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Condescension (10 D X)
26 Aug 17 UTC
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Liberals are even worse than conservatives
The left should be focused on abolishing nationhood and class. Not microaggressions and compromises like minimum wage.
38 replies
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Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
26 Aug 17 UTC
Arpaio Pardoned
So sad.
3 replies
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Deeply_Dippy (410 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Diplomacy-Related Question Thread
Ask your questions!

Someone's bound to know the answer.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Yellen Speaks on Friday
Is our low inflation transitory or not? Is Yellen in touch with advancements in monetary policy? Is this exactly what the protocols of the elders of Zion predicted??? (Probably)

All that and more coming out of the one place on earth you associate with global banking: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
9 replies
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Maltir (125 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
Yet Another Rules Question
Am I able to move Edinburgh to Kiel via North Sea and Denmark?
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Heywood Jablowme (5 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
American Empire IV map - another move question
I move a fleet from Arctic Ocean into Nunavut. Can I then move from Nunavut to Manitoba. (There doesn't appear to be any coastal restrictions in Nunavut but I wanted to be sure before I committed to the move - Thanks
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MangoDude (100 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Remove Diplomacy phase as a variant
The reason I want a variant without the diplomacy phase is because we already have very long phases, most being a day, and I find the extra diplomacy time is a bit excessive.
15 replies
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bo_sox48 (4499 D Mod (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
Eclipse Day
I'm in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky but NASA is set up across the road from me so I assume I'm in a good spot. Anyone else have plans?
58 replies
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Gezirah (107 D)
25 Aug 17 UTC
How to start the game without it canceling
So I've been waiting for five days with six players to start a game, and as soon as it starts, I refresh and it says it's been canceled. Says I did not reach the limit of seven players. How do we actually start playing, after the waiting period is over?
2 replies
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bo_sox48 (4499 D Mod (G))
23 Aug 17 UTC
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Mod Team Announcement
We are happy to announce that dargorygel is now a moderator. Please join me in wishing him your condolences, or even congratulations if you prefer.
22 replies
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Maltir (125 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Save vs Ready
What is the difference between "save" and "ready?" What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
7 replies
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Heywood Jablowme (5 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Question about moves in game - Fall of the American Empire IV
Sorry for being a newbie, but as a fan of Diplomacy, I was really happy to find this site. My questions about movement - Is there an app or software so you can set up these variant maps locally and model moves/situations? Immediate question for my current game: On the Fall of the American Empire IV map, can I move a fleet from Manawut to Ungawa?
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Maltir (125 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Ska -> Bal
How many seasons does it take to get a fleet from Skagerrack to the Baltic Sea?
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Heffomite (168 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
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GBHigh29
I'm reluctant to accuse anyone of multi-account shenanigans or outside communication, but something seems a bit amiss in this game. It's full gunboat, no messaging at all, but somehow one player just convoyed another player's army across the North Sea.That's a hell of a guess.
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Heywood Jablowme (5 D)
23 Aug 17 UTC
Civil Disorder?
What does it mean when a player goes into civil disorder? Obviously happens when they don't play a turn, but does anything happen or is it just to notify the group that the player missed a turn?
18 replies
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steephie22 (182 D (S))
21 Aug 17 UTC
Second Opinion on company name
Hey guys,
My company is called Broad Expert and someone recently asked me if a native English speaker would initially associate Broad with 'wide' in a literal sense, rather than the intended association with a broad expertise. The question of whether the name is proper use of English was also brought up.
Thoughts?
steephie22 (182 D (S))
21 Aug 17 UTC
I guess it would be more correct to say "the intended association with a broad skillset", since the combination of broad and expertise is paradoxical.
bo_sox48 (4499 D Mod (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
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This may not answer your question, but as someone that owns an occasionally successful business, the conversation about the name should be really simple: name yourself what you are. Leave absolutely no room for misinterpretation and make yourself easy to find through your name. If people can find you, be it online, in a phone book, or however better than they do others, you get more business, and if they know exactly what you do and what you don't, you'll retain customers that would otherwise look to someone else that was clearer about their trade.

