Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Does anyone know why there are more post/comment controls in the first screenshot than in the second one?

Figure 1: what I see
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Figure 2: what @Harena Atria sees
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Note that this is the same for both comments and top-level posts (not shown).
Mario Vavti
  
The second one is the unthreaded order...

The order can be selected in the  Stream Order widget.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Got it -- thank you!

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Google wants people to trust them but seems to forget that "trust" includes not arbitrarily taking things away. They've done it before and we have no reason to think they won't do it again and again.
Cara EvangelistaCara Evangelista wrote the following post Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:40:43 -0400
Phil Stracchino
 from Diaspora
I think the inescapable lesson of many "failed" Google end-user/consumer services is "Do not rely on Google end-user services."

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
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Fig. 1: screenshot showing a user on shitposter.club (a GNU Social instance) claiming that they are anti-Nazi (much as the instance's banner claims it is a "safe space"), both of which seem very unlikely to me given that they don't even have a Code of Conduct in evidence and the prior administration of TootCat blocked them

[ reposted from G+, with minor adaptations ]

I didn't have permission to comment on the original post, but was able to re-share it. Since G+ will be going away at some point, though, I'm making a practice of fully re-posting anything significant that I post there. So...

Brief re-intro: Hi! I'm Woozle, and I run TootCat (a Mastodon instance with 1300+ users[1]) and HubCat (a Hubzilla instance with 5 users[2]).

I always think it's really funny when I'm active in a community that is pronounced "dead" or "a ghost town". This happened multiple times with both G+ and Mastodon. It's finally soon to become a reality with G+, but Mastodon membership has only been increasing as people grow disgusted with centralized for-profit social networks (mainly Twitter and Facebook).

To confirm what @Dr. Edward Morbius  said -- instance-blocking is indeed a feature, and a very necessary one; some instances are seemingly created largely as a haven for abusive ideologies like Nazism and capitalism (often under the fallacious banner of "free speech"[3]), and they are a reliable source of disinformation and abuse, so we block them when we can identify them[4].

The other blocking features he cites are also correct, as are all the other details he has observed, to the best of my knowledge.

Despite this, +Uche Eke's observation about the apparent inadequacy of moderation features is also correct. While moderation is orders of magnitude better than on the for-profit networks, where all they really care about is quantity, it has been clear to me from the time I joined in May 2017 that more was needed.

(I have detailed ideas on that front; have hobby-horse, will ramble.)

Footnotes
  • ...and growing; it was under 1000 when I took over the joint in January.First list element
  • ...but I only started it up two days ago
  • see "free speech trolling"
  • our current domain-block list is here
recurve@pluspora.com
 from Diaspora
Back in the day, it was routine to see some "pundit" declaring that G+ was a ghost-town, or populated only with Google employees. And the useful reflex was "follow the money": G+ could have been a serious challenger to Facebook, which would impact Fb's stock price and ad revenue. (Same thing with the attacks on the Android platform - Apple surrogates and paid trolls doing the dirty work). So every time I see stuff like this, I just assume that's what's going on.
Sean Tilley
 from Diaspora
Honestly, this is nothing new. Coverage of Decentralized Libre social networking platforms has always been poorly-researched, with a largely dismissive emphasis towards the effort. Many people writing about projects like Diaspora or Mastodon barely even put in any effort to try the platform out for more than a week.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:55:58 -0400  
(via Sheila Nagig)
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Asking the oppressed to be civil is basically saying you're on the side of the oppressor.

(Side note: Hubzilla used to have a cool link-auto-preview feature, but I can't seem to figure out how to make that happen anymore. Maybe it only works if the page has the right meta-tags?)
Harena Atria
  
Saw this in tumblr the other day! Glad to see it's fully making the rounds! :D

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
How do titles come through on Mastodon? (Would be nice if they were treated as CWs...)

cc: @Woozle Hypertwin
 tests
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Next question: how about formatting? bold, italic, link...
This a block quote.

This is code.

I bet all of that will be stripped out...
woozle
 from ActivityPub
@woozle Yep.
woozle
 from ActivityPub
@woozle The one thing that seems really solid, though, is the threading; works properly in both directions.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
(Via @Valkyrie)
Betsy McCallBetsy McCall wrote the following post Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:19:29 -0400

And though we don’t really discuss it, the Democratic Party is a girl.

