Hi! Name’s Stephen. Some of y’all miiiiiiiiiight know me as “Sage Freehaven”. Furry, bi White guy, not sure about much of anything else beyond that. I dabble in pixel art and writing from time to time (read: not often enough). Testing the waters here after the snouts.online situation.
Y’all be good to each other, ’kay? 👋
uspol, antivaxxers, conspiracy theories
gotta be honest, i had some suspicious that the right accusing protesters and such of being "paid actors" was a hypocritical projection, and i don't wanna make the same accusations, but it's weird that so many anti-vax protesters actually have imdb pages...
iunno, maybe it's just that being a failed actor makes you susceptible to right-wingery.
You'll never guess who won the Space Race.
US pol prison covid
I keep hearing, ‘why are republicans letting the people who vote for them die?’
I think I found why. It’s making more people (mostly POC) homeless, which has been criminalized, add an artificial labor shortage (due to employers not paying), and they ‘hire’ prisoners instead. Money.
Also, prisons are put in small, white towns, giving them an increased population and political power. https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/12/31/761932806/your-body-being-used-where-prisoners-who-can-t-vote-fill-voting-districts
These are their new voters, who can’t vote.
HomeTown is a fork of Mastodon which lets you make instance-only posts, adjust character limits and read long form rich text blog posts.
It's still part of the Fediverse, and HomeTown users can interact with Mastodon users totally fine.
Tech people can get self-hosting instructions here:
Non-tech people can use a managed hosting service to start their own HomeTown instance:
actually, now that i'm at my keyboard proper, let's go through this and count the ways you've failed, shall we, @Gargron ? i think we shall.
for this exercise, you know what, let's leave all sort of morality at the door. let's assume the most cynical tack, which is that you are trying to turn this FOSS project into something you can sell and then fuck off forever. let's say that you are wholeheartedly just trying to pull a Zuckerberg because you want that private island money.
will you listen to this? probably not, because you've steadfastly refused to listen to others, but hey, if you're gonna step up and make shit choices, that's what you chose to receive in terms of results.
so that's the baseline. and if this is meant to be the start of selling out: you have failed.
put on your basic marketing glasses here a second.
the market at large already has a Twitter. you are making a competing product. how do you get people to buy your stuff instead of Twitter?
you offer something different. on the online world where you don't actually pay, offering a generic Great Value Brand Twitter doesn't actually mean much. Twitter will always have greater social capital by virtue of being the brand name, and there's just no value added here.
mastodon is supposedly meant to be something different than twitter in that it is decentralized, with smaller communities being able to form, and moderation being able to be present.
aaaand you've failed at both of those.
taking away the local timeline indeed takes away that sense of community. you never get to 'know your neighbors'. you never see the flow of information reduced to a manageable trickle.
now, this might not be possible on mastodon.social - but that's because you made mastodon.social with different aims, remember? it is designed by you to be the "and you get to drink from... the fire hose!" of instances.
there are plenty of places which don't do this. you even feature some of them and point out this is part of what makes mastodon special. so why did you seemingly forget this part when you wrote the official app?
by making everything fall under the large banner of the federated timeline, what you've also done is... well, take an axe and brutally chop down the stated goal of being decentralized.
you can't both promote it as being a decentralized social media, while attempting to force everyone into respecting your instances as the true part of mastodon where everything happens. and, again, federated timeline only means that local communities get left in the dust. there is no way to decentralize that feed of information. you made sure of it.
...by removing features that you should be using to sell your product and differentiate it from competition.
and as a side note: i don't think the excuse of "it would confuse new users" holds much water, either. quite frankly, as someone with a liberal arts education, this reads as a lazy engineer's excuse. the lazy engineer wants to just comment out some code because it's so odious to even consider writing a paragraph explaining. death before documentation! explaining something to a user in a few sentences would be a great dishonor! so we can't have any of that. better carve off those features instead. ...and then set up new users introduced via the ios up for failure as soon as they use the web interface, because you didn't write a tutorial blurb.
your other objection? it's simply too unruly from where you stand.
i have good news! i have identified exactly the person making these spaces too hazardous and unruly. if you hurry you can see him for yourself! quick! get up and run to the nearest mirror!
because that's him right there, officer!
you seem to have forgotten that you are the admin of these instances. if you see instances that are too unruly to federate with, lest new users see... you programmed a solution for that, remember? a solution that is the entire point of you making this software?
and this is aside from the number one thing that is marketed here for actually bringing in new users, and actually keeping high user retention so that people become more interested in this whole endeavor:
user experience that is often ruined by YOUR SHODDY MODERATION.
if people want an absentee admin that doesn't do anything to reports, with only being told "well just block them" as the main recourse, they have that. that is all over the internet.
more to the point, if you position your instances as the default, but then don't do basic moderation -
forget polishing an ios app. THAT is what people are going to notice and be turned off by.
this is the equivalent of deciding to build new deck chairs beside the pool, and steadfastly not wanting to recognize that nobody is in the pool on account of the giant turds floating in the water and you insisting that chlorine isn't needed whatsoever.
maybe people don't want to actually breaststroke into a floating piece of shit, eugen.