

"KILL THE FEMINAZIS!"
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #notyourshield   #gamergate  ___

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2014-10-25 04:00:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

"You feminazis fake all that abuse to make it look like we target women for harassment! FALSE FLAG! FALSE FLAG!"
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield   #stopbullying  

"You feminazis fake all that abuse to make it look like we target women for harassment! FALSE FLAG! FALSE FLAG!"
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw   #gamergate   #notyourshield   #stopbullying  ___

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2014-10-25 03:43:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Seriously! Stop laughing!
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #gamergate   #tramsjw  

+God Emperor Lionel Lauer this meme's for you.

#stopgamergate2014
___Seriously! Stop laughing!
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #gamergate   #tramsjw  

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2014-10-25 03:41:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Thou shalt not suffer a woman in gaming to live.
#stopgamergate2014   #teamsjw   #gamerghazi   #notyourshill  
#notyourshield   #gamergate  

Thou shalt not suffer a woman in gaming to live.
#stopgamergate2014   #teamsjw   #gamerghazi   #notyourshill  
#notyourshield   #gamergate  ___

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2014-10-25 03:31:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

No, really it is! Why are you looking at me like that?
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw  
#gamergate   #notyourshield   #stopbullying  

No, really it is! Why are you looking at me like that?
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #teamsjw  
#gamergate   #notyourshield   #stopbullying  ___

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2014-10-25 03:10:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #notyourshield   #notyourshill   #teamsjw  

#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #notyourshield   #notyourshill   #teamsjw  ___

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2014-10-25 02:14:32 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

No, really!
https://twitter.com/alqaeda/status/524985414973935616
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #teamsjw    #notyourshill   #gamergate   #notyourshield  

No, really!
https://twitter.com/alqaeda/status/524985414973935616
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #teamsjw    #notyourshill   #gamergate   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-25 01:18:29 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Is anyone surprised that a woman who pimps out her daughter for pageants doesn't have a problem with her boyfriend molesting another of her daughters?

Is anyone surprised that a woman who pimps out her daughter for pageants doesn't have a problem with her boyfriend molesting another of her daughters?___

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2014-10-25 01:01:37 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Oh noes!

Taliban, tealiban. Potato, potato.___Oh noes!

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2014-10-25 00:56:09 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Whoa!

I love the use of science fiction to do science education; nicely done!

h/t Several of you; sorry I don't have you all listed.___Whoa!

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2014-10-24 15:15:23 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The latest (16 Oct) leaked version of the secret TPP 'agreement' that the multinationals will use to destroy your rights:
https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip2/
#tpp   #transpacificpartnership   #transpacifictradedeal   #corruption  

The latest (16 Oct) leaked version of the secret TPP 'agreement' that the multinationals will use to destroy your rights:
https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip2/
#tpp   #transpacificpartnership   #transpacifictradedeal   #corruption  ___

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2014-10-24 13:38:55 (46 comments, 9 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Did you know that if Australia signs the TPP agreement, American corporations will be able to laugh at our laws? They will outlaw torrenting & make us pay American prices - or worse - for medicines. I pick those two examples because we know from leaked drafts of the TPP that those are two of the things that the US wishes to inflict on us.
According to TPP: No certification website, "US officials can define another country’s obligations; become directly involved in drafting that country’s relevant law and regulations; demand to review and approve proposed laws before they are presented to the other country’s legislature; and delay certification until the US is satisfied the new laws meet its requirements."
http://www.cio.com.au/article/552602/us_trade_officials_say_it_their_way_highway_tpp/
Via +Qítiān Dàshèng Sūn Wùkōng  & +Peter da Silva 
#oz   #straya   #a... more »

Did you know that if Australia signs the TPP agreement, American corporations will be able to laugh at our laws? They will outlaw torrenting & make us pay American prices - or worse - for medicines. I pick those two examples because we know from leaked drafts of the TPP that those are two of the things that the US wishes to inflict on us.
According to TPP: No certification website, "US officials can define another country’s obligations; become directly involved in drafting that country’s relevant law and regulations; demand to review and approve proposed laws before they are presented to the other country’s legislature; and delay certification until the US is satisfied the new laws meet its requirements."
http://www.cio.com.au/article/552602/us_trade_officials_say_it_their_way_highway_tpp/
Via +Qítiān Dàshèng Sūn Wùkōng  & +Peter da Silva 
#oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics  ___

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2014-10-24 12:42:12 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Says it all.
Via +Wolfie Rankin
#goughwhitlam   #oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics   

Utterly accurate

#australia #LNP #tonyabbott #goughwhitlam  ___Says it all.
Via +Wolfie Rankin
#goughwhitlam   #oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics   

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2014-10-24 10:46:28 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Land of the Free", indeed.

