Because I still get (good faith!) questions about it, please, I beg you, don't let your friends join or use c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶e̶r̶.̶s̶o̶c̶i̶a̶l̶

I could express why at length, but here's just one case. Compare how much external JS they load vs the no-external-js for the shop and most other mastodon sites.

If they want to claim they're not selling data, it starts _there_.

The poll results from yesterday on birdsite joining the are in. This aint scientific, but it's about what I expected:

26% would want to federate
74% would want to block

From birdsite 

“What should we name the restaurant in our hotel?”

“Well, what vibe are you going for?”

“A place where people can trade industry secrets or have an affair in peace!”

“I got you.”

I also updated the "categories" we're under on joinmastodon.org. I chose the following from the pictured list, happy to take suggestions for clicking on more or less of them.

cc @eskay8 @dulcet @Annalee

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Did some housekeeping on the Shop. We have a header image, and our "front page timeline" is now just the local, to give a good flavor of us.

If you want a better image there, me too! Happy to take suggestions.

I really like this cute pachyderm frendo on the latest version of Mastodon.

From birdsite 

Making a Game Boy game in 2017: A "Sheep It Up!" Post-Mortem (part 1/2) buff.ly/2nMayba

From birdsite 

Hey if you make a contribution to @PyBeeWare@twitter.com you earn a shiny challenge coin! Show your contribution to me before noon tomorrow and I’ll hand it to you.

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Phildini @ The Shop's choices:

Wandering Shop

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.