Hi everyone, I’m moving over to from so I figured I would post a reintroduction

Well as my bio says I’m Shahaan—Canadian, mid-30s, I go by he/him pronouns and I’m vegetarian

I’ve been active on Mastodon for over a year now and I generally have positive interactions with people on here

I’m a Pakistani Zoroastrian by ethnicity, grew up in Toronto, and have a BA Anthropology from McMaster

I continue learning everyday

@shahaan I knew you were a canadian guy, but didnt' I see you in saudi or ... somewhere like that a week or two ago?

@gemlog That’s right, I’m currently in Dubai :)

@shahaan Right. I keep the number of follows down, so I can read everything ppl post and keep up, but my memory isn't always the greatest for capturing detail.
For e.g., I'm often off by an entire order of magnitude when quoting numbers, so I always caution ppl IRL and then look up a reference.
In this case I was also only 'in the area' :-)
Are you using your degree there? I thought you were just another computer geek :-)

@gemlog It happens :) Not using my degree in a professional capacity at the moment, unfortunately

@shahaan I was like "Ooh, this could be weird and interesting!" :-)
Your family are with you?

@gemlog They are! I couldn’t live without them. What’s that line—that kids are our hearts walking outside our bodies? Something like that :)

@shahaan HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY (from another torontonian)

@nev LOL That’s... very enthusiastic, I like it 😂

Hi 🙋🏻‍♂️

@dublinux Seems to be a well-moderated, friendly instance :)

Did you consider any other instances, as a matter of interest?

@dublinux Not many, I looked at a few where I follow others but several were either not accepting new users or needed me to request an invite from an existing user, others were too big (difficult to moderate, generally)

Small instances are definitely better if you're looking for a community. Better for the network too.

Another Canuck from the Six here, Howdy!
Why do you say leaving .social was inevitable? Is it not a friendly instance - Serious question. Thanks.

@marathon Hi! Nothing like that. I just felt it’s too big of an instance to foster any sort of cohesive community. And decentralization being the key to make this whole thing work differently (better?) than Twitter, I thought it was best for me to move. Good moderation is difficult with over a half million users.

@shahaan Whoop, welcome on this instance! As you said in the replies, it is small enough to be correctly moderated and this feels very nice 😊

@azaliz Thank you! 😊 Yes, that was definitely one of the pull factors. Another was being explicitly LGBTQ2+ friendly!

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Eldritch Café

Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.