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Reviewer at Hugo-winning, Ignyte-winning blog Nerds of a Feather. Longlisted for the 2022 and 2023 Best Fan Writer Hugos. Buy my book: https://mybook.to/ToClimatesUnknown https://books2read.com/u/3J6KYX

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theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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How did my comrades come to know that they were autistic?

@actuallyautistic

carturo222 ,
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@theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic In the most autistic manner: I read the Wikipedia list of every single mental disorder and started ruling out one by one until I found a match.

pzmyers , to Random stuff
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I don't think this illustration is medically accurate. Or useful.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2024/04/05/are-my-lungs-really-that-garish/

carturo222 ,
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@pzmyers Why yes, my heart is an enormous green sphere covered in orange blobs.

georgetakei , to Random stuff
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The one instance where it's appropriate to put Trump's name on a building 😂 https://secondnexus.com/rename-dulles-airport-trump-prison?utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=infeed&utm_campaign=linkprogram

carturo222 ,
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@georgetakei Naming a landfill after him would be too much of an honor.

scalzi , to Random stuff
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So, I have just turned fediverse sharing for my Threads account (@jscalzi), which means it's now accessible via Mastodon and other federated applications and programs. That said, if you are on Mastodon, my primary account here is https://mastodon.social/@scalzi and will remain so for the forseeable future. I use both in somewhat different ways. My Threads account, I will note, is where I gripe about US politics/social stuff more. In any event, hello, fediverse, again!

carturo222 ,
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@scalzi I hope you don't mind if I unfollow your Threads profile because I'd rather follow everything from Mastodon.

Framasoft , to Random stuff French
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Une nouvelle semaine commence et vous avez loupé l’actualité de celle qui est passée ? Heureusement, @Khrys vous a concocté son fameux lisible sur le Framablog.

https://framablog.org/2024/03/11/khryspresso-du-lundi-11-mars-2024/

carturo222 ,
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@Framasoft Merveilleux, vous reconnaissez que la semaine commence au lundi. Mais pourquoi commence-t-elle au dimanche dans Framagenda? Comment on la peut corriger?

georgetakei , to Random stuff
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It baguettes the question.

carturo222 ,
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@georgetakei My radio speaks in Spanish, but it's from Japan.

theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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Have my comrades ever been in love?

@actuallyautistic

carturo222 ,
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@theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic
Happily married for 7 years now.

pzmyers , to Random stuff
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carturo222 ,
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@pzmyers I, for one, am learning a lot about my cells' Panatolamlortiont.

georgetakei , to Random stuff
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carturo222 ,
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@georgetakei Not everyone can rock ten pounds of makeup while making it look easy.

Gargron , to Random stuff
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I'm 31 years old now :catjam:

carturo222 ,
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@Gargron Happy trip around the sun.

scalzi , to Random stuff
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Smudge, unfairly denied the right to go outside in 2 degree (Fahrenheit, -16 Celsius) weather, looks reprovingly at those who would deny him his freedom

carturo222 ,
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Gargron , to Random stuff
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Long cat is long.

carturo222 ,
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Gargron , to Firefox
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is by far the best browser on desktop. Let me be clear, I am not saying that because I am ideologically opposed to using Google products. I use YouTube and Google Workspaces. Chrome genuinely has nothing to offer over Firefox. If your website doesn't work in Firefox then I'm not using your website.

carturo222 ,
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@Gargron I love Firefox, but Vivaldi's native tab superpowers have won me over.

georgetakei , to Random stuff
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Oh, so now she refuses to reach across the aisle?

carturo222 ,
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@georgetakei She can't reach anywhere. Her hands are already fully occupied.

theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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For those of my comrades who understood that they're autistic later in life, did you find that the realization helped you get your life into a better spot? Or did it make things more complicated?

@actuallyautistic

carturo222 ,
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@theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic It has helped me be less angry at myself. I'm not damaged; I'm just running on Debian while everyone else is an iPhone.

ThatOneKirbyMain2568 , (edited ) to Fediverse
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I've been thinking a bit about this post regarding 's responsibility to be compatible with the ( thread aggregators like & ). Right now, a thread from Lemmy or Kbin usually federates to Mastodon with truncated text and a link to the actual thread. However, many want Mastodon to be more compatible with threads so that the people over on Mastodon interact with the threadiverse more.

I was initially in agreement as a Kbin user. But having given it some thought, I think this is an unwise approach that'll only serve to overcomplicate platforms on the . Yes, people on Mastodon should promote other parts of the fediverse (and vice versa), but complete interoperability shouldn't be expected of every platform.

As much as many would like it, you can't have long-form video from PeerTube, images from Pixelfed, threads from Kbin, blogs from Writefreely, etc. all neatly fit in a microblog feed. These are different formats made for different platforms, and the people making them are expecting them to be interacted with in completely different ways. When someone makes a thread in a Lemmy community, they're probably expecting that the people who are going to see and interact with the thread are people that want to see threads and are thus on a Lemmy instance (or another thread aggregator). If someone from Mastodon were to interact with it as if it were a microblog post, there'd be a big mismatch. People interact with microblogs differently than they do with threads — that's why they're separate to begin with. You don't see everyone on Twitter also wanting to use to Reddit because people who want microblogs don't necessarily want Reddit-style threads, and vice versa.

The other option, then, is to separate these different formats into different feeds or otherwise make them clearly distinct from one another. Kbin does this by separating threads and microblog posts into two tabs. While you can view both in the "All Content" tab if you'd like, they're styled differently enough that it's very clear when you're looking at a thread and when you're looking at a microblog post. This distinction lets users treat threads like threads and microblog posts like microblog posts, which is really helpful since the two formats serve different purposes and have different audiences. This option — clear distinction — is a great way to solve the conundrum I've been talking about… if your platform is meant for viewing all these different kinds of content to begin with.

And that's what it really comes down to imo. Mastodon is a platform for microblogging. Most people go to Mastodon because they want a Twitter alternative, not a Twitter alternative that's also an Instagram alternative and a Reddit alternative and a YouTube alternative. Even if you put these different content types in separate tabs, it would inevitably make things seem more confusing and thus raise the barrier of entry. Add a Videos tab to Mastodon to view stuff on PeerTube, and people are inevitably going to go, "Wait, what's this? Is this like YouTube? I thought this was just a Twitter alternative! This all seems too complicated," even if you tell them to ignore it.

It's probably best to leave Mastodon as it is: a microblogging platform that has some limited federation with other formats. The way Kbin threads currently display on Mastodon is fine. In fact, when I post a Kbin thread, I'm expecting it to be viewed via a thread aggregator. If people on Mastodon were part of the target audience, I would've made a microblog post.

Now, if you want to make something that lets you view everything on the fediverse via different tabs, feel free. As aforementioned, Kbin supports both threads and microblogs, though it comes with some challenges (e.g., trying to fit magazine-less microblog posts into Kbin's magazine system). However, this doesn't mean every platform on the fediverse needs to seamlessly incorporate everything else. I'd love people on Mastodon to promote and even try out Lemmy & Kbin more, but that doesn't mean Mastodon needs to also become a thread aggregator.

carturo222 ,
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@ThatOneKirbyMain2568
It continues to puzzle me that Friendica isn't even mentioned. Friendica can do exactly what a completist would ask for: display content from PeerTube and Pixelfed and Kbin and Mastodon and Lemmy impeccably in a single timeline.

theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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What are the passions of my comrades?

@actuallyautistic

carturo222 ,
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@theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic
Right now, nonviolent videogames.

masimatutu , to Fediverse en-gb
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Mastodon has the responsibility to promote diversity in the Fediverse

I love the Threadiverse. Compared to the microblogging Fediverse’s sea of random thoughts, Lemmy and kbin are so much easier to navigate with the options to sort posts by subscribed, from local instances or everything federated. You can also sort by individual community, and then there are the countless ways to order the posts and comments (which are stored neatly under the main post, by the way). That people can more easily find the right discussions and see where they can contribute also means that the discussions tend to be more focused and productive than elsewhere. Decentralisation also makes a lot of sense, since it is built around different communities. All that’s needed is users.

Things were going quite well for a while when Reddit killed third-party apps, prompting many to leave and find the Threadiverse. However, it is quite difficult to entertain a crowd that has grown accustomed to a constant bombardment of dopamine-inducing or interesting content by tens of millions of users, if you only have a couple hundred thousand people. This is causing some to leave, which of course increases this effect. The active users have more than halved since July, according to FediDB. The mood is also becoming more tense. Maybe the lack of engagement drives some to cause it through hostility, I’m not quite sure. Either way, the Threadiverse becoming a less enjoyable place to be, which is quite sad considering how promising it is.

But what is really frustrating is that we could easily have that userbase. The entire Fediverse has over ten million users, and many Mastodonians clearly want to engage in group-based discussion, looking at Guppe groups. The focused discussions should also be quite attractive. Technically we are federated, so why do Mastodonians interact so little with the Threadiverse? The main reason is that Mastodon simply doesn’t federate post content. I really can’t see why the platform that federates entire Wordpress blogs refuses to federate thread content just because it has a title, and instead just replaces the body with a link to the post. Very unhelpful.

