Petition to Change.org To Revoke Fawcett Society’s Sexist Petition #sexistdictionary

Dear Change.org: Please read the petition below, about why you should remove Fawcett Society of East London’s (FSEL) Petition, which advocates for the use of sexist words against women.

Have you ever searched online for the definition of a woman? ‘Bitch, besom, piece, bit, mare, baggage, wench, petticoat, frail, bird, bint, biddy, filly’ – these are the words which FSEL’s petition tells us are okay to use to mean the same as ‘woman’. This sexist petition must be ended.

Over a third of young women aged between 18 to 24 have been targeted by online abuse. We can take a serious step towards reducing the harm this is causing our young women and girls by looking at our language – and this starts with FSEL petition.

Right now under acceptable variations of ‘woman,’ FSEL lists the following:

Bitch, besom, piece, bit, mare, baggage, wench, petticoat, frail, bird, bint, biddy, filly.
These examples show women as sex objects, subordinate, and/or an irritation to men.

This is completely unacceptable by a reputable source like FSEL, but it’s even more worrying when you consider how much influence they have in setting norms around our language. These misogynistic methods of describing women, have become widespread because petitions like the one by FSEL, insist they must be used.

This can influence the way that women are spoken about online. Should an institution like the FSEL be allowed to portray women this way? What message does this send to young girls about their identity and expectations for the future? If we want to create an equal society, we need language fit for the 21st century that doesn’t discriminate against women. FSEL’s team are defining who women are and doing it in a very outdated manner which denigrates women.

This petition is to ask Change.org to to:

Eliminate all of FSEL’s petitions, which use these words with the intent to increase discrimination against and patronise women and/or connote men’s ownership of women.

Together, we can succeed in removing the offensive and damaging ways that FSEL wishes for women to be described with, so that more people don’t follow their lead and broaden the use of them even further. We hope you support us and join our campaign! Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards a fairer internet and a less discriminating world.

Thank you in advance!

#SexistDictionary

An Open Letter to Change.org —

I attempted to file the above counter-petition to illustrate the absurdity of FSEL’s original petition, but when reviewing the rules for submitting the counter-petition, I found that any writer of any petition is not allowed to “make things up” — but the writer of FSEL’s petition does exactly that.

The claims the original petition is making against Oxford are patently false; the writer crafts a false narrative for the dictionary’s reporting of data, and my attempted counter-petition reflects the same level of absurdity.

a : b :: c : d

a = FSEL’s interpretation about b
b = Oxford(/etc)’s actual intention of reporting listed terms
c = Divvyry’s interpretation of d
d = FSEL’s actual intention of reporting listed terms

A dictionary is like a newspaper which reports strictly the hard news on a murder without editorial: the newspaper’s report isn’t somehow saying “murder is allowed now” or “future murders must happen this way or else it’s not a real murder” — no, it is describing a prior murder, by observation of available data without inferring.

Likewise, dictionaries are not proclaiming or portraying the word “woman” as the way FSEL claims.. dictionaries are describing past uses of it, historically and by frequency of observation.

If someone were to publish a list of top 5 cities where car accidents happen, would that list inherently suggest “if you want to crash your car, do it here” or “it is more-correct to crash your car in these cities” ?

No, it is simply describing observed stats about crashes, not imposing a correctness of crashes. Likewise, a dictionary is not imposing correctness of the usages listed, but ranks their meanings in 1-2-3 order like the crash cities list, in order of most-frequently-observed ways the word has been observed used in the past.

Dictionaries report on observational data, not propose that use of a word is somehow correct. Dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive. The writer of the petition seems to believe that dictionaries are prescriptive, or somehow authorize or impose allowances on usage, which is a completely backwards understanding of how the dictionary is even presenting information.

In 2008, there was a big kerfuffle about how dictionaries “changed the definition” of marriage to include more ways than simply male-female pairs. The people who were outraged, believed that the role of a dictionary were to set limitations on how words are allowed to be used, and that by updating the entry, the dictionary were now “making it official” that it was acceptable to use marriage to mean differently than just male-female pairs.

