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Cake day: Jul 26, 2020


Whoever you want to moderate has to make a comment somewhere in the community, then you press the three dots on their comment and it should give you an option to make them a moderator.

You gotta find a Mastodon instance that you’d like to join then go to their main page then sign up there. Keep in mind some instances have closed registrations or registrations where you send an application that can be accepted or rejected.

https://fosstodon.org is an instance for FOSS enthusiasts and could be a good starting point. I’m assuming you’re a FOSS enthusiast because you managed to make your way to Lemmy 😋

Could you give me an example of something that isn’t too political in your eyes?

The English writer Wells went to the Soviet Union a few years ago and visited Maxim Gorky, a great writer who is gone today. He proposed the creation of a literary club from which politics would be excluded, for, to his mind, literature is literature and politics is politics. Gorky and his friends, it seems, began to laugh and Wells was annoyed. The fact is Wells saw the writer as being outside of society, while Gorky and his friends knew full well that it just is not so in life, where, in truth, all things are linked together—whether we like it or not.

It’s a fork of Lemmy made for the now defunct /r/ChapoTrapHouse community from Reddit. It does not federate with Lemmy.

I wouldn’t want Facebook to join the Fediverse or adopt the ActivityPub standard. Forcing them to use ActivityPub while still maintaining their dominant social and economic position would lead to another Chrome situation. Facebook could use their position to heavily influence the ActivityPub standard and end up becoming the de facto social media platform, just like Chrome is the “de facto” web browser due to Google having so much influence over the Web’s specs.

Seem like it’s a Scheme compiler. I was hoping that it would be the Stalin equivalent to the anarchism package.

MLM in this case refers to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism or Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, not Multi-Level Marketing.

Sorry, I got a bit carried away. I hope you find my responses to be adequate. Feel free to ask any questions here or on any of the Lemmygrad communities.

Sure! Here are a couple of books that discuss some of the history of liberalism and its wrongdoings:

One’s I’ve read:

  • Domenico Losurdo’s Stalin: The History and Critique of a Black Legend (this has sections that describe the genocidal history of liberalism. You don’t have to like Stalin to read this, and if you want just skip to the parts about liberalism’s history)
  • Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  • Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (this is a more US-centric book that talks about liberalism’s shortcomings in the US rather than its genocidal wrongdoings. I’m assuming you’re from the US.)

Ones I haven’t read:

  • Domenico Losurdo’s Liberalism: A Counter-History
  • William Blum’s Killing Hope

For a starting point in learning about Marxism, I’ll point you to a comment I made the other day. I very very highly recommend reading anything in these lists that discusses historical or dialectical materialism, including Georges Politzer’s Elementary Principles of Philosophy. Dialectical materialism is the tool Marxists use to analyze the world. Marxism without a good understanding of dialectical materialism won’t do you any good. Huey Newton said as much in his autobiography Revolutionary Suicide, so I think more importance needs to be placed in teaching newcomers dialectical materialism.

On the topic of Huey Newton, I think reading about his life and the life of all other black revolutionaries is incredibly important to understand liberalism’s wrongdoings. They all had to live through those wrongdoings and were able to understand them well.

When you say “extremist” belief, while you may assume a view is extremist based on how far down some imaginary political number line it is, that’s not the case. What you truly mean is someone whose ideas are outside of the acceptable list of ideas put in place by liberal hegemony.

From my perspective, however, a liberal is just as much of an extremist as I am. Liberalism has left in its wake untold destruction, death, and genocide and done a very good job of obscuring or whitewashing that history to declare itself the superior moral ideology. To support that is extreme, in my opinion, but to go around declaring liberals extremists outside of communist spaces would only get me funny looks.

At this point, anything I say or learn about communism and history outside of the mainstream liberal interpretations of it will get me labeled an extremist, so why stop trying to learn about these different perspectives? It’s not like it makes me close-minded. On the contrary, it takes a pretty open mind to even begin to learn about communism in good faith.

