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Exploring Mastodon, feels a bit like the pre-MySpace/Facebook/Twitter online world before the largest corporations took control and monetized us all, when we had our local or even online days with WBS chat and the like.

Liking it so far, appreciate the rules of the instance

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Thanks for the welcome, #@freemo Here's my .

• a dad of a handful of kiddos, married, living in Colorado.
• a Christian in the Anglican tradition, and suppose I'm an unaffiliated conservatarian.
• a reader, working through the great novels as well as easier/fun books and nonfiction.
• a card and board game player and am happily teaching more to my kids as they get older.
• short on free time. I enjoy a philosophical pipe as I read and/or reflect, and occasionally get my guitar or bow/arrows out to learn new skills.
• a software developer... and have been for a very long time, now in the world of APIs and cloud development (CRM/SFDC).

500,000 students home from closed schools here in Denver yesterday.

But they must not be releasing the real reason why. What we know about the high school girl who flew in from Florida doesn't seem like enough to throw a whole metro area into panic.

Kids back to school today as the FBI womanhunt is over.

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@SecondJon They also seem to have a very warped idea of what a democracy is and what it's supposed to be to say the least

in Illinois ban Trump from 2020 ballot. Because democracy.

Another problem with the National Popular Vote. Step 1: NPV. Step 2: legally prevent votes for your opponents in enough states. Step 3: democracy is dead, but you gain power.

That Amazon, Google, and Apple are listening to the always on recording devices should surprise no one. That's how this works.

From the article : "... workers said they use internal chat rooms to share recordings they find amusing.

When workers come across a background conversation about personal information – like bank details – they are supposed to make the audio file..."

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Do you notice the bias when you read something that agrees with you?

I'm skeptical when something agrees with me too much. Maybe I'm skeptical of everything.

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House Democrat speaks out: 'I am offended by this whole conversation about socialism'

"But it is not the moment to undo the whole system and embrace something that Americans have spent blood and treasure fighting to save other countries from,"

How do you best convince us devs to document?

I'm convinced by the amount of time lost as a result of not having documentation, but others are convinced it's unnecessary overhead. Just looking to build a dev centric wiki of sorts for our system. Any thoughts?

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I was just talking with my kiddo about red/green color blindness. I was about to say it means someone who can't tell the new green political ideas apart from red communist ideas.

But I'm not sure how many could draw a clear line to differentiate those ideas.

Seems like it's really more about removing parental rights and giving them to the state alone. All your kids are belong to us.

Today "Sixteen-year-olds need a parent OR a judge to sign off on the union... Under Hansen’s proposed bill, marriage would be banned for anyone 15 years or younger. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds would need the approval of a judge.

Hansen says that is because he has heard parents of 16-year-olds are the ones signing off on marriage and it has looked suspicious to some county clerks."


So I know the republican president right now is uncouth on social media, but at the same time: "House Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 24th Time"

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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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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: 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] 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

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.
Note: The account 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***