Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Freudian Noose

      Logging in   05/10/2017

      If you had an account and can't log in as of 5/9/17, this may be because of a change in logins with new forum software. You can log in using your publicly displayed name (not your username) or your email address and the password you used before.   If you have problems with this, please ask any of the mods or admins. 

sylae

Global Moderator
  • Content count

    3,419
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About sylae

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • Jabber
    sylae@calref.net
  • Public Email
    sylae@calref.net

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Real Name
    Keira Sylae Aro
  • Favorite Games
    Blades of Exile, Overwatch, Dwarf Fortress, Factorio, Rocket League, Endless Legend
  • Interests
    PRT classification: Tinker 6 (Bioaugmentation), Mover 4 (Flight), Blaster 2

Recent Profile Visitors

1,375 profile views
  1. I have an unreleased scenario in which one town is a giant underground Venice-style boat place spanning multiple "towns" with nodes at the edges to get to other places. And that was like Many years ago, so it's been a thing at least as far back as cboe.
  2. Five Factor Personality Model

    here's this years dunno where my old stuff went bleh what slarty said, this site has always been hella clunky. how hard is it to use <label> tags on ur labels.
  3. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 1

    I'm all for kids not being assigned gender at birth, but that is definitely a thing that happens. You can talk about oh but the box on the birth certificate says "sex" not "gender" but for the vast majority of the population those two match up. And you know what? That's fine. For almost all people the system works out fine. Maybe I'm a bad trans for saying this, but I am fine with a system that has "assigned at birth" as a thing. (what it does need, however, is an easy way to say "oh wait we made a mistake that's not accurate" and a culture that is ok with making said mistake (and not making such a fuss about not conforming to gender norms and all that (admittedly these are big steps from where humanity is now))). (aside: Of course, I'm also the kind of trans who doesn't understand why getting that marker amended on a birth certificate is a big deal. Like, I'm fine with getting it changed, but I don't see the need. Like, that was what they thought when I popped out, so they gave me an M and a deadname. Oops.) Fair point, but do you have a better way to phrase the question that is accessible for people whose primary language isn't english? (the cis/trans definitions I used are, while not 100% accurate, basically what pops up if one were to google those terms). provides a useful set of data that can be worked with? (the primary purpose of a survey, which has been mentioned millions of times. I mean, there could be an option for every gender identity under the sun. It would have a billionty options and probably an Other box for the ones that got missed. Would it be super duper accurate? yes. Would it be in any way at all usable? not at all. So the goal is to find a compromise between the unusability of: Dropdown with 8,000 options and the crassness of: Normal Not normal (or, arguably) what I was assigned at birth Not what I was assigned at birth Because really, the second is what this comes down to. Like, if this was a survey with 1,000 responses, I'm sure the first option would be feasible. But the whole point of this is looking at the population you have, and for a place like SW, I don't think there's enough people to get beyond the second and still have the question be any good.
  4. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 1

    boy i really wish i identified as a cis woman, because being a trans one is a huge pain. cisgender and transgender have a clean mapping to two different definitions: cisgender: a person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth (ie a man that is AMAB). transgender: a person who does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth (ie a man that is AFAB, or a nonbinary person, or a genderfluid person). Now unless I'm missing something, mathematically that covers 100% of the population. I guess you could make an argument for questioning/not sure people, but I strongly doubt that is the case here given the numbers seen in the survey results (if it is, hey, that seems like a great thing to put in the comments field of the survey, to explain!). I don't like the term trans. I don't. Maybe that makes me an awful person, but I hate that I have to live the rest of my life feeling like I'm a woman* instead of a woman. However, that is what I am. I am a trans woman. Yeah you bet I'm salty over that. As much as I dislike using that label, for the purposes of accurate demographic information yeah I'm going to fill out the survey in the fashion that most accurately describes myself. Anything else is providing inaccurate info and bringing into question the validity of the survey results. Bad data is worse than no data.
  5. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 3

    so what you are saying is all i need to do is become cis and then i'll be able to afford to transition
  6. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 3

