Reads a bit like a Blue Sky ad 😅
What I think this article is overlooking and in general what the idea behind content filtering in Blue Sky seems to ignore is that while there is certainly a subjective gradient in objectionable social media messages, its not something you randomly happen to come across.
Much rather it is either pushed into your face by some engagement optimizing algorithm, or intentionally spread by persons with certain agendas.
If it was just communities talking among themselves and having different opinions on stuff you would never even get to see them unless you intentionally join into a conversation of a community with diverging opinions.
Or to put it differently: it is perfectly feasible to run a fediverse instance with no block-list at all, as what you follow determines what your instance sees. A block-list only becomes necessary because people purposefully invade other communities to spread their hate and harass people.
And this problem is not really addressed by the Blue Sky content filtering at all. Much rather it seems to be just a way for the user to express some preference on how much random abuse the algorithm is going to shovel into their face on any given day.
Online IDEs with tight CI/CD integration are definitely nice to lower the entry-barrier and get people contributing faster. The FOSS story there is a bit spotty, but interesting projects do exist.
As for “social coding”… that idea has been around for a long time, and well working FOSS solutions also exist, but all experience so far has shown that this is not actually very helpful or productive. I think these solutions in combination with an audio chat can be helpful for introducing new remote colleagues to a complex code-base, but otherwise they offer little value.
IMHO you can’t fund a service with meagre normal banner advertisement revenue anymore.
Someone wishing to fund a Fediverse service would have to write a deep data-mining system that displays personalized and targeted advertisement to their users and get sufficient investment to survive until they have a large enough user-base and scale for their data-mining to turn a profit.
Not impossible, I guess, but given the invasive nature of said data-mining they would probably be defederated quite quickly (if found out) as in a federated network you can’t cleanly separate whom’s data gets mined.
This is such a one sided telling of the story.
The dataset in question AFAIK does not including any of the artists work, but only web-links to publicly accessible works and they warned the artist that if he was to proceed with this via legal means that costs for lawyers would occur.
Maybe in this specific case it was just a badly informed person that thought they were doing the right thing, but in general such copyright trolling is a real problem and IMHO effected parties are completely correct in asking for legal fees to be covered by the person making fraudulent copyright claims.
I wonder how it compares to https://akkoma.dev/FoundKeyGang/FoundKey
I think the hype is driven by people that just want Twitter without Elon and realized the Fediverse is not that. I know that by saying so I somewhat sound like the people that the article is criticizing, but I think people that want Twitter without Elon are missing a big part of the picture, i.e that Twitter was and is bleeding money fast, so “their” Twitter was going to die one way or the other.
To build a sustainable platform you need to invest in it. People in the Fediverse have done so, but are painfully aware that it is a careful balance and that it can’t work with millions of Twitter users switching over expecting a gratis platform with no strings attached.
And this failure to understand these basic dynamics will probably drive them into the hands of yet another venture capital funded fly-trap and the circle will begin anew.
Basically any IRC client supports connecting to multiple servers simultaneously, so joining channels on multiple servers was never an issue. Also originally the “network” in IRC implied open federation just like you are describing, but over spam and moderation issues it evolved into a allow-list federation and ultimately incompatible s2s protocols. I sometimes wish people on the Fediverse would learn a bit more about the history of federated systems like IRC to avoid falling into the same traps 😅
As for your hidden comment number: there is currently a bug in Lemmy that shows message edits as new comments in the UI.
You paint a very rosy picture of the Freenode situation. As a result, many people moved to Discord (and to a lesser extend Matrix) and the significantly smaller libera.chat is still waaay to centralized as if people didn’t learn anything from this disaster.
Also in the case of Freenode/libera.chat basically all the admins also switched, meaning little institutional knowledge was lost. This is mostly because the person who took Freenode over was indeed such a nut-case. In a typical corporate takeover the staff is (at least for a while) retained, meaning they can’t just set up shop in a different place easily.
Not a bad article, but it glances over the fact that there are different types of colonialism, and “settler colonialism” is clearly something that happened in eastern Europe, although mostly pre-soviet times. During soviet times this mostly shifted to central asia and siberia and was at least initially driven by forced relocations of eastern european minorities.
This is untrue. In the early days most open-source software was written by hobbyists. The Linux Kernel was literally started by then student Linus Torwalds as a hobby.
I would even say that to this day most of the relevant FOSS software is either written by hobbyists or as a side project by some people employed in larger corps. Notable exception being Red Hat developed stuff. Sure there are also a lot of other pretend to be open-source software written by corps, but when you try to actually run it, it becomes quickly apparent that their intent is not to be actually used by anyone other than the corp itself and paying customers.
This sounds quite nice, but I suspect it will initially be really expensive like similar ARM work-stations.