@cwebber Switching.social says I should delete my tweet because it in a sense boosts Gab. I can't decide if that's really a legit concern.

I wrote a non-gab version, but maybe it's less clear, and if I delete, I already break some links. Sigh.

Advice?

How can decentralized social systems like handle political / social attacks?

How does the handle new instances that in some sense conflict with the values of existing instances?

I imagine lots of people are arguing about this, but I'm not seeing the debates. Are they in private for strategic reasons, or am I just looking in the wrong places?

Is there a way that people (like me) trying to develop future decentralized systems can learn from current struggles?

@isolategab

Hi,

I was referred to you in answer to my question w3c.social/@sandro/10267870178

I'm trying to understand state of the art in handling political/social attacks against decentralized social systems, so we can try to make the next generation of systems handle these things better, if necessary.

To avoid confusion, here's a step-by-step guide to putting your #Wordpress blog on the #Fediverse:

1. Log into your Wordpress site

2. Go to "Plugins", "Add New", search for "ActivityPub" plugin, install and activate it.

3. Go to "Users", then "Your Profile". Scroll down, and right at the bottom there's a new section called "Fediverse" with the blog's Fediverse address.

4. Share this address on #Mastodon etc, people will be able to follow it by pasting it into the search box and following it!

"Are you magic?" the child asked
"What is your definition of magic?" the robot replied.
"Uhm... Things that can not be explained by science."
"Then I am not magic. But you are."
"Me?"
"All the best things of all you human people - curiosity, creativity, compassion - are magic."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

An interesting new project, Unglue.it encourages authors to liberate their books:

unglue.it

It works in three ways:

-Download links to free books
unglue.it/creativecommons/

-Download links to free books with optional donations to authors (to thank them for setting their books free)
unglue.it/campaigns/t4u

-Purchase links to books that the author has committed to make free when a certain target is met
unglue.it/campaigns/b2u

(via @paulfree14 )

#Books #eBooks #CreativeCommons

Is there a script out there that will go through my follows list and unfollow accounts that have the "moved" status and give me a list of where they moved to or follow their new account?

What do you do when you're admin of an instance with dozens of users and you're not feeling motivated to keep up with deleting all the spam accounts or figuring how you're supposed to manage them?

Interesting hackathon in two weeks, for folks who want to help separate fact from fiction online. Some travel support available, especially to help with diversity. Application deadline tomorrow.

credcon.org/

(I'm not involved in running it, but know the folks, and plan to be there helping with the data-sharing projects)

What do y'all think of making the first of each month be a social media push day?

Like, if you have limited energy to improve the social media world (eg by getting your friends to try or doing some setup or hack project) let's to do it in the same rhythm so we can support each other better.

Like, if four of your friends all try mastodon for the first time the same day, it's likely to go better than if they each try a different week.

Worth a try for a few months?

CEO of Pleroma here, we just became part of the IBM family. Because our goals are so aligned we'll be shutting down the fediverse tomorrow. Thanks for travelling with us on this awesome journey!

I post to Twitter a lot more than here. With new followers here, I'm wondering if I should try again to find a way to be posting here as well...

so, content warnings need to be implemented much smarter.

first of all, make it a list so you can easily enumerate multiple forms of content that's parse-able to computers.

second, make users have more control over what's hidden and what's not. let people pick having a whitelist or a blacklist. i'm a pretty well-off privileged person, i don't need to have half posts on my feed hidden away with a click. it's just not good ux for me since i don't have any ptsd or the like.

Just fixed my listing in bridge.joinmastodon.org/ to point to this account, instead of the one I moved away from (@sandhawke) long long ago.

Want to start your own Mastodon instance but don't want to do the technical stuff? 

It's #FollowFriday again, time for some #Alternatives 🌟

@ring Ring: The decentralised open source alternative to Skype

@Tusky Tusky: Popular Mastodon phone app by @ConnyDuck

@elementary Elementary: Easy-to-use open source operating system based on Ubuntu Linux

@Framasoft Framasoft: The leading French promoter of free software (en français)

@GIMP GIMP: Open source alternative to Photoshop

#FFed

Previous #FF posts:
mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/1

Problems we are having with #Signal:
* It is and will remain centralized (clear strategy of *not* federating servers)
* It requires strong identifiers/selectors (phone#) to use
* Author disallows distribution by anyone but Google, although free/libre
* It keeps pushing away verification of fingerprint in interface
* It relies on Google+Amazon infrastructure
* Its funding is shady (OTF = Radio Free Asia = USG)

= clearly unethical choices, unjustifiable by accessibility or technological reasons.

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