What. The. Fuck.

Seriously. What the fuck is going on in America? This is the sort of story you expect to read about some third world hellhole, where the local dictator has total power.

Of course, this did happen in the same State where kids were sentenced to jail by a judge in return for kickbacks from a private prison company, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that this crap happened there.

And let's face it, it seems that police departments all across the United States are becoming less like law enforcement and more like laws unto themselves, what with beatings, and military gear purchases (because police departments who work in towns of 3000 people obviously require APCs and M4s), and departments where the majority of their income comes from straight up stealing money and property from people charged with no crimes through civil forfeiture "laws".

So perhaps nobody should be surprised when things like this happen. But, the fact is, things like this should never happen. And those involved should never be able to get away with them.

Then again, justice should never be predicated or dependant on how much money you can throw at it. If Robert Leone had been rich, or in a position of power, you can bet at least a couple of PA officers would now be out of a job, if not serving jail sentences.

Sadly for Leone, he was neither, and instead of justice being served, he was beaten, abused, beaten some more, ganged up on by a corrupt system, lied about by police officers, failed by a pathetic public prosecutor, and jailed. All for being innocent of any crime.

America. Land of the brave and home of the free. So long as the police don't decide that's no longer the case for you.

"Well, here’s a frightening observation that I made and it goes to your question. These state troopers, all of them, knew that they were being recorded via their dash cams. All five patrol cars had dash cams. As far as we know all of the dash cams were rolling. They still haven’t given us all of the dashcams. But they knew that they were being recorded and they did this anyway. Now, when you sit down and you watch this and see it you’re gonna think that you’re in a third world country. So, they didn’t care that they were being recorded. Which goes back to a systemic problem of they had no fear of their supervisors. They had no fear of them doing something wrong and being held accountable. The proof is absolute, it’s positive. There’s no denying it. And yet they did it openly, freely, knowing full well that they were being recorded. That is extremely frightening."

This link gives more details on individual parts of the story: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/robert-leone/

Kids for cash scandal: http://nypost.com/2014/02/23/film-details-teens-struggles-in-state-detention-in-payoff-scandal/___"Land of the Free", indeed.

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2014-10-24 10:04:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Silence of the Lambs, in 8 bits.
And yes, it does the entire movie in under 4 minutes.
#hannibal   #clarice   #8bitgames  

Silence of the Lambs, in 8 bits.
And yes, it does the entire movie in under 4 minutes.
#hannibal   #clarice   #8bitgames  ___

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2014-10-24 09:18:23 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Those of of you who speak Chinese will especially appreciate this one.

Those of of you who speak Chinese will especially appreciate this one.___

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2014-10-24 06:00:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

BURN!
Via +Irreverent Monk 

buuuuuuuuuuuuuurn lol :D___BURN!
Via +Irreverent Monk 

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2014-10-24 02:57:41 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Because hey, this is no sillier than buying bottled water.

This is pretty funny :-)___Because hey, this is no sillier than buying bottled water.

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2014-10-24 01:33:51 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Black bears can't jump!
Via +Irreverent Monk 

This is proof why bears can't trampoline.___Black bears can't jump!
Via +Irreverent Monk 

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2014-10-24 01:07:04 (36 comments, 49 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

All the posts & comments being flagged as spam is not due to some kind of attack. Word from inside the Googleplex is that it's something major wrong with the backend systems, & that the team are on it in a big way.
ETA: +Yonatan Zunger has given me permission to call this an official announcement. Verbatim quote:
Something is seriously broken with the backend -- it's marking a huge number of posts and comments as spam. Team is on it.

