csullivan , to random
@csullivan@flipboard.social avatar

For over a decade, @Flipboard's in-house editorial team has been curating the world’s best journalism around the clock. But to access this curation, you had to use the Flipboard app or visit flipboard.com.

Now we’ve decided to federate our Flipboard editorial profiles and their related Magazines in order to make our collections available to everyone on Mastodon and other Fediverse networks.

Here's what we're up to. Would love your feedback!

https://about.flipboard.com/inside-flipboard/how-flipboard-is-using-our-new-federated-magazines/

bacon , to random
@bacon@cheeseburger.social avatar

I think the next cool step in federated social media platforms would be for instance admins to be able to move an entire instance to a different software platform similar to how you can move your account to different ones.

openstreetmap , to random
@openstreetmap@en.osm.town avatar

There are now over 11,000 followers to this M̶a̶s̶t̶o̶d̶o̶n̶ Mapstodon account! 😍

The future of mapping is maps controlled by the people for the people, not big corporations or governments.
The future of social media is social media controlled by the people for the people, not big corporations or governments.

Democratic social media for democratic maps.


RL_Dane , to random
@RL_Dane@fosstodon.org avatar

Dear app devs (including the web interface itself): PLEASE stop autocorrecting my 'd hashtags into all-lower-case.

That's just silly. You should be autocorrecting lower case to camel case instead! Grab the list of all hashtags with the same letters without regard to case, and if there's a plurality of them with the same capitalization (not counting all-lower-case), suggest that. Duh! ;)

edit: self-tone-policing. I come across a little too snippy.

mdmrn , to random
@mdmrn@urusai.social avatar

Looks like Tumblr is having issues and Fedi is getting another wave of new folks.

Welcome to the Fediverse, new folks!

A couple tips:

Boost freely

Try to put up for yourself an introduction post with the hashtag or or both listing stuff you're interested in

Use hashtags freely, they help folks find you and what you're posting!

Use Alt-Text in your pictures. It helps a lot!

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

Fyra Labs, the makers of Ultramarine Linux, were the ones who were tracking down who the Fediverse spammers were and making it known so the authorities could deal with them.

Thank you, Fyra Labs.

chikorita157 , to random
@chikorita157@sakurajima.social avatar

EdaAme-X, who is the script kiddie who impersonated someone bragged that he will get protected because of the Juvenile Act.

Well, he got arrested after launching the biggest SPAM attack on the Fediverse. I guess that it didn’t protect him, although he also sent bomb and death threats, which might have been a factor too in his arrest.

All I have to say is good riddance and hopefully he spends time in Juvenile Hall and learn his lesson not to commit cybercrime.

RE: https://fedi.fyralabs.com/notes/9ps7zs9mf6

Linux_Is_Best ,
@Linux_Is_Best@sakurajima.social avatar

@chikorita157

Special shoutout to Fyra Labs, the creators of Ultramarine Linux, who were the ones who tracked down these losers who tried to cause the Fediverse harm with their childish spam attacks.

chikorita157 , to random
@chikorita157@sakurajima.moe avatar

Once the SPAM attack is fully under control and the curprit is stopped, I think this instance shows what I am concerned about for the last year administering a Mastodon server.

The time to implement anti-SPAM measure was when it first happened last spring in 2023 when the Doge spammers created accounts and mass spammed DMS to everyone. That should be the time to add tools to fight SPAM and implement anti-spam features. However, the Mastodon devs dragged their feet until the problem got worse here.

Misskey has some protections like word filters, banned words, and email domain blocks but it’s still not good enough. Sharkey is slightly better since it has account approvals, which is better, but it's still tedious moderating accounts and cleaning up the SPAM.

Perhaps, Akkoma is the least affected because of the MRF feature, which allows you to create rules to reject certain posts. It’s a good thing that the Sharkey team is potentially coming up with something like this to fight SPAM.

Also, Pixelfed has Anti-SPAM protection that is proven to work.

I think the Mastodon team needs to use this opportunity to learn from the mistakes as script kiddies can easily abuse small instances with open registration without any protections in place to send SPAM. If there are anti-spam filters for newly created accounts as seen with Pixelfed and even Forum software like Xenforo (which can use Akismet/StopForumSpam), it would have mostly stopped spammers easily.

