Seems like an interesting effort. A developer is building an alternative Java-based backend to Lemmy’s Rust-based one, with the goal of building in a handful of different features. The dev is looking at using this compatibility to migrate their instance over to the new platform, while allowing the community to use their apps...
"Care has been taken to construct it in the simplest way possible, enabling contributions from programmers of all skill levels and keeping server costs down. This will greatly speed PieFed's development process and widen its adoption."
Clever move by @rimu Lemmy's development is struggling.
The most popular instance, lemmy.world (>25% monthly active users), is still on a previous release. The current release, 0.19.1, has broken federation for the past couple weeks. Up-to-date instances are hobbling along by being restarted every few hours.
Tried hacking on Lemmy myself... I've got many thoughts but not sure if/how to write them down.
This is a good place to be!
My thread here condenses the key learning I've made so far about Fediverse, in case it helps others.
Strategies for the free fediverses
The fediverse is evolving into different regions
"Meta's fediverses", federating with Meta to allow communications, potentially using services from Meta such as automated moderation or ad targeting, and potentially harvesting data on Meta's behalf.
"free fediverses" that reject Meta – and surveillance capitalism more generally
The free fediverses have a lot of advantages over Meta and Meta's fediverses, some of which will be very hard to counter, and clearly have enough critical mass that they'll be just fine.
Here's a set of strategies for the free fediverses to provide a viable alternative to surveillance capitalism. They build on the strengths of today's fediverse at its best – including natural advantages the free fediverses have that Threads and Meta's fediverses will having a very hard time countering – but also are hopefully candid about weaknesses that need to be addressed. It's a long list, so I'll be spreading out over multiple posts; this post currently goes into detail on the first two.
Opposition to Meta and surveillance capitalism is an appealing position. Highlight it!
Focus on consent (including consent-based federation), privacy, and safety
Emphasize "networked communities"
Support concentric federations of instances and communities
Consider "transitively defederating" Meta's fediverses (as well as defederating Threads)
Consider working with people and instances in Meta's fediverses (and Bluesky, Dreamwidth, and other social networks) whose goals and values align with the free fediverses'
Build a sustainable ecosystem
Prepare for Meta's (and their allies') attempts to paint the free fediverses in a bad light
Reduce the dependency on Mastodon
Prioritize accessibility, which is a huge opportunity
Commit to anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and pro-LGBTQIA2S+ principles, policies, practices, and norms for the free fediverses
I predict a complete takeover of the #hashtag, and term in general, before the end of 2024.
Trying out #Lemmy and #Kbin and my first impressions is that both are aggravating. Each has some positive aspects. But, besides both feeling very quiet, each one has UI aspects that drive me up the wall. I have followed the same 13 or so communities in each and I'll give it a go. But I think it might be a better tool for a distinct community rather than to replicate the #Reddit experience.
We experienced the #RedditBlackOut and we want to give the power back to the users.
"Copie Publique" grant program for FLOSS: €3000 grant to support Lemmy
@copiepublique is a french alliance of companies who pledged to support FLOSS via profit-sharing. If you are a french company, join the alliance! ✊
Copie Publique : Code Lutin investit 3333 € pour soutenir le développement du threadiverse
Tous les ans, avec @copiepublique, nous versons 1% de notre chiffre d'affaires pour soutenir le libre et les communs numériques. Parmi d'autres projets, nous allons verser 3000 € au projet Lemmy et 333 € pour /kbin afin de rendre le pouvoir aux internautes.
Nous cherchons des entreprises prêtes à rallier #CopiePublique, faites signe !
Nous avons assisté au blackout #reddit et nous avons souhaité redonner le pouvoir aux utilisateurs ! ✊
Nous versons 3000 € à https://join-lemmy.org et 333 € à https://kbin.pub qui proposent des alternatives avec déjà plusieurs dizaines de milliers de "sous" et de membres actifs de ce nouveau #threadiverse 🧵
Cela fait partie du 1% de notre chiffre d'affaires que nous versons tous les ans avec @copiepublique et on est pas les seuls !
I have threads silenced on Infosec.exchange, .town, and fedia.social. That means people here won’t see stuff from threads, but you have the option to follow and interact or outright block the threads instance.
There are some, though, that are hyper opposed and not finding that to be sufficient. Hypothetically speaking, if I were to create another instance that did hard block threads (activitypub, DNS, firewall, etc), would what would be the type of instance would you like to see?
To H&M, Bestseller, Next, Primark, C&A, Uniqlo, M&S, Puma, VF Corp., PVH, Walmart and Zara, and all international brands producing clothes in Bangladesh:
Wow #Fediverse, thanks for the help! I am genuinely surprised at how close the results were. It looks like the recommendation is to try out the #Threadiverse (#Kbin and / or #Lemmy) first - but only by 1.8% over #Peertube! Y'all must know that I've been getting frustrated with #Reddit lately. I also appreciate the recommendations for other things to explore.
Now the question is Kbin or Lemmy? Or both? (any thoughts?)
differences between threadiverse folks and microbloggers on the fedi:
- microbloggers boost a lot, but that's not big on the threadiverse
- microbloggers tend not to like anything - neither the posts they keep boosting nor the replies to their own posts - whereas this is absolutely common on the threadiverse
- microbloggers tend not to reply - whereas on the threadiverse, this keeps happening all the time
The #threadiverse refers to social link/news aggregation and forum implementations on ActivityPub like #lemmy and #kbin. The term has been used longer than Meta's #threads existence and Threads doesn't offer similar functionality and to my knowledge still isn't even talking AP yet. I'm cool with Meta joining the fediverse, but until they implement communities and voting dynamics, they need a different term than threadiverse. /rant
🆕 blog! “Why did Usenet fail?”
This is annecdata - not a serious academic study. Adjust your expectations accordingly. When I first got online, the World Wide Web was still in its infancy - so CompuServe was my gateway to the Internet. I loved their well organised chat room. A couple of clicks and I could be discussing Babylon 5 with […]
👀 Read more: https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2023/06/why-did-usenet-fail/