memory hole

Discussion in 'That's So Meta!' started by seebs, May 17, 2017.

  1. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    Okay this is probably a really good idea. Also it may not be actually working yet.

    So, after joking about the forum so secret I can't read it, I thought about this a bit. What if... Useful?

    So I have made a forum called the memory hole. In theory, if you post there, you can see that you made a thread. You can't read the thread, though. No one can. You also shouldn't be able to see other posters' threads at all.

    So why?

    Because people sometimes want a way to have records of things. And they don't necessarily want to see those records, or be reminded of them. They don't necessarily want anyone else to see them.

    But if you really, really, needed those records retrieved, we could in theory change things so an admin could see the titles of threads by other posters, and move those threads into a different forum where you could see them. And find out whether your memory matched the stuff you thought you were experiencing back at the time.

    But the steady state of the forum is: No one, not even me, can see that you posted threads. You can see that you posted threads, but no one can read the contents of threads, not even posters. Use it or don't. I won't know.
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  2. Wingyl

    Wingyl Allegedly Magic

    I posted a test thread in there!

    It's a poll where all the options say Testing, because I thought it was funny.
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  3. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    I posted one picture of a cat, just one
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  4. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel certainly something

    schrödinger's memory hole
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  5. Salted Earth


    but what happens when you forget that you posted something in the memory hole so you can't cross-reference with your memory because no one knows you posted there
  6. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    ... okay see this is why that whole section of the forum is labeled "mad science".

    But thinking about it: You can see that you posted threads, I think. You can't see their contents, but you can see the titles of your own threads.
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  7. context-free anon

    context-free anon Well-Known Member

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  8. Wingyl

    Wingyl Allegedly Magic

    why did you link to it when nobody has permissions to see it?
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  9. Technicality

    Technicality All's fair in love and shitposting

    it's funny that you posted a link to a thread that no one can view
    eta: ninja'd
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  10. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    There's also "changing the forum permissions", sure.

    But in terms of what's visible to me through the software in general? I can't tell.
  11. Lissa Lysik'an

    Lissa Lysik'an Dragon-loving Faerie

    Now that the forum has a memory hole to match mine (I can never remember the contents of what I said, either) I feel a kinship with it!
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  12. kmoss

    kmoss whoops

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  13. unknownanonymous

    unknownanonymous i am inimitable, i am an original|18+

    i'm amazed by the fact that it is technically possible to be kin with something from orwell's 1984
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  14. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    So, a followup: I used SQL to find out how many threads there are in the Memory Hole, there's 42. I haven't looked to see who/what, and don't plan to, but apparently it's seeing some use.

    Also we did science: If you're on post moderation, your posts to the memory hole are not shown to moderators, because you can only moderate posts you'd be able to see if they got approved. So they just sit there unapproved, which is harmless enough I guess? But if you're worried about privacy, apparently the software does the right thing.
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  15. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    But what´s the question?
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  16. Technicality

    Technicality All's fair in love and shitposting

    "how do i view content in this subforum"
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  17. context-free anon

    context-free anon Well-Known Member

    presumably something along the lines of "select count(*) from threads where forum_id=45"
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