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If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:

if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.

If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.

But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".

Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.

A Firefox plugin that puts an arrow on the page showing which direction you have to scroll to find the autoplaying video when you mouse over the "this tab is making noise" icon

in what seems to pass today as breaking security news, both the unix shell and the windows command prompt has a vulnerability where if a malicious user can persuade a user to run an arbitrary script, the code in it will be executed with said user's privileges.

* Dons deerstalker cap, places pipe in mouth *

Me: I have deduced from the recording left behind by the witness that Miss Gloria's intruder can be no other than—an astronaut!

Friend: What

Me: * Presses the play button *

🎶 And so you're back, from outer space
I just came in to find you here with that sad look upon your face 🎶

Friend: Okay I'm done here

I have now exhausted three different librarians with my research question, leading me to believe that either (a) I'm onto something really interesting and unique or (b) I am completely unable to coherently formulate what I'm looking for

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Fun new game: count the number of 'We are rushing to avoid #GDPR fines' emails in your inbox right now. I'm currently at 5. Who does better?

ZoteroBib is a new free service from the #Zotero team, that helps you quickly create a bibliography in any citation style

A very neat and well crafted service indeed, useful at all levels for #Academia and #Publishing routine work with #Citation #CitationStyles

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PSA having a working contact e-mail address if you're an instance admin is pretty important.

If we have a :dont_at_me: “don’t at me” emojo I should make a “don’t explain this to me yes I know and I’m aware I’m just trying to make a joke fuck god”

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Found in my old files Show more

Man is great. I haven't used this before and it's super nice having everything in one place

Colleague: Wow there's a lot of socks discarded on this field

Other colleague: Yeah I think there was a soccer tournament earlier

Me: Confusingly that's not what you do in "soccer," actually

Colleague: Murph no

Me: Soccer? I hardly even know 'er!

Colleague: Stop

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

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.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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