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    I can totally understand. I have contemplated adding indieweb support to my site, but the whole stuff was

    • under-specified
    • overly complicated
    • also had an unwanted political message about the whole thing, in a political discussion i don’t want to have any connection to my blog, and the folks on the main indieweb site didn’t seem to be a nice bunch of people to work with (they seemed more concerned about political side of things than with technology).
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      Do you have evidence of the above?

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        I guess you ask for the third bullet point: https://indieweb.org/code-of-conduct

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          Ah, that’s the kind of behavior you’d expect from anyone. Children and adults alike. Apologizing when fault was done.

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            Very funny, insightful. Also: your attitude to differing opinions, is the very reason I want to stay away of that bunch. Once you get in contact with them they start the bullying if you dare voice a different opinion. I have different opinion on many items in that CoC, and in most CoCs in general.

            Please leave me alone.

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      My site’s at https://jacky.wtf - definitely curious.

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        Linux/Desktop (1920x1080, 16:9)/Chromium with uBlock

        When I first open the site, I find it a bit hard to orient myself. Parts of the site fill the entire screen (“I stand in solidarity with …”), others are centerd (the header, the second and third paragraph), while the bottom is right-aligned. And the footer is a bit hard to identify. The varying font-sizes is hard to follow.

        Also, at least on my screen, the picture of you (I assume) is cut in the middle, but that’s unavoidable.

        The Blog and Posts pages are easer to grasp, but appear a bit too narrow on my screen. Maybe just using 1/4-1/5 of the horizontal screen space.

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          I dislike political stuff so I closed the tab right after the font loaded, which took about five seconds (4g, Netherlands).

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            Since you brought it up, this seems appropriate.

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              In the context of user-generated online content like comments sections, forums, or social media, “politics” is a euphemism for unproductive arguments about controversial subjects. In communities dedicated to a specific topic or purpose, political discussion tends to distract, disrupt, and divide the community. Which is why any healthy online community typically has rules against off-topic content.

              I completely understand the desire to get one’s own beliefs across to a larger audience but no one has ever been swayed by a flame war, which is what 99% of all political discussions devolve into. Politics are usually a waste of everyone’s time–the participants, the readers, and the community moderators.

              I would posit that those who seem to be the most passionate about their chosen political cause online are being the least effective at making whatever change they wish to see in society. Whatever time you spend proselytizing your beliefs online is time not being spent taking real-world action. (And no, “spreading awareness” is not taking real-world action. And neither does retweeting, while we’re at it.) This may include volunteering for (or starting) a non-profit, donating your money to organizations supporting your cause, writing a book with good science and well-reasoned points, or speaking directly with political leaders who have the power to change whatever it is you want to change.

              It is fine to have strong personal beliefs. But habitually arguing against others is very bad for mental health in a variety of ways. The more time you spend espousing and defending your personal views, the less receptive you become to any potential evidence that your beliefs may not have as much merit as you thought. You become less in tune to the subtleties of reality–nearly all social problems are shades of gray, we only see them in black and white because it feels cleaner that way, even though it creates a useless mental model of the world. Even worse, you start to categorize others around you as either with you or against you and your relationships with friends and family who may (or even may not) agree with your beliefs will suffer. Ask me how I know.

              Source: I have been a member of varied and numerous Internet communities since 1996.

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                Nah.

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                  That’s his site, it’s not like he’s got it as a kind of forum signature below each of his posts here. You’re completely overblowing the “aggressiveness” (for lack of a better word) with which Jacky presents his opinions, and at the same time incite a flamewar yourself with your “there’s always two sides to the story” like seeing everything in one color (gray) is any saner of a mental model than seeing it in two colors (black/white). And if you feel like correcting my words from “gray” to “shades of gray” reconsider whether it really does make any difference at all for the things you do, and also if you’re perhaps a bit too proud of your analysis paralysis. Not that I’d disagree that arguing on the internet is a waste of time, but you and me end up doing it anyway regardless of our ideological differences, and your argument goes way beyond that too.

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                  I can think of plenty of valid reasons besides this to avoid politics, from it being a trigger to just unpleasant for other reasons, and assuming this of the commenter is just uncharitable.

