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This doesn't necessarily really fit that well in this community, but I couldn't find any better community to put this in (and this is death-related, so hopefully it's on-topic enough).
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Yeah, it’s useful sometimes. I guess I just mean that Lemmy (and other fediverse sites) sometimes feel way more addictive than they should, and there may be some non-obvious choices (not necessarily the upvote system) that cause it to be this way that just wouldn’t be made if mainstream social media didn’t make those choices. There are choices in the scoring system that aren’t necessarily obvious (e.g. that downvotes are worth exactly as much as an upvote, or that users can vote on their own posts) that might be reflecting e.g. Reddit, but these examples aren’t really necessarily undesirable or addictive.


I didn’t meant it like that. I guess I just meant that this comment should have been phrased like “I wish Lemmygrad users would stop worshipping Xi Jinping” rather than repeating the same old joke. I wouldn’t like it if someone made fun of Donald Trump for having orange skin either.


I don’t think comments like this are very useful. I have no idea what you’re trying to say in this comment besides expressing a general dislike of Xi Jinping (at least that’s who I assume the person in the meme is), but if you want to criticize him you should criticize things he did rather than his appearance or whatever.


The scoring mechanism on Lemmy is addictive
I can't read a news article anymore without thinking of how many upvotes I'd get if I posted it to Lemmy. People are fucking dying. I suppose the scoring mechanism is a way to distinguish higher-quality posts from lower-quality ones, but I also wonder whether "humane" social media like Lemmy blindly adopts techniques from mainstream social media that serves to increase engagement and profit. I wonder what a radical anticapitalist rethinking of social media would look like.
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Are lakes just permanent floods?
How long does an area have to be flooded for before it's considered a body of water?
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I meant the Semantic Web, though in hindsight I really should have not hidden that in a link.


My laptop has touchscreen but I rarely ever use it. I guess I just haven’t had any situations where I felt it would be useful, and it takes a bit of effort to raise your hand to the screen.


TL;DR: “Anarchy” is a fitting word, as it literally means “no government.” Statists will interpret it negatively no matter what word is used because they believe that an absence of government would necessarily lead to disorder.



Yeah, some of the stuff on that instance seems kind of toxic and bigoted, so I guess I won’t go there since anything about anarchism there is likely to devolve into a significantly worse shithole than anywhere on lemmy.ml, lol.



I think (though I could be wrong) that any instances that aren’t explicitly blocked can federate. Both https://lemmygrad.ml/c/politics@gtio.io and https://wolfballs.com/c/politics@gtio.io show up, so hopefully that means people from those instances can post there.


Actually, it looks like gtio.io is literally meant for this kind of stuff. And it doesn’t block any instances.


Mander is apolitical, though, so I wouldn’t want to put it there. (Also, I don’t know how to create communities on other instances.)


I wish Web 3.0 would catch on though.


Created — !debateanarchism@lemmy.ml. If anyone here wants to be a mod, let me know.


See the SEP’s reply to the objection that “anarchy will always evolve back into the state”.

anarchists might argue … that rational agents would choose to remain in anarchy rather than allow the state to evolve. Some anarchists may argue that each time a state emerges, it would have to be destroyed. But others will argue that education and human development (including technological development) would prevent the reemergence of the state.

This argument can probably be applied to capitalism as well.


Fediverse sites often have cleaner UIs and load faster than traditional social media. And there’s none of that “create an account to view this post” or “this looks better in the app” stuff.

Also, traditional social media often makes changes that alienates users (because e.g. those changes prioritize profit over the happiness of most users, or because those changes are out of tune with what the users want). In fediverse social medias, this type of change happens less because the developers are often more in tune with their communities and don’t have as much of a profit incentive (and anyone can always create a fork if any changes are unbearably bad).







Similarly, is there a way to block all communities from an instance?



I mean, it doesn’t have to be a real word.



Looks like this has been a problem for at least a year now: https://lemmy.ml/post/68017





Even though I don’t often browse other instances, I think lemmy.ml would lose a lot since some of the most active users are from other instances.


Honestly, I don’t think it really matters so much. People who use she/her or he/him pronouns would only leak slightly more than a bit of entropy doing so, while people who go by other pronouns online might still not lose too much privacy. At most, a user’s pronouns may strongly suggest that they are nonbinary, but attackers may still have problems using this information, since for example some people may identify as a binary gender but still go by gender-neutral pronouns online, or some nonbinary people may not be “legally” nonbinary and thus might not have written records associating their real-life identity with their gender.

In general, (I assume) people normally leak way more information online, and I guess people who care about privacy should just make up inconsequential information about themselves.







What gender do you identify as?
Short and simple (or maybe not so simple for some). I'm curious about the gender ratio on Lemmy. Feel free to specify further under any of the top-level options.
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I submitted a GitHub issue about this not so long ago. It seems to not be implemented yet but the devs are working on it.



To play the devil’s advocate—what’s the difference between this and having to pay to e.g. buy gas or maintain your car? I do certainly get annoyed when companies charge money for something that doesn’t cost the company money. But can’t it be argued that these microtransactions (albeit marginally) decrease the price for those who don’t want certain features while still allowing people who want those features to easily access them?


Note (just realized that this might not be obvious): If you’re confused, read the description! It contains the information you need to know what is happening in the video and why it’s significant.