Some were asking whether there is a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events/Groups.
There is one on the way!
It's called Mobilizon, and it had a successful crowdfunding to cover development costs. The beta version is due out in October.
It will be free, open and federate with ActivityPub.
You can follow it on here:
The website is here:
You can follow and help development here:
Sorry if it appeared like it's just my personal gripe with one project, but from my perspective, it's a whole new trend that's spreading throughout FOSS, and IMO leads us to a very grim future.
From my experience, there's a dichotomy between developing software as a product/experience or as a tool.
Whenever someone treats a piece of software as a product, tries to make things out of the box, etc. they end up hiding complexity - oftentimes inherent complexity of the problem the software tries to solve - under the carpet. That leads to all kinds of issues when the user wants to do something nonstandard, or encounters an edge case.
It also often correlates with the developer thinking they're smarter than the user, and trying to force their decisions onto users.
OTOH, when developing a tool, the developer exposes how it works to the user, and passes the decisions - and responsibility for them - onto the user. This often means the UX isn't as nice, because the user is forced to face the real complexity of the problem at hand.
I see those two approaches as mutually exclusive. I hope one day I'll be proven wrong.
I had the opportunity to meet a very smart Mastodon developer recently and was struck by three things:
1. They're young and expect software look professional and work right out of the box.
2. They're thoughtful and are as much product managers as engineers.
3. They think in terms of what user will experience first, and implementation later, but equally competent discussing either.
If this is the next generation of the Free Software community, I couldn't be happier/prouder.
*DRAFT* MoodleNet User Agreement and Covenant for Instance Administrators
It's a sad comment on our news media that people can be employed not only as journalists for our daily newspapers, but as editors, then switch to writing #FakeNews for industry front groups (or spin for government departments). We desperately need a new generation of journalists who see corporate PR as the enemy of truth it is, not as potential future employers.
one of capitalism’s basic tricks for selling stuff to you is to put the doubt into your head that you are WITHOUT something that you NEED
this isn’t a REAL need but it is a method of tricking you into believing that what capitalism wants you to buy is something you supposedly lack in your life
and with a lack of oversight and control on this system of propaganda delivery, capitalism could manage to sell our basic needs to us, and for those it has thrown into poverty it works to convince them that to climb the ladder is how they can acquire the more expensive ‘needs’ capitalism sells to them on top of their basic needs
Moved to @mayel
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