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if your posts are indistinguishable from that of a CIA plant trying to sow controversy and foil collective action, maybe consider making different posts

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anyway if your instance is small and agrees broadly with the principles in our /about/more and you want to contribute development labour to making mastodon better then @ me i guess and we can at least talk about it

we are not interested in taking on additional stakeholders without associated investment of labour, though

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you are not obligated to approach all traditional knowledges with suspicion; nor to justify them, where necessary, with hard and easily comprehensible fact

i hereby liberate you

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the kind of idle linkfollowing which people now see as relegated to sites like Wikipedia or TVTropes was once how the entire internet operated

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sometimes i don’t understand bots, like, why would you markov that, the source is way more interesting

can they sign on to this manifesto? why haven't they already?

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i'm saying all this because if a§c shipped the same exact software they have now but with a featurelist like

- we recognize that social software is shaped by its participants and that we, too, must be shaped by them in order to produce good software. we value dialogues which develop US in the correct direction. we do not have all the answers

- we want to build access for everybody, and (failing that) for those who are most endangered by a lack of it and most vulnerable in society at-large. we recognize that the issue of access is complex and are invested in dialogues which further our understanding of this subject

- the issue of access is not limited to our users, but also to us, i.e. our company. we are committed to making OURSELVES more accessible, diverse, and multifaceted, and value the cultural transformations which develop from a broadening of access to new groups and new horizons

- good software is not software which encourages use but software which is driven by use. software cannot be separated from human needs and labour, human activities. in developing software, our goal is to FACILITATE human activities, not CREATE activities for humans

- newness has no inherent value to us. we will use existing solutions when existing solutions work. we like democratic media and democratic technologies (HTML, email, Atom) which people have had demonstrably easy and lasting access to. we aim to protect that access

- the above points are abstract, but the conditions of life are material. our aspirations are meaningless if we cannot convey them in the language of material action. the following are concrete steps we have taken as an organization to manifest our goals. this list is a work-in-progress. it will never be complete. [LIST]

without any software changes, if they had simply presented themselves like that i would be about 5000% more optimistic that they might actually achieve a good thing

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while these things don’t pertain to software, they do pertain to labour, and emphasizing software capabilities at their detriment is *cough* bourgeois as fuck

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the “company” side of things :— hiring practices, project management, openness and transparency regarding decisionmaking and governance, communication with users, participatory design methodologies, etc, etc —: these are the areas where every single social media platform has failed, not features

where are these things in the a§c manifesto? these very important not-software things?

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so no amount of trust in the current people running it is relevant. either they aren't worth your trust, or they are but will soon be outnumbered, or they will maintain a small team and have insufficient staff to deal with problems (making the question of trust useless)

the only merits you can judge it on are structural

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the only way around this is through abusive hiring/workplace dynamics which ensure that the people currently in power remain the ones in power even as the company scales

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cohost is worker-run, which means that the people making decisions today will be a minority of the people making decisions if it ever takes off

modernizing my language by calling all the ladies “wife-folk”

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is there a gender-neutral replacement for woman? like woperson or something? not all women are men 😡

*walks up to a pair of transbians* ok but which of you is the witch and which is the cleric

i cannot express how little interest i have for a website for online people to cultivate their online brands

me and my girlfriend watching chihayafuru: competition, or, to use the Marxist term, dialectic

gender is pretty cool when it’s optional

i cannot overstate how strong the “oh my god they’re fucking” vibes of this episode are

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today with my girlfriend we watched the pokémon episode about the lady who has sex with her piplup and croagunk

:u2764: dyke :lesbian_100::Darkness_energy: boosted
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A small, community‐oriented Mastodon‐compatible Fediverse (GlitchSoc) instance managed as a joint venture between the cat and KIBI families.