Choosing instances
I heard once that the case for which instance (for any federated app, be it Lemmy or Mastodon etc) on which to sign up is to choose based on "administration" not subject. That is to say, it is better to experience the fediverse through moderation and other administrative decisions than it is to do so on a server that is "subject based." Thoughts?

Reddit perma-banning account promoting Lemmy has Streisand effect
As Reddit's enshittification reaches new heights their attempts to suppress attention for alternatives, like federated Lemmy, has the opposite effect as this Hacker News discussion shows.

could we mirror reddit?
What's stopping us from using the api to post all of reddit here in a massive one-time merger? Obviously the Lemmy devs would have to do it, but would there be legal issues? I think it would solve most of the problems with Lemmy, really.

what was your first exposure to the fediverse?
Mine was either mastodon or matrix. I got into both at the same time. What are some other fediverse sites for beginners?

Who helps organize the next Fediverse conference?
You can help by boosting my toot, but when offering help, the [SocialHub forum discussion]( is the best place to do so.

how do I link to my community in comments?
Hi all, In reddit, I used to use /r/watercolor How can I link to the 'watercolor' community here in lemmy? Thank you

looking to branch out anything you can recommend?
All I need is a fediverse site that: Supports android and is not image focused. I'm looking for something that isn't like pixelfed I'm already using mastodon and Lemmy. Any recommendations?

what sites make up the fediverse?
I know about mastodon and Lemmy, are there and other alternatives to bug sites in the fediverse?

Understanding the fediverse
Hello all! Came to Lemmy from Reddit as I wanted to be a part of helping the fediverse & Lemmy grow. As someone mentioned on here "**be the change you want to see**". So here I am! However I'd like to fully understand the fediverse so I can explain it to others and help them join. I understand the concept of the fediverse but what I'm struggling with is the instance part. I know an instance is a spun up server, and I'm assuming it's a copy of the lemmy source code, for example, which means it is its own contained version of Lemmy. This instance sets it's rules, creates its own sub communities etc. You join the instance that relates to you the most. But does that mean you can only post in that instance? I know you can follow users etc from another instance, but you can't post in their instance without migrating your account there? Is this the same for mastadon, where you can read / follow users, but cannot post? The example im thinking of is say there is a sub community on your instance for gardening, but you find out another instance has a bigger, more involved sub community for gardening. You want to participate there, that would mean you need to join that instance to do so? Would that mean multiple accounts for multiple instances? If there is a handy FAQ, or a video, that helps explain this that would be great! Really excited to be a part of this and looking forward to understanding it better.

What are some good NSFW instances?
TIL that Reddit is banning smaller porn subreddits and aren't allowing users to claim them in redditrequest to make way for their eventual ban on NSFW content. So I'm looking for NSFW alternatives in any Fediverse platform.

How would your perfect fediverse software be like?
As long as it doesn't already exist.

cross-posted from: > Today, we are taking the first step in building out an initiative to create opportunities for people to help build the Fediverse and create an organizational structure which can allow developers to coordinate their efforts where most needed. > > We call upon anyone with both the skills and motivation to join us and the Guild we are starting, Guild Alpha. Read the announcement linked to learn more and find out how you can participate! > > > If anything discussed here has your interest or you want to help grow free-software and the Fediverse, fill out this [form]( to let us know! > >

Amazonek Goodreads izeneko webgune bat eskaintzen du liburuak ezagutara emateko, egileek zein irakurleek iritziak trukatzeko eta abar. Baina zerbitzu hau ikaragarri txarra da. Ez du inork moderatzen, bertan dauden eduki asko gezurrezkoak dira, erabiltzaileek egindako zuzenketak ez dira aintzat hartzen, bot bidez igotako zabor-edukiak ez dira garbitzen, hainbat idazleri kalte egiten die Goodread-ek eta Amazoni bost axola... Webgune honek eragiten dituen arazoen berri eduki nahi baduzu, irakurri Redditeko komunitate honetan kontatzen dituztenak. Eta Goordreadsen alternatiba garbi, txukun, libre, federatu eta euskalduna ezagutu nahi baduzu, bisitatu Paperjale:
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Is there already a Fediverse compatibility matrix?
Does anyone know of a Fediverse / ActivityPub compatibility list I can contribute to? I've found lots of feature comparisons, statistics databases and so on. But I'd like to help find and squash bugs in interoperability. If someone's already doing this I'll add my findings there, or I can just post my notes somewhere.

