Hey guys, remember how we changed all our hashtags to read #LikeThis instead of #likethis for people with screenreaders?

Well, turns out those house text-image memes are fuckin horrific to get through with a screenreader, so let's put those under CWs from now on and save people with visual impairment from sitting through "forward slash forward slash period underscore IN THIS HOUSE underscore period", etc.

Blindlysocial.masto.host exists.

Netizen @Aaron_h2002 and @fireborn are building an instance for the visually impaired and the blind.

Follow them, and please help them get this off the ground, I look forward to what they bring to the fediverse.

@introspection At the moment, it's being paid for out of my own pocket, because it's not too much

I'm looking into ways for people to chip in because costs are rising, but it's not a big crisis as the server's been paid for, a year in advance now (it's cheaper that way!)

As for Elsevier, I will burn Scholar Social to the ground before I let their former-arms-dealer hands touch my users' data

As for a business model, Scholar Social isn't a business!

@introspection As for being "neutral," depending on what you mean by that, scholar.social isn't planning to be that either

We are explicitly anti-Nazi, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, anti-sexism and anti-racism

We are explicitly pro-inclusion and pro-accesibility

We ban people for harassment

We take sides, because failure to do so suggests a moral equivalence that undermines academic freedom itself

So we are not "neutral" in that sense

Going to try this again in Public (I won't make a habit of posting OT non-scholarly stuff outside Uncategorised).

What , if any, are you all using to access Mastodon? I'm mostly interested in macOS and Android, but please share whatever you care to recommend, for the benefit of everyone.

#welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: 

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

(especially 'weird fiction' from Victorian era to present day)

(current fascination: films from mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan)

(very casually)

Time for an . I'm in the final stages of a PhD in in University College Dublin. In broad terms, I work in , though my research also draws upon and . I'm interested in ways that disability aquires the status of a merely natural phenomenon, and the role these play in stabilising ideas of what is properly human.

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