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Are any of the other instances (beyond set up as cooperatives or similar paid-for-by-the-members? That feels like a much more sustainable model than "rely on the spare time and kindness of geeks".

Yay, thanks @amcewen, our first contributor on the opencollective ๐Ÿ˜€

If users on this server donated a dollar a month to keep it running, we'd easily cover our costs.

Good news! is now on OpenCollective, where we can crowdsource the running costs. Set up a regular donation now, everything helps!

More information to come on there later about what we need to raise, etc.

my pals and i are very interested in making art bots that address the ethical and social challenges of bots in social media and beyond. we're always talking about about these sorts of things, and it's why i decided to make my bot's tweets unlisted by default. mentions one of our common principals, "Bots Should Punch Up" If you would like to chat w/ or other bot makers like me look for the #botAlly hashag. :grin:

It looks like itโ€™s general election time again. Get in touch here to stand for Something New, we need YOU:

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On that matter, @rossjones, you don't know of any data sources for UK trademark applications in order to build Marc's suggested alert system do you?

So, who is working on branding, logo and identity for the OStatus network *as a whole*? Mastodon is a nice name and has a logo, but it's a server, not the network. We shouldn't be saying "I'm on Mastodon", but "I'm on OStatus". But it needs a friendlier brand. How do we do this in a decentralised way? It's like trying to rebrand the concept of email.

I want to start my #buildingtheroads promotion of instances effort with one of the older instances in the network I am aware of that takes donations to support its efforts,

It describes itself as follows:
"This is the place for you who are tired of private companies controlling your conversations and contacts and selling them for profit. On you are not locked up in a single commercial service; [...] is not a service, because we're not selling commodities. Instead we call it an online commons. The site is run by the small Norwegian non-profit organisation which is solely funded by donations. All work is voluntary. Joining is completely free, but those who want to help out financially can donate to the organisation."

You can read more and donate here:

As always, boost if you want to help the effort!

Hmm, given my acct on still seems to be picking up followers, I wonder if I should mention that I'm a here too...

Blog post written. (and that ^^^ toot was me double-checkng my code :-) I pulled together some simple steps to authorize your app and post status updates from ruby - /cc @Floppy

Writing a blog post. For @Floppy (at least).

Reading about how the characteristics of the first settlers in a new territory set the tone for the way that territory then develops. See e.g. anti-authoritarian Scots and Irish in midland USA. Something similar true of social networks?

If you can see this, I'll be happy.

@mkokotovich @CrowderSoup Not necessarily. If you could migrate your account to a different instance, it'd be a step in the right direction.

I think the #IndieWeb crew were working on decentralized identity standards. Mastodon could support rel="me" attributes to link to your other locations on the web.