Or a thread to lemmy. Basically, how long does "federation" take?...
You can attend online (switch off your cam' and mic'):
Because of the antenna issue on firefish I spent the last few days testing other software...
What I discovered is basically I didn't understand how federation works and it actually works a lot worse than I thought :blob_notlikethis:
I thought it was something like: if your server is connected to mastodon.social, your server will pull mastodon.social.
It's actually that if your server is connected to mastodon.social, it will only pull posts from people that are followed by people on your server from mastodon.social, and posts boosted by those people.
This makes the antenna issue a lot less important because realistically if I want to discover other artists and other esperantists who aren't already known to me, I basically need to have an alt on mastodon.social to follow those hashtags to identify new people for my main account to follow.
Why not just move to mastodon? Well, *key instances have the feature set that I am interested in using for my actual posts. Aspects of fedi-culture which stress other people out like alt-text do not really bother me... needing to keep my posts within 500 characters, and being unable to react with an appropriate emoji is what stresses me out :blob_sweats:
I guess this leaves a question: why not a better federated misskey instance? Well, I feel comfortable here.
Also tbh learning that this is how federation works makes the constant defederation drama on here even more inexplicable. Users receive posts from awful people in timelines because someone in your group is following awful people or someone one of you follow is boosting awful people. Awful people find users to harass thru well federated servers like mastodon.social... same as I will find more artists to follow thru there. The only way out of that is allow-listing rather than block-listing is my guess.
This tool lets me monitor the #ActivityPub federation traffic from/to my Mastodon instance metalhead.club.
You can clearly see the other server locations - mainly in the US and Europe.
The tool is not ready for the public, but once it's finished and stable, I'll let you know :)
Today kbin.social is blocking a huge list of domains just to get federation working again....
As you may notice, kbin.social experience several federation issues. @ernest is fixing deleting / editing remote instances problem on the current develop branch. Furthermore, 450k messages are still in the queue on kbin.social again, causing those federation issues....