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    Avoid mastodon.social. It is an unfairly “moderated” place, even facebook or twitter is a more open platform for discussions. Attempts for discussion outside the bubble can land you deleted quickly. Also the content is very boring, except for a few people. Most tech people I could find couldn’t stay professional, but constantly pushed their political agenda, which was the main reason I abandoned twitter earlier.

    The fact that the main developer of mastodon, Gagron is pushing his political agenda in every way (into the defaults of matodon, and EULAs, CoCs) is also not helping.

    I returned to twitter, and only follow a select few people with tech-only content now. Considering a simple single-user self hosted alternative, as mastodon itself is a problem generating this bad attitude. Or maybe social media itself is a dead-end?

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      It’s worth noting that Gargon’s “political agenda” is that white nationalists and neo-nazis aren’t tolerated. If you still think that’s too much agenda pushing, that’s fine, but it at least has to be said.

      It’s easy to get pulled into the “censorship of political opinions is unconditionally wrong” mindset, but the world is often more nuanced; there’s a difference between censoring political opinions which you subjectively disagree with and censoring political opinions which are objectively and explicitly harmful. Again, you may think both forms of censorship are bad, and that’s okay, but we should at least acknowledge the difference.

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        The problem is that these categories are self-defined by him, not by courts and laws.

        Now they label you a white supremacist for commenting on a vote where the two options are “I donate money to the antifa” / I’m a fascists”, and expressing that the world is a bit more nuanced, then you find your account deleted without any justification, or warning…

        A few years later maybe you will be an enemy of their perceived freedom if you own az ICE car. It is not their job to do this, especially in the name of the free internet. They are the enemies of the free internet, from a different direction than the megacorps.

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          That is how the fediverse is supposed to be. Whoever owns the instance gets to set the rules I.E.: if I ever made an instance, I would probably not want NSFW content there. If you don’t like my rules, move to any other instance and still follow me and the other people on any other instance.

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            Yes, and that is why I say that instance is not a good place. Their advertised rules are not honored by the management.

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        There are lots of good reasons to avoid the flagship mastodon.social instance, but this isn’t one of them.

        Having a flagship instance of a distributed social network server is self-defeating; the point of a distributed system is that no one node is special compared to any other. You’ll have a much better time if you find an instance that’s smaller and matches your own interests.

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          Your points are also valid, yet I think bad moderation is also a valid reason to avoid it. Similarly bad moderation exists on Hacker News, for example, but AFAIK on that site there is a way to appeal against the decisions, and you are warned first, yet no modlog exists.

          Here on Lobsters there is a public moderation log, which is a must have in my opinion for a site where moderation is necessary. Transparency is important, and mastodon.social totally lacks it.

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        Mine is @connor@toot.cafe. My stuff is mostly about privacy, linux, yro etc.

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          with 3.0 comes the ability to bring your followers with you like magic! Point the old account to the new one, and the new one to the old one, using the new interface, and your followers will be transferred over!

          If I understand correctly, though, your posts are not moved over, which is a huge bummer.

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            Well, at least your followers come with you. When I instancehop, I feel like I have to start at the bottom because only some follow me again.

            You can also just say something like formerly @connor@... in the description and people will see your older posts.

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              Sadly, this only works if your followers are also on Mastodon 3.0 servers. So if you actually use this now, don’t expect a lot of followers to follow along…

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                It’s been possible to dump and reload your posts for a while now IIRC. It’d be nice to have it automatic, but I’d much rather have this (a feature for which there is no alternative) than wait around for it to be perfect.

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                It’s interesting that podcasts as a medium have been able to somewhat eschew this shitty new paradigm. I wonder why that is.

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                  The article talks about this.

                  Madrigal suggested that the newest successful media bundle is the podcast. Perhaps that’s why podcasts have surged in popularity and why you find such a refreshing mixture of breadth and depth in that form: Individual episodes don’t matter; what matters is getting subscribers. You can occasionally whiff, or do something weird, and still be successful.

                  Imagine if podcasts were Twitterized in the sense that people cut up and reacted to individual segments, say a few minutes long. The content marketplace might shift away from the bundle—shows that you subscribe to—and toward individual fragments. The incentives would evolve toward producing fragments that get Likes. If that model came to dominate, such that the default was no longer to subscribe to any podcast in particular, it seems obvious that long-running shows devoted to niches would starve.

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                    Yes, I was referring to that bit in the article. To clarify, I meant that I wonder why podcasts have been able to mostly avoid being “Twitterized”.

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                      Seems like technical limitations make it difficult to share segments in isolation; it’s difficult and awkward to share a URL to a specific point of time in a recording.

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                        Podcasts have a different target market. Tweets / IG posts / outrage clickbait are targeted at “interstitial moments” - breaks, waiting for the bus, standing in the checkout line. Podcasts appeal to captive audiences - commuters, exercisers, people with jobs where they’re stuck in one place but have to use their hands to manipulate machinery.

                        I think you’re painting podcast quality in too bright a light though. There’s some very good, well researched and produced content, but most of it is “talk radio” - engaging personalities who riff off each other, snark, and appealing to a shared ideal or prejudice.

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                      Partly it could be is that RSS (what podcasts are made on) doesn’t have a standard for comments or likes.

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                      This weekend I will go out to my private campsite to lock everything up.

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                        Now I am reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.