Oh, and I'm releasing my own fork of Mastodon based on my experiences running Friend Camp for a year. It's called Hometown, and you can read more about it here:
It's not fully documented yet but it will be. Experienced Mastodon admins should be able to switch over with a minor database migration and minimal fuss.
Waiting for Quote and add Trending Hashtag that would be nice too 👌
And How people know a post is local only?
@inditoot You select it like this and posts have the little extra "broken chain" icon on them, we've been running friend camp with this feature for a year now.
@darius this is really cool! I've actually been thinking a lot about making a decentralized discord/slack thing in this same small-locally-operated style (not anytime soon, maybe starting next year) and would love to chat with you abt what you're learning sometime.
@darius Ahahaha, I see this just as I finished forking and deploying the friend.camp version
Do you recommend moving over to hometown instead?
@gaeel Yes, that's actually something I'm supporting so I recommend it, it should not even require a db migration to move over from friend camp, they are very similar right now
@darius Just setup my first Mastodon instance using your Hometown fork!
runyourown.social is our guide as my friends and I develop birb.town into our own personal home on the internet. Thank you!
@darius i just got a hometown instance up and, i think, working? have been thinking about runyourown.social ever since it went up, am so excited to play with it and get some folks onboarded!!
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.