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Yeah, I agree. Believe me, I really searched for one without highlighting but to no avail.

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I know this is 10 years old, but it’s the best source I could find. It seems as though it is unclear whether this was intentional: cosmosmagazine.com/…/naughty-numbers-in-the-news/…

It is still not clear whether the classic, “‘We hate math,’ say 4 in 10 – a majority of Americans”, was a clever joke or stupidity.

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Google doing energy now as well? Damn, they’re really trying to take over the world aren’t they?

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@AntennaPod has everything you might need, is open source and is on Fedi at that!

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You can add podcasts in a lot of ways. Here’s the add podcast menu:

Screenshot_20231209_175300_AntennaPod

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I have no idea what you’re on about. The fact that all of them did it means nobody did it out of specific stupidity, and that it was just very difficult to see it coming.

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Why should anyone be blamed for something over which they have no control?

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Justice is only one (overly simplistic) way of organising humans. It exists to discourage behaviour that harms others, but in my opinion it is way better to encourage people to do things for the better instead. Humans are cooperative creatures and a social order based entirely on tension is extremely unproductive.

And don’t get me wrong, a lot of things in society deserve to be criticised and discouraged. But dealing in absolutes and assigning blame to an entire group of people is almost always overly simplistic and won’t get you anywhere.

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All these people are under the whims of the shitheads; these sites are intentionally manipulative, so realistically most don’t have a choice. The billionaires, however, do.

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But you’re not in control of the knowledge of the consequences of that.

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Well most suicide attempts fail…

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Friendica, Mobilizon and Hubzilla can all be compared to Facebook. I have an accound on Friendica and I like how well it supports federation with all Fediverse platforms, from Mastodon to Lemmy.

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Hey, you’re on the Fediverse. You’ll rarely see anyone promote anything that isn’t decentralised, even less that is not FOSS.

How did Lemmy World become the default instance?

World was already the biggest by far when I first started lurking back in July, and it’s just getting more dominant. Before, there was quite some diversity in the distribution of generic communities, but nowadays the vast majority of posts that reach the top are from over there....

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Yeah, I guess people have a reflex to always go wherever is the biggest (which doesn’t really make sense in the Fediverse).

Mastodon is different, though. Mastodon.social is the default instance and is heavily suggested by the company, while join-lemmy.org lists instances randomly by default. There must be something that inclined users to join it, considering that it gained enough momentum to make up more than half of Lemmy users (not counting alien.top).

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From beehaw.org/post/567170 (regarding reasons for defederation from lemmy.world and sh.itjust.works)

the disproportionate number of moderator actions we take against users of these two instances, and the general amount of time we have to dedicate to bad actors on those two instances;

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I dunno though. Most trolls and bad actors that I have seen around here have indeed been from sh.itjust.works and Lemmy World.

Edit: Ah, that explains it. Beehaw is such a chill place, I could never imagine them doing such things.

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Reddit mirror, see lemm.ee/post/16850498

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You can see global active users and local subscribers, which is enough for me, since people on my instace are more likely to have the same interests. If I need global stats, though, there is browse.feddit.de

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Together, they make up a bit more less than 50% of active users, yet basically all far-right trolls are from there. You could say it is more difficult to moderate big instances, but if you have more users to moderate, you should also increase moderating capacity or close registrations.

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I guess that is what people coming from corporate social media believe, but federation means that anyone, regardless the size of the instance, can interact with anything. When I switched from lemm.ee to Mander, which is a lot smaller, my user experience barely changed aside from that I can now browse science communities with ‘local’.

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We do not make up for 50% of the active users.

I remember it used to be higher, now it is approx. 41%. Only strengthens my point, though.

Alsof we have plenty of moderators and admins, reports get handled pretty fast.

I see different things. There are quite some trolls and abusive accounts that don’t seem to get removed.

And we will never close registrations.

I’m just saying the moderation has to improve in some way.

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I was thinking Watershark with the Elementanimal theme, but that works too!

Edit: Or, I mean, the obvious, Blueshark

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Fediverse.party is probably your best bet. Unless you have some specific question, then you’re free to ask this community or the bigger one over at !fediverse.

The main difference between Lemmy and kbin, if that’s what you’re wondering, is that kbin also has support for microblogging, which allows it to connect to the rest of the Fediverse.

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“Rafael” is also a preferred name. So we better just start referring to the piece of shit descriptively.

