Bad news for the European branches of the decentralized web. Not only did #copyrightfilters and the #linktax pass EU Parliament, the Commission introduced new anti-terrorist proposals that would need you to be available 24/7 to police your network for "terrorist content".
It's time to make your voice heard in Brussels. Start with subscribing and following https://edri.org/ -- the reps for digital rights groups in the EU.
The longer you spend online, the greater the pile of things you miss that got fucked up by take-overs becomes... Last.fm, RSS and Posterous being the top three. Also I got a handful of actual blog comments this week, rather than FB discussions about the post. That reminded me of those heady days when blog comments were where the action was. I miss that too... :(
Been here less than two weeks, already blocked two mansplainy arrogant asshats who have no idea what they're talking about, but have the confidence of 100 mediocre white men.
Honestly, fuck mastodon. I'm literally going to be here to be in touch with a very tiny number of people I care about. Everyone else can fuck off.
One of the symptoms of depression is not being able to tell the big problems from the little problems.
Wanna do some good? Form a brigade and go after Alex Jones or Mike Cernovich or Richard Spencer. Punch a nazi. They're not hard to find.
Wilw didn't deserve this. No matter how you feel about him, this was unfair. And we should learn from it because it will happen again.
We have to be able to tell the big problems from the little problems.
I enjoy Mastodon but, long term, it won't be better than Twitter: http://notes.baldurbjarnason.com/2018/08/29/i-enjoy-mastodon.html
The thing that pisses me off the most about this Wil Wheaton thing is that there is a bunch of us who were talking about essential community management tools and techniques a fucking decade or more ago, and we were all ignored. And now what we see is that the lessons we all learnt and discussed back then have not just not been learnt by today's admins, but the scale of the problem has been allowed to get out of hand. And now it's very hard to put the genie back in the bottle.
this is a beautiful story of design ethnography, of someone noticing a real life pain point and then *doing the work to get it right* instead of (ignorantly & selfishly) leaping to a solution https://blog.thealzheimerssite.com/jelly-drops/
People forget how much context influences community participation. Put someone in a room full of people talking a certain way and they’ll inevitably adopt that way of talking.
That’s why the epic aggression and negativity on Twitter is so poisonous. In the end, it doesn’t matter what the tools do or how they look. What matters is the community content and tone. What matters is what’s considered normal.
AAAA ok websites that want to sell me things and have a little audio notification that chat is available: You are one of twenty browser tabs opened in the background on a system running at least three messaging apps, and you're making a very short, very generic, very unfamiliar noise. I have *no idea* where it came from, but you are the last place I'm going to look, and I'll be questioning my sanity until I find you.
Stop. Stop doing that. I'll get to you when I get to you.
Sometimes wild elephants will wander onto a farmer’s property to munch. the farmer will protect their crop with force and elephants end up hurt or dead
However, elephants are super scared of bees. conservationists use this fact to help protect them
By building bee hives along the property line, the elephants are scared away from the farmland without being seriously hurt. Plus, the farmer gets some income from the hives and the world gets more bees! 🐝
In olden times, when people tended to spend their whole lives in one small area, people didn't know yet that birds migrated south for the winter. So they came up with a lot of ideas. Swallows lived under the sea for half the year. Other birds moved to the moon during that time. But my personal favorite was the claim that geese died off every year, and then grew again on trees in the spring.
Gerald of Wales even claimed to have seen this himself, bc the 1100's were good times for shitposting.
There'll be words here one day.
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