All the posts & comments being flagged as spam is not due to some kind of attack. Word from inside the Googleplex is that it's something major wrong with the backend systems, & that the team are on it in a big way.
ETA: +Yonatan Zunger has given me permission to call this an official announcement. Verbatim quote:
Something is seriously broken with the backend -- it's marking a huge number of posts and comments as spam. Team is on it.___

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2014-10-24 00:49:40 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

There really are some unbelievably shitty people in this world. No doubt this woman now refers to Prudy as a 'socialist' or something.
Via +Peter da Silva 

#nottheonion  ___There really are some unbelievably shitty people in this world. No doubt this woman now refers to Prudy as a 'socialist' or something.
Via +Peter da Silva 

2014-10-23 23:01:49 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I try to avoid using software whose dev's say "won'tfix" a lot.
Via +Irreverent Monk 

This is the first criticism of systemd that makes an interesting and worthwhile reading argument. As in, it applies in a general way to other pieces of software as well, and you can learn something from it even when you are not interested into the Great Systemd Flamewar™.

That is not to say it applies or doesn't to systemd, but it is well written and makes a valueable contribution.___I try to avoid using software whose dev's say "won'tfix" a lot.
Via +Irreverent Monk 

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2014-10-23 22:05:17 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Encourage artists, especially kids
Click through to the whole strip:
http://zenpencils.com/comic/kevinsmith/
Via +Ben Hibben 
#parentingtips   #parents  

Encourage artists, especially kids
Click through to the whole strip:
http://zenpencils.com/comic/kevinsmith/
Via +Ben Hibben 
#parentingtips   #parents  ___

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2014-10-23 21:52:15 (20 comments, 8 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Ooh! Social Justice Warrior t-shirts!
Via +Ms Kat 
#socialjusticewarriors   #sjw   #teamsjw  

It's time to fight for justice in my newest shirt!
http://teespring.com/sjwarrior___Ooh! Social Justice Warrior t-shirts!
Via +Ms Kat 
#socialjusticewarriors   #sjw   #teamsjw  

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2014-10-23 05:08:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Signal boosting, because most of these problems annoy the crap out of me too, & it's nuts that they still exist years after I first ran into them.
Via +Kimberly Hurlbut 

Ghosts In The Machine, and Some Nagging Questions

I've had a lot of time to reflect on some of the things I'm going to say here. It's been years for some of them. Let me say upfront -- this is nor a rant. I want to get that out of the way at the top.

But I do have some nagging questions about this UI (some of which I've asked before, and some new ones). Questions that I think about every time I'm working in the stream and adding posts. Here goes:

1. My stream has been unrecognizable for a long, long time.

Lately, I'm lucky if I recognize 5% of the people behind the posts in my stream. That's probably a good day. I'm wondering if, in some way, over time, the algorithms used to serve me posts have somehow changed, or perhaps mutated. There are many days now where I don't recognize a soul for many, many posts. I can only be anecdotal and say it seemed much, much easier in the first few years. That's why I wonder if a ghost might have gotten into these magical algorithms, or if, indeed, something has changed. Hmm. Again, this isn't a rant at all, but it concerns me.

2. Odd glitches in formatting posts still occur.

Since day one, there has been the odd glitch here and there. We expected that. But just yesterday I put up posts where the formatting for bold and the formatting for italics didn't work at all. It clearly wouldn't take, even when I tried it three or four times. This has happened frequently to me over the years. I'm perplexed why we still have these issues. Glitch, or something else?

3. In our About Me section of our profiles, under "story", we have an editor that allows us to format our paragraphs. Why not for the stream?

I've always wondered about that. I'm not talking about html formatting or anything outrageous (though I wouldn't have minded that from day one), since I understand why not given the minimalism of the site. But why is this editing not offered as part of the pop-up box when you're creating a post? It feels dated that I still have to manually format everything (when it works).

4. Gmail is fraught with glitches when posting or responding to posts within the Gmail UI, and always has.

For me, when I open an email and reply by tagging the person (or persons), if I end up writing a long response, invariably, I cannot post that reply (with their tag still intact) if any length of time has passed. From day one, I've always had to copy/paste or control-c/v my way back in and when I'm quicker about things, it takes. I'm not talking once or twice, and for me this occurs on all devices, all OS's, every time. It always comes down to how fast I type that reply. This is the strangest one to me, and the one that gives me the greatest angst, as I live in Gmail. Can't figure out this one at all.

5. I wish there was a better system for tagging people in pages. That 5k limit affects me every time I'm working in pages.

