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Comment author: sixes_and_sevens 05 December 2016 11:59:49AM 14 points [-]

I haven’t posted in LW in over a year, because the ratio of interesting-discussion to parochial-weirdness had skewed way too far in the parochial-weirdness direction. There still isn’t a good substitute for LW out there, though. Now it seems there’s some renewed interest in using LW for its original purpose, so I thought I’d wander back, sheepishly raise my hand and see if anyone else is in a similar position.

I’m presumably not the only one to visit the site for the first time in ages because of new, interesting content, so it’s reasonable to assume a bunch of other former LW-users are reading this. What would it take for you to come back and start using the site again?

Comment author: Tenoke 09 December 2016 07:37:32PM *  1 point [-]

More quality content (either in terms of discussions or actual posts).

P.S. I do see how that might not be especially helpful.

Comment author: Tenoke 20 December 2015 12:20:22PM 8 points [-]

What is the latest time that I can sign up and realistically expect that there'll be spaces left? I am interested, but I can't really commit 10 months in advance.

Comment author: Tenoke 21 May 2015 02:36:23PM 1 point [-]

Apparently the new episode of Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole is on the Simulation Hypothesis.

Comment author: Tenoke 19 May 2015 08:17:38PM *  3 points [-]

If someone is going to turn away at the first sight an unknown term, then they have no chance in lasting here (I mean, imagine what'll happen when they see the Sequences).

Comment author: ciphergoth 17 March 2015 08:33:48PM 1 point [-]

Is everyone already aware of the existence of erotic fanfiction entitled Conquered by Clippy?

Comment author: Tenoke 18 March 2015 12:18:12AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: Tenoke 13 March 2015 11:25:23AM 3 points [-]

Awesome! How large is it altogether (in words)?

Comment author: dxu 08 March 2015 08:24:33PM *  17 points [-]

Does anyone else feel like /r/hpmor (but not LW, thankfully) has been suffering from a lot of hindsight bias lately? First "Dumbledore was stupid with the mirror", then "Harry/Voldemort was stupid with the Riddle curse", then "Voldemort was stupid with letting Harry keep his wand", and now "Harry should've thought to preserve the Death Eaters' heads"? Apart from the wand thing (which I believe was pointed out by a few commenters before Chapter 114 was posted), pretty much all of those complaints were made after the fact. (No one talked about preserving the Death Eaters' heads until after Chapter 117 came out, for example.) I don't post on the subreddit, but I do read the comments there, and some of the complaints have honestly been fairly cringeworthy.

Comment author: Tenoke 09 March 2015 02:00:44PM *  0 points [-]

"Harry should've thought to preserve the Death Eaters' heads" pretty much all of those complaints were made after the fact.

Did you even go to r/hpmor after Chapter 114? A bunch of people were saying that he should at least cool them, or try to revive them after he uses his time-turner or то incapacitate instead of kill or anything. Given that it also occurred to me immediately and was discussed multiple times on ##HPMOR, I'm pretty sure there was no hindsight involved..

Comment author: polymathwannabe 04 March 2015 06:39:44PM *  1 point [-]

Please don't change it. It's more than awesome enough as it is. Even if I did expect partial transfiguration to have some role, using the wand itself as raw material was tremendously surprising. For many people it will look too easy, but only with the benefit of hindsight.

Edited to add: some previous chapter should be modified to establish that transfiguration is indeed wordless.

Edited to add: I'm stupid. Chapter 15 says it is.

Comment author: Tenoke 04 March 2015 06:49:02PM *  0 points [-]

For many people it will look too easy, but only with the benefit of hindsight.

Only with the benefit of hindsight? I bet 3 people that the solution won't involve PT, 2 of them within hour(s) of chapter 113 coming out, as it was the most obvious (while impausible for some) solution for many people. Specifically transfiguring the tip of wand/leg/earth/air into nanowires was mentioned by so many people within minutes of posting the chapter.. There was no hindsight involved.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 04 March 2015 05:50:47PM 8 points [-]

A lot of people think that Voldemort was going too easy on Harry, making this a "Coil vs. Taylor in the burning building" violation of suspension-of-disbelief for some of them. I am considering rewriting 113 with the following changes:

  • Most Death Eaters are watching the surrounding area, not Harry; Voldemort's primary hypothesis for how Time might thwart him involves outside interference.
  • Voldemort tells Harry to point his wand outward and downward at the ground, then has a Death Eater paralyze Harry (except heart/lungs/mouth/eyes) in that position before the unbreakable Vow. This would also require a retroedit to 15 or 28 to make it clear that Transfiguration does not require an exact finger position on the wand.

Submitting...

Comment author: Tenoke 04 March 2015 06:01:42PM 2 points [-]

I'd like that slightly more, but such minor changes barely address the issue. Also, I am already suspecting that the way in which Harry will unparalyze himself after his improbable PT rampage is just going to involve some other unlikely feet.

Comment author: Velorien 04 March 2015 01:43:34PM 6 points [-]

While I am inclined to agree with the general spirit of your comment, I think you're being a little harsh. This is still miles more believable than much of Rowling's work. For one thing, recall that her Voldemort achieved the same terrifying results during the Wizarding War while being an idiot all the time.

Comment author: Tenoke 04 March 2015 01:51:13PM 1 point [-]

Yes HPMOR has been generally more believable, except for the one scene that matters in the whole book. At any rate, I am not sure if defeating Voldemort by use of an artefact - the Elder Wand is any less believable than using transfigured nanowires in secret against a much smarter version of Voldemort who forgets to use shields/wards/attention in order to catch harry this one time, and lets him have his wand when he doesn't need it.

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