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RationalWiki talk:What is going on in the world?

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What's worse, triple talaq...[edit]

Or tunak tunak tun? Evil Zionist (talk) 23:32, 22 August 2017 (UTC)

About that smug alt-right thing[edit]

I'm not sure this is something to celebrate, to put it mildly. (talk) 19:03, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

the worst shooting by...[edit]

does this merit some kind of medal? are victims' families going to be pleased that their loved ones are now record breakers? or is it just headline grabbing pap, as if '50 dead' isnt is eye ctching enough? still only 3 place in the world though. what is that? bronze? must do better america. AMassiveGay (talk) 14:25, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

Reminds me of when Guinness had "beat this record" on their "most people killed in a terrorist attack" award. I'm not sure about the comparison, either, as if to say "yeah, all those teenagers getting shot is nothing" (and I thought the Nice truck attack killed more).
Here's my counter-proposal: "At least 50 people have been killed and countless more injured in a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vagas." Maybe include the gunman shooting himself and having an arms cache in his room as long as it doesn't overshadow the death.-- Forerunner (talk) 14:47, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

the NRA calls for more regulation[edit]

No.No it isnt. its throwing you scraps. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:51, 8 October 2017 (UTC)


The tooltip on the downvote button is completely useless. Yes, I know it means vote down - but what does voting down mean? Does it mean you think the story is bad news for the world, or does it mean you don't think the story belongs here?

Having said that, for some reason this ambiguity never bothers me on Reddit, but it does here. I guess that's because here you can actually see the proportion of votes that are downvotes, and it feels like that should really mean something.--Greenrd (talk) 21:01, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

It means different things to different people, whether a review of the article or a review of the quality of the post. A story on a terrorist attack could be upvoted for being a good-quality news article; it could be downvoted for the WIGO summary cracking a joke about it. Then you factor in the groupthink that occurs when you see a massively-downvoted thread - even if that WIGO joke was cut out so it's just a decent comment, people will instinctively downvote anyway.-- Forerunner (talk) 01:13, 14 October 2017 (UTC)