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Fediverse Rant 

For some time, now, I've seen various people vent their frustrations over the state of the fediverse, what it is, and where development is going.

Some of the arguments are pretty compelling: the lack of a central working group for the standard doesn't exactly bode well for subsequent iterations of the spec. The biggest player in the space kind of has a stranglehold on certain usage conventions. Most implementations don't offer great privacy considerations, and aren't exactly designed with at-risk users in mind.

These are good things to think about, in regards to what the fediverse ought to become. There's a lot of incredible work going on under the surface, and I'm always impressed to see what these different projects are capable of doing.

But, there's a lot of toxic shit, too. Normally, I just hold my tongue because I'm used to the endless cycles of complaining and infighting and finger-pointing that makes up the worst parts of the space. You can't just take the good without the bad - this project is the byproduct of humans all building towards one common thing with different ideas about how to do it, in what way, and for what purposes.

I'm growing very tired of it, though. I'm exhausted by the endless ideology, the pseudomarxist dialectic that casts everybody working on this thing as a white fash-adjacent cis male developer living in a vacuum while jerking off to hentai and reading Mein Kampf. I'm tired of the hand-waving that this system is bad because it's meritocratic - I'm sorry, it takes technical knowledge to learn how to build things, and people aren't going to build things 100% to your specifications for you for free, no questions asked. I'm tired of seeing people whine and complain about how bad things are, how bad people are, and either sit and do nothing or crawl back to Twitter because the toxic environment there ended up being more conducive to their brand of alienation.

The people who have been trying to do the most with moving stuff forward have often had the least help in doing so, and often have to dig through endless criticism by people who prefer to sit on the sidelines and act like they're fucking fascists for not bowing down to their demands. It's happened with too many projects to count, where someone gets a horrible rap for not prioritizing some specific feature because they themselves don't even know how to start working on it in a given phase of development. Entire reputations get smeared - and yes, sometimes it's the byproduct of pursuing a bad idea because it seemed right at the time. People are allowed to make mistakes.

If there's anything I truly hate here, it's this never-ending toxic cycle of in-group out-group relations, where the finger gets pointed and everybody starts up all over again. It isn't that we can't fix what's broken or work together to make it better...we just get stuck on bullshit tribalism and flock to mass cultural hallucinations to explain things away, because that's more comfortable than actually doing the work.

Yeah, we're building a space that anyone can take part in, regardless of what they have to say is good or bad. That's freedom - boundless in its potential and unrestrained in its expression. Liberty brings in every possible belief system, every identity, and every label, regardless of whether they are good or bad relative to an individual. You can't control who gets to use it, or what people get to say, or who voluntarily associates with who. Instead, ideally, you get to decide who can see you, what they can do, and whether they should be able to interact with you. Your experience of the network ought to be something that you curate and control, in regards of what you can see. Your view of the network stops at the things you don't want to see, and the things other people don't want you to see.

You get to filter out the crap and interact with whoever you like. Personally, I'm all for the idea of greylisting and whitelisting instances as communities start and gradually branch out...we might have a bunch of fiefdoms for a while, but if that's what needs to happen to cut down on instance drama, to reinforce enclaves prior to opening the floodgates again, spaces ought to be free to do so.

We're at the point where we have a network with almost four million people on it. Some days, it may look like we're all just bullshitting around, but we have the potential to kill Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Snapchat, Soundcloud, DeviantArt, Tiktok and more. We could lay waste to the entire old guard of Silicon Valley, if we wanted to, and redefine a lot of what the web currently is. We could knock down a lot of walled gardens and kill a lot of financial incentives to put eyeballs on pages full of trackers.
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just released v 0.20. It's a great piece of software, replacing the traditional YouTube-app on Android, Basically like on PC, but it can also play videos!

FreeTube also released a new update, and has improved a lot IMO. Worth checking out both of them! Join the family ❀️



I really wonder how the would affect our if it became as large as Facebook, or similar social platforms πŸ€” I feel like I can only see benefits from this...
But that just means I'm blindend by naivety and lack of foresight. Anyone got any inputs on this?

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pro tip for mastodon web interface 

do you follow someone who is nice, but just boosts an overwhelming number of toots (like, maybe, me)? or maybe you like the person, but not the kinds of things they boost? there is a solution!

open their profile and click the 3-dot button (next to the Unfollow button). select the "Hide boosts from" option. boom, done. you will still see their toots, but no more of their boosts. :moomin_sparkles:

I do not know if this option is available in any of the apps.

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It's here! The new #FreeTube has just released! This release is a year long rewrite of the application which includes a huge revamp of everything. There's even some new things that wasn't in the last release. Take a look at the blog post to learn more.

Thank you so much for your patience on this, I really hope it was worth the wait!

#privacy #opensource

What, will be doing livestreaming as well?! Sign me up, I'm donating now :owi:

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LibreOffice is the world's most popular free open source office suite. You can follow their main official account at:

➑️ @libreoffice

The suite includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, charts and more. It's available for Linux, Mac and Windows from

Brazilians may want to follow their own branch account (in Portuguese):

➑️ @libreofficebr

#LibreOffice #Office #MicrosoftOffice #Alternatives #FOSS #FLOSS #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #WordProcessing

@unfa hey! This might be random, but i'm new at gamedev and audio-stuff 😁 I was just wondering, is there any starter audio capturing equipment you would recommend to a newcomer like me? I'm on Manjaro Linux, so I'm a bit unceartain if that limits what equipment I can buy, and still expect full functionality.

Software recommendations would be awesome as well! πŸ€“

Dipping my toes into again. Mad respect for people doing , because it's tough learning! So satisfying to see things work as intended though :owi:

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Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

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How can Marble League be so fun to watch? πŸ˜‚ I love it!

Games don't make you violent, lag does... Today the internet has been horrendous, and the rubber banding whilst playing Vintage Story has been unbearable 😞 Sure hope it's better tomorrow!

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"Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it"

Great post!

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as the days get shorter again, and the dark, cold nights roll in, its time to take a look at your wardrobe. take a look at this season's fashion. put away the shorts and bring out the warm clothing. and also, do what i'm doing, which is buying a pair of those gloves which have finger bones printed on them so you look like youre a skeleton

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