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A collection of things @cassolotl made for those new to , based on common questions in the public timelines during influxes of new folks. :)

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How to find and interact with toots that haven't reached your instance yet:

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Here's the Brielle one bigger. It is only half res, imgur shrank it.

Nice python utility I found the other day:

It is a generic tile scraper & stitcher. Use it by by passing the URL pattern of a tile server together with some coordinates and the rest follows automagically.

Attached are maps of , and the Renaissance star fortress town of .

The trickiest thing is finding out how big a map you can make at what zoom level, I keep running out of RAM when compositing.

Next weekend Varia will host a meeting on feminist servers as part of a series called Feminist Hack Meetings.

Let's talk about feminist servers! In this meeting, we invite you to discuss questions like:
What does it mean for a server to be feminist, and how could it look like? What and who does it serve? What does it take to create and maintain it?
We would like to map and draw collectively our ideas and consider the possibility of setting up a feminist server at Varia, as a base for our practice.
We will bring material (like RPis and computers) to start experimenting and trying things out.
Join us!

Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

⚑ we continue the Read & Repair sessions at with special guest @manetta ⚑

πŸŒ€ she'll be guiding us through discussions around open licenses from 11 to 13 πŸŒ€

New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the and how these are getting entangled with practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (

PDF of the text:

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

#Fediverse folks -- who's writing about the ethics of using SciHub to conduct research? for use cases such as bibliometrics research, systematic reviews, network analysis, but could be any research use case I s'pose


Before the Luddites: In the 17th century the ribbon-loom was actually prohibited in some European cities. In Leyden riots of the ribbon-weavers at length compelled the Town Council to prohibit it. In Hamburg it was burnt in public by order of the Senate.

See Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. I, Chapter 15: Machinery and Modern Industry β†’

Any recommendations of books or articles about the Luddites, which aren’t just about portraying them as technophobic machine wreckers?

* boost appreciated *

A few weeks ago we published a follow-up article about the project: "How sustainable is a solar powered website?"

The article is a very extensive research into the embedded energy costs of this setup and how to lower that. Additionally we have some statistics on visitors (865k unique), energy use (18.1 KWh) and uptime (98.2%) after more than a year of operation and what conclusions to draw from that.

There is quite some overcapacity in the system, so to increase our efficiency one approach would be to host multiple servers on that off-grid solar system. But that is scaling up. Instead the solution we opted for is seeing how we can do the same with smaller batteries, smaller solar panel and hosting more sites on the same machine. To that end we've started migrating , and language sites to the solar server as well.

Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!

It is time for a new special issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine! This issue, prepared by the collective Precademics 85.42.1, brings experiences of precarity in Greek academia to the fore.

"This is an attention-seeking act of Greek academic unions to make public and visible the precarious conditions they find themselves in. Far from being an academic aporia by our Greek colleagues, this is the past and future of academia itself." Leandros Kyriakopoulos

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.


Hi all - I'm new here so an / is due. I'm a political sociologist working with film on matters of , & from a critical perspective. I'll soon be starting a new collective research and film project on the politics of in the field of security.

If you're new to Mastodon, please visit -

or if you'd like to invite new people to Mastodon, please ask them to visit -

my Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon, which (in addition to being a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) will tell you many things that are useful to know about Mastodon, and also some other things:

Do you find that the status and progress of ForgeFed is clearly communicated? Is the work visible, does it look like something real that's really happening?

Plz comment & explain, especially if your answer is no :)

Would you want to see a video / talk / presentation about the project?

I updated the website main page to explain project status, feedback on that is welcome!

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