To me, it was the astounding amount of interactivity between the community.

At first I thought this was temporarily caused by the whole migration from the R site. But, just out of curiosity, I signed up to Mastodon and have enjoyed myself just as much as here.

Most of the Lemmy post’s / Mastodon toots have almost as much or more comments / boosts than upvotes or favorites. It feels so organic and makes me realize how much these huge companies employ technics to pretty much force to interact the way they see fit.

It reminds me of that good old saying “you are not immune to propaganda”, well I guess neither I nor anyone is immune to psychological tricks either.

P.S. I also love the fact that since there isn’t pretty much any money involved, most opinions and interactions are genuine. Like, who is gonna pay this dude to advertise a book through BookWyrm? That increases immensely the odds that said person is being honest with their opinion of that book. It’s amazing.

  • finn
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    We need polished mobile apps to really push the fediverse to the masses. It has been a great experience so far though and I think I’ll stay a while.

    • @gamermanh
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      Jerboa works for me, at least, better than the reddit official one ever did…

      • @[email protected]
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        Same here. Although I have to admit it’s not ready for the mainstream. I can imagine people struggling, for example, about what instance to input if they just charged in without taking note of the specific instance they joined.

        I mean, for us it’s simple. For others, maybe not.

      • @[email protected]
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        It needs their tweaks though, adding new communities from other instances is impossible, or at least that’s what it seems.

    • Sean Tilley
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      The apps situation has gotten a lot better over the years, but I can’t understate how big of a sea change it was when Mastodon first came along. Prior to them, most fediverse apps were terrible. The influx of clients that came out of that community changed the network in so many ways.

      • finn
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        Are there any iOS apps that you recommend checking out? I tried mlem and it is incredibly unstable.

        • Sean Tilley
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          Unfortunately, I’m an Android user. But, a quick search has revealed Remmel and Cavy.

          Given how fast everything is blowing up, you’ll probably see a lot more very soon!

    • JWBananas
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      What we need are more backend and full stack developers to shore up the core functionality. A polished mobile app is not going to cancel out the other shortcomings.

      There are critical bugs and missing functions/features that need to be addressed first. Otherwise the masses are going to take one look and never return.

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    • digitallyfree
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      One of those Reddit 3PA devs need to get on board with the Fediverse and encourage their users to switch over. If they can make it seamless that’ll bring in an influx of new members, for better or for worse.

      • sotolf
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        The sync dev is at least thinking of doing it, I would point you to the announcement, but well, they are still parttaking in the lockdown :)

    • @ch00f
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      I’ve got a handful of friends where our only group chain is through a Matrix-Synapse server I have running in my closet. Everyone installed Element, and it works exactly like any other messaging program.

      The only downside is that at the moment, it routinely and randomly struggles to decrypt certain messages.

    • Kresten
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      I honestly have no need to return to reddit, the communities I followed on reddit are starting to form on here, and I just really like the federated infrastructure as opposed to the centralized ad-driven social media

  • WreckingBANG
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    I think the concept of the Fediverse working that well is still sureal. It is so fascinating how a entirely community driven project works better then what some comapanys do. This is what Social Media should be. A place by Humans for Humans owned by everyone. Not some Company that just wants to make money.

  • @gamermanh
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    It’s weird to use a slightly-better functioning version of that site again, and the whole “login to one server and get access to all” makes it significantly simpler than I thought it would be

    • @[email protected]
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      Same here. Besides choosing an instance to join, the experience is easy enough that normies should be able to use it.

  • @fubo
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    Seeing the same sorts of growing pains that other important Internet services have gone through. Yes, there’s friction. It turns out, that’s normal. It’s probably going to keep happening. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.

  • Sean Tilley
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    The biggest thing that’s surprised me is just how long the network has been around. I signed up for Identica (StatusNet platform, which became GNU Social) in 2008! The fediverse has only continued to grow and evolve. It’s absolutely wild.

  • JWBananas
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    The two biggest surprises I’ve had so far:

    1. Lack of federated login / single sign on. It seems bizarre in a land of federated instances to not have the identity provider decoupled (or even truly decentralized). Instance goes away? Poof, there goes your identity. “Backed up” your data and want to import it into another instance? That functionality doesn’t exist today. And even if it were added, how do you validate?

    I hate to even suggest it just because of how much of a buzzword it has become. But blockchain feels like a possible answer to the identity problem. It would couple one’s identity to the network as opposed to the instance.

    That’s not to say that instance-level identities shouldn’t be allowed as well; but it would be nice to have the option. Right now one basically needs to sign up for separate accounts on as many instances as possible to prevent bad actors from posing as them. A universal ID would solve that.

