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Who are the people behind ActivityPub specification?

What was their motivation to come up with such a cool idea?

The proceedings of the conference I've submitted a paper to are available online at

My papers describes an attempt of building a multilingual corpus. It's also available at together with the data. The SSL setup should be fixed now. You should be able to subscribe to me :)

I had two `server {}` entries for the host (one for http and one for https), nginx didn't really like it.

It has been a year since I've got my car. It had 135k miles when I got it. In a year I rode 13k without major issues. I had to fix quite a few things to pass the state inspection, change tires, so the service expense constitutes a half of my spending. A quarter is insurance and registration taxes. A fifth is gas. It looks that the case prices are going up, but that could be also a seasonal thing. What I didn't expect is such a big variance in price between different stations and states.

Думаю, что пора переехать с gmail на свой сервер. Из плюшек хочется удобного интереса как у Inbox и шифрования. Понимаю, что это больше про клиент, чем про сервер, но что нынче популярно? Postfix с Squirrelmail ещё актуален? Что использовать на декстопе?

Я вот думаю, мне сейчас удалять RSS ботов от сюда, делать их приватными или подождать развития событий с новыми директивами.

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Found an interesting spam/scam scheme today:
- Attacker posts their link that redirects to a legit news article
- Twitter resolves the redirect to news article
- Twitter hides link from Tweet and displays Twitter Card with news domain
- Attacker changes redirect to spam site

The Tweet now displays a legit looking Twitter Card with the news website domain, but actually goes to the scammer.

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Public toots are public content on the internet. You should have no expectations at all on how *public* content will be used by third-parties.

Fediverse "data mining" is a non-problem and will not be solved my manually blocking accounts or instances...

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Since some people are talking about the “death of the URL” … again … it felt like the right time to re-post something I wrote 2 years ag on the topic including a link to research that seems to indicate people DO know what URLs are.

Frendica supports subscription to RSS feeds, I want to give it a try some day soon.

In my opinion, Facebook and Twitter took a step back by taking the moderator role away from their users and assigning it to algorithms, social network employees. Yes, you can hide things, so they are not shown to you, but that will not change the social norms in the community.

Mastodon and other ActivityPub implementations can shine in this respect by giving their users the tools not only to hide content but also expressing the social norms.

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I'm working on a blog post called "The case for trying Mastodon, a decentralized social network."

Got a community question for y'all: as far as topic-centric instances go, what happens if a user posts mostly general stuff? Or rarely posts about the instances topic?

Do they get a warning/kick from the admin? Is it a sort of 'Mastodon faux pax' that instances deal with in their own way? Have you seen cases of any of this happen?

#Mastodon #questions #BlogPosts

The rest of the article is great. I recommend it to everyone on the fediverse, not only to people who are interested in codeswitching. The article is available at The whole journal worth checking as well.

The example he provides also illustrates that not much progress has been made towards respectful communication.

Also the move to synchronous conversation (IRC) from asynchronous (email) could be explained by a speculation that in late 2000s companies needed to access/store lots of data to train their systems. Now there is so much data, that there is no need to store it, training systems on a stream (that is seeing an instance once) is enough. Thus amove to self destroing emails and stories.

One could argue that they have scaled it up to serve (read earn) millions, but that's not an OH-MY-GOD-THATS-SO-COOL acomplishment.

The only contribution I see is that they are simple to use for people who doesn't bother to use IRC.

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