...by which the author means "not allowed to express rage, no matter how rationally justified, for fear of being ridiculed for weakness."

I wish this were true. The real situation is more complex, because there are a lot of different factions within any party -- especially one that isn't oriented towards uniformity and power-concentration like the Republicans.

The Democratic leadership is more like the younger brother whose older brother is abusive and domineering (and can get away with expressions of outrage because he has a lot of bully-friends who will beat up anyone who makes fun of him), and they see this as ultimately the only way to be cool -- but most of the time, they're too afraid to do it, so instead they find other smaller kids to marginalize in order to show how tough they are.

Democratic whistleblowers like Ford and Snowden (and countless others) are at best left to fend for themselves by the Dem leadership and at worst are actively opposed because they want to destroy concentrations of unaccountable power, while the Dem leadership just wants to take that unaccountable power for itself. Little brother wants to become big brother, not fight him. Little brother thinks whistleblowers and dissenters are girls and sissies and should just shut up and learn their place.

...and the rest of us tend to fall into two camps: either Dem party loyalists who can't see beyond the (true) fact that the Dems are orders of magnitude better than the Republicans, and will fight anyone in the other camp -- which sees that the Dems should be fighting for systemic reform rather than just fighting to be on top within that system, and who will refuse to fall in line behind any candidate who will just perpetuate that system, no matter how much more "politically feasible" they may be than a candidate who will at least try to reform it, because what's the point of supporting "meet the new boss, slightly better than but basically the same as the old boss"?

If the Dems are better than the Republicans, it's only because we refuse to accept that we're just competing with the Republicans for the same goal. The more the Dem leadership refuses to acknowledge this, refuses to support anger and rage against systemic injustice, the more they do become exactly like the Republicans and the less we can be bothered to support them.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
I think I've blocked Scott from further comments, since he just wasn't even trying. We'll see if it works.

if It does, then I have to say that the UI should have a way to block someone with a single click (or single click plus confirmation, maybe).
Woozle Hypertwin
  last edited: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:00:29 -0400  
Just because I can't resist researching something when it's challenged, let's take a look at the evidence.

"...my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed"[1][2], says the guy who got confirmed for the Supreme Court just a few days later.

...and that was just the beginning of a long string of highly emotional accusations against every target the Right loves to demonize, without any evidence offered.

...and that's all I have time for right now; this stuff is time-consuming. Will add more later as time permits.

(Also, for general reference: Wikipedia)

Sources:
adamblack@pluspora.com
 from Diaspora
Have Republican leaders always been allowed to cry and throw tantrums

or it a New thing?

Glen Beck and John Boehner were the first I noticed it.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Woozle Hypertwin updated their cover photo

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Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:20:23 -0400  
I get the following when I try to renew a Let's Encrypt SSL cert on one particular domain, and I have no idea what it means or why it's happening:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/webmin/webmin/acme_tiny.py", line 250, in <module>
    main(sys.argv[1:])
  File "/usr/share/webmin/webmin/acme_tiny.py", line 246, in main
    signed_crt = get_crt(args.account_key, args.csr, args.acme_dir, args.dns_hook, args.cleanup_hook, log=LOGGER, CA=args.ca)
  File "/usr/share/webmin/webmin/acme_tiny.py", line 154, in get_crt
    resp = urlopen(wellknown_url)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 154, in urlopen
    return opener.open(url, data, timeout)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 429, in open
    response = self._open(req, data)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 447, in _open
    '_open', req)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 407, in _call_chain
    result = func(*args)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 1228, in http_open
    return self.do_open(httplib.HTTPConnection, req)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 1201, in do_open
    r = h.getresponse(buffering=True)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/httplib.py", line 1136, in getresponse
    response.begin()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/httplib.py", line 453, in begin
    version, status, reason = self._read_status()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/httplib.py", line 417, in _read_status
    raise BadStatusLine(line)
httplib.BadStatusLine: ''


Apache is properly configured to pass through http requests when they refer to a file that actually exists:
* most recent auth file
* manually-created test file in case the auth file goes away

I'm out of ideas, short of trying to trace through the Python code (I've never used Python) to try to figure out what the problem is.

cc: @Becka Sutton
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Note that it works fine on all the other domains on that same server, too. I manually renewed one just now; no problems.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
I've renamed the old virtual server and am starting over, so the above links probably won't work.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Requesting a certificate for firebird.toot.cat from Let's Encrypt ..
.. request was successful!