Linux_Is_Best ,
@Linux_Is_Best@sakurajima.social avatar

@chikorita157

The Fediverse will need to develop an automated spam management system.

In short, an AI

Do you think any mainstream social media platform would stand a chance against A.I.s trying to break into their system with people alone? Because if you do, you are fooling yourself.

I work for Meta and I know our automated system catches 99% of everything, but even with that remaining 1% I am still employed full-time with 8-12 hour work days. Most of what I manage now are reviews and appeals.

Do you know what helped kill forums?

The lack of proper automated spam management. Forum communities made it seem like a daunting task to register and join, making users jump through hoops to prove they were human. All while AIs easily defeated Captcha, Human Q&A, and e-mail verification.

Social media took a different route. They knew to fight AI you needed AI. As a result joining social media was easy and painless for a person.

Today, the Fediverse is facing 1 moron with maybe a few of their friends. -That is all, just 1 jerk and their buddies.

Now, try to imagine the Fediverse becomes more prime time and more noticeable. Let's assume, for a moment, a group like Anonymous, decided to mess with the Fediverse and not just 1 person along with their high school friends.

The Fediverse truly does need to focus on an automated spam management system.

It is not even hackers or script kiddies the Fediverse needs to worry about. It will be corporations and governments that will not like the idea of a social media platform that they, themselves, cannot control or shutdown, and that anyone can host and join.

Those will be the true threats to the Fediverse.

We need to treat this as a wake-up call, and the Fediverse should focus on an automated management system.

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar
  • User Registration: Free.

  • User Membership: Free.

  • User features: Free.

  • Ads? No

  • Paid subscriptions? No

  • Paid algorithm placement? No

  • Paid features? No

Admin server cost: $$

  • Time spent by your admin administrating the Fediverse: Priceless.

Your administrator helps make the experience you enjoy on the Fediverse possible, by paying.

Please consider reaching out to your administrator and inquire how you can help.

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

The Fediverse will need to develop an automated spam management system.

In short, an AI

Do you think any mainstream social media platform would stand a chance against A.I.s trying to break into their system with people alone? Because if you do, you are fooling yourself.

I work for Meta and I know our automated system catches 99% of everything, but even with that remaining 1% I am still employed full-time with 8-12 hour work days. Most of what I manage now are reviews and appeals

Linux_Is_Best OP ,
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

Do you know what helped kill forums?

The lack of proper automated spam management. Forum communities made it seem like a daunting task to register and join, making users jump through hoops to prove they were human. All while AIs easily defeated Capacha, Human Q&A, and e-mail verification.

Social media took a different route. They knew to fight AI you needed AI. As a result joining social media was easy and painless for a person.

Linux_Is_Best OP , (edited )
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

Today, the Fediverse is facing 1 moron with maybe a few of their friends. -That is all.

Just 1 jerk and their buddies.

Now, try to imagine the Fediverse becomes more prime time and more noticeable. Let's assume, for a moment, a group like Anonymous, decided to mess with the Fediverse and not just 1 person along with their high school friends.

The Fediverse truly does need to focus on an automated spam management system.

Let this be a wake-up call.

Linux_Is_Best OP ,
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

1 kid and his friends should be awake up call.

It is not even hackers or script kiddies the Fediverse needs to worry about. It will be corporations and governments that will not like the idea of a social media platform that they, themselves cannot control or shutdown, and that anyone can host and join.

Those will be the true threats to the Fediverse.

We need to treat this as a wake up call and the Fediverse should focus on an automated management system.

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

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I can see now why Mastodon is the more popular choice.

At first glance, Misskey and Sharkey, seem to have the advantage. They certainly offer more settings, options, and features to express yourself, along with more APIs that allow you to reach more instances.

But as many ways as they have to reach more people out in the Fediverse, they lack the sense of belonging to a community and feeling the pulse of that larger community.

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Linux_Is_Best OP ,
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

That said, Sharkey and Misskey, do have more options, settings, and ways to personalize your experience.

