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Hi, all! I’m a strategist/entrepreneur/software engineer/activist, focusing on the intersection of diversity and software engineering.

I've been on Mastodon for about a year, as @jdp23 and a few other accounts. You can see some of my blog posts about Mastodon at

Some of my other interests include intersectionality, psytrance and darkwave music, and tarot. More about me at

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@sifr Cool! Here's Os Keyes' latest, about fairness, accountability, transparency, and mulching -

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Lets take a moment to talk about the many faces of Activity Pub (this network) 

Mastodon wants to replace twitter (some of their warts and all)

Pleroma wants to empower communities and users by building a great platform for "the socials" that has a STRONG focus on safety (I promise, there are some amazing features like MRF which are not widely known or understood). Think bulletin boards / forums in a very very broad sense.

Pixelfed is slowly building federation support to take on Instagram

Plume is a blogging engine that leverages the network for comments and sharing of content (Tumblr alternative)

PeerTube is hoping to take on YouTube

FunkWhale is inspired by grooveshark and wants you to get your groove going

PInafore is a lean, mean UI that's pretty

Halcyon is a tweet deck alternative

we have a couple CLI UI's as well

We have some tools that auto-delete posts after a timeout

We have some tools that cross post rss feed articles as posts

We have a LOT of developers from ALL over that are doing some really cool things.

This network isn't just a singular instance OR experience. It's the human condition of many views upon a topic expressed in a technical form.

Be kind, rewind
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Work in progress: A standalone #fediverse #activitypub bot, hosted on and written with #node #nodejs.

You can import it to Glitch from

More updates, like support for images and replies are coming soon, for now you can play with the #tracery example.

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The fediverse is impressively hungry for anti-harassment tools!

The other day, I released —a tool to learn who you favorite most. It's a fun tool and spread widely with 30 boosts.

Yesterday, I released mastodon-de-mob.codesections.c As an anti-harassment tool you only use when being actively mobbed, I thought it would be of niche interest.

But instead, it's been boosted nearly 100 times(!), and is still going strong.

@Gargron this might tell you what features people want

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I've just released Mastodon De-Mob, an anti-harassment tool that lets users to block everyone who favorited or boosted a toot calling for harassment. mastodon-de-mob.codesections.c

Please feel free to test it out with the example URL I provided; that will only block a test account I set up for this purpose. Hopefully, you won't ever need it for real.

It also reports the harassing toot, which I hope will prevent the tool's abuse for non-harassing toots.


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A challenger approaches!! Learn the backstory behind The Most Controversial Article Ever About Mastodon (at least until this blogseries finishes #yolo) and everyone's fav trashgirl who wrote it.

New blogpost:
Fringe Mastodev – Part II: Enter Allie Hart

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Linus Torvalds introspection(!) + 

"This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of
not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been
both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made
it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me.
I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry."

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I actually built a little toy service (that I will also eventually open source) which converts any RSS feed to an ActivityPub actor that you can subscribe to in Mastodon (or any other AP-compatible client).

Play with it if you like! It is SUPER rough and most feeds end up horribly rendered in Mastodon but it's still kinda cool to see it work:

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So, if for nothing else than to help people learn from our mistakes, I'd like to start compiling accounts of the unravelling/failure of

I will be reaching out to particular people over the next few days, but if anyone out there left/chose not to join for Reasons and would be willing to talk about it (anonymously if you want), please DM.

Please boost for visibility.

#meta #socialcoop

Excellent deconstruction of a bad (and sexist) math paper 

You might have heard about the paper about the “variability hypothesis” that's been "suppressed by "thought police". Here's Fields Medalist Timothy Gowers' analysis of it.

"I found it so unconvincing that I think it was a bad mistake by Mathematical Intelligencer and the New York Journal of Mathematics to accept it, but for reasons of mathematical quality rather than for any controversy that might arise from it."

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Hot off the presses: Learn about the early history of Content Warnings, the First Ever Mastodon Fork, and the sitewide drama which preëmpted it!!

New blogpost: Fringe Mastodev – Part I: The Beginnings

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Okay. #mastoadmin commentary time.

I've written a quick guide, So You're A Mastodon Moderator:

My goal for this is threefold:

* I want to create a useful reference for moderators, so they know what options are available.
* I want to create a useful reference for /users/, so they know what the powers and limitations of being a moderator are.
* I want to help establish a /standard of moderation/, so we're all on a level playing field.

Twitter question: academic online presence done right? 

Interesting question from

Academics: Are there any disciplines/professional networks out there that are an example of online academic presence done well?

Thinking about discussion/sharing communities like forums (NOT anonymous rumor dumpsters) - places where preprints can be shared, advice requested, etc.

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Hello Assembled People of European Mastodon! I work at @eff on international copyright. You might have heard of #article13, the EU proposal to require © filters on sharing sites.

We're really worried that this could affect services like ActivePub/Mastodon instances, opening them up to lawsuits or requiring expensive filters.

The key vote is on Wednesday -- please call or write your MEP and ask them to vote against #article13 to protect the future of the internet!

Jon Pincus boosted #meta: Thanks to @dave we have a new feature on!

Going forward, all new members who join our instance get a single message the next day with some helpful tips for getting started (how-to articles, app suggestions, etc).

These messages are sent as a DM, and only once, to avoid any sort of spamminess.

The entire project is open source and easy to deploy for other instances.

Enjoy, fediverse. And thank you for creating this @dave!

Brown University statement on Littman study 

"In light of questions raised about research design and data collection related to Lisa Littman’s study on “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” Brown determined that removing the article from news distribution is the most responsible course of action."

Feedback please: suggestions for Mastodon after the recent drama 

Here's a very relevant Twitter thread talking about admin and moderation challenges -

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Feedback please: suggestions for Mastodon after the recent drama 

@bgcarlisle @Sargoth @creatrixtiara @forktogether @anildash @darius @Are0h
@Annalee would love your perspectives on this ...

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