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I'm writing an article about social media in 2017. I guess some of you have left birbsite for good. If some of you would care to give me short (and quoteable) statement "why" and "why mastodon is better", you'd make a journalist very happy.

Of course anon/pseudoymity is no problem. German prefered, but english is fine, re-toots are appriecated.

The chat application I have been working on uses MathJax to render maths in a channel. This works great for the web application but is problematic for the other clients (I'm specifically working on the Android, Emacs and McCLIM clients).

Is there some library I can use that takes a LaTeX expression and generates an image?

It looks like MathJax prints the content of `\text` verbatim, and KaTeX doesn't handle `\emptyset`. I have had an annoying afternoon.

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I'm in need of a new organizational system. I have trouble with keeping track of things and I haven't had luck with GTD... I have too many ideas and not enough energy!
Mastonauts, what do you use?

My first contribution to knowledge share on Mastodon - A repo of doc/reading material that I worked with others to create for people interested in getting started with #Infosec:

Anyone have a dataset that methodically estimates Open Educational Resource production by type and discipline?

Social Coop friends. I teach a Media class and want to introduce platform coop and other alternative tools. In addition to our own, DuckDuckGo, Firefox Klar, what do you consider indispensable tools for everyday users of SNS?

Do I know any EU employment law specialists who like/understand Creative Commons licensing and could comment on this?

@osaka Hi! Will your paper 'Censorship and Surveillance in the Digital Age' be comprehensible to a philosopher?

Does anybody know if there's a common way of buying/selling used complete back issues of peer-reviewed journals? Especially very low cost.

Philosophy friends: what are some good papers to read on emergent properties of complex systems?

I reread Richard Cartwright's 'Propositions' today and found the part where he writes: 'Moore is reported to have once had a nightmare in which he was unable to distinguish propositions from tables.' Presumably it's G. E. Moore. I would like to know that story.

Any academics/librarians do podcasting around here?

I think I'm going to try out Arch Linux. Something is not clear to me: if I follow the main installation guide on the wiki, it's not going to erase Windows, right? But I should set up partitions beforehand, probably?

Is there an #open hardware or open firmware e-ink #ereader? I'd like fewer of my hours to be mediated by my phone, but only have a finite stack of paper books to read.

What can I read to learn about best practice for storing data in a digital humanities project? In particular, a database of historical records.

Can anyone recommend any simple image tuning/manipulation software for desktop #Linux? I'm looking for something like #Snapseed for Android. #Darktable seems too technical, and I can't find simple things like cropping. I'm comfortable in the #GIMP, but it seems a bit overkill for things like adjusting colors, and I like having presets for applying common effects.

I find this hard, because I only like text.

I've been asked to recommend some videos about metaethics to second year undergraduates.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

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.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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