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South Carolina would like to make it so that I, a person who lives in a state where abortion is legal, cannot post on a website also not hosted in South Carolina.

They want website administrators to ban all discussion of abortion rather than take the chance that someone in South Carolina will access abortion information.

The bill is also a template that can be copied by forced-birth aficionados in other states.

The First Amendment doesn’t say that I can write anything I want except about abortion in case someone in South Carolina reads it. If someone panics like they’re hearing cries of “fire” in a theater by reading in what city or state someone can access a medical procedure, they should seek therapy.

Sorry, South Carolina, you don't get to control the internet.

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They can change their language for a couple of months, but we all know what their plan really is. Abortion bans and more abortion bans.

Kavanaugh and Gorsuch both said they "respected" the weight of legal precedent relative to Roe v. Wade in their Senate confirmation hearings — and look how that turned out.

Ssme thing with Republicans who say they respect the rights of women and then vote against them.

We're not falling for that.

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A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


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It's official folks: my website is up and running! AND I'm on the Merveilles webring! ⭐️

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Oh Odysee, I swear it goes down daily.

Almost always when I'm trying to upload videos. :blobdisgruntled:

Question about boosts:
Suppose user A blocks user B. User C boosts user A, and user B is subscribed to user C.
1. Can user B see user C's boost?
2. Can user B respond to user C's boost?
3. For both these questions, can one find source code/documentation to confirm the answer?

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I won't go on at length about this too much, I typically just boost a post about it every so often when it comes up on my timeline.

but people just joining should know there's a complex history here, as with any social network - especially a grassroots one - that's been around for a decade already

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it's now time for any noobs following me to learn that

* it's the Fediverse, not The Mastodon Network

* there's actually a 10-year history here and Mastodon wasn't even remotely the first platform

* the creator of Mastodon hasn't actually been a very good steward of his particular sub-platform within the Fediverse

I should get to work. I've been putting off stuff all day.

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So using my own server does make discovering others with similar interests a bit of a challenge, unless I’m missing something here

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Oh, good grief.. well, if anyone needed more of a reason to be anywhere else than or, Gargron's turned off the Local and Federated timelines there.

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'content warning' 

i mean the real #feditip is that this little 'content warning' field is extremely versatile. you can use it
- as a title, like you would put on an email or a web page. it's easier to scroll, give you an early choice of whether or not you want to read it.
- to list the applicable trigger warnings that one might want to avoid. you'll learn them as they come, and understand people's pain.
- to warn about screen reader unfriendly posts before filling a post with emoji
- to physically make your post take less space on everyone's screen, while not necessarily get less attention. i love going on an all caps rant behind a 'computers' cw. it's great and liberating without being as annoying.
- octodon special, complain to gargron if you think it's cool, here you can post over the limit inside one. this post is more than 800 characters long and i don't have to make it into a thread unless my thought are separated in time

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For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like or

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

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Seeing a lot of people weirded out that "Masto admins can read your DMs!"

Unless it's end-to-end encrypted, any admin of any system you use — Twitter, Facebook, Slack, GMail, etc — can do that.

hope this helps

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Mastodon has gained 106,723 monthly active users since the end of March (when Elon bought 9.2% of Twitter's shares). 93,603 are new accounts. Overall that's a 42% increase in Mastodon's MAU.

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@256 my brain is trying to interpret this image as a shitpost but the fact it appears to actually be a genuine opinion piece from the era is causing a short-circuit

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