Let me explain. On +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS we're pretty much at our 5,000 limit. I get the idea of limits. I understand the rationale. But here's the thing I noticed over the last three years with that: when someone's added to our circles, and they've posted a comment to the videos we post, it's easy to tag them and leave a reply back. 

What's nearly impossible is tagging that same person when they're not already in our circles. Sometimes, they'll leave a comment and I'll go in and tag them to reply and a dozen names will pop up, but usually not theirs since they're not in our circles. The same thing happens on dedication nights when songs are dedicated to people who aren't following our page. It seems to be a messy system and I can't tell you how many complications I've had over the years with this single issue.

I can only imagine that businesses would sure like to be able to reply as often as they'd like to comments, suggestions, criticisms, etc. But honestly, they can't do it with the current structure of this 5k limit. It feels to me like G+ is really missing the boat in this area.

Side note: Pages are formatted the exact same way as the regular stream, and it always struck me as odd that more thought didn't go into designing pages to have something different to make them stand out more. I'm not sure I'm saying what I want to say about this, but it seems to me that they deserve more attention than they've gotten. My two cents.

I know you all have little glitches and quirky things that have happened to you here over the last three+ years. Post them here, and let's see if we can gain some attention to things that have nagged you as well!

#ghostinthemachine   #algorithm   #glitches   #naggingquestions   #understandinggoogleplus   #howthingswork   #gmail   #formatting   #quirkythings  

image | flong.com___Signal boosting, because most of these problems annoy the crap out of me too, & it's nuts that they still exist years after I first ran into them.
Via +Kimberly Hurlbut 

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2014-10-23 04:14:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Yay! Now all they need to do is figure out how to save Gough's policies as well.
#oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics  

Saved! Planning Minister Matthew Guy has intervened to preserve the birthplace of former prime minister Gough Whitlam, which was about to be demolished: http://ow.ly/Dchon ___Yay! Now all they need to do is figure out how to save Gough's policies as well.
#oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics  

2014-10-23 03:42:58 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

When I posted this yesterday, I wasn't surprised that it got lots of shares, because it's such a great article. What did surprise me is that most of you shared it privately, rather than publicly. Then I wondered: are people nervous about sharing this for fear of harassment & trolling by the Gamergate goons?
So: Poll time! If you considered sharing this publicly, but didn't, what stopped you?

When I posted this yesterday, I wasn't surprised that it got lots of shares, because it's such a great article. What did surprise me is that most of you shared it privately, rather than publicly. Then I wondered: are people nervous about sharing this for fear of harassment & trolling by the Gamergate goons?
So: Poll time! If you considered sharing this publicly, but didn't, what stopped you?___

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2014-10-23 03:20:45 (89 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

What she said. Plus the issue of the disturbing ease with which trolls & stalkers can create literally dozens of sock-puppet accounts. Don't tell me you can't fix this stuff, Google, I know damn well that nearly all of it is quite feasible.

Another Week, Another Woman Harassed Into Leaving

Over the weekend I found out yet another awesome geek lady of G+ has abandoned the site due to overwhelming sexual harassment. 

Rory Triscuit (https://profiles.google.com/100979357612465960518/about) is gone and told mutual friends that she left because of being sick of the sexual harassment she faces here every day.  I don't know what specific event was her last straw, but she's deleted her posts and all that remains is her about page with its bolded appeal to not hit on her.  But creepers don't read about pages or heed warnings, do they?

Last week I posted about a woman who was getting rape threats from a troll she'd snarked back on, and how G+ staff actually told her she shouldn't have engaged the troll to begin with and just block him, completely ignoring the fact that the dude had been blocked already and was now harassing from a secondary account.

Because blocking does not work.  Not only is there nothing stopping the jerk from making more and more accounts, but it also does nothing to help the next victim, and the next, and the next.  And short of screencapping and then sharing amongst your friends, along with the profile link of the perpetrator, there's no real easy way to spread the word to everyone you care about that this person is a problem.

So, G+, what are you going to do about this?  Because the typical excuses are getting really, really old.  It's getting very hard not to see the top sphere as a mostly-boys' club that doesn't care.  I happen to know personally that at least one of those top dudes does care very much, but it's going to take a lot more than that one dude wishing he could do more.

