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Update 10 on the migration 2019-01-01:

2019 is finally here. We are 3 months from the final G+ sunset. I’ve announced our migration roadmap a few times already in order for it to go smoothly. No migration is easy or pleasant to everyone. We can only make it as transparent and organized as possible. Here is our roadmag to our final migration to MeWe.

Roadmap to the final migration to MeWe

Starting from Jan 01, 2019
1- No new members will be accepted here any more. New members will have to join our MeWe Philosophy Group instead (https://mewe.com/join/philosophy1).

2- Posts that are approved in this G+ community will be given one day to be cross-posted into our new MeWe Philosophy Group. If they are not cross-posted after the grace period is passed, then they will be deleted, regardless of any criterion. I will leave a template-comment under all new posts to remind the authors of this.

Starting from Feb 01, 2019
1- Posts will be accepted by the current members if and only if they are also cross-posted by the same author in the MeWe Philosophy Group.

I will leave a template-comment under new-unapproved posts asking the author to cross-post first, wait for 24 hours for the cross-post to appear in our MeWe Philosophy Group, and then approve the post in G+ if the cross-post is made successfully.

2- All other posts that are not cross-posted after the 24 hours grace period will be rejected, regardless of any criterion.

Starting from Mar 01, 2019
No new post will be accepted here any more, regardless of any criterion. The G+ Community will be frozen as is. Only comments can be made by members.

In April 2019
Google will shut down Google Plus. By then, the most active members should have been comfortably migrated to MeWe and most important posts should have been archived by their authors and enthusiasts in needed.

Happy New Year to all!

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Update 9: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/WWKNMr8cVr7

Update 8: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/CGgKvkoGu1B

Update 7: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/AExjsHnAmCJ

Update 6: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/2r9RYux9MYU

Update 5: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/Xhmn5U89bem

Update 4: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/iFNk38NM3JS

Update 3: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/RSPr1wALrkL

Update 2: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/3rXFxqGYF2f

Update 1: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/1rz981hqEq9

Objections to diaspora* et. al.: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/NgqKmJBdCh6

Join the MeWe Philosophy Group: https://mewe.com/join/philosophy1

Find me on MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/ericbright

#update #MeWe


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AMA on Reddit with Mark Weinstein, the founder of MeWe

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9sq3jf/im_mark_weinstein_founderceo_of_mewe_the/

Update 9 on the migration 2018-12-10:

Since Google announced the acceleration of the G+ shutdown in April 2019 (instead of August 2019), I had to make adjustments to my proposed migration roadmap. Here is the updated version of the roadmap.

Roadmap to the final migration to MeWe

1- I have already switched the membership to Ask to join. New members HAVE TO contact me first before asking to join. New requests will be rejected if I am not contacted first.

2- New members will also be asked to acknowledge the fact that Google Plus will be shut down in April 2019 (using a template comment). If they don’t get back to me in 24 hours, I will remove them from the G+ community.

3- I started asking the authors of new posts to kindly post their material in our MeWe Philosophy Group instead, if they can, before approving their posts. I will use a fixed templated for the text of that message.

On Jan 01, 2019
1- I will not accept any new G+ community members here anymore from Jan 01, 2019 forward. All new members will have to join our MeWe Philosophy Group instead.

2- Posts that are approved in this G+ community will be given one day to be cross-posted into our new MeWe Philosophy Group. If they are not cross-posted after the grace period is passed, then they will be deleted, regardless of any criterion. I will leave a template-comment under all new posts to remind the authors of this.

On Feb 01, 2019
1- Posts will be accepted by the current members if and only if they are also cross-posted by the same author in the MeWe Philosophy Group from this point on.

I will leave a template-comment under new-unapproved posts asking the author to cross-post first, wait for 24 hours for the cross-post to appear in our MeWe Philosophy Group, and then approve the post in G+ if the cross-post is made successfully.

2- All other posts that are not cross-posted after the 24 hours grace period will be rejected regardless of any criterion.

On Mar 01, 2019
No new post will be accepted in the G+ Phil. Community from Mar 01, 2019 forward, regardless of any criterion. The G+ Community will be frozen as is. Only comments can be made by members.

In April 2019
Google will shut down Google Plus. By then, the most active members should have been comfortably migrated to MeWe and most important posts should have been archived by their authors and enthusiasts in needed.

Thank you!

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Update 8: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/CGgKvkoGu1B

Update 7: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/AExjsHnAmCJ

Update 6: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/2r9RYux9MYU

Update 5: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/Xhmn5U89bem

Update 4: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/iFNk38NM3JS

Update 3: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/RSPr1wALrkL

Update 2: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/3rXFxqGYF2f

Update 1: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/1rz981hqEq9

Objections to diaspora* et. al.: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/NgqKmJBdCh6

Join the MeWe Philosophy Group: https://mewe.com/join/philosophy1

Find me on MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/eric.bright

#update #MeWe


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AMA on Reddit with Mark Weinstein, the founder of MeWe

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9sq3jf/im_mark_weinstein_founderceo_of_mewe_the/
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Google+ will shut down sooner than August 2019.

https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/expediting-changes-google-plus/

That means my original migration plan has to change. Please stay tuned. I’ll post a revised version of the migration plan soon.
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“Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.”
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Durant, Will. The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers. New York: Washington Square Press, 1961. Print.
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Google Plus will shut down soon. We have to move on and get to a better place. Our new home at MeWe is here:

https://mewe.com/join/antitheism

I have already migrated most posts to our MeWe group (some links were dead and could not be found).

