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Cake day: June 5th, 2023


  • OttertoLemmy@lemmy.mlShould Lemmy buy ads on Reddit?
    11 hours ago

    My reasons against that

    • we’d be directly giving money to Reddit
    • users dislike the places they see ads about, and it would appear extra desperate because of the point above
    • money is better spent supporting developers and content creators on here

    Not to mention that Reddit will probably shut that down

    That doesn’t mean we don’t do anything though. A number of subreddits continue to have automod messages and pinned posts directing people elsewhere. There are a lot of people on Reddit who WANT things to succeed here.

    So some other ways to help.

    On Reddit:

    • work with subreddits to set up parallel communities here, and ease the transition of people moving

    • find subreddits that benefit from backups / fediverse communities, and work with them to improve things

    On the fediverse:

    • write up guides and update existing resources to help newcomers

    • Post interesting content on the fediverse. People use things they get value out of, and new people won’t stay if things are quiet here. Set up an RSS feed, share the cool videos you see, write about your thoughts on casual communities.

    Specifically financial:

    • Donate to the development of a project you like. If you can, reoccurring donations provide stability for the developers to work on things.

    • Donate to the instances that are running the services and platforms


    • Money can help, but paying for ads isn’t the way to go (at least not yet)

  • I would recommend either messaging the accounts, or contacting the admins about it. If there are no replies after a set amount of time (maybe a week?), then remove them. The admins can also confirm that the account hasn’t logged-in in months, which simplifies the decision

    Since they’re welcome back once they become active again and want to rejoin, you don’t need to make too much work for yourself in removing them :)

  • While I’m not linking to an external article, I’m hoping that my write-up within the post can still fit with the intent of this community :)

    Maybe I’ve watched too much Black Mirror, but this video felt too similar to the tech demos at the start of a sci-fi thriller. In fact, it made me think of the Slaughterbots short film from 2017.

    Sci-Fi Short Film “Slaughterbots” | DUST (youtube.com)

    Two relevant points from that video:

    • The person in the tech demo for the drones also uses language such as “bad guys”

    • The address at the end:

    This short film is more than just speculation. It shows the results of integrating and miniaturizing technologies that we already have. I’m Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at Berkeley. I’ve worked in AI for more than 35 years. It’s potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense. But allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom. Thousands of my fellow researchers agree we have an opportunity to prevent the future you just saw, but the window to act is closing fast.

  • Would you consider making something for deleting past content? I was talking to someone recently about how they want to remove most of the old content, but they want to leave up certain things. That feels somewhat similar to the actions they would take here, so it might be a cool feature to have. Maybe even “see what subreddits I’ve posted in, and pick what to delete”

    Also, would you care to add your Lemmy and other fediverse accounts to your website? ;)