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What's going on, I see semifamous people on Mastodon now, did birdsite fuck up again

The future of the web has got to be about taking ownership of our online spaces back.

No, not all places are awful of course, but ones that exploit our experience rather than supplement it have to be starved of the resource they need to survive.

And that resource is you. And how do we do that? By reclaiming our online personas and content instead of just giving it way because it's easier and/or popular.

First the queers and furries build a space where they can be themselves.

Then the infosec folks find that it fits well with their values.

Then the communists flock to the first real alternative to capitalist monopoly on shortform burst communication.

Then the artists come to find new walls to paint and nobody to tell them no.

The intellectuals, the chroniclers, the priests and the prophets, singly and in droves.

Slowly, it builds. It's neat to build an oral history from inception. #mastodon

Heyhey, bois! Just made this diddlydarn Mastodon account cause I heard Improbable Island was in the haus! @ImprobableIsland for the win.

I unfucked my fuckup and we're good now thanks

The Island will be down for a few minutes because I fucked up

Some folks on birdsite are tagging our project account in tweets like "hey jack twitter should copy this thing mastodon does". The idea that this is merely about features is short-sighted. Twitter will never, ever, ever be your friend. They are the shareholders' friend, not yours. No feature will let you see what their engineers are working on, what's under the hood. No feature will fix their headquarters in the US following and enforcing US laws and customs worldwide.

@Gargron can we have italics please? And maybe bold if you get around to it? But mostly italics? Maybe in Markdown style or something?

I'll chuck twenty bucks in the hat for italics, I'm sure others feel this strongly too

In fact I'm gonna make a hashtag

General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.

Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.

We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."




We've gotten away with having a shitty ban system for nearly 10 years because we get very few arseholes, but we're finally making a new one. Here's how bad the old one was: a ban was made permanent by setting the expiry date to 0000-00-00 00:00:00. The expiry time was the primary key. It took us like two years before we realised that only one player could be permabanned at a time..

I love social media and microblogging to the point where I made this network. But at some point you gotta stop. It shouldn't be the single primary communications channel of a head of state. It's a bad fit. Don't. That's the problem.

Old Star Wars beats New Star Trek
Old Star Trek beats New Star Wars
New Star Wars beats new Star Trek
New Star Trek beats licking sandpaper 600 grit or below

South Park says it's a show that delivers serious political analysis through satire but the humor is made to appeal to impressionable teenagers that don't really understand that, so obviously they root for the main characters, obviously Cartman is funny so he's cool, so it's cool to be a shithead idk that's how I see it. Poe's law, all that.

Protip: when watching Doctor Who DVD's from Netflix, turn on subtitle channel 2 for ridiculously detailed BBC minutia about how the story differs from the script and what pubs the crew went to for their lunches.

"hot dogs"? oh, well, sure. i guess some commoners have picked up the american parlance.

but up here in London the proper posh way of saying it is "an erect penis"

lewd? haha no it's fancy

"It's really quite simple. It's spelled 'worcester', but pronounced 'throat wobbler mangrove'."

Took the Facebook and Twitter account links down from, replaced them with a link to this here Mastodon account. About to post a "Here's why we're moving to Mastodon and here's how you can do it too" MotD, using the hashtag so we can find each other on here. Y'hear that @Gargron, I've been running this game ten years and I know a good thing when I see it, I'M GOING ALL IN

New here. Picked this server because I am a longtime SF fan and con-goer, and it's hard to beat a good con suite conversation, preferably late at night with filkers or a drum jam not too far away.