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CSS Style For Identifying Undescribed Media 

Recently, several users expressed a desire for a way to quickly check if the images in the toot they were about to boost were described. It would be nice if Mastodon itself offered warnings for that, as well as for forgetting to describe media in your own posts, but until then, this is actually one problem admins can fix on our own!
All you need to do is go into the site settings and add a bit of CSS code that will display a red border around any undescribed media. There are two examples available, depending on how subtle or noticeable you want the border to be; experiment and see what you like!
Thanks to @IngaLovinde for thinking of the starting code and @FiXato for improving on it! They did all the work here; I am just sharing this along.
Open this post in a new tab and look at the image to see how this can look like. The example image is my avatar, described in another pinned post.

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Profile Picture Info 

I have a new profile picture, thanks to the amazing @pixouls!
You can find more things Pixel has done on their site:
And if you'd like to support them, they have a Liberapay profile:

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Interaction Requests 

Don't follow me unless you have a filled out bio, a pinned introduction post, or at least a few posts to let me know who you are.
Do feel free to DM me without asking first. Same goes for boosts; generally if it's public/unlisted, it's fair game.
Don't bother flirting; I probably won't even notice. Mentions of NSFW things won't give me a heart attack, but I won't have much of an opinion about pics for ... obvious reasons.
Do please let me know if I ever make you uncomfortable or otherwise do something wrong. I can be dense at times, but I am here to pay attention and improve. Saying I support BIPOC, disable and LGBTQIA people is one thing, doing that is another, and I want to be in the second camp.

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Favorite Game: Code 7 

After it was deleted by mistake, I was unsure if I should post this again, because my interest in the game is (surprisingly) waning. Perhaps because I feel less and less certain it will get an ending. But it is still a beautiful example of an accessible game, and the developers deserve a couple bucks, so:
In Code 7you play as a hacker trying to save humanity from complete annihilation. Gather information, hack everything, guide your partners through dangerous situations and earn their trust. Beware the AI that REDACTED
It is a text adventure, but with voice-acted dialog and pretty good music. It has autocomplete, subtitles and a mode for blind players.
If you like story-driven games with complex characters and plenty of twists, this might be the right game for you! Episode 0 is free, so how about you find out? :)
Steam (the only option with achievements, unfortunately: (DRM free):

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Why I Delete Old Toots 

Nothing I post is so unprecedented that people will still find it useful several years later. There are enough wonderful toots posted every day that there's no reason to backread through my entire profile instead, except perhaps for doxxing purposes.
So, since I like keeping things tidy, I use Forget to delete every post of mine older than 4 months, except for the few that I've decided to keep. If you'd like to do something similar yourself, you can learn more here:
Fun fact: I've had to repost this exactly because it got deleted by mistake. So do take care to mark the things you wish to keep. Also, check if your profile is in any web archives; mine is, unfortunately, and it does make you wonder what the point is. But I'll keep on doing it anyway; small steps are better than nothing!

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Today's #Maille! New item! Choker, Bronze, E4-1! 14 inch choker in phosphor bronze, 18g 3/16" rings, Euro 4 into 1 weave. Barrel clasp. #fashion #style #handmade #jewelry

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software hot take 

@tindall Part of the reason why doing everything inside of Emacs is so important for me is because I set up really specific font rendering and accessibility features for me. Something's wrong with my eyes that makes it really hard for me to read standard text formatting, so a screen reader and really wide lines are a must.

Reformatting of information and user choice are vital tools for accessibility. I'd go as far as to argue DRM and interop are accessibility issues

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Creating a list of queer songs without romance or sex 

So I've been working on making a list of queer songs for aro ace folks and anyone else who would like songs that don't include romance or sex to listen to

I hope it's clear I'm not saying those things are bad, just sometimes it's nice to be able to see yourself in songs that don't have things that don't represent you or make you feel uncomfortable

You can view it here:

#aromantic #asexual

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"They pulled their pocket computer from their baggy travel trousers and flicked the screen awake. It was a good computer, given to them on their sixteenth birthday, a customary coming-of-age gift. It had a cream-colored frame and a pleasingly crisp screen, and Dex had only needed to repair it five times in the years that it had traveled in their clothes. A reliable device built to last a lifetime, as all computers were."

