wikipedia, HCI, feminist theory

We are not unique

There's an oft-repeated aphorism that, to paraphrase the earliest source I could find: Wikipedia only works in practice. In theory, it can never work. We really like this line, as a community, because it makes us feel special. We broke theory! We're just great like that. And Wikipedia is great…

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wikimedia, wikipedia, friendly spaces

Thought for the day

When discussing the fact that the Wikimedia Foundation doesn't always do everything the community wants (this determined by: a tiny minority of incredibly vocal power users got together, decided they were the community, and decided they wanted this thing) it's probably worth considering the side-effects of this. I mean, yes…

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R, community management, racism, privacy, OAuth, ggplot2

Tab-clearing

    Frances linked me to this excellent essay on how problematic it is to use racism as a touchstone for grading discrimination (and the tendency for people to do it). Something to watch out for in my own thinking/writing/speaking. The WMF has released the RESTBase RESTful API platform; something…

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    Spam: now via HTTP headers

    From the URL strings of some of our requests, we find: [64] "What is Dropbox?" [65] "Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox will also automatically save to all your computers, phones, and even…

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    R, rOpenSci, Wishlist

    Introducing a Wishlist for Scientific R Packages

    (Cross-posted from the rOpenSci blog. In related news, I'm now an official rOpenScientist. Wheee!) There are two things that make R such a wonderful programming environment - the vast number of packages to access, process and interpret data, and the enthusiastic individuals and subcommunities (of which rOpenSci is a great…

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    R, shiny, feminism

    News and notes

      I really want to go see this, which looks awesome. Wendy and I caught the trailer while seeing The Imitation Game on Monday: 70s womens' rights movement and intersectionality? Hell yes. rthreejs has some darn purdy visualisations I shall be taking advantage of soon-ish! I wrote an app for visualising…

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      Holiday time!

      books

      This photo contains the totality of what I'll be achieving in the next two weeks. For the first time since January 2014, I'm taking a holiday. For the first time since...crap. Late 2012. I'm taking a holiday that doesn't heavily feature people. My desktop and laptop will be mostly…

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