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fediverse meta, bleah 

there are many many people out here (myself included) for whom the fediverse has been personally, socially and even—yes—professionally important for years and years. mastodon's not a tabula rasa, and if you're a newcomer, i guarantee that folks on here have been thinking about the fediverse's problems and their potential solutions wayyy longer than you have. i would invite you to consider the possibility that maybe those people are just as smart and clever as you are. awoo

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@aparrish 👏​👏​👏​

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@aparrish awoo to you too

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@aparrish smarter and cleverer no doubt!

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@aparrish you are always a blessing upon my timelines and this toot is no exception :blobpats:

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@aparrish it's a loaded term but I've seen people describe the attitude as "colonial" and honestly it's not that far off. showing up in a new place already inhabited by people with norms and immediately thinking you have solutions to things you perceive as problems, it's not a great look.

fediverse meta, bleah 

@nasser @aparrish How dare other people bring their own culture with them?! Please, people, don't be this. They have as much a right to be here as you do.

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@dusnm @aparrish no one is denying anyone their "right" to do anything... insisting that the fediverse is broken and needs fixing because it works differently from twitter -- often intentionally -- is grating, thats all.

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@nasser @aparrish They are entitled to their own opinion, just as you are entitled to yours. You don't need to interact with them if they bother you.

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@aparrish a-frickin'-woo

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@aparrish awoo 🍍

(It's definitely been interesting to see a range of self-assured Pronouncements from people I'd hope would think otherwise.)

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@aparrish ok but "as smart and clever as i am" is quite a low threshold I am now getting worried onoz does that mean no one has any idea of what they are doing :pikachu_surprised:

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How to be open-minded to new ideas without letting the newcomers roll all over you. In this essay, I will...

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@aparrish for these past couple of years you are the person I follow who has most used Mastodon as a personal journal, something meaningful. Thank you for that

fediverse meta, bleah 

@aparrish while I agree with the gist of your statement, and newcomers like myself shouldn’t proclaim they’ll “fix all the problems“, they might have insights no one else has thought about. While I do not myself, and honestly I’m quite happy over here so far, don’t dismiss ideas out of hand just because you’ve had that conversation already.

fediverse meta, bleah 

@aparrish considering more than a million people joined in the past two weeks, there are without a doubt people joining that will have ideas that will be implemented and most people will like.
I do want to make myself clear I do condemn those that just “will fix it”, but please be welcoming of newcomers and not hostile. It doesn’t set a good example of how those that have been around are like.

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