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                    just unpleasant

                    That’s pretty much the same reason as called out by the tweet, it’s “just” unpleasant and not something that affects your life.

                    assuming this of the commenter is just uncharitable

                    It’s fine to not get involved in things (because it eats away at your attention span or distracts you from the good you could actually do over doomscrolling, something about mental/personal health, or a million other reasons) but what I usually found missing in people who invoke this “I don’t try to get involved” phrase is earnest reflection over the why (Is it protection or just laziness?) and the consequences of them not getting involved (what if the majority of people try to stay away from politics?)

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                      The first blog-post of the person is “I enforced the AGPL on my code, here’s how it went”. So it’s more of a “I don’t care about your politics, but F/OSS politics is completely fine!”. I think it’s a completely charitable interpretation of the comment.

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                  I like the simplicity of the design.

                  I like the call to action items at the bottom.

                  In mobile Firefox Android there is a left/right scroll which seems unintentional.

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                    I like yours a lot. I think on mobile the blog posts page looks a little bit funny because of relative font sizing though.

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                      Yeah, I definitely need to fix that - thank you!

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                      I think your main page would benefit from some margins around the center. Activism seems to be a main theme (which is fine, but probably not what tech enthusiasts and prospective employers are interested in – it might be a problem for some but you probably realized this and decided that if it is a problem you probably don’t want them on your site anyway). The ‘posts’ link doesn’t work for me, it links to https://v2.jacky.wtf/stream. High contrast is a bit much.

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                        I’m curious, do you usually/often/at all have browsers open in fullscreen?

                        I often have and while lobste.rs has too much whitespace on the sides on this 27”, it’s fine. But when I open your website, it’s very much flowing across the whole screen - and when the fold goes from black to white background.. that’s a little stark. When I 50/50 split (which I often do, it’s completely fine)

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                          I actually never put any Web browser window explicitly in fullscreen (a productivity hack for me). I can def make that color change!

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                            I feel it depends a little on which machine I am on, interestingly - but I often have JIRA open in fullscreen and I happened to stumble upon this thread in my lunch break, so the browser was in work mode.

                            I don’t think it’s a huge thing because most people probably don’t run a website fullscreen on 2560x - but I sometimes do…

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                          It’s a bit weird on mobile. Generally looks pretty nice though.

                          Bit of a style clash between the top half of the page and the bottom half though.

                          P.S. I just gotta say I appreciate the banner at the top. But it seemed a little odd it required me to enable JS for it to show up.

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                            Yeah, I have to switch it up for mobile.

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                            The blue on black links at the top (“Streaming Schedule – Blog – Posts – Library”) are rather hard to read for me; actually I missed them first time ‘round. Personally I’d make them a different colour and/or larger.

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                              I have useless horizontal screen on safari/iOS 13.

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                                s/screen/scroll

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                                Scroll is a bit broken on iOS/Safari but a lot of websites are also affected by this minor issue. Users can deal with it.

                                (In fact the issue comes from the PGP key in the footer: it doesn’t break on narrow displays)

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                                  I swear I saw your site posted somewhere else within the last week.

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                                    That’s wild, lol.

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                                    Too many style shifts?

                                    I opened your link and saw really big font. Then I clicked on “blog” which led to small font and grey background. Then pressed on one of the titles and saw a “medium” style article.

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                                      I think that it might be more helpful if you explain to visitors who you are first and the things you support second. It will help support your political views and endorsements that way round better too I think.

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                                      My site is at https://bernsteinbear.com. I get very polarized responses :)

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                                        I think your site’s chill and classic!

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                                          Thanks ^_^

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                                          I love this! Its theme is very similar to the Oil shell site. Super clean.

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                                            There’s a little comment in the CSS that says that the navbar was heavily “inspired” by oilshell :)

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                                            Linux/Desktop (1920x1080, 16:9)/Chromium with uBlock

                                            I really like this one. After reading a few of the “Compiling a Lisp” articles, I also copied a few design cues to my personal site. I’m sorry I cannot say more, it’s just easy to read and easy to navigate. If I had to try to say something it would be that the entire site is a bit too narrow, and that it might be better to use more semantic HTML5 tags instead of custom div classes?

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                                              Is your current website the one everyone is complaining about? I think it’s great.

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                                                Everybody is exaggerated, it was just one comment that caught my attention. But other than that, I don’t think it’s to surprising considering it’s inspiration ^^.

