Greetings, Fedizen. Welcome to my Pinned Toots Thread!
I have decided to reorganize my profile a little, so in here I'll be retooting all the toots I've pinned so far, adding content warnings in order to reduce clutter, as well as editing some slightly to take advantage of the higher character limit I now have at my disposal.
It is entirely possible that this is merely a temporary solution and will be replaced by something else, such as a single pinned toot with links to the others, in the future. But for now, this cluttered profile with feeble attempts at organization describes me quite well. ๐Ÿ™‚

3 cool projects I think you should contribute to 

Are you annoyed by the bad quality of current speech recognition software, and would like to help developers make something better? Perhaps you can, by contributing your voice and your ears to Common Voice. Hopefully, with the help of their datasets, we'll one day have a live captions solution that doesn't suck.
commonvoice.mozilla.org

Even if you aren't a scientist, you can still help out with research. For example, would you like to search for black holes, identify wildlife, or save endangered animals? Then you'll love Zooniverse!
zooniverse.org

Would you like to improve the world without actually doing anything? That's impossi ... oh right, BOINC exists! With it, you can donate unused computing power to science projects that investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, etc.
boinc.berkeley.edu

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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:
forget.codl.fr/about

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Game recommendation: Code 7 

This is my favorite game, so my profile would absolutely not be complete without a mention of it. It is a shame there aren't that many video games striving for this level of accessibility -- but at least we have great exceptions like this one!
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: store.steampowered.com/app/650
Itch.io (DRM free): goodwolfstudio.itch.io/code-7
Humble Bundle (if you want both): humblebundle.com/store/code-7-

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My D&D character 

This is Laetitia Ralliade, my DnD character. She's a human fighter (champion)/ranger.
Drawn by our amazing DM Zein Okko, who unfortunately isn't on the Fedi, but you can find his Twitter profile here:
twitter.com/okkolicious

Check him out, play his games Code 7 and Typoman, and watch the amazing stream/podcast Sword and Quill I'm now a part of!

Stream (tabletops on Sundays, at 4 PM CET): twitch.tv/swordandquill
Podcast: anchor.fm/swordandquill

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Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Wonder if they have a Linux version?

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@devinprater They do, yes, because Unity is multiplatform by default. But it is the one that was tested the least, so is buggy for some. And there's no text to speech support, so not really an option for us.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Ah, well that sucks.

My D&D character 

@Mayana hello Laetitia ๐Ÿ‘‹ I'm Naldela, nice to meet you

My D&D character 

@naldela_teleyal Thank you for sharing! Just keep in mind that, being blind, I can't really give any meaningful reaction to any images you send my way if you don't describe them. ๐Ÿ™‚

My D&D character 

@Mayana ohh โ€ฆ my fault:

Naldela is a drow human half elf lightning mage with a lighter skin color as one knows from Drow. Her most striking characteristic are her pitch black eyes, which shimmer violet depending on the incidence of light.
When she becomes in rage, her eyes start glowing bright blue and instead of her battle staff she uses a lightning whip.

I've written more about her at https://teleyal.blog/characters/naldela-isurra-teleyal โ€ฆ Let's hope I did everything correct with coding the website.

My D&D character 

@naldela_teleyal The website looks good from here. ๐Ÿ™‚
That sounds like an awesome character! You've clearly put a lot of thought into her, much more than I did for Laetitia. That's awesome!

Character backstory info dump 

@naldela_teleyal I can share the full (badly written) backstory if needed, basically Laetitia is the daughter of a perhaps unlikely marriage between a human farmer and a half-orc mercenary. Her mother was rarely around, but she came home, she did so with many gifts and stories of adventures her mercenary company got up to. Laetitia always loved those stories.
So, while still young, she decided to join her mother -- without so much as telling the rest of the family first. She's a tad bit impulsive. It took her several years to fully realize that her mother had been telling her only the wholesomer bits in those stories, and mercs often were not the best of people.
After challenging the merc leader to a duel and losing, she has been freelancing -- or free battle axe-ing -- as best she can. And now, she's been assigned to fight with the rest of the group to defend Neverwinter against primordial-brainwashed cultists. ๐Ÿ™‚

Character backstory info dump 

@Mayana That sounds like an amazing character โค

My D&D character 

@Mayana Thank you โค I have some more characters and I try to develop them with every new journal entry I write. E.g. was Ykril never planned ๐Ÿคญ

My D&D character 

@naldela_teleyal Perhaps I'll need to take a look through the rest of your website then! ๐Ÿ™‚
I joined the rest of the group right at the big boss battle, so have only managed to do brief bits of roleplay here and there. Hopefully, I'll figure more about the character as we win (because of course we will) and have some slight downtime in comparison.

