My Experience with trolls, and choosing to silently leave a community in order to avoid them.
After getting hit by a car, I faced a choice on the Wellington Cycling Group's Facebook page: share my story and endure a barrage of negative comments from anti-bicycle trolls, or remain silent. This experience sheds light on the impact of hostile online interactions and the power of user-controlled spaces like Nostr, where I found a more welcoming environment. We need to figure out how we handle these digital challenges and the importance of creating a space for free speech AND safe online communities.
Bluesky has successfully built a vibrant community of 600,000 users on its initial test server, but faces challenges reconciling its vision of an open, decentralized protocol with the community's desire for a more managed social environment. This proposal suggests maintaining the existing server as a standalone entity while launching a new, open atproto network. Users could choose between the two, maintaining their identity across both platforms. By potentially transferring management of the existing server to its users and exploring various funding options, Bluesky could align with its original vision of empowering communities, while still accommodating diverse needs and upholding the open protocol.
The Fleeting Utopia: Navigating the Euphoria of New Digital Communities
This essay explores the exhilarating sensation of joining new digital communities, drawing parallels to real-world experiences and crises, and unpacks the challenges of sustaining the initial utopian fervor amidst growth. It emphasizes the critical need for designing digital spaces that prioritize community control, collective ownership, and participatory governance. The narrative then shifts to the case study of Bluesky, a digital community grappling with scalability, shifting norms, and the need for effective governance. By championing community involvement in decision-making processes and citing the Design Justice movement as a viable model, the essay underscores the importance of collaborative problem-solving in maintaining the vitality of digital spaces.
Solarpunk AI and Social Ecology: Cultivating the Democratic Garden
TL;DR: LLM AI has the potential to revolutionize democratic governance in online communities by improving communication, promoting inclusivity, enabling participatory decision-making, and providing valuable insights that could be applied to broader societal contexts.