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Good on you for reviving HPR. I'm grateful but...<br>
I'll admit this is a little facetious as I don't really care when
shows are released. I only contributed to the discussion to offer
options. Also, the series of shows I'm planning will come with the
note, "Post these however you want." But on the face of it, hiding
information seems absurdly anti-hacker. I know there are different
definitions of hacker but here is a quote from one document on the
<h3 class="title">4. Freedom is good.</h3>
<p>Hackers are naturally anti-authoritarian. Anyone who can give you
orders can stop you from solving whatever problem you're being
fascinated by — and, given the way authoritarian minds work, will
generally find some appallingly stupid reason to do so. So the
authoritarian attitude has to be fought wherever you find it, lest
it smother you and other hackers.</p>
<p>(This isn't the same as fighting all authority. Children need to
be guided and criminals restrained. A hacker may agree to accept
some kinds of authority in order to get something he wants more
than the time he spends following orders. But that's a limited,
conscious bargain; the kind of personal surrender authoritarians
want is not on offer.)</p>
<p>Authoritarians thrive on censorship and secrecy. And they
distrust voluntary cooperation and information-sharing — they only
like ‘cooperation’ that they control. So to behave like a hacker,
you have to develop an instinctive hostility to censorship,
secrecy, and the use of force or deception to compel responsible
adults. And you have to be willing to act on that belief.</p>
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I am very tempted to remove the list of shows entirely, because as soon
as it begins to fill up, people seem to think the pressure is off.
Welcome to HPR - the pressure is never off - ever.
With their permission, I have moved all but one of Klaatu's, Ahuka's and
my own shows to the backup queue. As these "multiple contributes"
release shows their next show will be moved from the backup queue.
If this feels like I am hiding shows, it's because yes I am
hiding show. I have already seen the chilling effect of the word
getting out that "HPR has enough shows" in previous years. Even after
our queue was empty, the delay in other podcasts releasing their shows
continued to rebroadcast the erroneous message for months.
If anyone has any ideas of how to be transparent without everyone
flipping out and declaring International Let's Open The Flood Gates
Day, I'd love to hear it.
To manage expectations I've updated the contribute page to add:
Please be aware that we cannot predict when your show will be out, but
sooner of later it will be released. Sometimes a new host will jump to
the top of the queue, while other hosts seem to be waiting a long time.
This is because all the shows at HPR are scheduled according to the
Scheduling Guidelines, which apply to everyone without exception."
I'll add "Graph Average wait time" to the todo list.
Ken (you may have hit a nerve) Fallon.
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