    1. Lack of historical data. Are you the first subscriber to [email protected] through lemmy.world? Doesn’t matter if the original community had fiftyleven posts. You only get to see any created after you subscribe?
    • Sean Tilley
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      These are both definitely pain points. The good news is that the second issue can be dealt with manually, even though it’s annoying: you can copy and paste post links from the community on the server you’re browsing, throw it into the search form, and the remote post will get pulled in. This is a common convention in almost all fediverse platforms.

    • @[email protected]
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      I think you’re justified to be wary of the buzzwordiness of Blockchain though. For the 2 days I spent learning about what all this is before I signed up, every time I heard “de-centralized” I kept asking myself, “How sure am I that this isn’t some weirdly elaborate crypto scam?”

      Bonus fear: I was also concerned for a while that this was just going to be a refuge for hate groups who have been kicked off of major platforms. I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.

    • bbtai
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      Lack of historical data. Are you the first subscriber to [email protected] through lemmy.world? Doesn’t matter if the original community had fiftyleven posts. You only get to see any created after you subscribe?

      This was suuuch a mystery for me as a noob, I didn’t know what was happening!

    • Deref
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      Bluesky is working on persistent identity with a DNS based scheme. You still have instance accounts but they’re optional and posts reference DIDs so getting kicked out won’t break mentions.

      • JWBananas
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        In practice it’s probably going to result in 90% of users anchoring at did.meta.com or some such identity broker. But it looks promising.

    • tc
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      Regarding the first issue, you could check out https://hubzilla.org which has NomadicIdentity, but it still doesn’t solve it for ActivityPub. Maybe later.

      • samwise
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        I’ll have to check out hubzilla this was something I didn’t even think of but make so much sense.

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      I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple days, and I agree. There’s even the problem of duplicate "subs* popping up on other instances. Federation as it currently is seems to be something that works a lot better with a Twitter alternative than a Reddit one. There’s probably some tweaks that can be done to make it a more unified experience. I have some ideas, but I don’t think they’d work.

      These are my suggestions, and I’m sure there’s a reason why they haven’t been done.

      • Break down the Lemmy/Kbin Federation further. Each sub is it’s own instance, this makes it cheaper for people to run their own instances, instead of running a full blown site with several subs. This will also allow for replacements for subs to be created easily, and removes the chance for another Spez to show up.
      • Make the user account an instance. Each individual post or comment is made to the user profile/instance, but is copied or reflected to the sub it is posted to. If the user account is deleted, a signal is sent to each server that the user has deleted their profile, and to remove each comment/post with the users unique ID.
      • Make each sub lowercase and remove all white space, so that individual “comic” instances, or “funny” instances appear together by default.
      • tinwhiskers
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        But you can also have multiple subs on reddit for the same topic. e.g. AI and ArtificialIntelligence. People choose the best one and they either stand or fall based on merit. Things will settle down.

      • Kresten
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        I completely disagree with that it works better for mastodon than lemmy. I think it was confusing as hell on mastodon, but makes perfectly good sense on lemmy.

        Communities are a major advantage, because they allow people without technical knowhow and capital, to create and moderate places of common discussion. This was an issue with mastodon because instances was the only way to divide users into topics, which prevented non tech savvy people from making these categories. Having communities, separates the concern of hosting from the concern of moderating.

        Furthermore, I don’t understand the problem people have with “duplicate” instances. What is the issue with subscribing to more than one? It’s not like you have a limited number of subscriptions. There are already a couple threads on the issue tracker on GitHub, about implementing “multi communities” and so on, it has too many downfalls in my opinion.

      • mfz
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        I’ve been thinking a bit about this lately since the Reddit migration started. I believe it could be solved at the client level at least. Unifying magazines over instances and behind the scenes pull in and follows twin magazines at other instances and presents them in a single abstract magazine.

        There are probably reasons why you at the server level or user level want the low level community access and behavior we have today but judging of all comments and how we typically behave as humans I would say that is rather the unusual case not the mainstream.

        Such users could easily then opt in at the instance level and everyone else looking for a more “centralized” experience can still have that through the client app.

        No doubt it would take some work but I believe it is very doable given my understanding of the Activity Pub protocol and how it works today.

    • tal
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      Instance goes away? Poof, there goes your identity. “Backed up” your data and want to import it into another instance? That functionality doesn’t exist today. And even if it were added, how do you validate?

      Normally, you deal with something like wanting to authenticate to many different entities via use of a public key. I suppose one could hypothetically have a mechanism to register a PGP or SSH pubkey with the network.

      But I don’t know how easy it would be for most users to handle the key management.

    • @[email protected]
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      It seems bizarre in a land of federated instances to not have the identity provider decoupled (or even truly decentralized). Instance goes away? Poof, there goes your identity. “Backed up” your data and want to import it into another instance? That functionality doesn’t exist today.

      Just linking a suggestion someone made in the same spirit:

      https://beehaw.org/post/605834

      They propose / wish for Decentralized Identities.

