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Let's talk filters!

Mastodon means a lot of things to a lot of people, and while I do believe the Liturgists are an excellent addition to the fediverse, we are a fairly unique bunch in terms of our subject matter.

As you'll discover from either the federated timeline or the posts that get pushed to your home timeline from other instances, Mastodon is full people that "shit-post" (basically act goofy in very internet-like ways), talk about leftist politics, or ramble on tech. 1/

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It is VERY important that you understand something about direct messaging on Mastodon: if you tag another user in a direct message, it will ALLOW THEM TO SEE YOUR DIRECT MESSAGE.

An example of this would be if I direct messaged @MacTheBrazen and said "@mike is really cool!" Even though this is a "direct message" to Mac, both Mac and Mike could see it.

There has been huge pushback on this feature/bug by the Mastodon development community, but for now this is how it works. Be cautious.

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Let's talk privacy!

To change the reach of your posts, click the globe icon below the text box.

Public is exactly what it sounds like. It'll start as being visible to your local timeline (, and can then be boosted to other instances.

Unlisted "sends" it for no one but makes it accessible as long as someone has a link.

Followers only is powerful. It allows only your followers to see it and allows no one to boost it.

Direct sends it directly to one person.

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Regarding the "show more," "cw," and "sensitive content" features:

It's convention on Mastodon to use a "cw" (content warning) for anything someone else may not want to see.

IN PARTICULAR this applies to lewd pictures, nudity, pornography, but the less obvious ones are politics (often abbreviated to "pol"), racism, or niche topics not everyone may want to see.

There is an odd interaction to keep in mind though: if you CW your post, your photo will be marked "sensitive content."

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Mastodon Tutorial 

I have an extra ticket to the show tonight. Anyone on here interested in it? Also would love to say hi to anyone on here who is going. Mastodon meet up at the venue?

please select all squares with ethically sound statements
please select all squares with ways that a theoretical artificial intelligence could convince you not to worry about its existence
please select all squares with reasons that you could not be replaced by a cheap and performant superintelligent AI

RHE, Death, Grief 

RHE, Death, Grief 

I’m absolutely heartbroken and heavy with grief at the news of the passing of Rachel Held Evans.

I don’t pray as much now, but I pray for her, her family, friends and above all her husband and children today

Her last published words are all I have now.

“Death is a part of life.

My prayer for you this season is that you make time to celebrate that reality, and to grieve that reality, and that you will know you are not alone.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” - RHE, Ash Wednesday 2019

Remember capitals in hastags for our visually impaired friends.
E.g. if you type text to voice programs may not recognise the words so will spell it out. If you type the two words will be recognised and communicated. It makes it faster for them to read a comment.

Found some people from sharing their artsy stuff, so shameless plug, I have artsy stuff.

I was doing research on my phone and google displayed site on it's own url and logged me into a gmail I do not use in Safari. So I went to Settings and changed my search-engine to DuckDuckGo

#climatechange #theliturgists 

*trying to figure out mastodon*
am I confused because:
a) I actually don’t understand
b) this is the only social media platform that isn’t preying on my need for dopamine and affirmation

So on the liturgists podcast this week @mike mentioned the prisoners dilemma. It reminded me of this brilliant game exploring the evolution of trust. It takes about half an hour to play and I recommend it to everyone.

Have fun!

Reminder for liturgists people 

Taking a lunch break from my homework, and I thought I'd use this time to officially post my first toot. Subject: poetry.

If any of y'all are looking for some poetry to change your goddamn life, look no further than Jericho Brown. He's black, he's gay, and he does not apologize. To quote his poem "Romans 12:1":

"My body, / Dear dying sacrifice, desirous / As I will be, black as I am. //"


Autism, ABA is abuse and autistic conversion therapy 

Liturgists instance - blocking/unfollowing 

In honor of Black History Month, consider downloading Layla Saad’s *free* workbook, “Me and White Supremacy,” and starting the extremely uncomfortable but utterly necessary work of confronting the ways in which you’ve benefited from white supremacy. When I say “you,” I also mean me. This is painful and ugly stuff, but I know the discomfort i feel is not even a drop in the bucket compared to the pain of experiencing racism. Download at or find her at @laylafsaad on IG

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