I only have five subreddits using Mannomail and it's already a really, really frustrating experience to constantly have to reset the check marks in the sidebar every time I open up modmail in a new tab. Sometimes it happens in the same session of checking modmail! More than enough times I want to keep a modmail thread open so I click the return button as a new tab, only to find that the new tab has reset everything I was doing.
Alternatively/additionally, it would also be really useful if we could have shortlinks to single-subreddit modmail like /r/modmailbeta/about/message/inbox/ does for the old system. That alone might clear up the majority of the show/hide issues I, and I'm certain others, have had with the beta.
Hi all! Hope your new year is going well. I was suggested by an admin to repost my issue with the beta, also with a little less acerbic phrasing (in partial jest, I swear!):
When scrolling down, say, the archive section of modmail, the text that scrolls off the screen is completely offloaded, meaning that, for example, if I am looking for maybe a modmail sent by a user two weeks ago I can't simply scroll down two weeks and CTRL-F their username. Instead, I have to carefully comb through each message to try and catch the name. This is really bad when you have subreddits which get dozens of messages a day at times.
I know search is coming eventually, but even with search this is simply a bad bug that really shouldn't be there.
Found the beta though I didn't a lucky draw on it. I'm actually surprisingly content with the new design, though there are two major issues I have with it and multiple minor ones.
I'm not going to make a bullet list for this one. I just want to say that I was prepared to be disappointed in the design and found myself very pleasantly surprised. I think this is a work of care and it certainly shows. I'm very much a fan of the compact feeling that the frontpage now provides and I think many of the header changes are certainly steps in the right direction.
There are some clear issues with comments and sidebars, like the subreddit/subscription information doing strange things with positioning, that seem more like they're unfinished than anything, so I'll leave those be for now.
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Who in their right mind thought it would make sense to offload text that isn't on the screen? If I want to find a three day old post by a user, I can't load three days of modmail and CTRL-F for their username, because...why?? I have to scroll down message by message and scan the entire goddamned page for their post?
I'm livid. Why is this even a feature? It literally took more effort for you to go out of your way to render the platform unusable than it would have to just have us load a lot of text. Half these archived posts are three lines of text, you aren't suffocating our browser with too much modmail. Heck, it would still be in memory for us, as far as I can tell because the load time for that text is nearly instantaneous unlike any other modmail page, so it's just utterly pointless for any reason that I can rationalize in your defense.
And there's no search button, which I would have been okay with if you let me just use the very basic features a browser provides for text on a page.
I don't think I've ever experienced a stupider design choice. The archives are literally useless to me.
OK, I'm calm now ;) Is there some reasoning for this, or is it a bug? Is this a glitch on my end? I'd love to hear some explanation.
Hey everyone, I hope the folks in the US have had a grand old time at the booths yesterday. Right now some of the higher-ups at my department are reeling over the results, and not just because of their politics—with the feds painted red, the future of our field has been upended from right under our nose (not that it's entirely a bad thing!). Many of you are likely familiar with Dr. Balanchuk, who is a popular consult on VX for journalists, companies, and policy analysts, and is an esteemed colleague of mine. We've discussed at length the future of the field in the context of the elections, and I want to share with you the insights he's provided me regarding what we should expect from our legislators in the coming term.
I'll start off with this: this is a very speculative write-up. Nobody was really preparing for such an intense turnover until the last days of the campaigns and much of the policies we've expected to come from either side of the party line would have followed the present trajectories VX has headed in for the last decade.
What may be the clearest consequence of this election is our future relationship with China. Unless you're a diehard or run a machinist's shop, your rig is significantly composed of Chinese imports even if you bought your modules locally. It's very likely that your core VX has a SW3 coolant array or blueform insulation, runs on HKG libraries, and all the cobalt? Where do you think that came from? The point is, we're going to see uncertainty in trade with China, and the most basic outcome is that Basic prices are going to rise. This is going to suck for tinkerers but if rig companies (IBM, etc.) seize the opportunity to meet the demand, it may just be a short-term issue. However...
Ion fielding is likely out of the picture for anything on a budget. Saltspinning is an entirely Chinese branch right now and negotiations on lifting the veil on proprietary specs hasn't given us a single poorly translated sentence in six years. If shipping centrifuges the size of small cars was hard enough already, the proposed tariffs and regulations are going to kill the market. What does this mean? First off, it means static-neutral VX is over, which means cabling replaces rads and rubbering is back. We've essentially unsolved the heating crisis here so insulation is once more a pillar of American VX architecture. But wait...SW3 and blueform, that's gonna go up in price like I already said, right? Yep. That means we're back to tank-and-piping and, and I can't believe I'm saying this, tea tree oil. Before you string me up, I mean solely as a cooling solution, not for all the other reasons that, let me remind you, came after.
