Ok, which one of you gamers is writing for Hard Times?
@peertube now has a plugin to use shared instance blocklists: https://framagit.org/framasoft/peertube/official-plugins/-/tree/master/peertube-plugin-auto-mute
(Another plugin is also available for shared video blocklists.)
Wondering if there should also be the option to use “passlists” instead, to not be automatically exposed to new abusive instances...
The next period of development is focused on moderation tools. Hopefully this is a significant step towards making it easier to keep the fash away.
Communities and their norms should be, and are in reality, central to software development, and where a project or principle is criticized for falling short it is generally because the community is perceived as being treated badly. The ethos of communal software would simply codify what is already there. Devs and users should be treated as members of the community who deserve respect and support, not means to code better software or atomized agents who just need to stay out of the way of each others' freedoms.
i was just googling "lizard dress" looking for like. a dress with lizards on it
but instead i found this, and it is Marvellous
One thing I really like about glitch that I hope mainline masto adopts is that while filtered posts stay in my time line (though maybe if you drop them here it actually works lmao) it tells me why they were filtered (and who posted them) so if it's a touchy subject, you can CHOOSE to engage with it at your own pace.
Like for example, I have linux filtered. But if it's one of my mufos talking about it, they probably aren't going to be a dick and tell me all my problems are going to be solved if I use lionix, unless we have the kind of relationship where we joke with each other like that.
You could use this for actually traumatic material (I am not traumatized by linux, just annoyed)
there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.
so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.
a dear, dear friend who’s a composer and performer (ska trumpet player!!!) just put out a lovely EP. i’m so happy for him! https://flipluka.bandcamp.com/album/chase-the-sun-ep
free software meta
Finally, free software is critical for marginalized groups. Not everyone is willing or able to build the features they themselves need, but working with free software projects to get it done, while currently far from ideal, is much more feasible than trying to convince a company to pay its developers to do that instead of something that will immediately increase their profits.
For example, the fediverse and Mastodon have a long way to go, but we're also a long way ahead of Twitter in terms of inclusivity features: content warnings, user-side filtering, advanced moderation features, multiple clients with different focuses, etc.
So yes, there are a lot of problems with free software and the surrounding community, but it's important that we keep addressing these problems and keep moving forward, instead of giving up and accepting the morsels tossed to us by our megacorps.
free software meta
Free software doesn't solve every issue with software, and its community and public figures have a lot (a lot) of problems, but it's still critical for anybody who wants to have a say in what the modern technology landscape looks like.
As people have mentioned, things like accessibility, inclusivity, and empowerment can be more important to end users than what license covers the distribution of the software. That's fair - we need all of these things, and the fact that the software distribution license doesn't provide the other things doesn't mean that it's not important. Analogously, sustainable, organic farming and community supported agriculture are important, but you can't achieve that if everyone's reduced to buying seedless clones from Monsanto.