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Periodically folks ask me what I'm working on, and then I have to explain that I'm a bit of a project magpie and like to take shiny things home to my nest.

So, I'm using this post as an index for you and for myself - I'll be replying to myself with little blurbs about the various things I'm working on, as I think of them. You can always ask me to dig deeper into anything you're interested in!

"There is just one significant flaw in the tragedy [of the commons] parable. It does not accurately describe a commons. Hardin's fictional scenario sets forth a system that has no boundaries around the pasture, no rules for managing it, no punishments for overuse and no distinct community of users. But that is not a commons. ... A commons requires that there be a community willing to act as a conscientious steward of a resource"

-- "Think like a Commoner"

Moderation philosophy, from a retired mod 

NB: I am not a current moderator of any instance, please do not take this as my instance's Official Policy, etc etc.

When I first joined Mastodon, I was hesitant about instance blocks, feeling that they should be reserved only for the worst instances that wore swastikas on their sleeves. Over the years I've changed my stance significantly, because of what I've learned about the practicalities of moderation (1/?)

I want to remind folks, if you care about the Holocaust, whether you're a Jew or an ally, I'm working on a new Fediverse instance for you.

Please fill out this questionaire and join us!

form.jotform.com/2209779204300

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In the P3G project, we're making games that teach co-robotic concepts. Players program a robot partner, then collaborate with the robot to complete tasks. We've made five games so far, each partnered with a different group of middle-school students. Our research looks at how to make games that are culturally relevant, that work in after school programs, and that are educationally effective.

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peoplemaking.games is officially live!

I'm hoping to help build a community that celebrates games and the craft of creating interactive experiences. It's a space to play together, share with each other, learn new things, build connections, and help one other grow! We take the broad view of the term "Game Maker". Whether you're in games or around them, fresh faced or veteran, digital or physical, this is a space for you.

#gamedev #indiegames #gamemakers #immersivetheater

i spent the bulk of the last year getting a worker-owned technology cooperative off the ground! all my paid professional work is now done through the EMMA Technology Cooperative

emma.coop/

EMMA is me, @andymakes Ivan Safrin and Gwen Pasquarello. it's an experiment in non-hierarchical consensus-based labor organization, and it has been an absolute thrill to work in a way that aligns with my principles for the first time!

New publication out!

digitalcommons.library.umaine.

This study challenges the idea that a performance evaluation and professional growth rubric for teachers can function as a boundary object. We present findings that show mediated understandings of good teaching collide with expectations of good teaching as defined by the rubric. Broadly, rubrics like this fail to consider the complexity of systems while recognizing the social aspect of learning and teaching.

Right now we're crunching on a deadline for Bloomwood Stories: Block Party. This visual novel game is designed to help people use community health resources, especially at their local library. Each of the five characters addresses a different barrier, such as experiencing racism in healthcare. Our research looks at the different impacts of the player vs. non-player characters on health self-efficacy.

I'll post here when we have a publicly playable release. Soon soon soon!

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Periodically folks ask me what I'm working on, and then I have to explain that I'm a bit of a project magpie and like to take shiny things home to my nest.

So, I'm using this post as an index for you and for myself - I'll be replying to myself with little blurbs about the various things I'm working on, as I think of them. You can always ask me to dig deeper into anything you're interested in!

These are examples of how dominant values and norms are typically encoded in system affordances—in this case, assumptions about names, pronouns, and gender that were built into various aspects of Facebook’s platform. They also demonstrate how, through user mobilization, platforms can, to some degree, be redesigned to encode alternative value systems. We need to develop many more case studies of user activism that targets values-laden elements of system design.

@schock

Design Values: Hard-Coding Liberation?
design-justice.pubpub.org/pub/

New people.
The scholar timeline is local - you'll see any and all posts on scholar There.
Your home timeline is where you'll see what friends post and boost.

Hashtag culture is not big on here. Often they are used more for specific things - such as a conference we've put on 2 years in a row, or . Hashtags are not best way to navigate the fediverse.
Think of it more like making friends n then meeting friends of friends rather than diving into hashtags.

Things to know about the community you joined 

🍍 We make no space for anti-queer, misogynist or racist hate on Scholar; we don't condone it; we don't "debate" it as if it were "just another idea"

🍍 Scholar is deeply critical of the institutions/hierarchies of academia but also strives to be supportive of the people working within it

🍍 Scholar is a space for you to gush about what you're learning; don't lose your sense of wonder

🍍 Wholesome/sincere is more the culture here than snarky/shitposty

Thinking this morning about how there are some topics and concepts that can *only* survive in an environment where saying incredibly daft things is incentivized by an algorithm. Move the concept outside of that protected bubble and into a human-controlled space and the humans within it roll their eyes and mutter "Oh heck off" and the admin flushes it away. That's why NFT/cryptocurrency marks end up on a vanishing minority of the few Fedi servers that'll indulge them.

Just talked to a student debating whether to go to academia or industry. I told her, "You'll need the same skills to protect your time and resources no matter where you go. Don't let anyone exploit your labor!" 💪

If you're interested, I wrote an article recently about the Conversational Framework and posed some questions I have about it. I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.

linkedin.com/pulse/designing-e

A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

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