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Also struck by the description text for that video, which says FidoNet "may have been the single-largest 100% amateur organized and run computer network of all time". Reminds me a bit of what we've got going on here. Exciting, scary, exhilarating.

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There is an episode of BBS The Documentary from @textfiles that is about FidoNet, which was... almost, kind of, like an early federated forum thing (basically it let people on BBS server 1 could talk to people on BBS server 2). The tech details don't line up exactly but I was struck watching it a few years ago at how the social dynamics of admins of different BBSes mapped pretty perfectly onto fediverse admins.

Anyway if you want to feel like time is a flat circle:

twitter: your mastodon server admin reads every DM you send. they actually read them and assign a score

mastodon admins who roll their own: sorry everyone images aren't going to work for the next sixty-ninety years. what's a DM

99% of mastodon admins who are just normies who pay for shared hosting: we can't read dms. we can't even choose when to update. we can't even turn the lights off in this room

lead mastodon dev: actually they're "mentioned people only posts," hope this helps. Cheers!

At a meta level, something I find mildly interesting is how many people are writing stuff on Mastodon about how it's impossible for Mastodon to scale up without using an ad supported model (b/c server costs), it's better to have ranked feeds because most people want them, etc.

The thing I think is interesting is that the people writing this stuff, implicitly, seemingly cannot conceive of a model where the organization is not growth and profit maximizing.

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I have created a bot that publishes a daily electronic music song I like on Mastodon @dailyelectronicmusic

One thing I'll preemptively put here is that often people say "Isn't the solution for a newspaper to run, say, and the journalists have accounts on there?"

That works for some subset of verification but consider:

- freelance journalists who need an *affiliation* verified but are not employees
- what happens when your employer owns your entire social media presence (you'd want to separate identities similar to how you in theory don't use work email for personal stuff)

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I wrote up a blog post in an "intelligence brief" style for Meedan (where I work) talking about the current situation around verification of journalists and trusted institutions on federated social media.

(Please read the whole thing before replying to me here, thanks. I will try to respond to replies but might not have time because this week is shaping up to be my busiest in a long time.)

Finally added a "Server Rule" to Friend Camp.

It's a useful feature for a big server but a silly one for a small, close-knit, high-trust community.

My newest game IS OUT.

The Barnacle Goose Experiment
is an abiogensis body horror idle clicker where you play as a researcher in a biodome tasked with generating a world out of their own body.

Music from Ben Babbitt, halina heron, Geotic, Adobo, Jún, Smokey Emery, Sadurn, Zac Traeger, SamanthaZero, and Eli Rainsbury and supported in part by Arts Council England.

Play it free in the browser now -

this is a great lesson for building software for communities and moderating them: social norms "debt" is front and center ahead of tech debt. are people using a product feature in a way that was not intended, and what risks are ahead if that's not addressed through policy/product change?

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i try to keep self-promotion here minimal but if anyone happened to be interested in *the rise and fall of various social networks* 👀 my book was remaindered recently and it's not hard to find a copy for less than the price of a large coffee eg

a reminder: just as you don’t have to amplify facsists or give them your time, energy and attention on Twitter, you sure as fuck don’t have to bring it over here.

I was idly wondering if anyone ever made an "internet protocol freely" semi-joke program and yup they definitely did

"Because network daemons could use a little more humour"

I used to run VACUUM on my DB regularly, but I read multiple places that it's not recommended for postgres 12 because it now basically auto-vacuums? I guess? Can you tell I don't understand much about postgres??

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Have any Mastodon or Hometown admins out there ever done a `pg_repack` on their postgres DB? I have seen admins say that it reduced DB size quite efficiently, and I've found some non-Mastodon-specific tutorials, but what would really help me is the actual command and options to invoke on the CLI that have successfully not broken a mastodon DB in the past

If we can fit about 10-100K people on a Mastodon server,

and we've got 38M Canadians,

then we're going to need 400 to 4000 Canadian servers.

Let's start building them.


Today is the 37th anniversary of the first appearance of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes in the newspaper.

Calvin and Hobbes first appeared about two weeks after I turned six years old—crucially, the same age as Calvin—and it ended after I turned sixteen. I adored it from beginning to end. There is no stronger influence on the way I think, write, or see the world than the ten years of that strip.

Hey friends! I make wooden jigsaw puzzles with uniquely shaped pieces generated by code and cut by lasers. It looks like we are going to sell out early this holiday season. Please place your orders sooner rather than later! (We ran out of wood)

Hey admins, if you don't want the "I don't like it" option in the reporting interface, there is a custom css fix that works for now, and I will remove it permanently in a future build. More info about the feature and how to get rid of it in comments here:

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