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Greetings, people! I am a software developer. Outside of work, I use free/libre software almost exclusively. I am pained that we continue to allow nature and community to get degraded by crony individualism. We can do much better, e.g. the voluntary refugee concept.

I have been chuffed with the almost all of the time I have been on it. There is plenty of food for thought in many a toot out there. I am having to move off @wyatwerp now, and really happy to find a Fediverse instance that ... uh ... federates.

You and I and everyone here are part of the first 10 million people on the fediverse.

We are setting the cultural and technical norms for the next few decades.

So if there's something you wish Mastodon did, or ActivityPub did, just start acting like it already exists.

If enough people want it or need it, it will get added by the software and protocols later.

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@andrewstroehlein You should have respect for your ancestors including their culture and most importantly your friends and family, that’s true nationalism.


"It’s all powered by the ActivityPub standard – which is like RSS you can reply to."

Best description of AP ever :)

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ATTENTION EVERYONE WRINGING THEIR HANDS OVER “#MASTODON ADMINS CAN READ MY DIRECT MESSAGES”: #SysAdmins have *always* been able to read your #email and DMs unless encrypted, including at the big #SocialNetworks and Internet providers. We used to have t-shirts that said, “I READ YOUR EMAIL.”

It’s just hitting now because you got used to places where the admins were kept away in their cubicles and data centers instead of greeting you at the front door.

#privacy #security #InfoSec #cybersecurity

@lukobe @dantheclamman @thomasfuchs Another option is setting up #Yunohost and letting it do most of the heavily lifting for you.

"It's a privacy nightmare!"

Ummm, but other services aren't? If Mastodon is a "privacy nightmare" but you aren't worried about Facebook, I have some questions for you.

To those putting your amateur radio callsigns in your username or bio: The station address you registered with the FCC is public information. It's in the ULS database, like any other radio license.

This is how I was originally dox'd and it's why I haven't renewed my license. #opsec

What bugged me the most was how people would take a tweet and twist the meaning of the words to suit their agendas.

To be fair though, there are plenty of people on the left who also enjoy doing that. Anger addiction is everywhere.

I wish people would ask for clarification or more information if they have an issue. Keeping our views brief can lead to unintended misunderstandings that can be cleared up with patience and a bit of conversation.

@malwaretech very cynical take but I don't think of it so much as "we got here" as much as "we were always here" and twitter just gave the layman an easy way to participate.

I recall the early days of IRC also being filled with trolls and vitriol, polarized views and arguments, all perfectly hidden behind a veil of anonymity to allow people to continue to behave badly without real world consequences.

Mastodon however, is an anti-thesis to all that.

@mattblaze just @mentioned me and asked a question, which I answered in good faith, and with what I thought was a respectful tone. He told me to "fuck off":

I'm not the first person he said that to in this thread. This is neither the professional behaviour of a serious computer security expert, nor the playful banter of an underground hacker. If anyone is wondering why a lot of people here don't really take him seriously, this whole thread is a good example of why.

I'm getting to think that hashtags are underappreciated and underused. On Twitter they were largely bypassed by algorithms, which is probably part of the reason.

But I'm seeing a lot of moderation reports asking that genres of posts be eliminated for "cluttering up local", and I think things would go a lot more smoothly if people were consistently hashtagging their posts so they could be followed or muted by hashtag.

I could do with a lot fewer demands to police local.

#hashtag #moderation

Moving to the Fediverse, however, is a whole other ball game, and people should know what to expect: it’s a work-in-progress, but one that is built, owned, and managed by us.


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You'll never see Romulans posting on mastodon because they are enemies of the federation

If there's one piece of advice I'd give the newbies still pouring in by the day, it's this;


You don't have to be a passive audience for celebrity accounts. Reply to random conversations and crack jokes, express yourself however you see fit (with respect and care for others of course). This place is here for you to share, as much as it is for anyone else.


Here is something I really need to say. Or, rather, repeat.

Please lend me your attention for a while.

SDF Mastodon is a FREE service, run by volunteers on their spare time.

If you come here only to advertise some service and mindlessly post, post, post, about that service without ever interacting intelligently... You are not going to have a good time.

If you are an artist, writer, etc, then promoting yourself and your art is OK, in moderation. Relentless self promotion is annoying.

You've got to love those #Americans labeling themselves as "on the #left". 🤡

Dying your hair green or having a "pronouns" section on your online profile is *not* being politically on the left. It's just you being a conformist fashion victim (and a bit of a twat).

By comparison, anyone volunteering for say #Caritas is way more left than those idiots. At least they actually *do* something that helps people.

@dnkrupinski Never underestimate the impact of capital on a system that has inherent economies of scale and network effects. It happened with the web. No reason why it can’t happen with the fediverse unless we’re all diligent in resisting it from the very start.

Biology Professor Paul Knoepfler on Mastodon:

“Some servers seem to function much better than others. Certain servers also have more problems. It seems that many servers require applying to be in them, which seems weird to me.”

I don't mean to be rude Paul, but these are just realities that corporations have burnt millions of dollars hiding from you. So they can domesticate you, farm you for data, and sell you to advertisers. If that's ok, go on back to Melon Husk.

@godpod "Dump Musk for the Tusk."

I love that, I really do.

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