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re: more thoughts 

You ran a community for years. You fuckin' did it, congrats. People thinking that this makes fedi a bad thing in some way are the reason the internet is so bad now.

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more thoughts 

It was always weird to me that people thought that unless a website goes on...for literally until the end of time it failed in some way. A lot of fedi critics think that the sheer fact that an instance CAN shut down makes it unstable and unusable in some way. But I grew up in an era where lots of websites came and went, you'd move from one to another and if you were friends with people you'd probably have them on an instant messenger to keep in touch. I don't see how that's a mark of failure. If you can run a site for years, you've succeeded for sure. And I'm honestly glad that my current corporate social media accounts aren't tied to stuff I posted in my teens, sometimes those occasional venue shifts are a GOOD thing.

looking for a new [retro] tech-focused instance ... any opinions on,, or others I don't know about?

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the mastodon instance at is retiring 

for a lot of reasons, both personal and practical, i don't think i can effectively run a public mastodon instance any more, and i need to retire i want to do this responsibly and make sure everyone has a chance to migrate and export properly, so here is the plan for the instance retirement (feel free to share this link around):

due to ongoing moderation load issues and understaffing, between now and 1 november, the instance may be undermoderated. for other instances, if this poses an issue for you, i encourage you to use federation tools at your discretion. i would only ask that you be clear and public about your decisions so that users can figure out where they will be able to migrate their accounts.

thank you

That said I really should use Mastodon more lol. Just fyi since I didn't realize this: hashtags are important here! Cross-instance search doesn't work on full text (design decision to reduce dogpiling: so if you want more visibility for your work, make sure to put a tag or two on it.

* the invite system is whack
yeah it's weird and a lot of theories abound (trying to create FOMO, trying to limit server resource drain etc) but the devs continue to state that the purpose is to ensure the moderation burden doesn't get out of hand. afaik they have only three mods on staff? so I guess that makes sense more than they can't afford cloud bandwidth or whatever. but yes it did run in closed beta for some time and all your favorite Cool Online Twitter posters got invites back then, which is why the blitz to get invites was so strong in the first days - join your favorite microcelebrities in their new intimate space lol

anyway that's all I got for now

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* It doesn't Federate
Again by design and for basically these reasons:
1. working with Eugen has burned a lot of people in the space and they don't see the project as worthwhile any more
2. a lot of people have been on instances that collapsed via inter-instance "drama" (specifically cited VERY often is and so federation is viewed as just causing problems
3. federation is seen as an attack surface - e.g. Nazi instances seeking to federate or be in your space, which leads to mod burden and harassment

so for these reasons they seem pretty intent on keeping it walled off

* it's not gonna kill Twitter or Tumblr or
a lot of claims about the site seem to be rooted in people's desires for what it SHOULD be - and esp from its users extolling its virtues - but the clearest explanation from the devs is they want an "alternative" small space that does not aspire to being a replacement for Twitter. think of it more on the level of a small forum or groupchat I guess and adjust expectations accordingly

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The Explainer Post (a few weeks behind the zeitgeist)

Lots of ppl seem confused by design decisions made by ASSC in their development of alternate social media site Here's some explanations for the FAQs I've gathered, after reading too many posts about it. Feel free to reference this and send corrections but *do not argue with ME about their decisions*, I'm just the messenger.

* It's not FOSS
So from ASSC's perspective the question is "why bother" - if they publish source then they'll get people using it to design hacks and also people seeking to clone the site, with no real upside for them. There's a strong sentiment among some that FOSS licenses have not kept up with modern threats - e.g. Nazis cloning Masto for their own site, corps stealing BSD code without financial contribution, or govts using face recog to spy on citizens etc. Basically ASSC wants to run a site, not run a codebase, and closed-source hasn't stopped other social media sites from dominating... so, again, why bother

@kobld requesting your sorting services to place me in a Masto instance that is best for me

Spent some time tonight rendering the OST to 1869 (a Max Design MS-DOS game from 1992 that uses Adlib for sound), and posting it all to Youtube. Composed by Hannes Seifert, who is also known for the classic "NEOINTRO" Adlib tune.

do image embed? that'd be ideal, I think... post image on Twitter (or Discord or imgur or or or) and then put the link here so my friends can see it without the admins having to pay for it

let's try:

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my main problem with Mastodon is that I'm afraid to post images and stuff, since it's costing a real person some real money... on Twitter at least I can know that my garbage posts are ALSO costing a company money, so it's win/win

posting about playing Virtual Hydlide in the Discord server led to someone actually buying the game on eBay

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I'm watching an old Extended Play episode where they're showing off FFX and I could not stop laughing at this

@BestGirlGrace idk if you keep up with Gravis or any of the other Twitter people any more, but he put up a fax machine today, and it's getting a lot of traffic lol

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the mastodon instance at is retired

see the end-of-life plan for details: