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transparency, blocking 

Follow requests from self-identified minors? Denied without prejudice. Come back when you're 18.

Follow requests from new accounts with following:follower ratios greater than 2:1, no avatars, no profile, no pronouns, or no public posts? Blocked with prejudice.

Anime avatars? Blocked unless I'm feeling generous.

Public posts show off your bigotry? I'll block you AND your instance.

@ me because you disagree with this? Blocked. :)

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I won't tone police you.

I won't ask you to add a CW or an image caption.

If I don't like what you post I'll just mute you.

Feel free to do the same to me; fair's fair.

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I'm Matthew, a long-haired metalhead from New York who codes for a living and writes sf on their lunch breaks.

My sf is more pastiche than fanfic. I published a couple of novels through a small press in the 2010s.

I no longer post on public, and I don't do much web stuff any longer.

I run tanelorn.city for who want their own sites.

My own stuff is at gemini://starbreaker.org

I'm nonbinary, queer, autistic, and unfriendly. DM me at your own risk.

Being a newbie is like trying to dig into . There's decades of continuity and variations on a theme that are painful to make sense of without an experienced guide.

Edmond's law: no matter how meticulous you are in planning your revenge and limiting its scope to those who have wronged you, your vengeance will eventually spiral out of control and hurt people who have done nothing to deserve your malice.

Named for Edmond Dantès, protagonist of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père

(PS: read the Robin Buss translation if you can't cope with the original French.)

discourse, social media, de-escalation 

Nick Punt has an interesting article suggesting ways to encourage the de-escalation of conflict on antisocial media.

nickpunt.com/blog/deescalating

Their examples are centered around :birdsite: but applicable on Fedi as well.

transparency, blocking 

Follow requests from self-identified minors? Denied without prejudice. Come back when you're 18.

Follow requests from new accounts with following:follower ratios greater than 2:1, no avatars, no profile, no pronouns, or no public posts? Blocked with prejudice.

Anime avatars? Blocked unless I'm feeling generous.

Public posts show off your bigotry? I'll block you AND your instance.

@ me because you disagree with this? Blocked. :)

I wear glasses.
I hate wearing my mask when I go out.
I do it anyway.
If I can do it, so can you.

discourse 

Everybody posting on public all the time and leaving their follows unlocked isn't a recipe for community. It's a recipe for cacophony.

I think Gargron and lain replicated the worst aspects of corporate social media by making Mastodon and Pleroma respectively default to everybody posting on public and everybody being able to follow everybody else.

covering my ass 

I no longer accept follow requests from people under 18. If your profile indicates that you're underage, you're going to have to make do with my occasinal public posts.

How to handle personally identifiable information (PII) 

1. Don't collect PII
2. Don't store PII
3. Don't share PII

If you cannot avoid handling PII in the first place, here's what you should do instead.

1. Don't collect PII you don't need.
2. Don't store PII longer than necessary.
3. Don't share PII with people or organizations who cannot prove a need to know.

Data isn't the new oil. It's the new weapons-grade plutonium. It's best to avoid making it. If you can't avoid making it, contain it.

cynicism 

Never trust idealists. They have a tendency to treat their ideals as ends in themselves and treat living people as means to their ends.

Don't trust cynics, either. They're perfectly capable of using other people as means to an end as well, though perhaps a little less likely to justify it with lofty rhetoric.

Just finished cleaning up my last novel, SILENT CLARION, and uploading it to my site at starbreaker.org

gemini://starbreaker.org/novels/silent-clarion-full-text.gemini

portal.mozz.us/gemini/starbrea

What if are inherently and irredeemably because they demand good hand-eye coordination and the ability to read small type?

What if the is inherently ableist because it demands the ability to read and operate a keyboard?

What if themselves are inherently ableist?

Imagine not having to justify your continued existence on a daily basis.

TL;DW (too long; didn't watch)

TL;DL (too long; didn't listen)

Plain text or GTFO!

I won't tone police you.

I won't ask you to add a CW or an image caption.

If I don't like what you post I'll just mute you.

Feel free to do the same to me; fair's fair.

I'm Matthew, a long-haired metalhead from New York who codes for a living and writes sf on their lunch breaks.

My sf is more pastiche than fanfic. I published a couple of novels through a small press in the 2010s.

I no longer post on public, and I don't do much web stuff any longer.

I run tanelorn.city for who want their own sites.

My own stuff is at gemini://starbreaker.org

I'm nonbinary, queer, autistic, and unfriendly. DM me at your own risk.

Nice to know that you can still add the following to .Xresources and get to start up at a reasonable default size.

Emacs*geometry: 80x24

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