Hello from Los Angeles! I've been running my own instance for a few years now from a DigitalOcean vps so feel free to ask for #selfhosting help or advice. I kind of lurk around more often than making active posts but I have strong feelings about communities, transportation, and ethics in technology. #introduction
WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been... https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overview
Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.
I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.
Do you have a blog that's powered by WordPress software?
Did you know you can connect it to the Fediverse so that people on Mastodon and other platforms can interact with it?
You just need to add the ActivityPub WordPress plugin:
You should be able to find this from your blog's plugins menu.
(By the way, this doesn't work on free accounts that are hosted by wordpress.com.)
I do not know who needs to hear this, but PSA: if you have a WordPress blog, you can install this extension to add ActivityPub support to your blog. It makes it possible to have people follow your blog via ActivityPub services such as Mastodon, receive new posts and interact with it.
I'm terrible with introductions, but here we go, I guess. My name is Chad McCullough. I live in the St. Louis area. I'm an advocate for Linux, Security, and Privacy. I'm a bike, public transit, safe streets advocate, runner, Socialist, and Vegan (for the animals - Always). Currently working at Liquid Web and I love WordPress, even though I've owned a domain for years but still haven't built a personal site. That's changing, and changing soon. 😀 #introduction
Suspended a user today for anti-blackness
Have some self-awareness, new friends
If a Black person is talking about their experience of harassment on Fedi as a Black person
And you, a white person, drop into their mentions to tell them that they're not doing it politely enough for your tastes
That's racism, and you don't get a warning before I close your account
@Are0h Hi- a very genuine question here, what can I as a user do? Report bigotry to my instance admin? Amplify BIPoC voices? What else?
This is not a gotcha, I really am asking because I want to know.
How can I help?