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I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.

As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.

I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.

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I’m Ben, a web dev, author, & speaker. I’ve been at this for >20 years, & I’m always eager to help. If you have questions about the Web, FOSS, PHP, or APIs, ask.

I advocate for decentralization, open source, open standards, & the Commons; I believe good UX is the key to mass adoption.

I’m active in the PHP community. I founded Atlanta PHP & co-organize @nashvillephp, & I authored the popular ramsey/uuid library.

I’ve spoken at many conferences. If you see me at one, say “hi.”

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I’ve set up phpc.chat as a community chat resource; it’s powered by open source Rocket.Chat. I don’t want it to take the place of other community spaces, but you’re welcome to use it for anything related to the PHP programming language, if your project needs a home.

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We recently performed a massive purge of spam accounts on this instance, and we've temporarily disabled signups. Many apologies for the inconvenience!

If you have friends or colleagues who wish to join us on phpc.social, you may generate a link to invite them at phpc.social/invites.

Let us know if you have any questions!

I’m hanging out on phpc.chat today, in case you need some socialization and want to join me there.

“according to a survey by Berners-Lee’s Web Foundation, more than half of young women have experienced violence online, including sexual harassment, threatening messages and having private images shared without consent.”

theguardian.com/global/2020/ma

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I still can't believe Pixelfed will be 2 years old in April, never have been this dedicated to a side project before!

always believe in yourself, strive and you will prosper 🚀

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open source software development advice 

If you do a thing in an open source project, and you have a hard time doing it because it's not documented, after you finish doing the thing... document it. If the project has a wiki, put it in the wiki. If it has a docs repo you can write to, put it there. Or at least blog about it so search engines can index it.

Please don't leave the solution to languish in a chat log somewhere.

“[Jack] Poulson has started Tech Inquiry, a non-profit that aims to make it easier for coders with a conscience to speak out inside their companies when they feel ethical boundaries are being crossed.” theguardian.com/world/2019/jul

I don’t even understand how this made it passed peer review.

“The study has limitations: only [20] participants were involved, and the experiments only involved responses from white people.”

theguardian.com/science/2019/j

Tim Cook: “If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human.”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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Be happy for other people's good fortunes - you'll be guaranteed to be happy about something each day, and it'll make you a better person 😀

“There is no one right way to do APIs. Sure, there are many different processes, practices, & tools that can help you optimize your API operations, but despite popular belief, there is no single ‘right way’ to define, design, provide, or consume APIs.”

apievangelist.com/2019/06/16/t

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The year is 5019. Humans, as we know them, are long gone. The Earth is inhabited chiefly by advanced, sapient machines.

For legacy reasons, everyone's name starts with "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;".
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The emperor woke when a hand was placed over his mouth.
"I evaded all your guards," the assassin whispered, "and outwitted all your traps."
The emperor nodded, and the assassin took a step back.
"Is it five three?" the emperor asked
"Yes, I've won five. Let's swap clothes now."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

‪RIP Vonda N. McIntyre. Her Nebula Award winning Dreamsnake is one of my favorite novels.‬

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