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And what’s really interesting is that I can see my reply from lemmy.ml and even reply to it from my home instance, but I still can’t see comment I was replying to from my home instance…

Edit - And to make it really really interesting, I can’t see any of the replies on lemmy.ml now! So maybe it’s not us…


Upgrade done, but post previous posts are spotty
We run our own instance, and just upgraded. After the upgrade, a bunch of the communities I have subscribed to on other lemmy instances aren't showing historic content that our instance was aware of before the upgrade. Also, approximately half of my subscribed communities were showing the subscription as pending, despite them not being pending prior to the upgrade Did we do something wrong, or is this a known issue?

Welcome to another episode of Last Week in the Fediverse! The major theme of this week is news around technical infrastructure. Mastodon.social experiences a DDoS attack, Twitter shuts down free access to the API, Stanford is called on by the community to start their own Mastodon server, and new tools get released with some interesting implications on the capabilities of the fediverse. Before we start: I prefer to write little about Twitter. Its already enough in the news as it is, with other publications covering it very well. Today I do cover it, but only the implications that this has on the fediverse, which turn out to be pretty significant. Lets get started!

Este grupo sigue activo?
Esa es la pregunta. Nada mas


So if you don’t like instances that hide their blocklist, just move to an instance that doesn’t. If you don’t like an instance whose admins follow fediblock, or who block instances you want to communicate with, then move to another instance.

If you don’t like the fact that this tool was demonised, then don’t use instances ran by people who demonised it.

It’s decentralised. You can find people who share your opinions.


You could already do that. My instance isn’t upgraded yet, and the option is there for me


New Calckey flagship instance and new Calckey release
cross-posted from: https://embers.social/objects/1cdf7b7b-1963-daf3-011e-7e3160068746 > Calckey just released version 13.1, but far more interestingly, it coincides with a new flagship instance for Calckey, [calckey.social](https://calckey.social)! > > [i.calckey.cloud/notes/9aprzaei…](https://i.calckey.cloud/notes/9aprzaeiec) > > [\#Calckey](https://embers.social/search?tag=Calckey) [#Fediverse](https://embers.social/search?tag=Fediverse) [#Microfedi](https://embers.social/search?tag=Microfedi) > > [@calckey](https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/c/calckey)

New Calckey flagship instance and new Calckey release
cross-posted from: https://embers.social/objects/1cdf7b7b-1963-daf3-011e-7e3160068746 > Calckey just released version 13.1, but far more interestingly, it coincides with a new flagship instance for Calckey, [calckey.social](https://calckey.social)! > > [i.calckey.cloud/notes/9aprzaei…](https://i.calckey.cloud/notes/9aprzaeiec) > > [\#Calckey](https://embers.social/search?tag=Calckey) [#Fediverse](https://embers.social/search?tag=Fediverse) [#Microfedi](https://embers.social/search?tag=Microfedi) > > [@calckey](https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/c/calckey)

Lemmy Release v0.17.0
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/741567 > 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](https://github.com/LemmyNet/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. >


it’s sad to see this strong instance to go.

Hope he’ll […] reappear on fediverse in the future

I think I’m going to have to disagree with you on those issues :)


Nothing of value was lost, I’m glad that Wolfballs never grew big enough to be “the Gab of Lemmy instances”.

And to think, I just blocked them from my instance yesterday!


Can’t post pictures from Friendica
cross-posted from: https://rytter.me/objects/4c906314-4763-d3aa-4584-11a516756414 > When I try to post images/pictures from my Friendica account to a Lemmy community, it just never appears. It works fine with just text or links. Any idea why that is?

The only way we could find to do it was via the DB


No, they aren’t. Eugene was concerned that was what they would be used for if implemented, but they’ve been on the fediverse for years on most platforms that aren’t mastodon, and even the research on their use on twitter shows they’re not really responsible for an increase in harassment.

Any concerns about harassment can also be covered by implementing them properly, making them opt in etc…


The thing is, it’s not “Fediverse developers”. It’s the mastodon developer. Most fediverse apps have supported quote toots for a long time. Mastodon is the odd one out.



