Fosstodon Hub

The largest FOSS focussed instance on the Fediverse

Fosstodon has nearly 7,000 members!

I think it's fair to say that when Mike and I started Fosstodon back in 2017, we didn't think we would be the biggest FOSS based instance on the Fediverse. That's just awesome and we love the fact that our little corner of the Fediverse is growing so well.

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A few weeks ago, we decided it was time to make some changes to the Fosstodon team and how we manage things around here. We have a really strong team of moderators and also Mike and Kev carry out some moderation duties, as admins.

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This post has been written by one of Fosstodon's admins, Kev.

A few days ago, I wrote the following Toot:

This post caused a lot of upset across the Fediverse it seems, so I wanted to set the record straight in a longer form. This blog seemed like a good place to do it. I was considering putting this post on my personal blog, but because this subject aligns so closely with Fosstodon, here seemed like the better choice.

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With a combination of sticker sales and regular [donations via PayPal and Patreon, we have been able to make our second donation to open source projects way sooner than we first thought.

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Mastodon is great, but one of the issues with a federated social network such as this, is that users need to be sure their instance isn't going to disappear overnight. This has happened on a number of occasions to my knowledge, and it leaves the instance's members high and dry.

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Because of all the amazing support we get from our Patrons over on Patreon, today we have been able to make our first donation to an open source project.

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So you have decided to join Fosstodon, but what now? Your timelines are looking a little bare...hang on, rewind...what is a timeline? What is Mastodon? What is Fosstodon? Are they different?

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In case you didn't know, we use KeyBase Teams here as Fosstodon as our main way to communicate among the team.

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We recently posted a reminder on our official Fosstodon account that Toots on Fosstodon should be in English. We knew that this post would frustrate many of you, and we sincerely apologise. We thought long and hard about our decision, and it was the best we could come up with to protect our members from harassment and keep the Fosstodon team from being overwhelmed.

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Welcome to the new Fosstodon Hub!

Now, you may be thinking to yourself “why on earth does a social network need a blog?” Well, we wanted a place where we could make announcements and talk to you guys where the 500 character limit of Fosstodon isn't enough. For example:

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