I quit.

It's very painful to see how has turned out, and how we have let people down.

I've lost hope that this group's overall makeup and values are suited to fostering a healthy community. I am leaving the instance and other discussion groups, and asking that the tech team migrate the instance off of the servers I was providing (before end of Sept).

You can find me at @mayel

The dynamics when a member of an oppressed group complains in general about their relative oppressor group are very different than when a member of an oppressor group complains in general about an oppressed group.

E.g. ain't no such thing as reverse racism. The dynamics and meaning are totally different.

This often makes CIS white males (like me) very uncomfortable.

We inherit a lot of evil. Need to end the evil, not feel guilty about it, though.

There's a lot of customer culture attitude in Mastodon-the-community, where people treat Gargron and other devs, the instance admins, moderators, etc. like service workers. It's a spoiled, entitled attitude, where "the customer is always right" and it's okay to be abusive or demeaning to people providing a service when they don't give you what you want.

The fediverse isn't a corporate model. When you're rude or demeaning to someone here, you're being abusive to volunteers building a playground

I wonder if #ActivityPub could be used to federate BeWelcome with other platforms for non-commercial hospitality-sharing (unlike AirBnB and BookABatch which are commercial)? I'm not sure how many there are, or how compatible their goals and systems are, but I know there is also HospitalityClub.org, HelpX.net, WarmShowers.org, Workaway.info and the various WWOOF schemes.

#BeWelcome is a strictly not-for-profit, volunteer-run fork of the popular #CouchSurfing hospitality network. Here is th #FreeCode software they use to run their site.

I'm looking for information, guidance, organisations, all about the governance of FLOSS. Please boost.

Is there a federated/decentralized working alternative service to Dropbox?

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"blockchains" are very vaguely defined, and cover ground with a lot of useful ideas and a lot of serious costs and tradeoffs. Weighing costs and tradeoffs for your use case: great. Thinking "blockchains will solve everything" without doing analysis on "what do you mean by blockchain" and once you do that "what are the ramifications to the these choices" is... erm...

Nothing is a magic cure-all, not even blockchains.

the greatest minds of my generation were lost to the blockchain hype train

@mayel @Graham_Mitchell @Argus for a simple and powerful explanation of why encryption needs to be end-to-end (encrypted and decrypted on the client end):

Someday I want to either start or participate in some sort of software coop

@paralithode Hard agree. I think the Activity Pub model is brilliant because it defines how we can communicate with each other no matter what experience we all have individually.

The next big challenge is migration, but like you said, it's not wholly awful without any formalization of that process.

That is very encouraging. It means we're figuring it out on a micro level. That's the future. A nomadic social media experience that is in the complete control of the user? That's magic.

Don't even think of engaging in #CivilDisobedience, #DirectAction, or any other form of #activism until you understand operational security, or #OpSec.

If you aren't careful, you not only endanger yourself but anybody working with you.


Can anyone recommend a _good_ explanation of #e2e #crypto that even a 5-year-old could understand? Ideally with clear pictures and diagrams.

Of course the website shouldn't throw popups in your face or track you up the wazoo. Bonus points if it renders well with javascript disabled.

This should really become standard for every website with a contact form, just like HTTPS is becoming standard.

Fun weekend project to increase public facing :

Using OpenPGP.js to encrypt contact form messages client-side, thus being able to receive end-to-end encrypted messages even from strangers who've never heard of PGP:

If you want to do the same and are not a developer, this services makes it easy: encrypt.to

@fenwick67 FYI Mastofeed seems to no longer be taking into account the hide boosts and hide replies options.

i like mastodon because it's more about the social aspect and has far less to do with keeping up on big personalities and i hope it stays that way.

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social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]