"I thought you died!" / "No, don't worry, I didn't; I have life insurance!"
#writingprompts #writing

@theodraxis Okay. I understand. So is anyone's morals acceptable as long as they adhere to them?

Theres.life suddenly started working again! I'll be back on my instance.

@vicorva I was trying to make an AI that sounded lifeless, so it referred to itself in the third person and present tense.

@vicorva When I was writing my nanowrimo book, I kept doing that because I was doing a special effect with a specific character.

#Privacy? I don't have anything to hide.

> Over the last 16 months, as I've debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, "I don't really worry about invasions of privacy because I don't have anything to hide." I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen, I write down my email address. I say, "Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide." Not a single person has taken me up on that offer.

-- Glenn Greenwald in Why privacy matters - TED Talk #quotes #infosec

Good night Mastodon! I really hope I can fix my soon. 😬

@dansup Good morning! How are you this evening (that's my time LOL)

How do I backup the database of a Mastodon instance using docker (especially when I can't start Mastodon with docker).

@fribbledom
Yeah. I broke my Mastodon instance trying to enable polls. I found out I don't know as much about git as I thought I did...
@Chaos_99

@dansup I built a simple chatroom with PHP (using text files). So I know some. I also am building the backend of another program in PHP.

It is just that Mastodon and diaspora* both use Ruby on Rails.

How do you recommend me learning PHP sufficient enough to build a project? I also have to learn Databasing...

Source: commitstrip.com/en/2019/03/06/

You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.
You cannot accurately estimate development time.

@dansup Wait, is PHP the best language for something like this (in your opinion).

I would like to try developing something that would allow people to create accounts, upload information about themselves, and possible share data with each other via APIs.

Whether or not I actually do the actual programming or not, I am going to see if I can write up some specs for it.

But if I were to write it, what language is best for web apps with users like that?

@freemo I kinda was doing something I should have (I guess I don't have proper understanding of git). Simply put, I keep getting weird apt errors and stuff. I installed with docker according to this guide:

linode.com/docs/applications/m

Can I do a completely different install process and not loose any data? Just wipe everything on the software side and reconnect it to the database and everything will be fine?

I can't even reinstall Mastodon for some reason. 😬 I don't know what to do now.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***