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 Show more
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 Show more
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.
Hot off the presses: Learn about the early history of Content Warnings, the First Ever Mastodon Fork, and the sitewide drama which preëmpted it!!
New blogpost: Fringe Mastodev – Part I: The Beginnings
Okay. #mastoadmin commentary time.
I've written a quick guide, So You're A Mastodon Moderator: https://noelle.codes/so_youre_a_mastodon_moderator.pdf
My goal for this is threefold:
* I want to create a useful reference for moderators, so they know what options are available.
* I want to create a useful reference for /users/, so they know what the powers and limitations of being a moderator are.
* I want to help establish a /standard of moderation/, so we're all on a level playing field.
We're really worried that this could affect services like ActivePub/Mastodon instances, opening them up to lawsuits or requiring expensive filters.
fucked up thinking about the ascii art for meatpunks. this is the best ascii work i've ever done, without a doubt.
Brown University statement on Littman study Show more
Here's some background on the situation: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/new-paper-ignites-storm-over-whether-teens-experience-rapid-onset-transgender-identity
Fediverse thoughts Show more
I can't help but feel that approaching a federated system as "one big system where there happens to be different rules/management zones" (as seems to be the goal of the author -- a design that blurs lines between communities) is ultimately just going to replicate everything from the big scary social sites. This is just how open systems work, period. Humans aren't able that level of networking between each other
Fediverse thoughts Show more
So yeah, what does ephemeral, intimate, micro-community look like in the fediverse? Normalization of tiny instances? A cross-instance group membership feature? Trivial multi-account support tied to a group membership system so we only have one identity to each group? Removal of the federated timeline?
Tbh it would be awesome to be able to post privately to groups with controlled, known membership. 🤔
'using data to track homeless'
no, plz, no, no, no :/
Temporal Nexus, at Acid Rain: Labor Daze; DNA Lounge,San Francisco
Feedback please: suggestions for Mastodon after the recent drama Show more
One way to look at #wilw's departure from Mastodon is a successful act of community defense by trans people and allies against somebody who had a history of causing harm. Unsurprisingly, Wil sees it differently, and the press coverage in The Verge followed his framing: an “online mob” drove him off.
In any case, the situation certainly highlights limitations of the software - and challenges for the community as a whole.