Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

The Last Downvote

By -

I’m not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but this time, I really outdumbed myself.

For weeks now, I’ve been increasingly concerned about the tone of the site. I have spent an inordinate amount of time addressing this issue, mostly behind the scenes, with a combination of engineering efforts and diplomacy.

Anecdotally, we might guess where all the “Dislikes” are coming from, but I’ve got the data. (As a courtesy, I have blurred out the actual names, since Lord knows there is a lack of civilized decorum in present society). One of these chaps is dead, so no more worries there, but it looks like some folks spend an awfully lot of time bashing that downvote button. Thousands upon thousands of dislikes.