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Note that I put this up for both sides of the equation:

If your instance is a bunch of shitheads that actively ridicule anyone that doesn't conform to their specific ideals, that's an echo chamber (in a way)

If your instance defederates from any instance that has contrarian views, that's the beginning of an epistemic bubble.

I would encourage more instances to silence, not suspend instances. Hold your users to the bar you expect.

this reminds me of that time i off-handedly called someone a "psycho"

and someone showed up to be like "blah blah thats an ableist slur", then i and a few other people were like "i thought it was a reference to psychopaths"

the whole point of the word psychopath is that it literally just means someone who is a piece of shit who goes out of their way to cause harm without remorse.

it's not a mental illness. it can't be treated. you can't treat asshole-syndrome, aside from holding people accountable.

and this kid's argument was that "psycho" was a reference to "psychotic", which is a completely different thing.

so i just kinda said okay whatever.

but this kid just kept going and going, acting like simply NOT KNOWING something is a mortal sin.

drawing up comparisons of how "trans people have existed forever" therefore i should magically know stuff about trans people.

so i said okay thats a stupid comparison, because i'm trans. but due to my upbringing i didn't know what trans was until i was like 24.

so obviously people don't just magically know stuff.

then after a while of trying to explain to this kid how knowledge works, they start dropping racist slurs just for the sake of being edgy and trying to get a reaction out of me.

i just blocked them, because it was clearly gonna be nothing but a waste of time after that.


this whole "pleroma is for nazis" business reminds me A LOT of that encounter.

because clearly, even if "pleroma is for nazis", then mastodon is for trolls who misuse and weaponize bad social justice rhetoric just for harassment and creating conflict.

The fact that @bigben is on a UK instance makes me feel so good about how the fediverse is turning out.

A reminder that it is September, 8986 1993.

September 1993 never ended.

September 1993 will never end.

it's nice to see that mastodon is having the same growing pains as Twitter and other systems have had.

Except this time at a much more accelerated rate.

Hmmm. I wonder how hard it is to design and make a backpack...

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Warm Acquisition:

I remember when people used to actually pay for server space, sometimes ship racks to a colo to host their own stuff. They owned the hardware, maintained the OS, paid for space, power, and a pipe out to the world.

Here we are, decades later, fully invested in storing things in the Butt^WCloud, not paying for and owning our own hardware, but bitching that someone else can't figure out the rules that we're supposed to follow.


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