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I'm pleased to announce the v1.0.0 release of Hometown, my Mastodon fork! It's up to date with Mastodon v2.9.3, and unique features include:

- Local only posting
- Full support for rendering incoming `Article` posts from federated blogs like Write.As
- "Exclusive" lists that let you follow someone without clogging up your home timeline

For more info, including rationale for each new feature, check out our wiki:

And the release itself is here:

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I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

One of the most curious things about White's 1973 post is when it's talking about what happens when hosts on the ARPANET change their name/mnemonic. It is eerily similar to discussion on the fediverse about account migration and/or instance migration!

"It seems to me necessary that a host have the option of changing its host name. [...] I think I understand some of the unpleasant implications [...] but it seems necessary nonetheless."

There were a TON of arguments about mnemonics for host names in the early ARPANET days. There is a sarcastically titled 1973 post on a forum at Stanford Research Institute called "Gee Host Names and Numbers are Swell" by Jim White. I just transcribed it:

I learned of this post via a citation in this wonderful paper by Steven Malcic, which talks about how early ARPANET mnemonic tables evolved into our modern DNS system over about 15 years.


Going though my Computer History Museum photos and I found the original copy of this 1971 Telnet system diagram from RFC 158. Now you can compare the charming pencil on lined notebook paper to the official scanned version that's been the only one available for decades.

I love this stuff, it reminds me that the internet was invented by humans jotting things down on whatever paper was at hand and not godlike programmers planning everything exquisitely.

Discovered that Google Drive will OCR photos of documents. This came from a photo I took of a typewritten document. The actual characters themselves are mostly correct. The styling is... amazing

Steam page for Mondo Museum, my museum management sim, is up! If you’re into it please wishlist and share thank you 🙏

Weddings 🤝 expensive food
being able to cost a lot of money

I'm running a day long workshop at Radical Networks in NYC Oct 18 -- it's about how to run a small social network site for a small community. We're going to be making a (probably temporary) fediverse server for the "community" of our classroom and navigating all the social issues that arise when people with only surface things in common (like "we got tickets for this workshop") try to make an online space for themselves.

Wrote a little bit about the Culler-Fried On-Line System at UC Santa Barbara, which was kind of like Mathematica but in the late 1960s. It used a dual-tier keyboard and they had a hell of a time figuring out how to make it communicate over the 7-bit ASCII that Telnet on the ARPANET required.

@LadyMargaret btw you reminded me of something that Emma asked me to do that I forgot: credit you for doing the bulk of the work on the local-only indicator spacing change! I didn't include this in the original release notes but just updated it

@v I may have solved your image problem, turns out there was a limit on max number of pixels in an image accepted by the upload service. I quadrupled it.

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!