Throbbin's Sift Talk Posts

So How Anonymous Are We?

Came across this gem while reading my daily news, and thought of the sift for 2 reasons; I wanted to post the cartoon here (not sure if it is already posted here), and then wondered if Dag et al. would protect my identity if the cops came a-knockin'.

What would you guys do it Officer Bubbles' lawyer smacked you with a threatening letter? What would you do if a Canadian Court demanded you reveal the identity of a sifter? What would you do if there were financial implications for not divulging a sifter's identity?


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A total of 51 votes have been cast on this poll.

Vote and tell us why.

Embedr - Coming to a Sift Near You

This allows you to create custom playlist embeds. It allows for playlists from several different video-hosts, and is pretty easy to use.

I can at least one issue arising from this, namely what happens if someone wants to create a playlist of several scenes from a single movie and title it "Kick-Ass action compilation"? Should the sift allow this? Should the sift maintain a strict one-video one-submission rule? Embedr can be very useful for documentaries and such, but customized playlists could cause problems.

Also, I don't know if Embedr will allow a playlist to contain videos from different sources (ie. Youtube vids and Dailymotion vids in the same playlist). I don't have the time to check it out, but someone should and report back (please).

This could also be great for user playlists (like my Cool Music playlist) if there's some way to work it. Like I said I'm busy tonight, but please do discuss.

Oh...and you're welcome.

On tagging videos - Not, On, Tagging, Videos

Can we please begin tagging videos properly? I won't single anyone out, but, when, I, see, a, video, tagged, like, this, it, drives, me, mad.

Tags are not only to grab attention and offer general descriptions of the videos - they're also used for searches.

I myself am guilty of not tagging properly. The point is let's try to clear that up.

Need some help with channel customization

So hello there. I am trying to customize this channel and I need some help. I don't do code well (or at all - getting youtube vids to start at a certain time is about the extent of it) - so I was hoping someone could lend a hand.

So, the Fire channel avatar you see isn't in .gif (even though the link I posted was a .gif (

I would like to have a .gif for the channel avatar. I know, I know, lame...but I like it.

Also, I need to know if anyone knows a good source for some sidebar content.

Thoughts on G8/G20 and the protests that go with them?

So, everyone knows the G8/G20 is meeting in Toronto (and Huntsville).

Apparently, the big theme for the meetings is Debt Reduction. Whaddya think?

How do you see the protests that have been taking place? Is violence ever justified? Pics.

Do the minority of the protesters who vandalize and attack security folks have just cause? Are they ruining it for the peaceful demonstrators? Do they only serve to tarnish the many causes of other protesters and groups?

What do you think the G8/G20 leaders should be focusing on? How would you go about solving the world's problems?

Please add links to photos, images, and news article you think are pertinent.

Fire Channel?

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A total of 33 votes have been cast on this poll.

I'd like to create a Combustion channel - for videos that feature fire and explosions as a main element within the video. Thus, no car videos (unless it features imagery of the internal combustion within the engine), no smoking videos, etc.

I think videos like this one would be a perfect fit.

Edit: Changed from combustion to fire.

Does anyone here play Supreme Commander?

SupCom is an RTS game. Imagine Starcraft, but on a much, much larger scale (one map from the original SupCom was 81X81 Kilometers).

I can't figure out why folks are so excited about Starcraft - SupCom is loads more difficult, complex, and entertaining.

I still haven't purchased SupCom 2 - but this vid should give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

Should polls be allowed in Channels Talks?

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A total of 29 votes have been cast on this poll.

So the other day I tried to start a poll on the most influential person in human history. Dag discarded it and politely reminded me of VS Poll Guidelines.

I suggested to Dag that it would be nice to have Channel Talk polls. Since he doesn't bother to respond to my messages, I thought I'd ask y'all.

So which was the best film?

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A total of 33 votes have been cast on this poll.

So we all know The Hurt Locker won best picture at the Oscars. I was happy it won - but many people feel otherwise. Whaddya think?

(I know there were 10 nominees - but the Sift Poll only allows for 5 options)

When should a *dupeof invocation be called?

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A total of 28 votes have been cast on this poll.

I've duped a few videos recently - some of them were quite 'hot'. I've noticed some folks just leave links to a dupe in the comments, even if they are Gold Star or above and have the power to call a *dupeof. What's the SOP here?

Personally I call them as soon as I see 'em (doesn't seem fair to the original submitter to let a dupe linger). Nothing personal folks.

How many...

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A total of 33 votes have been cast on this poll.

Let us know why.

What level of education do you have?

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A total of 66 votes have been cast on this poll.

More demographic polling. If you have post-secondary education or a trade, let us know in the comments.

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