My D&D character 

@Mayana btw: When you find something, what I can optimize for screen reader, please say! I want to make my website accessible for as many as possible.

My D&D character 

@naldela_teleyal The website looked fine to me. The only complaint I have is with the aforementioned image descriptions, which you can add fairly easily here on Mastodon.
It isn't loading right now for some reason, but I'll give it a more careful look once it does if you'd like.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Just finished Episode 0.
It is an amazing game indeed!
I'm loving it.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Ooh, awesome! ๐Ÿ˜„ What choices did you pick?

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Will they actually affect the story? I recently played a game which wastes all of your choice along 5 episode in the ending. Awful.

Anyway! I saved Patu (because the other sounded misogynist in a log) and destroyed R16 (couldn't imagine there was the possibility not to).

I can't remember which was the third choice though. ๐Ÿ˜…

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Since the last episode isn't out yet, I can't promise anything. The developers said they would, and for now I believe them. A few of the choices (mainly from Episode 1) do already change things in 2 and 3.
Is that game you recently played Life Is Strange? ๐Ÿ™‚
Hmm. I never thought of that log that way, although I guess I can see it now. I figured his concern was reasonable, since I imagine resources on a space station far from Earth were not exactly abundant.
The third one is if you think Alex is (still) human.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Yeah, it was LiS. Easy guess, eh? :sadsunglasses:

Yeah, you're right, but it still sounded way too familiar and very relatable despite the environment, you know what I mean?

Yes, the Alex one. I think that confused me because I was sure I said at some point he was still human, but apparently I did not. So I was wondering where the"mistake" was.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Haha, yeah, those do have a certain reputation. Their newest game, Tell Me Why, is slightly better on that front though.
I guess. I often have trouble picking these things up; I suppose I've somehow managed to be way too privileged in this regard so far, and still need to learn more.
Hmm ... I think it only counts if you specifically have Alex say that they are human. Them being like "I decide what I am" is somehow not clear enough. ๐Ÿคท

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Robots can be so boringly binary.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Hmm. The they/them pronouns are used for some, though that might very well be just due to the characters not knowing their gender and not wishing to guess incorrectly. And while Alex is also only ever referred to as they, not she or he, they are again just intentionally kept vague; although Zein has called them nonbinary on Discord. So yeah, I too think it would be nice if the devs made a more strong and direct statement about this.
But to be fair, the Non-Human Non-Binary trope in regards to robots is far from uncommon. Having nonbinary human characters would still be far, far better.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@Mayana Oh, mine was just a silly joke, I didn't think there was an actual conversation around it in the game.
A conversation that, a you say, is not really open and clear and strong apparently.
Saying on Discord that Alex is enby is like JKR sayin that Dumbledore is gay. LOL.

We need way stronger presentation than that.

But, well, I didn't start the game with any expectations of sort.
It would've been nice of course.
But, yeah.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Haha, it is.
I mean, I do sort of like the developers' reasons for doing this:
code7-game.blogspot.com/2015/0
But at the same time, there are enough games that do already, so having an undefined protagonist is not quite as strong a statement.
But ... I've been around websites discussing interactive fiction and stories with choices long enough to know that the discussions about how defined protagonists should be are long and never-ending, haha. I'm in the "Protagonists shouldn't be just empty shells!" camp, but the folks over at Choice of Games for example would not agree. And while Code 7 is a modern text adventure, it is still one to some extent. So ... I suppose I can't blame them all that much for wishing to maintain the text adventure feel.

Game recommendation: Code 7 

@mms Aaand I probably should stop rambling about this, shouldn't I? That's way too many words in response to a simple joke. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Anyway, in short, Alex can still be nonbinary if we want them to be. So let's just say that's cannon. ๐Ÿ˜€

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@Mayana Well, usually I'm the one rambling, so it's nice when for once someone else does it instead. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I agree with you when say "the protagonist shouldn't be an empty shell". And the reason why it's showed in the post written by the creators themselves.

