Hey I can finally announce that in September I'm going to be a Mozilla Open Web Fellow! I'll be working with Code for Science & Society, focused on weirding up the decentralized web. I love stuff like Mastodon, obviously, but I think the decentralized web can be more interesting and mind blowing than "big tech we already know, but decentralized".

@darius Congratulations! That sounds like a great gig

@darius awesome! I can't think of a better person for this fellowship 🤖❤️🤖

@darius not before there's some kind of standard for networked identity management

@darius congrats, this is great news! Can't wait to see what you make - i'm sure, knowing you, it'll be more than one thing :hotboi: 📜

@darius This is awesome, congratulations! I’m really excited to see what you come up with.

@darius Holy smokes, congrats. That's great news.

@darius Congrats from a 2017 Open Web Fellow!

You're gonna enjoy the fellowship experience for the next 10 months, I can guarantee you that.

If you want some guidelines of how to make the best of it, do let me know. :)

@r3bl @darius lol tell me too (first time host org) 👋🏼

i have a lot of learning to do but in the meantime that sounds damn saucy, congrats 🖖

@darius congrats -- I can't wait to see what you get up to!


How many corporate sponsors? Which corps and how much did they pay?

YES! I enjoy your work and can't wait to see (get involved in?) whatever you come up with.

@darius congrats! This is a great news boh for you and the Web!
I can't wait to see what will come out of this.


That's effin awesome, Darius! Congrats to you for getting this gig, and to all of us for getting a great Fellow with such a great mission.

@darius Yaaaaaay! I wish you the absolute best, and also you might want to keep an eye on the stipend drops, they're not v good at accounting. <3

@darius Holy cats! Congratulatio s! I didn't even k ow you cou,d get paid to be a professional internet weirdo. (plz pardon typos, tablet keyboard)

@darius Holy crap, congrats and welcome aboard! I work at Mozilla and this makes me happy!

@darius Awesome! I've been thinking about this a lot. Will you be posting updates?

@darius this is fantastic news! Congratulations and really glad you’ve got the support to do this work :)

@darius congratulations on getting to weird things up!

@darius wow, that's great! congrats - and very much agree with your view of the decentralized web!

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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
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. 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

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