However, the dictionary does not perform this role, and did not change the entry for that purpose. Dictionaries employ lexicographers, or linguistics researchers, who analyze the ways that the masses of the public use words, and those observations all go into a tally. If a way that the general public uses a word reaches a number of observations that is high enough, then that method observed becomes part of the entry, like the way a different city could unseat a previous top 5 car crash city by having more crashes that year.

The entry was adjusted to account for how many observations were tallied of how the general public uses them, not on whether it’s acceptable or valid. Therefore, the people who were outraged about the adjustment of the marriage entry, were angry because their understanding of how dictionaries even function, was flawed. FSEL’s petition is committing a similar flub, in believing that a dictionary somehow regulates or authorizes restrictions on usage, rather than simply listing the most common ways.

Imagine how a mayor of one of the top-five cities didn’t want their city listed there, so made a petition to have their city removed from the list because it made their city look bad. Likewise, the dictionary entry is reporting on statistics of usage, not making any kind of attempt to disparage anyone — it is simply reporting statistical data, and therefore cannot even remove the requested entries because it would require reshaping the entire nature of very industry that FSEL appears to misunderstands to begin with.

The whole basis of the counter-petition is based on a made-up concept with no basis in reality, and is reflective of just how baseless the original FSEL petition is in relation to Oxford’s part. The context for the petition is literally, non-figuratively, made up, which is against the rules for Change.org petitions, and money is being collected by Change.org in connection with that false petition.

The people signing the petition are against the narrative FSEL presents, because the narrative is already false, and are simply listing their name down as someone who believes the falsity of what the writer is stating, and could possibly be targeted for their ignorance about it.

I believe it is in your best interest, Change.org, to remove FSEL’s petition, refund the donations acquired as a result of it, and prevent the people who signed it from being shamed for having signed such a patently false narrative.

@Divvyry

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A Solution for TWICE’s Mina and JYP to consider?

My current favorite K-pop group is TWICE, and I believe they are the next SNSD. One of their 9 members named Mina has been sitting out for much of the group activities like a lengthy tour overseas, due to an issue with anxiety and was initially reported to have stage fright.

I would like to ask for Mina or JYP to consider at least modifying her contract, instead of breaking up to instead consider making her a kind of “video-only” member if necessary, where she might only appear in things like a music video, or a commercial video, or in things like candid instagram/etc things, without doing any stage performances, that can be recorded in the comforts of close contact with friends and sensitive studio personnel, without the big stage.

I have a tremor condition called Essential Tremor, that makes me feel like I am constantly nervous, and in my 20s+ I seriously believed I was just nervous all the time and was trembly even moreso during “performance” kinds of situations, but once I realized that it was a nerve issue, I was able to become more bold about it and work past the idea of being frightened of the feeling that everyone was watching me too closely. I’m not saying Mina has this (but as a possibility that what someone believes at first, could change over time with better evidence), and I have to do things a little differently than most people, but I try at least to still make it work — and I think by just changing the nature of the obligations she’s expected to meet, she can still remain a member in the eyes of fans.

I think fans would very gladly welcome this and be understanding about the change, until Mina believes she is able to perform again on a stage, if ever, with no pressure to be required to do those kinds of performances anymore.

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Does Course Teach Fetus is like Cancer? NO. Here’s Why.

Making the rounds in April 2019 is the context-less capture of a biology course slide that lists similarities between a fetus and cancer. The spin zone is currently at the ready to condemn it, by interpreting that the course is teaching students “how much a fetus is like cancer.”


(Original Tweet)

Possibly the worst element of this influential tweet is the line, “Create your own caption,” rather than, “research the issue before settling on a conclusion.”

Summit.News picked up on it, and pretty quickly ran a spin version condemning such a teaching, that “Biology Course Teaches Students a Fetus is Just Like an Invasive Cancer.”

However, a respondent to the tweet is quick to point out, that the class is actually an immunology course, and the slide demonstrates how poorly the body is able to interpret cancer interactions with the body, compared to fetal interactions with the body, in that the cancer is so adept at outwitting the immuno-response in a similar way that a fetus does, being half-foreign to the mother.

