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people are going crazy out there, you guys.  Losing their sense of self, losing their self control, and losing their minds.


via edgar reed on twitter @reedforecasts

@reedforecastsFor any devs out there, it’s important to understand how incompetent and negligent the Parler devs were. This was not a “hack,” all you had to do was literally go to a URL and enter sequential IDs to download every piece of data.@reedforecastsFor any devs out there, it’s important to understand how incompetent and negligent the Parler devs were. This was not a “hack,” all you had to do was literally go to a URL and enter sequential IDs to download every piece of data.
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this is cool...


via gitlab..

// This blog post is Unfiltered </handbook/marketing/blog/unfiltered/-disclaimer> // As an all-remote -remote"><https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/guide/-remote> company, the GitLab team is distributed across the globe. Our team is used to working online, scheduling Zoom social hours, and using asynchronous communication strategies. Even with all these work from home skills in our back pockets, 2020 has been a challenge. Over the year, we've adapted to new work environments, taken on new roles within our families and communities, and found new and creative ways to connect from a distance. It's been chaotic and it has taken a toll on our mental health. Over the last few months, the Learning and Development (L&D) team at GitLab <https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/> heard team members express feelings of burnout. Personally, in coffee chats -chats"><https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/informal-communication/-chats> and slack conversations, I heard team members speak of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. The combination of maintaining a regular work schedule, caring for family, and finding time to relax and recharge, all while living through a global pandemic, is taking its toll. I could relate. I was feeling this overwhelm, too. In response to these conversations, the L&D team launched an asynchronous internal learning campaign -learning-campaigns"><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/learning-initiatives/-learning-campaigns> for the GitLab team with the goal of increasing awareness of, and access to, existing mental health <https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/mental-health/> resources at GitLab. This was a new learning initiative -initiatives-introduction"><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/learning-initiatives/-initiatives-introduction> for the team, leveraging GitLab issues, Slack reminders, polls, and a learning speaker series -speaker-series-overview"><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/learning-initiatives/-speaker-series-overview> to engage and educate team members. Take a few minutes to read the rest of this post to learn about the intentions behind the initiative, major takeaways, and what we're doing moving forward to continue the conversation. Why participate asynchronously? Asynchronous communication <https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/asynchronous/> gives team members the opportunity to work efficiently "><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/values/>, collaborate "><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/values/>, and put friends and family first -and-friends-first-work-second"><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/values/-and-friends-first-work-second>. When it comes to engaging learning content, applying asynchronous strategies can be challenging. Many learners are used to learning in collaborative, co-located groups or calls. The GitLab L&D team is always exploring and experimenting with new ways to make asynchronous learning just as engaging as synchronous learning. With this campaign, we used GitLab issues <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/boards>, Slack, the Polly app <https://www.polly.ai/>, and Zoom to deliver information and host discussion. This awareness campaign needed to be designed with as many asynchronous elements as possible to 1. Make content accessible and consumable for all team members, regardless of their time zone or location 2. Avoid creating additional overwhelm for participants related to attending synchronous calls, and instead let team members review content on their own time 3. Document content for future self-paced learning paths In addition to making this awareness campaign asynchronous, all participation was optional. Discussing mental health and burnout <https://about.gitlab.com/blog/2018/03/08/preventing-burnout/> can be challenging and uncomfortable. We wanted to allow space to discuss burnout only when team members felt comfortable and ready. So, how'd it go! A few great wins from the week: First, we collaboratively stood up our mental health tool stack -health-tool-stack"><https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/mental-health/-health-tool-stack> as part of our day 2 issue <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/issues/35>. Team members were asked to open an MR and contribute tools they use to manage burnout. Together we collected 12 resources. If you have one to add, please contribute! <https://about.gitlab.com/community/contribute/> Second, we created, tested, and documented a new learning initiative, internal learning campaigns! -learning-campaigns"><https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/learning-initiatives/-learning-campaigns>. The L&D team is exploring new ways to deliver bite-sized learning, and this is one we will try again in the future. And finally, we hosted a fantastic live speaker series with John Fitch <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvpoouM-us&feature=emb_logo>, author of