So let me get this straight,

You accept , but instead of just telling me which address to send money to,

you send me to *your* payment processor

who then requires *me* to send personally identifying government ID to have an account with *them*

when I have no use for that account. no way I trust them with my passport, and you're the one who wants to use them in the first place

just so that I can send Bitcoin to you?

Why won't you just take my money for services, Gandi?

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i hate Parler, am glad it's gone, hope it never comes back, and hope everyone who was posting violence on it rots in hell.

BUT....the fact that Amazon could flip a switch and erase a social network shows quite clearly that "the cloud" is not a resilient network hosting provider. what good is ~~horizontal scaling~~ if one guy at one company can say "nah, turn that off" and your app/site/whatever is just gone?

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Hello everyone.

I'm new to Mastodon. I am a FOSS lover, although, as I am still a student, I do not have much knowledge.

Thank you for reading my

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Hey! New user here. I love how the fediverse works and decided to give it a try. I love GNU+Linux and FOSS software in general.
PS: how can I add those little distro logos next to my name? It's cool

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Why the most servers send before I confirm my consent for "Cookies policy" popup?

Updating my separate cell phone for keeping work distinct from life, I am extremely for the project: a decent free-as-it-can-be OS, to replace the awful proprietary crap on my mobile devices.

So, a instance I enjoyed closed its doors.

I made use of the “export all data” feature for my account. Now the instance is gone, and I have a big data dump of my account data.

How do I migrate *everything* – not just my settings, but all posts, media, replies/boosts/etc. – to a new instance, seamlessly?

I'm aware that at *some* point these services need to somehow interact with banks, the credit card monopolies, and/or cryptocurrency. That's basically unavoidable.

What I'm hoping is to learn of services that aren't a horrible nightmare for me (the recipient) or my patrons; in the realms of privacy, or security, or monopoly, etc.

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Okay, time to about ways to get funding that are not the big platforms.

What recommendations do you have for online “pay me if you like what I do” services, which respect the people at both ends and aren't horrible?

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Hi guys ! I am a Debian user from France and I am new to here.

Howdy @libravatar, a question (thanks to @nicd): what infrastructure needs to be funded for Libravatar, and who pays for that?

I see that a user can freely choose where to host their avatar image. What about the online database associating email address to avatar URL?

Any other centralised/single-funding point traps to be aware of with Libravatar?

Setting up a site with user profiles, and wanting to give users control over their own avatar image.

Centralised platforms suck, especially for something as personal as identity and avatars.

Much better to give people the option to pick a provider. So I am for Libravatar. My site doesn't force you into one avatar provider; you associate the email address you control, with an avatar image hosted anywhere you like.

Holy cow, default key bindings now have the “Menu” key invoke `M-x`.

My world is incrementally better and I lament that I didn't know this years (and much physical stress on hands) earlier.

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I hate to ask, but here goes.

I'm looking for a role as a . or . Preferably where I have previous work ex from.

I've been looking a while and nothing with the right fit has come along. Work life balance is super important. If UK, happy to work completely in your timezone!

My site is and I'm happy to email you my CV/resume. Will start immediately once we're on the same page. 💯


> If designing a form or database […] you should ask yourself whether you really need to have separate fields for given name and family name.

Yep, I've asked and answered that many times; the answer has universally bee “nope, we don't need that”.

(The last time, for me, that a database actually needed split given-name–surname schema, was more than a decade and a half ago.)

The app frameworks need to recognise this, urgently now if not ten years ago.

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I remembered to check the modern guidance on accommodating people's names

before committing too far with a database schema that disrespects .

Now I can go to battle (again) to rip out the annoyingly persistent default person name `{'first_name', 'last_name'}` bullshit.

When are we going to have website frameworks drop that parochial crap, and set up our person model with `{'short_name', 'full_name'}` by default with no extra effort?

for, a way to view YouTube without the and other interface crap.

And thanks so much to Omar Roth, who is making the considered decision to step back and shut down the primary instance, to avoid mental burden and burnout.

We need to find ways to fund online services, not merely software development.

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Hi all,

It's super exciting to join so vivid community based on and centered around FOSS.

When @bensturmfels agreed with me that we should migrate a project from Fabric 1.x (obsolete)

to 2, I said “hold on can we consider so long as we're going to have to learn something new?”

But now I can report that Fabric 1 → Fabric 2 was the simpler migration. Ansible is wildly useful but would have been too much hammer for the small nail we had.

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