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John Carmack
Censorship is a loaded word that can be argued doesn't apply to commercial platforms, but I support Valve in having an uncurated platform. There are plenty of more-or-less carefully curated platforms to choose from; I think having one with explicitly near-zero curation is good.
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Ferdi F. Zebua Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
Near-zero curation is not completely uncurated, and I agree is good. At base level evil spam-games that defraud gamers of actual cash absolutely do not deserve a place in the Steam store. Further, Valve might do additional good by encouraging some biz models & shunning others.
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Dustin Land Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
If anything they do a decent job of promoting independent curators on their network. Platforms of the past lacked recommendation engines, ratings systems, and good overall UX to make engaging with content easier. Anymore media is about giving people tools to self curate easily.
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Matthew Bloch Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
isn't ... the internet ... the uncurated platform we already had? By choosing zero curation, Valve chooses that its staff will have to support the violent power fantasies of nazis, racists, homophobes. They side with them in amplifying their voices. There's no neutral.
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Game From Scratch Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
The complete lack of quality control is unacceptable though.
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moneyman10k Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
yeah we've got that, it's called http://www and then click download .exe
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moneyman10k Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
people are acting as if this is about the curation, not the payroll. estimate how much oculus pays to curate the store multiplied by how much bigger steam is
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William Wenge-Murphy Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
The problem with Valve is that they also have near-zero useful tools to sort through the crap. Whatever algorithmic secret sauce they have on the back-end for this, it's not very good.
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Daniel 🇪🇺 Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
Have you considered your own privilege here ? It's easy for us white males to ignore harassment as a problem.
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Jamon Holmgren Jun 8
Replying to @BillyWM @ID_AA_Carmack
This is an underrated aspect of this issue. If they’re going to allow content that I don’t want to see, they have an obligation to let me curate my own experience and that of my kids.
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scottv Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
Do you feel this way from a developer or gamer’s perspective? Both?
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PixelStrike Games Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
If they can offer better tools to sort the wheat from the chaff...
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Jon Ross Jun 8
That's what curators are for.
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Suzanne Leibrick (not currently at a conference) Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
With a near zero curation policy, surely it makes sense to have some tools for users to restrict their own access to content. Certain types of content I don't want to see - I don't want to see ads for it, or have it pop up in my suggested games.
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Suzanne Leibrick (not currently at a conference) Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
Parental controls, too, should be a default. I'm sure there are plenty of parents out their who don't want their teenage kids playing a school shooter game, or hardcore violent porn games. Be the platform that publishes everything, sure, but give users control and filters.
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All Things 3D Jun 8
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
I agree, but I also agree with their stance about exploiting the customer base with sensational content solely to grab a quick buck.
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👀➦ Paradise Decay Jun 10
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The Pink Pistol ✈️ NY Jun 11
Replying to @ID_AA_Carmack
It's still a curated platform but they are using weasel words to pretend it's not. Games will still be banned every day under the "straight-up trolling" clause, because it's so vague that you can assume that of anything provocative.
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