Pick your jaw up from the floor. Thank you.
Furthermore, we're going to see a deep rift in VX development and probably a good portion of what used to be openVX will go dark. We can't ignore the political and rhetorical ramifications that will affect dealings with Shenzen and Hong Kong. Balanchuk fully expects US/China development to go the way of the Cold War in his book, which means a significant portion of the intellect in the field will simply no longer reach out to us, nor us to them. We're not only set back decades of thermo research, but we will no longer enjoy the academic and economic rennaissance that floated us through the recession.
The blackbox of federal grant procurement is an enigma not even VX can map to N let alone run a markup (yet!). Dr. Balanchuk can't say whether VX will be more or less of a focus given the direction technology seems to be heading. However, speculation is that with the "rebuilding" of the military we're going to see a surge in available funds for low-level development and fabrication. You're also going to see VX take its foothold in parallel with quantum computing and machine learning as a non-bit pillar to the field. Fuzzy dynamics, chem-polling, and bit splicing has been 'in' and it's just going to keep getting inner. Whatever political affiliations you hold, the future is bright for VX research.
Please note most of this depends entirely on the new administration's commitment to upholding the Paris Agreement.
As you know, we've seen a clamping down on VX emissions, increased pressure to report our inerts, and a greening of plants and module production. It's unlikely that the regulatory load will be lightened as it would need to be explicitly legislated, but we may find that the environmental concerns of VX will no longer be a primary focus when the field is discussed on the Senate floor. Corporate regulations will likely loosen up but for individuals things won't change too much. And as an aside, since I think it really needs to be said, please take the initiative and submit an emission log to your local state house, university, or even a listed post office—communicating your specs will make accident management much easier without the suits breathing down your neck, even if you get put on 'the list.'
Let's assume the worst case for the environment. What are we going to see from this?
Economically this will likely give VX-centric tech more room to grow, which also means more lucrative positions at least on the corporate end, though academic rigs will likely not change very much. You probably can't just turn on your lab's legacy rig on January 21, but keep your ear to the ground for any developments here.
We're also possibly going to see an influx of European industry moving in to take advantage of research opportunities where the EU's approval board might frown (Z-space in particular), except from Stockholm and other such major players.
Just an aside since it fits in with deregulating and corporate interests, while we've fought hard to have the safety concerns of those working in VX recognized and prevented/insured, that fight is going to be much, much harder now. There's a lot of pressure for companies however to make safety a priority so I doubt the situation won't stop improving, but the glimmer of legislative support on that end has dimmed.
Copyright reforms will likely remain in limbo for the time being, much to the disappointment of hopefuls. This specifically means that we're stuck with the same bloated corp code from the '80s and '90s that some companies (*cough* ATI...) refuse to make open. In fact, we're probably going to see some of those patent vultures raise prices on their goods now that their doomsday clock has been rolled back five minutes. If you use VX personally rather than work on a company or univerity rig, and you can't get a million dollar loan from your parents, odds are your rig is less than legal in that regard. I (can't speak for Balanchuk here, he didn't talk about it with me) doubt enforcement is going to clamp down on that sort of thing so you shouldn't worry but it certainly isn't going to be easier to abide by the constrictive patent codex.
Congress's aversion towards VX and complete ignorance towards the field and its capabilities to even a grade school level is something that nobody expects to go away except with time. A more individualistic and unregulated philosophy seemingly benefits the field but we can't be sure which direction it will go. To be fair, while it was clear where the Democrats were leading VX it was therefore clear that it was going in a bad direction, so you could say that this is a plus!
As an aside, the future of net neutrality should be on the minds of any VXer who uses TCP piggybacking libraries. Because non-bit is hard to project wirelessly VX is up there as far as 'Big Data' goes so its important to keep an eye out for anything that gives ISPs an opportunity to throttle.
There are some things that are clearly going to be worse off and some things that are clearly going to improve, so I hope that's as neutral and pragmatic an analysis as I could provide! I'd like to say I keep a finger on the pulse of policy but honestly most credit for any actual projection would go to Dr. Balanchuk, and you can probably find similar reasoning for all of this in his recent book. If you disagree with any of this, feel free to let me know but I hope we can keep things civil.