Imma make this clear: I'm not building software for developers.
I'm working to building tools for people.
You shouldn't have to know to maintain and secure a server to have your own independent identity online. You shouldn't need to know what libsodium or similar library to be secure online.
That's my objective.
Serious question for the #Fediverse/#DecentralizedWeb.
What kind of content do y'all want to see produced in the realm of media?
@deadsuperhero's video really inspires me to get on that boat of content creation (outside of other things) and I want to know from y'all. https://video.jacky.wtf/videos/watch/6d08c8ed-9ee8-4b43-921b-d99c2fa839f3
Lemme do a longer #introductions.
I'm a software developer. I also like to cook, dance (hip-hop largely, step), read, write, TV crunch and be outdoorsy. I'm a lot ;). I <3 my dog!
I like giving people tools and the notion of autonomy. Especially over data. If you have questions about me, check my faq at https://jacky.wtf/faq. If it's not there, let me answer and add it for others to find!
Never feel afraid to ask me anything. I'll do my best to answer - or find someone who can.
Everything I Know as a Software Developer Without a Degree
(You guys have no idea how jealous I am with this post: Tania managed to create a timeline of what she learnt _from her previous posts_!)
@jalcine asked a question on Birdland and one response was 'ill never be able to network like i do here' or something to that effect.
I chuckled a bit. Bc my Patreon account has only grown from posting about it on here, PV.
Never have I chimed about it on Birdland. I get way more user engagement rates here than I ever do on there
I asked this on Twitter. https://twitter.com/jackyalcine/status/1150847690260930561 It's not about Mastodon or the fediverse but about if people had the option to dip, would they do it?
It didn’t take Amazon too long to find something evil to do with their purchase of Ring https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/06/police-offer-amazon-ring-free-exchange-access/592243/
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I bring this up because we should frame this boycott not in terms of crossing a picket line, which is a simple, easy-to-communicate visual but does little to foster actual empathy - but in terms of solidarity with the striking workers. And in addition to just staying off Amazon sites, express your solidarity by reading up, for instance, on WHY the US strike is only 6 hours long and why not everyone is participating.
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"Amazon workers are striking" doesn't tell the whole story.
Workers in Germany, Spain, and Poland are striking for two full days, beginning at 12:00 AM local time Monday and extending to 11:59PM local time Tuesday.
Additionally, workers in Minnesota, USA are striking from 2-8 PM on Monday. (This allows both day and evening shift to participate.)
Many Amazon workers are NOT striking, including some of the workers at the MN plant where the US strike is happening.
Discourse somehow managed to implement classism into a web bulletin board.
New users are actively discouraged from participating.
Users that have been around a little bit longer can report-bomb posts and basically delete them from the internet.
Anyone who manages to participate long enough gets moderator-like abilities, and Discourse doesn't let the admins turn this anti-feature off.
Discourse is the most user-hostile software in existence.
Most software is just hard to use because it doesn't care.
Discourse actively punishes people for having the audacity to try to use it.
Jeff Atwood professes "complaint-driven development", but most of his development practices seem to be centered around preventing people from giving feedback and punishing them if they slip through.
I'm surprised so many open source projects are using a forum software that does this.
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Here's an interesting failure mode for FOSS/community software dev:
Over time, the most stubborn people who are good at ignoring criticism (e.g. by not listening at all), will end up running all the projects.
The folks who actually listen to their users get burned out by all the negativity...
The deciding fitness criteria over time is not skill or competence. It's obstinance. 😱
(I'm not talking about my users. I don't have enough users for this to be an issue yet. 😆)
2019 is going to be a big year for Social.
Keep up to date and support over @ http://patreon.com/Are0h
Social simply would not be here if it wasn't for the support of the community and I'm committed to make better tools and services for them.
We can do better, so let's do it.
The last few weeks has revealed many projects leveraging the fediverse as means of communication are led by people that have a fundamental disrespect of ethics that results in their resulting efforts repeating the same mistakes of the platforms we're allegedly trying to progress beyond.
It's become pretty clear that no only do we just need better tools, we need to tools that break away from the context FB, Twitter, etc have established for using social media.
it's just time to leave it behind.
Technically, I do believe the current tools we see popping up are better built versions of centralized platforms most people use, and that's cool.
But the reason progress is so slow is because we're still clinging to the concepts they ground into us when their were no other options available.
We need to stop building decentralized platforms in the same vein of centralized ones.
And building tools that actually help people *must* be at the center of why we're building them in the first place.
As a veteran graphic designer and developer, of course I want to show the depth of my skill through exotic features and slick ui tricks. I'm just into all of that.
But when that becomes the primary goal of building tools that people are going to use, eventually they contribute nothing to the actual progress of social media and are just an extravagant portfolio piece.
And we can do better. There is so much space to improve.
I think it's time to embrace that and let the past be the past.
That said, the team here at PV are probably going to in and out for the next week or so as we give shape to some new ideas we've been discussing.
If you're a Patreon supporter, you already know what direction we're going to go in. If not, just bear with us and we prep for a public announcement.
This is the part where we create. Stay tuned, friends and lovers.
Social is the primary social media platform for the forth coming fourth version of Play Vicious, a new initiative built to bring attention to the plethora of creative acts that don't get the shine they deserve.
For more details about the project and how to support, go here.