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I waddled onto the beach and stole found a computer to use.

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Note: I’m moderating a handful of communities in more of a caretaker role. If you want to take one on, send me a message and I’ll share some details. :)

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I never bothered to check, but are there multiple organizations making different names? Or just one that has no consistency whatsoever

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Depends where the arm is I think. When it vibrates under the pillow you're using, it can sound very loud

Rethinking Moderation: A Call for Trust Level Systems in the Fediverse

The current state of moderation across various online communities, especially on platforms like Reddit, has been a topic of much debate and dissatisfaction. Users have voiced concerns over issues such as moderator rudeness, abuse, bias, and a failure to adhere to their own guidelines. Moreover, many communities suffer from a...

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Same idea for local communities (ex. A university)

Sometimes the post is urgent, either for the user or as a PSA. I'd want to be able to configure how a system like this would work

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edit: To be clear, I agree that is how it should work for Saturday. For sunday, I'd prefer to use "next" over "this" when referring to the future

Small change

Say it is Wednesday and you want to refer to the immediate upcoming Sunday. Which sounds better:

  • "Next Sunday I will do X" (edited)
  • "This Sunday I will do X" (edited)

To me, "next" feels more appropriate, while "this" feels like it should be past tense, referring to the most recent Sunday that just passed.

This could also be affected by location, and whether Sunday or Monday is the start of the week.

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Oh yes, I guess I should add more words to the examples

  • "Next Saturday I will go to the movies"
  • "This Saturday I will go to the movies"

"this" feels more appropriate

  • "Next Sunday I will go to the movies"
  • "This Sunday I will go to the movies"

"next" feels more appropriate

Even with the "coming" to clarify, it feels more natural to associate "this" with items that are in this week (Sunday to Saturday) and "next" with items that start on the following week's Sunday

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Yep that makes sense :)

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I wasn't super clear in my first comment, I clarified more here

https://lemmy.ca/comment/7703958

This was more about digging further into why some words feel correct over others, and if the pattern is consistent enough to define it as:

  • "This": for when the date is present in the current week (Sunday-Saturday)"
  • "Next": for when the date is present in the next week (starting on the following Sunday)

If there's a chance of ambiguity, I usually clarify

Why are people so antsy to see others in person?

I WFH, every year one of the goals that the rest of the team decides is that it's "so great" to see each other in person. The past few years haven't worked out but one did. I spent hours in a couple of airports, the huge expense for the company, I spent days away from my family, and for what? So you could look me in my same face...

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It depends a lot on the group of people, but sometimes introverts can prefer in person interactions. With online meetings, there's usually one person in focus and that makes it harder to pop in and speak. With in person sessions, you can speak one on one.

It depends person to person, dynamics of the team, and the costs of meeting in person.

For example, this could be more true for younger team members who may not have a strong social network / a family at home

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My guess is similar to everyone else, that the dryness is affecting it. Cold air might dry things out, especially if you're breathing heavily through your mouth since your nose feels cold (and cold weather can be strenuous). That might cause it to get dryer, or decrease saliva production entirely and make things thicker

This might be a weird thing to experiment with, but that might give you some areas to test out

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As well as old.lemmy.ca (or the other frontends)

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Sometimes I see the content flash across the screen before the signin popup. Maybe an extension could take advantage of that?

GitHub - j-fbriere/squawker: An open-source privacy oriented Twitter/X client ( github.com )

Basicallly the only vialable nitter altnerative I'm aware of at the moment, biggest downsides being you need a twitter account and you can only access it through android, but it does offer the abillity to see your feed in an rss style, aka no recommendations, which is very useful if you only need to follow a few remaining...

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Well, the client can collect no data other than what is needed for twitter to work

Same as how newpipe is privacy respecting

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    Yep, only the necessary data is federated. The other relevant data that's logged (which is much less than what other social media platforms collect to be fair) could potentially be abused

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    The username feels related to the context of the post lol

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    I'd like to hope that it's possible for some people to hold out and moderate effectively, such as by self reflection to make sure

    jaded, indifferent, mad with power, etc.

    isn't happening. Then again, I didn't moderate the massive subs on Reddit so maybe it gets harder with those.

    Having a mod code of conduct / best practices would help avoid some of these issues on Lemmy

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    Sure, but for the time being the admins on Lemmy are actively trying to set up something better than Reddit. Without the profit incentive, that might continue to happen

    I agree about the power mods problem

    TIL about Sublinks, a Java-based alternative to Lemmy's backend ( github.com )

    Today I learned about Sublinks (here), an open-source project that aims to be a drop-in replacement for the backend of Lemmy, a federated link aggregator and microblogging platform. Sublinks is designed to be initially API-compatible with Lemmy, allowing existing Lemmy clients, such as Lemmy-UI, to integrate seamlessly....

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    I asked about that earlier today, and this is the explanation

    It’s in Java, so there’s that overhead. But mostly, it’s less about “efficiency at all costs” and more about maintainability, being easier to contribute to / review, and having a less toxic development community. It’s got more developers working on it than Lemmy, and it’s in a language more people are familiar with (Java). It’s roadmap is also not constrained by the viewpoints of a small group of fairly, uh, controversial figures.

    After the 1:1 compatibility phase is over, they’re both free to and planning to implement more features that the Lemmy devs either won’t or can’t be arsed to do.

    The comment: https://lemmy.ca/comment/7677015

    otter ,
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    Really cool! I've been waiting to see something like this. Excited to see it develop

    otter ,
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    I might be missing this each time I check, but what is different about sublinks? Visually the demo looks the same

    Is it a front-end that's easier to contribute to? Can instances come back to Lemmy if it doesn't work out?

