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@ghostatnoon@kbin.social

Here to read and talk about things I enjoy.

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Do note that you can't currently message users on other instances from kbin. The button will still be there, but it will bring you back to the homepage. I believe Ernest said something about it being "unimplemented," so I'm assuming cross-instance messaging will happen someday, but is probably not a high priority at the moment.

ghostatnoon,
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Thanks for the style! It makes the menus a lot easier to navigate. I for one would definitely appreciate "more" menu icons as well (whether as part of the same style or as a separate style) if you do decide to add them.

Is the cartographer expedition worth trying for a newbie?

I'm still pretty new to the game. I've tried two of the expeditions—Utopia this month and I believe Singularity earlier this year—but didn't make it very far through either (via a combination of not starting them early enough and, for Singularity, barely knowing how to play the game). I don't have a lot of time over the...

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I probably would have enjoyed what little I did of Utopia much better with a guide. Half of my playtime was spent trying to figure out which button to press to get my current goal to pop back up on the screen again. (The other half was spent running around looking for an alternate source of carbon, because I got distracted while going out to mine for it and started mining other things that I didn't actually need and promptly rendered myself unable to mine anything at all.)

So yeah, I think it's safe to say that having something to refer to to see exactly what I should be doing at any given moment would be helpful for me. Thanks for the links.

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Its the Armor of the Hero outfit. Technically I only have access to it in totk, not in botw, because I don't have any amiibo, but I like the way it looks.

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Oh, the wild set is actually more similar to the hero set than I remembered it being. It's really just the neckline that's different.

Definitely wouldn't have wanted to paint on the tiny little laces anyway, even if I had gone with the wild set. The details on Zelda's dress were bad enough.

A case for preemptively defederating with Threads

With Meta beginning to test federation, there's a lot of discussion as to whether we should preemptively defederate with Threads. I made a post about the question, and it seems that opinions differ a lot among people on Kbin. There were a lot of arguments for and against regarding ads, privacy, and content quality, but I don't...

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When people go to Mastodon, Kbin, Lemmy, Firefish, Misskey, etc., they do so knowing they're going to the fediverse. When people go to Threads, most do so because they have an Instagram account.

This is my main concern.

Personally, I don't care if the fediverse grows. I just care what it grows into. The fediverse has a nice community at the moment because everybody on it made a conscious decision to be here and not somewhere else. Threads users will not have made that decision. Furthermore, they'll outnumber the rest of us enough as to have no incentive to try and fit into the preexisting community here (which isn't helped by the fact that they've already been their own isolated community for awhile).

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Is the microblog tab actually that important to most people, that the instance could become dependent on Threads for dominating it?

I don't think it could put the entire instance in jeopardy, but personally I think the microblog tab has a lot of potential (there have already been strides to incorporate it more), and I'd feel a lot less positive about its possibilities if it were full of content from Threads.

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And in fact people who who want to interact with the 140million ish Threads users currently have one option - join Threads. With federation I can communicate with Threads users without joining Threads.

What if the defederation happens in the other direction? Defederating an instance is a lot like banning a user, and I'm not sure if there are any mainstream social media sites that I haven't heard abuse their ban system. If other instances start becoming more popular because people want to use them to talk to Threads, that gives Threads a lot of power over which of those instances are allowed to thrive. In the worst case scenario, it could easily kill an instance if too many of their users were there for Threads and Threads decides to cut them off.

A fediverse that is popular because it can talk to a centralized app doesn't sound like a particularly healthy fediverse to me.

ghostatnoon,
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I second all the suggestions except the currently reading/online one: in my experience, seeing "currently reading" statistics just makes dead places feel more dead. It's also not a useful statistic: it doesn't tell you how good a post is, or provide any information about the poster, or even show how popular it is (because you can't really extrapolate about the average engagement from only one datapoint). You can't do anything with the number.

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@Hikiru Hi, this is just a note to let you know that I've removed you as moderator, since you abandoned the magazine and your accounts are inactive. If you're still interested in being involved with moderation here, I'm happy to discuss it with you.

ghostatnoon,
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Hi! Thanks for the advice! I'm usually not good at making content, but I'm going to try my best, and we'll see how things turn out. I've got a pretty good backlog of botw screen recordings that I've taken and never posted anywhere, so I might start dipping into that a bit if there's anything good in there.

And thanks for the links as well -- I might need to steal one of those rules from your magazines, since I didn't think of attribution requirements when I was writing the rules here.

Actually, from the kbin end, you can't even write out a dm to somebody on another instance in the first place. Clicking the message button on your profile just brings me back to the home page without giving me a chance to write out any content at all. It's probably better than letting you write out a dm and then not telling you it isn't sent, but it was very confusing the first time I came across it. XD When I asked, Ernest said it's "not implemented" so I'm assuming dms will happen eventually, but they're probably not high on the priority list.

I think I've seen a couple "promote your magazine" magazines and they've all been dead (so, not promising for visibility), but it can't hurt to look again!

ghostatnoon, to breathofthewild
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New magazine background!

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There's a cosmetic issue I've been having with the script that this update doesn't seem to have fixed: with the script enabled, even with all its features turned off, certain divs (which as far as I've found are all children of main, with both the section class and the content id) are being given the display:unset style. This 1) removes the background and 2) conflicts with the styling for .section to somehow create two bars along the left side of the element. Examples are on the "add new thread" page, the login page, and in almost every tab of the "magazine panel" moderation tool.

