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Requesting [email protected]
  • I added you as a community mod.

    @[email protected] mentioning you here so you'll know what happened if/when you come back to Lemmy.

  • Requesting [email protected] community
  • I added you as a mod.

    @[email protected] mentioning you here so you'll know what happened if/when you come back.

  • [Request] I would like to take over an abandoned community
  • I made you the mod. The prior mod (@[email protected]) has been inactive for months.

    As the other user mentioned, I suggest using a account for moderating communities. When using an account on a remote instance you do not receive the reports from that community.

  • [Resolved] Logged in and I can't see any of my posts/comments and the community I moderate is empty—it doesn't show anything unless I log out of my account. What gives?
  • Did you change the language settings in your account? It looks like you're consistent about tagging posts as English. If that language was deselected in your account settings then all of your posts would be hidden when you are logged in.

    Edit: This post was tagged as Afaraf. You might want to change that to English or Unspecified.

  • How much is a black walnut tree worth?
  • Did you copy-paste this post from Quora? Or is this part of some marketing campaign for

    Another of your posts looks similar. is a duplicate of this Medium post:

  • Community locked

    Due to the low level of legitimate use, lack of moderation, and potential for trolling and harassment around the current conflict in Gaza, we've decided to close and lock the community for the time being. If you're interested in moderating this community, reach out to us at the support email ([email protected]) with your idea of a moderation strategy and how you would handle posts regarding the current conflict.

    Community locked

    This community has been locked due to lack of an active moderator, lack of activity, and the potential for trolling and harassment due to the current conflict in Gaza. If you're interested in moderating this community, reach out to us at the support email ([email protected]) with your idea of a moderation strategy and how you would handle posts regarding the current conflict.

    I would like to be a mod for the genealogy community
  • I discussed it with the community team, and we decided to give you the mod role. [email protected] is yours now!

  • Application to mod Star Wars community.
  • I discussed this briefly with the LW community team. Congratulations, you are the new mod of [email protected].

  • How does banning actually work?
  • You are correct that my first point was incorrect. I just learned that the level of detail in the modlog is configurable and varies by instance. For example, if I look at all modlog actions are performed by "mod." On, though, some of those same actions are performed by "admin."

  • Can I follow mastodon accounts in Lemmy?
  • From Lemmy you can see the accounts, but usually not their content (see note below). @[email protected]
    @[email protected]

    Interaction between Lemmy and Mastodon doesn't work well because the two services structure their content differently. Lemmy is community based and Mastodon is user based. Lemmy doesn't have a mechanism to follow an individual user, and Mastodon doesn't have an analog to communities (afaik).

    (Note: In the case of these two accounts, some of their toots are visible because they have been pulled into the [email protected] community as part of an experiment to bridge Lemmy and Mastodon.)

  • How does banning actually work?
  • What you see in the modlog depends on your role.

    • If you are a regular user, or are not logged in, the modlog shows all actions as performed by "mod" regardless of who did it.
    • If you are a community moderator, you see who performed each action within your community. But you don't get that level of visibility in other communities or at the instance level (I think).
    • If you are an admin, you see everything: which user performed each removal or ban, in any community, on any federated instance.

    The effect of bans and content removals depends on the actor's role.

    • As @[email protected] mentioned, community mods can only perform community bans.
    • Actions performed by an admin from a remote instance are local to that remote instance. A site ban means you can no longer interact with communities on that instance. If your posts/comments are "removed" they will be hidden from users on that instance but still be visible to users on other instances.
    • Actions performed by an admin on you home instance are global. If you are site banned, or your content is removed, those actions federate to other instances. You are effectively banned everywhere and your removed content is hidden from everyone. (Of course this assumes everything federates properly.)
  • [META] Yet another change in community moderation
  • At this point I think I'll leave those posts deleted. OP changed the post titles before deleting, then subsequently deleted their account and all comments, so the discussions in those posts are full of holes.

  • [META] Yet another change in community moderation
  • I only see Blaze in the modlog, and that user has been unbanned. If you are aware of other users that are somehow not in the modlog then let me know.

  • [META] Yet another change in community moderation
  • Yes, Blaze has been unbanned from the community.

  • [META] Yet another change in community moderation

    Hello everyone. I apologize for the rollercoaster ride in this community over the past week and a half. I have one more change to announce: @[email protected] has been removed as the community moderator. This is in response to multiple private complaints from community members, as well as behaviors inside and outside this community that were brought to the admin team’s attention.

    I made the mistake of shortcutting the usual processes when I appointed the user as the new mod. If anyone would like to volunteer to become the new community moderator, you can email [email protected] and make a request. The community team will follow their process from there.

    Again, I apologize for all the rapid changes.