And kinda pointless in the end. Taking down a node in a decentralised network doesn’t achieve much…




Mastodon.social hit by a DDoS attack
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/6880 > ![](https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/pictrs/image/w99HWrxFKK.png)

Mastodon.social hit by a DDoS attack
![](https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/pictrs/image/w99HWrxFKK.png)

Wolfballs successfully cancelled and announces it will be discontinued
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.perthchat.org/post/212652 > (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 Nazi.st > > 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, catgirl.gay 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


Calckey is a fork of Misskey. An intro post is a good idea. Some links to the default instance, the repo etc. I’ll put something together today



Two new communities, /c/calckey and /c/friendica
Both unofficial, but I noticed that they were missing communities on lemmy, and decided to fix that! [/c/calckey](/c/calckey@lemmy.blahaj.zone) [/c/friendica](/c/friendica@lemmy.blahaj.zone)

Perfect. Thank you!

I learned two things from that post :)


Unrelated to this post, but I have a question that you might be able to help me with :)

https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/6506


Right, but then if someone saw the post on lemmy.ml, it would link to my instance, not lemmy.ml.

But if you view the post I linked above directly on lemmy.ml, the link changed to https://lemmy.ml/c/answered@mander.xyz instead of https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/c/answered@mander.xyz, so that lemmy.ml users can subscribe directly to it from their own instance.

That’s what I’m trying to replicate


Formatting links to remote communities?
How do I format a link to a remote lemmy community that allows someone to subscribe to it directly from their own instance? An example of such a post is here https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/4711. This is a post made for a community on mander.xyz, posted to lemmy.ml and viewed through my instance blahaj.zone. Whichever instance you view it on, the link formats so that you can subscribe to it directly from the instance you are viewing it on. I’ve tried using /c/communityname formatting, but that doesn’t seem to work. @sal@mander.xyz

I’ve been doing some more exploring, and at this point in time, it seems to be Friendica specific. It has group/forum/community functionality built it, and recognises the ! notation for groups.

It’s a bit finicky from the Friendica side, as it won’t work if you haven’t already subscribed to the group via the Friendica interface, but after that, it’s pretty simple.

I’m assuming it’s also relatively recent functionality on the lemmy side, as my instance isn’t completely up to date, and I can’t post to it from Friendica, but I can post to lemmy.ml.


I haven’t been able to replicate this functionality from Calckey or from Friendica (which is what the guy in your example was using).


Thank you for this!


Lemmy Community-Browser
cross-posted from: https://feddit.de/post/541248 > cross-posted from: https://feddit.de/post/541247 > > > The community browser offers the possibility to search centrally for Lemmy communities. > > > > ::: spoiler spoiler > > There are still a few features planned... > > :::



I had vaguely known about it for some time, but it wasn’t until I saw it in action when a podcast I listen to started it’s own instance and group (!acrossthefediverse@links.artemai.art) that I “got” it and started using it. And then started my own instance too :)


Do you mean from within lemmy? It should be easy enough to experiment with and test


Well, an ! is meant to be for a group, and an @ is for a person, but I’m not sure how they actually play out when you try and tag someone with an !


It’s one of the reasons I’m on my own instance.


He still posted homophobic slurs thought, and the instance still has “no restrictions on topic” nor any rules against bigotry listed on their rules page.


The UA fediland one is the ukranian one with the bots. It’s the one that this thread is talking about when they say that russian bots are trying to get a ukranian server defederated.

However, when you look at ua fediland, it has no rules against hate speech, and the admin uses homophobic slurs.

The infosec instance isn’t related to my line of discussion


Where is the rule against hate speech? The rules page says there are no restrictions on topic, but makes no mention of hate speech, bigotry or anything like it as far as I can see.

According to those rules what’s to stop transphobia, homophobia, racism etc?


It’s not quite that simple. The instance in question is an “anything goes” free speech instance full of all sorts of awfulness, including transphobia from the admin who runs it.

