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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

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Hey Fedi, do you know if there is a federated (perhaps even #ActivityPub-powered) cooking recipe hosting service? If not, let's 👏 make 👏 this 👏 happen!

I hate modern recipe websites. All of them are full with ads and tracking. The leading recipe hosting in my country loads over 30 different trackers, and that's excluding the ads!

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Just had the bizarre experience of seeing a mastodon mutual on Twitter. It feels sort of like we met in a sex club and then saw each other at a work conference.

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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.

Just vote.


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Lets take a moment to talk about the many faces of Activity Pub (this network) 

Mastodon wants to replace twitter (some of their warts and all)

Pleroma wants to empower communities and users by building a great platform for "the socials" that has a STRONG focus on safety (I promise, there are some amazing features like MRF which are not widely known or understood). Think bulletin boards / forums in a very very broad sense.

Pixelfed is slowly building federation support to take on Instagram

Plume is a blogging engine that leverages the network for comments and sharing of content (Tumblr alternative)

PeerTube is hoping to take on YouTube

FunkWhale is inspired by grooveshark and wants you to get your groove going

PInafore is a lean, mean UI that's pretty

Halcyon is a tweet deck alternative

we have a couple CLI UI's as well

We have some tools that auto-delete posts after a timeout

We have some tools that cross post rss feed articles as posts

We have a LOT of developers from ALL over that are doing some really cool things.

This network isn't just a singular instance OR experience. It's the human condition of many views upon a topic expressed in a technical form.

Be kind, rewind
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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.

@jalcine is a multipurpose developer building projects to empower people to control their online experience

And of course there is PV Main

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"Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule."
"Thanks! But..."
"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

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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

Aussi disponible en français :

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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.

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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

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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

no exceptions

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

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Yesterday I officially launched my Patreon to support work on Calagator, an open source community calendar platform. Details here:

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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

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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.

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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.

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The fediverse is impressively hungry for anti-harassment tools!

The other day, I released —a tool to learn who you favorite most. It's a fun tool and spread widely with 30 boosts.

Yesterday, I released mastodon-de-mob.codesections.c 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

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Put up a new Patreon post discussing the planned direction of Social @ PV and my motivations behind it. Check it out when you can.

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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

I will be reaching out to particular people over the next few days, but if anyone out there left/chose not to join for Reasons and would be willing to talk about it (anonymously if you want), please DM.

Please boost for visibility.

#meta #socialcoop

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@nev if you are in contact with @kittybecca who it looks like they may have left social media entirely her perspective and feedback seems like it might be valuable among others.

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