Please join us there.

Google Plus will shut down in August 2019, so we will move to our new group on MeWe.

If you have an account on MeWe, please consider joining us at

https://mewe.com/join/christopherhitchens

Thank you!

Update 8 on the migration 2018-10-30:

Time to move on

Our MeWe Philosophy Group, linked below, is buzzing with activity, intelligent conversations, and probing posts and comments. It seems that most participants have already got used to the user interface and can comfortably navigate the web site and effectively use its many features.

At this time, a MeWe group appears be the one we will move to once G+ is no more. Because of that, I am going to lay down the roadmap to the final migration in August 2019.

Roadmap to the final migration to MeWe

On Jan 01, 2019
1- I will switch the ‘Join’ community membership setting to ‘Ask to join’ state from Jan 01, 2019 forward. New members will need to contact me directly if they need to join this G+ community.

2- New members will also be asked to acknowledge the fact that Google Plus will be shut down in August 2019 (using a template comment). If they don’t get back to me in 24 hours, I will remove them from the G+ community.

3- I will start asking the authors of new posts to kindly post their material in our MeWe Philosophy Group instead, if they can, before approving their posts. I will use a fixed templated for the text of that message.

On Apr 01 2019
1- I will not accept any new G+ community members here anymore from April 01, 2019 forward. All new members will be asked to join our MeWe Philosophy Group.

2- Posts that are approved in this G+ community will be given one week to be cross-posted into our new MeWe Philosophy Group. If they are not cross-posted after the grace period is passed, then they will be deleted, regardless of any criterion. I will leave a template-comment under all new posts to remind the authors of this.

On Jun 01, 2019
1- Posts will be accepted by the current members if and only if they are also cross-posted by the same author in the MeWe Philosophy Group from June 01, 2019 forward.

I will leave a template-comment under new-unapproved posts asking the author to cross-post first, wait for 24 hours for the cross-post to appear in our MeWe Philosophy Group, and then approve the post in G+ if the cross-post is made successfully.

2- All other posts that are not cross-posted after the 24 hours grace period will be rejected regardless of any criterion.

On Jul 01, 2019
No new post will be accepted in the G+ Phil. Community from Jul 01, 2019 forward, regardless of any criterion. The G+ Community will be frozen as is. Only comments can be made by members.

In Aug 2019
Google will shut down Google Plus. By then, the most active members should have been comfortably migrated to MeWe and most important posts should have been archived by their authors and enthusiasts.


Please comment below if you think something needs to be changed and you have good reasons for why.

Thank you!

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Update 7: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/AExjsHnAmCJ

Update 6: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/2r9RYux9MYU

Update 5: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/Xhmn5U89bem

Update 4: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/iFNk38NM3JS

Update 3: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/RSPr1wALrkL

Update 2: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/3rXFxqGYF2f

Update 1: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/1rz981hqEq9

Objections to diaspora* et. al.: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/NgqKmJBdCh6

Join the MeWe Philosophy Group: https://mewe.com/join/philosophy1

Find me on MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/eric.bright

#update #MeWe


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AMA on Reddit with Mark Weinstein, the founder of MeWe

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9sq3jf/im_mark_weinstein_founderceo_of_mewe_the/

Update 7 on the migration 2018-10-21:

One of the unintended consequences of using MeWe is the Chat feature in each group. Every group that you join or create will have a chat-box (users can disable them at any time). Such a chat-box is nothing new. I guess FB users are already used to it. But for us at G+, that is a new feature.

What I was not expecting to happen was to see a lot of unstructured, relaxed, and fun conversations going on in the Philosophy chat room. Now that I am looking at it, this feature seems to be quite useful and something that certainly adds a lot to the sense of community and its life, spirit, and energy. One can easily and without any preparation send out a “Hi!” and expect to see several online members responding in real-time. Of course, the conversations in the chat room seems to still be philosophical nevertheless, although with a lot of flexibility and quite a bit of humour at times.

I don’t know about you, but I realised that this feature has always been missing from G+ and that is not okay in my opinion.

Other options

Minds
Minds is out of the question. There is something called “Boost” that allows anyone to pay the company to shove their posts into your face. I understand that companies must make money to be able to sustain a platform anyway, but this way? I cannot stand that business model.

