@mastohost Nice. Thank you so much for this conversation. You were really helpful.

There are some differences that I will have to take in consideration on Communick (I also want to do Matrix/XMPP and tie all accounts with LDAP), but overall you really helped me to not overthink it.

@mastohost for the cases when someone sets an instance and uses it to spam/illegal/copyrighted content


The reason I am asking is because I've been planning to add custom instance hosting to communick, but I've struggling to find the "right" architecture.

One-VM-per-customer seems easier but wasteful
and therefore more expensive. A full-blown clustered solution seems better, but will require more initial capital and I am feeling still a bit over my head with it.

@mastohost Oh, I agree that installing mastodon is (relatively) easy. But I am wondering how you'd do it at scale.

E.g: do you just spin one VM per customer or are you running this with some kind or orchestrator? How are you doing backups? Logging/Alerting? What happens if you receive abuse notices?

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@mastohost sorry, it was indeed bad form.

I thought there was some form of automation. The fact that you have been doing this manually is quite impressive!

@mastohost Hugo, if you really meant it, why don't you just open source your code?

Not only it would make it easier for you to delegate the things you don't want to do, it will also lead to a number of people coming up with similar providers.

Idea for the next search engine: the crawlers simulate a human browsing the page. Each pop-up/tracker/MB-of-useless-javascript between the crawler and the content means that the query score is divided by 2.

@feditips @nickchuckwalter @publiclewdness

He is right on a lot of points on the thread about *currencies*, but it doesn't negate the need of blockchain and p2p payment networks.

Use a dollar-backed "stable token", and you won't be participating in the speculation games. Look into Ethereum, which is getting rid of the ennergy inefficient PoW system, and you'll have a pretty decentralized system that is not controlled by anyone.

@feditips perfect example to show why blockchain technology is important.

Regarding donations.

So, okay... I just got an email from my payment processor suddenly cancelling my account 😱

I'd only just joined, and the only thing I'd done with the account was collect the donations on here.

They didn't give a specific reason, just said I'd broken the terms of service, but wouldn't say how. I've done absolutely nothing with the account except receive donations, I've only had it operating for less than a week.

So, to avoid causing anyone complications I have removed all the donation links from my account, and switched off receiving payments on the ko-fi and liberapay accounts.

Anyone who has given a donation should get a refund automatically. Please let me know if you don't.

Sorry about the fuss. This has been a bit of a depressing experience but oh well. I'll carry on doing this Fedi stuff regardless :fediverse:


Sure, one could. But the point I am trying to make is that this service would be mostly a coordination mechanism for resource gathering and redistribution.

The participants would have to be aware that their money is meant to help OSS funding, not that they are getting "stuff" in return. The more "stuff" this service has to provide, the more it would cost to operate and the less would be made available to OSS developers.


Thanks for the comments. Quick responses:

- Yes, it would probably be based on the fediverse.

- No, I wouldn't even worry about code hosting. People could host projects wherever/however they want.

- You are not paying to "avoid ads". You are contributing to the fund that gives out money to the developers you choose. In any case, ad viewing could be optional.

- Agree on the "talk to a lawyer", but first let's see how many people actually would be interested?

For those interested in and development, would you please take a look at raphael.lullis.net/open-source and share your thoughts?

@cassidyjames are you considering the rights of everyone involved? What about the right to life of the one in the womb?


Ok, fair enough. You didn't say that.

But if you didn't say that, what would you say of a pro-lifer (religious or not) that supports the reversal of Roe v. Wade?


And yes, of course the institutions are imperfect, but they are the only alternative that carries any semblance of legitimacy.


Let's make a deal to keep this civil? Please don't get into "so you are saying..." statements. They are not helpful, especially when assuming ill-intent.

To your point: what I am saying is that you live in a democracy and that there are people who have different values than you, and they are allowed to participate in the public debate just like you.

You talk about "stripping rights", but saying their values are not important because of their religion is also "othering".

@cassidyjames inadyn
(github.com/troglobit/inadyn) has packages on ubuntu and can be set up with many different providers.

@cassidyjames and all that is happening within the framework established by democratic institutions.

Also, History is filled with cases where the majority defended values that would be considered absolutely immoral in other periods, places and cultures, and democratic institutions are supposed to prevent "Tyranny of the Majority", right?

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