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Introduction: I do not know or understand mastodon, but I am curious to give it a shot. Let's see how this pans out and whether it can lure me from twitterverse.

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


'However' is a deceptively convenient connective. However, 'however' is very hard to use correctly. If in doubt, don't use it. Often removing it improves the sentence.

Wisła at sunset yesterday for decoration.

Hi all :blobrainbow:
We're moving to our new apartment in a couple of days and have reached the stage of packing up books. I found a copy of Snowden's Permanent Record that Abebooks had mistakenly sent to me, and I wanted to give that to someone who would enjoy it.

So: if you are interested in a hardcover copy of Permanent Record by Ed Snowden and are willing to pay for shipping (I'm in Germany), this book could be yours!

Boosts are welcome, please contact me somehow! #giveaways #linuxpizza

I have decided to commit to a limit on the maximum number of instances or percentage of the Mastodon network that I will host on

You can read about it here:

In vim:

Visually select lines you want to indent or de-indent and use > and < to indent or remove indents for them

Hey everyone!

We just created a #gofundme for my healthcare (colonoscopy + gastroscopy) and electricity bills.

We have to raise around 1000€.

You can read more about it on the GoFundMe link below.

Any help is appreciated, thank you. Please boost 🙏🏻

#mutualaid #transcrowdfund #crowdfund @mutualaid

We only have ten days before the power's cut off. Please consider boosting or donating on our GoFundMe if you can and wanna help disabled folks, we still need 486€ for it to be paid!

Emergency GoFundMe with explanations:

My PayPal if you prefer:

Thanks for any help!

#mutualaid #transcrowdfund

@AndrzejWasowski I agree. There are some problems that decentralization creates that haven't been properly addressed yet (at least if you want to connect to a range of people on certain topics across multiple instances).

I've seen some discussion on GitHub that tries to address some of this, but they are old tickets and it doesn't seem like they're being worked on actively.

At this stage I see Mastodon as a compliment to birdsite, not a replacement.

Why are so many posts on certain topics hidden behind a "[topic] <show more>"? This is very disruptive of my experience on Mastodon so far.

There's no way to follow hashtags on Mastodon. But there seem to be hashtag-boosting bots on github as a workaround. However, how can I find such bots actually running on instances that I can follow?

Another quick question for people who speak and write in languages other than English: Do you get upset when people use translation software to reply to your posts if they are not native speakers/writers? Why or why not?

If y'all could boost this post so that I can get more responses from people who speak/write English and at least one other language, that would be great! #CommunityDevelopment

Hey #Fosstodon, does anyone here know of a beginning developer, in need, that could use a #Linux laptop gratis? I have a Starlabs Laptop IV that I don't use. Please boost for visibility.

@AndrzejWasowski my impression is feature we want is ability to see local timelines of any instance? This seems to be possible in some iOS clients. Eg. See linked tweet. ❤️

Is that what you want? "Travel" to another instance would then be less important for discovery?

I am considering traveling (using the forwarding mechanism) my account to a different instance every few weeks, so that I can read the local timeline there, and understand "who is around", whom to follow etc. Is this a completely unacceptable idea?

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I still find it super difficult to navigate mastodon, but I am genuinely trying to give it a shot. It does not seem to support my use case (from the bird side) of interacting with my community. It is easy to interact with folks on the same instance, but it is hard to find and connect to folks on other instances. The bird site allowed me to build a group I care to talk with organically. This is harder in a confine of an instance.

While the book awaits for the copy editing process with Springer, I have spent a few evenings upgrading the build setup of the examples in the book (quite a substantial project).

After some late hours and a few not quotable utterances I am happy to report that is now on the newest version (7.4.2) and Java 11. This makes all the code fairly modern. It remains to upgrade Scala examples to .

In my experience, more guidelines and rules slow down reviewing, not accelerate it, but I don't want to accelerate reviewing. Totally fine with slow & detailed reviewing, with standards, rules, and guidelines. We don't need faster reviewing, but less reviewing and more reviewers.

This, and more discussions of what is a good load and time in reviewing in this thread on the bird site:
(I don't know yet how to mix discussions with fediverse)

if you have spare money, now is probably a good day to check if your masto instance has a patreon

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