And, to catch two birds with one train, here's the 4th edition of the developer logs I forgot to put on here: bobaboard.com/blog/development

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He has a charming smile. Big, dark eyes that dig into your soul. A smooth, steamy shaft weakening even the toughest limbs. Who better than your fave to service such a Train? 

Join the "Draw your Fave Getting Sexy with Thomas the Tank Engine Day" on 8/26/20!

More info and prizes at bobaboard.com/sexy-train

@Satsuma I just finished watching The Untamed! What's your ship 👀👀 (personally I'm a XueXiao kinda girl)

@Satsuma I really want fandom to embrace decentralized and open source networks because their actual needs aren't ever going to be served well by for profit endeavors in the longer term, but explaining *why* is hard when most people don't exactly understand how Mastodon et al. work or what building a profitable tech business implies/the trade offs involved. It makes them exploitable.

@Satsuma I hope it is! Are you a fan of the series? The premise got me really curious.

@Satsuma trying to explain technical things in an accessible way is really hard, also because many people (rightfully) don't care as much as me and other "tech geeks" do. I hope to get to do it more and more once the project stabilizes, and that I figure out how to keep it entertaining for a broader audience. Every fandom person that becomes a little bit more tech literate with my writing is a gift.

@Satsuma I really need to make my own post here! It's a really tough week cause I'm quitting my job and dealing with a lot of stuff :P will try to get to it later this week!

@gaditb Thank you for your stream of thoughts, they were definitely great ones! I believe your 4th question is the one I'm struggling with most right now. I do have time to figure it out, but I also don't want to figure it out once I coded myself into a corner.

I wonder whether you have any further thought about models of that you've seen around, or just general ones?

@gaditb Yes, that is definitely a concern. To me that's somewhat an incentive for people to choose managed instances, for example (which I believe Mastodon allows buying) over ones where the admins do have that full control. At that point access to underlying data might have better audit for abuse. Personally it's something I believe needs to be very well communicated though.

@gaditb thank you, I had that feeling of a lot of the fediverse being eventually very similarly to more corporate-built systems and finding the spaces that were looking at it from a different perspective is exactly the direction I'm looking to go to. As mentioned, I don't know exactly how I want my space in-between the communities to be yet, and that's a big chance to design something that isn't a copy of what's already there.

@gaditb that's part of what I'm trying to understand the shape of. I don't know how that spaces looks yet, and I want to figure it out by listening to what has worked or not in other spaces.

Also, fediverse folks: I'd love to hear/read more about your experience in decentralized spaces. Now that community building is going to become more of a priority, and given that, as you can read in the update, I'd love to build this starting from smaller, separate ones (though with no federation yet), it's more important than ever for me to listen and learn! If you want to chat, please do feel free to reach out.

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Hello everyone! Here with a platform update: A tiny pre-alpha version of BobaBoard was launched on 6/9, and the third newsletter, detailing the precious baby’s first encounter with a small test group of stranger. has been sent out! You can also read the update here: bobaboard.com/blog/development

(Someone called it “the funniest thing I’ve read all week”. Not making promises, but I believe it’s worth a click-through!)

I've recently given a presentation on how to maintain healthy online communities. I mention federation and mastodon in it (cause of course one must do so). Would love to hear what you people here think: bobaboard.com/healthy-communit

Of course this take on anonymity is really hard to fit in with federation, and I haven't studied the protocol enough to even begin designing around it. Still, I fully expect to enable non-anonymous communities at some point. Once I'm there, things will get easier!

Also, if you haven't heard, I open sourced the text editor I created for BB: github.com/essential-randomnes. More open source code will come soon!

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This is all production code, no hard-coding of specific effects. You can login, make threads, answer….
It’s still full of bugs (I have 3 post-its worth of fixes I’m working on) and has minimal functionality but… The early-super-closed-alpha-testers on 6/9 will live with it.

Unfortunately, it's still not the right time to enable federation, but rest assured that's still the direction I intend to go on in the longer term.

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Also, here's an example of a two-users thread. As you can see, I can see my identity but not the other person’s. If me and that person were friends, we’d be able to recognize each other across the website!

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Hello! It's been some time but I'm back with another update. The first post on BobaBoard has officially been made!

See it in the attachment, both with identity hidden and revealed!

Looking forward to sharing more and more exciting things! In the meanwhile, please enjoy and let me know what you think!

(And if you have a tiny mobile screen... I'll have an update later this week just for you ✌️✌️✌️)

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Development is proceeding steadily, and I'm hammering down a lot of the details. Just remember: while I have a vision I'm building towards, this project is not just about me. If you have ideas, opinions, or even just bugs to report, please share them here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

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