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Introduction 

Well now that everyone else seems to have finished with the trend I suppose I shall post a very late ! ;)

I'm a , by preference and by profession. , , and other good shit but probably I'll be posting about those two mostly.

Typically post/boost/follow for , , , , and . I probably delete and re-draft too much; I'm trying to get better at using CWs as appropriate; but this will likely be the only time I ever use hashtags. :)

Democratically elected eternal administrator of this private instance consisting of just me and my bots (it was a very quick and unanimous election.) 'Twas a lonely place before the Twit exodus but I have been finding so many lovely people lately and filling my feed to capacity!

So there's no way to view the results of a Mastodon poll without voting in it, right...? I am finding that rather annoying...sometimes I can't participate because the poll is intended for a specific audience but I still wanna see what they say! :) Maybe include a "I'm not a [target demographic] but I want to vote too!" option where applicable?

(Ex, just saw a poll asking opinions of astronomers in particular about black holes...I am no astronomer, but I am interested in this topic! And this is not the first time I've had that issue...)

Mastodon/fediverse and moderation 

People -- including myself -- often say that Mastodon is like email...the usernames in the 'user@host' format; the federation of independent servers...

But it is similar in protocol, not in management...and I think that's the root of a lot of the discussion lately on moderation. We mostly understand how that works with email, and most of us probably have a few different accounts with wildly different moderation styles. You've got a work account (maybe several for consultants!), a personal account (and a couple old ones you still use occasionally), a throwaway account (or six if you're taking advantage of those free trials!) And we all know what to expect when we open each of those inboxes. If you showed up to work one morning and your work inbox looked like the inbox of one of those throwaway accounts...you should probably call your IT department. And also your manager. And HR could even get involved. A lot of people have to help moderate that inbox as part of their job. Your throwaway gmail, on the other hand, is probably a cesspool...and you know that before you even log in.

I want the local school district running a fediverse instance for staff and pupils alike, with whitelist federation so some rando on a public server can't start harassing the students, but they can federate the local city government so kids can get bus updates from the DoT, or federate with businesses and community groups that run programs with the school...and of course, students can get updates from their teachers and classmates, without students being subjected to all the crap on these public networks. And it can be moderated by the school staff...not like they aren't already getting involved in social media disputes anyway! And I want businesses to run their own instances, some internal only, some whitelisting sparingly; others just blocking as needed. From Spamhaus down to Netnanny can all start making lists of hazardous instances for them too. I want my domain registrar to offer me five free [at] mydomain fediverse accounts with my purchase -- but which are pretty much up to me to manage on my own. And yeah, I wouldn't mind gMastodon (as long as there's also iMastodon and Mastodon365 and Fastodon.fm....) as places that try to be good enough for everyone but don't always succeed...

Oh, and I want this to be the email of ten or twenty years ago, where businesses actually did manage their own email, instead of contracting it all out to "cloud" providers....

(Also, yes I do see the irony of posting about having multiple accounts for multiple purposes from an @admin account :) )

"What's funny is that Apple announced the old Macintosh in a commercial saying 'you'll see why 1984 won't be like 1984' -- turns out that's because they needed 38 years to get the tech right."

TL: iOS tracking, RTX 4080 launch, Twitter developments + more! | LinusTechTips – Floatplane
floatplane.com/post/TlrOmKaur9

Introduction 

Well now that everyone else seems to have finished with the trend I suppose I shall post a very late ! ;)

I'm a , by preference and by profession. , , and other good shit but probably I'll be posting about those two mostly.

Typically post/boost/follow for , , , , and . I probably delete and re-draft too much; I'm trying to get better at using CWs as appropriate; but this will likely be the only time I ever use hashtags. :)

Democratically elected eternal administrator of this private instance consisting of just me and my bots (it was a very quick and unanimous election.) 'Twas a lonely place before the Twit exodus but I have been finding so many lovely people lately and filling my feed to capacity!

I've got the old version posted it mine (well, in my living room), but I think there's still a ways to go to have this "posted in every workshop, hacker space, and garage in the world!"...anyone wanna help with a boost? :)

ifixit.com/Manifesto

Apparently VW no longer believes in the concept of mass production...?

Mare likely they just don't want *anyone* to be able to repair their vehicles. Because forcing you to scrap it and buy a now one is just so much more profitable!

lbry.tv/@rossmanngroup:a/elect

YouTube link 

Recommend watching on Floatplane if you can, but sharing YT link since it's free...a real feel good legal story :)

Redditor Fights Back, Wins Swag + $$$ (Legal Advice Reviews) - YouTube
m.youtube.com/watch?v=DS0gapqX

Mastodon API question 

Some mastodon servers will show a list of moderated instances on their about page; is there no way to get that from the API or am I just missing something...?

Question on behavior of Mastodon darknet instances 

Suppose there is a Mastodon instance running from a Tor hidden service or a Yggdrasil node or some other "darknet" network that has exit nodes which bridge to the public internet. Anyone know how federation to the Internet would work on this? In my mind it ought to work, but only in one direction -- ie, if I am on a darknet instance, I can follow people on Internet instances because my node can reach theirs through an exit node. But the Internet instance cannot communicate onto the darknet, so those users cannot follow me. Is this accurate? I guess it would be the same as running an instance behind a NAT?

And if that is the case, are there any uses for such a one-way federation? Definitely doesn't seem like a *great* idea for the network as a whole but might have some utility...

I had this question after seeing a session at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair about mesh networking where the host briefly mentioned the possibility of a Mastodon instance on Yggdrasil (it followed a talk about Mastodon from @fedizine ) but they weren't sure of the answer on this either. I figured some of you might know and save me the hassle of experimenting ;)

Only Mastodon expert I've got on my list is @darius ...any interest in/thoughts on this? :)

Also...somehow I feel like I get more interaction here than I ever did on other platforms (and I mean it ain't much either way!) even though (perhaps *because*??) I don't have a fuckin clue who any of you people are :)

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Mastodon is getting wild lately, even just in the variety of content available...but like I was never on Twitter, the only social I ever really used was Facebook and I dropped that years ago so I dunno what is uniquely Mastodon and what is just like...twitter/modern social things that I didn't know about xD

Oof...content warnings count towards the character limit? As someone who often requires like twenty minutes of revision to get my posts short enough, that SUCKS xD

US politics, abortion access 

Also relates to birdsite migration...consider that large corpo social networks have been facing subpoenas to identify users seeking such care. I've seen people saying that Mastodon should embrace whitelists to limit the number of instances to "protect vulnerable minorities", but what is harder to subpoena, a few large corpo hosts or a vast global federation of small ones? Run your own host; at least then you'll be the first to know when the gov't comes making demands.

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Experimental (currently personal) Mastodon server for exploration of the fediverse. If you aren't familiar with Mastodon yet, try https://joinmastodon.org/ Invite-only at the moment; I may accept requests to join this server, but be aware that I make ZERO promises about uptime, accessibility, or data preservation on this server. I'll try to be polite about it, but as long as this message is present there is a significant possibility that I'll have to nuke your profile at some point. (Basically I don't know if it's going to stay on this host and I'm not sure how painful migration would be)