Configuring webserver to use new certificate and key ..
.. done

Applying web server configuration ..
.. done

Requesting a certificate for fire-bird.toot.cat from Let's Encrypt ..
.. request was successful!

Configuring webserver to use new certificate and key ..
.. done

Applying web server configuration ..
.. done


...and then I did it with the proper domain, firebird-fiction.com, and this time it worked:

Requesting a certificate for firebird-fiction.com from Let's Encrypt ..
.. request was successful!

Configuring webserver to use new certificate and key ..
.. done

Applying web server configuration ..
.. done

The only thing I can think is that this time I manually entered "firebird-fiction.com" for the domain instead of using the option that automatically selected both that and "www.firebird-fiction.com", and somehow that default option was breaking things.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:11:02 -0400  
This comes from Wil Wheaton, who recently set up an account on Mastodon and ended up being forced off after only a few days.

There may be good reasons for disliking him -- but there was no process by which to sort out truth from myth, and my impression of him (from things he has written elsewhere long prior to this) is that he was a good fit for our community there.

(For those new to Hubzilla: please note that there is more under the preview image below; click the "expand" link to see it.)

The world is a terrible place right now, and that’s largely because it is what we make it.

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As most of you know, I deactivated my Twitter account earlier this month. It had been a long time coming, for a whole host of reasons, but Twitter’s decision to be the only social network tha…

(via this toot, where there is a lot of debate that is kind of a microcosm of the larger shitstorm)

For what it's worth, I don't blame people on Mastodon so much as I blame the lack of structure, lack of good systemic design for containing shitstorms.

Maybe WW is actually a bad actor and I'm just not recognizing it. I'd rather be able to learn the truth than cling to my illusions. But Mastodon doesn't provide the kind of structure necessary to have that kind of debate.

Really, though, I can't think of any social network that does. Some are better than others. Mastodon is not one of the better ones, though it's slightly better than Twitter. Mastodon was mainly a friendly place in the early days because it was small and mainly attractive to disempowered people, whose majority presence created an atmosphere in which meanness and cruelty were handled quickly and appropriately.

The fact that Mastodon was small and unimportant is key to understanding what happened here.

As I've pointed out elsewhere (and thanks to the good Doctor Morbius for excerpting that), when a venue becomes influential, influencers will abuse it, at the cost of compassion and friendliness.

Mastodon was already starting to become more toxic (as numerous friends I made there can testify) before WW showed up. It had gone from a population in the hundred-thousands to something in the millions, and the strains were showing.

Throwing a public figure like Wil Wheaton into the mix is like tossing meat onto a compost pile. It doesn't matter whether it's filet mignon or cheap cat food; it's going to attract creatures you don't want in your yard -- and from here, the toxic behavior I saw came mainly from people opposed to the positive messages that WW has been promoting. (This is probably what happened on to him on Twitter as well.)

In other words: it wasn't because WW is himself malevolent, nor was it because his fans are toxic; it's because he's a powerful person spreading messages that malicious people don't like. They needed to eliminate him as an influence.

There needs to be some way of keeping them out.

Since toxic people were already showing up for the fun, the answer cannot be "don't allow famous people on Mastodon" (much less "Wil Wheaton is the problem"); we need some way to contain toxic behavior.

I have designs for a set of systems to do exactly that. I'll try to post more about this soon, because we're really going to need this for the 2020 elections, and there's a lot of work to be done. (I was hoping to have at least a demonstration system for the 2016 elections... and before...)
Cindy Brown
  
Oh wow, read the more full thing about how that block list worked. Ugh. Yeah.

