Disclaimer: I’ve never had a mastodon account.
Authentication: who will have accounts? Artists and fans? How can you reduce spam accounts signing up? If you just have open sign-ups and trolls abuse it to mass spam other instances, they might defederate (Lemmy had this issue with a political troll).
Always go through all the settings/configuration!
if it’s within your means, decorate and personalize the place a little to match your purpose. I dont know how easy it is to do theming adjustments, even simole things like colour scheme. Especially since half the Mastodon sites all look the same.
Have something of value. Why should people use your site instead of just twitter and facebook? What can you do that they don’t? Does your audience care about those things? I can talk about FOSS and privacy and security for days but most people don’t care about that enough to join a different site.
As a quick introduction to the idea of Linux phones vs. Android ROMs, this post (updated about a year ago) gives an introduction from a security perspective. Depending on your adversary’s capability, security can be an important dependency of privacy.
It sounds like you’re suggesting Linux phones are more private and secure than GrapheneOS. Given their current state and limitations, it is extremely unlikely that any of them are more secure than GrapheneOS against a typical hacker or malicious app.
with the downside that is limited to one single phone brand
In terms of security, this is also a benefit. It means they aren’t trying to aim at fifty different targets which may behave different or even unexpectedly. The software developers have far far far more confidence that their security features will work on your device if they test it on theirs.
Again, there is no such thing as “full privacy and security”. It is unpragmatic idealism. Not only does it misinterpret privacy and security as concepts, it is an unconstructive attitude for creating an effective security model, and just encourages burnout for no benefit. We don’t limit “full”. There is no full. There is no perfect answer. It’s an undefined and unachievable idea.
“[Someone made] a laptop, encased in foam in a full Faraday cage, wrapped by alternating metal foils, and finally covered by a 1” layer of reinforced concrete."
"It had been billed as the most secure computer ever. Right until two research papers had come out that showed it was possible to decipher processing by the amount of power being consumed and by pulling the slight RF signal being carried by the ground line. "
Now, I’m not saying you can’t effectively secure your device adequately against big-tech and corporate capitalism. I say you can! It’s achievable. But it’s unconstructive to hold the illusion that there is some absolute “full privacy” against them.
Who are you hiding from? “Increasing privacy” means nothing without context.
My adversaries (well, when I’m not at a protest) are not likely to be tracking my phones location, and my phone is set up that no app or website can, so to me personally it’s a large sacrifice for no benefit.
But for someone else, it could be good advice!
Adding on to what Grouchy already said (good post) :
There is no such thing as “full security and privacy”. It doesn’t exist and it’s not a useful goal.
Security and privacy don’t exist as absolute values. Things are not universally more or less secure than other things. You need to understand things like the needs of a situation (e.g. you correctly pointing out a modern phone has more use-cases than a landline), who the threats are, and what their capabilities are. Putting a decent password on an iPhone makes it adequately private and secure against my parents. Using a landline is not adequately secure against a government agency. Know Your Enemy!
As for your advice, a quick counter:
That’s great to see! And it’s been steady and significant, I believe many instances doubled since last year.
I would be interested to see the methodology of this site, like how they list new servers (I see an ‘Add’ button, probably also scrapes for federation?) and tally totals. I don’t have time to verify numbers, but it seems to be solid, which is good. They’ve:
It’s a bit hard to compare the stats from hexbear.net (especially since I don’t know how they count them sending huge numbers of posts off the site to a backup to try and make the site run faster) but here’s a summary, assuming no huge unlisted instance has shown up since:
So when I bring these edge cases up, they aren’t trivial. They’re literally two of the biggest four instances by far. Deciding if they count or not, due to their federation status, matters, especially Hexbear as they appear willing and likely to eventually federate, and to upstream their code improvements in order to re-converge. So they realistically might become part of the wider Lemmy community.
Yep, one example was gtio.io, which occasionally had a decent topic or two, but about a third of the userbase was from lemmy.ml and another third from wolfballs.com (the former instance which attracted a political ‘right-wing’ userbase). Since lemmy.ml defederated from wolfballs.com, you wouldn’t even see most of the replies from a lemmy.ml account and have to get an extra account somewhere to reply.
