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@Rheall personally I suggests people to self host #pleroma because the resources required are less by far. @yunohost is an ideal way to quickly get on the #fediverse : simple server install, web based management and lots of #fediverse software for communities such as @matrix , #writefreely, #pleroma or #Mastodon , #funkwhale, #peertube
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US Secret Service, Government Surveillance, BLM, ACAB 

Some of you may know me from my time at Librepunk. I left due to no fault of @wgahnagl and I still recommend the instance to anyone in need of one. Instead I left in a panic.

My partner of five years was visited by the US Secret Service over a Twitter post. Their Twitter had quite a small following mostly consisting of friends and lovers. While the account is now gone, from what I remember it had around 30 followers. They were visited because something they posted was perceived as a threat to (then president) Trump. In an effort to not have all public toots I had ever made placed under a microscope by the government (over 2,000) I purged my entire account. I do not believe I said anything that could be considered a threat but it isn't something I'd like to risk. Having to prove my innocence in the busted court system sounds like something I'd rather avoid.

I apologize to friends I made along the way for the sudden disappearance. While everything seems to be alright now it was scary to go through.

My partner's Twitter account was (from my understanding) not "public" (visible to followers only, which had to be approved). This leads me to believe that the US Secret Service is either using Twitter's internal API to monitor communications or is directly collaborating with Twitter. My partner was asked about their "involvement with BLM", which is another interesting detail. From what I understand this was only because they had voiced support for BLM on their Twitter. I did think it was worth nothing that the US Secret Service, or at least these agents, seemed interested in activism regarding rights of BIPoC.

I am okay. No one is looking at charges. What was posted by my partner was obviously not a threat and was likely flagged by some kind of automated system as one.

I will continue to fight for what I believe in. Not despite this, but because of it. Dispensing the feds on someone barely old enough to drink in their country over a tweet is a gross overreach of power by the US government. While it did succeed in scaring us both, it also succeeded in pissing me off.

I would like to end this admittedly long and rambly post with a quote from bunnie, someone who was harassed by Microsoft for defeating the security on the original Xbox. This quote in particular is from an open letter he published after the death of Aaron Swartz as they had both been horribly wronged by MIT and the legal system as a whole.

"This system of incentives contributes to the shameless bullying of individuals and small entities who have the guts to stand up and do something daring. Individuals are robbed of the will and strength to fight for what they feel is right, as the mere act of prosecution can be as much a punishment as the verdict. As a result, I fear that the era of civil disobedience may be coming to a close.

As people, as individuals, as hackers, we need to oppose this trend and continue to do what we feel deep down in our hearts is right."

The full text of this open letter can be found here: archive.org/details/HackingThe

Stay safe comrades. I love you all.

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as a person who works on internet technology and social network stuff my main advice for getting out of a productivity rut is to turn off the internet and social networks for a bit occasionally

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UntrackMe has been updated to version 1.18.0 and is already available in our FDroid repository.

Here's what has been improved:

- Add more patterns to remove utm/tracking parameters

- Fix a display issue when font size and display size are the largest

#UntrackMe

A fanart platform can be something like a booru. Would be nice to have a booru that required artist credit section to be filled.

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Woops, I meant "decentralization" instead of "defederation" here.

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Haha if a self-hostable version did come out an appropriate name would be "archive of your own"

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If that kind of thing was self-hostable, sounds so great

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I just think about archiveofourown. If that site goes away, that's a huge chunk of fanfics gone. A place where I find things I love, just gone. I don't want that.

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Because of this nature of being more interconnected, maybe it won't be wholly "part of the 'main' fediverse" i.e. mastodon/pleroma. It could be separate but can still "talk" to mastodon/pleroma like Friendica does

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I don't know how sepiasearch works, but that might be a start.

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I don't know if "more robust federation" is actually possible, since I have no technical knowledge.

If it is, maybe other types of fanwork like art, video, and audio can be considered too.

Fandom is hard pressed to thrive if posts aren't more easily federated, since its entire being relies on community.

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Thinking about how a fanfiction fediverse platform might look. Something that supports advanced search and multi-chapter navigation. I don't know if this defeats some purposes of defederation, but more robust federation of posts (fics) would be ideal since all the content is fiction (as opposed to the implications of readily federating people's personal microblog posts).

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I realized recently my main hobby is romance fiction, and I'd love for more of that to be on a decentralized, foss place.

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