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Small social.

On the subject of the small, personal web: how to run a small-scale social network. (It’s not as hard as you think!)

For what it’s worth, I ten to think the approach described in the link is a bit too small, with the risk that the resulting networks are too cliquish/insular, and can lead to both disenfranchisement of marginalized people (who don’t fit the right “party mold”), as well as can foster an environment of hyper-vigilance where everyone is policing everyone else and/or feeling policed (think, e.g. every dysfunctional apartment block/small town you’ve ever lived in or, worse, been on some kind of management body for).

The approach I take for fandom.ink for example is a bit more open while still being relatively small (we sit at around a hundred active users a week as I’m writing this), and it’s been working fairly well so far…

2019-12-18T10:13:49+11:0017th December, 2019|Tags: fediverse, social media, tech|

Fediventures.

Okay so thanks to @vamp I figured out hub.fandom.ink isn’t broken, I’m just an idiot.1

It doesn’t currently have open registration, but if anyone would for some reason like a profile there for testing purposes (or whatever), message me with your email address and I can send you an invite code.

Next challenge: actually getting Mastodon posts to appear on the Hubzilla end, which they’re currently… not. Hm.

  1. I couldn’t get it to federate to Mastodon but, as it turns out, this was because I needed to add the ActivityPub “app” to my user account which… yes, obviously. What a tremendously logical design pattern that’s completely transparent to the end user! []
2019-02-08T13:42:55+11:008th February, 2019|Tags: fediverse, hubzilla|

Federated!

A-hah!

So I’ve been trying to get the ActivityPub WordPress plugin working at alis.me for a while, to no avail. I’d kind of narrowed it down to it tripping over some kind of nginx config error, but couldn’t for the life of me figure out what, exactly.

Then, today, I actually (ahem) bothered to check the site error logs. And, er. The plugin issues listing on Github. Which… helpful, turns out.

So apparently the default WordPress nginx config file I’ve been using prohibits access to period-prefixed files. Unfortunately, ActivityPub’s Webfinger endpoint thingie is a /.well-known, so it was getting 403’d. Knowing that, plus actually bothering to read this issue, and I added the following just above the existing dot-prefix deny directive:

location ~ /\.well-known {
  allow all;
  try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;
}

And, well. Et violà!

Mastodon interface profile for @alis@alis.me. Screenshot.

Federated!

So, yeah. Now if you need yet another channel for me to spam you on, you can find it at @alis@alis.me on the Fediverse!

2019-01-13T15:45:38+11:0013th January, 2019|Tags: alis.me, fediverse, mastodon|