The FidoNet chapter from BBS: The Documentary (2004) is I think required viewing for fediverse admins.
Bulletin board services (BBSes) were pre-web online communities with forums, mail, games, etc. FidoNet was/is basically a volunteer-run federation layer that let BBSes communicate with each other.
The video talks about FidoNet's growing pains, especially around governance & a mismatch between what users wanted and what the sysops felt was required to maintain the net.
"A lot of times you don't get the praise until you leave. And when you throw up your hands and say 'Oh man I quit, I'm so tired of this' -- 'well you can't leave, you're the greatest we've ever had!". Really? Well why didn't you tell me that back then? Why do you wait until now?"
-Frank Vest on running a Fidonet node (~39:07)
tbh this is one reason I would never run an open reg fediverse instance. Friend Camp users are great at letting me know they appreciate my work... because we're friends!
as a non-FriendCamp user I'd also like to thank you for nurturing a friendly atmosphere on your instance :)
@darius wow, also extremely tech workplace feels
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