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Does anyone have any experience with #WriteFreely? I've been asked to contribute to a new #blog, and we're looking at options for hosting it. Would it support having multiple users being able to contribute to a single blog? I like the idea of being able to suggest something fedi-compatible.

I've used #WriteFreely, but there's a conundrum hosting any blog as I've just written here:

Bring Back Blogging

I'm sympathetic to the idea behind Bring Back Blogging, even though I find there's more inertia to writing a blog post than posting, say, on Mastodon.

But it's tricky to know what to do about hosting.

I potentially could host my own blog, but then I'd have the costs associated with a hosting service and renting a domain name. I'd be responsible for regularly upgrading the operating system and blogging software to avoid security exposures. If I wanted to split the cost of hosting with others, I'd have to provide them with some kind of support. Also, when I eventually stop hosting, my posts and those of anyone else sharing the service would cease to exist, so any important posts would need to be moved elsewhere first. Finally, if I hosted my own blog, that could be the thin end of the wedge and I'd be tempted to host my own Mastodon instance, etc.

The alternative to hosting my own blog is to use a commercial blogging site such as Blogger (which I used regularly over seven years ago), Medium, or WordPress. But I find the commercial aspect of these a little distasteful. Unless I paid to use them, and possibly even if I did pay, my writing would be exploited by these platforms by subjecting my readers to advertisements, promotions, or other visual clutter.

For now, I'll stick with and try to find out who pays for it and whether I can contribute to their costs.

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Content warning: cults, self promotion-ish

As a JW I would just shake my head in bewilderment. How can anyone believe in Mormonism? Large sections of the KJV copied in the BOM? Doesn't this make for obvious flaws? Thus many of my initial posts to a.r.m were pretty aggressive and dismissive towards the LDS faith. At the same time the high-school teacher who taught computer science helped me a great deal and he was a sincere Mormon. Eventually I came to the JW, LDS and many other faiths are not so much about foundational text as they are about the living culture presented by trusted leaders.

Looked at from that perspective JW leadership tends to direct isolation rather than any integration. JWs appear to have a much lower tolerance for dissent.

Cheers, -Randy
JWs appear to have a much lower tolerance for dissent.

Absolutely. I mean, asking too many questions too publicly will get you excommunicated from the LDS church, but at least when that happens it's handled privately.* They don't publicly announce it and shun the individual.

* People do notice when disciplinary action happens, because it's rather visible. They're not supposed to judge, but it happens all the time.

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Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? Code paid by the people should be available to the people!

Free Software gives everybody the right to use, study, share and improve software. This right helps support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.
- Tax Savings – Similar applications don’t have to be programmed from scratch every time.
- Collaboration – Major projects can share expertise and costs.
- Serving the public – Applications paid by the public should be available for everyone.
- Fostering innovation – With transparent processes, others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.


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Looks like I accidentally quote shared this instead of just a regular boost. My apologies.
For what it's worth, my government dayjob stuff is open source and so is our infrastructure, too.

Finally got around to putting a proper RSS (ATOM actually) feed on my #blog. It was a bit of a pain in the ass, because everything's coded by hand. There will probably be a blog post about the process in the near future.
Just realized that I should probably share the link for those interested:

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