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I think we're pretty much set up on weirder.earth - we went for a manual migration so we could DM people who want DMs with follow requests and drop defunct accounts from our list of follows, so...

- if you want to keep following our account, sent a request to @packbat@weirder.earth , and

- if we should be following you there and aren't, let us know that we missed your name.

Thank you to dragon.style for hosting us for so long. I'm glad we took the invitation to join the fediverse.

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Packbat interaction rules (399 words) (updated 2020-12-25) 

- Likes on our negative posts are okay. If a post is boostable, you may boost it without apology; feel free to ask whether we actively /want/ that post boosted.

- If you are reposting /on here/ something we posted on here (e.g. to add a content warning customized for your audience), @ us in the repost; if you want to screenshot one of our posts or copy an image off one of our posts or repost elsewhere at all, ask first. (Linking is fine, on here or off.)

- Please let us know if there is something you want us to provide content warnings for. We're fairly good at CWing the content of our own posts for eye contact, food/beverage, political events, and common sensitive content like self-harm, violence, bigotry, and so on; we're less reliable at giving CWs for links (particularly to videos and/or music) or recognizing missing CWs in posts we boost. There /are/ things we won't or can't promise to CW (the word "queer", for example); we will tell you if that's the case.

- Please use content warnings for unsolicited advice or suggestions and for unsolicited offers of assistance.

- Relatedly: Don't phrase ideas as mandatory and don't guilt-trip. We don't "have to" do whatever you're suggesting, and we get stressed out when people say we do.

- Also relatedly: if we demur - if we make an excuse or an apology or actually literally tell you "no" - then stop.

- Relatedly in a different way: you /can/ tag us into ongoing conversations, but assume there's a good chance we'll take a long time to show up if any of us do at all. We're prone to hyperfocus, we occasionally leave the house or hide from the world under a blanket watching YouTube videos, and we, like, sleep.

- Terms like "dude" and "guy" and "bro" feel really gendered to us - none of us are dudes or guys or bros. Or brothers, or men. Don't use those words for us.

- Also, and apparently unexpectedly, we don't seem to be gay. Dunno if anyone's actually called us "gay" to our faces, but we see the word used often as an umbrella (e.g. "I'm making a gay angst zine!"), so ... expect us to be here, queer, and still being rained on if you do.

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system emoji 2020-07-15 (no boosts) (beverage mention) 

System members:
- ๐ŸฆŠ=Packfox
- ๐Ÿฑ=Packcat
- ๐Ÿฒ=Packdragon
- ๐Ÿ=Packsnek
- ๐Ÿ”ฅ=Packdemon
- ๐Ÿฆ=Packbird
- ๐Ÿฆ—=Packmantis
- [doesn't have an emoji yet]=Packyote
- ๐Ÿฐ=Packbun
- ๐ŸฆŽ=Packagia

Team emoji:
- ๐Ÿฆ‡=the Packbats, collectively
- ๐ŸŽ’=one of the Packbats, but introspection is hard
- ๐ŸŽถ=multiple Packbats at front (we mostly use this on Discord to accompany whoever seems primary)
- ๐Ÿ”€=switching frequently (again, Discord)

Additional frequent emoji:
- โœจ=positive feeling
- ๐Ÿ’ง=negative feeling
- ๐Ÿ’ข=anger
- โ™จ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‚/๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿšฐ=heating element, tea leaves (black or green), water
- ๐Ÿ’ญ=thoughtful, or thinking about something specific if additional emoji follow
- ๐Ÿ’š=our usual heart emoji collectively (but some of us individually have started using others primarily)
- [multiple colored hearts]=colors are good and we like using more than one

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Packbat = a social justice transfem plural system looking for thoughtful musings and pretty art, sharing other people's stuff, and being mentally ill on main (495 words under the cut) 

} By 'hikikomori' we mean that we were expected to achieve academic and professional greatness but dropped out of school to live in a house owned by our parents with no job and little in-person interactions with others. If we are missing important subtleties of the definition, we apologize.

} We tend to follow people on social media platforms based on whether we want to subscribe to the feed they are authoring and/or curating, so we neither expect nor make a rule of follow-backs.

} Follows are locked because we show a lot of vulnerability in posts both locked and unlocked and we want to have some amount of comfort with people we invite to follow our every utterance. That's why we ask people we haven't already chatted with to read our posts and @ us first.

} Honestly, we hate discoursing. It makes us feel nauseous and stressed out and sick a lot of the time. ...but sometimes an opinion being contentious makes it /more/ important to pick a side. We try to voice and share thoughtful takes when we do.

} (Also, we have no patience for people who claim that asexual and aromantic folks aren't queer.)

} Our mom did a lot of emotional guilt-tripping. A lot of underhanded-but-widely-accepted-by-society manipulative tactics trigger major anxiety in us, but also just ... people adding emphasis to their recommendations by phrasing them as obligations (e.g. "you have to play this game!"). 'Preciate it if you didn't, especially at us.

} We don't talk a lot about being atheists - turns out that when the usual reaction to an identity you have is "wow, aren't they a bunch of assholes?", it makes you hesitant to speak up - but we are and that'll come out in some ways.

} We play a lot of correspondence chess on Gameknot - gameknot.com/#packbat - but don't talk about that much either. (The frequently-ableist cultural baggage that's accumulated around competence at chess makes us really uncomfortable.)

} Tabletop RPGs! <3 <3 <3 We play a lot, but haven't GMed much as of yet. Our first system was SLUG - panix.com/~sos/rpg/slug.html - but most of our experience is with D&D, but-but we are definitely interested in playing non-D20-system games more.

