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Aaron Williamson @copiesofcopies

Friends, @Gargron's going to have to scale up to support this crazy (and awesome) spike in new users. Let's pay the man: patreon.com/user?u=619786

(Also consider new instances, etc, but we all know mastodon.social's going to get most of the growth for the time being.)

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Lots of people jumped over not realizing this is an offshoot of gnusocial and that each instance/node has a code of conduct. mastodon.social/about/more

Federation idea is likely foreign to many people. I've been explaining it like how everyone can get a different email address, or mailing address IRL.

@ultimape isn't each mastadon instance a GNU social instance? Or is mastadon a fork of some sort? I guess my question is, what is the distinction between mastadon and GNU social?

@munyari I'm not certain, but I know people from quitter are following me so it seems compatible. I think mastodon simply breaks federation with some of the heavy trolling oriented groups. Someone had a brief history on the thing but I can't find it.

@ultimape from the patreon page, it seems like mastadon is a compatible reimplementation of GNU social in Ruby on Rails

@munyari I'm trying to figure out the best terminology to make that distinction. I see mastodon.social and mastodon (The software stack built to be compatible with gnusocial) as separate entities.

@munyari This (stack) does seem to have a very compelling UI and easy to onboard new users - hence the massive influx of people on the mastodon.social node

@ultimape Even then, I'm kind of annoyed by it. See my TL for some details. Apparently there are also minor deviations from the standard, enough to cause the others to patch. That's a huge red flag for me.

@hermeslispegistus Ah yeah, protocol level changes are weird.

I was musing yesterday on how things seem to be agpl though, so there's at least a means to create a ratcheting effect and the federeated universe can stay in sync.

Can you link to more info about the patches? I'd like to stay on top of that topic.

@ultimape right, mastadon is the server and mastadon.social is a single instance.

@hermeslispegistus thanks for that. I'll check out the GNU social vid you posted (brand new to federated social networks in general)

@ultimape @munyari sealion.club is blocked. I think they have almost no rules about conduct, but I don't want to say more than I know.

@munyari @ultimape Mastodon is a separate clean-slate project that uses the same server-to-server protocol as GNUSocial. So the servers can communicate, but they don't share code in any way.