[vcf-midatlantic] Has anyone thought of the VCFED hosting a Mastodon instance?

Dan FitzGerald danjfitzgerald at comcast.net
Wed Apr 27 18:33:21 UTC 2022

For the record, I get all that.  But when I started using Mastodon a
few years back the federated timeline was was pretty gross, so I like
to give thought to which local instance I join.  Pretty much: I want my
local timeline to be almost as interesting to me as my "Follows"
timeline is.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Shevett <shevett at pobox.com>
To: Dan FitzGerald <danjfitzgerald at comcast.net>
Cc: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Has anyone thought of the VCFED hosting
a Mastodon instance?
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:29:32 -0400

Okay, understand folks that an instance is not a siloed environment.It
is one location that's connected to the rest of the
mastodonuniverse.  I understand that folks ar enot keen on yet another
ghosttown of a chat room that doesn't have anyone on it, but while you
cantell your mastodon client to only show you things on the
instance,you'd be missing out on most of the traffic.
I'm on mastodon.social, which ist he largest instance, but i
followpeople on dozens of other instances.
I really recommend folks go ahead and create themselves a login on
aninstance - doenst' matter where ( here's a list:
) - and try it out.  If we do end up making a VCF specific one,there's
a basic tool to 'move' your login from one instance toanother, and any
references to your old login will redirect (and allyour content will
move too).
Give it a try :)
On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 2:12 PM Dan FitzGerald<
danjfitzgerald at comcast.net> wrote:
> How active would you say the SDF instance is? If I were to join, the
> local timeline wont be a graveyard, will it?
> Regards,Dan FitzGeraldThey/Them/Theirs
> http://www.vm.ibm.com/devpages/dfitzger
> -----Original Message-----From: Dave Shevett <shevett at pobox.com>To:
> vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>Cc: Dan FitzGerald <
> danjfitzgerald at comcast.net>Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Has anyone
> thought of the VCFED hosting a Mastodon instance?Date: Wed, 27 Apr
> 2022 11:44:15 -0400
> I'm on mastodon - you don't really need an instance, and there's a
> couple classic computer instances already.   It is handy to have
> similar folks
> https://mastodon.sdf.org/about
> My mastodon account - LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE
> https://mastodon.social/web/@RoyGreenhilt
> (yes, I'm using a webcomic name. I set it up to play with mastodon
> originally - i may change it to something obviously me.  Mastodon
> will
> redirect when it happens)
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 11:12 AM Dan FitzGerald via vcf-midatlantic
> <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org
> > wrote:
> Look, I know that this probably going nowhere, but there is currently
> an interest in people posting to something other than Twitter because
> of Elon Musk.  I've been on Mastodon for a couple of years, and it
> has
> its flaws, but a VCFED Mastodon instance wouldn't be the worst idea
> on
> the planet.  One of the flaws with Mastodon is that its like Twitter
> if
> it was open-protocol and made up of clusters of special interest
> groups.  If we had a VCFED Mastodon open only to members of VCFED (we
> could make membership to this mailing list a prereq to joining the
> instance), then the instance's local timeline would be full of posts
> from this community.  As opposed to the tech.lgbt instance I am on,
> where the local timeline are just a bunch of people that happen to be
> queer like me... I feel like a timeline full of folks I just spent
> three days sharing an exhibit hall with would be more of an actual
> community.
> Regards,
> Dan FitzGerald
> They/Them/Theirs
> http://www.vm.ibm.com/devpages/dfitzger

Dan FitzGerald

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