Of course, those replies were almost always low-quality garbage, but I did want to see and reply to them!
haha, the paradoxical answer is to make your own personal instance for you to federate and post on all the other communities freely.
(yes, I know ‘just make ur own instance’ isn’t helpful advice because not everyone has the time/money/tech-familiarity to do so, I’m more just pointing out that’s how some people approach the issue of having to pick a community)
I’ve seen a lot of websites (not so much in the Fediverse, but small forums and spin-off forums) and the kinds of basis they have does affect whether people want to post there, and how the place grows. (I’ll just call them instances, because they technically are but I’m not just talking about Fediverse instances, so the dynamics of cross-visibility between sites aren’t really being considered)
Topic-based instances and goal-oriented instances seems like the best bet for a high-quality discussion community. I mean broad topics as well, consider mander.xyz or the former gtio.io, not just more specific ones like slrpnk.net. It can be limiting, but so long as you’re secure enough with your ego that you don’t need to chase high numbers to know you’re stable and active, then I’d recommend it. The tough part is that you may not get as much casual exposure to start off with, by being on the same site as larger communities, you might need to be active (without being annoying) in crossposting good topics to make people aware your community exists.
National-based instances are also popular, probably because of shared language, cultural elements and local issues. But they are otherwise pretty compatible to general instances. They do have a place, I’ve enjoyed a couple on occasion, they have a place, but I do prefer the topic-based communities. There’s no point limiting every topic arbitrarily by nation or state.
General instances (either topicless copy-cats or freely user-defined communities) are hit-or-miss, I personally don’t like them in a federated space unless they are specifically solving an issue.
lemmy.ml is somewhere between topic-based and general. It is explicitly “A community of privacy and FOSS enthusiasts, run by Lemmy’s developers” (I notice that broadened a bit, surprising although no complaints), and you can see that bias in the communities list, but the mods aren’t aggressive with enforcing the topic. There are random sports, country and interest communities here. Whether that’s out of inactivity (volunteer time and effort is limited!) or lax policy (the more the merrier!), it makes this feel more like a general site despite the tagline. I remember last time I checked (admittedly a year ago) the staff were explicit and purposeful that this is not an official instance and was not trying to cater to everyone as a general instance, encouraging people to make more granular instances for things which weren’t meant to go here.
If that is the case (again, policy could be different) then maybe some extra messaging on the Create Community and Register pages could help prevent the regular issue we had when someone fundamentally against the community (like someone kicked from reddit because of racist comments) would show up and be surprised when they were herded out of here too.
I do think it’s important for a site to be willing and able to kick moderators who are abusive, especially in a major community. But as for a formal system for reclaiming a community, it would be up to in individual instance’s staff.
There are struggles with a voting system in a pseudonymous environment like this site: how do you enforce identity? How can you detect if 5 accounts are actually just me and my sockpuppets? And how can you do that without making life horrible for people who want to stay private with tools like proxies and anti-trackers? It’s possible to mitigate some of these problems but it’s not an easy task once a community grows, and can involve compromise.
In a smaller site like this, raising complaints to the instance staff or on a /c/meta like community is a good first step and can be very effective if the case is strong.
I see what you mean. I have seen communities migrate platforms, both successfully or with issues, and a slow sinking ship in a decentralized community (e.g. #BlackTwitter), where the large move of people probably won’t happen suddenly like with a deplatforming, feels like it will be an uncomfortable slow split.
But, like you said with journalism, I sincerely think that they would benefit from the move, or even a split. Twitter is that bad.
A good thing about community-driven non-profit software is the features which get implemented are typically more in-line with what the users want, rather than adding commercial things like more ads and grifting gimmicks.
It is a mix of ‘has this! doesn’t have that yet’ and some rough edges because it is still young (well, 4 years is young compared to reddit’s 19 years) and only has a handful of developers, many of them hobbyists. But it’s great to see it already growing, and updates are a pleasant surprise rather than a cause for concern.
