I feel like white people (myself included) need to stop boosting the voices of other white people and make an actual concerted effort to boost the voices of people of color.
With that in mind, I would really appreciate if anyone who sees this could subscribe to Shahem. He's a black queer person and he's hilarious and intelligent and is just one of many many many bipoc who are making good stuff without the recognition they deserve.
Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI20eT63SqMDsAgA1-yXing
If I don't know anything about history and politics beyond what I've been told by my mostly American friends, where would I start? Please avoid recommending things written by white men, or really whites in general unless necessary. Im tired of listening to white people. Also I have ADHD so if anyone has tips on how to read when you have ADHD that would be nice too.
sadposting about terfs, rambling my feelings
stayed up too late and came across a post about terfs on r/transgamers and now my emotional health pays the price 🥴
sidenote: does having a bit of tears in my eyes count as crying? cuz if so im crying but idk i dont wanna come off as dramatic cuz people tell me im dramatic and that makes me feel bad
About image descriptions (long)
1 - What's an image description?
An image description is a text attached to an image which describes what is in that image.
For instance, an image description for the custom emoji can be "a ghost with the colors of the rainbow flag".
2 - How do image descriptions work?
On Mastodon (and several other things that connect with Mastodon instances, but not all), you have the possibility of adding a description that doesn't take away from your post's character limit, and that will show as alt text.
If you are able to, go to this post and put your mouse's cursor above the image for a while to show its description: https://monsterpit.net/@comet/102386558765218112
On Monsterpit (the instance I'm on), the image description also appears below the image, but this isn't the case for most instances.
3 - How to insert image descriptions?
When you upload an image and hover (put your mouse/tap) over it, a few options appear. The image description is in the bottom:
(This image shows Mastodon's image posting interface, using an intersex pride flag as an example.)
Since this description will only be read by people with mouses or (some?) screen readers, some people defend that you should preferably put your descriptions in the body of the post, if possible, but I'm not sure if that's something everyone agrees it's better.
4 - Why should people use this feature?
• People who are blind or who have similar disabilities use screen readers to read their timelines, so this makes your post more understandable to them;
• Some neurodivergent people have trouble figuring out what some images are about if it's not pointed out to them;
• People using text-only browsers/interfaces or whose internet is bad won't be able to understand your post if you don't caption your images;
• Some people are courteous to people who fit the above criteria and avoid or refuse to boost posts without image descriptions.
5 - What if I'm unable to describe my image?
If you can't describe an image because of your own disability or other kind of difficulty, you may want to:
• Ask for help;
• Content warn the post, saying it has no image description;
• Pin a post saying you are unable to describe images and saying people are welcome to do so if they wish.
If you can't describe it because of the character limit (if it's, for instance, some long text/comic), you may want to reply to the post with an image description, and warn on the original post that the description is on the replies.
6 - What if I forgot to add the image description?
You may use the Delete & Redraft option and add it, or reply to the post with the image description.
7 - Tips for describing images?
Here are some links:
White, she/her, 18, lesbian
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