@davidoclubb @jaz the idea of an independent Wales is something I would had scoffed at, and thought highly undesirable only a couple of years ago. Now I think it may be a slim hope of refuge, if only I'd be let back in!
By coincidence my partner is currently learning Welsh, and Wales lives deep in my heart, but despite my ancestry and looking term association, I'd be regarded as an unwanted immigrant which doesn't appeal in increasingly tribal times.
Of course my fear might not be realised, but we can see that even if the majority subscribe to those ideals, it only takes a few to sow discord, raise fears, and carry out violent or abusive acts against minorities. And those few are susceptible to manipulation (cf. Brexit).
@markhughes @jaz Indeed - which is why #Mastodon is so important (to get people off those platforms which help foster most conflict). See my post here https://clubb.cymru/2020/09/04/the-digital-threat-to-wales-democracy/, was also posted on @NationCymru
@davidoclubb @jaz @NationCymru@twitter.activitypub.actor very good piece David, accurate and sensible. I've been following, advocating and helping mitigate in these areas for a while, but increasingly feel pessimistic as we're losing fast on so many fronts. I'm still regularly shocked at what the privacy researchers I follow discover. twitter.com/WolfieChristl is exceptionally good.
I still put many hours a week into Safe though, it has a lot of potential and will make all the mitigations you advocate easier to realise.
@davidoclubb slow and steady wins the race. Really happy to see continued use and new membership 👍
@mastodonr @jaz it takes several committed individuals to treat this as their main social media network. Then just patience and more patience, plus advocacy in the 'real' world to gradually build engagement with new people.
Activity increases if user numbers remain constant because those users forge new relationships with users from the same or different instances.
The big jumps come with additional users who stick around. You only need a few for activity to rise significantly.....
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