New instance advice
@skrlet13 find co admin and moderators before you start if possible.
Think about your CoC, my go to is the xoxo festival coc.
Lookup some instance block list if you want to deplarform nazi and avoid finding out who is a bad actor too late.
Did I say find co admins?
Import those sweet emojos.
Find moderators, but it will be hard work for them without a clear CoC.
Make a separare admin/anouncement account.
Create a secondary channel like a discord/matrix/mattermost/irc/etc to discuss moderation and the like.
Get a gumroad/patreon together so that the server pay for itself and moderators too.
Be ready to spend an hour a day on your instance if you want to know what is going on and have a chance to stop shit from blowing up (especially when you have plenty of new users).
Follow other instance admin to know what is up
@skrlet13 don't think only about the technical stuff but do some PR doing marketing, blog posting, patreon and explain why users should choose your instance. Also having a good logo is better.
Hi, does this service make backups of the Mastodon servers?
* the docker image saves you a lot of hassle when you break things, and is easier if you need to upgrade capacity from everything on one machine to one machine for the DB and one for redis etc
* digital ocean has the nicest UX but is more expensive than AWS, use what you're comfortable with
* don't fuck with the stylesheets unless you want to break everything
* read the prod guide cover to cover
* have a plan for how you'll deal with spam accounts - manually doing it isn't enough
@skrlet13 i know you can pay digital ocean to backup the entire disk automatically. i use a dedicated box not through do, but i would prefer having it on my own local server, anyway
@skrlet13 just based on how long the fediverse has been around, it'd be a good idea to put together a blocklist before launch. see if some instances you trust have lists you could look into
my instance's list has gotten to 265 domains currently and it's not gonna be fun to catch up live
i'm not sure how familiar you are with admin stuff, backups are very very important. i automatically backup everything needed to do a full server migration every day in the early morning. i do it to a box i leave on 24/7 in a closet but there's many ways
This is cool--a font designed to help readers with dyslexia. https://gumroad.com/l/OpenDyslexic
Seeing as how my desktop crapped out on me, all my GitHub projects are on indefinite hiatus until I can get it fixed.
If anyone has a spare desktop (or at least a motherboard/CPU/RAM combo) that they don't need, I'd love to have it. I can't pay for it, though, since my income outside of bills and stuff is around $20/mo.
But if you're fine with that, please DM me on my Octodon account: @KitsuneAlicia
the word "lazy", mh, abuse (thread)
The word "lazy" is a weapon of manipulation. It's a tool used to illegitimize the issues of people that can't handle things as easily as "normal" people deem standard.
Miss me with the technical definition, "someone who's perfectly able and open to do something necessary, but just doesn't feel like it." It's not the subject of the discussion, and bringing it up proves you have no interest in the actual point.
Moving right along.
Una de las mejores cosas que han pasado este año en la comunidad del #softwarelibre, y que creo que no se comenta demasiado, ha sido la creación del meta-feed de noticias sobre software libre, Planeta Libre. Un feed #RSS de feeds de diferentes blogs y webs de esta temática, que de no ser por #PlanetaLibre me pasarían desapercibidos. A @victorhck y a quienes le ayudaron en la tarea o en el mantenimiento, ¡muchas gracias por facilitar nuestra información!
Art from Necessity
So Shakespeare used to write plays, and he'd put on this big dramatic scenes with everyone sat around a table and a ghost of the dead father gets all spooky.
But then Will has a problem. He has to tidy up the stage for the next scene, so what does he do?
He has the lead come forward stage and writes them a monologue to fill the time while the stage is cleared.
What are the best parts of Shakespeare?
Good art comes from necessity and embracing problems.
The thing Bangbros brings front and center yet again is that we *know* how to deal with abusers in online spaces, so that's not the problem.
The problem is that FB, Birdland, etc aren't doing shit. They aren't even trying, but want us to believe the problem is COMPLEX and HARD.
The reality is that it isn't. They just enable shitty behavior because that's what gets them paid.
We're closer to a better web than we think.
alternative Mastodon front-ends
Another strong contender is Pinafore at https://pinafore.social.
Its design is almost too minimalistic for my taste, but might be pleasing to others who like it extremely simple!
alternative Mastodon front-ends
Okay, this is next-level stuff right here. Pinafore has a "Wellness" section in its settings which allows you to disable the addictive/toxic social media features: follower, boost and favorite counts as well as the unread notification count. Somebody put a lot of thought into trying to make social media more wholesome. Whether it is at all possible remains to be seen, but wow.
No reviso a toda la gente de la cual tooteo, así que vayan con cuidado, pero probablemente aqui no pase nada.
Gentle Town is a generalistic Mastodon instance that believes in the sustainable model of anticapitalist degrowth. We are a small, friendly community that aspires to be a place to rest for travelers of the Fediverse, somewhere people can sit down, look up at the stars and discover new constellations.