Great conversation at the Fediverse Webinars between European Commision reps and the AP community this morning.


@humanetech @activitypub

Mess with the fabric of the Fediverse, and it will mess with you

@humanetech @activitypub

Mess with the fabric of the Fediverse, and it will mess with you

@humanetech @activitypub
I'll reply to your blog posts' points later as they are different from what you summarise here, but for brevity, I'll make some takes on these points here.

My thoughts: bad ideas as I see it.

> Federated Moderation: What if Moderation was an extension and moderation actions would federate to ease the life of mods + admins?

It already exists. There is no need to add arbitrary power structures meta-types to a protocol dedicated to communication. Implementers already have trouble interpreting the semantics of AS types and AP behaviour. Moderation belongs to a different layer.

> Delegated Moderation: What if moderators weren't bound to instances, and could just jump in on another instance to help do the work?

Then I cannot trust a single instance. I want to trust a single, stable, mostly immutable group of moderators from my instance. I don't want some "moderation upper class" overseeing the network and trading positions, most especially with incentive (reward is not intrinsic to motivation, self-esteem or character). "Instances" currently provide clear boundaries within the network, and the freedom rests on users to reside wherever they wish. This current paradigm is optimal, and deviations as I see it are only for the worse.

> Moderation-as-a-Service: What if mods provided their services via federated @activitypub models, gained trust and reputation based on your feedback?

This doesn't make sense. There is no "one-true" moderation policy to rate against. A specific user will want a specific moderation policy, and will choose an instance who's moderation reflects it. This is and should continue to be an individual's choice. "Reputation" is reserved for Wikipedia-style structures with top-down hierarchy.

A lot of this is of the cuff, and I know you make more detailed and nuanced points elsewhere, so feel free to agree or disagree, clarify, correct, etc.

You’re laughing but I’m crying.

btw, you can just use the prefers-color-scheme media query for your site. No need for a “toggle”. Works everywhere.


UI devs, please spare my eyes and sanity

and CPU (CSS plugins).

Show thread

(top) This is not a dark theme.
(bottom) This is a dark theme.

A third option, often overlooked:
Summary for all posts, with Content for the ~3 most recent ones.

It doesn't hurt to serve all 3 feeds.

Over the past 15 years of using #XMPP, I've seen many messengers come and go. People complain about the hassle of switching messengers, but many express a preference for the "simplicity" of gated gardens.... Do they count the cost of switching as well?

A truly sustainable messenger can only be a decentralized protocol, not just an app.

Learn how to join:
- joinjabber.org

Optional: but if you think about setting up your own server:
- sr.ht/~xamanu/xmpp-server
- snikket.org/service/quickstart

There are not enough distinguishable symbols in all the european alphabets combined to cover the realms of physics I'm revising, even with super/sub-scripts & affixes.

Written physics is an alien language.

Signal, WhatsApp, shitcoins 

We need education on decentralisation, with a focus on understanding the distinction between platforms and protocols.

Signal, WhatsApp, shitcoins 

I was always skeptical of Signal. It's bandwagon following, it's weaks stances on operation, the trademarking and licensing...

But it's corporate-y and has a logo. So normies flocked to it. All too easy.

The #Signal messenger has become very problematic lately, and most of its problems come from it being centralised.

You may want to follow and support a decentralised messenger project instead, there are many of them on the Fediverse:

➡️ @snikket_im - New initiative giving XMPP servers & clients a newbie-friendly unified look and feel

➡️ @xmpp - The XMPP standards foundation

➡️ @matrix - Matrix is best known for its Element client

➡️ @delta - Messaging through email

➡️ @briar - P2P messaging

I'm happy that I'll be part of two meetings this month in front of the EU Commission talking about decentralized social networks and the work we've done socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/

I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.

@freemo @mur2501

> So would a drawing of a basket of fruit be a graph in your mind?

No. But context matters.

I just think of the root word from greek meaning "to draw" or something

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