While I got what you're going for, if you think there is room for misinterpretation, then you answered your own question.
dargorygel (601 D Mod (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
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The word, "Broad" has at least one other meaning. While I don't think it is a horrible name, it might indeed be a bit too vague. The first small business I owned was called USS Enterprises. It had nothing to do with Star Trek. I was a Trekkie, though, and thought it was clever. The business name therefore had little to do with giving any information about the business itself. I didn't care. But maybe I should have.
A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
I don't think there's a problem with the name for any of the reasons you mentioned.

However, I don't think it's a good name or strategy. I think it's better to brand yourself as expert in a few things. It's also more believable.

But then what do I know? I'm just some guy on a webdip forum. Where all broad experts come for advice.
wpfieps (440 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
The first thing that came to my mind when you said "Broad Expert" was that you were one of these self-proclaimed "pick-up artists". But then maybe I'm dating myself for having been a fan of 1980's television's "Alice" where the main character refers to all the women as "broads".
A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
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If you're dating yourself, you're probably not a very successful pick up artist.
wpfieps (440 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
I'm a software engineer just like you, ATC, which of course means that we're probably both well experienced at dating ourselves.
Octavious (1717 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
I have to admit that the image that jumped to mind was of a rather rotund person in a lab coat. If you do get fat it could be perceived as a fun play on words.

In terms of meaning you've got knowledge of many things, it is a little on the "Jack of all trades, master of none" side. A bit like the general builder who can apparently do anything from a bathroom to a roof, no job too small.

Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
Bo and Tin gave good advice. I'd refine the name a little if it were me. Perhaps the "Corstice Consulting Group" or something of that nature, ya know?
MajorMitchell (1025 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
Diverse Expertise. ... Broad Church... Experts R Us ..Steephie's Solutions Specialists
Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
As an adjective, "broad" is not commonly used to describe a person directly. "Broad expertise" (as you mention) is used frequently, but not "broad expert."
steephie22 (182 D (S))
21 Aug 17 UTC
So ATC thinks the name is fine for what I'm trying to convey, even though he thinks that the strategy itself isn't great. To the others who mainly say that the first thing that came to mind was not the intended purpose, how long did/would it take you to get the intended meaning? Does it just require another second for the right image to flash to your mind, or would you remain confused? Or somewhere inbetween, of course.

I am sort of invested in the name, so I could change but not sure if it's a good idea if it's a minor issue. So I'm trying to understand how major or minor the issue is.
wpfieps (440 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
How long? I'm still not sure I've got the intended meaning. I mean, I guess you're not talking about understanding women, or about being fat ... maybe your proposed title is about fat women?
abgemacht (840 D (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
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Broad Expert would be a great name for an entry-level escort service.
Octavious (1717 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
It's all about context. Plucked out of the air it sounds a little odd, and can have several neanings. On a business card handed to a target market I dare say it will be fine
SuperSteve (894 D)
21 Aug 17 UTC
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I hear "Broad" and I think you are so desperately for work you will do anything.
eturnage (601 D (B))
21 Aug 17 UTC
I usually look for an expert that has a narrow expertise. Makes him more skilled in the particular area I'm looking for. With the way social media is going, an entrepreneur is better off focused on one niche rather than a broad one.
MajorMitchell (1025 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Wankers R Us
steephie22 (182 D (S))
22 Aug 17 UTC
What if you read it with the motto underneath:

Broad Expert
The Power to Adapt

?
abgemacht (840 D (G))
22 Aug 17 UTC
As other have said, the name has two issues:
1) It doesn't even remotely convey what your business does, so people are unlikely to find you if they don't already know you exist
2) Almost everyone wants to pay an expert in a particular field, rather than a "broad" expert, as they will (correctly) assume someone who focuses on one task will be better at that one task.
MajorMitchell (1025 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
This is reminiscent of soooo many Steephie threads where he "asks" for advice with his "businesses" then ignores 99.9999999% of the advice tendered. Which is why a fair amount of the "advice" is just insincere jibes
steephie22 (182 D (S))
22 Aug 17 UTC
Thanks. I didn't want to bring the strategy into the discussion, but I guess it is relevant so I'll explain a bit: the basic premise of the company is to help highly technical people who want to start a company but don't know how to run a company. These are small startups that can't afford 'real' experts, so I work with people who know all the basic skills needed to run a company, including marketing strategies, finances, getting ivestors, setting up basic logistics, knowing which experts are needed etc. Furthermore, more specialised experts can be added to a team if needed, so the people are not necessarily broad, but the combined team provides all the help needed to build a company for a technical expert's technology. If you have a name that better describes that business logic, feel free to let me know ;-)

