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why do people keep following me on my mothership account when its bio is just a message saying not to do that and to follow me here instead?

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if people want to play along at home: github.com/bobpoekert/heffalum

it's the mastodon web client without the rails server, modified to build with create-react-app/react-scripts instead of bundler. the main screen works but none of the others do yet

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PSA: my main fedver account is parataxis@icosahedron.website, not this one

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Remember when apps had skins? Skins were good. That sort of thing should be easier on the web than it was with windows applications; not only do we have CSS but single page apps are self-contained clients and you can easily switch between them without the server knowing or caring.

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Does anyone else find it baffling that there's already SEO spam on here?

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Each node of the original Citadel BBS network was very much like an instance here, with its own local rules and conventions, limits and local color, with some overlapping synced parts of the message base. Nothing real-time (outside the occasional chat with the sysop at his console) but the same loose federation of semi-overlapping islands in a 1200 bps world.

given the cohort On Here there's been surprisingly little yaoi

1. a piece of software is a living, changing thing, evolving as the needs of its users evolve
2. a piece of software is a codification of the practices of its users, so thinking you can write a spec would be like doing positivist anthropology
3. your job as a software developer is to be responsive to what your users want, even if that makes the tech ugly

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More broadly, the theory vs practice gap of how users are able to self-determine with open source software is large. Building bridges to non-techies involves understanding where cherished principles fall down in reality.

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if you repl into an AGPL licensed server are you required to publish your repl session to everyone connected to the server along with a changelog?

sysop is totally the right word. I feel like I'm on FidoNet

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Any general small-scale ops impressions after one day as an instance sysop, @lmorchard?

now I have to figure out how to integrate nodejs html parsing into react-scripts

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If mastodon.social scales up and becomes another Twitter then it hasn't really solved any problems, it will have merely moved existing well known problems from one domain name to another.

To actually fix the problems of the silos you need a different network topology - either federated or peer to peer.

are we sure it's a wolly elephant and not a yak?

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