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Hopefully this thread will generate a few ideas of how to deal with articles on the internet and quality of especially scientific information we consume.
As the false news and false science movement/industry explodes, its a good idea to generate some criteria to keep the focus real.
Simply, look for any link or reference to any reputable source of data, research, and cross-reference a few sources. Always have several different sources and wait for them all to report on the same topic. The theory is that even if there is a bit of 'fudging' of information between reputable sources, it will be easy to see what is consistently not 'fudged'.
If an article makes conclusions not based on the actual data referred to then assume the conclusion is false in the sense that it is an opinion, but not a scientific one. A journalist may have science credentials but more likely the reason why they're not employed as a scientist is because they're not very good at it, so they get jobs as journalists and make up scientific opinion based on their political beliefs or financial stock options.
Always assume politics and business are anti-science. Science generally promotes independent and thorough critical thinking. Politics and business rely primarily on helplessness, dependency, deference to authority, and mass confusion.
Look for omission of information. What critical information is missing in an article, what questions would you have beyond the conclusion that you are being led to believe is a final authoritative opinion or fact.
Don't bother using comments to protest or challenge the falsity, comment areas are part of the operation of keeping you hooked on false news and false science. The best way to retaliate or challenge is to participate in reputable news and science venues so to build strength of real news and science over the false.
If any news agency promotes themselves as The Most Reputable, The One That Most People Rely on, assume every story they report is a fraud in progress.
And most of all "Disobey Television" Meaning, disobey the prima facie evidence or fact presented by any media. In the event of requiring information regarding any emergency situation, go directly to a reputable science data reporting site.
By Chief ZDN
Security is important. Lots of sites have a security center. Imagine if I am a security researcher/white-hat hacker and I found an exploit. What should I do? Is there a security center? Is it private? Does the community have a good disclosure process?
By Chief ZDN
The major redesign of the site header led by @corinagrigorovici (eh, @CorinaMarie) and @CycleDogg (again, I mean @Cyclone Boom) is awesome. A new logo is included in the top of the logomark (text as a logo). This change also brought a new thing, @A Nonny Moose memorial button with its tooltip. But, anything in the world isn't perfect. Simtropolis' header has some flaws. The logo location is above the logo, which not fine. This isn't a problem if the logo isn't too tall like the Walt Disney logo, but our logo is too tall. So, we need to resize our logo so the logo isn't too tall. Or, switch to unstacked version, like SimCity 4 Devotion or Ubuntu did. If two choices aren't sufficient, you may switch to logomark only version, while using the logo in cases like Twitter avatar. The memorial button location isn't fine, thanks to the very tall logo. The fix is relevant too, fix the logo first, then align the button if not correct.
I hope you'll accept my suggestions. Sorry for mistakes.
Introduction to Simtropolis
Image created by @Cyclone Boom using: Simtropolis Sign by Ceafus 88, and MYOS Make Your Own Sign by jbizzle.
Hiya! We're so glad you dropped in to see us.
Simtropolis is primarily a site for people who love City Building games. We have major forums for SimCity 4, Cities: Skylines, and SimCity (2013) as well as a few others in the gamer topics. Our members are friendly, courteous, and helpful and range in skill levels from beginners to technical gurus. The forums are where we discuss all manner of city building ideas. Whether you are a player or a custom content creator (or both) we have places ideally suited for your needs. If you haven't signed up yet to be a member, how about dropping by our New Member Registration Page?
We also have the SimTropolis EXchange which is our files section containing (literally) thousands of files to improve on the basic games. These include bug fixes, maps, textures to change the terrain-related aspects, lots, buildings, props, game altering mods, and more. These are available for download by members and guests alike. (However, members are not presented with any ads.)
Now, of course, we do have some easy to abide by rules you'll want to read in the Site Guidelines and for custom content creators and users in the STEX Code of Conduct. Be sure to check those out because they apply in full force to everyone here whether you read them or not.
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