} All (as of press time) of our system members are alterhuman anthro furries. ๐ŸฆŠ is a bat-eared fox, ๐Ÿฒ is a wingless dragon (not a derg, please), ๐Ÿฑ is a cat (not a kitten or kitty, please), and ๐Ÿ is a snake (yes a snek, if you like). We've kind of adopted the (non-anthro) bat as a system fursona.

} Because few of these emoji come with variants for emotions: โœจ is for positive cheery Up emotions, ๐Ÿ’ง is for mild embarrassment/nervousness and other Down emotions, ๐Ÿ’ข is for anger, and we'll probably pick more as time goes along.

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some useful metrics to analyze your success on the fediverse (unserious) 

- friendships made and maintained
- cheesy jokes boosted
- cheesy jokes posted
- worthwhile conversations had
- stress levels associated with reading home timeline and notifications
- pleasure derived from reading home timeline and notifications
- furries petted
- pets received
- lessons learned from marginalized people
- validation received
- validation given
- egg

The pocket dimension where I lose my pens swapped out the green and the grey without me noticing so I accidentally invented a new bird, an olive-backed chickadee (???)

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๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ ๐ŸŽ’

I think we're pretty much set up on weirder.earth - we went for a manual migration so we could DM people who want DMs with follow requests and drop defunct accounts from our list of follows, so...

- if you want to keep following our account, sent a request to @packbat@weirder.earth , and

- if we should be following you there and aren't, let us know that we missed your name.

Thank you to dragon.style for hosting us for so long. I'm glad we took the invitation to join the fediverse.

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ ๐ŸŽ’

I think we're pretty much set up on weirder.earth - we went for a manual migration so we could DM people who want DMs with follow requests and drop defunct accounts from our list of follows, so...

- if you want to keep following our account, sent a request to @packbat@weirder.earth , and

- if we should be following you there and aren't, let us know that we missed your name.

Thank you to dragon.style for hosting us for so long. I'm glad we took the invitation to join the fediverse.

โ€œAllyship is not an identity; it is praxis. Allyship means learning from those who live the life, not debating your theoretical knowledge.โ€

the new version of Strawberry Music Player keeps crashing for us and we don't know why...

- ๐ŸŽ’ ๐Ÿ’ญ

ukpol, trans, - 

"The Government has buckled to pressure and reworded a Bill in a manner so it now specifically excludes trans men and non-binary parents."

"While in one aspect this is quite minor โ€“ the Bill is currently designed to benefit one person and one person only, Suella Braverman โ€“ in another, it has huge implications.

It is the first time for years, decades even, that the UK Government has decided to override its default of inclusive language, replacing it with language that specifically excludes a minority. By siding with the claim that women are being erased, despite the lack of evidence to support this, the Government has effectively erased trans men who are already almost invisible across our media and within our society."

"The use of โ€œwomanโ€ in this Bill is being lauded as symbolic. The symbolism the other way is very well understood.

It sends a very powerful message. Not only to trans people, who will hear that Government is no longer minded to protect their existing rights or ensure that trans people are included in new rights granted to others.

And the message to the international bodies โ€“ when making law, the UK is now prepared to actively discriminate against trans people."

challengingjourneys.wordpress.

Tusky 14 is out now! 

- Redesigned the drafts function, so they are faster, more user friendly and hopefully more reliable.
- Wellbeing mode, allows you to limit certain features in Tusky. You can enable it in Preferences!
- Animated emoji support, need we say more?
- Timed mutes (for supported servers).
- Notification ๐Ÿ”” for specific users posting, ring the bell icon on their profile (Mastodon 3.3.0 feature).

github.com/tuskyapp/Tusky/rele
You can support our development via opencollective.com/Tusky

Good morning. Gray outside, but I saw a goldfinch (very briefly) in the garden while I was having breakfast. And todayโ€™s card is the Nine of Pentacles - a good day to enjoy the comforts youโ€™ve made for yourself.

Hi! My name is Alania Carr, I am a black trans woman who desperately needs help medically transitioning. I DO NOT HAVE SUPPORT WHATSOEVER. : gofundme.com/f/help-black-tran

i also take commissions and am about to finish up the avatars i'm working on so now's a good time to get one ๐Ÿ˜Š

commiss.io/felixsunflower

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Covid Vaccine News 

Another study, this time out of the UK, with evidence that the mRNA vaccines prevent asymptomatic infection as well as symptomatic infection of covid-19, and thus should also serve to lower the risk of transmission:

papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf

begposting, finances 

Hey yโ€™all Iโ€™m sorry but my car payment is due tomorrow, I still have insurance, I have to renew my registration next month, and rent is due. My monthly expenses not including food are 800 dollars. Weโ€™ve been able to hold off on paying for the power because they canโ€™t turn it off in the winter, but that wonโ€™t last. Iโ€™ve been going to interviews, taking phone calls and doing cam work most nights, but I canโ€™t make ends meet alone. Please, I need help. twitter.com/madokameowgica/sta

oughta go to bed - take care, fediversaries, and wind to y'all's wings

- ๐ŸŽ’ ๐Ÿ’š

philosophy silliness thought 

I think if we did a fedi poll about the trolley problem, we'd skip the actual question altogether and all the poll options would instead be ways of getting around the dilemma (e.g. "move switch halfway to derail train", "throw something heavy onto the track to stop it", "implement better safety procedures to prevent runaway trolleys", &c.)

- ๐ŸŽ’ ๐Ÿ’ญ

Free will opinions?

For those not familiar:

- Compatibilism holds that free will can exist in a deterministic universe, one where there is only a single possible future.
- Libertarianism holds that free will exists, but could not in a deterministic universe.

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