the book Time Off <https://www.timeoffbook.com/>. Team members asked questions about how to take meaningful time off, how to return from PTO, and how managers can encourage team members to take time off. Approximately 100 team members attended synchronously, and many watched the recorded replay. A little more about John - he's the co-author of the international bestseller Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress <https://www.timeoffbook.com/>, a book that expands our value of time off, and how our rest and leisure are as important as our work. John is a recovering workaholic who wrote this book for a former version of himself. He cares deeply about the future of work and is optimistic that everyone has the opportunity to join the creative class in the near future. John is now building tools for helping people and teams design their rest ethic and manage their time off more effectively. He would love to hear from you if you are passionate about intentional time off. Watch the replay of our live speaker series below! What didn't go so well? One of the goals for the week was to increase the number of team members who answered 'Yes' to the following question: 'I know where and how to access resources to manage my mental health at GitLab'. Based on the Polly polls we shared in our #what's-happening-at-GitLab Slack channel, we saw a 3% increase in the number of team members who answered 'Yes', increasing from 73% to 76% Here are some screenshots of the poll data: Our initial poll data, collecting information /before/ the awareness week: Alt text for your image And our final poll data, collecting information /after/ the awareness week: Alt text for your image While this shows a slight increase, it's not enough, and the L&D team recognizes we need to do more as a company to communicate this information more widely and empower team members to use the available resources. A few issues we noticed with this data collection: 1. We aren't sure if the people who took the first poll also took the second poll since the poll is anonymous 2. We also aren't sure if the people who took either poll particiapted in any or all of the awareness week content. Since participation was completion optional, we didn't track who decided to get involved 3. Fewer people responded to the final poll than the initial poll Now what? The role of Learning & Development at GitLab has evolved during Covid-19 to include more support for mental health and wellbeing of our team members. Looking after team members wellness is no longer a passing priority. The increasing pace of monumental change and stress indicates otherwise. The pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, and our role as learning leaders is equipping our team members with a set of tools to build resilience, manage through change, and take care of their mental health. This internal awareness campaign was just the start of a series of learning opportunities the L&D team is creating for team members to explore their mental health and learn strategies for managing burnout. We're working on new mental health and burnout management inititiaves <https://gitlab.com/groups/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/-/epics/24> for 2021 to continue this conversation beyond this awareness campaign. We're also working on creating a self-paced learning path through this awareness campaign content, so that team members who missed the content, future team members, and our wider community can review the material. Follow the updates from our new GitLab Learn <https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-group/learning-and-development/gitlab-learn/> platform to find out when this learning path will be available. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out the content from the week shared via GitLab issues! Issue Link Content Day 1 <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/issues/34> Prioritize your mental health at GitLab Day 2 <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/issues/35> Mental health resources at GitLab Day 3 <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/issues/36> Recognizing burnout in yourself and others Day 4 <https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/mental-health/#rest-and-time-off-are-productive> Recorded live spearker series: managing burnout with John Fitch Day 5 <https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com/people-group/learning-development/challenges/-/issues/37> Reflection It's your turn! If you're looking for ways that your Learning and Development team can provide emotional support to your team members during the Covid 19 pandemic and beyond, consider implementing some of the strategies and lessons learned from our campaign with your own team. 1. Keep it optional. Rather than requirement team members to attend a training or read and respond to the material, allow individuals to opt-in. One team member might feel supported by simply reading the information, while another will take the opportunity to further discuss. Let your team explore and engage with this topic in their way. 2. Leverage asynchronous communication styles. If you're wanting to talk to your team about addressing burnout, avoid adding to their existing stress with another meeting. Consider using an existing company newsletter, email announcement, or Slack message to broadcast. 3. Provide resources. Research both existing resources from within your company and external resources that your team can expense or use at no cost. Focus on getting resources into the hands of your team, and remember that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. If you're interested in chatting more about what learning looks like at GitLab and in an asynchronous work environment, or want to let us know how conversations about mental health and managing burnout went with your team, reach out to the L&D team at learning@gitlab.com.