I know I'm necro-commenting. Just getting a fell for hubzilla. I actually like this. It feels further along than diaspora which I want to like but teeny things missing like likeing/plussing comments or a reply/threading is getting old already.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Given the low engagement on this site so far, necro-commenting is more than welcome. :-)

And yeah, Mastodon's limitations have always been an issue for me. I used to put up with it because I was under the impression that it was part of the "secret sauce" that made Mastodon work where other more full-featured venues like Diaspora* and Friendica had never really taken off, but these days I'm inclined to think it was mainly good marketing and good timing on Gargron's part -- and that now those limitations are turning around to bite people, especially the more vulnerable ones (and the occasional fluke like WW, who I believe to be sincere about wanting to be a good community member despite having a highly unequal status in society at large).
Cindy Brown
  
Mastodon I think benefits from the crowd that would otherwise enjoy twitter more.  It's okay.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:04:57 -0400  
Posted by the TweetCord bot in the PaperDemon server yesterday (I started typing this yesterday, but then busyness happened):

Hi guys. Developer of Tweetcord here.

As some of you might've noticed, streams stopped working some time late last night. This is because Twitter put an end to the old Stream API, which is what Tweetcord used. Keep in mind the Stream API is 100% free, or well.. it used to be.

The replacement, a webhook-based solution, costs roughly $12 per user (250 streams = $2900).
This would mean running Tweetcord would cost me close to $15000 (fifteen thousand) dollars a month, increasing with $600 every week (assuming Tweetcord's growth is linear).

So that's where we're at. I have zero intention of supporting a platform as egotistical and selfish as what Twitter now has become, and so, by the time you're reading this.. the bot has been officially shut down. Forever.

For more information on the topic, please visit http://apps-of-a-feather.com/.

# BreakingMyTwitter
-Aetheryx#2222


(...and in case there's any discussion on Hubzilla: #BreakingMyTwitter)

This is why social media needs to be not controlled by profit-motivated people.

(<refrains from launching into related rant>)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Here is a quick explanation of why the system is so broken (especially in the US).

There is an ongoing conflict between the Leftarian take-care-of-everyone-so-we-can-get-on-with-things philosophy and Rightist social Darwinism and power-for-its-own-sake.

We (the Left) set up systems to take care of people; where the Right can't outright destroy them, it renders them as ineffective and punitive as possible -- because egalitarianism is bad, and disempowering the lower classes so they will be desperate to serve the powerful is good. If some of them die in the process, that's even better, because it culls the herd of outliers and rebels, and makes the rest more likely to fall into line, which improves the bottom line.

I wish I was exaggerating.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:44:04 -0400  
I'm seriously considering hosting Amber, a 23yo transgirl who until recently lived in Maryland, here at Hypertwin Manor.

I've never done anything like this before, and I'm looking for more options.

She flew to visit a friend in Texas a couple of weeks ago (I think the friend paid for the ticket), but now her mom -- who always wanted her out of the house, disparages her constantly, and misgenders her -- is saying she can't go home.

I'm going to make my opinion very clear to you.  I don't like what you're doing and I don't approve of it, and I won't accept it.  I will just tolerate it - barely - because there's nothing else I can do about it.
-- Amber's mom, re being trans

She hasn't actually bought a return ticket yet; she could fly into RDU in ~2 weeks and I could pick her up. That part is easy

The problem is that this is bound to be a huge anxiety issue for @Harena Atria (my hypertwin aka partner), plus we won't really have a room for her until late August. (Amber is perfectly willing to sleep on the couch or the floor or whatever; it's more the awkwardness of sharing our common space with someone we barely know.)

My thinking is that Harena might be willing/able to deal with this if she knew we had a backup plan -- somewhere else for Amber to go if H's anxiety won't go away after getting to know her, or if any other substantial problems arise. As yet, though, I can't think of anyone I could ask.

Amber seems perfectly willing and able to start looking for a job as soon as she gets here, so as to support herself, and has said she'll work any job that will have her (grocery bagging, whatever) though she would be particularly qualified to work in a gaming store. She doesn't drive, but can bicycle -- I can loan her my bike for that purpose, and there's a large number of entry-level employers within biking distance (including a couple of gaming stores).

She has also clearly stated that she's willing to help with chores around the house, which is something we could really use. So this could be of great mutual benefit, if it works out.