“This has nothing to do with abortion: it’s an immunology course, and they’re describing the process of how the tumor mimics biological mechanisms that developed for supporting fetal growth. This allows the tumor to evade the immune system, enrich blood supply, engraft in tissue”
(Tw source)

“The point is that your biology often can’t tell the difference between a pregnancy and a tumor, and that allows the tumor to evade an effective killing response. This slide is a challenge to think about the challenges of treating cancer.”
(Tw source)

Tumors often make fetal proteins that allow them to evade the immune system, keep growing w/out regulation & intrude into other tissues. The classic example is alpha-fetoprotein, found in fetal liver and liver tumors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-fet…
(Tw source)

“My industry is cancer diagnostics: we know that pregnant women will test as false positives for a number of tumor markers. I do also have a patent on a drug that uses fetal transferrin (transports iron from the placenta) to target chemotherapy to solid tumors.”
(Tw source)

“For anyone concerned about “legitimate parasite”, this is about the self/non-self recognition by the immune system. It’s the reason we can’t get transplants or transfusions from most strangers. Fetuses are only 50% related to mother; immune system should see them as “non-self”.”
(Tw source

Another respondent, a PhD, chimes in…

“Holy hell, you are ignorant. The way cancer invades and manipulates host immunity resembles the way the resembles the way the placenta invades the wall of the uterus. This resemblance had been known for over a century. It’s nothing controversial among cancer biologists.”
(Tw source)

…and lists a few examples:

  • Exploring the links between cancer and placenta development
  • Can Pregnancy Help Scientists Better Understand Cancer? Cancerous cells and placental ones appear to regulate the immune system in similar ways
  • The immune response in pregnancy and in cancer is active and supportive of placental and tumor cell growth not their destruction

    Comparison between two things is not “teaching that one thing is the same as the other,” unless, perhaps, it suits your narrative.

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    FULL Master List of “The Fired/Sacked Magician Was Disillusioned” Puns

    A fired cleaning lady is dismayed.
    A fired magician is disillusioned.
    A fired pig farmer is disgruntled.
    A fired shepherd is deflocked.

    Who else can add a reaction to how someone was fired?

    I am increasingly seeing forum posts that propose inventing additional entries to a list of sentences where a person is fired (or “sacked” if you’re a UK English speaker), and the firing/sacking is characterized by a pun regarding their profession, somewhat Tom Swifty style.

    The typical first four examples are as listed above; I have collected several additional entries from around the web.

