My colleague Stella Wisdom was on Radio 4 this lunchtime talking about Wikipedia :wiki: ❤️

About 37 minutes into this recording (only accessible within the UK I think?)

UK politics 

@ghost_bird @bgcarlisle Yup, perfect sense. I have a bone-deep sadness about this whole thing.

I wonder if HR appreciate the irony of having scheduled a "Managing Burnout" training session at lunchtime.

I also note that it's "Managing" burnout, rather, idk avoiding or recovering from it.

UK politics 

@ghost_bird @bgcarlisle Just like with fast food, we apparently want to import all the worst aspects of US culture, minus any potential redeeming features.

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🎉 Welcome to newcomers! 🎉

A few personal tips:

👌 the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!

🤚 introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..

👍 favourite and follow generously! This is how to create link around. No algorithm-god is spying on you, telling you who to follow, what to read! \o/

⚠️ many people care about CW... learn about that


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i heard of a fediverse goodreads thing recently, what was that called, please?

@yoyehudi Also, anytime you want a virtual coffee break to rant about stuff or just get out of your own head, ping me.

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you have to accept that you're not special as in somehow better than others but also accept that you're special as in unique and deserving of love

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If any of y'all are UK-based or UK-affiliated, and care about research software, come along to the Softwas Sustainability Insititute's fellowship webinar today at 3PM UK:

As well as hearing others speak, I'll talk a little about some of the benefits (financial, network, collaborators) I've gained as a fellow. Come along to hear more and ask any questions!

@Stephen_Stone @cypnk That's a couple of good ones to know about. I've recently started using ClearURLs which I think is similar:

I've currently got my follows locked down. I'm always excited for new followers, but I probably won't approve your follow request unless you have an informative bio/an intro toot/a reasonable number of toots/I know you, or at least some way of knowing what you're interested in.

@yoyehudi Now I feel very unobservant, but I'll be watching out for next time! 👀

Mainstream social media 

So it seems like twitter is going crazy about tiktok going crazy about, um, sea shanties?

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this is the opposite of radical and it falls under the "regular maintenance" heading, but goddam, it is necessary if you want to keep your spaces safe.

it's low-stakes for you! it is not low-stakes for me and other BIPOC.

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Super disgusting, dead rodent 

@pelagikat Reminds me of the time that we were on holiday and the neighbour was feeding Felix. We got a text on our last day away saying "I think he's caught a mouse, I hope you don't mind me leaving it for you to deal with" (we didn't, clearing up dead rodents would be above and beyond).

We didn't have the heart to tell them after we got home and saw it that they don't make mice that big...

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if you're white and you use the internet, you have a duty to ensure that the spaces you are in are not a safe space for white supremacists. no, "oh but I like this person and they've never done anything in MY group" -- listen to us. listen to what we have to say. report people to the mods or if it's an ongoing problem, *leave the fucking group and let people know why you're leaving*.

make mods explain their decisions. make it uncomfortable. make it weird.

it's the LEAST you can do.

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