      There’s also an open issue on GitHub Moving user profile to a new instance #1985.

  • BobQuasit
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    BookWyrm. I’d searched intensively for a replacement for GoodReads, and been stuck with LibraryThing despite it’s extreme user-hostility (by which I mean the opposite of user-friendliness, not that the people there were hostile). BookWyrm was what I was looking for all along!

    • Sean Tilley
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      Bookwyrm is so good! It’s so simple, and just works. Somehow, it’s one of those examples of the open source alternative actually being way less clunky and cluttered than the proprietary thing.

      • sotolf
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        I’ve been really enjoying bookwyrm as well, it has just the things that I want, and it’s clean and simple, that it makes it trivially easy to share with people I talk with on mastodon as well is a plus :)

  • minnieo
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    to me, it was surprising just how easy the fediverse was to understand if i stopped trying to think about it how i was taught to think by centralized platforms.

    at first, i was really hesitant to migrate. i was confused by kbin, lemmy, mastodon, and especially the fediverse. i didn’t think i could ever understand it. i wasn’t confident in it. but, after a few hours of exploring, interacting, watching people talk about it and reading explanations, it clicked into place and suddenly made sense, a whole lotta sense. now, i am actually teaching others about what the fediverse is with little to no trouble and helping them migrate to kbin from reddit, and thats amazing. having tons of fun here! 👍

  • Seegrave
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    How much better it is at being Reddit than Reddit. It feels like its the logical conclusion of what Reddit initially succeeded at for the user, before the perspective shifted towards myopic monetization.

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        just don’t forget to fill in the alt text on the picture

    • Aesthesiaphilia
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      It’s getting there…slowly. My answer to OP’s question is…I’m surprised by how puritan the Fediverse userbase is.

      But they’re getting swarmed by horny redditors now, so it’s only a matter of time before there’s porn all over the place!

  • VulcanSphere
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    Fediverse has taught me that social media can be decentralised.

    Instead of stuck in a platform, Vulcan can read, write, and react to something posted in another instance (for example, from kbin to Lemmy).

    • dill
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      I absolutely LOVE the open source/federated aspects of things! I think it’s just so cool and interesting to me how it all works! :)

      • Aesthesiaphilia
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        It took me a while to wrap my head around, but once I got it I’m loving it! Especially now the issues with the massive influx are starting to go away. We’re on lemmy right now, right? But you and I are both posting from kbin, and you posted 3 minutes ago, and I can see it, and my reply is getting through. This was NOT possible yesterday.

        • dill
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          It’s amazing to me how fast its all progressing! I really love this stuff and am so glad to see it taking off as fast as it is!

          • iByteABit
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            It gives me hope for the future of the internet, even if the average layman never learns or cares about it all. It’s interesting to think that the Internet started this way as well, it was a complete nerd thing at first and nothing like we know it today.

            I hope I can contribute to either kbin or lemmy once I find some time, probably Lemmy since I know Rust and nothing of PHP. Perhaps it can be a fun way to learn PHP as well though

  • noodlejetski
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    being able to connect to not only another instance, but also another platform. I can use my Mastodon account to follow a Pixelfed account and to reply to a Lemmy thread. that’s not something that the mainstream, commercialized internet with its walled-off silos would ever let you do.

  • @haelusnovak
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    I like the new location, due to the principle of federation itself. It’s interesting to see how theaet many smaller communities will evolve, especially those of identical interests on different instances. There’s an inherent messiness to the situation as we’re mostly humans, so all the “baggage” I wish would stay on Reddit is someone else’s entire enjoyment here…

    I’ve also been surprised how many people are eagerly becoming moderators – there are many communities I’d like to see, but am not convinced I could even moderate effectively, so it’s impressive.

    That said, I worry some of the excitement is due to novelty and self-convincing, like when people say “This is fun, right?” But maybe I’m just a bit too skeptical. Regardless, I’m enjoying the ride thusfar, and love seeing people’s effort on instances, communities, apps be celebrated. It helps convince me that humans do enjoy cooperative success.

    • sotolf
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      I’ve also been surprised how many people are eagerly becoming moderators – there are many communities I’d like to see, but am not convinced I could even moderate effectively, so it’s impressive.

      That’s basically the same as on reddit, everything there also just got started by people wanting to see a topic discussed, I wouldn’t worry too much, because at least in my experience, as the sub/magazine grows usually you find people that you trust that you can deputize into helping you moderate :)

  • 𝘋𝘪𝘳𝘬
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    On Mastodon: That you don’t see comments/replies or likes for a status from before the moment you follow the user who wrote the status.

  • Hugo
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    I don’t have to be stucked in a server. It’s normal to have several profiles if I need or I can use just my main mastodon account to centralize all the main accounts I’m interested the most.