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If someone says to you,
"In the fortified city of the imperishable,
our body, there is a lotus
and in this lotus a tiny space: what does it contain that one should desire to know it?"
You must reply:
"As vast as this space without
is the tiny space within your heart: heaven and earth are found in it,
fire and air, sun and moon, lightening and the constellations, whatever belongs to you here below and all that doesn't,
all this is gathered in that tiny space within your heart."
' Chandogya Upanishad 8.1.2-3

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wow. andrew boon is at it again..

this is the p,atform mytribes runs on - he just released 12.0 beta 1. we are running 11.03 and 11.04 was just concurrently released.
--- heres andrews notes for version 12 ---

UNA 12.0.0-B1 (Antares) Released
So much happened in 2020. While there were not many blockbuster movies made, it seems that news and reality of life provided enough drama and entertainment to make up for it many times over. Global pandemic, global panic, global reshaping of the society - whatever you choose to call it - the world has changed, or at least started to change.

We are community software developers. Wo create tools that power independent social networks and provide configuration services for startups with multi-user apps ideas. To us 2020 was the year that amplified the gravity of our mission to the point when it's no longer about building a financially successful business or having a good time coding together - it is now a social responsibility of utmost significance. We must do our absolute best to halt the advance of monolithic technology giants that took full control of social networking, communication, commerce, media and entertainment.

There is no justification for the likes of Facebook, Youtube Amazon, Zoom, Netflix and Google skyrocketing their revenue and valuations while further abusing freedom of speech, infringing on privacy and stifling competition. It is not OK that just a handful of enterprises have the power to decide what we get to see, hear, read and say.

If we don't want to end up like the ELO's 21st century man - "Though you ride on the wheels of tomorrow
You still wander the fields of your sorrow" - facing the future that's not at all what we were dreaming about, but rather a hegemony of tech giants, then we must fight. We must give the power of technology back to people - to community leaders with ideas and determination to create multiple startups that give rise to a new wave of independent communities of all kinds and sizes. Anyone should be able to create online groups, automate businesses, unite people around shared causes, share knowledge, share creative art, collaborate with teams, operate community marketplaces and reach out to their social connections without giving away privacy, compromising on level of control and sucking up to someone else's commercial or political agenda.

We build UNA to do our part. We want to you to use UNA to do yours.

On the first week of 2021 we have finally released the largest and the most important update we ever produced...

UNA 12 (Antares)

One post is not enough to even begin to describe the scope of this release. We added educational modules to expand to Learning Management; added Tasks for team collaboration; improved core performance significantly; restructured Studio to make UNA more suitable for building custom networking solutions; added asynchronous loading for blocks and menus; introduced forms fields privacy controls; added location controls without Google places; overhauled timeline feeds and the list goes on.

Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing more details about v12, releasing additional modules and updating documentation. There is also a plan for new series of video tutorials and regular webinars, but for now we have to keep the announcement simple - look at the list of most notable improvements and help us test the first beta.

New modules released:

- Classes
- Courses
- Tasks

New modules coming in upcoming betas:

- Feedback
- Media
- Reminders
- Reviews

System enhancements:

- New Studio GUI - #3073
- Record Video type of uploader - #3081
- Asynchronous blocks with placeholders - #3051 #2896
- Asynchronous badges for menus - #3002
- Custom lists of different contents (instead of favourites) - #2875
- Speed improvements - #3039 #3006
- Location field improvements, integration of non Google services - #1519
- Pinned comments - #2597
- Rateable form fields - #2991
- Privacy for form fields - #2745
- Nested forms - #2990
- Ability to use use any profile field as replaceable marker in page blocks - #3082
- Sliding menus were changes to menus with "More..." item - #2496
- Templates are less in size and more prune to work upon updates - #3108
- Sticky columns for pages - #2954
- New interface for Labels - #2878
- Previews for PDF files in attachments section - #2859
- Pages/blocks cache issue with additional css/js files is now fixes - #2572
- Ability to clear reports - #3056
- Automatically suspend content after N reports - #3049
- More prune to work reset password functionality - #2995
- 2FA improvements - #2943
- Badges improvement - #2702
- Custom pages now support images for sharing in other networks - #2932
- Ability to use different S3 compatible storages such as Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi and SigV4 support for Amazon S3 Storage - #2952
- Moderator notes - #2764
- Reports functionality for comments - #2649
- Pages builder: default system(hidden) cell for inactive blocks - #2692
- Pages builder: block menu design selector - #2334
- Page builder for site search page - #1785
- Show total number of records in some grids - #2445
- Membership levels: immediate upgrade for infinite user levels - #2777
- Option for default cURL timeout - #3079
- API enhancements (more endpoints) - #3098 #2776 #2634
- Memcached cache can be cleared now - #3078
- Server audit improvements - #3013
- Moderators can't suspend other moderators and admins now - #2975
- MySQL cluster support with readonly nodes - #2950
- Profiles and accounts names can't start with "@" now - #2673
- Build-in `bx_file_get_contents` function can send JSON POST - #3093
- Design enhancements - #3046
- Install command line interface enhancements - #3041

