Thank you mastodon for being open source. For not having annoying tracking, or advertising. Thank you Ostatus and GNUsocial for providing an open protocol and bootstrapping a network around it. Thank you other software in the federation for doing what you do. And the people behind it all: thank you for being you.
@mmn yes but by comparison technically Twitter is also free as in beer. I'm specifically thankful for the open-source aspect: that I can look at the code and see what's going on behind the scenes is something I value greatly even for products that I can't change. You are right though it is not just being open source that is important.
@mmn I was contemplating saying I'm thankful for the agpl license for enforcing the social contract that makes this all work, but I figured that would be redundant.
For me I find it useful to focus on the people that act on these processes: the commons doesn't build itself. I see it as kind of implementation detail. It definitely matters, but I'm more thankful for the results.
Maybe: different way to frame it is I'm thankful a group of people are using the model? Hmm
@mmn I tend to take everything seriously even if it's a joke.
Maybe we should call it Mastodon/Gnu/Social ?
Or "the community informally known as 'mastodon'".
Now I'm wondering if my use of product names as representing groups is a subtle form Hofstadter pluralizing on language. Entitativity is everywhere~!