Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

I'll pin this toot so it's easy to find.

Whether you're a newcomer or someone who's been around the fediverse for years, there always seems to be new, unfamiliar, esoteric, or just otherwise uncertain terminology circulating in posts. Especially in content warnings, folks like to use abbreviations and emojis.

This toot is an open invitation to ask me (or others in the thread if they're willing) what something you've seen on the fediverse means. Reply, direct message, however you prefer. I don't pretend to know what everything around here means, but I'll do my best to share what I do know and do a little research to learn about the things I don't.

This also applies to any questions of etiquette or anything else you're just not sure about. Ask away!

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@bedap I would see in the CW of Selfies "no ec" or "ec". What does that mean?

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@Amuro_Rei this is used to indicate if the photo contains eye contact. Many people are averse to eye contact, especially if it's unexpected, and so it's a common thing to put in a CW

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@Amuro_Rei @bedap no ec = no eye contact (in the selfie), ec = eye contact

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@bedap what is clout?

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@acharnes timely question! Clout is like social capital, influence, a wide reach, a way to get what you want, having people who listen to you, etc. It tends to be used around here to talk about people who have relatively popular accounts and people who seek high rates of engagement with their toots.

The way I interpret it, clout often is popularity plus the intent of using that popularity to prop oneself up.

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@bedap thanks!

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@acharnes 😊

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@bedap Oh I had a question. What is praxis?

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@Laura_I good question 😊 praxis has a literal definition very similar to "practice" with more of a connotation of putting something into action. In leftist circles people usually use "praxis" to mean an action that fits into a political paradigm, something the furthers an ideological goal directly or indirectly. For example, you might see someone say "using public libraries is good praxis," meaning that in some interpretation using public libraries conforms with or advances some ideal. "Growing your own food is (good) praxis," "holding a clothing swap is (good) praxis," "punching nazis is (good) praxis" etc. (without "good" the meaning remains the same.)

Sometimes you'll also see it used more facetiously as a joke. i.e. "making dumplings is praxis" or "reading thirty ebooks at a time is praxis."

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@bedap This is a good use of a pinned post and I might adopt it! Also your bio is legit.

Terminology and usage on the fediverse 

@emsenn feel free! I've had quite a few people contact me with questions, so I'd consider it successful.

And thank you 😊 I appreciate that.

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