Half the time I think I really shouldn't be taking this on, at least not now... and half the time I think it could work out. ...but even when I'm thinking it's a bad idea, I also can't not sympathize with her terror over having no place to go, no home to return to. I feel seriously torn.

I think it ultimately comes down to really needing  an exit plan, mainly for Harena's sake.

I'm looking for ideas and advice.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Update: I found Amber a home with some friends in Oregon. She arrived there yesterday morning.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
One thing I'm noticing about Hubzilla is that my notifications are kind of out of control. I'll come back after a couple of days and there are thousands of notifs in my "grid". What does this mean? Is this equivalent to the federated timeline on Mastodon, and I shouldn't expect to be able to make sense of it?

If it's basically a federated timeline, is there some way to turn off the counter? ...because I know there's no way I can possibly keep up with them, but having that number sitting up there makes it look like there's something I need to look at. (...and it doesn't seem to account for the ones that I have actually looked at, either. Maybe if I open them up individually from the drop-down it would. Usually I just "mark all grid notifications seen", though, because there are just too many.)

I probably should upgrade before making comments on the UX, but I'm still leery of the upgrade process. It went okay once, I think... but I've been burned before by Friendica (and Redmine, but that's Rails).
Woozle Hypertwin
  
I don't see "Settings" anywhere... is that on the channel connection page or somewhere else?
Mario Vavti
 
Click your profile image in the nav bar...
Mario Vavti
 
You should probably really consider an upgade. 2.4 is more than a year old and we have shipped many security and usability updates since...

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Tue, 29 May 2018 10:26:00 -0400  
This arrived in our in-box this morning, and I just had to post it.

Subject: Tiскеt#755701883: [<email address redacted>] 29.05.2018 02:32:03 Attention
Contents::
Hello.

Do not pay attention on my illiteracy, I am  from Romania.We uploaded the malicious program on your OS.Since that moment I thiefted all confidential information from your OS. Withal I received slightly more compromising.The most interesting evidence which I have- its a video with your self-abusing.I adjusted malware on a porn web site and then you loaded it. As soon as you chose the video and tapped on a play, my virus at once downloaded on your system.

After loading, your camera shoot the record with you wanking,  moreover software captured precisely the porn video you watched. In next few days my malicious software collected all your social media and email contacts.

If you want to destroy the records- transfer me 330 usd in Bitcoins.
I provide you my Bitcoin wallet address - 13JmGguKtpikbWrvwGXTznPpH7mZfSYZyi  

You have 30 h. to go after reading. If I get transaction I will erase the video forever. Differently I will send the video to all your colleagues and friends

I can imagine that if you just happened to have done the things described (wanked in front of your laptop and also visited a porn site) recently, you might be all OMG THEY KNOW EVERYTHING, THIS MUST BE REAL!

...but even then, I kind of find it hard to imagine feeling threatened by that, in this day and age. A lot of people wank in front of their laptops and visit porn sites; so what? "Oh no, my co-workers will find out that I do something a lot of people do, and that I've been targeted by a harasser, and they will see some unflattering pictures of me!" Unless you work in someplace absolutely terrible, I'd think you'd get sympathy from this.

Also, the fact that they don't name any of these "co-workers" kind of suggests that they have no idea who your co-workers actually are.

Or where you work.

Or pretty much anything, really, because it's almost certainly a mass-mailing and they're just throwing spam against the wall until something sticks.

P.S. Thanks, Capitalism!
Woozle Hypertwin
  
YouBrokeTheInternet has a page about scams like this.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Tue, 29 May 2018 10:03:46 -0400  
Nice email template you got there, guvna.

<paste>
Hi there,
I reached out last week but haven't heard back. I wanted to see if there was an opportunity to sponsor a post on Mastodon hosted on toot.cat.
Please see my initial email below.
Best wishes,
Glen

On Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM, Glen Wilks <glenwilks91@gmail.com> wrote:

    Hi there,

    I just read #science - Toot.Cat, I've shown it to some colleagues and we think a collaboration between us could work well. I represent a digital marketing agency currently working with a leading architecture and design firm. We would like to feature a unique piece of content on your site on behalf of our client. For the privilege, we'd be happy to pay you somewhere in the region of $30.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Best wishes,

    Glen
</paste>

P.S. I checked, and there was no previous email from that address. This is clearly trying to push the recipient's "missed opportunity" emo button.
 spam
Woozle Hypertwin
  last edited: Wed, 09 May 2018 16:34:02 -0400  
Hold the presses, I take that back -- the quoted email was actually received on March 17; it just took Thunderbird awhile to find it.

