well, that and the sense that any image i publish is going to be extensively data-mined with malicious intent. that's got me mostly staying away from posting any new pictures of people, and probably if i think about it enough should be a strong disincentive to posting _any_ image.
@jacobcammack thunderbird's fine for use as a client, on your end of things... you still need somebody to run the server side of things, especially if you want to make a mailing list that people can subscribe to and automatically get new posts...
you could give https://riseup.net/ a look - they offer free webmail accounts and host a ton of mailing lists, including a bunch for alternative agriculture stuff.
as for email that isn't google... well, i hear good things about protonmail:
...they're... _kinda_ open source.
if you can spend 15-20 bucks a month, companies like dreamhost do mailing lists and e-mail fairly easy and it's pretty much all built on open source stuff. or you could pay a bit and host a discussion forum with something like https://www.discourse.org/
@jacobcammack i'm slowly putting together some blog notes on my own progress to using fewer proprietary services and controlling more of my systems:
...i'm not sure the notes are that useful except as a way for me to remember what i'm doing.
in general, it's pretty hard - actually kind of impossible - to exclusively use open systems. i'd suggest taking it bit by bit and not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. we'll get there eventually.
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@revenant i think there's a benign subset of the community with positive memories of _the cathedral & the bazaar_ and maybe his association with publishing the mozilla code or whatever who have just kind of subsequently missed the memo on his actual nature.
(he also clearly has a population of actual fanboys, but they can generally be written off on the same grounds that one writes off esr himself.)
@dartigen i bought one from jetpens while ordering some other stuff: https://www.jetpens.com/JetPens-Ink-Syringe/pd/22182
that said, $2.50 is extremely marked up and it looks like you can get a 10 count pack of the same thing (look for "blunt tip needles") for less than 10 bucks if you search around. a few hundred of them would probably be _really_ cheap per each. bunch of uses - my dad used to keep 'em around for gluing tricky joints in woodworking projects, for example.
@RussSharek the wording on my post is totally confusing here, but the syringe is just for putting ink in the pen...
...though now that you say this, i'm sure you could use a syringe to apply ink to paper. probably not great for writing, but maybe interesting for some kinds of calligraphic lettering or drawing styles.