Let's talk about suggestions:

1) Better Blocking

If G+ is going to stick to the "just block them" paradigm, at least make blocking useful.  Here are a handful of ways blocking could be better for clamping down on repeat offenders:

- Make blocking faster and more intuitive.  Right now, if I see harassment in my friend's post, it appears to be a catch-all report of "Spam or Abuse".  Only if you hover over it after the report does it give you a choice for more details, including the ability to block.  People miss that all the time.  The previous method of having a dialogue pop up was better.

- Make blocking easier.  Right now, you can unblock from a hovercard but not block from one.  Sometimes you see a bunch of people posting crap you know will be ignored if reported (ie vague neo-Nazi nonsense that isn't specifically abusive but indicative of people you don't want in your posts) and you want to go down the list and block the lot of 'em without reporting each comment.  You then have to go to each person's profile, let it load fully (which takes a ridiculous amount of time), treat yourself to the often nasty visuals they have in their profile display and posts, and then block.  Oh, and then you have to wait some more, because if you close the tab before the button has gone from red to grey, they aren't blocked.  This is nonsense.  We should be able to block from the hovercard in the first place, especially since we can unblock from it.

- Make blocking easier to share.  When I block someone - particularly a sexual harasser - I want to be able to automatically let my friends or possibly even the public know, in a way that demonstrates the problem and lets them quickly block as well.  Perhaps when I click to flag and then subsequently do the second part (which, as above, should not require a counter-intuitive re-hover) there could be an option to Share.  Then that option could copy the text of the flagged comment to a post in a way that I can't tamper with so folks know this was what was actually posted, also paste in a direct-block link (ie a more functional hovercard) of the offender, and I could share that like a normal post to whomever I wished, but with the added security of not notifying the blocked person.

Further, it would be really nice to somehow keep a non-circled list of blockees for sharing, or multiples, perhaps by type.  That way we could share lists amongst friends that they could auto-adopt like a shared circle.

This attitude that blocking is "mean" or "censorship" or "a witch hunt" has got to go, especially if G+ is also going to have staff tell people who are receiving actual rape threats in a potentially criminally chargeable way to "just block".  We should, as microcommunities within G+, be able to choose to shun en masse as desired.

Oh, and all of this should work as effectively on mobile as on desktop.


2) More Effective Reporting That Actually Does Something

As mentioned above, right now it's unintuitive that you have to hover over something once you've reported it to be able to report further.  And even if you do, you can't effectively report harassment against other people.  It just gives you a brush-off message and if that report goes anywhere from that point, it's not clear.

Many of us who hone in on truly egregious posters - like those posting child pornography - have noticed that enough reports does get G+'s attention and those pages get removed fast.  That's awesome.  But why isn't it the same for perpetual harassers?  How many reports of harassment does it take for a profile to be deleted?  And are IP addresses ever blocked or is it just easy for all of these creeps to just make a new account repeatedly?

There needs to be a more open, obvious, and clear policy about these things.  If you want us to trust you, G+, you need to trust us enough to tell us how it works and not hide behind proprietary screens.


3) Better Training for Staff, Both in Public and in Back

Many of us are still reeling in shock at seeing a staffer tell someone being threatened with rape that she shouldn't have engaged with the troll and should have just blocked.  That victim-blaming crap ought to be Red Flag Number One that you need more training in your offices on how to deal with sexual harassment issues.

But it's not just that once incidence: I've personally seen too many women try to report sustained harassment and be given brush-offs, be told something along the lines of, "Sorry, our policy doesn't let me do anything about this," or worse, cast the victim as the problem and threaten her with being removed.  I've seen multiple women who have been put through the ringer for trying to report fake profiles of them made by stalking exes who post intimate photos, or even just post as them in generally embarrassing, trouble-making ways.  Some of them just leave, others soldier on knowing there's nothing to be done.

Further, going to private-only posts should not ever be a suggestion.  That's akin to telling women if we don't want to be sexually harassed on a public street, we should lock ourselves inside.  Too much of the attitude around here puts the onus on victims to change the system, when the onus should be on G+ to deal with perpetrators.

Perhaps G+ should be hiring some kind of anti-sexual-harassment company to come in and educate the staff - from ground level up to executive - on how to more effectively deal with reports.  Because right now, it honestly looks like at best you don't care, and at worst, you're blaming victims.


4) Profile Photos Should Be Lockable

Just today it was revealed by some friends who otherwise control their photos that profile photos are shareable.  That's crazy.  Profile photos should have the same security options as any other photo posted.  It's actually a disturbingly common method of sexual harassment that's been around since the early days of G+: the creepers seem to pass around a hot profile photo and then flock to the woman to drive her crazy.


