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Shops should have colored or labeled cups associated to the time of purchase. Would a little shaming get people moving? Everyone would know how long everyone else has been there.

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Finally! Our customers have been begging us to provide this for years. We build "Employee Engagement" (aka gamification) tools that extend various CRMs. Not all of them support a way to extend the UI but a sidebar would be perfect.

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Build an application.

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We currently have a free-floating chrome application which looks like a detached sidebar. The problem is our customers want to see it all the time and don't want it to go behind or on top of the browser. As far as I know, there's no good way to "dock" it to the side of a screen and prevent other applications from using that space.

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I stumbled onto this while discussing with some friends the possibility of someone creating a "distributed Reddit". I thought it might bring the opportunity to discuss some Reddit alternatives.

Does anything similar to Reddit but with a model more like Wordpress exist? Perhaps there's interest in offering independently hosted sub-communities that can be centrally linked to for discoverability? Could it provide subdomains such as programming.newreddit.com which pointed to an externally hosted community?

Is what I'm describing what Diaspora was attempting to create? I haven't honestly looked into it very much. Many people have suggested trying out http://voat.co which looks like is open source. Someone may be able to leverage that.

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> Does anything similar to Reddit but with a model more like Wordpress exist? Perhaps there's interest in offering independently hosted sub-communities that can be centrally linked to for discoverability? Could it provide subdomains such as programming.newreddit.com which pointed to an externally hosted community?

I was just talking to a friend about setting this up.

1. Take the reddit codebase, strip off all the subreddit stuff so you've got one "subreddit" per site, and set up a WordPress.com-like site to allow people launch instances of that in a cloud somewhere, with a profit margin to you;

2. (optional) create an "aggregation" API for the instances and an "aggregator" site+app that lets people sign-in to subscribe to conformant sites (y'know, like an RSS reader), then spits out a reddit-front-page-like index. All the links and votes and such are API calls back to the originating servers; the aggregator is just a read-only consumer of the sites.

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You'll need to tie the deployment to a payment mechanism to achieve this for a subset of users without giving control to a single entity. I have some ideas how to do that.

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That sounds interesting. Would be a fun project.

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This sounds like a more complicated version of disqus. Disqus lets you integrate the discussion thread on your website. And also agregates some recommended content on their own site. They even do voting. So it is basicly all there.

I am currently working on a feedly alternative that also integrates the ranking of the aggregated site and design wise looks a bit more like Medium. But the main Goal would be to implement something I would call a smart group courating feature. I am yet undecided if I really should integrate dicussions. They seem like a lot of work with little reward.

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Reddit itself is opensource and much less of a disaster of a codebase than voat.

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Well, there you go. Why is the voat codebase a disaster?

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Go look on the csharp subreddit. There is a thread there about it with a lot of posts. It was a learning project for a student to learn C# AFAIK. The code reflects this beginning.

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I think I found it: https://www.reddit.com/r/csharp/comments/3acv08/fun_fact_the...

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http://www.telescopeapp.org is sort of what you're describing. WordPress for vote-based online communities.

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"The company has yet to announce exactly how it will compensate employees in coming months, but it will be tied to “badging,” where employees earn badges based on their skill sets instead of being compensated for holding a single title."

As someone working in the gamification space for employees I find this fascinating.

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Microsoft Azure

- The admin portal is great

- Deploying to websites is just a simple push

- I can programmatically spin up new SQL DB instances

- I really like C#

- There are a LOT of additional services available

- Microsoft is very aggressive about keeping prices low

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I think Azure gets a bad reputation in this community from the old "Microsoft = bad" bias that a lot of us have. However, if you are in a Windows stack and/or a corporate developer (and that is a large but quiet percentage of developers) it really seems like the best solution. Also the variety of services they provide under one umbrella is neck and neck with Amazon for best in the industry.

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I wanted to try Azure a few weeks ago for a small project. But I found the UI to be confusing. Part old and part new ? Trying to match up with the current Windows look (which I am not familiar with) ?

I also had trouble using one of their API's. Got even thrown out very quickly for abusing it. No idea why, just trying to access. Maybe MS does not like my coding style :-) Never had something like that before. Reference to possible explanation page did not work. Faq did not cover it. Still I got an automated email a few days later to congratulate me with using Azure, while actually I was locked out...

But I have no commitment to Windows, so its easy to switch. I normally use DO and AWS and stick with them for now.

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If you really want to manage your Azure you'll have to go PowerShell anyway.

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I love the Azure command line tools, but the admin portal last time I tried (Christmas 2013/2014) was 500ing, 404ing, and every other code all the time. It never affected anything since we used the command line tools, but there was a bunch of UI errors that never should have made it into production.

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As someone who spends a lot of time on file processing I appreciate the link. Althought I have to selfishly admit that had I stumbled on to this myself I would have avoided it just because of SourceForge.

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Hangfire looks great. I'm currently running all my jobs through Azure Scheduler. Would anyone know what the pros & cons are between these two job schedulers? Are there certain requirements or architectures that favor one or the other?

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Perhaps this is obvious but if you aren't running your own server, your web app (and Hangfire along with it) can stop running during a period of inactivity. Obviously this is not a problem with Azure scheduler.

I use Hangfire and then simply have Azure Scheduler ping my site regularly.

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Yep. The first thing I do is turn that off for all the projects. Super annoying.

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These things are seriously blowing up! I've talked to so many parents who mention that their kids are hooked on these things. These kids just watch some random toy be unwrapped then hit the next suggested video for hours. I also hear stories about how then they beg their parents for the toy. They're just really long commercials.

My kids don't seem as interested but it might be they're a bit old for them now. I have noticed that they watch less and less Netflix and more and more weird cartoons on YouTube instead. I have to watch them closely.

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Ya, I don't mind the unboxing videos, but the other day my 5 year old had somehow gotten from Frozen sing alongs to a weird manga-version of Let it Go. I figured from that point she was probably only a few clicks a way from really weird videos and made her go back to the eggs...

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My daughter isn't much into YouTube now but went through a phase of watching about an hour a day and, boy, she watched some bizarre stuff! I think she watched more obscure Russian and Slavic cartoons from the 70s than anything in English. None offensive, but certainly weird. I'm kinda hoping it rubs off in terms of being generally progressive and a weird arty person though.. we shall see ;-)

(And before anyone asks, being exposed to hours of non-English language content appears to have had zero effect in either a negative or positive way, alas.)

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same here - we love masha and bear and some weird south korean cars-as-people thing

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Medium and artstyle are no particular indication of content; you get "really weird" videos in every form and style.

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Will it be possible to plug in 3rd party platforms? For example, can I plug in a task to POST to the API of another platform with some data about the call?

Hmm, a marketplace for these 3rd party integrations to advertise compatibility would be pretty neat as well.

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