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    I see

    How would this compare efficiency wise, because my understanding was that Lemmys backend was very efficient and that was a big advantage

    otter ,
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    I see, thanks for the info :)

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    A lot of the games I wanted to try as a kid

    Some of them aren't as fun as I thought it would be, but at least I can still try them and confirm

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    That's really cool, thank you for sharing :)

    otter OP ,
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    Sacabambaspis is an extinct genus of jawless fish that lived in the Ordovician period

    https://lemmy.ca/pictrs/image/e88b3a05-0b78-4b74-ba70-6d09e871b202.jpeg

    I love it

    otter OP ,
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    Good to know, thank you :)

    Setting my name now

    otter OP , (edited )
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    Ah not this again (EDIT: see this link for a better explanation than mine: https://lemmy.ca/comment/5401873 )

    Your source there lists it as:

    CIA → RFA → OTF → Signal

    My understanding is that the CIA operated a news agency in the 50s, then decades later the 2012 president of the news agency started the Open Technology Fund to "help better protect reporters and sources for the news organization with enhanced digital security technology". That organization made (publicly documented) investments in projects including the Tor Project and Signal. Even if someone thinks the OTF is sinister, the total amount over 5 years was $3M.

    Condensing all that into "Signal is CIA funded" is silly, and it's even sillier to imply that Signal is controlled by the CIA as a honeypot.

    Also, it's open source. Given how popular it is, and how much constant scrutiny the code is under, we should notice any issues that pop up.

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    Something fun I spotted while checking links: a comment from the Signal subreddit linked to the Lemmy discussion that I was looking for. Lemmy's SEO isn't as good, but I found it indirectly anyways

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    It's very misleading (or straight up false), see the other comments

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    I think it's on all the browsers

    Instance Assistant

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    Huh, so people DO get tired with apps nickel and diming every interaction

    Want to filter by more than 2 things? Pay up. Want to send a message? Pay up. Want some privacy measures? Pay up. Also the features are scattered across multiple paid plans, with separate per-item costs for roses/likes/super-likes etc.

    This isn't limited to Bumble either

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    I think this post would have done better as a meta post than a question, because the question portion feels shoehorned in

    Generally I agree with the sentiment that people voting on Lemmy sometimes don't look at what community it's posted to. With the smaller userbase, more people see each post but some users miss the culture / practices of the community before commenting and voting. This community was having similar issues, but it's been better recently

    Now as for that post:

    • the community nostupidquestions is a good catchall for most questions, but it isn't a "ask questions with no rules" comm

    • even the reddit version had rules around bad faith questions. "Rule 9: No disguised rants, agenda posts, potstirring, disruptive topics".

    That doesn't mean no controversial questions, but rather no bad faith questions. If it's not clear, I lean towards giving the OP the benefit of the doubt. If I feel that they have an agenda or are asking in bad faith, I'll also downvote and/or report it.

    Why does our civilization send signals and our location into space?

    Individually doing atmospheric analysis for every planet in the galaxy is probably an impossible task for a civilisation confined to a single solar system. Listening for signals is something our civilisation already does. If we discover radio signals from a primitive civilisation in the next star system over there's a non-zero...

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    There are some fun Kurzgesagt videos on this, for those that might be less familiar with the theory / discussion:

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    Really cool! Could that code be rendered as markdown afterwards?

    I posted this in !fediverse some time ago about guides and megathreads going out of date.

    https://lemmy.ca/post/6390931

    This might be a good way to handle stuff like that, so you only have to edit in one place. Even if it doesn't render, having a plaintext guide might be ok?

    Privacy friendly fitness tracker recommendations

    I'm looking for advice on a privacy friendly fitness tracker. One that doesn't require storing my personal data on a third party site, where I can sync the data locally using an open source program. I do have a PineTime but it doesn't really track metrics and I question the accuracy of the heat rate monitor. FitBit is owned by...

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    https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/categories/wearables/

    If you're picking from the popular ones, Garmin is usually recommended even with their cloud services enabled. I know some models allow you to stop syncing data indefinitely. I assume it should be possible to only sync through gadgetbridge or the cable, but I haven't checked extensively. For example, if you just set it up without connecting it to Garmin services

    If you make a list of what specific features you need/want/avoid, it might help narrow things down

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    This sounds similar to !digitalcommunitybuilding, which was in the process of setting up :)

    For kbin

    https://kbin.social/m/digitalcommunitybuilding@slrpnk.net

    otter ,
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    This is something that's also been in the back of my mind. It would be great to have some best practices listed somewhere, or just a general knowledge base

    I wrote down some ideas and never got around to doing something about it

    Youtube stopped working on Firefox when signed in

    Last Friday everything worked fine. Today, if I try to watch a video while signed in to Google account I can only do it with quality set to auto that then defaults to 144p or 240p. Setting quality to 360p or higher results in constant buffering like we're back in 2008 and 720p does not even start playing. Tried Firefox on my...

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    It seems to be working for me, so maybe it's some Google A&B testing?

    Try switching your user agent to chrome to see if it fixes it, that might be proof of some trickery

    alarm app

    I need an alarm app that lets me scan QR codes. I find that it helps me get out of bed and take my meds in a timely manner. I have QRalarm but it's a onetime use alarm and I can't schedule times for certain days which I find to be really important. I normally use alarmy but it requires the Google Play store and I'd prefer to not...

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    Ah makes sense :)

    I find that it's similar to security questions, where I might not remember what exactly to input when I need to regenerate it. "qrcode" vs. "QR-code" etc.

    A better solution to my problem might be to add the code as text, underneath the image when printing it out

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