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Little FYI;

I am NOT earning ANYTHING from mstdn.social 😉 In fact it's the opposite, Every week I work about 40-50 hours for a company so I can earn money and pay for the servers, domain, media storage and email services and don't get me wrong. I'm VERY happy to do that ❤️ and I will NOT stop doing that for a long time!

We do get donations and that's a BIG help! But still I need to pay much from my own pocket so keep that in mind. We are not a company, we are not Twitter, we drive on ! ❤️

@stux you have created a beautiful place. Thank you for your great work.

@stux
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Really sad that this had to be said.
You continue to do what you do, please.
It's really sweet of you to address everyone's concern too, even though some come across as mean.

@stux I'm not a member of your instance, but I appreciate your work, efforts & creativity, in building an instance with extra custom features, & added personal friendliness. You are giving more than you have to, & that's as good as it gets. Ty.

@stux

I pay a few dllrs a month to my instance admin;
I think all users should be able to afford spending only one dllr/mo.

❤️ Please support your admins ❤️

@stux We love you Stux. You are doing some great work. 🤗

@stux Thank you for your service ! 😊😊😊

@stux not only you we too tamiltoot.online are here. Doing for Social & Community! No earning but a satisfaction while setting a thing community is above everything. :buddha:

This posting from @stux perfectly outlines the dichotomy of Mastodon. The overwhelming majority of instances are privately operated and that presents some benefits and challenges.

@stux I am not on mstdn.social but thank you for your contribution to the fediverse

@stux and also you are so quick in responding to users' queries. You are very hard working and nice! Prayers.

@stux Curious what’s the per month cost of keeping this instance running?

@mewmew Including
media storage, email services and all servers @tariquesani

@stux Sounds about what I had estimated. Thanks.

@mewmew quality hosting is expensive...

@mewmew and this will keep going up as the users increase. We users should be willing to pitch in soon.

@stux

@tariquesani @stux yeah

hopefully you'll decentralize in the long run (start your own, smaller instances)

@mewmew that would be a type of pitching in too. I am very tempted to start a #mentalhealth focused instance but that seems self defeating. We need more general topic instances talking about it. @stux

@tariquesani @stux nah, that'd be good to have - more instances on any topic are a plus

If you want to easily set up an instance I recommend Pleroma (pleroma.social), it's much cheaper and easier to set up.

If you want help, just ask

@tariquesani @mewmew @stux Why not both? Sometimes people might want to talk in a more isolated way but also have a public forum, no?

@sjw @stux @tariquesani I pay $3.50/month but soon to increase to $7/month because my database grows by ~4GB/month
@mewmew @stux @tariquesani Install FreeBSD or ZOL and do some partition stuff. I'd be more CPU usage but zstd is pretty fast so shouldn't have too big of an impact. Really depends on what compression level you go with.

@sjw @mewmew @stux @tariquesani

zstd compression

That’s reasonably expensive in terms of CPU, no?

@wolfie @mewmew @stux @tariquesani Nowhere near xz, bz2, gzip, etc. It's more comparable to lizard with ratios near gzip.

@sjw @mewmew @stux @tariquesani Not bad. Might look into that sort of setting for my systems. They’re already on ZFS.. because ZFS. I’ve got plenty of CPU to spare as well

@stux

The figure on that page is weird.
User count is less than active user count. I don't understand how that works.

Shouldn't active users be less than total users?

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If that's the case with 4.51k, effective cost per user is EUR - is 0.03

But suppose only 500 end up paying 5 euros / year could work no?

@tariquesani

@Full_marx Haha I'm also wondering the same thing. Maybe @Gargron could explain this? Maybe it's due migrated users or something?

Yes sure, that would be more then enough I guess :)

@tariquesani

@stux

I thought the same but that would mean the total number that have migrated isn't disclosed.

Need more clarity on stats.

This is a gold mine of information.(Somewhat)

@Gargron @tariquesani

@stux
did you include the cost of the man-hours you spend, in this calculation?
@tariquesani

@stux I'm not on your instance, but you're doing a great job 👍👍

It really takes a lot of effort to create and maintain a Fediverse instance. Hats off to you and all other admins

@freemo thank you for your efforts on maintaining qoto 👍👍

@raining_night M.S had us silenced a while back too, we refused to cave at the time and even brought up an official appeal where we demanded them to back up their claims. After several weeks of pushing back we got unsilenced by them, thankfully we never had to cave to their demands.

@stux
Donating to mastodon may not be easy for indians , unless u hv an office here.

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