27 Sep 2002 mslicker   » (Journeyer)

Zaitcev: I think ratings say quite bit about this social group. Prominently, people here would rather filter out what they disagree with, than engage in a discussion.

Looking at my diary, I see nothing in particular that is offensive. Perhaps my last entry, but that is mostly frustration with this site.

No one has actually pointed out what they find offensive, however indirectly they have expressed offense or perhaps dislike by rating me low.

My low rating is certainly not because my diary is of little interest. There are many on the recentlog with no rating at all, yet their entries will remain.

The recentlog filtering is just a new form of censorship. I find it particularly odd for this to come from a community that suposedly values freedom of speech and openness.

Reply to tk,

meritocracy Advogato is not a meritocracy, it is a popularity contest. It is easy to become a "Master" here and a "10", but you also have to be a politician and play to the crowd. I have a particular disgust for both. Self censorship is required to a great degree unless you want to become censored.

Forth You have not yet pointed to any flaw in Forth. I can show my code, but I don't think it will change your mind or a majority of people here. Forth is for a certain type, an open minded person, one who strives for excelence, honesty and simplicity. Forth does not need a army, it needs a small group of extremely talented individuals. If I reach a small number of these people, I will have been succesful.

Second reply to tk,

The code

Fine I'm game. Here is what I've coded in colorForth:

Keyboard driver
Mandelbrot Set
Matrox video driver
Jpeg image decoder

All are a work in progress, and not necessarily at the peak of Forth's potential. Also realise this is a snap shot. Forth is interactive, it is a process not an instant in time. The drivers in particular, in their static form, do not reflect the power that was used in their creation. One of Forth's stongest features is interactive hardware interfacing.

Hopefully this will help for those who can only think in concrete terms.

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