@datatitian @micromatt this is a cool project to learn about! I will follow with interest

@SuricrasiaOnline love when people give more exposure to the thing that sucks. @courtney calls it "smell this" activism. "Hey, smell this! It smells awful, right??"

@be @Mayana hmm I am curious to see where discussion goes on this, since it's been stale for a year and usually when there is a flurry of activity, core devs respond. I've subscribed to the main issue thread, and also to the related pull request that Be recently commented on. (I like your idea of a text reminder underneath the toot button. I have tucked messages there before on Friend Camp.)

@Mayana @FiXato yes hopefully! I will add it to my growing hometown todo list

Wow I'm full of typos today. I'm just excited about Friend Camp I guess

(Above post reposted due to silly math error)

In other words: if Friend Camp never had local only posting, we would not have cohered as a community, and we would have contributed far less to the fediverse as a whole than we do with the ability to post unfederated.

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Friend Camp has about 50 active users and I just noticed we have more than half a million posts here since August 2018! I mean that's 11 a day per person on average but still. That seems wild to me.

Last I checked something like 75% of our posts are unfederated. That's still 125 thousand posts sent to the fediverse. I think local-only posting increases the vitality of community, increasing the volume of overall activity, and contributing more to the fediverse than a less vital instance would.

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.


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Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.