That’s a good point, those tools would make it easy enough to post and helps add the Fediverse into their view.
I hadn’t realised those social media management tools were also impacted with the API outages, so maybe more and more will be looking towards the competitors, and it seems like Mastodon has finally managed to become a big fish.
Given the context of this post (Fediverse), I’m morbidly curious to see how many simply don’t move to another microblogging platform, like Mastodon. The early Fedi users actively valued the lack of commercialism and popularity-seeking. And I too hope these annoying and harmful things don’t find a home there. There will be brands who try, and being so used to the paradigm of twitter and the mainstream, get pushed away, but I think most won’t even try.
Reputation risk has often been emphasised (in my experience) within companies.
Twitter is now seeing mass exoduses, shutting out organizations on the CEO’s whim, and (while I’m not sure how mainstream this is) being associated with USA right-wing politics. I thought Zucker’s Cambridge Analytica scandal was the best we’d get, but this is a rapid total implosion event. In my privileged position of never liking twitter, I would call it beautiful. But most might prefer ‘train-wreck’.
So yeah, we might see a point where being associated with Twitter becomes not just a waste of time but actively harmful to a company and catching journalistic/consumer flak.
In that (rare) situation, you can just say ‘picture of the bird’ to avoid being redundant!
When I ask the strident twits this, I generally get vague homilies and blocks.
Unfortunately, I believe you. Some people take counterpoints very badly, it’s notorious with twitter (and therefore ex-twitter) users.
My response is that demand, in that redundant situation, is insulting to people with visually-imparement and can be disregarded.
If it affects alternative frontends like libreddit, teddit, etc., that will be enough for me to almost completely quit browsing.
Events like this are unpredictable, and it is why places like Lemmy need to always be ready to receive and retain users. I lost some interest because I felt the main instances had similar problems (culturally) to reddit instead of trying to be something better, and that community feedback seemed to go unreceived. The technology can help, but the rest is up to people putting in extra effort.
Federation for Pixelfed, Mastodon, Pleroma and Peertube solve one main issue which is the lack of freedom of speech.
I completely disagree. In fact, ‘freedom of speech’ is not why I use Lemmy instances as opposed to other sites. I haven’t been banned from any reddit-like site. It’s also not why I use PeerTube. And based on what I’ve seen, 'free speech ’ isn’t the main reason why people use Pixelfed/Mastodon/Pleroma. Most of the millions moving to Mastodon aren’t doing it because they or their friends were banned or censored. The following points apply just as much to those platforms as they do Lemmy:
Even your implicit argument of different rules/moderation isn’t the main reason I use Lemmy’s federation. Federation allows small communities with different communities, different moderation and different softwares to cross-pollinate. This is extremely useful for social media platforms where popularity is (let’s generalize) necessary, and we don’t have the first mover advantage like reddit.
In small communities this helps them stay alive. I’ve been on sites that have died. It’s not fun! That’s one thing federation solves for me.
Having been a moderator for many highly-liberal (as in liberty, like ‘freedom of speech’) communities, you’ll understand what I mean when I say not all speech is worth reading, even if there is value in letting people be allowed to say it. So, you are right in that federation has an appeal for ‘freeze peach’ idealists. Wolfballs exists and federates, despite their users being banned from the most popular instances. Lemmygrad didn’t want to listen to the neo-nazis who were taking advantage of Wolfballs’s freedoms. So due to federation, Wolfballs still have a platform and community, and Lemmygrad don’t have to waste their time scrolling through it, while both communities have access to other less-political federated instances. That’s a real scenario that happened. Not some idealistic what-if.
It absolutely doesn’t, if I own an instance I can easily add ad features and analytics and allow advertisers to make accounts. However, culturally, there is generally a resistance to those things. It’s real and it’s meaningful. Sure, someone can scrape instances for some stats because they’re public websites but it’s not the same as tracking cookies and other technical invasive techniques that are commonplace.
It’s a two-edged sword: if a creator makes money from their art by shoving ads and marketing in my face, I wouldn’t mind them being alienated from most of these communities.