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He wanted to hold a TED talk so badly but was too incompetent, so he decided on holding Ted talks instead

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Mastodon has the responsibility to promote diversity in the Fediverse

I love the Threadiverse. Compared to the microblogging Fediverse’s sea of random thoughts, Lemmy and kbin are so much easier to navigate with the options to sort posts by subscribed, from local instances or everything federated. You can also sort by individual community, and then there are the countless ways to order the posts and comments (which are stored neatly under the main post, by the way). That people can more easily find the right discussions and see where they can contribute also means that the discussions tend to be more focused and productive than elsewhere. Decentralisation also makes a lot of sense, since it is built around different communities. All that’s needed is users.

Things were going quite well for a while when Reddit killed third-party apps, prompting many to leave and find the Threadiverse. However, it is quite difficult to entertain a crowd that has grown accustomed to a constant bombardment of dopamine-inducing or interesting content by tens of millions of users, if you only have a couple hundred thousand people. This is causing some to leave, which of course increases this effect. The active users have more than halved since July, according to FediDB. The mood is also becoming more tense. Maybe the lack of engagement drives some to cause it through hostility, I’m not quite sure. Either way, the Threadiverse becoming a less enjoyable place to be, which is quite sad considering how promising it is.

But what is really frustrating is that we could easily have that userbase. The entire Fediverse has over ten million users, and many Mastodonians clearly want to engage in group-based discussion, looking at Guppe groups. The focused discussions should also be quite attractive. Technically we are federated, so why do Mastodonians interact so little with the Threadiverse? The main reason is that Mastodon simply doesn’t federate post content. I really can’t see why the platform that federates entire Wordpress blogs refuses to federate thread content just because it has a title, and instead just replaces the body with a link to the post. Very unhelpful.

The same goes with PeerTube. There are plenty of videos on there that I am quite sure a lot of Mastodonians would appreciate, yet both views and likes there stay consistently in the tens. Yes, Mastodon’s web interface has a local video player, but in most clients it is the same link shenanigans, may may partly explain the small amount of engagement. This is also quite sad, because Google’s YouTube is one of the worst social network monopolies out there, if not the worst.

And I know some might say that Mastodon is a microblogging platform and that it makes sense only to have microblogging content, but the problem is that Mastodon is the dominant platform on the Fediverse, its users making up close to 80% of all Fedizens. It has gone so far that several Friendica and Hubzilla users have been complaining about complaints from Mastodonians that their posts do not live up to Mastodon customs, and of course, that people frequently use “Mastodon” to refer to the entire Fediverse. This, of course, goes entirely against the idea of the Fediverse, that many diverse platforms live in harmony with and awareness of each other.

The very least that Mastodon could do is to support the content of other platforms. Then I’d wish that they’d improve discoverability, by for instance adding a videos tab in the explore section, improving federation of favourites since it is the dominant sorting mechanism on many other platforms, and making a clear distinction between people (@person) and groups (!group), but I know that that is quite much to ask.

P.S. @feditips , @FediFollows , I know that you are reluctant to promote Lemmy and its communities because of the ideology of its founders, but the fact is firstly that it’s open source and there aren't any individual people who control the entire project, and that the software itself is very apolitical. In fact, most Lemmy users both oppose and are on instances that have rules against such beliefs, so I highly encourage you to at least help raise awareness on the communities. Then, of course, there’s kbin, which isn’t associated with any extremism at all. As a bonus, it has much better integration with the microblogging Fediverse, but it is a lot smaller and younger, and still very much under development.

Anyways, that was a ramble. Thanks for hearing me out.

@fediverse

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Regarding that comment on Peertube: free social media means that people create content because they want to make something known, not because they want to earn money through clicks. Most content on YouTube that makes a lot of money is trash and clickbait. It is a much better system that people reward creators out of kindness and gratitude for their good content.

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I recommend not using streaming services as almost all money goes to the streaming company and the labels, and instead buying music directly from the artists.

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vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=fNjQG7y9aoQ

I love Weird Al! But pretty sure this was hyperbole. The point still stands, though. It really is depressing that people just follow “everybody else” when giving abusive megacorporations money. Same with social media, especially when there are great, healthy, ethical alternatives to be found is the Fediverse.

Edit: I’ll just link pixelfed just because…

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The best way is always to buy the music directly from the artist, in this case:

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There are plenty of better ways to obtain music, such as actually buying the music instead of streaming it. And, hey, that’s like saying you’d stay on Reddit because that’s where the content is. Ethics should come before easy entertainment.

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Same as with most artists, go to their website and you’ll find the bandcamp/faircamp/etc page, in this case:

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Bitwarden, everybody!

Edit: and F I R E F O X

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No, but the more they know about you, the surer they can be that different groups of data belong to the same person. Since music taste is quite personal, it helps quite a lot in constructing a profile. And I sure hope you do understand that it isn’t ideal that tech giants know everything about you.

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Yes, but you also won’t give them your payment information every time you use the internet, or on every device, so often it might just as well be someone else on your IP address.

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