    A fired assembly-line worker is discombobulated.
    A fired lawyer is disbarred.
    A fired lawyer is distorted.
    A fired lawyer is unsuitable.
    A fired computer technician is shut down.
    A fired computer technician who is rehired is turned off and back on again.
    A fired cook is toast.
    A fired firefighter is put out.
    A fired fireplace installer is dismantled.
    A fired masonry worker is laid off.
    A fired streetwalker is laid off.
    A fired streetwalker is delayed.
    A fired electrician is discharged.
    A fired detective is left clueless.
    A fired federal worker is disappointed.
    A fired copy editor is fried.
    A fired horticulturist is exfoliated.
    A fired cardiologist is disheartened.
    A fired sleep disorder specialist gets a wake-up call.
    A fired sleep disorder specialist is debunked.
    A fired blackjack dealer is discarded.
    A fired footballer is deflated.
    A fired footballer is displayed.
    A fired salesman is decommissioned.
    A fired 1800s-era Chinese person is disoriented.
    A fired bride(/groom)-to-be is disengaged.
    A fired model is disposed.
    A fired skunk furry/cosplayer is extinct.
    A fired chain restaurant owner is disenfranchised.
    A fired cobbler is given the boot.
    A fired hairstylist is distressed.
    A fired stripper is disrobed.
    A fired lingerie model is given the pink slip.
    A fired dentist knows the drill.
    A fired window installer is shattered.
    A fired window installer is pained.
    A fired art director is framed.
    A fired corporal who is allowed to re-enlist is reserved.
    A fired store clerk is checked out.
    A fired filmmaker is exposed.
    A fired filmmaker is wrapped.
    A fired cameraman is framed.
    A fired pastry chef is creamed.
    A fired proctologist is deterred.
    A fired proctologist who is then rehired, is undeterred.
    A fired soiled-undergarment cleaner is undeterred.
    A fired electrician is discharged.
    A fired electrician is grounded.
    A fired matador is discharged.
    A fired credit card transaction analyst is discharged.
    A fired light fixture salesman is delighted.
    A fired billboard changer is designed.
    A fired linguist is excommunicated.
    A fired witch/wizard is disenchanted.
    A fired god-killer was decided.
    A fired pamphlet distributed is distracted.
    A fired railroad assemblyman is distracted.
    A fired gasterointerologist is distracted.
    A fired Elvis impersonator is distributed.
    A fired cult leader is dissected.
    A fired gardener is deflowered.
    A fired TV scientist named Bill is denied.
    A fired newly-married woman is dismissed.
    A fired duck hunter is deducted.
    A fired duck hunter is run afoul.
    A fired parking ticket writer is defined.
    A fired overdue books librarian is defined.
    A fired freedom fighter is deliberated.
    A fired athlete whose awards have been confiscated is distrophied.
    A fired Russian operative is disputing.
    A fired home builder is distrusted.
    A fired collider scientist is discerned.
    A fired union official is disorganized.
    A fired human cannonball is of high caliber.
    A fired banana tallyman is discounted.
    A fired bank accounts manager is disinterested.
    A fired minister/priest is disgraced.
    A fired calendar printer’s days are numbered.
    A fired kennel operator is in deep doo-doo.
    A fired sewer maintenance worker is in deep doo-doo.
    A fired puzzlemaker is dissolved.
    A fired geneologist is disinherited.
    A fired quiz maker is detested.
    A fired social media manager is disliked.
    A fired social media manager is unsocialized.
    A fired fisherman is debated.
    A fired Broadway performer is displayed.
    A fired woodworker is given the axe.
    A fired doctor is losing his/her patience.
    A fired chef’s goose is cooked.
    A fired tunnel-vision sufferer never saw it coming.
    A fired erectile dysfunction specialist never saw it coming.
    A fired grocery bagger is given the sack.
    A fired teacher is degraded.
    A fired tribute band is discovered.
    A fired surgeon is given the cut.
    A fired disseminator is uninformed.
    A fired barista is decaffeinated.
    A fired used car salesman is unappreciated.
    A fired stock-shorter is underappreciated.
    A fired Dracula is discounted.
    A fired podiatrist is defeated.
    A fired beer inventor is still pending trial.
    A fired pastor is unrepentant.
    A fired tire slasher is removed from incarceration.
    A fired bakery worker is inbred.
    A fired bicycle repairman is unspoken.
    A fired mortgage broker is disclosed.
    A fired financial broker is defunded.
    A fired pornographer is deluded.
    A fired male undergarment model is debriefed.
    A fired oceanographer is never able to get their bering strait.
    A fired Xbox/PS player is inconsolable.
    A fired chef chosen by vote is delectable.
    A fired musician is disconcerted.
    A fired linguistics analyst is dyslexic.
    A fired secretary is defiled.
    A fired dock worker is deported.
    A fired Santa is depolarized.
    A fired bully is demeaned.
    A fired orchard laborer is depicted.
    A fired mummy is decrypted.
    A fired librarian is disquieted.
    A fired child with no father is desired.
    A fired Monet gallery curator is declawed.

    (the following is the same list as above, just using “sacked” instead of fired, as is more common in the UK)