How does MeWe compare? They have a commercial business that pays the bills. They also have extra goodies that they sell if you like to buy, such as stickers (similar to emojis but with different characters), extra storage should you use up all of your 8GB free storage, and so on (Note by Eli Fennell: “Posts do not count against your MeWe Cloud Storage. Only Photos, Videos, Audio, or Docs, and only if you upload them rather than linking to them somewhere else, e.g. linking to your Google Photos, which actually looks quite nice as a link on MeWe.”). So, there are a few items that they sell, which will collectively pay part of their bills after all.

diaspora * et. al. (federation, fediverse, Frendica, Hubzilla, etc.)
As I explained in update 6, diaspora* and all of its derivatives are excellent choices for many users. These platforms are usually free for users (not free at all for the maintainers though), unmoderated, unstructured, and with no collection/group/community. Posts that are made on one of these platforms is usually visible to the rest of the Internet. The ‘following’ mechanism is a function of hashtags. You follow a hashtag, you will see any post that has that hashtag in it. As simple as that.

Unfortunately, diaspora* et. al. have a serious propagation issue that is detailed here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20181021222222/https://plus.google.com/105054297774992180403/posts/d4rZbQwWyZW

And there are other objections to diaspora* et. al. that make it not a suitable option for a philosophy community at this time (see more here: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/NgqKmJBdCh6).

How does MeWe compare? MeWe also has a robust hashtag system. What we call “Categories” inside G+ Communities can easily be duplicated by the use of hashtags. In that regard, MeWe is not limited to the maximum 21 or so categories in G+ Communities. G+’s categories have never been very useful in any meaningful way in my experience.

MeWe creates private communities by design and this probably won’t change anytime soon. That means MeWe groups are private (like private G+ Communities). Posts on MeWe are visible to MeWe members in 2018. They are not visible to the rest of the Internet unless one joins the platform. In that regard, it is similar to any other private community/group on FB, G+, or any other platform. Public posts will be possible later this year as the MeWe team is working on that feature. By public, I mean publicly-visible to all and every MeWe member regardless of them being in your contact list. It will be implemented soon.

Fully-public posts, which will be indexable by search engines, will come in early 2019 according to Mark Weinstein, the founder of MeWe (see this for more info: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9sq3jf/im_mark_weinstein_founderceo_of_mewe_the/).

The privacy of MeWe can be seen from two different angles. On the one hand, if we were selling goods, showcasing products, or broadcasting news, we needed no privacy. If anything, we needed the opposite of privacy. We needed publicity. For publicity, MeWe is not the best option. For that, users might want to use other platforms. On the other hand, since we have always been a private community and never needed any show-off so far as I am aware, being in a private community will not change anything for us. It is as if I had not switched this G+ Phil. Community to “public” and had kept it a private community from the very beginning. You probably wouldn’t have even noticed. I don’t see why even switching this very community to “private” would make any difference to the members, should it happen tomorrow.

Again, in case your use-case requires publicity, then private G+ communities and MeWe groups might not serve your goals till 2019.

FB
I don’t think if this option is ever going to happen. If we were FB enthusiasts, we wouldn’t have been on G+ to begin with.

Traditional forums
It seems that traditional forums have fallen out of style for whatever reason. They provide the best and most extensive feature-sets, most flexibility, and the least amount of frictions with corporations. Unfortunately, they don’t look fancy enough to many. That, alone, spells doom on most forums (as you can see in the votes linked below).

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Update 6: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/2r9RYux9MYU

Update 5: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/Xhmn5U89bem

Update 4: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/iFNk38NM3JS

Update 3: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/RSPr1wALrkL

Update 2: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/3rXFxqGYF2f

Update 1: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/1rz981hqEq9

Vote for the platform you prefer: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/LUYChX691Ln

Objections to diaspora* et. al.: https://plus.google.com/+EricBright/posts/NgqKmJBdCh6

Join the MeWe Philosophy Group: https://mewe.com/join/philosophy1

Find me on MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/eric.bright

#update #MeWe

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Common kestrel
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The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, or Old World kestrel. In Britain, where no other kestrel species occurs, it is generally just called "the kestrel".

This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America[citation needed]. It has colonized a few oceanic islands, but vagrant individuals are generally rare; in the whole of Micronesia for example, the species was only recorded twice each on Guam and Saipan in the Marianas.

Common kestrels measure 32–39 cm (13–15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm (26–32 in). Females are noticeably larger, with the adult male weighing 136–252 g (4.8–8.9 oz), around 155 g (5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154–314 g (5.4–11.1 oz), around 184 g (6.5 oz) on average. They are thus small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.

Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having fewer black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in both sexes. All common kestrels have a prominent black malar stripe like their closest relatives.

The cere, feet, and a narrow ring around the eye are bright yellow; the toenails, bill and iris are dark. Juveniles look like adult females, but the underside streaks are wider; the yellow of their bare parts is paler. Hatchlings are covered in white down feathers, changing to a buff-grey second down coat before they grow their first true plumage.[.[Wikipedia].[Photo© - Raju Karia].

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