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Violence is Invisible

Violence is Invisible

New Release: Bounties

Bounties

This release of linkFilter introduces bounties, activities that grant extra rewards for completing specific tasks. Bounties typically run for a week or a day and encourage users to explore and interact.

Once acquired you can click the XP bar to track your progress. Be sure to complete your bounties before they expire, and then collect you reward.

Currently only Cando 99-30 in The Archive is offering bounties, but expect to see more soon.

Release Notes

  • Adds support for bounties, activities that grant additional rewards for specific actions
  • Fixes for nightly and weekly maintenance
  • Fix for new sectors not appearing in post dropdowns
  • Refactor award for bounties and prep for award log
  • Fixes for pagination in sector view
Is RSS coming back to LF?

RSS!!!

Hatepup Lives!
New Release: The Archive

The Archive

This release introduces The Archive, moving all the posts from before "the collapse" to a separate section of the site. Posts in The Archive are locked: no voting, no editing, no commenting. Posts can be recovered from The Archive by crossposting them to other sectors.

The Archive also introduces linkFilter's first NPC: Cando 99-30. Cando manages The Archive and will soon start offering bounties for activities involving all those old posts.

Crossposting

This release also introduces crossposting. Any post can be crossposted to another sector. The original post creator gets awarded XP as well as the person crossposting. You can crosspost your own posts too, but you won't get double XP.

Release Notes

  • Posts can now be cross posted to other sectors
  • Crossposting results in XP rewards for original post as well as cross post
  • Posts and Sectors prior to the 2011 shutdown are now contained in The Archive
  • The Archive can be browsed by year and month, by sector, or searched
  • Posts in The Archive cannot be edited, voted on, or commented on
  • Significant improvements to search
  • Significant improvements to site performance
  • Fixes for avatar selection
  • Fixes for mobile site
  • Fixes for site sluggishness for users with space in username
  • Fixes for search not being updated on new posts
  • All users are subscribed to new sectors (for now)
  • Fixes for posts that are associated to a hard deleted user
  • Support for filtering by date moving forward from linkFilter launch
  • Bookmarks will work deleted and archived links
  • Fixes for sectors containing "all" in the token
  • Purging caches on user preference update
  • Recent posts in archived sectors moved to limbo
Next Release: The Archive

I wanted to share my thoughts on the next release for linkFilter, because they may be controversial.

Post Reset / The Archive

I'm going to be moving all posts and sectors except for the very latest ones into a new section of the site titled The Archive. A new heading at the top will allow you to delve into the sectors and visit the heyday of the site. Search will return results from the both areas.

This will allow us to start building a series of sectors that are user moderated and focused on whatever you're interested in. When more of the game mechanics start to come into play there will be reasons to visit The Archive and pull posts into the main area.

User Reset

Once I've introduced some more game mechanics I'll be doing a user reset, pulling everyone back to level 1 and 0 XP. I want to give everyone a reason to start posting again since most users who were here back in the day have already unlocked everything. There will be new things to unlock and new mechanics to allow active users to progress quickly. All posts and sectors between now and the reset will remain active.

Thoughts?

Share them here, in the chat, or on the Discord.

New Release: Markdown Editing

Now with Markdown

Out today, Markdown editing across the site.

I don't know about you, but I always found the editing on linkFilter lacking. My wonky CR/LF to html break conversion never worked right. It also made the text edit fields terrible to look at.

I've removed support for editing HTML directly, and now we just use markdown. All the old rules for where images are allowed and aren't still apply.

Refactored posting

I refactored the posting of links, journals and comments to use as much of the same code as possible. Moving forward this should make making changes easier and more uniform. As with all refactors, you will probably find a bug or two, just let me know.

Other stuff / Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug with comments creating new threads when they weren't supposed to
  • Fixed mobile mode so you can post again
  • Removed support for legacy skins
  • Turned off all post-per-day cost multipliers
  • Added support for mod deleting and undeleting
  • Removed support for mod editing
  • Comments use proper user/title/body after post
  • Added notification on new sector creation
Fall 19 roadmap

Now that the first new features for linkFilter have been released in ages, I wanted to share with you some of direction I'd like to take the site.

I want to double down on the gaming aspects of the site. I'll be introducing a parallel alternate universe narrative where the internet is almost entirely a handful of walled gardens. LinkFilter is one of the last refuges of the open internet, and your character comes to share, curate and defend content there.

I'll be introducing character classes, each with its own role on the site. The "mod" class for example, is a curator on the site. They have specialized tools for managing lots of content. All classes will be able to perform all functions, just some functions will be better/easier for your class. I'll also be introducing inventory. Stuff you can add to your characters to enhance their functions even more. Eventually I'd like to introduce NPCs into the mix.


