Forged in a fusion reaction in the heart of a star, a photon streaks out through the cold depths of space. Millions upon millions of miles, its time-dilated view, a frozen universe. It streaks through the atmosphere of a small world, avoiding absorption by a ridiculous number of air molecules, to end its journey hitting my optic nerve, walking me up, as the cat pushes the curtains open. Ouch.
@JoannaKarolinaMalinowska Content warnings aren't about "things which must be hidden" so much as they're about "I'm talking about this topic, so you can engage or not as you choose". If you make a mistake, someone will let you know, and they're generally gentle about it.
Politics, anything that might be NSFW, religion, mental health - all good things to CW and generally considered fairly obvious. Everything else is a little more hit or miss and will depend on the people around you.
US pol - Florida - student can't say "gay" so talks about his curly hair
CNN: A Florida class president couldn't discuss being gay in high school graduation speech -- so he talked about his curly hair.
Probably not a lot of people know this now, but Mastodon's web app started out with "Publish". In 2016 a famous YouTuber jokingly offered to support Mastodon's Patreon forever if I changed the button to say "Toot" instead. Needless to say, this was a really early, and not very informed decision. The first glimpse of attention and financial support. As a non-native speaker I had no idea there was another meaning.
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
One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.
I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.
So, where are my spec fic writers at???
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