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                                                Hm, interesting. Do you have any reading on this that you recommend? My HTML knowledge is at least 10, if not more, years out of date.

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                                                  I’m not expert either, I just check if I can use a semantic tag, when applicable. AFAIK the main advantage is that web readers /scrapers can properly parse what’s the site and what’s is just the header/footer (if you enable lobste.rs “article preview” feature, you’ll notice the difference).

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                                                    Oh, neat – thank you. I have some open graph data and some other metadata, but this might help.

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                                                Your site has no bells or whistles. It is a site. It has text. The text is the main focus. There is no fluff. It loads instantly. It is glorious.

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                                                  Glad you like it :)

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                                                  I like the nav bar, the contrast, and the no-frills aesthetic, and the style choice of serif font works.

                                                  Despite broadly agreeing with high-contrast text, I think the background could be a touch lighter (maybe just going from lobste.rs to your site is hard, especially since I’m in a light environment right now).

                                                  Mostly, though, some breathing room would really help, especially with the bullet points; the line spacing between one single-line bullet point to the next is identical to the line-spacing between lines in a single multi-line bullet point. Everything just blurs together and only a small dot on the side helps me distinguish between bullets.

                                                  Increasing the font size could also be a big help for people with impaired vision.

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                                                    I added some list item spacing. Thanks for the tip off.

                                                    I also reduced the text contrast a little bit with some not-quite-black and not-quite-white.

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                                                      Nice one. The bullet points are a lot easier to read now.

                                                      The lightening of the background does help, too, but I’m also in a dark environment now (albeit with the same bright screen).

                                                      I wasn’t even saying about darkening the text, but the muting there does help as well. I think overall you’ve struck a good balance between high contrast (light clashing with dark) and low contrast (words blending into the background).

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                                                    I love it! Looks great on both my desktop and phone, and it isn’t weighed down by big images or fonts.

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                                                      Oh, that is good to hear. I do not regularly check up on how it looks on a phone, despite half my visitors using phones.

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                                                      For me it’s missing only one thing, which is to support dark mode via a CSS media query. I’d love to see just how brief a dark mode implementation can be, and your site is the perfect test subject.

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                                                        I brought back dark mode, new and improved. Can you let me know what you think?

                                                        Re: brevity: the longest part is the syntax highlighting.

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                                                          Functionally it looks nice and readable, and should be pleasant in a dark room. Warm fireplace colors were a good choice for syntax.

                                                          You could stop there; it’s a nice upgrade! If you want more critique:

                                                          If any of the colors are off, it’s the links in dark mode. In light mode visited links stand out a little less than unvisited, which is desirable. In dark mode, the unvisited links are diminished against black and the visited stand out. I might try brightening the blue and dimming the purple a bit.

                                                          Finally, check the link colors on the same dark screen as the syntax colors. The syntax colors give a cozy character to the site, but the link colors establish a different kind of environment, such that when you first reach a syntax block, the warmth is a surprise. I think the link colors would need more saturation to fit in.

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                                                            Thanks for the in depth reply! When I next find the energy to CSS I’ll take a look.

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                                                          Someone made one but there was something slightly wrong about pre tags in headers that weren’t legible (?), so I reverted it. It was pretty simple so if you’re interested you’re welcome to revive that patch.

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                                                          Academic style - I like it. Loads in 106ms from Frankfurt which is pretty nice :)

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                                                            Grüße aus den Staaten!

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                                                              I don’t really live in Germany (or understand german for that matter), but when I run https://tools.pingdom.com/ , I use Frankfurt since it has the best ping to Norway :)

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                                                                Oh, lol. That’s “greetings from the US”

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                                                                  Greetings from Norway :D Or rather; Beste hilsener fra Norge :)

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                                                            Nothing wrong with your site. It is a perfect example of what the web was originally created for: Sharing information.

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                                                              I really like it. Text-heavy instead of the modern white peace overload with big images that everything leans towards now.

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                                                                Kinda like your website, eh? And you are a cyclist too! :D

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                                                                Clean, elegant styling, simple design, focus on the content (text). Clear links to different parts and an rss feed. Couldn’t make me happier.

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                                                                  Glad you enjoy!

