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in tech:

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

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what if we...
started unions...
at our tech jobs...
aha, just kidding

unless...?

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tfw when you realize you just never stopped being an emo kid

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I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["Butter"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the tub of spread involved in this case is not that.

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@Jo @tcql excuse me but I am Linux rendered into flesh and this hurts my very important feelings.

never trust anyone whose online identity is just proudly proclaiming the software they like

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

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@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

how dare SOCIAL media NETWORKS make me talk to other people

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

I dont begrudge people finding mastodon complex. It is. And some of it is probably unnecessarily complex, or could be more well explained.

But just because things dont match your learned paradigm of web functionality doesn't make them bad, doomed, inadequate, etc

Mastodon:
- 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

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frankly i think anyone who reads my posts will agree mastodon needs to be MORE complicated to post on

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Jesus fuck America.

You have a gods damned problem.

STOP HAVING A FUCKING BONER FOR YOUR MILITARY

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mastodon/the fediverse definitely has a learning curve, especially if you've only ever known twitter or facebook, but the way some twitter users talk about it makes it sound like you have to personally shout binary code into your ethernet cable to make your posts go

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MastoDev idea 

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@swirlz $5 says whoever wrote the email wants those three to be the same person

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fellas is it gay to be in the military? you're literally following another man's orders

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taking a great class on theoretical materialism (how to discuss action without acting) at Mastodon, the online leftist university

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