A Takahē refactor, as a treat - Aeracode
I mentioned this [here]( but I am very disappointed in the removal of a web UI for a #fediverse project. I don't use Takahe myself, but this will make those users harder to engage with. If I only use a browser for my fediverse activity, I won't be able to see any of those users without following. EDIT: Everything I said above and in the linked post is probably wrong so ignore it. Thanks to []( for pointing that out to me.

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Should separate instances of Lemmy be topic-based? What else, if not?
I suppose this may make sense in the case of something like Mastodon. But something as versatile and customizable as lemmy, which allows for the existence of separate topic-based communities, makes topic-based instances of lemmy not necessary. Instead of making a new instance for a certain topic, it is usually a much better approach to just create a new community on my current lemmy instance. At least from my perspective as a user. I find the only exception to this is censorship and moderation. If I, for any reason am unhappy with an instance's moderation and censorship, then that is the only potential reason I can see to change and make my own. What does everyone else think of this?

cross-posted from: > Once a vibrant community, with posts and memes galore, > Reddit was the place to be, with subs that we adore. > But then one fateful day, the news began to spread, > The API was closing down, Reddits's end was ahead. > > The moderators were the first to go, they couldn't do their work, > Without the API, they were lost, they couldn't fix the quirks. > The content creators followed suit, they packed their bags and left, > They said goodbye to Reddit, and we all felt quite bereft. > > But little did we know, there was a shining star, > A platform on the Fediverse, called Lemmy, wasn't far. > It had everything we needed, and more, to keep us going strong, > We found a new community, and we knew we couldn't go wrong. > > The conversations flowed, and the posts began to rise, > We shared our thoughts and feelings, with no fear of prying eyes. > The moderators were happy, they could do their job with ease, > And the content creators smiled, they had a platform to please. > > So Reddit may have died, but we moved on and grew, > We found a new home on Lemmy, and we knew just what to do. > We share our love and knowledge, with others from far and wide, > And we knew that we had found, a place where we could thrive.

Ariadne Conill on the history of IRC and how the fediverse is vulnerable to the ‘free software reality distortion field’
cross-posted from: > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > i hate to say it, especially as the person who started IRCv3 in the first place, but there is literally no world in which i would deploy a new project on IRC. > > i can manage all moderation tasks on discord with terraform. that is something impossible to realize with IRC. > > any project to take back mindshare from Discord has to frame their strategy from this perspective. > > with Discord, or any other SaaS, you are dealing with a loss of software freedom, and that should be highlighted, but the solution is to provide a libre alternative that is competitive. IRC (and frankly Matrix) isn't that. > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > *this* has always been the problem i was trying to solve. with atheme, with ircv3, with all of it. how do we provide community plumbing that is usable and scalable? > > but IRC failed to evolve fast enough despite all of those efforts, because people didn't understand the real evolutionary threats. > > the reality distortion field is a real threat to any free software project: it is very easy to become complacent, because the product is 70% of what is actually needed. > > but as the world evolves, that 70% turns into 60% and then 50% and so on, while people resist the concept that product fit and focus are slipping. > > everything is Fine™️ because everything is Free™️, and instead of focusing on the real threat (I have been saying that IRC would be eaten by proprietary services since the 2000s), people, thinking that everything is fine, actually, tend to focus on their little kingdoms rather than the big picture. > > and so we slipped, and slipped, until eventually, IRC does 20% of what we want, and IRCv3 brings that to maybe 25%, and then when a rich charlatan buys the largest IRC network and ruins it, at least half the people still there who haven't left yet realize that, upon having their reality distortion field shattered, actually 25% of what is needed perhaps isn't the right thing, and they too move their projects to Discord or Slack. > > this is a problem, and it needs to be fought, but any such fight needs to write IRC off as a loss and start over. this isn't about "how do we win over the 1990s chatroom user", it's about "how do we win over the 2023 discord user." > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > like, seriously, you have no idea how frustrating it was to try to mold IRC into a competitive product. i tried for a decade. i even worked on this as a full-time SRE for a while (Ustream really needed UnrealIRCd to be rewritten). > > we even had some wins, for a while: the decline of IRC's userbase was reversed and it even *grew* for a while. > > but for the most part i had the pleasure of advocating that IRC developers do not do stupid shit, like add spying features (looking at you InspIRCd ``). > > at the ecosystem level, the strong desire of IRC developers to do stupid shit for short-term gains in users, outpaced the desire to promote the health of the ecosystem, and add new competitive features that end-users would care about. > > this is because projects cared *far more* about admin mindshare than user mindshare, and basically shows how the whole IRC mentality is doomed to failure. > > community infrastructure projects have to be community focused, not admin focused. Rob Levin (the founder of freenode) used to derisively refer to the people who didn't get this point as "traditional IRC users." > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > > > incidentally, the fediverse is in a similar position, where it is threatened by the free software reality distortion field. > > Mastodon isn't good enough for the long run. we laugh at BlueSky, but it is a legitimate threat, and it could very easily wind up eating the fediverse. all they have to do is make it more palatable to the mainstream. > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > one last thing. the people who are suggesting FOSS *chat* alternatives to me. > > you miss my point. you're offering me oranges when Discord has offered me an apple. > > Discord is not "just a chat platform." I would describe it as an "integrated community management platform." > > It combines chat with other forms of community media: forums, for example, and a rich suite of AV capabilities. > > this is also a symptom of the free software reality distortion field: the alternatives suggested may be sufficient for some usecases, but that doesn't mean they cover the same niche as the product they are proposed as a replacement to. > > it's the concision of experience that has allowed Discord to have such great success in their efforts to eat IRC's userbase.