That doesn’t mean they can’t make money from their art, in fact alternate strategies like crowdfunding and donations for supporting artists are increasingly viable online.
I know it requires a cultural adjustment for most people to actually financially support artists and online services as we’re so used to them being supplied gratis, but it’s one that has shown itself to work in communities.
Well, also that they’re looking for a twitter replacement and not a reddit replacement. It’s not that they’re generally annoyed with the mechanics or format of twitter, but they’re looking for an alternative to its current leadership and direction.
But I suppose them being on Mastodon and therefore being exposed more to interoperable Fediverse platforms could give more causal exposure to PixelFed/Lemmy/PeerTube/etc.
@firstname.lastname@example.org @email@example.com @AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml
Pinging for attention: this is evidently a popular and easy-to-implement change.
I recently ate at a restaurant, we were one of the only two or three dine-in customers and there was a steady stream of delivery orders.
When we finished, we were the only customers left. We talked to the owner’s brother (running the place that night, taking orders and half the cooking) after our meal, and at a point he lamented the trend towards delivery: they nab 30% of the revenue, which is bad enough, but then the food itself is affected: a freshly-cooked naan bread kept in delivery packaging will just it in its steam and get soggy by the time it’s delivered. A five-star dish becomes a three-star dish, and that affects your reviews.
But something that also came through, for me, was how it affects community. The manager-cook took us back into the kitchen, showed us around, let me put my hand in a huge ceramic tandoor, and made it into an experience (and not in the marketing buzzword sense!).
I’ve been raised in a city environment where food, if not made by family or close friends, is purely a commercial service. A smile from a server is the entire humanity of it, or you’re thoughtful, a thank you to the chef. I only know two exceptions rather than this Indian place, which is a kebab store (ordering certain foods will prompt an excited cheer from the staff) and a Japanese sushi store where the tiny open kitchen burst out ‘ohaiyo!’ when the door bell rang. It’s even embedded in our language, for an example, ‘companion’ comes from latin stems meaning ‘with’,‘bread’, com panis, someone you eat with. What happened to communal food culture in ‘the West’?
Well, maybe you get a bit of interaction from the delivery guy if you write notes telling them to dance… sigh
But I’ve also talked to someone who was short on money and ran two delivery jobs (as in, two services simultaneously) while on vacation so we went with them, and they emphasized that a 4 out of 5 is a bad score and that average allows you to be fired.
4 stars is, in no normal rating system, below average. Everyone I ask says that means ‘better than expected’ or ‘above average’.
So yeah, try and order directly from stores (I’ve never used a third-party delivery service) and if you must use delivery or taxi services, give 5 stars if they don’t deserve 1 star.
I’m not a Mastodon/etc. users but I can sympathize with some other sites. Even here has its own Ongoing September from redditors.
I would recommend reaching out to moderation teams and raising awareness, because they probably have far more ability to put global notifications or sign-up messages, and to give warnings to uncomfortable behaviour.
Make sure to call out twitter carryover, in a constructive way, so that people are aware that Mastodon isn’t ‘twitter but here’.
User got 3 days for “getting into fights with many users” global modlog/community modlog
They did have a couple of deleted comments that were correctly hit for rule 2 (although it’s still inconsistent moderation, seeing how worthless insults like this stay up) but being banned for arguing with many people? That’s beyond reasonable. This is a political thread, a bunch of users disagreed with a poorly-made but legitimate critique, and the person gets banned for replying to many of them?
Might as well say ‘this is an echo-chamber, controversial opinions are banned’. I agree, very disappointing, and not based in the site or community rules.
It’s a bit disappointing to ask “where did they get the percentage?” before immediately giving some uncited ones of your own: “individual nations, majority of them supports Ukraine (and US/EU etc)” and using an article from a conservative ‘think tank’ (wiki link) when complaining about propaganda.
Please the report feature to bring up troublesome users (or if really necessary, the lemmy.ml community), this community is for the software called Lemmy.
No problem :)
Linux is obviously the choice for my desktop, especially since I’m not defending against organized crime or a government, but like you said it’s important to understand its strengths and weaknesses.