burbling about new back screen door
Hooray! The new security screen door I was waiting to have delivered arrived safely!
I've been using those mesh curtains that use big flat magnets to hold the gap closed when you aren't going in and out, but its not cat-proof, let alone human-proof.
I've been so glad the weather stayed cool here while waiting for this. Next up is to get it installed by a super-skilled and chilled out contractor we just started working with (through our landlord).
So that leaves as my last (I think) instance migration task, figuring out how to archive my ~450 toots from the old account.
After a few minutes searching, it looks to me like 'toot export' is all bundled up under 'account migration' in this high-priority issue on GitHub: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/177
Viewing the user's page https://mastodon.cloud/@metagrrrl only shows a small number of toots and if you click "Show more" it hides what you were looking at before to show the next chunk. So, no saving that page.
Well, that wasn't so bad. I've now manually searched for and refollowed (or follow-requested) for the new account the ~70 folks I was following from the old account.
I've pinned in the new account 4 of the 5 hashtags I had pinned in the old account (archaeology, dnd5e, criticalrole, criticalroleart) and decided not to pin mastoart as it's just too busy a hashtag, though it has its rewards.
And I've copied over my preferences (and added 'opting out of search engines').
When you move from one Mastodon instance to another, though almost all of the work is manual, there is one nice thing you can do in the old profile.
Go into Edit Profile, scroll all the way to the bottom where it says "Move to a different account", and click "configure it here". Put in the new address, e.g. @metagrrrl, and a nice message will appear at the top of your old profile referring everyone to your new home & hiding the old follow link. :)
I am making a gentle migration to @metagrrrl
Please follow me there and unfollow here as I will dual post until I close down this account.
The clear statements made by @Gargron as administrator of mastodon.social about why certain choices happen there are good. I may or may not agree with every single one but I am confident that administration of that instances is thoughtful, transparent, and not overwhelmed.
It's a big ol' instance and the flagship of Mastodon-the-software in many ways, so I recognize that it will probably always be home to more drama than a quiet backwater instance, but there seems to be good faith effort.
"Clean drinking water is freedom. Good public education is freedom. Universal healthcare is freedom. Fair wages are freedom. Policing by consent is freedom. Gun control is freedom. Fighting climate change is freedom. A non-punitive criminal justice system is freedom. Affirmative action is freedom. Decriminalizing poverty is freedom. Easy & secure voting is freedom. This is an idea of freedom I can get behind."
I too can get behind this.
Offering a more progressive definition of freedom https://kottke.org/18/08/offering-a-more-progressive-definition-of-freedom
Stephen Colbert connects Chance the Rapper & Childish Gambino to the Lord of the Rings https://kottke.org/18/08/stephen-colbert-connects-chance-the-rapper-childish-gambino-to-the-lord-of-the-rings
If someone does something really bad, it's important to call them out specifically on what they've done wrong.
The mods on your instance should help you. If the mods won't help, go public if you have to.
However, if you just generally attack someone, never say exactly what they did wrong, and encourage others to do the same non-specific attacks, that's bullying.
The world will not become a better place through bullying. It will just get nastier and more divided.
Please don't bully.
@brianahwa Transphobia is against our code of conduct. The trans community on Mastodon began in November 2016, not this week. A lot of trans admins and users that I have known for close to 2 years have been saying the things I summarized in my toot. We won't tolerate transphobia, but we don't want harassment campaigns here either.
I'm not happy with how the Wil Wheaton situation was resolved. An admin was overwhelmed with frivolous reports about him and felt forced to exile him. I've said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse. Mob rule is universally dangerous: Mods and admins must examine evidence and decide based on wrongdoing and danger, and not on how many times someone was reported.
a lot of people find web #accessibility a bit opaque and confusing, and as a result I've seen some well-meaning (but not always accurate) advice circulating. so to clear some things up (a thread)
FRIENDS: Be kind to yourself today.
Imagine if someone you love came to you with a struggle. Would you tell your loved one to get over it, that they are being an idiot, that they need to be stronger?
No. So don't tell yourself that.
Whatever you would tell someone you love in the same situation, tell yourself.
OK? OK. ❤️
Glorious chart of all the cognitive biases people have, there's a link near the top to a high rez image too. http://www.visualcapitalist.com/every-single-cognitive-bias/