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  1. Nov 2018
    1. Any pointers or experiences to share?

      There are a couple of WordPress plugins for Mastodon that allow you to syndicate your content from your own website into your instance. You might find that somewhat useful.

      The IndieWeb wiki has some generally useful information as well as some criticisms and related articles which might be helpful: https://indieweb.org/Mastodon

      Mastodon runs on the Activity Pub specification for sending messages back and forth. As a result some people are looking into having their personal websites support these protocols so that people on Mastodon (or other parts of the Fediverse) can subscribe to one's primary website. If you can do this then you don't necessarily need "yet another social platform" for interacting with those online. The two biggest of these efforts within the WordPress community are Fed Bridgy and the Activity Pub plugin

    2. other routes in.

      http://www.unmung.com/mastoview will show content from random instances to give one an idea about the content within a particular instance before joining.

      Most instances will have some general information about themselves. Usually the more thought out they are, the more likely they will be around for a while. Here's an example of the instance maintained by the creator of the original platform, which is also one of the largest and most popular instances out there: https://mastodon.social/about/more

    3. No other options presented themselves on the page

      This website has some reasonable set up for helping one determine an appropriate instance: https://instances.social/

    4. Is stability a problem in the Fediverse? 

      Stability is typically an issue based on who is running the instance and what sort of server they're doing it on. Is it fast or slow? Does it have 3 people or 300,000? Naturally the larger the instance, the more resources it requires. Some instances have popped up and shut themselves down because the maintainer was doing it as a hobby and just got tired of it. Often there isn't much information about who is running the server and how long it may or may not be around or how well it's maintained.

    5. What was that about crowdfunding instances?  How much of an instance’s conversation was visible to the outside?  How much of this is Google-spidered?  What are those anti-abuse tools?  Why can’t governments “completely block” Mastodon (as a whole, or just instances?)? Can one join more than a single instance?

      Managing an instance can come with a lot of work and maintenance, so some instances are crowdfunded to help defray the costs of full time management of a particular instance.

      Anti-abuse tools give users the ability to better block people as well as instances have the ability to block incoming messages from entire instances. Thus an instance that serves as a haven for Nazis could be completely blocked by one or more other instances which prevent their users from seeing any content from all users on an instance that is a "bad actor."

      Governments could block instances based on their IP addresses, but would have to do some work to block all instances (primarily by knowing where they all are).

      One can join as many instances as they'd like, but it would likely become confusing after a while. Ideally one should be able to join just one instance and be able to follow or be followed by anyone from any other instance. Some communities have particular sets of rules they expect their users to abide by. Some may be centered on particular topics of discussion as well. Some instances are individually run and have only one user.

  2. Oct 2018
    1. I am giving this one a go as it seems to be the most widely used.

      It is widely used, and I had it for a while myself. I will note that the developer said he was going to deprecate it in favor of some work he'd been doing with another Mastodon/WordPress developer though.

  3. Sep 2018
  4. Aug 2018
    1. Each individual message can either be: Fully public, appearing to your followers, the public timelines, anyone looking at your profile Unlisted, appearing to your followers and anyone looking at your profile, but skipping the public timelines Private, appearing only to your followers and people mentioned in it And direct, appearing only to people mentioned in it
    2. Another feature that has been requested almost since the start, and which I keep rejecting is quoting messages.
    3. Mastodon deliberately does not support arbitrary search. If someone wants their message to be discovered, they can use a hashtag, which can be browsed. What does arbitrary search accomplish? People and brands search for their own name to self-insert into conversations they were not invited to. What you can do, however, is search messages you posted, received or favourited. That way you can find that one message on the tip of your tongue.
  5. Apr 2018
  6. Mar 2018
    1. At the moment, several projects in the space are working to adopt new supplementary protocols, with the intent of building better bridges between one another. The proposed development might end up looking like this:<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://via.hypothes.is/im_/https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*3pEK-Fwq7bNOVcnXfVdNuQ.png">Diaspora at this time has no plans for new protocols, having just significantly upgraded its own. postActiv intends to adopt support for Diaspora federation in a future release. Mastodon just released support for ActivityPub, and Pleroma , Socialhome and GNU Social are thinking of adopting it. Nextcloud is also notably getting into the federation space, and Hubzilla and Friendica will likely both support the ActivityPub protocol as extensions.

      Where we discover that Friendica (and Hubzilla) are clearly the best options for navigating The Free Network.

      It's a shame that the connectivity to Twitter and other non-free networks and services is not better highlighted. It's clearly by being compatible with the non-free networks that the Free Network will win in the end -- by allowing people to escape en masse.

  7. Jan 2018
    1. seeps inthrough thecracks

      I don't know whether it is the dark that seeps through or the light. Or both.

    2. a fear more friend thanfoe in the knowledgeit seems to knowof me.

      This is glorious line, shining with truth and aid. thanks.

    3. It's small wonder

      a small wander, too, a random walk in the fields and woods, the landscape and the inscape.

  8. May 2017
    1. Can Mastodon keep its anti-harassment, pro-furry, pro-LGBTQ+, anti-Nazi focus as it grows? What to do about content that’s acceptable by some instances but illegal elsewhere? Is the influx of new people who don’t understand the network’s culture the start of an “Eternal April”, like Usenet’s Eternal September?
    1. What is interesting is that the sense of early 90s cyberoptimism has started to reappear. It is possible to do things again, to change things, to build things that will make a difference. Suddenly, it is possible to discuss what things are and what they should be. What is an interface, what does it mean in its current form, how should we change it? What can and ought we do to establish sustainable social norms? How do we go about surfing together on the information superhighway without colliding with each other?
    2. Interesting things are happening over at Mastodon. If you have had your ears tuned to the hacker grapevines, you will most likely have heard that Mastodon is an open source federated social network that works very much like Twitter but is, in fact, not Twitter, and thus poses a challenge to the venerable bird site.
  9. Nov 2016
    1. Mastodon.py Documentation

      Python/API documentation for the Mastodon social networking platform.