5) Generally Improved User Controls

There are several ways many of us have been begging for for ages to better control accounts to reduce the incidences of trolling/harassment, and we feel like nobody's listening.

- Turn of +1 notifications.  Right now harassers can "plusfuck" you and there's not even a way to report that as harassment.

- Comment Karma.  We really need some kind of system that lets those who wish it set a higher threshold before uncircled users can comment on their posts.  It's not good enough to just lock comments to circles because that prevents decent new folks from entering discussions.  Many, many versions of this have been suggested for the last couple of years.  G+ needs to implement something.

- Ghost blocking, temporary bans, etc.  Many people are asking for the ability to shut someone up in a troublesome thread without having to enact a total block ban.  There should be degrees of control here.

- Hangout invites need to be locked down.  Right now you can only set it that people can notify you first or not.  Many people don't want most people they interact with online to be able to beg for hangouts constantly.  We should be able to control that better than just shutting the entire toolbar off.  It's an easy vehicle for harassment right now and needs to stop.

- Ability to stop community invites from people not in circles.  We women get invited to an ungodly number of porny communities on a regular basis.  Ew.  Let us stop this in advance, please!  Plus everyone else wants this setting too for the other bazillion community invites spammer send daily.

- Ability to set posts to Comments Disabled before clicking the share button.  Sometimes people have good reasons for not allowing comments, and it's silly that they have to make the post and then go to the pull-down to disable comments.  In the time it takes to do that, a comment or two often comes through.

- Ability to mark posts as not eligible for What's Hot, and/or an indicator on the post when it's gone to WH.  WH is a magnet for abuse, especially on women's issues.  I've received more rape threats and associated abuse from my feminist posts hitting WH than all other harassment put together.  High profile women who frequently have posts hit WH pretty much know that every time they post, they're going to get a ton of crap thrown at them.  And this problem isn't limited to sexual harassment of women: any post hitting WH gets filled with stupidity.  Let us choose as we post to not allow this to happen, and give us the Comment Karma settings to minimize it if it does!



These are just the suggestions I could remember in between doing dishes tonight and before I need to go bathe the baby.  I'm a busy mom who shouldn't have to be telling one of the world's biggest corporations with a motto of "Don't be evil" how to curtail sexual harassment on their social media platform.  I shouldn't have to watch friend after friend bail or go to private-only because the problem is so disgustingly huge.  I shouldn't have to see thread after thread descend into chaos because some women can't post anything without being hit on.

Google exists as an aggregator of data.  There's no excuse for why you can predict my search terms with disturbing accuracy but can't figure out that someone posting constant sexual harassment needs to go.

Do something.  For pity's sake, do anything.  Stop ignoring us.___What she said. Plus the issue of the disturbing ease with which trolls & stalkers can create literally dozens of sock-puppet accounts. Don't tell me you can't fix this stuff, Google, I know damn well that nearly all of it is quite feasible.

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2014-10-23 02:28:41 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Add +Felicia Day to the list of women doxxed & harassed by #gamergate .
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield  

http://thisfeliciaday.tumblr.com/post/100700417809/the-only-thing-i-have-to-say-about-gamer-gate

She was, of course, doxxed within an hour of posting this. As always, the strongest argument against GG is... GG itself.___Add +Felicia Day to the list of women doxxed & harassed by #gamergate .
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield  

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2014-10-22 22:24:30 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Register to vote, you lazy fucks! And don't give me any of this shit about how "they're both the same" because they're not.

My fellow Americans: There’s an election in two weeks, and the Republicans are favored to take control of the Senate.

There is only one issue at stake in determining control of the Senate: turnout. That’s it. Democrats are on track to lose the Senate because they aren’t going to bother to show up.

Candidates can make their speeches, and throw their tantrums at debates, but there aren’t really any swing voters anyway. All they’re doing is feeding their supporters’ social media posts.

Republicans have this figured out. They show up on Election Day. They work to pass laws to make it harder for likely Democratic voters to vote.

Democrats, not so much. They don’t bother to show up. If Democrats showed up and voted, Republicans would never control any branch of government again. No, gerrymandering wouldn’t make a difference: gerrymandering gives the Republicans only a small handful of House seats, and doesn’t affect Senate races at all. The only thing that matters is whether or not you vote.