    A sacked cleaning lady is dismayed.
    A sacked magician is disillusioned.
    A sacked pig farmer is disgruntled.
    A sacked shepherd is deflocked.
    A sacked assembly-line worker is discombobulated.
    A sacked lawyer is disbarred.
    A sacked lawyer is distorted.
    A sacked lawyer is unsuitable.
    A sacked computer technician is shut down.
    A sacked computer technician who is rehired is turned off and back on again.
    A sacked cook is toast.
    A sacked firefighter is put out.
    A sacked fireplace installer is dismantled.
    A sacked masonry worker is laid off.
    A sacked streetwalker is laid off.
    A sacked streetwalker is delayed.
    A sacked electrician is discharged.
    A sacked detective is left clueless.
    A sacked federal worker is disappointed.
    A sacked copy editor is fried.
    A sacked horticulturist is exfoliated.
    A sacked cardiologist is disheartened.
    A sacked sleep disorder specialist gets a wake-up call.
    A sacked sleep disorder specialist is debunked.
    A sacked blackjack dealer is discarded.
    A sacked footballer is deflated.
    A sacked footballer is displayed.
    A sacked salesman is decommissioned.
    A sacked 1800s-era Chinese person is disoriented.
    A sacked bride(/groom)-to-be is disengaged.
    A sacked model is disposed.
    A sacked skunk furry/cosplayer is extinct.
    A sacked chain restaurant owner is disenfranchised.
    A sacked cobbler is given the boot.
    A sacked hairstylist is distressed.
    A sacked stripper is disrobed.
    A sacked lingerie model is given the pink slip.
    A sacked dentist knows the drill.
    A sacked window installer is shattered.
    A sacked window installer is pained.
    A sacked art director is framed.
    A sacked corporal who is allowed to re-enlist is reserved.
    A sacked store clerk is checked out.
    A sacked filmmaker is exposed.
    A sacked filmmaker is wrapped.
    A sacked cameraman is framed.
    A sacked pastry chef is creamed.
    A sacked proctologist is deterred.
    A sacked proctologist who is then rehired, is undeterred.
    A sacked soiled-undergarment cleaner is undeterred.
    A sacked electrician is discharged.
    A sacked electrician is grounded.
    A sacked matador is discharged.
    A sacked credit card transaction analyst is discharged.
    A sacked light fixture salesman is delighted.
    A sacked billboard changer is designed.
    A sacked linguist is excommunicated.
    A sacked witch/wizard is disenchanted.
    A sacked god-killer was decided.
    A sacked pamphlet distributed is distracted.
    A sacked railroad assemblyman is distracted.
    A sacked gasterointerologist is distracted.
    A sacked Elvis impersonator is distributed.
    A sacked cult leader is dissected.
    A sacked gardener is deflowered.
    A sacked TV scientist named Bill is denied.
    A sacked newly-married woman is dismissed.
    A sacked duck hunter is deducted.
    A sacked duck hunter is run afoul.
    A sacked parking ticket writer is defined.
    A sacked overdue books librarian is defined.
    A sacked freedom fighter is deliberated.
    A sacked athlete whose awards have been confiscated is distrophied.
    A sacked Russian operative is disputing.
    A sacked home builder is distrusted.
    A sacked collider scientist is discerned.
    A sacked union official is disorganized.
    A sacked human cannonball is of high caliber.
    A sacked banana tallyman is discounted.
    A sacked bank accounts manager is disinterested.
    A sacked minister/priest is disgraced.
    A sacked calendar printer’s days are numbered.
    A sacked kennel operator is in deep doo-doo.
    A sacked sewer maintenance worker is in deep doo-doo.
    A sacked puzzlemaker is dissolved.
    A sacked geneologist is disinherited.
    A sacked quiz maker is detested.
    A sacked social media manager is disliked.
    A sacked social media manager is unsocialized.
    A sacked fisherman is debated.
    A sacked Broadway performer is displayed.
    A sacked woodworker is given the axe.
    A sacked doctor is losing his/her patience.
    A sacked chef’s goose is cooked.
    A sacked tunnel-vision sufferer never saw it coming.
    A sacked erectile dysfunction specialist never saw it coming.
    A sacked grocery bagger is given the sack.
    A sacked teacher is degraded.
    A sacked tribute band is discovered.
    A sacked surgeon is given the cut.
    A sacked disseminator is uninformed.
    A sacked barista is decaffeinated.
    A sacked used car salesman is unappreciated.
    A sacked stock-shorter is underappreciated.
    A sacked Dracula is discounted.
    A sacked podiatrist is defeated.
    A sacked beer inventor is still pending trial.
    A sacked pastor is unrepentant.
    A sacked tire slasher is removed from incarceration.
    A sacked bakery worker is inbred.
    A sacked bicycle repairman is unspoken.
    A sacked mortgage broker is disclosed.
    A sacked financial broker is defunded.
    A sacked pornographer is deluded.
    A sacked male undergarment model is debriefed.
    A sacked oceanographer is never able to get their bering strait.
    A sacked Xbox/PS player is inconsolable.
    A sacked chef chosen by vote is delectable.
    A sacked musician is disconcerted.
    A sacked linguistics analyst is dyslexic.
    A sacked secretary is defiled.
    A sacked dock worker is deported.
    A sacked Santa is depolarized.
    A sacked bully is demeaned.
    A sacked orchard laborer is depicted.
    A sacked mummy is decrypted.
    A sacked librarian is disquieted.
    A sacked child with no father is desired.
    A sacked Monet gallery curator is declawed.

