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Hi all. It took a while for me to get to it, but I have just completed rehoming fedia.io from containers back to a bare metal install. This should fix the issue with federation stopping. I'll keep an eye on it, though.
These numbers are legitimately shocking....
Some of the hostages who were held in the underground passage have already been released; soldiers recover evidence, including drawings made by 5-year-old former hostage
Syrian state media said a likely Israeli attack had targeted a building in the Mazzeh neighborhood of Damascus, without giving further details.
"The mechanism that was agreed to does not involve the ICRC playing any part in its implementation, including the delivery of medication"
Pixelfed was forked, I joined their discord and gave them a piece of my mind
Forks fucking rule, I'm happy to see this. Open source is crucial to the fediverse, and while we all might not agree on everything, it feels amazing to desire to work with forks
Y'all are the real winners, even more so when devs like me do the unthinkable and bring awareness to forks
if this counts as spam sorry not sorry. I created a tumblr clone two years ago. And then I conected it to the fedi like a year ago. its been hard, its buggy and its fun. Did a big redesign during christmas
The update from the Gaza-based Islamist terror organization comes in a video featuring Argamani, where the 26-year-old reported the death of her fellow hostages.
It's Wikipedia's birthday! Here's our baby picture from January 15, 2001
hmm, did #kbin just fall asleep? I haven't really heard anything about that project for a while
Hamas said the fate of the three would be revealed on Monday.
Last Week in Fediverse – ep 51
The contours of the fediverse as the open social web, in a vision that goes beyond decentralised microblogging, are starting to become more visible, with more bridges, connections and other types of media getting pulled into the fediverse. It also raises the question of expectations and boundaries, with different visions of the fediverse arising: that of a highly interconnected space, or with many more insular communities and groups that are loosely connected.
WordPress ActivityPub plugin updates to v2.0
The WordPress ActivityPub plugin has been updated to version 2.0. The major feature of the release is better comment federation. Comments are now properly threaded, which makes it much easier to follow and understand threads where people are replying to each other. Comments are now also bidirectionally federated. Creator @pfefferle explains:
“When you respond to comments from the fediverse on your blog, they will now be federated. This allows you to finally engage in (threaded) communication back and forth directly from the comment section of your blog!”
This makes the plugin more valuable for bloggers who do not have another fediverse account for example, allowing them to respond directly from the blog, with their responses now showing up in the fediverse as well.
Comments made by people who use the reply feature on the website itself do not get federated. Pfefferle explains that this is mainly a legal question for GDPR compliance. Work is still continuing on the plugin: Pfefferle mentions working with the Akismet team to make sure that it’s spam detection system also works with ActivityPub, as well as working on a Profile Editor UI.
Fediverse podcast hosting platform Castopod has released a discovery platform for all the podcasts that are hosted on Castopod. You can find the index at https://index.castopod.org/. It gives a nice visual overview of all the podcasts, which you can filter by category, language, or any search term you want.
In order to build this index, Castopod uses the Podcast Index Database. Incidentally, the Podcast Index is currently working on building a bridge between their database and the fediverse. Developer Dave Jones released the code for the alpha version this week. This bridge allows you to follow podcasts directly in your fediverse client. The bridge is still in active development, but a sneak peek can be seen here.
Some podcast news of my own as well: WeDistribute has launched the new podcast series Decentered. In this first episode, Sean, Damon I and talk about Creation and Discovery. Go check it out!
Bluesky has 3 million accounts
Some news from Bluesky: yesterday the network reached the milestone of 3 million accounts. This milestone comes 2 months after hitting the 2 million mark. While there are no official numbers for Monthly Active Users (MAU), Kuba Suder estimates around 500k MAU, based on the daily and weekly active users. For comparision, Mastodon has between 1 million and 1.5 million MAU, depending on the source.
Bluesky is explicitly positioning itself as a place that is welcoming and suitable for news organisations. Bluesky team member Emily published an explainer how newsrooms can use Bluesky for the upcoming election season. Not everyone is convinced the network is ready yet though, as ændra explains some features that the network needs to be fit for purpose.
In other news
Another write-up of the meeting that Meta held last December to discuss the fediverse, by Tom Coates. It contains some more details about the planned roadmap, and how the integration is planned to happen in separate steps. What strikes me is that both this report, and the notes by Johannes Ernst, mention that they feel they have not gotten a clear answer to the most important question: ‘Why is Meta doing this?’. Tom Coates writes: “I’ll be blunt – I didn’t find [Meta’s explanation] enormously convincing but it was interesting and I’m sure there’s some truth to it”. And Johannes Ernst: “Personally I believe this question needs a better answer than has been given publicly so far”.
An OpenAccess article in Cell Press for researchers that are considering to switch their research from X to Mastodon, by Robert W. Gehl and Roel Roscam Abbing. It describes key differences between the fediverse and X, and how Mastodon is quite different from X and Twitter from the perspective of researchers. It focuses on the expectations of privacy that people in the fediverse have, and one of the main recommendations for researchers is to shift from studying individuals to studying instances.
ActivityPods, the project to combine ActivityPub with the Solid protocol to create data ‘pods’, has been updated to version 1.5. With the new version it becomes easier to invite new people to your network, as well as better organisation of your contacts. ActivityPods tries to solve the problem that currently in the fediverse, you need to have a separate account for every fediverse service. With ActivityPods, applications can connect to your own Pod, so that your data and connections all live in one place.
The new link aggregator PieFed ‘emphasise trust, safety and happiness‘, and as part of that they have added extra notifications for commenting on posts made on servers with higher standards of moderation, such as Beehaw.org.
Fediseer, the project that provides a public space to crowd-source approval and disapproval of instances, has added a ‘rebuttals’ feature. Creator db0 noticed that instances were issuing ‘counter-censures’ (a censure is a negative judgement from one instance to another for any reason) just to reply to the original censure. Rebuttals provide an outlet for instances to explain their perspective or reasoning.
Bridgy Fed, the bridging project to connect the indieweb, fediverse (and Bluesky and Nostr in the near future) has expanded support for non-indie websites as well. Similar to RSS-Parrot, you can now follow websites and their RSS-feeds directly in your fediverse account.
- Pixelfed is building their spam filtering feature into a dedicated service, and working on adding parental controls.
- PeerTube is building a mobile app, and is looking for people to help better understand their needs.
- The research project by Erin Kissane and Darius Kazemi has kicked off as The Federalist Papers.
- Designing a fediverse application with Bovine.
- Updating your Mastodon status from a Kindle.
- Mastodon client Oliphaunt for MacOS launches in beta.
- radio free fedi is at a crossroads.
- Short update by Write.as, saying they are working on post imports from WordPress and Substack.
- The new Firefish fork Catodon moves towards the other Firefish fork, Iceshrimp. It’ll stay a separate project however.
- A deeper look at one of the stand-out features of Misskey and it’s forks: Pages.
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It comes after the US said it would counter attacks on shipping in the Red Sea launched by the Yemeni group.
Saudi paper claims leadership in Gaza making unilateral decisions on fighting, hostages, senior members of the terror group begin sending families out of Strip to Egypt, name brother of Yahya Sinwar as most important decision maker
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that his country is close to allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children....
So after a run in with a moderator yesterday I’ve had some thoughts I felt I wanted to share....