Your vote is so important that the Republicans want to stop you from using it. Good Americans died for it. People around the world wish for it. How can you possibly take it for granted? How can you just decide it’s not worth your trouble? Are you frustrated by a lack of meaningful choices? Are you angry over the role of money in politics? Well, none of that will matter if you just get off your lazy ass and vote.

Are you upset that the politicians never take your views, your needs, your feelings into account? Well, if you don’t vote, your views, needs, and feelings don’t matter at all. They’re supposed to ignore you. It’s rational for them to ignore you. They’ll ignore you, and pay attention to the wacko teabaggers with the misspelled signs and nary a clue among them. Those people will be making your decisions for you.

Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said that it’s important for Republicans to win state elections this year, so they will be the ones “overseeing the voting mechanism” in the 2016 presidential election. That’s how they plan to win elections: by controlling them. They’re doing everything they can to keep you from voting, and their most potent weapon is making you not want to bother. You may not think a midterm election is important, but they know it is.

“Not voting” isn’t a protest, and it’s not a statement. It’s an abdication.



Further reading:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-says-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-need-to-win-so-they-control-voting-mechanisms-1.1113989

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/21/7027719/swing-voters-independents-2014-midterm-elections-polarized-republican-advantage___Register to vote, you lazy fucks! And don't give me any of this shit about how "they're both the same" because they're not.

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2014-10-22 22:02:57 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Hilarious Cracked piece on the stuff that MRAs whine about, vs real solutions for the real problems than men face because of sexism.

Hint: The answer is #feminism .

"On the less depressing side, there's this woman who ran across America to benefit wounded veterans, or this woman who has spent the last eight years visiting veterans in hospital and raising truckloads of money for them. We looked around to see if any of the men's rights activists complaining online about feminism had done anything to help soldiers or victims of workplace injury, and we couldn't find much, but we're sure they'll get to it after reading this."

___Hilarious Cracked piece on the stuff that MRAs whine about, vs real solutions for the real problems than men face because of sexism.

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2014-10-22 17:33:13 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Gamergate scumbags caught red-handed doxxing & harassing a teacher - including trying to get him fired - who blogged about telling his students not to get suckered into gamerbro misogyny.
I can confirm that every screenshot in the article is legit, & also that there's actually worse stuff in the full archive that probably wasn't shown because it reveals doxxed details about him & his employer.
Remember: If you support #gamergate , you're supporting all the harassment shown in the article.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield  

Gamergate scumbags caught red-handed doxxing & harassing a teacher - including trying to get him fired - who blogged about telling his students not to get suckered into gamerbro misogyny.
I can confirm that every screenshot in the article is legit, & also that there's actually worse stuff in the full archive that probably wasn't shown because it reveals doxxed details about him & his employer.
Remember: If you support #gamergate , you're supporting all the harassment shown in the article.
#stopgamergate2014   #gamerghazi   #notyourshield  ___

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2014-10-22 16:36:21 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Not sure what all the fuss is about #gamergate ? This article sums it up perfectly in only about a page.
A sample:
How is Gamergate answering its critics?
In order to clarify their message, members of Gamergate have seen to it that any individual who unfairly singles out the violent and bigoted aspects of the movement for criticism immediately becomes the target of sustained online harassment. Needless to say, we don’t mean for that last sentence to sound like a criticism of Gamergate. We’d even go so far as to say that anybody critical of Gamergate probably had it coming, if that is better.
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #notyourshield  

___Not sure what all the fuss is about #gamergate ? This article sums it up perfectly in only about a page.
A sample:
How is Gamergate answering its critics?
In order to clarify their message, members of Gamergate have seen to it that any individual who unfairly singles out the violent and bigoted aspects of the movement for criticism immediately becomes the target of sustained online harassment. Needless to say, we don’t mean for that last sentence to sound like a criticism of Gamergate. We’d even go so far as to say that anybody critical of Gamergate probably had it coming, if that is better.
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #notyourshield  

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2014-10-22 14:25:14 (34 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The actual strip has 4 panels, but I think the first 2 cover it better.
http://amultiverse.com/comic/2014/10/22/amateur-hour/  H/T: +Fred Hicks 
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #gamergate   #notyourshield   #notyourshill   #firefly   #serenity   #adambaldwin  