Russian troll bots or not, the instance isn’t one I’d be comfortable having in my feeds either way


Can a Human See a Single Photon? Lemmy
> > The researchers found that about 90 photons had to enter the eye for a 60% success rate in responding. Since only about 10% of photons arriving at the eye actually reach the retina, this means that about 9 photons were actually required at the receptors. Since the photons would have been spread over about 350 rods, the experimenters were able to conclude statistically that the rods must be responding to single photons, even if the subjects were not able to see such photons when they arrived too infrequently. > Piecing these and your findings together, it hints to an interesting sub-question, what do we really mean when we ask the original question? > Can the human eye physically detect it? Seems like…yes? > Which suggests the subsequent physiological thresholds involved, various human signal processing chains etc. What a fascinating topic. > The choice of a 60% success rate is an interesting one, too.

t1c of Calckey is considering hosting a Fedicon in early 2024 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/722758 > 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: https://szmer.info/post/244205 > Apparently Buffer is pretty big in "social media professionals" circles.

“Oh, this sounds interesting.”

clicks link

“Oh, it’s a video”

closes tab


Never having heard of Hexbear before, what were they running before, and why are they moving back to lemmy? This is an interesting post, but rather contextless for the general lemmy group…


They’re already making them. There is very little in Black Mirror that is made up from nothing. Most of them are basically extensions of ideas and technology that we already have


Misskey Release 13.0.0
cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/220593 > Sounds like a massive release. [Full change log here](https://github.com/misskey-dev/misskey/blob/develop/CHANGELOG.md), but it is partially in Japanese.


I doubt many instance admins would tolerate pile on organisation like that. The instances that would allow it, you’ve probably already got blocked.



I’m not sure how a word is the language of sociopaths…

And new and interesting doesn’t do it justice in my opinion. It’s more than that


I am so confused by your comment. What I’m saying is that the fediverse is currently being used by “actual human beings” and they are reshaping a status quo established by tech dudes.

That’s the disruption I’m referring to. What I’m asking you is what do you call it when the small instance admins, the indie developers, etc, reshape the environment from underneath the techbros? If you wouldn’t call that disruption, what is it? 'cause it’s not just “new and interesting”. It’s more than tat


They’re coming to mastodon though. It’s not a hill to die on…


You already have them though. Most non mastodon platforms provide them.




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
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/3261 > In short, the existing research on quote tweets on Twitter suggest that they're not a significant vector for toxicity. > > > https://absolutelymaybe.plos.org/2023/01/12/quote-tweeting-over-30-studies-dispel-some-myths/

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. https://absolutelymaybe.plos.org/2023/01/12/quote-tweeting-over-30-studies-dispel-some-myths/

I think that it should be a per community configurable option. If enabled, it would allow lemmy to step in to the niche that gup.pe groups currently provide, whilst still giving moderators the chance to not have poorly titled posts in the community.



Medium embraces Mastodon - The fediverse is a breath of fresh air for writers and social media
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/705078 > Today, Medium is launching a Mastodon instance at me.dm 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.

Yeah, that’s the bit that I’m expecting to make a difference. The ease of deployment and lack of infrastructure required will make it appealing to many people that might otherwise hesitate due to Cloudflare


Wildebeest - A cloudflare based Fediverse server
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/3045 > 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

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

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: https://jeremmy.ml/post/28099 > 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

Will Pathfinder still be standing after the dust settles?
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/2681 > Is there a consensus on what #Pathfinder is going to look like after the dust settles on the #D&D / #OGL changes? I've just shut down my dndbeyond subscription as a result of the changes and told my group we need to move the campaign to another system. But #Paizo and Pathfinder are the main targets of the changes, so I'm not sure whether that will even be an option for us!

Will Pathfinder still be standing after the dust settles?
Is there a consensus on what #Pathfinder is going to look like after the dust settles on the #D&D / #OGL changes? I've just shut down my dndbeyond subscription as a result of the changes and told my group we need to move the campaign to another system. But #Paizo and Pathfinder are the main targets of the changes, so I'm not sure whether that will even be an option for us!


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! https://www.fediversealmanac.com/docs https://stop.voring.me/notes/99sr4fb7o1 https://anarchism.space/@keith/109659802449073134 Edit - Since the initial post, the dev announced [an update to remove the ryona agency like functionality](https://hachyderm.io/@tedivm/109661183641877846), and has also apparently been banned from his instance. Edit 2 - [Some commentary from the dev](https://github.com/tedivm/fedimapper/issues/7) 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

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