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Hello all - just alerting you that this Mastodon site will be down for maintenance (an upgrade) in the coming hour or so.

If any of you have ever wondered what the "Open Source Technologist" at the OERu actually does... here're some insights :)

I'm also interested to see if works as a course tag :)

For the record, this hasn't been done yet (currently working on the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach).

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Hello students of ,
I am here as a volunteer facilitator in case you need non-technical help. I'm also here as a researcher to observe how this course works. You can find more info about my background and research here: Enjoy the course!

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Hi Dan, welcome to the OERu family on Mastodon. We're grateful for your generous gift of time to support the learning community.

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State of the Commons report just published in time for Timely resource for our course.

Just a heads up for everyone - I'll be doing an upgrade of this Mastodon instance (at in the next day or so, so the site will be down for a few minutes (and perhaps a bit longer).

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If you're into working with humans, free software & cryptography, and you love the idea of helping news organizations break their biggest stories based on submissions by whistleblowers, you may want to come work with me! New opening at Freedom of the Press Foundation just went up - boosts appreciated:

#nonprofitjobs #securedrop

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This makes me angry:

I run my own mail server in a VPS. Its IP address is NOT blacklisted, and I have both SPF and DKIM properly configured. I do NOT send bulk mail.

But still, Gmail classifies my personal emails as SPAM.

Same email with same exactly same contents, sent through PoBox SMTP server goes to INBOX. Directly from VPS, goes to SPAM. No explanations, no public blacklist. It looks like they just don't want people going "indie". Sigh.

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whipped up some Creative Commons emoji for mastodon! Images taken from the CC downloads page here >

:cc: the Creative Commons icon
:cc_by: Attribute work
:cc_sa: Share Alike
:cc_remix: Allow remixing
:cc_share: Share
:cc_nd: No Derivatives
:cc_ncus: Non-Commercial Dollar
:cc_nceu: Non-Commercial Euro
:cc_ncjp: Non-Commercial Yen
:cc_pd: Public Domain
:cc_zero: Creative Commons Zero

Learn how to use the licenses here!

Wow, just found that we can create our own fully open source timzone-aware polls (like Doodle polls) using the OERu's NextCloud instance and the Polls "app" - and Very cool!

Cool! The lead developer of Mastodon has just published this video explaining what Mastodon is...

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If folks in have been having difficulty receiving validation or password recovery emails from, please try again. I have just reconfigured the email service to use a more robust outgoing email provider. Let me know if any of you still have issues!

Refreshing after many months of dormancy - prior to the launch of

After almost 3 years of work, it's very exciting to see just about to get underway, with a remarkably diverse set of learners!

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OERu Social - Mastodon

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