People have asked me if having local-only posting somehow discourages federated posting.

I finally did the actual queries on our instance database, and after about a year of having local-only as an option we are at almost exactly 50/50 local vs federated posts.

65% of our accounts have been active in the last month, which is on the high side of normal for an instance with 80 accounts.

We post about 2x more *federated* posts than other instances with ~40 active users.

My theory is that having local-only posts encourages a stronger community, which encourages more posting in general, which leads to more federated AND more local posts.

I believe that offering local-only posts *strengthens* federation.

(Comparative stats above were collected by me looking at the instance/activity endpoint on similarly sized servers to Friend Camp.)

We have some people on Friend Camp who *almost never* post federated, and that's okay. Their presence here helps keep other people who *do* federate engaged and enjoying their time on Friend Camp!

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"In Defense of Unfederated Content" would have been my talk had I attended and had I given a talk.

@darius let's just pretend you did give a talk but you didn't federate it

@mewo2 I've decided to actually write this talk as an article for my Patreon backers which is basically the same thing

@darius cool, although it seems like something it would be useful to share with the fediverse more broadly

@mewo2 I'll probably share it at a later date with the public

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Perhaps video record the talk yourself and upload to Peertube somewhere? :)
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