The same goes with PeerTube. There are plenty of videos on there that I am quite sure a lot of Mastodonians would appreciate, yet both views and likes there stay consistently in the tens. Yes, Mastodon’s web interface has a local video player, but in most clients it is the same link shenanigans, may may partly explain the small amount of engagement. This is also quite sad, because Google’s YouTube is one of the worst social network monopolies out there, if not the worst.

And I know some might say that Mastodon is a microblogging platform and that it makes sense only to have microblogging content, but the problem is that Mastodon is the dominant platform on the Fediverse, its users making up close to 80% of all Fedizens. It has gone so far that several Friendica and Hubzilla users have been complaining about complaints from Mastodonians that their posts do not live up to Mastodon customs, and of course, that people frequently use “Mastodon” to refer to the entire Fediverse. This, of course, goes entirely against the idea of the Fediverse, that many diverse platforms live in harmony with and awareness of each other.

The very least that Mastodon could do is to support the content of other platforms. Then I’d wish that they’d improve discoverability, by for instance adding a videos tab in the explore section, improving federation of favourites since it is the dominant sorting mechanism on many other platforms, and making a clear distinction between people (@person) and groups (!group), but I know that that is quite much to ask.

P.S. @feditips , @FediFollows , I know that you are reluctant to promote Lemmy and its communities because of the ideology of its founders, but the fact is firstly that it’s open source and there aren't any individual people who control the entire project, and that the software itself is very apolitical. In fact, most Lemmy users both oppose and are on instances that have rules against such beliefs, so I highly encourage you to at least help raise awareness on the communities. Then, of course, there’s kbin, which isn’t associated with any extremism at all. As a bonus, it has much better integration with the microblogging Fediverse, but it is a lot smaller and younger, and still very much under development.

Anyways, that was a ramble. Thanks for hearing me out.

@fediverse

carturo222 ,
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@Masimatutu @tigerjerusalem
If I weren't already so involved in Mastodon, I'd follow all my Fediverse interests from Friendica. It can follow Mastodon and Pixelfed with no problem, and it presents Kbin and Lemmy content in their proper format.

carturo222 ,
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@spaduf For Mastodon or Friendica?

theautisticcoach , (edited ) to ActuallyAutistic group
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Do my comrades feel well supported by their families?

@actuallyautistic

carturo222 ,
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@theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic
My family is now basically my husband, so I have to answer yes.

Gargron , to Random stuff
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Since I use instead of Spotify, I have to make do with this. My albums of the year.

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  • carturo222 ,
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    @Gargron I just switched to Tidal, and discovering Half Moon Run has been a happy surprise.

    ThatOneKirbyMain2568 , to Fediverse
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    I've noticed that a lot of people on the aren't particularly welcoming to those who don't initially get it or have trouble with it. You'd think that if multiple people say they have trouble picking an instance, it might be a genuine barrier to entry that we need to consider when introducing them to the fediverse. But no, instead of suggesting an instance to get rid of that barrier everyone gives unhelpful advice like "just pick one" or "it's not that hard." We'd have a much easier time getting people on the fediverse if there weren't so many people with this attitude of "the fediverse is simple, and the people who don't get it are lazy and should try harder."

    carturo222 ,
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    @ThatOneKirbyMain2568 @wizardbeard I recently switched Lemmy instances, and didn't see an option to carry my follows with me the way you can in Mastodon.

    theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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    Do my comrades play with their tongue in their mouths constantly?

    Licking the teeth etc.

    @actuallyautistic

    carturo222 ,
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    @theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic
    I've been known to distractedly chew on my tongue in a way that has been described by observers as obscene.

    theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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    Good evening comrades!

    Who are some of your favorite musicians that bring you a huge smile?

    @actuallyautistic

    carturo222 ,
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    @theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic Minimalists are my catnip. Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass.

    theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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    Do my comrades love their plushies / stuffed animals?

    Are they a big part of your life?

    What do they mean to YOU?

    Who are your favorites? Where are they from? Is there a story?

    Introduce them!

    @actuallyautistic

    carturo222 ,
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    @theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic
    In our home, we somehow ended up following the rule that there must be an animal for each trip we go on, and it must be in black and white.

    Plush panda, zebra, horse and dog.

    theautisticcoach , to ActuallyAutistic group
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    Good morning comrades.

    For the next 24 hours, go ahead and ASK ME ANYTHING.

    Autism, history, food, spirituality, coffee, gardening, home design, torah, mindfulness, or anything in between!

    I'm at your disposal.

    @actuallyautistic

    carturo222 ,
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    @theautisticcoach @actuallyautistic How did you discover your autism?

    carturo222 , to Random stuff
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    From Paizo's newly published playtest:
    "To start off, we are working to make sure that Second Edition is going to be 100% compatible with Second Edition, meaning that you’ll be able to use content from both games interchangeably."
    That's it. I'm sold.

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