cross-posted from: > Features: > * Lightweight, minimal dependencies > * Extensive support of ActivityPub operations, e.g. write public notes, follow users, be followed, reply to the notes of others, admire wonderful content (like or boost), write private messages... > * Multiuser > * Mastodon API support, so Mastodon-compatible apps can be used (work in progress) > * Simple but effective web interface > * Easily-accessed MUTE button to silence morons > * Tested interoperability with related software > * No database needed > * Totally JavaScript-free > * No cookies either > * Not much bullshit >

Fediverse is going mainstream fast. And it is going to be a corporate hellhole if the grassroots initiatives that drove it to its current success are losing their grip on evolution in proper direction: Humane tech that is to the benefit of the people andd society, free culture thriving. While corporate threads are looming, meanwhile the activated developer community is once again splintering, fragmenting initiatives appearing that dilute attention to focus on common efforts, cohesion, cross-pollination and collaboration. The "herding cats" problem of grassroots movements. Great opportunity is now. Cohesion means that initiatives remain independent, but take care to coordinate with what is going on elsewhere. 👉 You can help! Avoid a CorporaVerse where you are exploited and milked. Bring attention to the opportunity and participate in the related initiatives to help bring them closer together. You might also boost my [related toot](

live view of posts from the bluesky closed beta
i guess these are posts from the closed beta at which has maybe ~10k users now (they said >4k a while ago, and then apparently they invited 5k from their waiting list yesterday). permalinks to posts there are currently not accessible without logging in, but i guess since this site exists there must be some API from which posts can be accessed without a login. ![](

Alt-text on media: Why not compulsory on some instances?
I don't have many fedi accounts, but looking at public Mastodon feeds it is very common to see people requesting others to add alt-text to their media and getting a lot of boosts/etc. Is there any reason (beyond a very mild convenience) for some Mastodon instances not to require alt-text on media? It seems like something a lot of admins would want to do, given their general audience, and naively I'd say it's very easy to implement.

Sorry, gotta divulge that this was an April Fools. It is the opposite.. we want to get more cohesion and collab in [The Grassroots Fediverse]( as a counterbalance to mainstreaming and corporate takeover forces.

Making an ActivityPub Server from scratch in Rust
Quoting the toot sent out by the blog: > In this blog post I sum up and review the experiences gained from last Stream. Check out the [VOD]( If you like this content and would love to send me some treats you can Subscribe on my [GitHub Sponsor Page]( or checkout all the other pages via [Linktree]( If you would like to have me as a coworker or consultant I am available for hire! #fedihire

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