So maybe I should send him a polite email saying "no"? Or should that be "hell no"?

...and then the idea of posting it with a "sponsored content" CW starts creeping into my head... but I bet it's too long to fit into a toot anyway.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
PZ Myers was asking about federated alternatives to Facebleck, so I pointed him here (oops, shouldn't have capitalized the Z). We'll see if anything comes of this...

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Yet another item in the long list of small problems with MediaWiki:

I'm trying to move a set of pages from one place to another. I've created a template to link to members of that set -- so when I've moved the pages, I just have to change the template instead of going to each page and updating the link(s) on that page.

(Yes, I could just create redirects -- but those tend to become double-redirects, i.e. broken, over time.)

I can get a list of all the pages where the template is used -- but not a list of all the actual target pages to which those pages link, which is probably a much smaller number.

I guess I can search for all the page titles that match the template... but that seems crude.

There's also no way (without checking all the "what links here" results) to see if any of those pages are linking directly to a page I want to move, rather than going through the template.

I may just have to risk (probably) killing some internal links, because I don't have the time to check each one properly.

The way it should really work is that once a page exists, any links to it should refer to its unique ID rather than its title (aka location), at least by default. (I can imagine that being able to link explicitly to a title could still be useful, but it would be an edge case.)
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Also, I keep getting caught in a dilemma where I have a list of things on a page, and the links go to subpages of that page. I want to name the list page "{thing plural}", but the parent page for each of the subpages should be "{thing singular}".

Current example: "Linux/commands" is the obvious title for a page that lists commands in Linux, but the title for the page for each command should be "Linux/command/{name of command}" (note the singular).

There are solutions, but none that are problem-free.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
As discussed on Mastodon some time ago, I've become leery of the "dystopian future" trope in popular fiction -- especially where it seems to be supplanting hope for any real improvement. We're increasingly living in a dystopian future, however benign it may seem in some ways; those of us who choose to stay informed are all too aware of the risks we're running by continuing on this path, and the people whose lives are being harmed and destroyed by what is already happening. We despair of ever coming to a better place again. While many of us have ideas about how we can help improve things, we lack a shared vision of what a positive future might look like, given where we are at present.

I've also noted that it would be nice if there were a libre fictiverse -- a fictional universe that was freely available for anyone to write for, to present in film, audio, or whatever other formats they want, and to profit from that work however they like without having to get a license from a copyright holder.

For example, there have been dozens or even hundreds of fan-produced Star Trek films, often of studio quality (certainly exceeding the production values of the original series) -- but the fans who produce these works are not allowed to exchange copies or viewings for money, and the corporate owners of the various key pieces of Star Trek "intellectual property" keep a tight leash on what they are allowed to do, backed by occasional threats of legal action.

Given as well the dystopian nature of many recent Star Trek novels -- which completely negates the whole point of Trek and is something I could write about at greater length -- the time seems ripe to combine the two: create a fictiverse with an optimistic view of the future that is available for everyone to build on however they wish.

I've got some worldbuilding ideas (and maybe stories) I plan to post, but others should feel free to run with any of it in whatever direction they wish. Fork on!
Stuart Butterworth
  
I started work on something a while back (I think i was for CampNaNo back in April) that I abandoned pretty quickly as a) I couldn't figure out how to tie it all together, and b) a better idea came along, and I can't help but feel that this would be perfect.
Karma - A Comedy Of Justice would feature a central story arc, with an effectively infinite series of inter-twining, branching series of anthology stories. Basic concept - a man discovers that he has lived a previous life, and been reincarnated because of the actions he performed in that life. It soon becomes obvious that the universe is playing a massive practical joke on him, as every human who has ever lived is him in either a past or a future life...
And now I've written all that out, it sounds utterly crap...
Maria Karlsen
  
No it doesn't sound like crap but it sounds very complicated and difficult to sort out;-) Like...is he is own father? And mother too?
Stuart Butterworth
  
That's the general gist - he is his own son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, mortal enemy...