    give me your tired, your poor, your huddled gays yearning to [redacted]. I wonder what this compares to from five years ago. Between then in now a lot of people on CalRef got, like, jobs, and other lame adult stuff. As far as I'm aware, we're the only part of the SW community that's hosted a minecraft server (not anymore sadly, but Actaeon has a neat vanilla server I'd be on if I had more time for games). Escapism? Hell, I was making girl RPG characters back when I was an egg, even. as far as silly memes are concerned, my life got a lot easier when I discovered I could convey my feelings via image macros of Our Lord And Saviour Felix I might have missed this, but is there a relation between intra/extraversion and economic class?
  7. The Terrible Thesaurus Game

    oh good i'm not the only ten year old
  8. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 1

    did anyone break the sound barrier
  9. The Terrible Thesaurus Game

    boy i really suck at english but i've PMed my attempt. the dota-playing Past Sylae got stuck thinking that Io == Wisp, but i couldn't come up with anything. Probably not a good clue though
  10. About checking the current tick

    wouldn't that be as easy as (roughly) time_of_day = get_current_tick() % 5000 ? i'd imagine, if you need get_current_tick() for ticks beyond 30k, you could probably just have a script run periodically to check if the tick count is less than it was last time you checked (ie it overflowed?) and increment a global or SDF or whatever. then you can basically just do (times overflowed*30000)+get_current_tick() to get a better tick value as well, i suppose?
  11. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    why should we treat religious institutions any separately from their secular counterparts (non-profit org or business, depending on the church, i guess) in a secular government. also, saying "we should be allowed to be bigoted because we're religious" is silly. why does your religion get to impact someone else. because of tax exemptions for religious institutions, my tax dollars are effectively going towards gay conversion camps[citation needed]. not okay.
  12. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    "hey please treat us like humans" "NO THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE NOW THE PEDOPHILES WILL BE MARRYING TOASTERS AND HAVING POLY RELATIONSHIPS WITH DOGS AND THINK OF THE CHILDREN*" is usually how this goes. so, the whole "we're not taking rights away, we're just not granting them" argument doesnt hold a lot of water IMO, especially when these minority groups are asking for treatment they should already be getting as human people. saying "no we dont want to give you that" is fairly equal to "we are taking away your human rights".
  13. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    my jabber ident is publicly-listed, and it's startlingly-similar to my email. you could prolly put it in the "filler" fields though. "Interests: being emailed at dikiyoba@diki.biz"
  14. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    no diki, it's not trampling minority rights, it's protecting god-fearing Americans from the rapists and pedophiles and drug runners and Mexicans. i've got 40% unemployment in my former-coal-town hovel in west virginia ever since the mine closed fifty years ago, but it's that damn obama's fault i can't get a job. better defund that libtard money-wasting TVA so i can give all my tax dollars to the rich and it'll trickle down.
  15. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    Yeah, I totally agree its a mess trying to reconcile everything. But, at the end of the day it's an argument about labels, and "cis" and "trans" does a pretty good job of generalizing everything down to a usable set of data. Certainly better than a dropdown with 8,000,000 options, which can be a problem when trying to look at demographics and such (especially with a small sample size). Yeah, lumping some people in with "cis" and "trans" as the only option (which it wasn't, in this case, there were also "neither of those terms" and "?????" for options for transness, and the gender field was M/F/NB/Other, so I'm pretty sure our hijra forumgoers would be able to be at least somewhat-accurately represented) is a bad idea, but for the purposes of this survey, I think it's the best option? This isn't a national census, it's a fun poll for, like, 100 forumgoers. But, my problem with the original commenter's remarks was not that the language was US-centric (which, yeah, it is, but like 90% of this forum is america, so sorry?) but more that the idea of even suggesting that GSM people exist (by way of giving them a couple radio buttons?) was a political issue. (if this is not the case, i apologize, but that was certainly the gist i got). gay people dont exist in chechnya. there is no war in ba sing se. You can argue "hey why does this even need to be a thing" and I'd argue by comparison, why does this entire poll need to be a thing, then? Like, the entire purpose of this poll is to look at demographics of the forum population, right?. A thread just came up that suggested we have a disproportionate number of trans people here, so i dont thing anyone would be against a fun question in a fun poll to get some harder data on that than "i remember these people saying they were trans, which is a lot of people compared to the number of people that go into the forums". this has been: a rant brought to you by sleppy sylae.
×