He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist-Leninist.

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"Musk also reportedly told employees Twitter was losing so much money that bankruptcy was ‘not out of the question.’"

Don’t threaten me with a good time



Homophobia is not allowed, in jest or otherwise.



Reminder: Engaging in political debates is encouraged, insulting and attacking other users is not.
Insulting or attacking other users, even so much saying "fuck you", "fuck [this group of people]", "you're an idiot" or anything like that while debating IS against the rules of Lemmy.ml. This goes for every political view, you DO NOT get free passes no matter if you're leftist, rightist, communist, anarchist, liberal, etc. If you're confident of your position you should be able to debate in a civil manner without cursing someone else out. I understand that debates can get heated and frustrating, hell I've debated with a good bunch of users, but you can still express that without resorting to name calling or insults. Check the modlog, we HAVE removed replies of this nature from every political view, and even if we don't say it every time, we DO keep track of both removals per user and general behaviour even if it doesn't get removed, and too many infractions WILL result in a ban. That said, it is NOT against the rules to present countering facts or opinions, or to have political opinions in general. Don't report comments for "being pro communist" or "being pro China" unless they have broken an actual rule, namely the ones about being civil. Don't attack or insult people from Lemmygrad just because they're from Lemmygrad or they're arguing for Marxism-Leninism or supporting a country you don't. If they're presenting their points in a civil manner (which had been the case for almost everyone from Lemmygrad), you can either read it and respond in kind with your questions or counterpoints, or just move on. People coming over from other instances is not brigading if they're mostly being civil, that's the whole point of federation. Things people disagree with getting down voted is also acceptable, it's not considered an attack on you if your comment has a negative score, and it doesn't even significantly affect the ranking because of the relatively low comment volumes currently on Lemmy. It's just imaginary internet points, relax.
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https://lemmy.ml/c/horror A community for all things related to the horror genre, from big name franchises to indie works to creepypasta. Come over and be afraid with us!
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It’s not official, but someone has made a mirror bot for the EFF’s Twitter: https://mastodon.social/web/@eff

Obviously the biggest issue there is that no one can actually contact the EFF by replying to those Mastodon posts, versus they would see your replies on Twitter. A mirror bot is good for keeping up with the information an organization posts, but it definitely isn’t a “presence” of that organization on the Fediverse.


IMO, any organization that claims to support Libre software NEEDS to be on Libre social media platforms, fediverse or otherwise.
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Looking for GenZedong?
This post is for those coming over from /r/GenZedong who signed up on lemmy.ml instead of lemmygrad.ml, which is where the GenZedong community is located. First of all, that's perfectly fine and we're happy to have you here! You still have full access to Lemmygrad's communist communities, just like how Lemmygrad users have access to this instance's communities, but for new users, finding a community on another instance might not immediately be intuitive, so I thought I'd direct link the community for convenience. https://lemmy.ml/c/genzedong@lemmygrad.ml -- Use this link to access GenZedong from your Lemmy.ml account! See also: [What is Lemmy? What is Lemmygrad? What's the difference?](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/152589)
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Mastodon post (with some premium memes in the replies, too!): https://post.lurk.org/@rra/107976691066692314
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Curious on what you think of this. Personally don't like the use of Discord, even if Matrix is also an option, but I think the core points are good.
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Basically, the image claims that the fediverse saves you from traditional social media, and can deprogram you from the dark patterns that those platforms imposed on you.



This thread is being brigaded by homophobes, so unfortunately, I am going to have to lock it for the time being.





This is just my opinion:

Must haves:

  • A history of quality activity on Lemmy.ml or another instance we federate with, such as amicable discussion, links to reputable web resources, etc.

  • Frequently online. I’d say at least once a day is ideal, but I also understand that you’re a volunteer, and will reasonably have other things going on where you might be missing for several days or otherwise intermittent at times.

  • An interest in helping to develop the Lemmy community and ecosystem.

  • No recent violation of instance rules or Lemmy project code of conduct.

Nice to have but optional:

  • History of reporting rule breaking content, particularly spam.

  • Has provided inputs on Lemmy development or the the direction the Lemmy community is going.

  • Already a moderator of a community, or an admin on another instance (we will use your moderation history to assess your application).

  • Activity on the Lemmy Matrix rooms (please Link your Matrix).

  • Activity on the Lemmy project GitHub or other source control site that Lemmy is on, either as a code contributor or making/discussing pull requests (please Link your GitHub/other source control website).

It would also help to specify your time zone and the languages you know.


Basically, use Matrix, XMPP or Briar. Because you’ll have to install special stuff to make email even somewhat secure anyway, so why not just switch to something that’s far MORE secure by default?




