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Privilege story, moral Show more
So i guess it's easy to feel like, in a space where lots of things get CWed, things shouldn't ever be unexpectedly upsetting, and if they are, to blame the poster.
But sometimes the reason you're upset is privilege, and rather than getting defensive on behalf of the people who abuse it, you should take a moment to empathize with the people against whom it was abused.
Real Talk Regarding CWs Show more
If when someone asks you nicely--not even to censor yourself, but simply to give a heads up on content that directly harms them--and you throw a fit and fail to get it...I'm not with you. Whether you care about what vulnerable people reasonably request is a pretty straightforward tell to ascertain your priorities and your value for other people's welfare. It's one of the best masto features. Sorry for rant. Just feel like I'm seeing this everywhere and I'm disappointed.
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Hey, #Keybase users: If you'd like to see Mastodon support in Keybase (which is just *perfect* in a federated network to verify people) and have a GitHub account: make sure to voice your wish, +1ing this comment on the related issue. That might make it happen!
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Hey if you're on bofa.lol maybe check out the fact that your instance is apparently letting fash edgelords abuse people without consequence and maybe move elsewhere k?
re: Mastodon meta (positive) Show more
The best luck I've had getting people to join and stay on Mastodon is convincing them that they don't have to deal with the complexity until they're entrenched. "Just join an instance and start following people who look interesting" is all you need to know when you're new. Federation doesn't even come up till you wanna block, or follow someone you can't, and I explicitly blame the techies for misrepresenting it as crucial to the user experience.
Mastodon meta (positive) Show more
External discourse has shifted from "it's too complicated" to "maybe I'm smart enough to handle that complexity for the value it provides!" From pessimism to positivity.
I think at a point it's hard to ignore that there are a lot of non-nerds who figured it out, so it can't be _that_ hard.
They're starting to realize the cost of corporate silo simplicity.
mastodon instances are the new hogwarts houses
here's the post where she linked me to these accounts:
you may come away from these without feeling as strong a distaste as the authors! it makes sense since we weren't there to see the dismissals and sub-toots and all that.
but we also kinda act like this is the wild unsettled west. this place has a history and a culture. we may feel like we're just arriving at ellis island, but we may be acting like colonial settlers.
mastodon privacy Show more
since this is coming up again, i feel it's important to stress the following facts about privacy on mastodon:
- DMs are stored in plaintext in the database
- yes, this means admins can access them
- it also means they will be accessible if your instance DB is leaked
- however: this is the same as the situation on any other mainstream social media site
- at the end of the day you should make sure you trust your admins
- ultimately: don't use mastodon for privacy-critical messages
Curate your goddamn experience.
You can filter out KeyWords, somewhere in yoru settings (I believe?)
You can mute accounts that are of no interest to you, like bot accounts etc.
Instances run by women:
@ me with ones I missed! ❤️
So someone built a Mastodon crawler, aggregating all the instances. A useful, fun geek project, right?
Someone doesn't understand why people might want obscurity on a social network. Unsurprisingly, it's a straight white guy who doesn't interact with minorities. Imagine that.
On a related note, I learn a whole bunch from listening to PoC, trans, and women. Not to mention *real* minorities, like BSD folks.
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