I'm kind of liking Chambers's new book.. (APftWB)

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There is a really bad privacy bug in the new “official” #mastodon #ios app. If you reply to a dm it defaults to totally public. This is honestly a really awful bug that has already resulted in mistakingly posting publicly something I meant to be private.

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I've searched a lot for something that meets this use case and haven't found a suitable solution. I'm looking for a (quasi-)drop-in replacement for Google Keep with collaborative editing and cloud sync (I have NextCloud running on my server but can make something else work if needed). I don't want to fuss with Markdown, I just want to be able to create todo checkbox lists, inter alia. FOSS preferred. I've looked into Standard Notes, Turtl, & some others. Carnet's the closest right now.

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I just found out about the difficulties that #PrivacyTools is currently experiencing. It sounds like they may have to eventually shutdown their Mastodon instance (as well as PeerTube and Matrix), which is not great for their users. Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of options. Whether they're going to fire those back up under a new domain is still under discussion. I hope their users can migrate off to some other instance, and of course they're welcome here.

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@_Pelican3301 Arguing with you seems like a bad idea because judging by your earlier responses you seem like a rather angry individual, but fuck it:
Hometown is free and open source. Our instance is on Hometown; we didn't have to pay anything for that. Just like we wouldn't have to pay for using Mastodon, Glitch-Soc, Pleroma, etc.
We did have to pay for a VPS, because neither me nor Talon has a server at home, and probably he doesn't have the skill to set it up securely either (I certainly don't). There aren't all that many free ones out there, except the ones where you pay with your data instead.
Now, once that server was gotten and paid for, Talon installed Hometown/Mastodon on it himself. At Spacebear it sounds like they set it up for you on top, and run updates themselves. Even harder to get that for free. isn't free, either. That doesn't mean we should abandon Mastodon. Paid email services don't make email evil.

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HomeTown is a fork of Mastodon which lets you make instance-only posts, adjust character limits and read long form rich text blog posts.

It's still part of the Fediverse, and HomeTown users can interact with Mastodon users totally fine.

Tech people can get self-hosting instructions here:

Non-tech people can use a managed hosting service to start their own HomeTown instance:

#HomeTown #Mastodon #MastoTips #FediTips #Fediverse

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Alright I'm ready to officially introduce:

Fediverse town is a #forum for any discussion related to the #fediverse.
Go check it out and me one of the first people to start a discussion there.

#Introduction #Introductions #FediverseTown #FediverseForum

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mastodev, meta 

I thought about posting a lengthy thread expressing my thoughts on the problems with the recent "official" app and the overall direction of the Mastodon project, but this blogpost by @packetcat summarises everything I have to say about it:


won a game today. Against , I believe.
I don't actually care about basketball -- or sports in general -- all that much. But it's nice to see my parents both so happy about this. And of course, it means that more people might bother looking up where this tiny country even is, and that's good, too.

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if someone does something that makes you feel nice, you should tell them that; they will appreciate it very much

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COVID-19, US government 

Anyway, I'm done with listening to the CDC. They haven't got a bloody clue. I'm just gonna continue operating on these assumptions:

* The disease spreads through your breath. Avoid breathing others' breath. Ignore all that 6-foot bullshit, if you're in a room with someone you're gonna breathe their breath no matter how far apart you are.
* Getting vacced won't stop you getting it or spreading it, but will most likely stop you from dying or ending up getting intubated.

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COVID-19, US government 

* If the CDC comes out with a new recommendation, it's one they should've come out with last month, and it's better to err on the side of caution.
* The US government won't even stop children from getting shot in their schools, won't stop companies charging thousands for an ambulance ride, won't stop child poverty or misinformation or electrocution or any other easily-preventable everyday tragedies. It's not going to be able to help much with this. It's up to us.

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COVID, media, gripe about how the pandemic was handled 

Everyone thought the vaccine was a magic bullet. That this would end the pandemic and it would all blow over. That it would be right as rain in no time at all.