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                                                                  The way you separated the series on the /blog is something I want to steal.

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                                                                    Oh man the implementation is such a hack. If you use Jekyll, please don’t look! :P

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                                                                      I am in Python land, so I could not get it even if I looked. :)

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                                                                        What do you use to generate your blog? I am considering moving off Jekyll.

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                                                                          I use Lektor. It is based on python, so slower to generate the pages locally, but my reasons are listed in this post - why I chose Lektor. See the Why Lektor section.

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                                                                      The bulleted list under “I like making things” is a little crowded, but otherwise, I love it!

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                                                                        And to think I just removed some things :P Do you mean the length? Or the density of links? Or…?

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                                                                          I should have mentioned that I’m on mobile. The density of the links is part of it. I think inserting an empty line between list entries would make a world of difference. You could take it further by increasing font size and line spacing. The bullets also make it look like the text is being physically squished into the right side of the screen so it may help to replace them with faux bullets (e.g. asterisks)?

                                                                          I don’t know, this feels like such a small point, and it’s all about highly personal preferences. Your site is great!

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                                                                        I really like this one; it’s clean and simple, and it works great with me.

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                                                                          Glad you like it!

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                                                                        I agree with the post that there is a hard problem at the heart of Webmentions, as much as I like the idea. I do include them on my site via webmentions.io, and do render them statically, but only fetch the data every time my (static) site is rebuilt. There’s also a lot to handle in terms of rendering and tweaking to make it compatible with various services, and my implementation is far from perfect. Given how much it increases build times, I’m thinking of removing webmention support for now :(

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                                                                          This bit around compiling and rendering sounds specific to the problems with using static sites. If it’s done completely remotely, to the level that something like Disqus or Commento could handle it, it’d just handle a fraction of what Webmentions are capable of. This, of course, requires time and effort to build. And since there isn’t a huge VC company backing such a notion, we won’t see it anytime soon.

                                                                          (originally posted at https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/cc7c38d9-4688-4384-806c-8c1bd3cb0a3c)

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                                                                            Yeah, absolutely agree, the issue I’m describing is probably more related to static sites than webmentions themselves. Point well taken,

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                                                                          Tbh I’m in favor of this.

                                                                          – Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

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                                                                            Wow. This headline doesn’t really cover the entirety of what’s going on. In short, Canonical is slowly bending towards the whim of properitary vendors in order to get them some sense of ‘safety’ when bringing their content to Linux users while also making it nigh impossible for downstream users to trust anything that’s put out. And, of course, actual federation becomes a farce.

                                                                            Canonical is trying to force desktop Ubuntu into Windows 10 with this Microsoft Store-itization of snap. Wow, wow, wow.

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                                                                              Going to do a few things:

                                                                              • Continuing working on my upcoming Webmention service
                                                                              • Begin learning more about Custom Elements
                                                                              • Rebuild my personal server and move its data over to a newer machine.
                                                                              • Rebuild my home server to not run spyware Windows anymore!
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                                                                                I’ve recently been laid off so I’m going to rework my resume and do some cold applications. Outside of that, I’m going to rework my streaming schedule so I can live code more and begin looking into some of my side projects and see if I can polish them up a bit more.

                                                                                Twitch: https://twitch.tv/jackyalcine if you’d like to follow along.

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                                                                                  Sorry to hear about that and I hope you get a great, next job.

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                                                                                  I’ve leaned on KDE Neon. It’s been fast and I get updates like hours, if not a day after the source code is cut - which is amazing to me. Outside of that, the use of PackageKit to handle packages makes it easy to use both Flatpak and Debian stuff without having to run multiple commands (and Discover’s getting better - needs a lot of work though).

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                                                                                    As an advocate of open/free socials myself, I know what you mean. That said, it’s not an aversion to open source as such, but rather change itself. A few reasons why I still use Twitter/Instagram despite having Mastodon/Pixelfed:

                                                                                    • Content. People generating good content aren’t on Mastodon.
                                                                                    • Friends. The fundamental unit in any social platform, really. It’s easier to stick to Instagram than move the 300 odd people you’re following over to Pixelfed.

                                                                                    Honestly, I’m losing interest social media altogether. I feel it’s too contrived at this point. There are better alternatives for sourcing news, better ways to socialize.