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    “Which one has two zero and two four?” Answer Arguments

    I recently came across the following puzzle:

    Which one has two zero and two four?

    (A) 0024
    (B) 2024
    (C) 0044

    ..and after posing it to several friends and seeing their arguments, I came up with my own answer:

    Since the question is unattributed, and I could find no particular original source for the puzzle, I don’t think it can be genuinely proposed that the grammar is “bad” because whether the grammar is bad would depend on whether the writer of the question were bound by particular English-language style constraints, and general English has no such restrictions (more about that, at length here).

    We also don’t know the context of the answers, so is the question made by someone bound by the style restrictions of Strunk & White? Chicago Manual of Style or Associated Press? Are the answers part of a serial number or the ‘last four’ on a social security number, or telephone number? Different English users around the US say the last four digits of a telephone number differently, so describing the number this way may simply be a style preference of their own, although arguably rather ambiguously (and perhaps trolling).

    GET TO THE POINT ALREADY

    None. My reason is “none” because, if we are interpreting the word “two” into “2”, and the same for the others, then it would be reasonable also to interpret the “one” into 1. If the question were instead worded:

    Which one has two zero and two four?

    (1) 0024
    (1) 2024
    (1) 0044

    ..then I would answer, “the second one,” but there is no “1” option, only letters. The question isn’t, “Which letter has…”

    Even if we need not interpret “one” so literally, I still think the answer could be “the second one” to use the noun that the puzzle uses, in order to remain consistent, and still match the middle option being the answer, since the puzzle still wouldn’t be asking which-letter.

    Some have argued that 44 is a viable answer, since “and” can also mean “plus,” as if the question were asking what the sum of 20 and 24 were, which would equal 24, but that wouldn’t really explain the two zeros prior the sum.

    I think not knowing the context compounds the ambiguity about ‘why’ the question doesn’t pluralize zeros and fours, and therefore could be a clue about the questioner’s intention as itself a clue to the context, or perhaps that the questioner is an ESL speaker who is using their native language’s prescriptive constructs when speaking the numbers, translating them aloud.

    I think taking after the example of converting the two to 2, zero to 0, and four to 4, then in like manner we ought also convert one to 1, and since there is no answer with a 1 in it, then “none” is the best answer.

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    Monday Miners: AIXTLARDI

    Each Monday, give yourself one solid minute to try to come up with the longest word you can find by rearranging the letters below, and see if you can best the panel from the British comedy words-and-numbers show, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Once you’ve settled on a word, click and highlight the area below Answers to reveal what words the panel found, and see whose was longest =)

    This letters-game comes from Series 7, Episode 2:

    AIXTLARDI

    Answers:

    lard, radix, trail, radial

    Did you do better?

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    Tom Swifty Tuesday: Dec 2018 Week 4

    “I’m keen to buying a Wurlitzer soon,” Tom organized.

    Come up with a better Tom Swifty joke than this, and your tweet will get featured on this post and added to the Masterlist of Tom Swifty Jokes with credit for submitting it.. It’s Tom Swifty Tuesday!
    Continue reading

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    Monday Miners: AOSTVTEIR

    Each Monday, give yourself one solid minute to try to come up with the longest word you can find by rearranging the letters below, and see if you can best the panel from the British comedy words-and-numbers show, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Once you’ve settled on a word, click and highlight the area below Answers to reveal what words the panel found, and see whose was longest =)

    This letters-game comes from Series 7, Episode 2:

    AOSTVTEIR

    Answers:

    voters, strive, toastier, rotative

    Did you do better?

