I'm not happy with how the Wil Wheaton situation was resolved. An admin was overwhelmed with frivolous reports about him and felt forced to exile him. I've said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse. Mob rule is universally dangerous: Mods and admins must examine evidence and decide based on wrongdoing and danger, and not on how many times someone was reported.
Tusky 3.0 has been released on Google Play and Amazon, @fdroidorg should follow soon.
New features include a black AMOLED theme and the possibility to edit account fields.
Read the full releasenotes here: https://github.com/tuskyapp/Tusky/releases/tag/v3.0
The hardest part of using PGP, key management, doesn't scale well in large organizations. We solved this problem at First Look Media (where there are over 200 PGP users) with GPG Sync. We maintain a keylist, and everyone subscribes to it, so everyone has the latest public key for everyone else.
I'm excited to announce that we've submitted a draft RFC that will turn GPG Sync into an internet standard!
Check this out: https://tech.firstlook.media/keylist-rfc-explainer
A disturbing trend I've noted in the #FOSS community are end users demanding developers cater to their desires.
That's not how any of this works. FOSS developers are volunteers, and you are not their customer. You don't get to force developers to spend time on your pet projects.
If you want a feature: Submit a PR. If you don't like how a project is ran: Fork it.
You don't get to demand how a volunteer spends their limited resources. If you think it's worth it, submit a bounty for it.
Don't let your Open Source get ##commonsclaused! Read about how the #CommonsClause restricts your software freedom. Despite the opposition's rhetoric, #FOSS *is* sustainable without turning it into proprietary software; it's what we do here at #Conservancy. https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2018/aug/22/commons-clause/
#SteamPlay runs Skyrim. 'Nuf said. :D
So.. This is interesting!
Looking at what ppl are saying about Mastodon on Birdsite (PSA: not recommended!) reminds me that - even with the excitement of the influx this week - we don't need to get too caught up in 'converting' as many ppl from there as possible. The fediverse is actually better off without some of them - those who react by mocking & belittling. Instead of being like Pied Piper leading as many as we can, we can be like Morpheus offering Red & Blue pills; some will choose to stay put & that's OK.
Hello new #Mastodon folks! 🐘
Have you heard of the #Fediverse? 🗺️
It's a set of community projects that use the #ActivityPub standard to talk to each other.
Mastodon is the most well developed, but there are many works in progress too:
YouTube -> PeerTube 🎞️
...and many others.
Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:
When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.
When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.
A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that #Mastodon is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.
Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.
@Gargron @AxelSilverdew I recall a few years ago that the surface water (really more like damp soil) was full of... perchlorate, I think? Which does cut down on some biological possibilities. Hope the subsurface water is not affected by this.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!