cross-posted from: > So this feels big! I'm curious how feature compatible it is going to be with Lemmy > > #ActivityPub #Lemmy #Discourse

New Calckey flagship instance and new Calckey release
cross-posted from: > Calckey just released version 13.1, but far more interestingly, it coincides with a new flagship instance for Calckey, [](! > > […]( > > [\#Calckey]( [#Fediverse]( [#Microfedi]( > > [@calckey](

Lemmy Release v0.17.0
cross-posted from: > Its been a long time coming 🥳 . > > Excerpt from the link: > > ## Major Changes > > ### Language Tags > > Content can now be tagged to indicate the language it is written in. These tags can be used to filter content, so that you only see posts in languages which you actually understand. Instances and communities can also specify which languages are allowed, and prevent posting in other languages. > > In the future this will also allow for integrated translation tools. > > ### Comment trees > > Lemmy has changed the way it stores comments, in order to be able to properly limit the comments shown to a maximum depth. > > Included are proper comment links (`/comment/id`), where you can see its children, a count of its hidden children, and a _context_ button to view its parents, or the post. > > ### Featured posts > > Admins and mods can now "feature" (this used to be called "sticky" ala reddit) posts to the top of either a community, or the top of the front page. This makes possible announcement and bulletin-type posts. > > Special thanks to @makotech for adding this feature. > > ### Federation > > Lemmy users can now be followed. Just visit a user profile from another platform like Mastodon, and click the follow button, then you will receive new posts and comments in the timeline. > > Votes are now federated as private. This prevents other platforms from showing who voted on a given post, and it also means that Lemmy now counts votes from Mastodon. > > This release also improves compatibility with Pleroma. If you previously had trouble interacting between Pleroma and Lemmy, give it another try. > > We've extracted the main federation logic into its own library, [activitypub-federation-rust]( It is open source and can be used by other projects to implement Activitypub federation, without having to reinvent the wheel. The library helps with handling HTTP signatures, sending and receiving activities, fetching remote objects and more. > > ### Other changes > > - Admins can now purge content and pictures from the database. > - Mods can _distinguish_ a comment, "stickying" it to the top of a post. Useful for mod messages and announcements. > - Number of new / unread comments are now shown for each post. > - Lemmy now automatically embeds videos from Peertube, Youtube and other sites which provide an embed link via Opengraph attribute. > - You can give your site "taglines", short markdown messages, which are shown at the top of your front page. Thanks to @makotech for adding this. > - You can now report private messages. > - Most settings have been moved from the config file into the database. This means they can be updated much easier, and apply immediately without a restart. > - When setting up a new Lemmy instance, it doesn't create a default community anymore. Instead this needs to be done manually. > - Admins can choose to receive emails for new registration applications. > - An upgrade of diesel to v2.0, our rust -> postgres layer. >

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Wolfballs successfully cancelled and announces it will be discontinued
cross-posted from: > (MOB cancelled himself and thereby wolfballs) > > --- > > Thank you everyone for participating in wolfballs 1. > > This has been a wild ride. > > When wolfballs first started there was basically no free speech sites up. > > Ruqqus was shutting down, scored doesn't allow community creation, saidit was always off and there was basically no where you could post people dying of vaccines. > > It was a hard time for me. My job was threatened with a vaccine requirement. A threat I successfully fought off with a religious accommodation request. > > I was scared, I felt powerless, and I wanted a place everyone could come and talk about all the crazy stuff that was going on without being threatened with weird censorship. Like doctors post being deleted. > > Times have changed. > > Twitter is a much better place. As we've seen from Elon there is still abuse. But the fedivserse is better too with new great instances like > > Scotch has a lot of censorship but it is still better than reddit and you can actually get more than 20 upvotes on c/gaming. > > Discord is now a viable competitor to youtube. Publics is ok, has cemented itself as the king of say anything within American legal boundaries. (But no tities) , Vivaldi social is a thing and when people want to talk about election problems or vaccines killing there are now mainstream places to do that. There was not before. > > There was a lot about moderation I did not understand though. > > For one there are a lot of real nazi's on the internet. I thought most of them were fake trolls just shit posting for lulz. > > When I thought free speech I thought that doctors, lawyers should be able to give their professional opinions without fear of censorship. > > That people should be able to give opinions on trials that are not popular but are supported by evidence. > > Things get much more complicated though. There appear to be government actors and company actors who try to prevent sites from growing by posting purposefully provocative content. > > Also the reddit format is really a relic from the early 2010's and modern bots don't allow it to function the way it was intended. > > Up/down votes are meaningless when I can deploy a thousand bots to make content what ever score I want. > > That is why reddit is full of weird products on the front page and they use so much shadow banning to try to keep that sort of behavior at bay. > > In order for a categorical social media to work it must involve curation which is just another word for selective censorship. So the format isn't really good for freespeech anyways. > > I will explore more decentralized social media but it will look different and I will be under a different name. > > It's time to hang up the mask. Masterofballs unfortunately will die. Due to vaccine induced myocarditis i'm sure. However it is not the end for Mr balls because he will one day be reborn into something else. Maybe something better. > > wolfballs will stay up for a few days for people to clean house, grab any memes you left and I'll try to keep a backup somewhere and leave a way for people to contact me if they forgot something. > > I hope everyone can check out Mike Hawk or other cool instances. > > Thank you everyone > > MOB hit by a DDoS attack

Lemmy Community-Browser
cross-posted from: > cross-posted from: > > > The community browser offers the possibility to search centrally for Lemmy communities. > > > > ::: spoiler spoiler > > There are still a few features planned... > > :::

t1c of Calckey is considering hosting a Fedicon in early 2024 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
cross-posted from: > Even if it doesn't happen, I really wanna see more of this. The meta culture of fedi should seek to become evermore potent. Especially now that it's popping off.