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    “Just Do This” Simplest/Easiest Guide to Level Up in Destiny 2

    If you’re a Destiny veteran, this guide is not for you; please read the red veteran note at the very bottom.

    Instead of rambling all of the reasoning behind why, here is the “just do these things” basics guide to raising your power level in Destiny 2.

    1. Go into your inventory and look at all of the items in one single slot, such as your helmets. Hold one of the triggers down so you can see all of the power levels of each item at once.

    2. Find the item in that slot that has the highest number in the upper right corner of the icon. In the above example, the highest number is 634. Ignore the numbers on items with a yellow background.




    3. Click the thumbstick to Lock the item with the highest power number, which ISN’T an exotic/yellow.






    4. Do the same for all other slots (chest, boots, primary weapons, etc). Lock each piece of equipment that has the highest number, even if you don’t plan to ever use it.




    5. After doing that for each slot, go complete some kind of activity that offers a “powerful” reward.






    6. Once one is completed, you’ll see it appear on the screen.






    7. Go into your inventory and locate the new item. Is the power number of that item higher than any non-exotic in that slot?






    8. If the new item has a higher number than any other non-exotic item, LOCK IT. You may now unlock the old item, and move that old item elsewhere if you wish.




    9. Complete additional activities that offer powerful rewards.




    10. Each time you get a new powerful reward, evaluate whether it is the highest number in that slot, and KEEP IT if it is the highest, even if you don’t plan to use it or don’t like it. Move/delete/infuse an item ONLY AFTER there is another item of a HIGHER level, and ALWAYS keep the highest powered one.

    Keep repeating these steps, and your power level will increase gradually.








    WHY?
    If you’re interested in simple explanations of the why’s-and-how’s, I’ve tried to boil it down to the most basic way possible:

    (a) Your big-number power level (circled in red below) is the average power level across all of the gear you are wearing right now (green circles), including the guns you can quickly switch between in battle.





    (b) Without telling you directly, the game pretends to equip every possible combination of gear you have, in order to find out which combination makes the highest possible power level, which we’ll call this your best level.




    (c) By locking all of your higher-power items you receive when you get them, to make sure they don’t get deleted or infused, you’re helping the game to find out higher-and-higher “best” levels you could possibly achieve.




    (d) Each time you are awarded “powerful” gear, the game uses your current “best” level in mind and adds a few to it.




    (e) Remember though, that the powerful item’s higher level is based on the average, not “best in that slot” number, so you may get an powerful reward that is a lower number than the highest level in that slot, if the current highest in that slot is already higher than your best average. It is total luck on which slot the powerful reward will drop into.




    (f) Many people are tempted to infuse the new powerful rewards into gear they like the most, but that is a rookie move that might actually reduce your average best power level.




    (g) If you have a piece of gear you don’t want, which has a higher power level, that you want to put into a piece of gear you do like, it is best to wait until you get another piece of gear that is higher than that one (which by this guide lets you unlock it) before using it to infuse, to ensure that your best possible power level remains intact.




    (h) The reason I’m saying to ignore the power level of exotics, is because you’re only allowed to equip one clothing exotic, and one weapon exotic at a time. The game also knows this, and does include that fact into part of its best calculation, but it is far easier to just ignore those numbers and let the game factor that in on its own. The guide is an attempt to create the easiest way to raise levels, by ensuring you don’t lose any gains you do make.



    Note to Destiny veterans: This guide is not designed for you.
    It’s not designed to offer new insight on faster ways to level up. I am on several Destiny forums, and there are lots of players who post asking how to raise their power level despite already having decent levels who just stumbled their way there, or who just can’t seem to “get” how the level increases. This guide, at its simplest form, prevents the gains one does make, from being lost by rookie goofs so that the numbers will always be improving gradually.

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    Tom Swifty Tuesday: Dec 2018 Week 3

    “Dander is so tough to vacuum off the sofa,” Tom deferred.

    Come up with a better Tom Swifty joke than this, and your tweet will get featured on this post and added to the Masterlist of Tom Swifty Jokes with credit for submitting it.. It’s Tom Swifty Tuesday!
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