Reading Log - May 12, 2023 (#28)

This week I look at a new game that helps illuminate what the content moderators of sites like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit have to deal with. I’ve also read about writing better CSS,’s rise, return to office shenanigans and more.

In Depth

Mike Masnick: Moderator Mayhem: A Mobile Game To See How Well YOU Can Handle Content Moderation

Everyone tends to think that they can do content moderation better than Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and all the other social media sites. The truth of the matter is that it’s not easy. Sure some posts should be pretty obvious they need to be removed, but there’s also a lot more nuance behind it.

A friend of mine in the trust & safety world once suggested that these conversations would be a lot more useful if everyone had to spend a few days moderating an actual community, and could learn how content moderation is not about “suppressing viewpoints,” but almost always about understanding really complex scenarios in which you have to make decisions in a very limited period of time, with limited information, and where there may not be any “right” answer.

Nails it right on the head. The moderators are having to deal with countless reports in a very short timeframe and are often dealing with content that can be absolutely awful and soul sucking.

This little game helps show some of the pressures and things the moderators have to deal with. I’d highly recommend giving it a go.

Link Blast

👨🏼‍💻 Software Development & Design

10 Awesome C# Refactoring Tips - Assis Zang

Server Components vs. SSR in Next.js - Jan Koriťák

Solving the CSS layout and source order disconnect - Rachel Andrew

CSS Custom Properties Beyond the :root - Matthias Ott

A Guide to OpenTelemetry for .NET Engineers - Stackify

Write Better CSS By Borrowing Ideas From JavaScript Functions - Yaphi Berhanu

You don't need Scrum. You just need to do Kanban right. - Lucas F. Costa

Rebuilding a featured news section with modern CSS: Vox news - Ahmad Shadeed

🖥 Technology & the Internet

Microsoft Edge is leaking the sites you visit to Bing - Tom Warren

Taamneh Case Gave Us A Glimpse Of The Horror Websites Would Face In A Post-Section 230 World - Mike Masnick

Steve Wozniak: If you want to learn about AI killing people, “Get a Tesla” - Victor Tangermann

Bluesky Frustrations - Gavid Anderegg

Adding capacity to the electricity grid is not a simple task - The Economist

YouTube tests blocking videos unless you disable ad blockers - Sergiu Gatlan

📈 Business & Finance

How Survives—and Thrives—in Amazon’s World - Kate Knibbs

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who lets employees work from anywhere, says many CEOs calling workers back to the office are 'going away to the Hamptons for the summer’ - Sarah Jackson

🔬 Science

Engineers Keep an Eye on Fuel Supply of NASA's Oldest Mars Orbiter - NASA

⚾ Sports

Enough With The Blowouts! - Lauren Theisen

🎧 Podcasts

EconTalk: Annie Duke on the Power of Quitting

Marketplace Tech: E-SUVs may be popular, but are they sustainable?

Money Talks: Is the Business of Podcasting Sustainable

The .NET Core Podcast #110: JetBrains and Remote Development with Maarten Balliauw

99% Invisible #405: Freedom House Ambulance Service

🎒 Everything Else

The Betrayal of Adam Smith - Mark Harris

🎵 A Song to Leave You With

The Gaslight Anthem - Positive Charge