Introduction

Another month has passed, which means the old Meta Community Discussion will be replaced with a new Community Discussion, which gives an update on the happenings of the instance, and to provide a place to talk and comment your thoughts on the instance, or for anything else that doesn’t warrant its own c/Meta post.

Now, let us have a quiet moment in remembrance of the June discussion thread as we release it from its pinned status, back into the wilds of the fediverse.

…Right, that’s quite enough remembering.

Slaps server

Let’s bust out July.

Feddit.de is limping! Long live Feddit.org!

A few months ago, Feddit.de suffered a partial error, while the main admin was unavailable due to longer work related travel. As the Feddit.de admin is still missing, several of the site’s moderators collaborated with the Fediverse.foundation and last week, Feddit.org was launched to cover many of the same communities as the old Feddit.de hosted. This is an inspiring development, and demonstrates one way a federated social network can respond to damage.

Community Highlights

We had some new communities pop up on the server last month!

  • !competenceporn@slrpnk.net, created by @Emotet, who, I would like to point out, has a really cool animated avatar and profile background. Their community is focused on competent people doing things competently in media.

  • !electricvehicles@slrpnk.net, created by @sabreW4K3, which focuses on news and discussions on EV’s.

  • !ancienthistory@slrpnk.net, created by @reallykindasort. A place to discuss and share history of ancient peoples!

In other news, @countrypunk is looking for new moderators for !nature_spirituality@slrpnk.net. If that topic interests you, why not throw them a message? I’m sure they’d appreciate the help!

We’d also like to thank @JacobCoffinWrites for graciously taking over as moderator for !utilitycycling@slrpnk.net, and to @Midnight for becoming part of the !collapse@slrpnk.net moderation team! Good stuff y’all :)

If you’re already a mod, joining the SLRPNK XMPP chat is a great way to grow your moderation team and share tips with other moderators. (it’s also usable by all members of the instance, and you can use it for non-solarpunk chatrooms too, it’s totally federated!)

If you’re not already a mod, and see a community that you would like to support with moderation, don’t hesitate to contact the current mods, or us admins.

Some examples of abandoned communities in need of new moderators are:

Again, if any of those seem like your bag, slap a comment down below, and we’ll mod you up! Having those extra set of eyes and developing your community into whatever your creative vision holds is not only a tremendous help to us admins, It’s quite fulfilling in its own right! :D

Technical Updates

Last month we updated our instance to Lemmy version 0.19.4/5, which brought some minor technical issues that were mostly fixed in the latter release. One major change was the introduction of an image proxy. This means that images in newly added posts (and new user/community avatars) are no longer directly downloaded from the federated servers, but rather first mirrored on our server. This has some privacy advantages and should also improve site loading speed a bit. We will have to see how this will affect our image storage capacity in the medium term, but so far it doesn’t seem to have had a big impact and with our recent server upgrade, we do have quite a lot of storage space.

We also experimentally increased maximum upload size to 10mb and allowed small video files as well. We need to see how the impact of this is, though. If it results in too much bandwidth and/or storage space use, we might have to reconsider this.

Open Discussion

Aaaand… Yeah, that’s the news for July. It was pretty chill, pretty snazzy, even! But now it’s your turn to share whatever snazziness is happening on your mind. Anything related to the instance, the fediverse, or the server you’d like to ask about or discuss? Create a new community you want everyone to know about? Then mosey on down to the comments, my dude!

Everything you post here will be highlighted until the start of next month, which is like, a really long time (until it isn’t. Time is cruel, cruel mistress).-

  • ℕ𝕖𝕞𝕠@midwest.social
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    If !utilitycycling needs a second mod, I’m happy to step up, either with this account or @nemo@slrpnk.net. I’ve been subbed there since I first joined lemmy and cycle as my primary form of transit. Previous mod experience on reddit. @JacobCoffinWrites@slrpnk.net, LMK.

    • JacobCoffinWrites
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      Thanks! I appreciate it!

      I just appointed you as a mod, which I think is the first moderation action I’ve had to take in the year I’ve been on Lemmy. (I love how chill this instance is, especially in the three communities I’m nominally a mod of). It’s a good community and I’m glad to have another set of eyes on it in case anything does come up.

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    8 days ago

    I really like these monthly debriefs about the server and community development. Thank you for taking the time to write these up.

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      Thanks for taking over !podcasts! :D

      As for tagging, at least on PC with the normal Lemmy-ui, when I type @LibertyLizard (or just @Liberty) and then do nothing, a menu pops up next to it with names which I can click on, and that will autofill the correct formatting to tag the user in their inbox.

      Also @quercus@slrpnk.net may like you as a co-mod over on !nolawns, never hurts to ask ^^

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        Doesn’t seem to work on any of the UI’s I use, strangely.

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      I don’t mind teaming up if you’re still interested, it’d be nice to have some help.

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      Thank you for volunteering! You’re all modded up now. :D

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        Neat! No problem, thank y’all for all you do :)

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    I don’t know how to mod, or even if doing so would be a good fit for me (I don’t have a vision, or aspirations for power, I just like to be helpful), so I don’t want to take on a whole community by myself, but if any of the communities want, like, help and stuff, I’d be down to give it a go, even if the topic isn’t really my jam. It takes a village and all that. :)

  • Admiral Patrick@dubvee.org
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    One major change was the introduction of an image proxy. This means that images in newly added posts (and new user/community avatars) are no longer directly downloaded from the federated servers, but rather first mirrored on our server.

    I really wish the image proxy wouldn’t federate out the proxied thumbnail image URLs, though. My instance isn’t fetching the thumbnails of those itself (from 0.19.4+ instances) and always uses the poster’s home instance’s proxy URL. Just a gripe I’ve had with how they’ve implemented that feature.