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A nationwide federation of Masto instances at major universities would significantly improve civil public discourse, especially during election season. Local instances that model real world communities would be extremely robust against bad actors, without the need for opaque ML filtering.

Yesterday, 26th of September was Stanislav Petrov Day.

A day to celebrate that you, me, everyone isn't nuclear vapour right now.
SP - disobeyed orders and military protocol, used his own thinking, and by doing so averted nuclear retaliation based on false alarms that would likely have caused a mass nuclear war in 1983.

Stanislav Petrov, often referred to as "The man who saved the world" died in December 2017

Hello Stories. :pixelfed:

Everyone has a story to tell.
Whats yours?

Wrote this page! Installation instructions, modeled after the ones @staticsafe wrote before:

The ending bits are a bit of a lie for now, Mastodon does not include a `dist` directory with templates for the nginx config and systemd services, but I think it should, and I am planning to add that.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they're like "wow this is delicious and affordable" and I'm like "thank you for supporting my small independent business"

Private profiles are fully implemented! You can accept or reject follow requests when you have a private profile :pixelfed:

For users:

Dogpiling and harassment are off-limits no matter how justified you think you are. The rules are for everyone.

Strongly considering adding screenshot-dunking to the code of conduct as well. We don't need that culture here.

An instance that transfers admin rights to a different local user every night.

Just found SurfSafe - interesting idea, wonder if it will eventually extend to DeepFakes?

TIL about Trunk

"Trunk lists people who volunteered to be on these lists in order to get started with Mastodon or any other platform on the Fediverse."

h/t @kensanata

Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

// draws the beard


Our friend (and Mozilla Fellow) @hangdothiduc just released her latest project, Public By Default. It's a sobering look at online privacy in the era of social media.

👉 source:

All of this is just sitting right in front of us as journalists piddle their time away fact checking the flood of industrialized misinformation...

Instances that are whitelisted against email domains piggyback on existing security infrastructure, which may even include physical in-person verification. They get these properties for free. Instances whitelisted against known-good email domains would form an information ecosystem extremely robust against misinformation.

This is a great article, but it frustrates me that Mastodon instances are not viewed or recognized more widely as defensive structures in the information ecosystem. If we imagine social networks as physical places, then Twitter and Facebook are vast wastelands where users drown in misinformation. Mastodon instances have the possibility to be very well-defended cities or towns with a diverse set of governments.

Coming across personal blogs of non-famous people fills me with warmth. Reminds me of the time around 2010 when independent blogs were all around

I missed being the first mention of Mastodon on Uses This by almost a year, but I'm in good company with @cwebber and @mattl

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