@rachel I still feel a hole where the Tumblr queer community used to be. Ever since then I've been methodically backing up online content but that just mitigates the tragedy, it doesn't bring communities back to life.
This is the main reason I've been helping with Scuttlebutt which is hopefully immune from this problem since it's community-run and not reliant on corporate infrastructure. We're looking for people to give us advice on things like this, how blocking should work, privacy needs, etc. Please reach out if you'd like to talk or offer advice!
I'm glad Mastodon is well-known enough now that people can move here when similar shutdowns happen. Hopefully Scuttlebutt will become useful enough too, soon.
I'm helping on Scuttlebutt (a p2p social network) and we're looking for feedback and advice like: what are your privacy needs? How would you like blocking to work?
If you'd like to help with a survey or phone/video chat, please let me know by DM or at
This is an anti-commercial open source project. We want to make something accessible that meets the needs of people who have been harassed online and want a safer space to hang out with friends, and don't want to be dependent on Twitter/Facebook.
Another reason why centralisation of digital infrastructure is bad: large chunks of the queer internet content from 2008 to 2013-ish is gone already, including posts to tumblr/centralized blog platforms. As of now it's easier to recreate discourses that happened in newsgroups, than those that happened on let's say tumblr. This is not about the right of self-determination when it comes to data; but about corporations being able to erase and take offline queer spaces, and spaces like the sex work community, within days. Especially as a historian (yes, that's what I've studied, believe it or not lmao) I think this is concerning. I'm at a point where I can't find a single post that was relevant to me when I had my inner coming out in the late 00s. A lot of this is because of copyright as well, queer culture is a remix culture in some sense, and there's no right to remix in the EU copyright law; so chances are that fan content, memes, edits and so on are being taken down because of copyright infringement.
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