I believe that most of the people that migrated from #Twitter, did so because twitter was becoming quite an extremist toxic environment. There's also the whole centralization and censoring issues with platforma like that.

I have witnessed people criticizing (not debating) each other here in #Mastodon for a flexible opinion on private companies and capitalism as a whole. This sounds like extremism to me from the other side of the spectrum.

#decentralization #extremism #socialnetwork #opinion

I've seen people being kicked out of chat groups for using the word "Linux" as a reference to the OS with the #Linux kernel. Apparently this is capital sin, you should use either #GNU or GNU/Linux. Am I the only one who think this is a bit too much?

I've also seen people engaging in strong criticisms because some organizations should have a more active presence in decentralized services. I agree with the premise, but did we stop to help them reach more people while breaking free from GAFAM?

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Where are all the people who talk about sports? Or politics? Or discuss books they read recently?

Where are all the people who discuss practical ways of helping friends and family with barely any IT skill migrate away from GAFAM instead of shoving down theoretical approaches from Saint IGNUcius?

I think one of the things that bothered me the most was a developer saying that he'd stop his support to certain tool because the community was "stupid". He literally said that!

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I've always questioned why admins of public instances should block far-right instances. I mean, aren't freedom of speech and "own your data" the whole points of decentralization?

If said "speech" instigate hate, chaos or promote disinformation, you can use your influence to let people know and maybe block it just for you. However, I think people can decide by themselves what they wanna see in their local and global timelines.

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While many of you are fighting each other because a specific tool should be decentralized or because some other service is using something from Google, senior citizens just wanna see photos of their grandkids, teenagers just wanna be part of their social circles and adults just want something that works, plain and simple.

How are you helping these kinds of people break away from GAFAM? How can these people (and small businesses) rely on a community that fight each other?

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@gadonias Indeed the elderly just want to be in touch with their family and they will use whatever the family uses. It's the kids who drive it, so it is the kids who must be pursuaded away from GAFAM. And the outlook is disappointing. I recently visited a college of science & technology and not a single student ran linux. It was all Mac & Windows, & not a single student was free of Facebook.

@resist1984 It really is disappointing. The vast majority of companies and public institutions around the world use Office 365 and Zoom. They gladly pay for expensive subscriptions for third-party private companies to handle their data while open source projects die amid lack of funding and support.

@gadonias I convinced a group of students to use for their scientific deliverables, and the day a paper became due they all reverted to Google docs and refused to go back to latex. I was trying to convince students to demand that the prof use GNU Octave instead of Matlab, and the prevailing attitude was commercial software is better quality.

@resist1984 I don´t think it´s a matter of quality, I´d argue #Python, #R and #Octave are all better than #Matlab; #LaTeX, #LibreOffice and #RMarkdown are all better than MS Office. The problem is that their future employers (a.k.a. private companies) in their vast majority use proprietary software. Universities want their students to be prepared for the job market, it improves their reputation which brings in more funding to pay for research, infrastructure and staff salaries.

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