@WokenClick Okay this is a bit of a walk:
A) yes, it's true. Sort of.
b) She was not fired for her language.
c) She WAS, however fired, because dickhead birdsite trolls were using the NASA hashtag to make a dumb situation even worse.
D) the person in question reached out to and apologized to Hickham, who is now in contact with NASA, and trying to secure her an even better position.
The "Hide everything from this instance" option in your profile is an instance block, not an instance silence.
What that means for you:
1) You will unfollow everyone on the server you suspend
2) You will be unable to interact with anyone from the server you suspend
It is not a mute, it is a block
For those interested in a much more familiar feeling interface for Mastodon, check out Halcyon: https://halcyon.anoxinon.de/
Once there, enter your full account (@email@example.com) and it will take you to a page to authorize the Halcyon web app, just like it does when you connect with an Android or iOS app. Here's a snapshot of my view with it:
This seems to be a concert for many Mastodon newcomers so I will address it in this toot:
As the instance admin, I have the ability to read your DMs. They're unencrypted.
There are two ways I can do this:
1- Looking directly into the instance's database
2- If someone reports a DM you send
I will never do the former. However, the latter is a different story, as I need to moderate them to keep the instance and its users safe, and unless not doing so threatens that safety, I will respect your privacy.
If you need to exchange sensitive information that required absolute secrecy, I'm strongly recommending you to use any encrypted method of communication isntead of Mastodon DMs.
Thank you for your attention and understanding!
@phryk - I think we agree.
My point is that *Mastodon* is not a culture. Your instance/community is.
Fascists, etc, will become part of the Fediverse and use Mastodon. Some instances will block them and defederare. Others will follow and federate.
Mastodon, et. al., is great NOT because of a lack of bad actors, but because of granular user and instance control.
Here's the list I have, with varying degrees of usage:
LoadingReadyRun made a Crapshot today, mostly about the birdsite, but also Mastodon!
I’m the tiger-pelt-wearing guy!
@DialMforMara I had an idea that I know I am absolutely not qualified to study, so I thought I'd throw it your way. The question is "Do linguists who are generally of a descriptivist attitude become more prescriptivist when dealing with 'problematic' words and phrases?" For example, when people use "retarded" to mean "stupid," or "triggered" to mean "relatively annoyed," are they more likely to say "That's how language is evolving," or will they take a stance on how words "should" be used?
If you don't know, every year I work with the charity marathon over at https://desertbus.org/ to do a poster for the event, which raises money for children's hospitals.
As this nerdy week-long marathon happens (starting Nov. 17th this year!) I watch the entire thing and draw the silly stuff they do on stream to fill up the poster.
They're on their 11th year of doing this, and I've already started on the poster. You can see below the one I did for Desrert Bus 9, and the one I just started for Desert Bus 11!
Tune in, spread the word, and donate if you can. Or just watch, I have a tun of fun seeing it each year!
I'm cool and not very private. Ask me anything.
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