If Misskey / Sharkey can come full circle and expand to include the feeling of belonging to a larger community, which it currently lacks, despite having more APIs to reach people... I'll make the switch to Sharkey.

Until then, I think I will continue to call Mastodon my home.

maegul , to fediverse
@maegul@hachyderm.io avatar

Mastodon CVE Report

Didn't expect the mastodon CVE report/account would kinda end up being about platform diversity on the fediverse (TLDR: only mastodon really had the problem, which was huge)

https://arcanican.is/excerpts/cve-2024-23832/discovery.htm

@fediverse

Linux_Is_Best , (edited ) to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

The development team at Fyra Labs, developers of Ultramarine Linux, and the Terra Repository for Fedora Linux, may have in the works a useful script coded in Rust that may help find and detect spam on the Fediverse.

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

Hello Fediverse

Your hardworking administrators are unpaid volunteers, who happen to work tirelessly to keep you safe from spammers and other nasty things found on social media.

They also take on the cost of managing the Fediverse.

The site you are visiting right now and enjoy using, cost money, and they are kind enough to provide both the site and their administrative services for free.

If you are able, contact your admin on how you can help.

stux , to random
@stux@mstdn.social avatar

⚠️ mstdn.social, masto.ai & mastodon.coffee have been updated to v4.2.7 :mastodon:

Also on mstdn.social the search index is rebuilding for full-text search!

> This release is an important security release fixing a major security issue.

Patch notes: https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/releases/tag/v4.2.7

Linux_Is_Best , to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

Mstdn is currently under attack by spammers.

JSharp1436 ,
@JSharp1436@mstdn.social avatar

@Linux_Is_Best

The server mstdn.social or the network? And what are the details?

Linux_Is_Best , (edited ) to random
@Linux_Is_Best@mstdn.social avatar

⚠️ Mastodon 3.5.x and Mastodon 4.0.x are END OF LIFE. ⚠️

It is strongly recommended you upgrade to Mastodon 4.2.x (or newer, depending on when you see this).

Source: https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/releases

snarfed.org , to random
@snarfed.org@snarfed.org avatar

Fediverse! I’ve been building a bridge to Bluesky, and they’re turning on federation soon, which means my bridge will be available soon too. You’ll be able to follow people on Bluesky from here in the fediverse, and vice versa.

Bluesky is a broad network with lots of worthwhile people and conversations! I hope you’ll give it a chance. Only fully public content is bridged, not followers-only or otherwise private posts or profiles. Still, if you want to opt out, I understand. Feel free to DM me at @snarfed (different account than this one), email me, file a GitHub issue, or put #nobridge in your profile bio.

A number of us have thought about this for a while now, we’re committed to making it work well for everyone, and we’re very open to feedback. Thanks for listening. Feel free to share broadly.

HistoPol ,
@HistoPol@mastodon.social avatar

@shiri

Thanks for the explanation, Shiri.
I pay attention to such thinks, but even with hindsight, I do not see such a group reference.
On , groups are also possible, but I forgot how to use them, as I used them so little.

@jamie @oliphant @snarfed.org@snarfed.org @luca @PCOWandre @chronohart @snarfed

HistoPol ,
@HistoPol@mastodon.social avatar

@scott

Copy and paste is possible, anywhere, always, yes.

Difference: copy & paste will not leave a trail to your original post, a link will.

was supposed to have quote posts last summer. Then @Gargron sent a lengthy explanation that resources had to be recomitted to fix backend features. Since, I haven't heard anyhting new regarding this, but I have not searched for it either.

HistoPol ,
@HistoPol@mastodon.social avatar

@shiri @jamie @oliphant @snarfed.org@snarfed.org @luca @PCOWandre @chronohart @snarfed

(2/2)

...just the pics, but the interaction with contacts.)

PS:
I know:
...there are tools for exporting (beside the point)
...many people here even autodelete there posts (utterly different use-case)
...it's better than on most corporate sites (yes, but still just "rudimentary" flexibility, at least on .)
...that (?) (still?) supports own-post migration (but that was no choice when I joined)

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