Gargron/Fediverse hot take (397 words, one swear) Show more
There's a bit from the Folding Ideas video on sketchy YouTube clone Vidme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3snVCRo_bI - that current events on Mastodon make me think of:
"YouTube is very successful - monolithic even. If you simply try to recreate YouTube, who are your users going to be? Well, generally speaking, it's going to be a lot of users with small to tiny channels and it's going to be the people that were too toxic for YouTube.
"That second one is a far bigger deal than I think most people in the position of platform development really appreciate. If you compete with a monolith, the first people to jump on board will the people who were tossed off the other ship - and most of them were tossed off for a reason."
Mastodon did one thing very right early on: it included and employed the right tools to block Nazis and other horrible people. The core userbase did not become the most toxic parts of Twitter.
The core userbase became the people most angry at and cynical about Twitter. The people Twitter spends so much energy attacking, marginalizing, and gaslighting. The people who hate Twitter's commercialism, data harvesting, and manipulation of UI to drive 'engagement' to the user's harm. The people Twitter stresses out, panics, and harms in the name of keeping the viral posts blowing up.
Mastodon's core userbase, in other words, wants Mastodon to not be Twitter and to never become Twitter. And Mastodon's core userbase has already been burned by a platform chewing them up. (Not even necessarily Twitter. /Most/ platforms have shared large parts of Twitter's flaws.) And Mastodon's core userbase are the morally decent but politically marginalized.
Mastodon is punk. And Gargron is standing around in a suit bewildered that it gets him no respect, and distressed that people in ripped thrift store mishmash telling him he's full of shit get more respect than he does.
In my opinion? He can wear his damn suit all he likes, but he needs to understand that it's worthless here. He needs to understand that the people who made his social media experiment /work/ don't believe in suits, and don't believe in hierarchies. And if he refuses to get that, it's not going to be /his/ social media experiment any more.
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Holy shit, Facebook is paying teenagers to install a root certificate on their phones so they can snoop on all of their internet traffic
Not a joke, this is actually a thing which is happening right now
Hey everyone! A while ago I complained about filtered posts still showing up as just the word "filtered", rather than being completely hidden. On my end, I've been using an adblocker to get rid of them entirely.
It occured to me today that the same thing can be done with custom CSS, and with a little bit of testing I now have that working. This is significant because, as admin, I can easily deploy custom CSS here.
Is that something people would want? Or would you rather know that a post has been filtered?