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comment by blackbootz
blackbootz  ·  2972 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Plato's Republic: The Philosopher-Kings and Hubski

How did you imagine your "affinity slider" working exactly? How many of the users you follow chose to share it?


Also, there's something that's been bothering me that I think would help me understand this conversation more. What's the difference between following a tag on hubski and subscribing to a subreddit on reddit?

kleinbl00  ·  2972 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So Harry Hubski has been here a while now. He has tag settings.

- Follow #technology

- Ignore #3dprinting

- Follow #MIT

- Ignore #gizmodo

- Ignore #newhere

He also has some user settings.

- Follow Arnie

- Follow Bob

- Follow Charlie

- Mute Dave

- Mute and ignore Elvis

- Mute and ignore Frank

So let's say he's got his "affinity" slider set to "iron fist." Ronnie's post is going to be invisible to him - he's ignoring #3Dprinting and #newhere.

Let's say he's got his "affinity" sider set to "iron fist in a velvet glove." Ronnie's post might show up because while he's ignoring two tags, he's following two others. It's a spectrum, after all.

Now let's say he's got his "affinity" slider set to "velvet glove." Ronnie's post is going to show up in his feed for sure - while there are a number of things he's ignoring, there are a number of things he's following.

Let's make it interesting. Let's allow me to "train" the engine. I adjust my "affinity" slider and new things pop up. Some I like, some I don't. I x out the ones I don't. I move the slider some more. I x out the bad ones some more. I fiddle with that thing every day - and I'm giving Hubski input on what "affinity" means for me.

It's all data points. What matters is what you do with it.