    The old Lemmaroo kersploosh
    Switcharoo: Soldier vs. teacher

    The switcharoo chain is forked, unfortunately. If you make a new switcharoo, please skip over this one and link to the previous switcharoo.

    The oldest lakes on earth

    The oldest lakes on earth, ranging in age from 130,000 years to many millions of years.

    The map was sourced from this research paper:

    Hampton, Stephanie & Mcgowan, Suzanne & Ozersky, Ted & Virdis, Salvatore & Vu, Tuong-Thuy & Spanbauer, Trisha & Kraemer, Benjamin & Swann, George & Mackay, Anson & Powers, Stephen & Meyer, Michael & Labou, Stephanie & Oreilly, Catherine & DiCarlo, Morgan & Galloway, Aaron & Fritz, Sherilyn. (2018). Recent ecological change in ancient lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. 63. 10.1002/lno.10938.

    500 years of European colonialism


    One of the things that bothers people so much about Russia's slow play to gobble up chunks of Ukraine is that countries, by and large, have stopped annexing each others' territory since World War II. This modern success is all the more remarkable by the fact that, for most of history, countries loved to conquer land and subjugate the people living there.

    European colonialism has been far and away the worst offender in this regard in the last 500 years. Take a look at this GIF charting the rise and fall of (mostly) European empires from 1492, when the European discovery of the Americas kicked off their movement west and south, to 2008.

    A lot of interesting things pop out in that GIF. Thailand never gets colonized by any power, European or Asian. Denmark had the earliest westward European colonies, in Greenland. The Japanese empire was pretty huge in 1938.

    But the biggest, most remarkable thing in the map is the ebb and flow in the territory controlled by the big European powers. That reflects a few things. Wars between great powers themselves (say, World War I), colonial conquest (Britain in Australia), conflict between colonial powers (Britain and France in North America), and colonized people throwing out colonizers (the dramatic decline in African colonialism after World War II).

    The rise and fall of colonial empires warrants particular attention. Each of these sometimes-century long occupations that transformed daily life for colonized people. These regimes varied in all sorts of ways: the degree to which they literally enslaved colonized subjects, to take a particularly grim example, or the amount to which they allowed local political autonomy.

    Scholars are still arguing over the implications of these massive colonial shifts for modern politics, which are undoubtedly dramatic. Take the big-picture global economy: why some countries are rich, and others are poor. Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson have proposed that colonialism created a "reversal of fortunes" in economic terms. Previously rich peoples became poor when colonized, while previously poor peoples ended up comparatively wealthier. And both, by and large, remain so today.

    Why? Well, the central purpose of European colonialism was to benefit and enrich Europeans. Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson propose that created different incentives for European powers in richer and poorer colonized lands. In richer places, they built governments whose task was to steal wealth and resources and send them to Europe, shattering the foundations of local prosperity. In poorer places, they actually built European settler communities, protecting economically useful institutions like private property rights in order to make these communities do well. In both previously poor and previously rich places, these colonial institutions altered the trajectory of their development down to the present day.

    The Acemoglu/Johnson/Robinson theory is quite controversial. Other scholars contest the very idea that a reversal of fortunes even happened. That makes sense: given colonialism's immense influence on both colonized and colonizing societies, isolating variables for controlled studies is really hard. There's also a time-span problem: tracking the consistent influence of one variable across hundreds of years can be tricky.

    That's, in a way, the point. Colonialism's influence was so immense that we're only just beginning to figure out how to properly measure it.

    But there are some things we know, foremost among them that colonialism was brutally nasty business. One estimate suggests that, from 1885 to 1908, Belgian King Leopold II's occupation of the Congo killed 8 million people. R.J. Rummel, a University of Hawaii scholar who spent his life estimate state-perpetrated atrocities, put the 20th century death toll attributable to colonialism at 50 million (behind only the Soviet Union and communist China in total killed). And European colonialism was around for hundreds of years.

    So when you see huge chunks of the globe colonized in 1914, and colonial powers shrunk to basically their homelands in 2008, you're seeing one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments of the past 100 years in action.

    Major General Sir Nils Olav III, Baron of the Bouvet Islands

    Meet Sir Nils Olav III, the mascot for the Norwegian King’s Guard. Nils is regarded very highly among the Norwegian King’s Guardsman and has received his honours and medals due to his outstanding service and good conduct!

    Ducks on patrol

    Since the 1980s, hundreds of ducks have patrolled Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate outside Cape Town, South Africa. The winery currently "employs" some 1,600 Indian Runner ducks -- a flightless species with a peculiarly upright stance and highly developed sense of smell. As ducks cruise around the vineyard grounds, they eat pests such as snails, fertilizing the ground as they go.