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Services cannot protect communities, because services try to be "neutral."

Being "neutral" is indistinguishable from promoting the status quo. (you pick your bias or it's picked for you).

So, services will never be neutral, because they try to be neutral.

Me: *puts on coat to go out*
14yr old: don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!
Me: ok I won’t eat any broccoli

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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Both major parties have committed to *not* negotiating with independents and minor parties in the event of a hung parliament, which creates an interesting prisoner's dilemma.

If both parties stick to their guns they could force a double dissolution, which they can then spin to blame on the independents and bolster the two-party system. But if *one* party reneges it becomes much easier for them to form (minority) government. So it seems likely that *both* will do so.

theyre always like "trans girls get so funny reading the word 'gridlock'" thats because trans bitches love RAIL TRAVEL 💅

thinking about how the term "hard disk" has become associated with HDDs as opposed to SSDs, even though SSDs are also "hard" both literally and in the fact that they're not typically removable

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.


There are 26 groups running for Victorian Senate seats and, based on my own personal criteria, 14 of them—literally half the ballot—are either "Mild nutjobs", "Nutjobs", or "Extra nutty"

I'm not sure where I'm going with this but it was a small epiphany to realize that not feeling compelled to use #mastodon wasn't a bad thing and wasn't a design failure.

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i'm not like the other girls, but i do have an identical hash value, which may result in surprising worst case behavior

wow, Microsoft Teams really doesn’t want me to have an opinion today

It's now been resolved by my work's support team. But I've been advised to simply ignore login attempts I don't recognise instead of denying them... This isn't good security practice

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