The actual strip has 4 panels, but I think the first 2 cover it better.
http://amultiverse.com/comic/2014/10/22/amateur-hour/  H/T: +Fred Hicks 
#gamerghazi   #stopgamergate2014   #stopbullying   #gamergate   #notyourshield   #notyourshill   #firefly   #serenity   #adambaldwin  ___

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2014-10-22 12:45:09 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Well, that's one promise he kept.
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2014/06/08/abbott-commits-to-cutting-australias-reputation-by-30-by-2015/
#oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics  

Well, that's one promise he kept.
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2014/06/08/abbott-commits-to-cutting-australias-reputation-by-30-by-2015/
#oz   #straya   #australia   #auspol   #auspolitics  ___

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2014-10-22 12:06:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

And if they had a third one, the could have put a picture of a uniform on it, although deciding the colour scheme might be a dilemma.
Via +Andrew Pam 

___And if they had a third one, the could have put a picture of a uniform on it, although deciding the colour scheme might be a dilemma.
Via +Andrew Pam 

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2014-10-22 11:40:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The ::cough:: "Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas" ::cough:: find out about economic inequality. Very educational!
#socialjustice   #eattherich   #mlp  

Economic inequality explained by Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas.  Awesome!___The ::cough:: "Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas" ::cough:: find out about economic inequality. Very educational!
#socialjustice   #eattherich   #mlp  

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2014-10-22 11:03:15 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Best ever Taylor Swift album released, instantly tops Canadanian iTunes chart.
http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/10/taylor-swift-accidentally-releases-8-seconds-of-white-noise-tops-canadian-itunes-chart.html?cmp=fbtl
Via +Irreverent Monk 

Best ever Taylor Swift album released, instantly tops Canadanian iTunes chart.
http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/10/taylor-swift-accidentally-releases-8-seconds-of-white-noise-tops-canadian-itunes-chart.html?cmp=fbtl
Via +Irreverent Monk ___

2014-10-22 10:58:53 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

How do I make the 'poll' option go away in the Share dialog if I change my mind & decide to do something else?
Would it be so difficult to add a [x] option like with URLs?

How do I make the 'poll' option go away in the Share dialog if I change my mind & decide to do something else?
Would it be so difficult to add a [x] option like with URLs?___

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2014-10-22 09:57:20 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

What she said.

Disenfranchisement is so retro.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/supreme-court-texas-voter-id-law-history

1905: Texas formalizes its all-white primary system. The Terrell Election Law of 1905 made official the all-white primary system, encouraging both main political parties and county election officials to adopt voting requirements that explicitly banned minorities from voting in primaries. The stated purpose of the law? Preventing voter fraud.

And since my other threads on this topic have been inundated by trolls (you can tell because they don't even follow me...they search out these kinds of posts to say horribly racist shit and a lot of completely wrong nonsense about voter fraud), I'm closing comments to start.

If you want to discuss it, feel free to share or repost.  I don't need credit or anything.  I just want the information out there but I'm not up to an extra round of whack-a-troll today.  When G+ gives us thread moderation, I'll keep more threads open.___What she said.

2014-10-22 09:34:05 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hi +Suresh Ramasubramanian 
Are you the same Suresh I knew from NAN-AU/E & The Monastery?

Hi +Suresh Ramasubramanian 
Are you the same Suresh I knew from NAN-AU/E & The Monastery?___

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2014-10-22 08:36:21 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

But I got better.

But I got better.___

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2014-10-22 05:57:58 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

8chan/gg/ is freaking out, censoring posts that disagree with official doctrine, but is still fine with threats & bigotry
Remember this the next time one of them claims that all the horrifying things that their users say there is a result of the forum being uncensored, so they can't remove the worst comments. No, it's because they agree with them.
https://8chan.co/gg/res/228791.html#q228791
#gamergate   #notyourshield   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect  
#stopbullying  

8chan/gg/ is freaking out, censoring posts that disagree with official doctrine, but is still fine with threats & bigotry
Remember this the next time one of them claims that all the horrifying things that their users say there is a result of the forum being uncensored, so they can't remove the worst comments. No, it's because they agree with them.
https://8chan.co/gg/res/228791.html#q228791
#gamergate   #notyourshield   #quinnspiracy   #sarkeesianeffect  
#stopbullying  ___

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