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


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).

@feditips Does anyone know if we can see messages originally posted on a bookwyrm instance on a mastodon instance yet?

I tried to find a random user from from the mastodon instance that I am, but could get it.


Yes, you can. BookWyrm federates with Mastodon etc.

For example @mouse is viewable from Mastodon.

@feditips @mouse
I tried replacing 'mouse' with 'thumb' (, but that profile is not showing up in our mastodon instance.

Any idea why that could be?

mouse profile was

So I tried

but it doesn't show up.

@feditips @famubu I've had some trouble with this. I've been taking with the developer and they've had me open a ticket for them.

In the meantime, you can paste the link for the post into your search and then boost it.
@feditips @famubu Okay, I've done more research on this. The reason that my posts wete'nt showing up on Mastodon is because I had made them before I was following my profile. There is still an issue federating with Friendica, though.
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