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                                                                                      Would you agree that by staying on Twitter and Instagram you’re encouraging others to do the same? I wonder what the tipping point will be, if any, that finally stops the major social media giants?

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                                                                                        I strongly think so.

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                                                                                      Lots of my configuration is over at https://git.jacky.wtf/me/vimrc. I keep it up to date as I work on a lot of projects of different language backgrounds across different machines.

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                                                                                        This is some next-level factoring of config.

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                                                                                        I’m a bit unsurprised that the base post was so popular here but my post regarding action for people who are conventionally never a part of these conversations and actions for said people to take was downvoted into oblivion. What makes this place different from Hacker News?

                                                                                        The color of the logo. https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/intersection-poc-floss / https://lobste.rs/s/z4hwuw

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                                                                                          As the kids say, “this ain’t it, chief”

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                                                                                            I really wish Firefox would pull a Google and maintain YUM and APT repositories for the current version of Firefox. Various Linux distributions (e.g. Debian and RHEL) only ship Firefox ESR. If you want to run newer versions of Firefox, you have to download a tarball and untar it and plop it somewhere and write your own .desktop files and what-have-you. Not impossible, but not nearly as nice as Chrome, which just hooks into your distro’s package manager on the more common distros.

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                                                                                              Be careful; you might have people propose Flatpak or AppImage builds of Firefox.

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                                                                                                Flatpaks exist, and work wonderfully

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                                                                                                  Snaps!

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                                                                                                The reasons for this are many but it’s largely because OSS as it stands does not make it easy for people without the immense privilege to write, distribute and maintain code to sustain themselves.

                                                                                                Huh what? I’d love to know how you came to this conclusion, but this is purely political and has no place here. That said, I’m in complete disagreement with the rest of your post as well.

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                                                                                                  I can’t name more than 10 projects off the top of my head that are led by people of color who are able to sustain themselves off it. This is because of the nature of an industry (and a landscape) that prefers to not address it.

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                                                                                                    I’m not sure I can name 10 projects people sustain themselves off of, period.

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                                                                                                      I’m curious as to how a person’s color/gender/sexuality even comes into the equation. I’m Indian (the nationality), and never have I ever faced any trouble, but I don’t know if I qualify as a PoC. I mean, ultimately aren’t you just a username?

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                                                                                                    But as they stand, they force a lifestyle and behavior that people of color (myself included, tbh) can find extremely difficult to uphold and be ostracized for attempting to do so.

                                                                                                    How does the FSF force a lifestyle on anyone?

                                                                                                    Also, the Parity Public License appears unenforceable:

                                                                                                    If you combine this software with other software, contribute that other software.

                                                                                                    If I use PPL’d software with software I have no rights to, I cannot obey this clause.

                                                                                                    Also, as a more practical matter, this clause kills it entirely:

                                                                                                    Contribute changes and additions you make to this software.

                                                                                                    No organization is going to use software which attempts to force them to contribute the purely private changes they make for internal use. Aside from the privacy implications, this is utterly impractical if, for example, they got the software from an archive site and there’s no current contact information for the software’s owner. Conversely, this doesn’t respect the owner’s right to disappear from the Internet, as they have to be accessible enough to accept such changes back from people who use their software, possibly for decades to come.

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                                                                                                      You’d have to look more closely - you can pair this license with other ones that work in a corporate / capitalist landscape. https://licensezero.com/licenses

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                                                                                                      What if apps like this are the killer app for ipfs?

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                                                                                                        IPFS, Dat, BitTorrent Sync, any thing should and could help here.

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                                                                                                        Outside of client work, I’ll be focusing on:

                                                                                                        • ActivityDesk, a Rust/Qt client for the social Web. Think of KDE’s Choqok or Pidgin.
                                                                                                        • Limye, a Webmention storage service. A bit of a long-term storage service but also a place where I can expermint with things like Websockets and GraphQL for querying for my Webmentions.
                                                                                                        • Lwa, a personal take on a (social reader)[https://indieweb.org/reader]. It’ll have a bit of inspiration from Tumblr, a service that I think had the best take on social reading and interactions on the Web.

                                                                                                        I’m also trying to gain partnership on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/jackyalcine, it’d help out a lot if y’all followed me and watched me work on some Rust code live!