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I think it is time for #translucent tech to do a come back. Don't you think?

For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like or

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

Sooo... wow... okay a lot of people shared the previous post! Welcome again to all the new members!

It might be good if I clarified how Mastodon works, as some people think they need to sign up on multiple servers etc.

Short version: You do not need to sign up on multiple servers! Don't have FOMO! One server works fine!

Longer version:

Mastodon is a federated network, which means it's made of lots of independent servers that talk to each other.

And... everyone uses federated networks all the time! You probably use them so much you never even think about it 😮

Telephones use a federated network, so does email.

You only need one phone to call anyone anywhere. It doesn't matter if they're on another phone company or in another country, because all phone companies are federated together into a single network.

That's how Mastodon works. You get an account, and you follow people you're interested in, and they appear in your timeline. It doesn't matter if they're on another server.

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From birdsite 

RT @AndyPlaytonic
Full translation here of Yuji Naka’s explosive tweets (via @Sephazon):

“Personally, I believe that it is a true disgrace that Balan Wonderworld was released in the state that it was in.”

spent the better part of the day theming my phone's home screen...

this never occured to me for some reason, but if you want to run only part of a script from within vim, you can just do `:w !sh`, `:w !bash`, etc. on a visual selection

“Mastodon is developed by only two core developers”, I mean that we only have two core developers, not that nobody else is contributing.

We thankfully have a bunch of regular contributors for which I'm personally grateful!

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