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Cake day: Feb 28, 2021

Question about personal word filters.

Hi, so I swear I’ve seen discussions about personal word filters on here, and I thought Dess and Nutomic confirmed that this was in the works. But I can’t find the post (I could just be losing my mind, lol). This is unrelated to the slur filter. …

I don’t know why everyone’s downvoting this. I’ve shown this to Marxists before and they thought it was hilarious.

Not super necessary, imo. But custom emojis would be nice and they seem to draw more people to a platform.

It’s not really better or worse than using currency, it just exists.

Barter only requires trust at the point of contact that the trade will be fair, so it’s technically available to anyone, but has geographic limitations since physical items are used.

I mean, that’s kind of the point? You’re trying to take an anthropological concept about unselfish resource sharing in small tribal villages where everyone grew up together, and apply it to disparate people habituated to a capitalist economy where many of the norms that uphold a gift economy are very dead. In order to make it work you have to recreate the conditions that give rise to gift economies.

Now, if you want to use barter you can increase the reach of the system to people you don’t know directly. And it would be much less dependent on mutual trust.

(I am all for something like eugenics)


🎶 One of these things is not like the others. 🎶

If you’re trying to make a gift economy you no longer have a gift economy. Keeping tabs on exchanges is how you end up with debt and credit etc. Gift economies are a completely natural phenomenon and will appear without effort if you change the mindsets of the participants.

In order for it to work you simply need to remove expectations of repayment and root out individualistic hoarding. A high level of trust is integral. Formal contracts and currency are, by contrast, trustless systems. If you have a decent level of trust with some prosocial people a gift economy will appear out of the aether.

Maybe you have some books you want your friend to have so that you can talk about them together. Maybe share a meal to spend time with them. Maybe you’re out of gas sometime and need their help getting a couple gallons. That’s how things used to work before chain stores took over everything.

The scars of imperialism are more than just the ones we carry on our bodies. In dehumanizing the oppressed, the oppressors also dehumanize themselves.

So does this mean it’s possible to access any account that you know the password of if the wildcards are used for the username?

Still thinking about Truth Social being an illegal mastodon reskin

Mastodon updates their blocklists with recommendations on the #fediblock hashtag. Good admins should be following it.

That is, to me it reads like “federating is bad because it pushes queer people and minorities away from Mastodon” even though that’s the opposite of what you mean.

Federating with people who are ideologically opposed to your existence creates a horrific social atmosphere. It makes sense if held in the context of conservative violence against minorities. Federating in itself is an amazing technology that mimics actual real life community structures and I think it is capable of creating far healthier communities than mainstream walled gardens focused on engagement stats.

I think one bad effect is that there are some confused people in the middle, who don’t moderate, who will let their communities get poisoned, and I guess I just wish the effort didn’t have to be on each individual mod, because there will be a lot of gaps that let trolls get through.

I think it’s good that it’s necessary. Reddit runs on teams of sociopathic mods. Masto mods are much more chill and actually understand their own communities because everyone in it matters to them. If you can’t put in the work you shouldn’t be responsible for the well being of others and deserve to be defederated.

Appreciate you, Dess.

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