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I've been on the fediverse since a _long_ time, previously mostly on social.umeahackerspace.se, seen a lot of things move, seen a lot of things cool down.

I am, in no particular order, a musician of various kinds, a programmer, an academic, a white cis guy, a hacker, a burned-out activist ( among other things), a teacher, a student, appreciative and occasionally a contributor of art, of thought, and of justice.

Currently in CH, previously in SE.

He/him.

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Letting people tell lies about the mods creates an atmosphere where people won't come forward to report abusers, and you'll be up to your knees in creeps and weirdos and wondering why nobody reported them - it's because lots of the people who created that atmosphere are those same abusers, and you let them tell lies because you didn't want to look like a heavy-handed authoritarian. You can't do that. You have to ban people who lie about the mods.

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Heartbreak Mode is also characterized by paranoia about moderator interactions, which is why it's seriously important to ban people who lie about the mods, permanently, without warning.

I know, I know, it looks authoritarian and tyranty and all those bad things, and it can be tempting to let people run around saying "So-and-so was banned because the mods don't like them!" when they were actually banned for being a pedo and just kinda trust that the truth will out, but it won't.

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A thing that constantly grows until there's nothing outside of it isn't a community, it's a cancer.

Anyway whether you're in Cosy Mode or Heartbreak Mode pretty much comes down to how well you've handled the phases beforehand, and I'll reiterate: REMOVE THE PEOPLE ON YOUR WEBSITE WHO DON'T WANT TO BE ON YOUR WEBSITE BUT CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. They will put you into Heartbreak Mode every damn time.

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Bucause if you DON'T ban them, then they find each other! They set up gross unhealthy little quicksand cliques of misery, and they try to suck others in too!

I don't have any of these players on Improbable Island right now, they've all migrated to a Discord server devoted to being unhealthily obsessed with the game that they don't like, but I was just reminded of this weird mestastisized social failure state by /r/watchredditdie, which is probably the most miserable place I've ever seen

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Some folks can come in, have fun for a month or so then stop having fun but keep coming back for YEARS. They're always negative enough that nobody likes them, and they'll complain about being so unliked on this awful website that used to be great for two weeks in 2009, and everyone wants them to leave and they hate it here but they JUST. WON'T. LEAVE.

Ban them! It sounds straightforward but it's really shockingly easy to roll your eyes and move on and not ban them, but you've gotta ban them!

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I've run a big text adventure for thirteen years (at one point briefly it was the biggest text adventure!) and if there's one thing I've about managing a big online community in that time that I'd choose to pass on as a warning to others, it's this: remove the people who don't like being there.

Some folks just don't like the place, or they liked it once and they don't anymore, and that's fine.

You'd think they'd just go somewhere else, and most do, but some don't, and those folks are AWFUL.

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1. New VC-backed startup enters the scene
2. People flock to it
3. They discover it’s a surveillance capitalist (and still have no clue what that is)
4. They’re shocked (because, see 3)
5. It’s too late, they’re too big and they’ve exited
6. Goto 1

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inc.com/jason-aten/clubhouse-i

#SurveillanceCapitalism

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Dear #Mastomind: Any guidelines on E-Ink / B&W/grayscale / low-refresh rate app design / UI/UX?

I've recently come into possession of an e-ink book reader, and am discovering the joys (seriously) and limitations (dittos) of e-ink displays and software designed for them.

I've just begun looking for any information concerning design guidance for e-ink devices, and am coming up very short. If you're aware of any such resources please respond to thread.

Boosts welcomed.

#eink #uiux #AppDesign #SoftwareDesign #Interfaces #BlackAndWhite #LowRefresh

uspol, cynical shit 

So has them dems done literally any of the tangible good stuff they promised yet, or are they just not doing that?

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@dredmorbius Yeah, maybe my example was bad. The points were:

- Induction stoves are perfectly good stoves and don't intrinsically cook bad food.
- As a restaurant, to give people food poisoning, you need to actively stop doing the obvious things - like cleaning, or cooking properly - which suggests either extreme lack of care, or a business decision (lower costs, faster customer turnover).
- Business decision like this is mostly independent of technology being involved. Same could be made for gas stove.

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minecraft is so funny because it's like "here's a literal hell dimension where the laws of space and time are broken" and the players go "oh, how practical!"

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#UX #Ethics
"Ethical Design Guide" because tech is always political so we need some resources on how to create ethical products that don't cause harm (by Sarah L. Fossheim @liatrisbian@twitter.com)
ethicaldesign.guide/

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🇬🇧 Late capitalism
🇫🇷 Capitalisme en retard

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resource question for a mutual aid effort... please boost and help however possible- translate, share, dm. thanks so much.

seeking any sort of supportive resource (virtual or community based) for a 16 year old girl in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today, and although there was a line out the door, people in line actively pushed older and wheelchair-bound people ahead, encouraging them to cut the line. If you think "HUMANS ARE INHERENTLY SELFISH" or some such tripe, consider this: your brain has been completely fucked by capitalism, a system that not only robs people materially, but impoverishes them even of the opportunities to show kindness to one another. Humans are very often inherently altruistic.

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