Of course it’s not 100% ready for everyone yet, but I don’t think it’s very far. Like the early internet, it’s currently full of early adopters and still a little awkward to use. I don’t think it will stay that way forever.
That's fine. It's not in a race for users. The ActivityPub-powered ecosystem is based on open and interoperable standards and is a genie that can not be placed back inside of its bottle.
Lemmy – A link aggregator for the fediverse - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28453165 - Sept 2021 (213 comments)
Lemmy a federated, open-source and privacy alternative to Reddit - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24393689 - Sept 2020 (9 comments)
Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23664067 - June 2020 (634 comments)
AMA about Lemmy, an open source, Federated alternative to Reddit - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23389622 - June 2020 (4 comments)
Lemmy: Federated Alternative to Reddit in Rust - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19686972 - April 2019 (99 comments)
Did we ever stop to ask if we should? Or did we only ask if we could?
The federation here is basically an advertisement to join Lemmy. It’s the same with Peertube and Pixelfed.
If we need to make new accounts everywhere, I don’t see the point.
In short, it's a decentralized reddit in the same way Mastodon is a decentralized Twitter.
Lemmy.ml is a main server running it.
Nice, IMO this shouldn't have been there in the first place, considering its inflexibility and obvious bias to what the devs consider slurs.
they did it because social media can't get off the ground if it's full of useless garbage. would you read hn if all the comments were just the same word over and over?
To quote the dev on this himself:
>And putting it in a DB table means someone could very easily remove it by deleting every row of that table, which isn't good. I want to make it very difficult for racist trolls to use the most updated version of Lemmy.
One of the things that makes F/OSS great is user freedom. Why would I want to use F/OSS from someone that had such “my way or the highway” opinions about subjective things like how to handle people using bad words?
I don't think you are talking about the same kind of freedom. FLOSS freedom is the ability to view and edit the source code. Just because the source code does not do what you want does not mean you are not free to fork the project and change the behavior for yourself...
Imagine if curl just refused to download specific websites. Or if golang refused to compile code at all if it detected certain words in comments.
Sure, yeah, these would be still free software given that the source code is available to edit to one's liking. But it's really not in the spirit of free software & user freedom to impose arbitrary things like this. The free software / open source landscape would be incredibly irritating to work with in general if this sort of hostile attitude to downstream users prevailed.
I've never used Aether but I find that way of working very refreshing.
Great move on the part of the creators of Lemmy. I know this was a hard thing for them to do, because I know how much they were opposed to removing the filter, but I think this will be a very good thing for Lemmy in the future.
Groupthink is less of an issue with the left, especially those that self-select into an avant-garde space like the fediverse.
TIL the Lemmy Server code is written in rust, hell yeah
Federated software vendor: we do the dirty work so you can start a new instance with one click.
Since that the original problem is that admins may want to override built-in censorship policies to suit their instance's needs and values, I don't think an even more censorious centralized authority is a great example of a solution.
Using any hosting provider is ultimately a risk compared to hosting yourself, that's the price you pay for not having the know-how to host it yourself.
And even if you do selfhost, cloudflare may wake up one day and say "nah".