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A gentle reminder: follower/following ratios aren't generally considered important here. Please don't harass people for not following back everyone who follows them.

We aim to create an environment where the people you follow are the people whose posts you want to see. You should never feel obliged to follow anyone.

(We recommend at signup that you follow the instance admins - but that's just so you know what's going on and have some posts in your Home column to get you started.)

Mastodon instance weirdness 

Anyone know why I only see a subset of my activity when looking at myself on other instances? All my toots are public.

So, anyone got any instance recommendations for a queer agender games code person? I want an instance with a more manageable local (and federated) timeline, but relatively broad content.

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follower counts which i consider milestones and the way in which i will mark them: 

69: screenshotting w the word 'nice'
96: screenshotting w the word 'ecin'
100: drinking 100 beers
316: leaping off the top turnbuckle
404: deleting my account
666: summoning a demon for a guest post
911: summoning the police for a guest post

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The #Fediverse is not a secure messenger. 

Mastodon doesn't claim to be and is transparent about it. Evil instance admins could extract your DMs from the database and therefore are technically able to read them.

The same fact is true for most messengers, email, SMS, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Skype, Riot, IRC…

Private and confidential conversations require a platform with *mandatory end-to-end encryption*. Social media and most messengers are technically incapable to protect your privacy.

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🎉 announcement -- please boost if you found this useful! 🎉

Well, I did a thing. I finished up that article I was writing about housing negotiation. I'm really proud of this. Please give it a read, and let me know what you think?


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Hey . When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.

Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude

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long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different 

This is an archipelago.

It's not one place but a series of islands of differing sizes and closeness. You've landed on the shores of one of them that you like and set up camp. You can always hear what your neighbours are talking about and you get parcels full of the messages sent out from neighbouring islands.

If it seems too quiet, you can venture out to look at some of the other islands. They each have their own unique culture. Some speak languages you don't understand; some speak your language but use it in ways you don't understand, yet. Some places they seem to talk of only machines, or politics, or music. In others they make art for their neighbours to enjoy. Some are ruled over by a laird, others are democracies. All islands display their rules clearly; most enforce them justly.

You're not tied to the island you're currently on. You could set up a home on another island, many other islands if you please. Perhaps here you will write poems, while over the horizon you will learn how to repair a broken computer. Argue vigourously on one island, return to another to enjoy the views of your neighbours' gardens.

All these places are accessible to you. You can befriend people on any island and receive visitors or not, as you choose.

This is our achipelago. It is Free and you are welcome.

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*slaps roof of fractal*
This bad boy can fit so many bad boys in it

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do what makes you happy

and if that is nothing, that is okay

hard work is not a virtue

relax and have fun if it makes you happy

humans did not evolve to work 40 hour weeks

''failure'' is just boss language

the system has failed. we're all running around like headless chickens, for the sake of the billions bosses make

life and nature are too beautiful to waste all your time working

''work/life balance''?? how about ''life/life balance''

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The weirdest thing about changing your name away from something fairly uncommon is that now every instance of that name feels like a personal attack. It was already a "hey look" moment when I went by it...

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Worried about the dominance of big instances? No, really, this is quite natural.

As an emergent and self-governing system, it could be expected that the size distribution of #Mastodon instances roughly follows Zipf's law.

Does it?

At first you see the top 6 instances, and then the rest. But on a log-log scale the size distribution is close to a straight line, which would be expected from an emergent system.



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fucked up how in ancient times to change your name all you had to do was go somewhere else. "welcome to me entering this place, my name is quintus"

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I rage-quit Twitter at the end of November in 2016. As someone who has worked in online communities for close to 20 years, I couldn’t stand being a member of a community where the people in charge cared so very little for their users. We worked very hard at Flickr to make sure that people were safe. Your company isn’t the government and you can delete any account at any time for any reason. If you create a community, it’s your jobs to ensure that it’s safe for all.

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The fact that a few micrograms of a substance like LSD can completely alter your perception of reality makes you realize that consciousness relies on a very tight chemical balancing act.

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More nebulas in word vector space. They turn out to be Latin names of birds (upper), mollusks (lower right) and other invertebrates (lower left). Gauzy satellite blobs are dinosaurs and taxonomists.

Is there an equivalent action to quote tweeting over here?

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