He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist/socialist/leftist.

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Cake day: Oct 03, 2019


I got some concerns with the “fake news” part of this post. Let me just clarify what I meant by “blatantly fake news”. Personally, I’ll only remove things that are without a doubt false, and maliciously so, things like “Trump won the 2020 election”, “Climate change isn’t real” or “Vaccines cause autism”. Or, from “news” sites that have been proven to be puppets of organizations like the CIA. Stuff that “might be wrong” is generally left to up/down votes.

Though keep in mind that I’m talking about removing things at the site level with this, moderators of individual communities are generally free to remove stuff the admins don’t have a problem with at their own discretion.

@ufrafecy@lemmy.ml, @keo@lemmy.ml

Regarding blogspam

In the recent months, we’ve been getting more blogspam accounts, and the administrators have been discussing behind the scenes on how to deal with it. Blogspam is against the rules of this Lemmy instance and is treated the same as any other spam. That is, offending posts will be removed and blogspam…

Oof! Glad the backups worked, there only seem to be one or two missing comments from my profile. I mean compared to the websites that got absolutely decimated by this, that’s pretty good!

Another point, even saying them in jest is in very bad taste in the majority of cases. I hear arguments that some groups use slurs as part of their slang and “don’t actually mean to insult anyone”, but here’s the thing: those people are usually not the marginalized group that the slur is meant to insult and when someone who the word is meant to insult feel insulted, their feedback is at best ignored and at worst mocked.

I guess a notable exception is black people’s use of the n-word, which is fine, but it’s also a whole can of worms when you consider the fact that other ethnicities like white people also regularly use it “because they can, so why can’t I?”

Zero tolerance necessarily means you condemn the act in question, otherwise why would you have zero tolerance of it?

Yes. We don’t want fascists to have the freedom to spread their hate on this platform.

Wouldn’t that also mean you don’t respect their free will?

“Free will” is the concept that someone chooses to do what they want instead of it being pre-determined by the universe. It has nothing to do with whether other people want to tolerate or allow them to do it or not.

I keep saying this: the very existence of the slur filter, even though it’s actually trivial to remove or modify, acts like an alt-right/MAGA/bigot/freeze-peach repellent even though it’s trivial to remove or modify. Just look at the types of people on /r/RedditAlternatives who say they’ll never go to Lemmy because of this, and what their priorities on platforms they’re actually interested in are. To me, that’s half the battle.

Oops! Fixed it!

Funny story, I misspelled the original community name. While creating it.

Please welcome our new admin!

We have recruited long-time Lemmy user @k_o_t@lemmy.ml as a new admin for lemmy.ml! Please give him a warm welcome!..

The display name is now meant to be a formatted version of the actual name, which is easier to read than a snake_case string, or one that has contractions to fit in the character limit. Detailed information about the community should go in the sidebar.

PSA: Simplify your community display names

If you’re on version 0.9.0 of the Lemmy webclient, you may have noticed that the full display names for communities is now displayed everywhere, if the community has one. This is a new look Lemmy is trying, but for it to work well, display names should be short. If you have a display name on your co…

Heads up, this post has been removed because it is off topic for /c/announcements

Is there a way to publicly see what instances are blocked by the way? I actually wouldn’t like a feature like that because someone could use it to seek out toxic instances.

So if server A federates with server B, and server B federates with server C, will server A also display content from server C?

I think an allow list is the only acceptable way to do it. If you’re going to host some other site’s content, you should be sure you want to.

For more “benign” types of misinformation, outright removing it might not be appropriate, but misinformation about a potentially deadly disease can get people hurt or killed if someone decides to head it.

I have to say… “factually incorrect” is not really fitting here. Not at all.

Every medical professional from China to Europe to the US says that COVID-19 is a major threat to life and that its effects have not been exaggerated (many even claim it’s been downplayed in most of the world), and every medical professional says that masks and social distancing are vital to slowing down the pandemic. What qualifications does this person have to say that “Corona, by the information that I know, has been blown out of proportion”?

@Duel@lemmy.ml, are you able to provide any reputable and properly scientific sources that say that COVID-19 is no big deal or that masks and social distancing are not necessary? If you want sources supporting masks and social distancing, here.

You can still see it in the modlog. Most removed content isn’t deleted from the server. COVID-19 is no joke and I want to minimize the chances of people getting the wrong idea and putting themselves and others at risk.