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I am an anthropologist who studies academia and academic practices. Sometimes I am a consultant. I am always a researcher. Currently in NC but work in UK and Ireland as well as in the US. Did my original anthro fieldwork in Belfast in the late 1990s so Derry Girls is my JAM.

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reminder to mastodon newbies that lots of people here won't boost art if it's not got a CWs (when appropriate) or alt text

It's a good culture that's helped me learn to be more accessible elsewhere.

Some things to CW for: violence, gore, sexually explicit, nudity, eye-contact, flashing imagery, talking about other social media platforms

Migration is the Hard Part The team are easing the friction of migration from platform to platform: from creating flexible vendor agreements to, as Martin Eve writes, developing technical solutions.

COVID (free tests round 3) 

For US folks, third round of free at-home tests are now available:

well I was gonna take Younger out for driving practice but then a thunderstorm cell moved in

A tip for people used to birdsite's algorithms creating their timelines for them:

This thing works like Twitter did a long time ago. Your timelines are what you make them!

Liberally follow, unfollow, and mute accounts. Use the filter preferences (e.g. with "#eurovision" ""). Create a new timeline with hashtags to follow. In short: treat your timelines like a garden, both planting and pruning to your liking.

Amaryllis still going (this is the third plant to bloom this Spring) and now the yellow wildflowers are popping out

Me, an adjunct at the end of the semester after submitting grades, deleting ALL of my university account emails: :BlobCatKnife:

I don't really like people joining to Masto instances where they just put a bot that copies their content from the bird app and never have real interactions in the fediverse. They are just like empty bot profiles with no one behind. No actions or symbol if you use the bird app forever and outside is just a repeat bot.

Quite exciting to see more and more scientists joining the !

If your colleagues ask you about this place, please let them know we have three mastodon communities with focus:


I also participate as moderator in an academic Spanish/Portuguese speaking community:



Love this from Meredith Farkas: "An organization that embraces universal design would be focused on figuring out how to help you do your best work rather than making you feel bad or demanding for having needs that aren’t met by the current set-up."

Lecturers should be able to separate their frustration with the system and their own performance from their duty of respect and care towards their students. Those who can't, should ponder their role as academics and as mature human beings.

Profiles and posts on Mastodon and the Fediverse have public versions you can share with people who aren't on the Fediverse.

To see the public version of a profile, click on the profile picture. This will open the public version of the profile in a new tab.

To see the public version of a post, click on the datestamp below the post. This will open the public version of the post in a new tab.

These "public pages" are handy for sharing with friends, because they don't require logging in to see them.

Public pages are also very useful for something else:

If you paste the URL address of a public page into the search box on Mastodon, and then search for it, the post or profile will appear within your server. This is handy if you cannot find a post or person by searching, but you know they exist on another server.

Searching for a URL like this forces your server to "notice" the profile or post.

It also works with URLs from PeerTube, PixelFed etc.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon

Those of you who have come here from corporate social media (recently or in the past) and stayed, which of the following were behind your reasons to stay here?

Boosts OK!

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Scholar Social

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.