there are lots of lefty folks who start companies! lots of folks who have good ideas and are generally agreeable! lots of folks who, at face value, are trustworthy
but google started with "don't be evil" and now they're Google
the capitalist machine eats the best of our intentions and platitudes from trustworthy sources become weak points for exploitation. the good people aren't enough to stop corrosion – and insisting on safeguards isn't distrust
since it'll come up: not saying you should expect/demand to hoist free emotional labor on people to teach you everything; google things to learn and inform yourself.
But if you can't find anything, need more help validating good sources, want to connect more directly with people to discuss what you've learned, or you're *asking about a specific fedi in-group meme*, maybe just ask a question
@tcql vaguely tinfoil-hat corollary: not only is it fine that mastodon doesn't fit in the paradigm of bigger social media sites, in a time when your online presence can be increasingly used to surveil and market to you, mastodon should be actively avoiding that paradigm
Like if buzzfeed person had perused fedi TL and couldn't find info about pellets guy, he could have tooted "hey what's the deal with pellets guy" and probably gotten a response in 5 minutes or less.
but twitter teaches has you not to ask things because asking stuff doesn't make you look smart. You find stuff, so then you can rub it in other peoples' faces how smart you are for knowing it. That's how "brand" social media works
- IS complicated
- IS NOT "almost impossibly" complicated
- DOES NOT support searchability that twitter users expect
- SHOULD NOT support the searchability twitter users expect, because that's not the point
nearly everybody who writes about mastodon says "I couldn't find ..."
The tip is, if you want to k ow something, ASK about it instead of being mad there isn't a global search feature because that's really not what masto is about
An easy-to-access library of apps/features that admins can choose as some plug-ins they don't need dev-level technical knowledge to set up.
It should list how the app works with federated instances that do have it, and what happens if they don't have it.
💻 | 🗺
father of cats
taker of naps
gender's a fuck & capitalism is too
it's chaos, be kind
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!