I tried looking for the issue in the script and couldn't find anything that jumped out at me (I... also don't know javascript, so it was a bit of a shot in the dark), but I'm as close to certain that it's this script as it's possible to be. I'm able to replicate the issue consistently across three different devices (Ubuntu/Linux Mint laptops and Android phone), running the script via the Tampermonkey extension in Firefox. (I saw that this had already been reported awhile back specifically for the login page and that you hadn't been able to replicate it, so I'm trying to provide any device-specific information I can think of that might be relevant).

Anyway, I was pushed to finally bring up the issue today because although previously the issue has just been a minor visual annoyance, I just changed the background on one of my magazines to an image and now, with the script removing the nice solid background from behind the formatting icons on the new thread page, I can barely see them. :(

What does the "Favorites" feed do?

I've been using Kbin for a few months now and I didn’t really feel the need to set my #feed to anything besides "Subscribed". I can guess from their names what the "All" and "Moderated" feed are but I have no idea what the #favorites feed does. I've seen that the recently added #collections also use the word "favorite" when...

RTR#32 Further refactoring, debugging voting errors

Today, I continue with code refactoring, getting closer to finishing the most tedious part. I've also improved tools to prevent spam on the instance, which will take effect in a few days, addressing the issue of overloading other instances that have been reported. After today's wave of spam, I've also started working on...

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Currently getting an error trying to block @news_us_politics via the magazines page.

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Now @politics.

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@uspolitics. I'm half suspecting the error might be related to how many requests I've already made to block things recently, since I was having no issues going through the first couple of pages and blocking about half the magazines on them and now suddenly am encountering a bunch of errors? But I have no actual evidence for that.

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Successfully blocked the second two magazines about two minutes after this post but @news_us_politics is still giving me errors. It doesn't seem to be particularly consistent.

Is kbin social and kbin cafe run by the same person? (kbin.cafe)

I am new and signed up using kbin cafe but seem to be able to post in kbin social. I am guessing each website is like its own email service from what I can see. Though I am not sure if the owner of kbin social is the same as the owner of kbin cafe. I take it anyone can set up their own kbin site and connect it to the other kbin...

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You can also connect to non-kbin sites, including Lemmy and Mastodon! They all use the same protocol to be able to talk to each other.

Will forums fix the Internet?

In the opinion portion of Kurzgesagt's most recent video, they suggest that going back to small forums, bulletin boards, etc. will help people deradicalize and become more empathetic. The idea behind this is that, just like real life, forums allow people who disagree on certain things to bond under a shared interest or identity;...

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On forums, people maybe be just talking about the thing that the forum is about. For example, if you're on a forum about Minecraft or cats, you're not going to be discussing differing political opinions — in fact, such conversations are usually frowned upon. This is different from your real life community, where you're going to be talking about all sorts of different topics.

A lot of real-life communities restrict discussions about politics too, and for similar reasons to online communities (not wanting to be broken apart by angry discussion). What I got from the video was that positive interaction with somebody you disagree with — even if, or maybe especially if, that interaction isn't actually about the source of the disagreement — is more important than actually facing the disagreement head-on, which usually just serves to make everybody angrier and more convinced of their own points.

My thoughts: I'm in a lot of small communities online (mostly forums and discord servers), and the ones I enjoy the most are the ones that are generally populated by people who have similar worldviews and cultural values, and that prohibit discussion of extreme points from the "other side" — not because I don't want to challenge my worldview, but because I think those communities challenge my worldview more. Spending time in them makes me feel positive about other human beings. I respect the people in them who have different opinions from me, and frequently have conversations with them that change my own opinion a bit.

On the other hand, going into the default feed on a larger social media site is like being hit in the face and then told that I'm supposed to be considering whether maybe I deserved to be hit in the face, really, which isn't something I usually feel particularly disposed to do. Sites like mastodon have enough controls to be able to make your feed into something that at least isn't actively radicalizing, but it means you can't follow anybody who disagrees with you, because those posts will be mixed in with anything from them that you actually do want to see. Your feed isn't like a forum with its own set of social norms about what kind of content is acceptable to post in what context. People you follow can't read the room before they post because the room isn't visible to them in the first place. So I do think that forums are much more conducive to being deradicalizing than a lot of other forms of social media, just because the nature of having distinct communities with separated pools of posts makes it a lot easier to interact with people you disagree with in situations where you agree with and respect them. But it also relies on the forum having the right rules and moderation — just being a forum isn't enough for it to be a healthy and respectful community.

Damaskox, to kbinMeta
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What rules does kbin have? Like, for posting content.
I tried to google info but didn't find anything.

I have a magazine that concerns morbid curiosity so I'm wondering, where's the line 🤔 (The magazine is K18 already)

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@Damaskox All I could find for instance rules for kbin.social is "Harassment, hate speech, or any other form of harmful behavior will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to remove any content or user that violates these guidelines." (from the tos)

Can lemmy users see when they're mentioned in a microblog post from kbin?

I'm trying to contact a user on lemmy, but can't dm them (it's not clear to me if this is a bug or if dms don't work across instances or software, but either way it's not working). My next workaround would be to ping them in a microblog post, but lemmy doesn't have a microblog section. Would a lemmy user receive a notification...

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Good to know that microblog posts show up on lemmy, although it's a bit awkward that (if I'm seeing that correctly) they show up as regular threads there. I might mention them in a thread that's not as closely directed to them instead. Thanks for the reply. :)

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