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I'm not sure why #Diasporaattracts a certain group of people. Maybe because many of us nerdy, geeky Free Software types tend to lean a little to the #leftsocially or politically, and D* attracts a lot of nerds and geeks.
Anyway, a lot of folks who are #newhere have no idea what to expect, and if they were invited here by someone like me (right-of-center politically and socially, #Christian and proud of it, straight, pro-life, pro-family, capitalist, etc.), they are often surprised to find their news streams full of posts *ridiculing their values*. Diaspora seems a hostile place to people with our "unpopular" values. Many of those people just log out and never bother with D* anymore. I think I have found a way around the problem, though, which I will explain at the end of this post. But first I think it might be helpful to let the larger Diaspora community know a couple of reasons why many of it's new arrivals don't stick around.
I managed to bring one of my more geeky friends here from #Facebook , but most haven't even looked at Diaspora as far as I can tell.
**Three of my Facebook friends have actually *tried* Diaspora and quit within a couple of weeks. I asked them why and here's what they said:**
**Katie:** "I was overwhelmed with geek stuff! I'm glad you got me using Linux, Robin, but I don't want my news feed full of computer stuff, scifi stuff, tech stuff, and - well, geek stuff. *Diaspora is a geeks-only club*. No thanks."
**Amy:** "I was chased away by people who were all too eager to ridicule my Christian faith and American patriotism. There's so much stuff on Diaspora that is hostile towards the country I love, and the Savior I love. *Diaspora is a pagans-only club*. No thanks."
**Kyle:** "Diaspora is full of people who are hostile to Christianity. It's very much like the people I interact with in the Libertarian forums I used to participate in, who imagine that being a Libertarian means you have to hate Christians or something. I found myself having to defend my Christian faith among my fellow Libertarians, got tired of it and just quit there. Same thing here. *Diaspora is a politically Left-Wing-only club*. No thanks."
See what I mean? **I'm *not* writing this to chide anyone for their opinions or to ask that anyone stop sharing their opinions!** But I think it's fair to point out that many newcomers do not share the atheist / anarchist / LGBT / feminist / anti-religious values of - apparently - the great majority of Diaspora users. **There ought to be room for everyone in this great federation!** Even the non-techy types who've never heard of Linux, BSD, or FOSS.
Okay, so here is my suggestion, which may offer a way for #Christians to identify and find each other without wading through dozens of posts and articles that are obviously hostile to our faith. **Christian believers could use the hashtag #christ-follower instead of #christian in their profiles.** As word gets around, maybe people like Amy, Kyle, and me can find each other on Diaspora and benefit from the decentralized and free approach that makes D* so awesome.
And do we really need an "alternate hashtag" for non-geeky people?
An evening cruise on the river Thames is unique to London?s Nightlife and offers tremendous and unbeatable value-for-money. Enjoy a light bite whilst taking in the sights along the banks of The River Thames. A great way to meet new people and dance the night away to some traditional Christmas songs with our resident DJs in the heart of London town!
"Despite the jet ski incident, our congratulations go out to H Man yet again blitzing the field and qualifying for yet another season. Will this be his last?" ~ John Sullivan ~
"Passsed L/g test for season no.18....AND I WASN'TLAST.....SHTOKED. big surf....howling swter!!!! Love a REAL test." ~ Harry Nightingale ~
"Rock pool toys ! @jessepolock you are one cowboy! @lifeguardbox @1beardy_ @lifeguardhoppo @bondilifeguards @tbunt #northbondi #bondi #rockpool #pooltoys #sydney #lifeguards #IG" ~ Bill Morris ~ (for bill photo)
"This was EPIC!! Waverley Lifeguards are definitely the best in the world!! Great teamwork after the jet-ski was washed up onto the rocks during testing this morning. Legends, the lot of them......" ~ Lian Ellison ~
photos by lian and bill. not sure who took the photo of H.
WOO HOO! Available on iTunes as of today - so stoked on this release - Big ups to Andrew Cerutti Jon Horvath & the whole Fort Knox Recordings crew A massive thankyou to everyone involved, it's an absolute honor & pleasure collaborating with y'all Pat Powell Frankie Rosado Javier Miranda Mustafa Akbar Vincent Sebastian Martin Fabok Rhys Melbourne Frank Dasent Ross Harrington Special thnx my buddy Peter Metro for the killer artwork, Andrew Busta Stevens for sitting in on the mix with me, it sounds HUGE! Shout outs to Daniel Robertson Andy Taylor Jodie Schleusener Peter Glass Wayne Haddow Meklit Kibret
I havent been a 'gamer' really ever, aside from some deep immersion for a tiny minute about 15-20 years ago (I'm a lil' older than some of you might think)
With this in mind, I KNOW that gaming-experiences can really change lives, and mold cosmologies. For me, Mech Warrior, DOOM, Duke Nukem, WonderBoy in Monsterland and Mario Bros (original) left pretty profound impacts on how i 'hear' and understand internal worlds.
Would love to hear your life-changing/paradigm-shifting game-memories, and why/what made/makes them sacred or special.