I really don't want to start another heated debate here, but I thought it would be prudent to put out a statement on the whole 'Snowflakes' thing.
This will be the last I say on the matter; I will try to do better in future. #WeAllMakeMistakes
@kev you’ve been called a nazi and a racist, simply for openly speaking your mind and making a mistake (your word choice), huh? We all are humans. We must learn to respect others’ errors. This is what separates us from animals: our capacity to forgive.
I also have been called a nazi and a racist for stating what I think (and I’m far from a racist, let alone a full-on nazi, let me tell you that). So welcome to the club.
@kev My understanding of 'snowflake' was as yours. However, I'm not surprised that certain people took faux offence, created a mountain out of a molehill and flounced off taking their ball with them. You run Fossodon so please yourself.
@kev yes, it seems the dictionary says "snowflake" is an insulting word. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/snowflake I used to play a game where I try to observe my language and not to use incorrect words that muddle the true meaning of my intent. Everyone has this problem of using wrong words to communicate their intent.
@kev I do understand your post and I would agree that people are more sensitive to social media posts than back in IRC days 10, 15 years ago.
@kev this is how I read it originally, but then reading about people's problems with the term 'snowflake' (for example @brandon ), I had some concerns after all. I thank you for clarifying, this is a satisfactory response for me.
I would also like to say I agree about the hyper-vigilance and oversensitivity. Reactions like @maloki 's call for a crusade seem very harmful to me, when clearly there was no ill intent and @kev merely did not understand the "snowflake" term as others do.
@Matter there's nothing much to understand as there is a dictionary meaning one can read clearly. All other meanings can't be proven if they are not in the dictionary. If people can't use a dictionary their understanding is flawed. And we get flamewars!!!
@kev I am one of your biggest fans. I share this link for your personal reflection. I read it and it struck a cord with me; enough to give me pause to consider my own thoughts, which it looks like you are doing. Thanks for continuing to learn and grow. https://emsenn.net/essays/there-and-back-again-a-fediverse-journey/
@firstname.lastname@example.org @email@example.com This essay is incredibly biased, smug, engages in the same behavior it criticizes Gamma for and makes a huge critical error which renders the entire thing pointless and that is the assumption that the fediverse engages in criticism. If that was the case, walled off instances with blocklists miles long would be a rare occurrence, not the norm. Calling someone a tech bro or nazi isn't criticism.
@kev don't worry. keep doing your thang.
@kev Thank you for making this public statement. It's greatly appreciated and I think Fosstodon will greatly benefit as a community. I'm happy that you're able to understand why many had a problem with the toot and that you're able to be the bigger person and admit your faults. It takes a lot to do that and I'd have to say I'm proud of you for it (no condescension implied).
@Matter Indeed I won't be! It was a hard decision, for various reasons, but I'm glad I'm able to stay
@kev Although...if I see toots from people who repeatedly irk me (for whatever reason), I tend to let the words just float over me. I may occasionally Unfollow as their stream doesn't interest me so it's not a good use of my limited time.
In extreme cases (porn spammers), I may even block them but I hardly ever find that necessary (I reside on mastodon.sf.org, if that matters).
Maybe as an Admin of Fosstodon, you find exposed to the public stream more often...
@kev I haven't read anything, but i feel at this point everyone can identify that there is a real problem with the behavior of the so called "snowflakes".
Their communication method is to criticize every way of thinking that doesn't adjust to theirs, they want to fight harassment on social media by promoting it, they wanna feel comfortable but they don't promote a culture like that.
This is a problem, i believe in most things that "snowflakes" believe, but i don't need to impose it.
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