BookWyrm is a Fediverse alternative to GoodReads.

They've just opened their onboarding site at:

("Onboarding" is when you make it as easy as possible for people to join something.)

BookWyrm and its instances are currently still in beta testing, but you can join now if you want to try it out. Instances marked as "closed" mean you can join but you have to request an invitation.

p.s. You can follow BookWyrm's own updates on their account at @bookwyrm

@feditips Wait, I don't get this. I looked up The Lord of The Rings on both and, but they don't seem to sync their reviews, reviewscores or anything? I thought federation meant that they synced between instances etcetc?


It's a very new platform and still being tested/built, but also maybe federation just takes a while?

@feditips perhaps? Not sure 🤔 but I do like decentralization and federation though! I'll keep an eye on it, to see where it's going 😀 do they have a Mastodon-account?

@bloodaxe @feditips I think the users posting the reviews would have to be following each other for the reviews to show up cross instance

@liaizon @feditips well that seems a bit strange, at least from an outsider view. Why would I go for this solution if I'm looking for some reviews on a book? You rarely if ever follow the individuals writing reviews, no? xD

@bloodaxe @feditips I am pretty sure the "syncing" part works the same way as the rest of the fediverse, so my server only knows about your posts because its following someone on your server whos following someone etc etc. there is no part of the fediverse that has a "global view" of anything

@liaizon @feditips no no, ofc not, but a server is able to "follow" another server, right? Or am I missing something here?

@bloodaxe @feditips the only project that uses a whole server following another whole server is peertube. non of the other fediverse software works like that

@bloodaxe @liaizon

Yeah, Fediverse is designed that way I think cos it makes it easier to scale?

If every Fedi server had to sync with all the millions of users on thousands of other servers, each server would be filled with stuff that is mostly irrelevant to that server's users, which would also get very expensive to run as the Fedi grows.

By keeping running costs down, it makes it easier for independent servers to exist, and for Fedi to stay decentralised.

@feditips It seams really good. I mean any FOSS & Decentralised/federated thing is cool to see


Onboarding is the process of making it as easy as possible to join something.

So, for example, if you have a clearly written website aimed at beginners that explains how a social network works, where you can sign up etc, that's onboarding.

It just means helping people to get on board a platform or app!

@matthew @feditips The only thing I’m reading rn is the book of Isaiah 😃 But once my summer class ends I plan on reading Intellectual Schizophrenia by Rousas J. Rushdoony and The Human Future Revisited by Harrison Brown, they should be relatively quick reads and I got them basically for free from my college (they were having a fire sale of old books)

@realcaseyrollins @feditips oh boy R.J. Rushdoony. You might end up going down the theonomy / reconstruction route.
@realcaseyrollins @feditips err really large topic that I can't do justice to. Basically, people who think the Mosaic law is still binding today. There's a debate on to what extent, and what form, but they're the people Atwood was arguing against with Handmaid's tale.

@matthew @feditips

Basically, people who think the Mosaic law is still binding today. There’s a debate on to what extent, and what form, but they’re the people Atwood was arguing against with Handmaid’s tale.

Oh wow! Fascinating!

@realcaseyrollins @feditips the movement of Christian Reconstruction was started by Rushdoony. Other figures like Bahnsen and North followed later. And you'll see folks like James White and Doug Wilson following suit today.
@realcaseyrollins @feditips in a sense. I don't think they want to win elections to change America, but they want a government that uses "God's law". Definitely give the podcast and article a read. It's a huge rabbit hole.

Full disclosure: I am not a member of this group. Just a guy who knows some people influenced by it. Definitely read up on Christian reconstruction, theonomy, and the associated figures on wikipedia and other places for a bigger picture.

@feditips It is noteworthy that this is not free software.

@kinetix @feditips Yes. It claims to fall under the Anti-Capitalist Software License, which does not grant the user the freedom to run it for any purpose, and may not grant them any of the other three freedoms.

@tirifto @feditips Huh, right, that is an interesting restrictive license. Thanks for pointing that out, I hadn't looked at their license yet (also hadn't really looked at their repository yet either).

I've joined 2 1/2 months ago but totally forgot about it.
Thank you for the reminder.
There is know a catalogue of most German booms as well.

@feditips It seams really cool! It's not under GPL but I found their license quite interesting too. I'll definitely give it a try

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