@anildash I'm sorry about my behavior and our resultant squabble in the bird place. I could have apologized immediately and didn't because I felt humiliated, flustered and defensive. I had no intention of you seeing my dumb joke. I've felt bad about it on a regular basis ever since and am learning how to react differently - or less - to the idea that I've hurt someone. I hope you can forgive me, but regardless, I am remorseful. Mastodon seemed like a good place to say so.
@nightpool I got your idea. There's gonna be some stress while I figure out the rules though!
@Benich36 well there's other ones I've found but I'm the guy that makes all the unbelievable stuff you can't believe is so unbelievable, yeah
@UnusualCadence that concept has always been a major point of conflict between the nature of how I like to interact and how social media works. My whole life, I have never said to anyone "hey come look at me," I have always just wanted to stay in a place and do what I do and if you like it you find it and if you don't like it WHY ARE YOU HERE GO AWAY. It's a coward thing but it's also the healthy approach I think
@wremy I made it for my girlfriend becasue she calls me her potato
@wremy oh man cool gif avatar
ah yes the political spectrum https://mastodon.social/media/wSBEUVxCv4-6Dtd9vQQ
@capn_pancakes right right. Like, the most pressing example being, maybe mastodon.social wants to stay...social...but because most people are in a political fervor, basically everyone is ALSO on mastodon.politics or what-have-you. But it mentally segregates your modes of interaction. In real time. Like, you can carry on a POLITE conversation with strangers and simultaneously be like "fuck Trump he's golfing again" and make it unlisted via mastodon.politics
Like, if we were an Exxon instance, and we were federated with the Mobil instance, we could just talk about oil publically but if we wanted to say just to the Exxon people "what's with these Mobil guys amiright" we could make it unlisted. I think. Also I believe I am dating myself because I'm pretty sure Exxon and Mobil have long since merged with Time Warner
@capn_pancakes oh I got it I got it! So "unlisted" is a hugely important function for when there's a huge constellation of federated instances
@Gargron you're very kind, thanks for being open source
@UnusualCadence I think what it could represent is the fusion of the "real time" nature of twitter with all the other established "curative" social media like tumblr and the selective "this is what you wanted" nature of chat rooms...so, connect yourself to this instance only if you like my bad poetry or my photos of cute dogs, for instance..?
@UnusualCadence yeah imagine a world where instead of vying to accumulate anonymous followers, narcissists like me were more incentivized to create contained communities...there could be a Russel Crowe instance and a Kanye instance and then instances that aggregated categories of folks like that...everything about rich ability to select, like twitter seemed to originally intend
@UnusualCadence the weird paradox being...how can something be cool and global at the same time...but I do think the answer could be in federated instances
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