It was a template I grabbed from somewhere - cannot remember where now. I believe some jurisdictions require one and I do not fully understand how Lemmy works, so I wanted to make sure I covered the most common things.
“Is there an intro post somewhere?”
No intro post, but this quote from the sidebar sets out our aspirations
We are a community of free people tired of propaganda fed to us government, media, big tech, crony capitalists, and self anointed elites.
“How do you want to be different than wolfballs or are you similar and just another choice?”
Federation and decentralization requires more then one, otherwise you have a centralized system.
I saw how Lemmy.ml and some other instances had blocked Wolfballs and I was interested to know if Wolfballs had done something wrong or Lemmy.ml was in the censorship business. Since Exploding Heads has been blocked by some of the same instances, I now know they are in the business of censoring content they do not agree with.
My goal is not to copy wolfballs, but to be part of building a bigger federated decentralized community.
My original idea was to pull in the communities from other instances I was interested in - almost a curated list of communities - and then fill in the gaps where necessary. But when some other instances started blocking Exploding Heads ( because we posted content they disagreed with politically on our own instance - not theirs) that idea became unviable. There also seems to be a bug when your instance links to a bunch of communities, that causes problems when posting - so I had to trim the number of communities for that reason as well.
there’s plenty of room for more instances than wolfballs, even if they’re mostly even doing the same thing, I was just wondering about the EH backstory and if you wanted to do anything differently.
that’s an interesting thing too, like each instance can experiment with different policies and see how it works out
like idk if you were on ruqqus, but some of us over on wolfballs were. they had a rule that you could only mod 10 communities. Wolfballs wants to (but hasn’t) implement the rule or something like it eventually to prevent a few people modding all the popular communities. another instance could have no limit and see how it works out. so there’s room to experiment with different policies.
another thing is some people want the front page to not allow controversial content, others are more like “just let the upvotes talk”. then there’s the question of nsfw content. I might like to try to run a “censored” instance that’s more like a school room with all kinds of rules for people who might like to see that (you know, like no commie or pro-abortion spam, a moderated space). but as a user I enjoy a lot of the open discussions on the free speech approach to instance hosting.
I found EH and wolfballs from redditalternatives subreddit.
One of the things I like about Lemmy instances is as a user you can decide how you want the posts and comments sorted e.g. new or active, etc
I think as each instance grows it will develop its own personality.