Hey Fediverse!

The @owncast project could really use some help! 🙏

At the moment the lead dev @gabek is having to handle an awful lot at once. The platform would be much more sustainable if there were more people on the team.

Everyone who wants to help is welcome, but of course there are some specific areas where help is especially welcome:

Please get in touch with @owncast or @gabek if you want to help out!

For those who don't know, OwnCast is a Twitch-style livestreaming and chat service for the Fediverse. You can follow OwnCast accounts from Mastodon etc and you will see a post in your timeline when the account goes live. There's a site about it at and a directory of featured streams at

Boosts welcome!

@feditips @owncast

Owncast might be an option if we want to live-stream our machines at @ammanvms - an idea that @Domaman had. An option would be a #RaspberryPi with a web cam configured to stream once the machine is on.

Thanks for asking for help in this way! Owncast is great and needs support.

@Yujiri Oh cool thanks for letting me know. I guess Owncast isn't needed after all. Thanks for the heads up!
@gabek No really, why make something whose value proposition is already offered by something else?

In fact, doing that can be worse than a waste:
@Yujiri If it helps at all, Owncast existed before PeerTube offered live streaming. So go complain to them with your bullshit theories so they can tell you to go fuck yourself just like I will:

Go fuck yourself.

I have no opinion about Owncast or Peertube, however, I disagree with the blog premise.

Diversity is good. Innovation is good. Homogeneity is, generally, harmful, and that blog argues against diversity. OSS is a system of evolution, where the strongest software tends to succeed on merit, vs some other pressure (monopolist practices, vendor pressure, glossy sales brochures).

Choice paralysis is a real problem, but the solution _isn't_ to encourage people to stop innovating.

@RuaidhrighFeatherstonehaugh @gabek the post clearly did not discourage innovation:

> I'm obviously not saying that we shouldn't try to invent better alternatives to the things we have.

But innovation doesn't just mean creating alternatives, it means creating an alternative that has at least some significant advantage over each existing option. The people promoting and developing Owncast should be able to explain what that advantage is. If they can't, they're just practicing NIH syndrome.

(Also, the wording of the original post made me assume Owncast was new and early in development, that seems not to be the case)

Case study: I am developing a new option in one of the categories I mentioned as being already saturated with too many options: messaging protocols. However, I researched dozens of existing options first and for each one of them I can explain what relative benefit my project offers.

@feditips @owncast @gabek wish i could help but I've been trying to stay away from github lately so i can't really do much atm

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