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Welcome to Cloud Island. A Mastodon instance for New Zealand.
Why many people don't and won't use open source federated sites
People will continue to use big centralized sites like Discord until the alternatives drop the literal paragraphs of technobabble to explain what they are.
Most users do not know tech well. If they see pages of words they don't understand it's clear the software 'isn't for people like me'
so they go back to centralized sites.
If people don't understand what any of those acronyms and words mean it won't matter that the site is easier or better to use.
There's nothing wrong with technical explanations.
But they can be deeply alienating as a first impression and explanation to someone with no tech or coding skills who's after 'a site I can talk to my friends on'.
Folks know the sites they use are bad. But the alternative isn't accessible to the vast majority of people.
Non tech users need to be included and respected as potential users if open source is to appeal to all the communities it could benefit.
From HN comments: "Gemini sites load so fast, it's a little crazy". Not at all, what's crazy is that we've come to accept as normal that downloading O(1000) words of text that we actually care about reading takes long enough to notice and sometimes might make your laptop fan spin up a little - in 2020!
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Binder boys. Also this was exactly how my first time went. https://redd.it/gixns9
An Introductory Guide to the Art of Bapping Things [2/9]
A - Beans. Soft and for squishing
B - Thumb. The mark of an enlightened animal. Optional.
C - The Pad. Incredibly powerful. Soft. Absorbs impact from high-speed bapping.
D - Mini-Pad. Optional, capable of strong follow-ups to beeps.
E - Fluff. Fluffy.
Tech transfemme. Code sorceress and ops witch. Also, shameless selfies.
Profile picture is art by @eevee
Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.