Dear #LazyMastodon,

I'm involved setting a up a new mastodon server along with @tillkruss and @blaine for our home town of 10,000 people. Obviously not all of them will join!

What are some tried-and-tested sets of server rules, terms of service, moderation protocols etc. that others have used for similar sized servers? We'd like to be good fediverse citizens and not reinvent wheels.

Please boost for reach.

“What I missed about Mastodon was its very different culture. Ad-driven social media platforms are willing to tolerate monumental volumes of abusive users. They’ve discovered the same thing the Mainstream Media did: negative emotions grip people’s attention harder than positive ones. Hate and fear drives engagement, and engagement drives ad impressions.” #Social

A gentle reminder to be extra kind to service industry folks for the rest of the year.

Stress and tempers run high during the holidays and it’s not easy to face a stream of it all day long ✌🏼✌🏽✌🏾

I do not like that site of birds
I do not like its awful words

I do not like what it became
I do not like its cult of shame

I do not like intrusive ads
I do not like the vapid fads

I do not like the clout it’s given
I do not like its algorithm

But I shall miss that weird bird town
I do not like it burning down

This holiday season, ask everyone at the table to sign a form indicating that they’re willing to participate in a hardcore Thanksgiving 2.0. Anyone who doesn’t do so may leave the table without seconds.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving who is celebrating!

Do you need to move to a new Mastodon server?

I have written a step-by-step guide on moving your account while keeping your followers and follows.

If you're like me, then you were really happy to learn about Mastodon's enthusiastic support for image descriptions, and you were really eager to join in.

Then you went to actually write something and realized you have no idea how to present visual information in a way that is helpful/enjoyable to those who are #VisuallyImpaired or #Blind.

I found this guide really informative:

Of course, I'd also love to hear any additional tips y'all might have!


Sur #Mastodon :
- L'onglet "Accueil" est l'équivalent de ta chambre. Y rentrent seulement les personnes que tu as invité.
- L'onglet "Fil public local" est la maison. Y rentrent seulement les personnes que le propriétaire de la maison a invité.
- L'onglet "Fil public global" est la place publique du village.

Please don't use ‘beefstew’ as password.

It isn’t stroganoff

Hey, US folks newly running Mastodon instances: do Future You a *huge* favor, mitigate your potential liability, and register with the copyright office and designate an agent to receive DMCA reports *right now*.


I'm a research psychologist and neuroscientist. I also compose and perform experimental music.

My past work has shown why music and movement are connected:


And how consensus-building conversation aligns our brains:

Now I'm working on conversation and social networks at Stanford with Jamil Zaki and writing a paper about why compositional generalization is hard with Josh Greene.

Star Citizen has the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo on this week if you want to check out the state of the game. You can play for free until Nov 30. Feel free to DM with questions.

birdsite, content moderation, elon, etc. 

Wrote up something explaining just why Elon's latest actions on Twitter were so problematic. It's not so much the final decisions (even as those are bad), but the process that shows his lack of concern about anything other than himself. That's no way to do content moderation.

Mastodon admin question 

Anyone out there using or running a nice federation relay they’d recommend?

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