Before I get to any of that, we'll need one more round of bug fixes and quality of life improvements. I'm going to move all the editors to use simple markdown, for example. I'll also be adding in an invite system, so we can welcome other members into the community.
Introducing Sectors, glimmer and some new rules

I'm excited to announce some new features to the linkFilter community.

Sectors

Sectors replace categories and can be created by anyone. Journals and Polls are now posted into sectors as well. Anything posted into your sectors can be moderated by you.

CP becomes glimmer

I've renamed CP into glimmer. The function is exactly the same, except instead of getting reset every night you will get additional glimmer on the first visit of each day. You can accumulate up to 1000. I've also tweaked the amount you get each day slightly.

New level up screen


You'll notice a progress bar in the upper right which shows your progress to the next level. Reaching a new level will show a new animated level up display.
RIP Rip Torn
Startup Growing Pains
My company CARMERA is right around 50 people now. We've hit the point where we need middle management, and that team needs to spin up and get working effectively. It's the least fun part of the startup cycle. Meetings all day everyday. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though.
30R
Working on Sections
I'm moving away from categories and into making sections that can have their own moderator.
Foreshadowing

College Admissions Scandal

Bill Cosby
Harvey Weinstein
Jeffrey Epstein
NXIVM
Cardinal George Pell
David de Rothschild
Benjamin Netanyahu


Yeah, listen to the lyric. Here we go!

We are the ones prophesized to return
My main concern is for all of you to learn
How to live, yes through the lyrics I give and send my friend
This age is coming to an end -
Not the world - but the age is ending.
Listen to the astrological message I'm sending
Truth is truth, whether or not you like me:
We are living now in the age of Pisces
When Pisces is over, at the year two thousand
When the Sun of God changes his house and
Enters the Age of Aquarius
The Sun of God as man is hilarious
When you think of Jesus, think of the Sun
The flaming Sun, that's where they stole this concept from
Stop believing and read your bible logically;
The New Testament is really old astrology
Jesus is the son of God - no lie -
But they might be talking about the Sun up in the sky
The Sun that hangs on the cross of the Zodiac
The Zodiac with twelve signs to be exact
Each sign is a house, and you should keep in mind
Each house equals, a period of time
The time: two thousand years and that's a fact -
It's called an age or a house in the Zodiac
The twelve disciples are twelve months of reason
The four gospels signify the four seasons
When Jesus fed the multitude with two fishes
It signified the Age of Pisces, not fish on dishes
If you read the bible astrologically it's clearer,
The next age will be the age of the water-bearer
It's called the Age of Aquarius,
When logic and truth will take care of us
So in this age of spiritual dignity
You'll see a rise in femininity
And creativity, meshed with masculinity
You got to get with me, this is your true her-story
Do you wanna go higher...

Everybody's bad and everybody's tough
But how many people are intelligent enough
To open up their eyes and see through the lies
Discipline themselves, yourself to stay alive
Not many
That's why the universe sent me today on this stage
With this to to say
The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer
And in the final hour many heads will lose power
What does the rich versus the poor really mean?
Psychologically it means you got to pick your team
When someone says the rich gets richer
Visualize wealth and put yourselves in the picture
The rich get richer, cause they work towards rich
The poor get poorer, cause their minds can't switch from the ghetto
Let go, it's not a novelty
You could love your neighborhood without loving poverty
Follow me, every mother, father, son, daughter
There's no reason to fear the New World Order
We must order the whole new world to pay us
The New World Order and the old state chaos
The Big Brother watching over you, is a lie you see
Hip-Hop could build it's own secret society
But first you and I got to unify
Stop the negativity and control our creativity
The rich is getting richer, so why we ain't richer?
Could it be we still thinking like niggas?
Educate yourselves, make your world view bigger
Visualize wealth and put yourselves in the picture!


- KRS-One 1997
Total Information Awareness

Remember LifeLog?

linkfilter.net/journals/1181

I remember.

Ever wonder why I disappeared when I did, why I never had a Facebook account?

[111]

#NSA should've hired me thank #Q very much


The People are the aware ones now.
Attn: Darwish
311 - Galaxy (1997)

Between Mars and Jupiter there’s a gap for another planet
Now way back yeah maybe a mad man
Just blew the shit out of it
Now we’re tryin’ to get back in alignment
Explains why we go through cycles always tryin’ to find it
Closin’ into the age of Aquarius crazy weather floods
Tornadoes low jet streams not gettin’ better
Enterin’ a twilight zone activities grown
And every single day more people spottin’ UFOs

Let’s come together with this new coast shit
We got the motherfuckin’ kids now lets freak this shit
It’s messed up if you’re feeling (feeling)
Everything is wrong, we’ll take over the pentagon

It’s fucked up in this paradigm cuz
I’m burning fossil fuels I don’t even need to
Free energy has been harnessed
We don’t use it why ’cause the technique’s been suppressed
The hourglass has passed through granules that’s cool
We gotta bust it, break all these rules and
Switch change up the pitch
Rearrange our lives and this dumb shit we’ll ditch

