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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Hey all! I've had an extra busy week this week so it's been hard to participate here. Things'll calm down for me from monday I think.

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Dumai wrote

i'm reading a monograph on the russian revolution and i'm simultaneously impressed by richard pipes' breadth of knowledge and very annoyed with his methodology

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malifica wrote

I'm sad cuz I'm super unproductive somebody make me more productive please :(

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GrimWillow wrote

I banned u/gal from f/news and it came back as u/MRO, just wanted to let you know so that you're familiar with the new face of the same bot. It seems to really like f/politics and f/news. At least "MRO" stands out as a username more. Also, I'm slowly looking into creating a bot for auto-deleting posts that meet criteria like usernames or something. It seems making a bot would be easier than trying to create the shadowban feature in postmill, but I've already got a lot on my plate, so it might be a while before that even comes to fruition.

Otherwise love y'all. The content and discussions here have been enjoyable.

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noordinaryspider wrote

Right back at you. Wish I knew how to program bots but just being a productive member of a community is enough of a challenge right now.

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rot wrote

Ban bots sound problematic as hell.

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GrimWillow wrote

Are you saying that it seems problematic to have bots with the power of banning?

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rot wrote

Yes. It could mass ban accounts without community feedback like we have with f/trolldissection. bots are prone to bugs.

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GrimWillow wrote

It wouldn't be banning power, just an auto-delete. I don't think we need community feedback to autodelete posts from bots. They should be banned, but we can't ban them, so it would delete the posts that they make based on their username; and the username would be chosen by an admin. It has the same potential to be abused as any mechanism to ban someone within Postmill's code, but it seems simpler to me to write a bot than attempt to write a shadow-banning mechanism into Postmill.

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noordinaryspider wrote

If the Lorraine K Norse account on Diaspora is a fash bot, I can see how that could backfire on us.

Give me another week or so and then let's see what skillset I have that could be put to use. I'm going to go with Gnu/Linux and patience with new users as default unless anyone is having trouble with parents or any other fiftysomething and older allies show up with bumbling good intentions and white guilt, lol.

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GrimWillow wrote (edited )

I'm only talking about bots on Raddle, and the bot would only be controlled by an admin, so it would only assist an admin and mods in deleting posts from these weird lolbertarian bots that don't mind if you delete their posts, but they auto-register a new account when they get banned.

If you're interested in raddle's conversation about bots, there is a forum about them here.

or any other fiftysomething and older allies show up with bumbling good intentions and white guilt, lol.

Someone with your experience and wisdom are definitely welcome here. Are you suggesting that you're a person with bumbling good intentions and white guilt, or you mean that you'd be happy to confront people like that? Because I don't think white people should have "white guilt". That's something that many on the right claim that white "leftists" are stricken by, but it's only a thing for white liberals, not white Anarchists. But I think maybe you don't mean yourself.

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supernice wrote (edited )

I have had some interesting experiences with wild birds of late. There is type of blue jay (I think, it looks like one) that lives near me. I've seen it around my place for the past 2 years. A few weeks ago I noticed it was starting to approach closer and closer to me.

I was sitting outside of my place getting some sun 3 weeks ago and the thing flew right up and landed on my knee! Since then, it has landed on me a number of times and I've fed it directly from my hand. It's brought family along too. There are 2 adults, and 2 young ones. The other adult and the younglings have not landed on me yet or fed from my hand, but they get really close to me. Less than an arms reach away.

These past couple of weeks, every time I go outside, all 4 of them come out of nowhere and start hanging out. They show up usually within minutes of me stepping outside. It's fucking crazy, but incredibly cool.

Has anyone here every had a similar experience? This can't be normal right?

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GrimWillow wrote

It's definitely normal. Making friends with other earthlings is a thing.

If you pick a spot in the woods and sit there for at least 30 minutes every day, you'll begin to see all the life that actually hangs out around that spot as they get familiar with your pattern. Humans have suddenly become the scariest thing alive on this planet, so they don't often want to get to know us like that anymore.

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supernice wrote

Cool. I'm a big animal lover, so I'm thrilled by this, just never experienced it before. Now that you mention it, my routine is pretty regular around the house. The birds probably just came to the conclusion that I'm harmless after a couple of years.

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noordinaryspider wrote

The last time I encountered large wildlife would have been not quite a decade ago and we were both so embarassed and polite. The other party was a large mountain lion who could easily have made a snack of me or at least my toddler if he'd wanted to or done a lot less and gotten himself and every other mountain lion in the area obliterated by humans for the crime of being a cat and I "had no business" being out that far that late with a baby.

It was kind of cool in a way since we were both on exactly the same page about not wanting to get busted by our speciesmates for pushing the envelope a bit.

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supernice wrote

Wow, that sounds amazing and scary at the same time. I've never seen one. I know they are around here where I live, and I go out hiking alone in remote areas a lot where I know they are.

One time I thought I may have heard one. I was coming up on this big rocky area with a few caves and I heard a low kind of rumbling, kind of like when a cat gives one of those deep sounding purrs. I did exactly the wrong thing and immediately turned around and walked the other way. I was pretty scared. I don't know what I heard, but I was pretty convinced that it was a big cat. It could have been a bobcat, but I wasn't taking any chances.

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noordinaryspider wrote

We both reacted about the same way you might have if you accidentally walked in on a strange human using the bathroom, but I think we were equally spooked. I know I paid a little bit more attention to making sure I was out of the park before dusk in the future.

That's what my species wanted too, so he could just as easily have saved me from having my car towed as from having my baby turned into some other baby's dinner.

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noordinaryspider wrote

Hi again

This has been such an enlightening few days. I'm so grateful to the person who invited me here and there's no way I'm going to dox them but I'm feeling so positive about finding other answers to "what the fuck is wrong with the internet all of a sudden" than "noordinaryspider is a jerk and should kill themself", lol.

The "true confessions" posts have to stop, of course, but the daughter who said I am incapable of communicating with anyone of her generation was not accurately describing reality either, lol.

It makes me want to quote Madeleine L'Engle when Calvin O'Keefe says something along the lines of, "Do you know how this makes me feel? I'm not alone any more!I feel like I'm just being born."

Thank you so much, Raddle. Gonna stop crying real soon, roll up my sleeves, and start posting more on the tech and privacy boards as well as age and aging and anywhere else I can use my privilege for good instead of evil.

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rot wrote

Thinking of making some pamphlets or posters. Annoyed that I'm so close to the US boarder but not near any of the protests. I'm honestly a terrible Anarchist

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autonomous_hippopotamus wrote

yeah i've been feeling shitty i havn't been doing protests or anything either, but yeah, even if you don't produce original content, printing out posters and pamphlets is something.

But yeah, gotta find something to do, in my area there isn't even a DSA, let alone something more radical.

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autonomous_hippopotamus wrote

that shit with the onion site kindof fucked me up, i finally decided to GET ACTIVE! and make a bunch of posts in the groups i mod, but even though i looked like these things were posted, the onion site apparently was not linked up to the real site and so got deleted.

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noordinaryspider wrote

I firebombed UCSB in effigy last night.

UCSB is the swamp Elliot Rodger climbed out of.

No offense intended to any Santa Barbarians who may be reading this, it was a great place to visit when my travel agent suggested it in the early 1980s. Cool fig tree. How can I support you through this and help you feel good about living in such a beautiful place with such a horrible history?

I just wanted to tell somebody. It was dumb as shit but it felt good. We hack holidays around here so I was yelling, "BURN IT DOWN!!!!!!!!" the whole time and I think it's legal to print out more stuff to throw firecrackers at tonight.

Do I dare disturb the universe?