However, while they acknowledge that something wrong is happening, they're unable to see that they're part of the problem too.

It's proven that for most of us (no matter who we are) the standard hero, the standard main character, the standard protagonist is a cis straight white able-bodied man. And that's because it's what society gives to us as default since the day we're born.

Hence we assume that an unspecified hero is all the shit mentioned above for the same reason incels freak out when Captain America is suddenly black or female.

It's hard to think out of the box if you have no idea what you might be able to find out there.

So, rather than presenting an "identity-free" character, a blank canvas to be eventually standardised by the masses, it would be much more powerful to give us a truly diverse one. A new hero we will start to love and identify with.

Only after decades of diverse protagonists we might be capable to play an unknown character without turning them into the umpteenth Captain America.

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@mms I'm glad we agree!
I was definitely guilty of that male-as-default problem myself when first playing Episode 0, as well as with a lot of other things. Some people claim to always imagine they are in the role of the main character; I've never been able to do that.
I suppose it might be possible that they were merely getting started in those waters at the time, and have learned some since then. The story-writer also DMs a D&D stream/podcast now, and he makes sure to include plenty of LGBTq+ NPCs (which is not the same as the protagonist, I know). If I recall correctly, the protagonist of their next game will be a black woman, so we'll see how they handle that.

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@Mayana That's interesting. But also tricky. There's the whole issue of writing stories that are not ours as well as falling in tropes as well as acting "colour-blind" and stuff like that.

As well as the characters, it's time the teams too start being diverse. New voices for new stories for better games. :QueerCatHeart:

Anyway, I'll play Episode 1 now. While sending them good vibes and best wishes for the future.

It's been a pleasure having this exchange. โ˜ฎ๏ธ

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@mms Likewise! And if you ever want to send them feedback directly, they do have a Discord server you can join. I'm sure they'd be happy to read the feedback; they've been so far!
discord.gg/code7

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@Mayana I'm leaving Discord. I don't really use it much. Plus, not a big fan.

But thanks for the offer. I would've done it otherwise.

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@mms Wise choice. I wish I could convince myself to do it ... but I'm in too many servers and have too many friends on there at this point.
There's Twitter (which you probably don't have either), steam/itch.io reviews, or email (which you might feel awkward sending, idk). I've been trying to get them to join Mastodon, but no success yet.

Code 7. This is long for real. 

@Mayana I still have twitter, but about to quit that too. Lol.

Yeah, itch.io review might be a nice idea.
I'll go for that. :be_cool:

Sending a feedback via email sounds so British I would probably get thunderstruck in the attempt of committing such a sin.

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re: Why I delete old toots 

@Mayana That's a reasonable policy. But I'm not sure it'd really make a difference for me: I presume all the stuff I ever posted on the Internet has been scrapped and archived already, so removing it only leaves the possibility for somebody to bring it up without the context someday later. It's like destroying old photographs or recordings of oneself: I'm the only person who'd notice a difference.

And generally speaking I don't believe that it really works like this, especially these days of total transparency: the entire history of a person may be reconstructed with very little efforts, and it's better to learn living with this in mind than trying to protest against it.

As an extra note, I don't really believe in anonymity and privacy either: it may only be sustained for a very short period of time. It won't take long for an identity to be tied to the person's legal identifiers, and the cryptographic means are only as reliable as the underlying software and hardware is, that is not much. Not to even mention the practical feasibility of cracking the public-key cryptography as such.

Publicity and clean reputation offers a better backlash protection than the technical means. And what should be the priority is not trying to sustain one's own anonymity and privacy but to strip it off of those who seek it the most (because that's usually not for a socially acceptable reasons).

re: Why I delete old toots 

@Mayana Footnote:
The last paragraph should not be read as "have nothing to hide" kind of apologism, but as that, instead of mourning the "death of privacy", one should try and make it's effects more even, by exposing those who enjoy it the most up to these days.
And for that one may need to protect one's own identity. It'll only work for a while, but the point is that it should be enough to bring about the changes after which the exposure won't cause any harm.

