I’m a strategist/entrepreneur/software engineer/activist, focusing on the intersection of diversity and software engineering. I’ve been on Mastodon for almost a year (see the replies for some of my blog posts on it). Some of my other interests include intersectionality, psytrance and darkwave music, and tarot. More about me from a professional perspective at http://achangeiscoming.net/about/
SEATTLE: This might be the most important off-year election you ever vote in.
Not filling out your ballot means that Amazon basically buys the city. Which means we end up like San Francisco in 5-10 years (maybe sooner).
Vote progressive. Vote socialist.
Lets take a moment to talk about the many faces of Activity Pub (this network)
Support Play Vicious
PV is a team effort that leans on some very talented people to keep it moving.
@ArtistMarciaX is an artist/academic that uses installations, live performance painting and film to explore the existential, cultural crisis Women of Color experience in the Diaspora. https://www.patreon.com/artistmarciax
And of course there is PV Main https://www.patreon.com/Are0h
"Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule."
"This is just 'Ethics' and 'Human rights' and things like that."
"Correct, that's the first year curriculum."
"Do we have to learn all this?"
"Of course! What do you think this is, software engineering?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Hey new Mastodon users! Welcome, you’ll love it here 💛 if you need help, I used to be a newbie too, hence wrote a little blurb to help make sense of this new platform and its peculiarities. #fediverse https://mcpaccard.com/en/articles/twitter-mastodon
Aussi disponible en français : https://mcpaccard.com/articles/twitter-mastodon
Good evening, I have some thoughts that are kind of meta to the fediverse and apply into society more broadly. One public toot, then I'll thread 🔓
So... I get torn between two principles & I think they're a reason why shared solutions like masto are so important.
Principle 1: own your shit / pay for the shit you use
Principle 2: there should be plenty of low-barrier & "free" spaces for people to congregate in some way.
This is tied to my being a librarian tbh.
Masto meta; Tumblr; instance block policy; Nazi mention
Reminder to Masto instance admins:
Remember, if Nazi- or abuser-sheltering instances pop up in the wake of the Tumblr stuff, you have to ban them EARLY
You have to do it way before "but it would be unfair to so many users" becomes a reason to tolerate abuse
warning for all the dudes that just followed me or even faved any of my posts
every "cis" "boy" who's ever followed me on Mastodon or Twitter becomes a trans girl or an enby or genderqueer or something after a few months
i don't know how it happens, i pretty much just make tech+gender jokes, but i'll see you at the pride parade next year
i'll be the tall one with the hair
so will you
Yesterday I officially launched my Patreon to support work on Calagator, an open source community calendar platform. Details here: http://lifeofaudrey.com/2018/10/24/calagator.html
also uh #mastoDev
when are we gonna improve the image captioning UI it's so small and bad
improving upon it would enourage users to use it more
allowing us to see the whole caption as we do it, a pop up box for the description with the whole image visible, etc. those kinds of things. thanks
The thing you have to keep in mind about the tech field is that white guys are invested in running out every other social group when it comes to that field because that is the only way they can maintain their 'dominance' of it.
This is the objective context of working in technology. If a dude isn't actively fighting against this context, he is enabling it.
Either you're for more diversity in the field or not. There is no middle ground.
If recent events have you thinking about codes of conduct, you can hire me to evaluate yours and make an action plan to be ready to start enforcing it. $200 and I have a sponsored spot for a project that can’t afford to do this on their own. http://lifeofaudrey.com/2018/07/16/coc-consult.html
The fediverse is impressively hungry for anti-harassment tools!
The other day, I released https://t5.codesections.com/ —a tool to learn who you favorite most. It's a fun tool and spread widely with 30 boosts.
Yesterday, I released https://mastodon-de-mob.codesections.com/ As an anti-harassment tool you only use when being actively mobbed, I thought it would be of niche interest.
But instead, it's been boosted nearly 100 times(!), and is still going strong.
@Gargron this might tell you what features people want
Put up a new Patreon post discussing the planned direction of Social @ PV and my motivations behind it. Check it out when you can.
Hurricane notification, offer of help
If there are any #fediverse denizens who are in the eastern Carolinas and have nowhere to evacuate to, I can probably house about three people in #ColumbiaSC (in close quarters) for a few days. We're not 100% outside the affected zone, we should get tropical storm winds and rain, and there's an outside chance of some flooding. But if you've got no place to go, DM me.
social.coop meta, request for feedback
So, if for nothing else than to help people learn from our mistakes, I'd like to start compiling accounts of the unravelling/failure of social.coop.
I will be reaching out to particular people over the next few days, but if anyone out there left/chose not to join social.coop for Reasons and would be willing to talk about it (anonymously if you want), please DM.
Please boost for visibility.
@kibi Excellent post! I added it to the references from my TRANSform Tech talk - https://medium.com/a-change-is-coming/transforming-tech-with-diversity-friendly-software-338f56d91df#40d6
Great point that “Acknowledging and recording the troubled history of the Mastodon software is essential to prevent the narratives of these other developers — frequently, marginalized actors doing important work for their communities — from being lost.” As @June says it's rare that these things are documented - and so credit tends to go to the less-marginalized people.
strategist, software engineer, entrepreneur, activist ... currently CTO at o.school, blogs at http://achangeiscoming.net
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