I am @humanetech at Mastodon, #FOSS and #Fediverse advocate, mod at SocialHub, and facilitator of Humane Tech Community.

I help fight tech harms and “Promote Solutions that Improve Wellbeing, Freedom and Society”.

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A general community rule of thumb is that of every 100 people about one is really active. If you are lucky about 10 are posting a comment now and then. My experience with Humane Tech Community is that “getting anything done”, especially in this kind of advocacy that Fedivangelism is also in, almost requires a full-time job. Which is nigh impossible to do as volunteers. Having some minimal form of financial compensation for doing the ‘boring work’ that needs to be done in that scenario would likely help. But that’s also a huge step that brings extra formalities and organization requirements.

(BTW There’s a very early effort at Fediverse Town to investigate an incorporated entity (e.g. a non-profit or cooperative) that might provide such support.)

What might also be an idea is trying to get a single comprehensive campaign of the ground. “Fedivangelism” is quite broad. With a concrete idea a small group could organize, get to know each other, hold meetings and rally other people. That way you can gauge willingness to action and form a tight-knit group that could the heart of some bigger initiative.

Just my 2 cts :D

These types of instances should be filtered out by default, otherwise the site only serves to give fediverse a bad reputation. With such instances in the top you cannot pass the link to the site to someone and say “Here, discover the fediverse with its many nice instances, but be careful when doing so and keep your children away while browsing them, just in case”.

Thank you for posting here. I made mention of Immers Space on the other thread, which is a VR-based environment that is federated. I don’t know the project status, but is FOSS and a fully open initiative. One of the core developers @datatition can also be found on the SocialHub.

There is also Immers Space, a VR environment with fediverse support, which may be interesting to have a closer look at.

This commint in follow-up to @dessalines@lemmy.ml post on need for more moderation to combat Brigading.

Having some reputation metrics be only visible to admins would be useful (maybe that’s already present, idk).

I don’t know to what extent moderation activity, either by individual lemmians or admins, are natively federated across instances right now. @dessalines@lemmy.ml is warning/advising “I’d adopt similar moderation policies”, but what if this informing came automatically by metrics streaming in across instances.

Suppose @lemmianA on instance lemmy.xyz interacts here on lemmy.ml and and has good reputation metrics on lemmy.ml (visible to admins only). Now on other instances @lemmianA is doing a lot of blocking and reporting. These moderation activities federate (probably best based on an allowlist) and are collected on lemmy.ml such that when @lemmianB is reported on lemmy.ml the admins are able to see metrics like “@lemmianB is blocked on N instances and has been been reported M times by O number of trusted lemmians of lemmy.ml”.

There needs to be care for the privacy of lemmians doing moderation actions. Their account names need not propagate to other instances in this design, only “A respectable lemmian of lemmy.xyz blocked @lemmianB” and that metric is aggregated as a side-effect on @lemmianB user account.

Great! I added this to delightful-fediverse-clients (which is the new location for the ActivityPub clients watchlist that used to be on Feneas).

A mi me gusto este idioma :+1: Muy bien!

Thanks for posting @poVoq. ForgeFlux is yet another great development for the Fediverse. The project has joined forces under the forgefriends community umbrella.

Actually tomorrow there’s a webinar on forge federation at 10:00am CET (UTC+1):

Forge federation: How forge friends want to liberate your code


The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Fediverse might be Web4 in situations where it makes sense to highlight technological evolutionary iterations of the web. And if you consider Web3 to be the (failed) Semantic Web - where the 3.0 was first introduced - then it makes sense too. The Fediverse is then the Social (Semantic) Web, as it based on Linked Data open standards (ActivityStreams / ActivityPub). But in doing so you also needlessly set yourself up for techno-ideological ‘warfare’ to claim that turf. It can be useful. It can be logical. But I wonder if it is worth the fight.

Web0, introduced by Aral Balkan in reaction to Web3’s ‘blockchain-override’, is also putting emphasis on a technical characteristic. But along a different dimension than evolutionary versioning, namely “web made simple again” and hence for everyone (note: simple != easy).