I do self-doubt and self-criticize what I believe in, by the way. You would assume I don’t because why would “extremists” do such a thing? Well, think about how much self-criticism and self-doubt pave the way when learning about communism in a world dominated by liberalism. You learn the Cold War narrative of communism all of your life and it’s not something you can easily escape, so I always have self-doubt in my mind about what I believe in, but that’s why I have to keep an open mind and be both critical and self-critical when I learn. It’s self-criticism, though, not present-your-criticism, so it’s a private process, but that doesn’t mean you should assume it doesn’t happen.

Anyways, I didn’t address any of your specific points. I really just wanted to paint you a picture of why some people may be the way you’re describing and how the term “extremist” in this context is loaded with a lot of assumptions about people and politics. People like to immediately jump to psychologically profiling “extremists” and I think that’s rather annoying.

Honestly, I’m tired of discussions of Lemmy from outside the Lemmy community. It’s always the same stuff: “blah blah slur filter so use Lenny, blah blah against free speech, blah blah full of leftists and not centrists like me, blah blah admins are anti-diversity.” For as much as HN complains about Reddit sometimes, these HN comments essentially mirror Reddit comments about Lemmy.

All these topics have been done to death at this point, but it’s even worse when it’s clear that some of these people aren’t even a part of the community and yet there they are criticizing it in the same way everyone else has already.

It would just be nice to see discussions and criticisms of Lemmy from other angles. Something like talking about its place in the current iteration of the Web, or about its UX, or even its community, but from an non-reactionary angle. To me, Lemmy is an experiment, a social one that’s currently seeing how communities form and change through federation, moderation, and community feedback. It’s not perfect, but dismissing it as a project and experiment just because of something as simple as a slur filter is reductive and ridiculous, to be quite honestly.

Ultimately, though, I’m not obligated to read what these people write, and they’re not obligated to write how I want, so my complaints are useless, unproductive, and mostly me being defensive because of criticism thrown toward a community that I’m a part of. Still, though, it would just be nice to have something more refreshing.

So far, the mod is really encouraging people who are AGAINST all the misinformation being spread around Reddit to migrate. I don’t know if the people who spread misinformation really want to migrate to another site if A) Reddit is already platforming them nicely and B) they see that the people who are moving to these other sites are people against them. Plus, Lemmy has a reputation for not being friendly to bigots and reactionaries. Just look at previous threads about Lemmy on /r/linux. I guarantee you there will be people complaining about the slur filter and Lemmy’s heavy-handed moderation. The mod mentioned other alternatives, too, some of which may catch the attention of the more “free speech” oriented people.

You do have a point, though. Ultimately, I trust the current admins and mods of the Lemmyverse to keep it a healthy community. They’ve done a great job so far.

What can one do to be a good citizen of the Web?

Users of the Web often have issues with how they are treated by developers and how the Web has evolved to be hostile against users and more geared toward creating consumers. Naturally, users have many criticisms and say that the Web should be this instead or developed like this instead to create…


You can go to the Play Store on your favorite web browser and buy Minecraft through there, then download Aurora Store from F-Droid and log in to your Google Account on it to download your purchased apps. I’m not sure if MicroG is necessary for this, tbh, but I know it’s one option to download purchased apps.

PipeWire handles both audio and video, including screen sharing. OBS Studio uses PipeWire when screensharing under Wayland, for example.

You kid, but there are probably “smart bathtubs” and “smart showers” out there that do run some old ass Linux kernel. The days of flushing a toilet while someone is showering are long gone. Now all you gotta do is hack into their showers and prank them from afar.

Lemmy getting big enough for meta-humor? You love to see it! (:

Honestly, slowly but surely Lemmy has been gaining its own footing. Sure, it’s getting bigger in size, but I think it’s also finding its own little style of community, and so far it’s been a great one!