This Lemmy instance is not "healthy"

Users: 380 (well for several months :check mark:)
Posts: 312 (not good :cross mark:, should be > 3 per non-banned user)
Comments: 317 (:white question mark:)

There might be something wrong in users’ interest in Lemmy :sad but relieved face:

@mister_monster
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2Y

Interest is waning because there is no work being done on federation. Federation is the defining feature of this project, and no tangible progress has been made.

There was massive interest in the project when it first picked up some steam and for a while after. I think that most people are viewing it as a dead project. There are multiple FOSS link aggregator servers out there, and while Lemmy is i believe technically superior to them all, the interest is in federation, not another alternative link aggregator. I personally think that all feature requests need to be put on the backburner until there is at least minimal federated functionality. Of course I am not the maintainer or project manager so that is not up to me, it is just my opinion.

Also bear in mind, this instance is not for production, it is for testing. So that will play a role in people being skittish of signing up here.

@Ember2528
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72Y

I’m largely waiting for the fediverse stuff to be done and the instance to be more permanent. After that I plan to be more active

@Lofenyy
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52Y

Things take time to take off. The 380 users don’t reflect the people who actually use the site, it just represents those who have signed up. People probably joined with initial enthusiasm and interest, then probably maybe left a comment and/or made a post, and left, not signing back on because Reddit’s more interesting. As time goes on, this instance will grow healthier and healthier.

@AgreeableLandscape
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32Y

What we could do is start cross-posting links from Reddit and beyond. Not steal other people’s original content, mind you, but news links and the like. Also, this instance is very politically and technically focused right now. Nothing wrong with that, but we need more entertainment communities (jokes, memes, etc) because those attract the layperson better.

@Lofenyy
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42Y

Whenever I think about posting on Reddit, I try to post it here first. I’ve ben thinking about researching and blogging about internet communities and keeping them healthy. It can come in handy when it comes to growing Lemmy.

@AgreeableLandscape
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12Y

I really think that the current goal should be getting a permanent Lemmy instance as soon as possible (unless we plan on just making this permanent and adding a “non-dev” instance later). That way, that link can be shared to people looking for new social media sites.

@Lofenyy
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22Y

A lot of people have and will make accounts here for the sake of testing this place out. I think once Lemmy reaches 1.0.0, a reset wouldn’t hurt to clean up the cruft. The community will still be here but the dead accounts wont.

@yes
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11Y

So, all accounts will be deleted at some point or only the dead ones?

@Lofenyy
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1Y

I’m sadly not the right person to ask. /u/dessalines would be a better person to ask.

@Lofenyy
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12Y

I think federation should be #1, but I think the dev wants to get Lemmy to a state of feature completeness first in terms of Reddit cloning. Eugen, the creator of Mastodon might have done the same with Mastodon, so this could be a proven strategy.

@Lofenyy
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32Y

I think the best course of action is to stimulate the site, but to also let it grow organically. Let’s stick to a small number of communities and let them grow up to be self sufficient before adding random new communities. Adding content frequently and regularly is good, but we don’t also want to flood the front page too.

@AgreeableLandscape
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22Y

Also a good point.

@AgreeableLandscape
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2Y

deleted by creator

@macadoum
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42Y

I’m just waiting for maturity before I start my own Lemmy instance, so there is no need to discuss a lot here, just test things.

@gregf
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42Y

I think it will do much better once federation is done.

Dessalines
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42Y

I haven’t really been advertising lemmy around as I should, I’m not too good at that :sad but relieved face:

@AgreeableLandscape
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32Y

I’ll try to help!

Dessalines
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22Y

Thx!

@PureTryOut
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12Y

The answer of /u/mister_monster is a really good one, please read it and share your opinion :winking face:

Dessalines
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22Y

The federation work is being worked on, just slowly. This project after many months still has one person working on it, me.

@PureTryOut
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22Y

This project after many months still has one person working on it, me.

Darn, that is too bad. I guess not having federation is part of the reason for this…

Dragon
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2Y

Do you want help with federation?

Dessalines
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22Y

Sure. Have you looked through the codebase?

Dragon
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22Y

A bit, yes.

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