Everyone forgot anti-vaxxers existed.

Nobody was told the Coronavirus mutates rapidly. Nobody was told that the virulence was only likely to increase as the virus evolves. Nobody was told we would have to get a vaccine every 9 months because of the way the variants work. Nobody was told the economy's disruption is likely to be major and possibly last a decade or more. Nobody was told we would lose a huge portion of our workforce to permanent disability or death from Long COVID.

And we kept being told only that lockdown was harming us all, mentally and physically, and it would destroy our economy if it continued.

These things were known early on, and the public was told, but the media refused to report anything but cheery optimism because anything else would be bad for stonks.

And now here we are, and we are going to have year 3 of the pandemic.

And now we're finding all these things out like it's a surprise, and yet it was always there, in our faces, and we sat around magically thinking none of the bad things would come to pass.

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what do you call an agreement that is impossible to keep? 


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@Mayana @cadadr

My guess is, though, that, from a historical prescriptivist point of view, that Lord Digby Jones likely doesn't actually know where to and where not to "pronounce 'g's".

(From a historical prescriptivist point of view, he's correct that there should be 'g's in "Competitors are ... taking par t... in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin", but he would also presumably "incorrectly" put 'g's into "Competitors are fencing, rowing, boxing, kayaking, weightligting, and swimming".

English present participles (as in the latter example) historically did not have 'g's (that is, they involved alveolar rather than velar final nasals), e.g. "I'm swimmin' today", while gerunds (nominalised verbs) did, e.g. "Swimming is fun". And it was an analogical process associated with the middle class that merged the two.

That is, within living memory, not only did lower class speakers tend "not to pronounce 'g's" in present participles, but neither did upper class speakers.

Further, both upper class and lower class speakers tended (I think up to about 1950 or so) to "drop 'g's" even in gerunds. (Nobility were fond of "huntin', shootin', and fishin'".)

Of course I think Dibgy Jones is a life lord rather than a hereditary peer, so perhaps his breeding isn't quite up to par.)

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Btw that last bit about sentence capitalisation was told me by @Mayana . They have a few more tips to share, which I'll be quoting paraphrasing below.

First of all, their words on the above fact:

Note that not capitalizing, punctuating or spelling properly doesn't make things inaccessible; it just makes them read a little worse in some places. Uncapitalized sentences sometimes mean there's no pause and it all sounds like one run-on sentence, and "folx" doesn't read out like "folks", but pretty much all blind people have gotten used to those quirks. But yeah, one more reason to use proper grammar and spelling rules.

This is an important qualification. Some people have their reasons to write in all lowercase, and just like sighted people get used to variant spellings, visually impaired folk do too (mind that not all screenreader users are [near] fully blind, there's a whole host of disabilities that reduce your vision to a veriety of degrees). But care where possible is helpful.

They say to not have more than 3 emojis in your display name, and it's preferable if it's less than that. Mind that display names may appear often, so that's extra trouble. Imagine screenreading through a profile whose nicname has 3, 5, 10 emojis or unicode emphasis (I've seen both) 😱 a short story for the screenreader before every toot...

One thing I kinda mentioned but forgot to word properly is, in their words

if you really can't make your post accessible, that's OK; just CW it accordingly as non-described image, a lot of emoji inside, etc.

If you CW your post as "screenreader unfriendly", a screenreader user will be able to easily skip it without having to find out, thru trial and error, spending unnecessary time and effort.

Finally, I'll mention two little hacks re: boosting images without descriptions.

First, if you use Glitch-soc fork of mastodon (if you don't know, you probably aren't using it), it has an option to warn you before posting or boosting a toot without image descriptions. Hit the "app settings" navigation button, it's under General and Compose Box tabs there.

Second, if you are on upstream mastodon, you can use the CSS user style sheet hack here with a browser extension like Stylus which marks described and undescribed media distinctly.

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Asking LGBTQ+ people only:

What's your view of the word "queer" in the context of describing LGBTQ+ people?

Boosts appreciated for sample size :)

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