Let’s come together with this new coast shit
We got the motherfuckin’ kids now lets freak this shit
It’s messed up if you’re feeling (feeling)
Everything is wrong, we’ll fumigate the chevrons


I found a bootleg of the cosmic conscious then erased it
Visualized the breath technique slowly became it
Now something is watchin’ me since I have found the keys
To free this energy my high speed light body
The galaxy is crazy it doesn’t amaze me
That we’re livin’ out of phase and quickly decaying
6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons
Is encoded in this planet we live on
reddit catching up I see
https://imgur.com/XS0JkUO

11-11
Make a wish. It's time.
Thank You Donald Trump

Thank You Donald Trump

(This is a post I've been meaning to make for months. I've been waiting for better inspiration and text to come to me, but now, before I go vote, I'll go out on the tightrope and write how I feel, before the results of this 2018 midterm elections are revealed)
Thank you DT: For demonstrating to a generation that grew to voting age with Barak Obama as president how important it is to vote.

Thank you DT: For showing Hillary Clinton once and for all that a deep strong resume cannot fully make up for deficiencies in charisma and ability to campaign. See also - George H.W. Bush.

Thank you DT: For showing that it's important for a presidential candidate to have some exposure in one or more elected government jobs before running for president.

Thank you DT: For showing the citizens of the US what the priorities and accomplishments of a GOP Congress would be if they had any breathing willing bill signer in the White House.


And now, off to vote.
Do you remember?
What did you experience? What did you see? What did you learn? A struggle to overcome, results of choices made, a lesson in discernment? Did you do your best with what you were given? Are you Prepared For Change? Have you already changed? What do you dream about, what do you wish for? Will humanity be free? When will it be? What do you feel? Are you still mad for being lied to? Are you certain you see truth now? Are your sure these sides exist? What is actually happening? When the shadow is lifted, will you recognize the light? Wakey wakey, Kevin Bakey. Is this a meme, or is it reality? Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see. Everything is energy. Everything is connected. How do you know Now is the most important time in your existence? You arrived with assistance. We are not alone. Anonymous no more. We are all together. Divisions rejoined, justice served, trauma healed. Participate in this event, imagine the future. Love creates. All is truly well. Believe.
Some Inktober pieces

Prompt was "cruel"



Prompt was "clock"



Prompt was "weak"



Prompt was "bottle"



Prompt was "breakable"
Bad Times at the El Royale
I'll scribble a film review by request, but otherwise I recommend catching Bad Times at the El Royale while it is still in theaters. There are two caveats: one, you should probably enjoy the structure of Homer's epics or Aeschylus' tragedies, not counting that schlock-fest Prometheus Bound; two, you should be able to accept the purpose of the violence on screen, which will be quite a task if you don't care for heroic poems.
If you know someone who enjoys theatre, drag them along and get their take after the film.
Come on...Ted.
Gemali Project

I am proud to be a part of this: Gemali Project.

A bit of description from the website: "Whether you’re a spiritual seeker interested in exploring one of the world’s most well-preserved wisdom traditions, a new convert to Islam or a lifelong Muslim looking to strengthen your practice, Being Muslim offers a religiously authentic, culturally relevant and welcoming environment to connect with The Divine in a community of fellow wayfarers on a path to wholeness."


It is pretty dope, if you are into that sort of thing. ;-)
FaceBook Friend Is Begging
I have an acquaintance on FaceBook - I've known her for many years, but was always uneasy about her. According to her, she's had terrible luck finding and keeping a job. She wants to only do home health care, will drive many miles to such a job. I think one of the main things about such a job is that it comes with room & board.
But she always seems to screw up somehow and get canned. Or else it's bad luck.
In the most recent case, she arrived at the town where her client lives, only to find out that the client went the hospital while she was on the road. She now has no job and no money.
She is begging for money via Facebook. She's done this before. Friends always seem to give her just enough to get by.
When this happens, I always think to myself "I've got to unfriend this money pit", but I never do, and then things are looking up for her again, and I forget about unfriending her until the next beg. But then I feel guilty about unfriending her while she's asking for money.
This is not my beautiful house

To me, Linkfilter was a huge loft with exposed beams, lived-in sofas, a big refrigerator with snakky foods where we all just existed. I miss this little corner, and I came over to check out what's been going on here after oofex posted a picture of chaps on a Facebook thread.


There is a Facebook group here that if you are not part of you should be, even if it is just a holding place for in-jokes and memories.
Short-shorts
Going to blatantly imitate blackvelvetjesus and post links to a couple of short works I put on medium.com.
They are sci-fi short-shorts, and not intended to be serious. Let me know if you like them.
First Contact
Just Like Home