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:35:19 -0500  
(It's about time I tried some serious posting here...)

It's important to always follow due process.
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2017: Liberals politely invite neo-fascists to debate their opinions in TV, then prove them wrong with their witty arguments. White supremacy, *phobia and neo-fascism promptly disappear from the public discourse.
(via Antanicus @ social.coop on the Mastodon network)

Well... okay, it's important for the oppressed to follow it. The oppressors have more important things to do. The spice must flow.

It's also important that the oppressed not appear to be reasonable about things like due process, so that it's fair if the oppressors won't follow it [either].

This is how actual Fake News is created: not by lying about the facts (usually), but by distorting popular perception (in this case, popular perception of The Feminist Position(tm)).
by Ijeoma Oluo‏
Verified account @IjeomaOluo

"Yeah so check this shit out:

today I got a call from a major national paper I'd never worked with before, offering work...

Saying they were writing an editorial about these recent sexual harassment and abuse cases. They were going to write about how it's great that women are coming forward, but that we need to treat each case individually and remember due process.

They wanted to know if I would write a rebuttal to their editorial.

I was like, um... call me... I need more info.

This woman calls me, says basically the same thing... they're glad women are coming forward but they support due process etc. Would I write a counter to that?

I'm like, "no, because of course I believe in due process, but I'll write a response. "

I say I'll happily write about how their priorities are skewed and that the due process that's missing is the due process for the women coming forward. & if anything, these stories of years of abuse are testament to men getting more than due process.

And maybe instead of immediately trying to recenter the concerns of men because, like, 5 white dudes got fired, we should wonder about the countless women whose careers never even got off the ground because when they were harassed, there was NO process, let alone due process.

She says she'll ask the editors and get back to me.

She calls back a few minutes later and says, "what they want is to write that they believe in due process...& they want you to write that you don't. &if a few innocent men get fired it's worth it to protect women...

"Will you write that? "

I'm like, "NO."

So now I'm sitting here like [pictured]

Because to me, this is how this shit looks: they wanted to write a "reasonable" editorial that makes them look compassionate yet responsible while slyly shifting this debate back to the needs of men...

While I play the role of feminazi yelling, "FUCK DUE PROCESS FIRE ALL DUDES."

And an actual response to their shit, pointing out how their debate is contrived misogynistic bullshit is not at all what they want.

So dudes can shit their pants in fear &label us as unhinged vigilantes and they can go back to ignoring abuse while looking like the good guys.

And they wanted to use me to do that.

This is an insult to my work, an insult to my intellect, and an insult to every person who has been brave enough to come forward with abuse.

And so much of this discussion is deliberately orchestrated like this.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around what just went down. But for now I'll say this: don't be manipulated into prioritizing abusers over the abused. Look at the debates happening & always ask: who benefits from this dialogue the way that it is?

Note: I misspoke on first tweet. My first contact with them was via email, not call. They emailed me & then I told them to call me.
(via Nila Jones on G+)

There's a follow up here (Tweet, comment) which almost makes me madder than the above, and is redeemed only somewhat by the fact that USA Today was apparently unable to find someone else they could present as an Angry Feminist(tm) to write their rebuttal.

(Incidentally, this kind of exposes the whole sham of their "unique feature" of presenting a rebuttal to every editorial position: they get to choose the position the rebuttal takes. That's not how it works, guys; you're presenting this as an open forum where all ideas are free to be challenged, but what you're creating is an instrument for manipulation... and don't try to tell me that isn't exactly what you intended.)

The author here seriously deserves a medal for her integrity in refusing to take money in exchange for playing the part they tried to assign her (and probably losing any possibility of writing for them ever again), and USA Today deserves a workplace revolt to prevent this kind of thing from ever happening again.

(adapted from posts on Google+ here and here)
Maria Karlsen
  
Oh wow. Thanks for sharing.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
(Her post is actually from yesterday, but for some reason I couldn't share it then.)

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