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How is this related to open source?


As said on the blog it’s a low code platform, see wikipedia.







It is in “low maintenance”, since it’s working ok that’s not a problem for me.

The new project misses the most useful feature of the-federation, sorting instance by “active users” (If you want to go with the “wisdom of the crowds” when picking instances).

There also seems to be a big differences between the stats. Do you really think lemmy has over 20k users?


If anybody is skeptical, here are lemmy growth stats



You might want to post a bounty on it on rysolv (or some better platform if you can find one), That might be a “stronger” or more persuasive signal then posting on social media.


have you tried writing a sentence in a RTL language?

I tried in mine, the dot at the end of the sentence is at the wrong side of the text ,it’s at the right side, it should be on the left. (atleast that’s what it shows in the preview, I prefer not to give extra information about myself like what kind of language i use).


The link you posted does not seem to be working , this link looks like it’s working well (it shows the most “praised” issues are e.g. writing a privacy policy and invite only instances).

Also i think you should migrate from bountysource to rysolv it’s a much nicer platform and can show the most funded issues in general and for a particular project (which could help getting a feel for what are the most “appreciated” issues ).


Do RTL languages even work properly in lemmy, is there an instance using a RTL language?

There are millions of RTL language users (arabic is very popular), some (almost all?) living in dictatorships and might appreciate having control of the data (They might fear big tech will collaborate with these governments and give them information about pro democracy activities).





I would consider collaboration with athenaeum or lib.reviews.



It’s under bubbling under, if you think lemmy is fully production ready you could probably request to move it under “reddit alternatives” .


They mentioned using existing components to build the desktop (mutter and wlroots), so they are reusing some stuff .


In another article Eugen said he “intend to seek legal counsel”.


The email user has a globalization mentality and will judge an email provider by pricing, security and other technical criterias.

And marketing or advocacy.


I think it’s an exaggeration, as the article said a lot of users are on a lot of the smaller instances, and as they say the best weapon is the one you never have to fire, just the ability to move to a new instance could keep instances fair and effective.

After all this theorizing we can ask is there really a problem? are the few big instances of mastodon causing problems?

Democracy also has it’s cost, most people i think don’t even know all the things happening in there country to make the best decision on who to vote, and now you want them to start monitoring another political system with political candidates? Wikipedia does it with the board election but you hear a lot of complains about the foundation, Maybe being more restrictive in who you give power to (in the form of the ability to vote) could have been better, that’s the case for KDE and GNOME and I think most non profit universities.

With that said, if someone is interested in a democratic nonprofit the helps the fediverse they can always help out feneas.


I like both lemmy and tildes, but i think lemmy is currently the best “batteries included” alternative, what i like about it:

  • open source and under the AGPL, so no chance of it becoming purely proprietary, it can also be forked if it goes in a bad direction or some one wants to do something more innovating with the design.
  • separates the counts of upvotes and downvotes, so if 300 people liked my post and upvoted it and 600 hated it and downvoted it i can still know 300 people liked it
  • federated, disputes about moderation policies will probably happen, So if you don’t like it start your own instance and let the best moderator win, let the best moderation policy evolve naturally.
  • mark replies as read manually just like email which is nice if you read a replay and return to it later.

what i like about tildes:

  • has an exemplary tag you can give only once every 8 hours, i feel it encourages more high quality content
  • it can show you new comments since your last visited
  • it has a few large groups and you can’t add more but you can tag stuff, you can then treat a tag like a subreddit and see the top posts for a certain period of time (e.g. the highest voted posts this week tagged with “social media”). so you don’t have to start a small subreddit and then work hard to gain readers.

Stuff they both miss:

advantage they both have (that not all other alternatives seem to have):

  • sorting by top of week/month/whatever, useful if you visit just occasionally but looking for high quality stuff.

As of october 2021 what is in your opinion the best open source reddit alternative and why? what are it's best qualities?

I obviously like Lemmy, but i wonder if there are more interesting alternatives i don’t know about. …



It adds an overhead for the moderators, approving or denying all these requests, I think going with facebook solution of showing how active are communities in the search results is good enough.

But i think you could probably create a “middle man” server that implements this, it could sent requests to the front end from the regular lemmy server but when you try to create a community it would take over (and will be able to save relevant information).


generally speaking adding code to the main code base requires a maintenance overhead maintainers might not be willing to accept, Also there could be disagreements about important design decisions and lemmy devs might not want certain features, it’s really hard to know in advance what works best so third party extensions can help a project switch from a mode of “intelligent design” to “evolution”, people just try stuff and the best stuff stays and become popular.

Also advanced features might clutter the UX , but power users could be the ones driving the popularity of the platform so that’s one way to attract them.


I think you just need more information to use it, and might not fit for a “I don’t care just work” kind of users, you need to select a DE which might be confusing (basically choice overload), by default you get to install a version with an older kernel which might cause problems with hardware compatibility, It also provides an image without non free firmware which can cause unexplained hardware problems (the download page mentions its but starts the download immediately so that could be easy to miss).

That’s just my impression as someone who never really tried it seriously, If you got someone knowledgeable installing it you can move around these problems and debian stability could be great for a casual users (assuming installing updates using the GUI is OK and KDE discover is no longer a mess).











Democratic governance in Lemmy (making Lemmy more "democratic")

The topic came up in this discussion of what feature would you like lemmy to have. I talked with nutomic (one of the developers) a bit about this and he suggested opening a separate topic so we could discuss if and how to implement it best…