Buffer adds Mastodon to its social media management platform
cross-posted from: > Apparently Buffer is pretty big in "social media professionals" circles.

Misskey Release 13.0.0
cross-posted from: > Sounds like a massive release. [Full change log here](, but it is partially in Japanese.

Meet Searchtodon: Private Timeline Search for Mastodon
Another search scraper developed, but this one locked down to only allow people to search their own content.

Research meta analysis on the impacts of quote tweets on toxicity
In short, the existing research on quote tweets on Twitter suggest that they're not a significant vector for toxicity.

Medium embraces Mastodon - The fediverse is a breath of fresh air for writers and social media
cross-posted from: > Today, Medium is launching a Mastodon instance at to help our authors, publications and readers find a home in the fediverse. Mastodon is an emerging force for good in social media and we are excited to join this community.

Wildebeest - A cloudflare based Fediverse server
Now this is interesting. A Fediverse platform developed by Cloudflare that inherently runs on Cloudflare without needing dedicated infrastructure. The code is open source yet the platform itself is inherently proprietary. It's going to be very interesting how this unfolds given how unpopular Cloudflare is with many Fediverse admins

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Fediverse becoming a primary news point
I don't have any URLs for this one, but one thing that I noticed this week gone was several people mentioning that the Fediverse was the place they first learned about the storming of the Brazilian Congress, even before they saw it on main stream media. Historically this almost real time access to information on unfolding events was a niche that Twitter played, but for many people, but that seems to have changed.

Alpaca Blue - Simple Serverless Web client for Mastodon
cross-posted from: > It's another Mastodon client. I'm sorry. > > Specifically, it is a paired set: react-native is an iOS app and take2 is a web app. > > Why? > > Partly as an excuse to try building a substantial "serverless" app using Remix > Partly because all the existing Mastodon clients have incredibly terrible notification screens and it was driving me crazy > I want quote-posts and embedded tweets > I don't want local or federated timelines > > What does it do? > > At the moment very little. You can > > Log in from any instance > View your timeline > See your notifications (they are batched like Twitter, this is the primary differentiator so far) > View threads, and reply with correct threading > Post (text only so far) > Like and repost > View profiles > Search for things

Fediverse Almanac - “an API for the Fediverse”
A website that pulls instance details from many different instance platforms across the fediverse. Controversially though, one of the features of the site is the ability to search for an instance and see which other instances have blocked it. This same feature exists on an existing tool with links to kiwifarms and ryona agency. The ryona agency tool has previously lead to spam and harassment aimed at instance admins based on their block list by admins from sites that have been blocked. Due to this history, we are starting to see Fediblock requests for the site, and though this hasn't blown up at the time of writing, I expect it shortly will! Edit - Since the initial post, the dev announced [an update to remove the ryona agency like functionality](, and has also apparently been banned from his instance. Edit 2 - [Some commentary from the dev]( explaining that his reason for inventing to tool was to help with an issue of malicious proxies bypassing instance blocks. This was written by the dev before the ban mentioned in the previous edit #AcrossTheFediverse

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This week has been so quiet
I haven't found any real news or drama! It feels like the calm before the storm :)

Quote toots are coming! Or are they?
Eugene says that Mastodon may consider introducing citation toots, but in a way that allows people to opt out of being cited. Quoting is already a thing on many fediverse platforms, but given the current [mishmash of standards](, it's going to be interesting to see what happens. If Mastodon's implementation is considered reasonable, we could see a standardisation around that method, but if it leaves something to be desired compared to the options that are already available, quote toots could get even less standardised.

SHUTTLECRAFT - Run your own social media
A new microblogging platform. Might be worth mentioning in passing. It makes me think that a regular segment for new fediverse software, or major updates to existing fediverse software could be useful!

cross-posted from: > From the README: > > Mastodon 4.x radically changed the frontend, to much dismay from the actual community. It's now a (slow) webapp, which requires access to lots of API routes that were previously unavailable to unauthenticated parties. It gives the public a much deeper view into your (private) community, both non-techincal (instance home pages now show an 'explore' page nobody asked for, that shows public content from instances you federate with. [you have to fully disable trending]), and on a technical level (toots and search API are publicly available allowing for much easier programmatic scraping).

API driven full text search, dev is asking for discussion prior to releasing
So, this appears to be a third party site that aggregates information from multiple instances via public API and then allows full text searching on them. To be implemented in a way that doesn't allow defederation, yet claims to respect blocking. Technical details are still vague

Pinetta - A federated pinterest alternative
Pinetta is still in development, but it seems like such a perfect fit for a federated social network that I'm amazed it doesn't already exist! The projects mastodon account is

This might be a bit old now, as it start up a few weeks ago, but it's an alternative to groups, with the key difference that it allows an admin to manage to group membership. Could be worth talking to the dev for an interview

Suji Yan on the record…
It appears I’ll have the opportunity to ask some question of Suji Yan, the CEO who now controls approximately 1/8th of the fediverse and who’s recently aquired instance is known for objectionable content. If you’ve got a question you think I should include, please add it here!

Cops on the fediverse is banning cops from the instance. Interesting potential for an article, not so much from the point of specifically, but more widely in regards to cops on the fediverse, given the recent raspberry pi incident.

Friendica 2022.12 released – friendica
cross-posted from: > cross-posted from: > > > Tobias | 20. December 2022 > > > > We are very happy to announce the avail-ability of the new stable version of Friendica. Wrapping up the sprint from the 2022.10 release of Friendica we closed 73 filed issues and had almost 300 pull requests by 19 contributors.

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