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I often run into really cool but reclusive people in the fediverse, particularly in queer/leftist instances, whom I'm always too afraid to follow out of fear that I don't come off as enough of a "queer/leftist" person, since my socially conservative family drilled it into my head from a young age that talking politics online will irreparably damage your social credibility or something. I suppose that's what they call internalized oppression.

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I wonder if it'd still be possible to create an online community completely divorced from physical bodies, or if that was ever possible in the first place.

There's so many little things people try to "read onto" one another in communication, even when they have so little to go off of. This seems to be the case regardless of how queer your understanding of identity is. Like, showing any interest in trans issues would out you in a cis-normative world.

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I had to tell this to myself sometimes, so I might as well tell this to others.

This is the Fediverse. Nobody's expecting you to be an "influencer" and the people subscribed to your account aren't your "followers".

There is no obligation to write sensational posts or only talk about things that will be socially accepted by the mainstream.

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I need to set up that deadname remover extension to replace every instance of "NFT" to "digital art sale." It is my least favourite thing to accidentally discover that an artist whose work I'm fond of does NFTs and to have to grapple with the politics of it.

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bandcamp, record stores 

I feel the same way for the loss of Bandcamp like I did when Google+ dried up. What's disappearing is the community. Even if Epic's merger is flawless there will be attrition from artists, Bandcamp staff, and the public. They've already poisoned the well with this acquisition. The ecosystem is disturbed. Change is coming whether you want it or not.

it's the same thing as losing your favorite record store where it was a challenge to leave there without buying anything.

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It never fully occurred to me just how puritanically evil the speculative housing market is until I actually had to look for a place to live. And I suppose that I'm in a place of privilege in how it took me this long to realize it. Housing security is very much one's right to exist in space and that right is being gambled with by people who'll never even see the spaces they're gambling with in person.

There's something very solemn about picking through your following list and discovering that all the people you thought were cool have disappeared, either by themselves or their entire instance as well. And I suppose that was exactly what happened to me last year as well. So goes the nature of the fediverse, I suppose.

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Account being moved to njms@social.coop, long 

Hello again!

So, this instance disappeared for several months. I'm running it on a server out of my basement and since moving away for university, I can't really maintain it anymore. I brought it back online over the winter break, but now I'm in the same position again, and I probably won't be going back there for quite a while.

I tried backing it up and running it on a digital ocean server but I ran into a bunch of issues with it and paying digital ocean to host my instance felt a little wrong anyways. So, if you're still interested in my work (or me :) ) then you can now find me at njms@social.coop, also linked in my bio.

I'm honestly not even sure if any other instances are going to receive this post, but it is what it is.

I hope all is well, and see you on the other side!

Hey! My name is Nat. I'm a nonbinary computer science student and software developer. I'm particularly interested in , development and ethical software design philosophy.

I'm currently working on a client called which aims to show how social media can be less addictive, though I've recently been on hiatus since getting to university.

I love what the Social.Coop community is doing and I'm excited to be a part of it!

social.coop

A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.