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For a community, you *have* to ban early and ban often, and defederate early and often.

As an admin, it's your job to protect the ✨vibes✨ of your space, to promote community, and to remove elements that are toxic or harmful.

A service doesn't work the same way. It isn't attempting to create (or promote) a specific vibe, it's just *there*. You make of it what you will, find what you will, and (as an end user) block what you will.

The admin "just" makes the service available.

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If you are new to the fedi and not finding it the community driven space you were made to feel it would be where you can know your mods and the people around you: get off mastodon social or mastodon online.

For a lot of you, one of those will have been your landing point here. They each have an *enormous* number of users and moderation teams that struggles to keep up. They also don't have blocklists that are as complete as others.

Smaller instances are a very different experience to that.

Had an interesting start to a conversation yesterday about Mastodon servers, and the driving philosophy under them.

And how you're either aiming to create a service or a community, and how these actually have different motivations and requirements.

And I thought that was interesting.


Oh wow the muskrat wants to let the orange fascist back onto the hellsite

there is no way that ends well

Good morning Cloud Island!

Good morning, fedi friends!

anyway today's cursed activity is extending my Bash configuration management system, Babashka, to support a variable file, that can be used in various build thingies.

since right now I'm using a bad hack to find absolute paths, which is clearly Not Ideal.

The real question is, do I use a .ini parser, or, just have something that sources a file, or what.

I guess we'll find out.

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apparently building complex configuration management in Bash is "cursed"

and a pile of curses is witchcraft

so I guess I'm a devops witch then

mental health, covid 

developing agoraphobia due to absolute terror at getting long covid has not been particularly good for my health, mental health, or ability to be anything but deeply lonely

idk feelings and emotions and health 

deeply lonely
tired of living in an unmanaged pandemic
tired of being disabled
apparently really damn homesick

Today I am:
- staring into the abyss
- it's staring back
- writing Terraform

it turns out rebuilding your plane while it's flying is quite hard actually

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A paid, early access, strongly moderated Mastodon instance hosted entirely in Aotearoa New Zealand.