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Hello FediTips users!

I don't have any donation links and don't normally ask for donations.

However, the person who hosts my Fediverse account has been hit with extremely large energy bills lately πŸ˜”

If you appreciate FediTips, could you show some love to the hoster @stux who makes FediTips possible? ❀️

Stux's donation link is here:

➑️ mstdn.social/about/more (scroll down to the section marked "support the community")

Alternatively, if you are looking to run your own site, get a plan from Stux's independent hosting service @Stuxhost (stuxhost.com).

Stux runs lots of free libre services to help people looking for privacy (services.mstdn.social/), and has done for years. However, servers mean energy bills, and energy has got expensive lately, so now Stux needs our help!

Hello FediTips users!

I don't have any donation links and don't normally ask for donations.

However, the person who hosts my Fediverse account has been hit with extremely large energy bills lately πŸ˜”

If you appreciate FediTips, could you show some love to the hoster @stux who makes FediTips possible? ❀️

Stux's donation link is here:

➑️ mstdn.social/about/more (scroll down to the section marked "support the community")

Alternatively, if you are looking to run your own site, get a plan from Stux's independent hosting service @Stuxhost (stuxhost.com).

Stux runs lots of free libre services to help people looking for privacy (services.mstdn.social/), and has done for years. However, servers mean energy bills, and energy has got expensive lately, so now Stux needs our help!

@akris

Here are some good PT instances:

mstdn.social/@feditips/1065972

Also, try following @FediVideos to see recommended PeerTube videos (currently recommending Halloween-related videos, but usually recommends all kinds of topics)

@mark @FOSS_Love

I wonder if it would confuse beginners more to label things with protocols?

If you interact with Fediverse accounts in exactly the same way, why not just display it in exactly the same way?

If you want to see an account on its home instance in its native interface, click on its profile avatar and it will open in a new window.

But yes, Friendica is maybe the best platform if you want to be aware of all the platforms/protocols being used (and it also has the most options for following different platforms).

You don't need to have a PeerTube account to interact with PeerTube videos.

You can comment, like, share etc PeerTube videos and subscribe to PeerTube channels entirely from within Mastodon.

Just copy and paste a PeerTube video or account URL into the Mastodon search box and press enter. You will then be able to interact with it just as if it was a Mastodon post or account.

Replies to video posts in Mastodon will appear in PeerTube as comments below the videos.

Third reason why it's important for the Fediverse to be decentralised is decentralisation protects it from catastrophic failure. If one part of the Fedi goes down, it doesn't break everything else.

The Fediverse is made up of thousands of independent instances. Every instance runs separately, usually on separate servers. Even the largest instance only has a fraction of the Fedi's total users.

Additionally, different instances may use totally different software (Mastodon, PixelFed, PeerTube etc) written by totally different teams, so software bugs will probably only affect a fraction of the Fedi at any one time.

By being so diverse and spread out, the Fedi minimises the impact of any technical problems.

Centralised networks are much much more vulnerable because they aren't diverse, they put all their technical eggs in one basket. That's why we regularly see Facebook down, Instagram down, Whatsapp down etc.

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Just like email, the Fediverse is decentralised, so it is extremely difficult for anyone to ever buy it.

But there are also other reasons why decentralising makes sense for the Fediverse. Maybe the next most important reason is the ability to choose our own rules.

Each site (or "instance") on the Fediverse can decide its own rules for acceptable behaviour. This makes dispute resolution much more civilised, as people who disagree with an instance's rules can move to a different instance (or even start their own).

It also makes a lot more sense than having a massive megacorporation trying to make yes/no decisions on the entire world's disagreements.

Instances can also choose to block other instances. The worse an instance behaves, the more other instances will block it, until eventually the worst-behaved instances are just talking to themselves.

The Masto developers summed this all up well in their official video:

tilvids.com/w/hRzMpJwSkqEK3ZTN

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@jcast @SrEstegosaurio @kakure

That's why I recommend using an instance that has agreed to the covenant (joinmastodon.org/covenant), they explicitly promise to give three months notice of shutdowns.

@zigpress @Tutanota @protonmail

Sure, but that's exactly why we need to avoid centralised networks.

Decentralising means no one is tempted to sell the entire network, because it's not possible.

@geotechland @Tutanota @protonmail

It's definitely great that we aren't being run by corporations. But single instance communities can still be at risk of selling out to corporations.

For example, the Internet Movie Database was originally a community project, but it got bought out by Amazon within just a few years because it got popular πŸ˜”

As long as the Fediverse stays decentralised though, there's much less risk of this happening.

If you're used to centralised networks like Facebook, you may be wondering why Mastodon and the Fediverse are spread across thousands of sites. Why not just have a single site where people sign up?

There are many important reasons, but maybe the most important is this:

Networks on single sites tend to be bought by bad people when they get popular 😠

It happened to Instagram (bought by Facebook), it happened to Whatsapp (bought by Facebook), it happened to YouTube (bought by Google). It can happen to ANYTHING built entirely around one site.

No matter how much you trust the people who run a site, when someone offers them billions of dollars they may just take the money.

Decentralised networks, where there is no central site, are much more resistant to buyouts.

No one owns the global email network, thousands of indie players like @Tutanota and @protonmail are able to offer alternatives, and if one provider behaves badly you can switch to a different provider.

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There have been many reports lately that Facebook is blocking links to joinmastodon.org

If you are still on Facebook, please keep spreading the word about Mastodon and the Fediverse.

If joinmastodon.org doesn't work, try posting a link to a reliable instance people can join. There are so many instances, Facebook cannot block all of them from being mentioned.

That Facebook are even doing this implies the Fediverse is on their radar, which is quite an achievement in itself!

@zleap

Much of what Facebook does is illegal as well as immoral.

Unfortunately, most authorities seem reluctant to prosecute, or else they give such tiny fines that FB can pay them without problems πŸ˜”

This is what happens when a single organisation becomes too powerful, no one dares go after it.

There have been many reports lately that Facebook is blocking links to joinmastodon.org

If you are still on Facebook, please keep spreading the word about Mastodon and the Fediverse.

If joinmastodon.org doesn't work, try posting a link to a reliable instance people can join. There are so many instances, Facebook cannot block all of them from being mentioned.

That Facebook are even doing this implies the Fediverse is on their radar, which is quite an achievement in itself!

@esi

There's a lot of overlap, but it has a different interface, different features, different apps, different maintainers etc.

If you're unsure, try both out and see which one feels a better fit for you.

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@FediFollows I get so much value from following your account. πŸ™Thank you. I'm curious if you know of a platform similar to #BookWyrm but for film/movies on the Fediverse?

There are thousands of instances on Mastodon, how do you choose the right one?

Maybe the best starting point for new users is the official Mastodon instance list:

joinmastodon.org/communities

All of them have signed a covenant guaranteeing reliability, support and responsible moderation (joinmastodon.org/covenant).

If a site breaks the covenant, you can contact the developers (joinmastodon.org/imprint) and they will remove it from the list.

@jiangshanghan

Hmm... and the gup.pe website is broken too.

Not good 😒

@markus @masstransitkrow @inkscape

Just copy the code and paste it anywhere in the code of the page you want to verify.

You don't even have to keep it there, you only need it when verification happens.

mstdn.social/@feditips/1052550

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