re: Why I delete old toots 

@amiloradovsky "And what should be the priority is not trying to sustain one's own anonymity and privacy but to strip it off of those who seek it the most (because that's usually not for a socially acceptable reasons)."
Even with the added footnote, I can't agree with that message. Privacy is a basic human right, after all. Saying that it's OK to strip that away if a person does have something to hide does sound like "have nothing to hide" apologysm, as you put it, and I'm still not quite certain how it's different.
Sorry to break your bubble, but it is not just the bad people that need privacy. Hell, it is people who fight against such assholes that need it the most; the journalists, the whistleblowers. And it is people who dare to be different in extremely oppressive countries; the LGBTQ+ people, people of a different religion than the majority and those who follow no religion at all, BIPOC people. Sure, they shouldn't have anything to hide; but they do.

re: Why I delete old toots 

@amiloradovsky Look, of course we can never get 100 % privacy back. Not happening. But that doesn't mean we ought to roll over, smile, and think about how good it is that at least the boot will be stepping on the ones we dislike as well.
Because privacy is not a all or nothing game. We can take pride in small steps. OK, so I still have to use Discord. But Facebook? Blocked in the hosts file!
Sure, people like you and me have "nothing to hide". But that also means that we can normalize hiding, so the good people that do won't stand out. For example, someone using TOR to keep their whistleblower identity hidden will stand out much less if several other people around them open it every so often as well.
Or we can just shrug and figure that the government will do the right thing with all this data. But the government is made up of humans, and humans often don't do the right thing. If we don't, how can we expect them to?

re: Why I delete old toots 

@Mayana OK, I could have expressed myself better, I guess. I'm not suggesting that everyone should simply ignore the few (principal) privacy tools left available. But the point is in not getting delusional about the trends and limitations of these. I just find it somewhat irresponsible to tell wider non-technical audience that if they're using a "secure" messenger they will be fine and can do whatever they want without any risks. It may create a false sense of safety and security, which in turn may encourage more dangerous behavior, which in turn may backfire. Just like insurance.

Sure I am using and suggest using the tools to the people I know, when I have a chance. But I'm conscious of the limitations and always try to make it clear to the people I suggest the tools to.

Also, those who enjoy the anonymity and privacy the most are not any of the obvious vulnerable groups. It's the corrupt government officials and big property owners (fused into one messy blob): they could have afforded the best means (unless sabotaged). And sure those who expose them need all the cover they can get.

re: Why I delete old toots 

@amiloradovsky I agree with you there. There is no such thing as 100 % secure. Hell, no amount of encryption when sending a Signal message will help you if someone gets access to your unlocked device.
It was not my intention to make anyone believe that Mastodon's method of deletion is perfect, by the way. I suppose I can see now how it might've come across that way, what with me mentioning I partly do this to prevent doxxing. But once again, small steps are already a lot better than nothing.
"Also, those who enjoy the anonymity and privacy the most are not any of the obvious vulnerable groups."
Right. Enjoy. That was some very bad reading on my part, actually. I'm sorry. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

re: Why I delete old toots 

@Mayana Indeed, "those who seek it the most" was probably a confusing description: I meant not just "seek" but "have it and want to keep it".

re: Why I delete old toots 

@amiloradovsky I am certain that a lot of my toots are also archived elsewhere. Perhaps intentionally, by archiving efforts, or perhaps unintentionally, by badly configured instances that did not delete them. If I was doing this to hide my past, it would indeed not be enough.
But I am not doing this to erase some horrible crime. There are no doubt a few things I've said out there that could be used against me -- one troll did try to do so in the past -- so having those less easily accessible is certainly convenient. But it's also about a cleaner digital footprint. About not hoarding things that no longer need to be kept.
If the probability of old toots still being helpful to someone is so low, why keep them? Just for a higher toot number? For digging into the archive to boost the old gems once in a while? Nah. If a particular bit of info is still relevant later, I can always toot about it again.

Why I delete old toots 

@Mayana

Thanks for sharing, I also think that what we post must be ephemeral, it doesn't have to last forever. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Why I delete old toots 

@renato Yup! Of course, there are certain messages you might want to keep around for sentimental value (see the SmallStories featured on my profile) or for transparency (all my moderation messages, which you can't see because they're local-only), or just so you can boost it as need arises instead of having to repost each time (my accessibility tips thread, which I'm too lazy to dig up right now).
But generally? There is enough data out there that historians will not miss anything by not having my opinions on long-since outdated news available. Friendly interactions are heartwarming in the moment, but seldom read through later. Stupid things that should not have been posted will at least disappear after some time. So on. It's a great feature. :eyeless_smile:

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