Mastodon instances are being hit by an organized spam attack
Mastodon (and the Fediverse) have grown, now spam and bots are going to become a more common and challenging threat to instances


Is there already a Fediverse compatibility matrix?
Does anyone know of a Fediverse / ActivityPub compatibility list I can contribute to? I've found lots of feature comparisons, statistics databases and so on. But I'd like to help find and squash bugs in interoperability. If someone's already doing this I'll add my findings there, or I can just post my notes somewhere.

Calckey, a fork of Misskey, has been in development for almost a year but now it's ready for general use! it features groups, quote posts, a custom Markdown implementation, chat, emoji reactions, and a whole bunch of quality-of-life features!

Blue Skies Over Mastodon
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A Takahē refactor, as a treat - Aeracode
I mentioned this [here]( but I am very disappointed in the removal of a web UI for a #fediverse project. I don't use Takahe myself, but this will make those users harder to engage with. If I only use a browser for my fediverse activity, I won't be able to see any of those users without following. EDIT: Everything I said above and in the linked post is probably wrong so ignore it. Thanks to []( for pointing that out to me.

Are you a developer? Do you want to help one of the most flexible Fediverse projects? Friendica needs developers to help on the frontend (PHP modules and views, client-side HTML/CSS/Javascript)
**[An appeal to the entire fedeverse and free software community](** [@fediverse]( We want to relaunch here on Lemmy too the appeal launched by [@feditips]( cc [@fediversenews]( [@pushFediverse]( [@fsfeberlin]( [@fsfe]( ♲ […](

Should separate instances of Lemmy be topic-based? What else, if not?
I suppose this may make sense in the case of something like Mastodon. But something as versatile and customizable as lemmy, which allows for the existence of separate topic-based communities, makes topic-based instances of lemmy not necessary. Instead of making a new instance for a certain topic, it is usually a much better approach to just create a new community on my current lemmy instance. At least from my perspective as a user. I find the only exception to this is censorship and moderation. If I, for any reason am unhappy with an instance's moderation and censorship, then that is the only potential reason I can see to change and make my own. What does everyone else think of this?

Is there a FediAct equivalent for Lemmy?
FediAct makes a bunch of redirections to Mastodon so that you can easily interact with people outside of your instance. Does Lemmy have a similar solution? I've been struggling hard to follow communities from federated instances, and would love to be able to do it in one click.

Ariadne Conill on the history of IRC and how the fediverse is vulnerable to the 'free software reality distortion field'
cross-posted from: > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > i hate to say it, especially as the person who started IRCv3 in the first place, but there is literally no world in which i would deploy a new project on IRC. > > i can manage all moderation tasks on discord with terraform. that is something impossible to realize with IRC. > > any project to take back mindshare from Discord has to frame their strategy from this perspective. > > with Discord, or any other SaaS, you are dealing with a loss of software freedom, and that should be highlighted, but the solution is to provide a libre alternative that is competitive. IRC (and frankly Matrix) isn't that. > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > *this* has always been the problem i was trying to solve. with atheme, with ircv3, with all of it. how do we provide community plumbing that is usable and scalable? > > but IRC failed to evolve fast enough despite all of those efforts, because people didn't understand the real evolutionary threats. > > the reality distortion field is a real threat to any free software project: it is very easy to become complacent, because the product is 70% of what is actually needed. > > but as the world evolves, that 70% turns into 60% and then 50% and so on, while people resist the concept that product fit and focus are slipping. > > everything is Fine™️ because everything is Free™️, and instead of focusing on the real threat (I have been saying that IRC would be eaten by proprietary services since the 2000s), people, thinking that everything is fine, actually, tend to focus on their little kingdoms rather than the big picture. > > and so we slipped, and slipped, until eventually, IRC does 20% of what we want, and IRCv3 brings that to maybe 25%, and then when a rich charlatan buys the largest IRC network and ruins it, at least half the people still there who haven't left yet realize that, upon having their reality distortion field shattered, actually 25% of what is needed perhaps isn't the right thing, and they too move their projects to Discord or Slack. > > this is a problem, and it needs to be fought, but any such fight needs to write IRC off as a loss and start over. this isn't about "how do we win over the 1990s chatroom user", it's about "how do we win over the 2023 discord user." > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > like, seriously, you have no idea how frustrating it was to try to mold IRC into a competitive product. i tried for a decade. i even worked on this as a full-time SRE for a while (Ustream really needed UnrealIRCd to be rewritten). > > we even had some wins, for a while: the decline of IRC's userbase was reversed and it even *grew* for a while. > > but for the most part i had the pleasure of advocating that IRC developers do not do stupid shit, like add spying features (looking at you InspIRCd ``). > > at the ecosystem level, the strong desire of IRC developers to do stupid shit for short-term gains in users, outpaced the desire to promote the health of the ecosystem, and add new competitive features that end-users would care about. > > this is because projects cared *far more* about admin mindshare than user mindshare, and basically shows how the whole IRC mentality is doomed to failure. > > community infrastructure projects have to be community focused, not admin focused. Rob Levin (the founder of freenode) used to derisively refer to the people who didn't get this point as "traditional IRC users." > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > > > incidentally, the fediverse is in a similar position, where it is threatened by the free software reality distortion field. > > Mastodon isn't good enough for the long run. we laugh at BlueSky, but it is a legitimate threat, and it could very easily wind up eating the fediverse. all they have to do is make it more palatable to the mainstream. > > > > Ariadne Conill 🐰 > @ariadne > EN > > one last thing. the people who are suggesting FOSS *chat* alternatives to me. > > you miss my point. you're offering me oranges when Discord has offered me an apple. > > Discord is not "just a chat platform." I would describe it as an "integrated community management platform." > > It combines chat with other forms of community media: forums, for example, and a rich suite of AV capabilities. > > this is also a symptom of the free software reality distortion field: the alternatives suggested may be sufficient for some usecases, but that doesn't mean they cover the same niche as the product they are proposed as a replacement to. > > it's the concision of experience that has allowed Discord to have such great success in their efforts to eat IRC's userbase.

cross-posted from: > Features: > * Lightweight, minimal dependencies > * Extensive support of ActivityPub operations, e.g. write public notes, follow users, be followed, reply to the notes of others, admire wonderful content (like or boost), write private messages... > * Multiuser > * Mastodon API support, so Mastodon-compatible apps can be used (work in progress) > * Simple but effective web interface > * Easily-accessed MUTE button to silence morons > * Tested interoperability with related software > * No database needed > * Totally JavaScript-free > * No cookies either > * Not much bullshit >

Fediverse is going mainstream fast. And it is going to be a corporate hellhole if the grassroots initiatives that drove it to its current success are losing their grip on evolution in proper direction: Humane tech that is to the benefit of the people andd society, free culture thriving. While corporate threads are looming, meanwhile the activated developer community is once again splintering, fragmenting initiatives appearing that dilute attention to focus on common efforts, cohesion, cross-pollination and collaboration. The "herding cats" problem of grassroots movements. Great opportunity is now. Cohesion means that initiatives remain independent, but take care to coordinate with what is going on elsewhere. 👉 You can help! Avoid a CorporaVerse where you are exploited and milked. Bring attention to the opportunity and participate in the related initiatives to help bring them closer together. You might also boost my [related toot](

live view of posts from the bluesky closed beta
i guess these are posts from the closed beta at which has maybe ~10k users now (they said >4k a while ago, and then apparently they invited 5k from their waiting list yesterday). permalinks to posts there are currently not accessible without logging in, but i guess since this site exists there must be some API from which posts can be accessed without a login. ![](

Making an ActivityPub Server from scratch in Rust
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