Thank you for your own remarks.
Points to make:
1) It isn't an either-or decision. Your friends are free to keep their old accounts.
2) There is a decent phone app, Tusky, but they're not required to use it.
3) There is far less B.S. involved in simply logging-in to a #Mastodon account. I assume that most instances don't use captchas, demand phone numbers, or delete you for using an "unknown device".
4) This might clinch the deal: Launch your own instance. Then tell your friends that they can be admins. 😃
What's the feature that you're thinking about?
I've spent decades in that mode due to the loss of relevant people to death and time. It is what it is.
It helps to have even transient connections to others and the modern world does give us that.
Kids host birthday parties for each other in gamedev worlds. It's fun to see. I've made virtual cola bottles and bags of chips for such occasions.
I can offer you just a pixel cake
At least it's easy to bake
The pixel cake perhaps you'll take
Do not the cake forsake
I'm only presently aware of hashtags as the relevant feature in this context.
#Mastodon is similar to Twitter though designed to be more stable and typically more calm.
Some instances have an overall theme, but the development of communities is ad hoc.
Based on your posts this evening, it's possible that you might find it interesting to launch your own instance.
The idea would be to experiment with, and write about, theories related to the design and evolution of communities.
The answer is another question: What does self respect require of you in a given situation?
Does it feel right to shrug something off? If so, it's fine to do so. However, if silence feels more like surrender than dignity, it isn't wrong to speak up.
Don't bother to talk in dogpile venues such as Twitter, regardless. Leave mobs to their madness.
I've approached the issue, myself, at each level from shrugging things off up to becoming involved in wars of different types.
Residential hosting of low-traffic websites should work in general. Usually, there are just the two standard extra steps:
(a) Set up port forwarding for TCP ports 80 and 443
(b) Set up dynamic DNS for the domain names that you'd like to use
Frontier does apparently block port 25, but I don't see reports related to port 443.
"Project ALF" (1996). It was a followup to the TV series that was oddly grim and poorly done.
1. In a typical scene, a scientist is electrocuted to death.
2. The antagonist's mother went insane and committed suicide due to an alien abduction, so he decides to torture and kill ALF.
3. ALF's human family, the Tanners, doesn't even have cameos.
In short, the movie was a misfire. It isn't clear what the writers were thinking.
1) "Gladiator", the grim inspiration for #Superman:
2) "The Time Stream", an early #timetravel epic:
3) Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger". Satan's nephew visits a medieval town:
4) "Drowsy", an upbeat 1917 "mutant" novel:
Note: I'm confident that Pixelfed will work out in the long run. The support for federated operations is simply at an early stage of development.
Most things would, I think, work the same way.
For example, you'd use "service" commands similar to the following just as you probably do now:
service nginx restart
The only difference I noticed was that a "cgroup" problem which I was having with "systemd" went away.
Thanks. Yes, it was extemporaneous.
It depends on what you're looking for. The sitch is that there are distros for every niche.
For servers, I prefer straight Debian over Ubuntu but other developers and/or syadmins are happy with any number of alternative distros.
FWIW I use Ubuntu for servers that run Mail in a Box (MIAB) because MIAB requires Ubuntu.
Mastodon nights call you
It doesn't matter what you call them
Toss little bottles into the social sea
See what the results may be
In comes the tide
Search for shells bona fide
Mastodon nights call you
Perhaps treasure will ensue
1) If you build without using Docker, a required tool named "single-file" may not be created. To see how to create it, read the Dockerfile.
2) Add the following settings to "ArchiveBox.conf":
FETCH_PDF = false
TIMEOUT = 240
WGET_USER_AGENT = Mozilla/5.0
3) The separate-files (wget) mirrors are often incomplete. However, the single-file mirrors (the HTML files with embedded images) seem to be complete.
Have you ruled out the use of a VPS?
Note: My understanding is that a VPS counts as #selfhosting, though self-hosting does often refer to residential boxes.
One problem with residential is that outbound bandwidth may not be high enough for media.
A decent #VPS that will handle multiple services - Mastodon, websites, webmail, NextCloud, etc. - can be rented for $5 per month.
One problem with this approach is that you need to find VPS firms that have decent Billing and Tech Support.
For #Mastodon, residence on a single home instance might be enough for most purposes.
I've registered on a few different Mastodon instances, but operate primarily on my own node and have no difficulty in doing cross-instance follows. Direct messages work fine as well.
If you mean that a dog of yours, or one that you know, has suffered a stroke, please accept condolences.
The dog is, or was, most likely aware that it was cared for.
This is the part that matters: that people do what is possible for others, human, canine, or feline and that others feel not only accepted but welcome. That they know they have a home.
Professional developer since 1978. Lived quietly until 2012. Noisy and obstreperous now.
Working on books on different subjects. I hope to discuss threads with people of different types.
Mastodon server for creative rationalists. Intended for light or technical discussion as opposed to strong debate.
Discouraged: Identity politics, religion, profanity, national events, X-rated discussion or materials. We might set up other servers for those things.
Encouraged: Creative Commons works, Minetest and other FOSS games, FOSS, writers, artists, recipes, rhymes, cat photos, G-rated webcomics.