Peopleverse is yet another dimension: the human aspect. It is a ‘unique selling point’ and almost unclaimed space in the corporate onslaught that the normal web has become. And certainly wrt what the Metaverse aims to be… some cyberpunk corporate-controlled world. No, thank you :)

The most important thing we have on the Fediverse, imho, is our culture. And that culture is determined by everyone’s interaction. I tooted about this this morning in reaction to something I wrote on Fediverse Town:

Be careful what you preach. Those promoting the #Fediverse to the world beyond should be well aware that that the current culture spun up by all fedizens together, are what makes fedi such a worthwhile place to be.

And that this culture is the primary ‘weapon’ in fending off unwanted forces. How we build and integrate our apps is important too, but only in a supportive manner.

Protecting and fostering our culture collaboratively is key to Fediverse’s health and future.

There will be challenges to the Fediverse to overcome in the future, and I feel that for the most part that ‘versioning the web’ will play at best only a minor role in solving them :)

Thank you. No, not really. Atm the community is not as active as it used to be. But I am very active on the fediverse :)

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/150864

Who campaigns with me along these lines, and helps set ourselves apart from metaverses and other such shallow zuckercrap?..

Yes, I am choosing from a range of hashtags. Some are more appropriate in some contexts. I’ve noticed #PeopleVerse has an appeal to people who never heard of Fediverse, but did hear about Metaverse. I always be sure that Fediverse is mentioned. None of these hashtags are replacements, just additional clarifications.

Sad news indeed. I posted an announcement to SocialHub and involved with migrations of ForgeFed discussions (to SocialHub and Forgefriends) and Fediverse Party website plus the ActivityPub Watchlists (to Codeberg).

I use “post” more often since I learned how “toot” is perceived among native English speakers. But if I’m among fedi passionate folks I still use “toot” affectionately (while thinking of small elephants having a bit of fun ;)

It is unmaintained. There’s discussion on whether it should become part of Forgefriends community, and how that may be organized. See:

Yeah, there’s pros and cons to both approaches. Gitea team is very active and responsive, and I personally like a community approach to a BDFL project. I had some self-hosted Gitea’s, but nowadays I use Codeberg mostly. They are a Gitea instance and actively contributing to the project (one Codeberg member is a core team participant in Gitea). They have added cool features such as Codeberg Pages and soon Codeberg CI (based on Woodpecker CI integration, the FOSS fork of drone.io).

I guess that with Gitea and Forgefriends adding federation support, and this being implemented in Golang, it will be easy for Gogs to adopt that too, and then the choice of code forge wouldn’t matter all that much anymore. Choice would be fully up to personal preference.

Btw, after being blocked to do so, Gitea intends to move off Github soonish and dogfood their own project, which is quite cool when that happens.

Open Webinar, 19 January 2022 at 10.00 UTC+1

Gitea presenting at Forgefriends federation webinar, 19 January

Forge federation: How forge friends want to liberate your code   🚀

On 19 January at 10.00 UTC+1 the Forgefriends community is organizing a webinar to introduce anyone that is interested to the importance and benefits of adding federation to code forges such as Gitea, Gitlab, Github and any other forge that implements Fediverse-based interoperability.

Gitea is the first project to be a true “forge friend”. Federation support allows FOSS projects to be liberated from proprietary platforms that lock people in by network effects and FOMO. Forge friends set your code free, and allows anyone to interact with it from their own platform of choice. Just like it works for email, you can choose your own favourite environment, and still interact with a project elsewhere on the web to file issues, merge code and track progress.

There’s an enormous amount of potential that this development unleashes. But whether opportunities are grasped and how fast the “forge friends” vision materializes depends on all of you. The forgefriends community needs your help, whether it is technical in nature or otherwise. Anyone can contribute.

Join the webinar and learn more!

I guess this change in size is due to the fact that the Gitea fork of Gogs has been more actively developed and at this time contains more features than Gogs. Though I haven’t tried Gogs recently to know which they are, I appreciate what Gitea has to offer and I feel with them it becomes more and more attractive for people to consider a move away from Github. With these federation features being added, Gitea will be getting a lot of the same network effects that lead to FOMO and keeps people on Github. But in a decentralized manner.

@lostinlight of Fediverse Party created another splendid Year-In-Review reports about the Fediverse in 2021. …

So I spend little more than half an hour and just tooted an image I created with some of the hashtags we brainstormed at Fediverse Town. This version is higher-res, licensed CC0…