I got some concerns with the “fake news” part of this post. Let me just clarify what I meant by “blatantly fake news”. Personally, I’ll only remove things that are without a doubt false, and maliciously so, things like “Trump won the 2020 election”, “Climate change isn’t real” or “Vaccines cause autism”. Or, from “news” sites that have been proven to be puppets of organizations like the CIA. Stuff that “might be wrong” is generally left to up/down votes.

Though keep in mind that I’m talking about removing things at the site level with this, moderators of individual communities are generally free to remove stuff the admins don’t have a problem with at their own discretion.

@ufrafecy@lemmy.ml, @keo@lemmy.ml


Regarding blogspam
In the recent months, we've been getting more blogspam accounts, and the administrators have been discussing behind the scenes on how to deal with it. Blogspam is against the rules of this Lemmy instance and is treated the same as any other spam. That is, offending posts will be removed and blogspammer banned. I thought I’d share my thought process of moderating stuff like this. Blogspam is kind of a controversial topic and has a lot of grey areas. It basically involves accounts seemingly made specifically to post links to a specific website, usually with the intent of generating ad revenue. Herein lies the grey area, because simply posting links to your own website or a website you like isn’t spam, nor is it against the rules to post websites that have ads, nor is it against the rules for an organization to have an official account on Lemmy, so it becomes a problem of where to draw the line. You can also run into problems where it’s hard to tell if someone is intentionally spamming or if they’re just enthusiastic about the content of a site. That said, here are my general criteria on what is considered blogspam, with some wiggle room on a case by case basis: * Does the user only post links to one or a few sites? Do they have any other activity, such as commenting or moderating communities? * How often does the user post? For example, it might not be reasonable to consider an account to be blogspamming if they only post a few articles a month, even if they only post one site. * Does the user post the same link repeatedly? Do they post to communities where it would be off topic? Do they post the same link multiple times to a single community? * Is the user trying to manipulate the search feature in Lemmy? For example, by including a large number of keywords in their title or post body? * Is the site content "clickbait" or otherwise designed to mislead the reader? * Is the site trying to extract data or payment from readers? Examples include invasive tracking, or forcing users to sign up or pay for a membership before letting them read the article. * Is the site itself well-known and reputable or obscure and suspicious? * Does the site have an "inordinate" number of ads? Are the ads intrusive? (Autoplaying video ads versus simple sponsor mentions for example) * Is there evidence that the user is somehow affiliated with the site? Examples include sponsored links or having the username be the same as the site name. * Is there evidence that the user is a bot? Not all of these have to be satisfied for it to be blogspam, and it's usually up to the administrators to make a rational decision on whether to intervene. Note that these criteria apply to sites that are generally benign, but is being posted in a way that might count as spam. If the site contains malware, engages in phishing, is blatantly "fake news", is a scam, is generally malicious, etc, those alone are reason enough for it to be removed and the poster potentially banned, and would constitute as a much more serious violation of our rules. I'm open to feedback on this, feel free to discuss in the comments!
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Oof! Glad the backups worked, there only seem to be one or two missing comments from my profile. I mean compared to the websites that got absolutely decimated by this, that’s pretty good!


Another point, even saying them in jest is in very bad taste in the majority of cases. I hear arguments that some groups use slurs as part of their slang and “don’t actually mean to insult anyone”, but here’s the thing: those people are usually not the marginalized group that the slur is meant to insult and when someone who the word is meant to insult feel insulted, their feedback is at best ignored and at worst mocked.

I guess a notable exception is black people’s use of the n-word, which is fine, but it’s also a whole can of worms when you consider the fact that other ethnicities like white people also regularly use it “because they can, so why can’t I?”


I keep saying this: the very existence of the slur filter, even though it’s actually trivial to remove or modify, acts like an alt-right/MAGA/bigot/freeze-peach repellent even though it’s trivial to remove or modify. Just look at the types of people on /r/RedditAlternatives who say they’ll never go to Lemmy because of this, and what their priorities on platforms they’re actually interested in are. To me, that’s half the battle.


Please welcome our new admin!
We have recruited long-time Lemmy user [@k_o_t@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/k_o_t) as a new admin for lemmy.ml! Please give him a warm welcome!
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Except literally everything can be political. Even the very idea of open source.



If anyone wants to contribute to a Wikipedia page about Lemmy, I've made a draft!
Unfortunately, I'm not very familiar with the Wiki markup language, so I will probably be slow to make progress by myself. Therefore, I am posting it here and hoping that other dedicated Lemmings will contribute to it.
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