I've been weaning off other social media networks and am using the Fediverse again...

it occurs to me that some of the pernicious elements of social media (e.g. self-consciousness, jealousy, escapism) aren't fixed by federated distribution alone...

I think federation, however, will allow for experimentation and hopefully optimizing for user well-being (instead of advertising spend)

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@harriskenny true. they aren't fixed, but we can minimize things like narcissism (by making boost counts/follower counts sorta hidden) and bullying (by making search only really work by tags).

it's a start. welcome back!

@tootbrute Good points, there are UI/UX changes that instances can make that we (collectively) can learn from

It's definitely a start! Happy to be back 😄

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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.

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