#introduction I am a father of three youngish children, and web app developer for a credit union. I used to work as an engineer in solar energy research, and before that designing rocket launch structures. I live in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, trying to make our home more self sufficient.
You can just ghost gmail without closing your account.
1. You'll need a new email address. Maybe your ISP provides one? A friend with a domain name? Proton mail?
2. Set google to forward everything to your new address.
3. Set an autoreply saying what your new address is.
4. As it becomes relevant, unsubscribe from email lists and then resubscribe with your new address.
5. Move your accounts to also use your new address. Go at whatever pace works for you.
A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.
Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).
Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.
No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.
(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)
Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain
Imagine #libraries don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.
-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?
How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?
This has a lot of useful phrases to keep things cordial when other people inspire harsher words. https://howtoprofessionallysay.akashrajpurohit.com/
web dev, programming, parenting, attempts at humor, homestead-ish stuff.
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!