The "Shopping Cart Theory" as a test of your self-governance readiness got a lot of mileage over the last year (https://medium.com/be-unique/the-curious-case-of-the-shopping-cart-theory-802909d93cff) but a much more visible barometer came this year: the simple mask.
It's an efficient "at-a-glance" tool to gauge someone's empathy and ability to self-govern...
Not wearing a mask? Completely lacking in empathy
Mask under their nose? Possible reserves of empathy...maybe
Mask wearer? Exceeds the bare minimum
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.