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Phew, 3 separate PRs over the last couple days to fix EXIF image orientation data in thumbnails, and to optimize EXIF stripping!

Why have we spent so much time focused on EXIF data, you ask? Well, here’s why it’s important:

Many images floating around on the internet contain EXIF tags, which are little extra pieces of information encoded into the image, beyond the actual pixels that you can see.

Some of these tags are useful, because they can tell you how the image should be displayed (whether it should be rotated, for instance, when it’s shown to a user).

However, many of the EXIF tags are not very useful for just viewing an image, and some of them are downright dangerous because they can reveal the exact place and time the image was taken, and what kind of device was used to produce it. For example, ever wonder how Facebook knows where your pictures were taken? Usually that’s because your GPS coordinates were written into the image when you took it with your camera!

When you upload an image to GoToSocial, though, it removes this EXIF data entirely, keeping only the useful stuff like orientation/rotation tags. This means that no matter where your photo ends up, people can’t use the EXIF data to figure out where you were when you took it, or what kind of phone you have. Hurray!

GoToSocial also removes any EXIF data from images it retrieves from other instances. So even if another software implementation doesn’t remove this data, GoToSocial will!

GoToSocial has removed EXIF data since the very first alpha release, so this is not a new feature or anything, just something that’s received a bit more polish and attention lately :)

(With all that said though, luckily most other Fediverse servers also already remove EXIF data for their users, so this is by no means unique to GtS. Phew!)

Relevant PRs:

https://github.com/superseriousbusiness/gotosocial/pull/746

https://github.com/superseriousbusiness/gotosocial/pull/747

https://github.com/superseriousbusiness/gotosocial/pull/749

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If you're screening your follow requests, it's probably not a good idea to reject or block someone just because their profile picture is empty.

There are many blind people on the Fediverse who don't use profile pictures. For example, the writer Robert Kingett at @blindscribe doesn't use one.

The most reliable way to screen accounts on here is just to read what they have posted, as this better reflects what kind of account they are.

#Fediverse #FollowRequest #FollowRequests

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If you’re worried about your health data being misused by period-tracking apps, you can take steps to protect yourself.

Find out more on how to erase your data by following the link below.

privacyinternational.org/long-

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Steam Deck stuff, Bungee community manager being weird, birbsite screenshot 

Why are people assholes

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Happy #cakeday #OpenStreetMap folks!

9th August is celebrated by awesome communities around the world as the official anniversary [0] of OSM, that being the date the domain name was registered.

We're now 18 years old! #OpenStreetMap18

Congratulations, and thank you to all the folks who map it forward, for OpenStreetMap, and Free geodata.

Photo of a cake from #OSMBD #Bangladesh, the first community to celebrate #cakeday last week.

[0]: openstreetmap.org/wiki/Birthda

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Plumpy Uprising got a store page

"Plumpy Uprising is a roguelite tower defense game featuring unique elders, random upgrade choices and a constantly shifting map. The difficulty increases every time you beat the (...)"

store.steampowered.com/app/195

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I'm enjoying Mastodon so far, but there's one or other feature I really miss. So I cobbled a couple of userscripts together to add them!

Userscripts are client-side modifications can be used through browser extensions like Grease / Violentmonkey. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to alter the //@match if you're not at .art.

I'm going to throw everything related into this thread so it's easily mutable because I bet you didn't expect to see this kind of geeking coming from a random art profile! 🙃

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We just updated #Gitea to 1.17. As always, please report any bugs to our Community Issue Tracker. A blog post introducing the most important changes will likely follow soon.

And special thanks to @mray for designing a new landing page for us. Implementation took us a while, and there is still a lot on our backlog regarding UI renovation, but we're on it 😊

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People who are proudly using #TikTok and disregard all privacy issues as ‘that’s normal’ as really just people who don’t have the slightest clue about how software works.

Parents who give their child a phone or tablet with such apps are even worse.

It’s very sad to see how easily people give up all their data and privacy for some entertainment wow.

TikTok is toxic shit and I’m not talking about the community alone.

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