I appreciate the feedback though. I'm not ignoring advice, and I apologise if I gave that impression. The strategy is working quite well regardless of whether people think it should work, so I'm currently trying to work with the advice that I'm getting about the name rather than the strategy, but most criticism about the name seems to be tied to the strategy, which makes it hard to find an answer to what name would fit with this strategy. I did verify that I should indeed reconsider the name though, since I personally thought it was awesome and hadn't heard any criticism before so I assumed it worked. Thanks for that!
steephie22 (182 D (S))
22 Aug 17 UTC
So if it does come across, as Octavious puts it, as the "Jack of all trades, master of none" type of business, I don't really mind because that is accurate enough to work for me, even if there is a negative connotation to that concept for some/many. If it comes across as "Fat Guy", I need to change something ;-)
Heywood Jablowme (5 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
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So don't limit yourself - just explain the name a little - Broad Expert (OK with dudes too) - hopefully your business is a (diverse) escort service

LOL!
Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Broad Expert - Professional Services for Startups.
MajorMitchell (1025 D)
24 Aug 17 UTC
Consult Broad Expert, they have expert advice in marketing etc


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Fluminator (496 D)
23 Aug 17 UTC
Can someone read this article for me
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/american-totality-eclipse-race/537318/
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Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
10 May 17 UTC
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The Official Spring 2017 1v1 Champions League
Now that 1v1 ELO has been up for a while, it's time to put the best to the test. See inside for details!
301 replies
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Live gunboat!
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=205130
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ubercacher16 (259 D)
23 Aug 17 UTC
Live World?
http://www.webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=205098
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Ogion (4385 D)
16 Aug 17 UTC
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It is not OK to punch even Nazis
Look, the question of justifiable violence has been a profound and difficult problem in moral philosophy for ages.
I posit that violence is not justified as a political tool ever
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Maltir (125 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Juggernaut
I know the dictionary definition, but what is this in game? How to you create one/deal with one that has been created?
28 replies
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michael_b (192 D)
20 Aug 17 UTC
Planned Parenthood's "Monthly Abortion Quotas"
I welcome all fellow Pro-Lifers and all all Pro-Choicers alike to discuss their reactions/thoughts about this interview with a Ex-Exec from PP in a CIVILISED AND RESPECTFUL MANNER. Is this the right direction? If not, what is to be done? I know its Fox News, but its what she says that matters.

Video: https://youtu.be/KUy7zugBMa4
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dargorygel (601 D Mod (G))
21 Aug 17 UTC
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The Eclipse is over... and the Apocaclypse didn't happen!
Just saying...
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Would I get banned if I supported a teammate in an Anonymous/no-chat game?
just wondering I'm in a tactical spot to do so but it seems super suspect and unfair almost
2 replies
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goldfinger0303 (2643 D)
14 Aug 17 UTC
WebDip World Cup Results
The last game is in the books and we have a winner!
73 replies
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chluke (8515 D (G))
22 Aug 17 UTC
2015 Gunboat tournament results?
Who ran the 2015 Gunboat tournament? Would love to see the final scoring table here:

http://tournaments.webdiplomacy.net/gunboat-tournament
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brainbomb (474 D)
20 Aug 17 UTC
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Steaks Diplomacy Game
Would anyone be interested in a -whoever wins grills- steaks diplomacy game? The notion is that we'd all have a potluck some amount of roasted veggies on a grill, and some ribeyes. We go to a ftf party, then get naked.
6 replies
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Maltir (125 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Length of Time
What is the average amount of rounds/years of one game of Diplomacy?
13 replies
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Maltir (125 D)
22 Aug 17 UTC
Bounce vs DMZ
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a bounce? Same question with a DMZ.
15 replies
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