Modules enhancements:

- Payments: single transaction mode for multiple purchases from different vendors - #2992
- Payments: Apple In-App purchase support - #2941 #2915
- Payments: improvements - #2892
- Files: major redesign and hierarchal structure - #3068
- Forum: different new attachments - #2861
- Posts: audio attachments - #2860
- Group based modules: paid join - #1904
- Group based modules: roles for users in groups - #2973
- Group based modules: ability for group admins to manage(edit/remove) all content in a context - #2843
- Group based modules: regular notification is sent now upon invitation - #2973
- Timeline: ability to mute individual profiles in the feed - #3050
- Timeline: updated cards - #3026
- Timeline: timeline post media editing - #701
- Notifications: possibility to set default value (active or inactive) for users' settings - #2963
- Notifications: possibility in settings to select all with a single click - #2946
- Ads/Posts: smaller images for Timeline cards - #2978
- Content modules: use first photo as main photo if cover photo isn't uploaded - #2966
- Events: Upcoming events - #2790
- Videos: multi-categories - #2774
- Organizations: multi-categories - #2772
- Persons/Organizations: option to not deactivate profiles after edit - #2585
- Decorous: template enhancement - #2951 #2602
- Polls: some empty white space in Timeline card was removed - #2949
- Massmailer: visibility based on ACL - #3069
- Stripe: strong customer authentication - #3040

There is a more - you can see the full list and review the code here - UNA 12.0.0-B1 on Github. 152 issues closed overall.

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there is a lot i could say about the functional and practical reasons it would be intelligent as a choice for you to create and cultivate a presence here or somewhere independent like here.    a few brief facts about mytribes from me (head engineer and dinosaur wrangler, humble artist, and lover of possibility)

  1. mytribes is hosted in america (not that this should matter).
  2. mytribes is not for sale (ever).
    1. if you fret about migration to this site/ship/platform, click your user picture, scroll down, and look for "get my invite link"  - copy the link, and all your friends that you give that link to --> will be your friend already--- as soon as they join.
    2. yes you can use mytribes for socialization! its encouraged!  we have chat like messenger, and right now i am re-implementing video chat as well.
    3. there are hut pages- specifically for you if you have services to offer-  set yourself up as an authority so people can find your offerings.  :) Add a hut/organization and let people find you, make posts, make ads, USE the market place.  We can even stripe/paypal connect,
    4. when you make a new org profile you do so by clicking your avatar, scroll to the bottom or click 'create new profile", then click hut/org.  (it may still say org) i'll check.
  3. mytribes is designed for human beans to have a FULLY independent platform to publish, grow, share, vend, sell, trade, barter and gain access to other sites in "the realized network"
  4. the realized network is a large scale project to bring back some common sense to the web, make it easy to use, and make it fully sensible, in that you are not inside a psychologically designed slot machine, you're using a tool that just does what you'd want it to, and so forth.
  5. ask me for help if you can't figure it out, and have tried really hard and slept on it, please dont ask me for tech support such as: the site wont load.  that is up to you, the site has been online since april last year, and its predecessor is offline but was started in 2018.
  6.   I have been exploring this space for the past 20 years, and mytribes is my initial contribution to the world community.
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