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plural.cafe instance meta (rules rewrite) 

Hello folks! @starfall speaking, we spent some time yesterday rewriting the rules section with an eye on making paragraphs shorter and our values more explicit.

They haven't taken effect yet; the draft can be seen at hackmd.io/@starfall/plural-caf

Some things are added to the old rules, not just reworded:

* "blatant advertising" -> "corporate advertising", with a specific exception for self-promotion
* explicitly sex and kink positive, but these must still be content warned appropriately
* explicitly sex worker positive, give or take some legal requirements
* required content warnings section added, with some of the most common triggers we know of
* some changes to the bot account policy - bots must be opt-in, not opt-out, automated posts shouldn't be on public
* more explicit federation policy around suspending some servers that don't block servers we suspend

Feel free to comment and suggest changes here or @ us directly.

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Been talking to each other more lately and working on interacting with ourselves in a more considerate way instead of dismissing each other's problems (which is a recurring issue for us). Getting better at it! Had a good talk with a syskid today about self-esteem and how doing your best is the most anyone can ask.

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COVID-19 vaccination 

Almost forgot- we got our first vaccination against COVID today! A local college messed up and had more doses than they had students, so they were giving them out for free to anyone who came in.

It's at least few weeks before most people are allowed to get vaccinated here through normal means (including us despite having a preexisting condition that puts us at higher risk), so being given the chance was a pleasant surprise. Guaranteed to get the second dose as well!

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🪐 just wanna cuddle with some cute enby in microgravity

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birthdays actually suck bc families insist on using "youve become such a wonderful man/woman!" as their go-to birthday wish and its like,,, thanks but p l e a s e

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Excited ramblings about webrings, of all things. 

In other Internet news... I've been getting people excited about webrings! No, really.

See, with corporations messing up continually due to ineptitude—deviantART's Eclipse design et al—there's a push once more towards a decentralised Internet. Roleplaying art communities, like close species ones for example, are moving away from deviantART and to systems like Lorekeeper. The only problem with this is discoverability.

In the before times though, we had a method of discoverability, they were called webrings and I think they're about to make a return too. Those whom I've spoken with about them see their purpose and are considering re-realising them for the modern Internet.

I mean, all you need is a banner, a couple of left/right buttons, and a button to list all the banners. When a page is loaded, a random banner is chosen and users can explore the banners via the interface. If a site hosts the webring, they can have a banner for their own site. Thus, discoverability!

I'm actually a little bit excited about this because I feel like the Internet has been a corporate husk for a long time, now. There've been those searching for the lost soul of the Internet, there's been many things involved with its downfall—including the fall of Firefox—but the thing is? There's a lot of people using this Internet, and if they decide they want change, they can make it happen.

For those who've not seen, Neocities.org is a grand example of the creativity found on the Internet before it became a corporate husk.

I'm just, I don't know, I'm pleased this is happening. Change is happening. People are getting fed up of the way things are and it's a hopeful change. Now if we can just get a good browser to go with it.

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plurality view of pre-transition self 

E: everybody who sees a photo of the draugr says "this could be your brother, but def doesn't look like you anymore"
E: I know people are making an effort to be affirming but it's kind of interesting how every time it's always, specifically, "brother".
R: we do call one another "sister", but it's more in the political way we call every transfeminine person "sister".
E: I can't help but think of the draugr as our late brother, though.
E: like if he was a person in a different body altogether, I can very easily image we relating in sibling dynamics
E: I see him sitting on the sofa playing games and I'm bringing cookies on condition he will wash the dishes and we tease one another, that kind of thing.
R: only he wouldn't actually like that, isn't it. that other-body brother is a mirror-shade, an alternate reality. the one from this reality did not like existing in that body or that self.
R: our brother fought for us, and now he rests beneath the sea. that's all he ever wanted.
E: RIP niichan.

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E: wow our feeds feel like different people altogether
R: yes hello we're plural?
E: yeah sorry
E: but I mean, it's funny how fast it swaps from one to another
E: we're doing those at the same time
E: well not really at the same time, but...
R: ... picking up the thread easily, yeah
R: consciousness is maybe not like a parallel computer but it's like single-core multitasking, moving from one to the other fast enough to create the illusion of simultaneity
R: it context,, switches (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.)

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Good news everyone it is Neurotypical Month of Invisibility! Just pretend they're not even there they love that

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occultantifa 

antifa arrows as banishment circle

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introduction 

Hey all, I’m Luke, aka Marron (he/they)! You might know me as @mdmarron :) I’m in a system with my partner in crime Amara (she/her). I wanted to meet other systems, so I thought I would check out this instance!

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Linux again (successful Arch install!) 

Still a lot of work and tweaking to be done, but we have functional internet, can mount an external hard drive and move files, and we're starting to feel like we kind of know what we're doing. Maybe.

Time to sleep!

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selfie, eye contact 

R: well, this was....
R: breathtaking, really
E: as always with you 😌
E: the way you just go and do the things, it's...

C: you can do this too, you know
C: you sell yourselves too short
C: don't just give. watch me and learn how to take

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selfie, eye contact, boosts welcome 

not to be too ego but wow

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❄️​🌸​ it's so cool how I'm a girl I LOVE this

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Social media: where you can complain about everything, exalt the virtues of your life, or shitpost about carp.

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Plural Café is a community for plural systems and plural-friendly singlets alike, that hopes to foster a safe place for finding and interacting with other systems in the Mastodon fediverse.

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