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Ah, this time of year: fake wokeness month.

A small list of companies pretending to care, but ultimately just abusing symbols of a social movement. Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

I usually don't play mobile games but I've been really enjoying Immortal for the last couple of days. It has the same charm as the previous Diablo games and gameplay feels better than I expected on a phone.

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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


As someone who works with multiple companies I get to see and experience their culture, and how different they are sometimes. There is a clear divide in those companies/managers that try find who to blame when faced to an unexpected problem vs those who ignore that and try to move forward and find solutions. The latter are always the ones who win.

With the nice weather also come the annoying motorcycle riders. They should only allow electric motorcycles...

Currently working with a company that puts "SME's" between the actual experts/developers and the customer. Awful experience for the customer. These SME's are not experts at anything, they just act as a barrier protecting the real experts from customer's questions.

The "Filter languages" option in has never really worked, right? Half of the public timelines I see are in languages I can't read

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PSA: The "verified" symbol you see on Twitter etc means absolutely nothing on Mastodon or the Fediverse. On here, symbols like :verified: are just custom emoji that anyone can use and put after their name. Don't be fooled! 😁

There are ways to verify your identity on here, but the :verified: symbol is not one of them.

The easiest way to verify your identity is if you have a website that people already know is yours. You can paste a special code into your website which will verify your address and it will turn green on your Mastodon profile (see here for instructions: mstdn.social/@feditips/1062741).

Alternatively, you can set up a server as a subdomain of your known website address. For example, the European union set up their own Mastodon server at social.network.europa.eu, and we know it really is the EU because the server address is part of the EU's well-known europa.eu domain.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Verification

Currently trying to fix a printer remotely 6704 km from my location. Fun.

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It's really not like Twitter, is it? I haven't seen any hate or rage here, just chill conversations and shitposts. I first joined the fediverse back in 2018 and used it like Twitter, crossposting and all, but got bored with it and when the instance I was using closed down I didn't bother to migrate my account.

I'm getting much more out of it now by treating it as its own thing. Twitter is still Twitter and I'm still there, but spending a bit more time here instead of there is good for the soul.

Working on 2 projects at the same time. Context switching is hitting hard. How do you manage it?

The fact that Mastodon is mostly marketer-free at the moment is amazing. I hope they take a while before arriving here.

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One more thing that newcomers might not realise - you can follow anybody from any other server. Just search for their full name, and the server they live on.

e.g. @ jonbeckett @ mastodon.online

(obviously remove the spaces)

Once a person is followed by anybody on a given server they appear on that server's federated timeline.

An person suggesting to share user accounts. 😂

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Hi! mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have; I'm working on making it go fast again, but in the meantime, do remember to invite people to joinmastodon.org instead of directly to mastodon.social. People don't have to be on the same server to follow you! Thanks!

Is the default recommendation from Mastodon search to always show @Gargron as the first result?

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