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  • @Devgard
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    In respect to you guys modding the original r/Android, I will leave this up, unlocked. But please, don’t make any more new posts here advertising r/Android V2.

    Let the games begin I guess.

    Edit: Please read this.

    • ijeff
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      11 months ago

      We didn’t post this one up! I posted on /r/android shortly before bed and felt it would’ve been in bad taste if we had posted here without discussing with you folks first (I also admittedly slept in, as it’s a holiday today for Canada Day Weekend).

      I was actually hoping to reach out to you and Mike to see if you’re interested in joining our mod team on [email protected]. We hope to carry forward the same kind of content philosophy from /r/android prior to our lockdowns, namely discussions and items of collective interest, and avoiding specific, technical support questions that can overtake large communities - and think you both align pretty well with our overall emphasis on keeping it civil and cordial.

      For a bit of background on the instance, @[email protected] has been spending quite some time getting lemdro.id setup and optimized for us with a focus on ensuring backend scalability to handle load. The hope was to have an instance where major tech and other subreddits could feel comfortable moving to, without the significant performance issues that could leave folks with bad first impressions (a number of us were around for the waves of migration from Digg to Reddit).

      Folks are currently reaching out to their respective mod teams at other large tech subreddits to see if there’s interest in joining Lemmy as well. We also have a number of developers with us exploring opportunities to contribute code improvements and fill gaps within the Lemmy ecosystem (e.g., accessibility improvements, moderator tools, fighting spam), with at least one bug fix already contributed to the Lemmy Github!

      If you and Mike are interested, please do reach out! It would be great to have you both. Given Lemmy doesn’t support group PMs or Modmail, let me know if you want to connect somewhere else - I’m on Telegram, Discord, and Element but would be happy to chat anywhere.

      • Mike
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        2011 months ago

        Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the candour and respectful response here. I confess I was initially miffed that somebody would promote a ‘competing’ c here, but I quickly realised I’m not interested in rivalries here. Life’s busy enough as it is!

        I think we’re doing pretty well here, but the idea of an instance dedicated to tech is appealing. Happy to chat about it. I’m @mikestevens on Telegram.

      • @Devgard
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        911 months ago

        Thank you for clarifying and for the consideration, I really appreciate you taking the time to write this out.

        Regarding my response earlier, I made that reply on the assumption that it were you guys who put this up as a way to take some users back, which taking a step back now, I see that I was very wrong.

        I’ll be making a new mod reply to this post, which should clarify any misunderstandings to prevent new people viewing this post from accidentally making the same assumption I have made.

        If you need to contact me, shoot me a DM and I can share my Telegram details there :)

    • lightrush
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      11 months ago

      Why shouldn’t they do “r/Android V2” posts? Is [email protected] “The Android community”? Are we going to put a non-compete rule in writing or spirit for this community? How tone-deaf would this be in the current Reddit upheaval context? The Fediverse is literally about anti-monopilization. [email protected] just so happens to be one community named “Android” among others on other instances. It also happens to be on the largest instance for now. But a successful, large community doesn’t have to be on the largest instance. That’s not how federation works. Ultimately all of us users check the number of user subs before we subscribe or we just sub to all. Being the first to register this community on this instance isn’t what’s gonna determine that. Whichever “The Android community” becomes on Lemmy, it requires moderation work and likely that will determine the final result. If the /r/Android mods want to tell us where the new version of it is, they can do that in a lot more channels than "[email protected]”, like the various tech or Reddit related communities across the instances. Someone posting this here shouldn’t trigger any special feelings in my opinion as it’s no different or significantly more influential. The battle for creating a Reddit alternative is much bigger one than who’s gonna claim they own this or that piece of land. So I’d welcome every free labor team (mod teams) from Reddit to Lemmy and help them get started even if it means that I have to cede some space. We supported these folks during the blackouts, why should we stop doing so when they decided to migrate? Isn’t that the logical continuation of the same events?

      • @Devgard
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        811 months ago

        Let me explain my reply.

        From my POV, OP’s post initially came across as advertisement, but targeted. Imagine that this community is an Apple store. To me this post seemed as if Samsung or Google had put up an ad directly in the middle of the store, trying to take back some customers.

        It was my mistake to assume that OP posting was one of the mods.

        I’m 100% ok with both communities co-existing, after all, the more content there is, the more likely the Fediverse will succeed. The only reason I was annoyed at first, was because of an advertisement for a similar community that came out of nowhere, with no notice/warning whatsoever, which in hindsight is completely understandable as this post wasn’t at all made by the mods over at [email protected].

        Tl;dr I just wasn’t comfortable with how the advertisement just appeared, as it seemed like a direct attack to steal people, but I was most definitely wrong with my assumptions. My reply was made solely on the assumption that the mods of [email protected] had posted this, and for that I am sorry.

  • @Devgard
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    3011 months ago

    Update on the post This post was not made by the mods of @android@[email protected]. This was made by a fellow fan of r/Android and was not made to siphon/steal users as I and many others have incorrectly assumed, so please don’t attack the mods of @android@[email protected] as they don’t mean any harm!

    • LeclipseOP
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      1211 months ago

      Sorry for the late reply (I had not checked Lemmy for a while).

      I am just an Android enthusiast and not affiliated with r/Android in any capacity. I genuinely failed to realise that it might be inappropriate and disrespectful towards your community to post this here. I saw the announcement in r/Android and got excited. I should have posted this in other relevent communities.

      Apologies for any inconvenience or offense that I may have caused.

      • @Devgard
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        411 months ago

        It’s all good :)

  • sloonark
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    9111 months ago

    So we have separate Android communities running on separate instances. I can’t see how this community splintering can be a good thing.

    • @[email protected]
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      1. As time goes one community will emerge as the main one while other would dry up and naturally become obsolete (until people get angry with the mods of main one and start looking for alternative community, similar to how there are r/truegaming, r/true(x) etc for popular subreddits.)

      2. There are many open PRs on lemmy github on how to aggregate similar communities. For example there is a suggestion of making an auto multireddit like thing, m/gaming for example, that would merge posts from every c/gaming community (not sure how this would work with defederation and stuff). With enough demand, something like that can be added to lemmy by an experienced dev.

        • lemmyvore
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          Things like defederation and having communities with the same topic on different instances are actually good things, they’re features of the Fediverse not problems.

          It takes a bit of adapting to the Fediverse mindset as opposed to the centralized platform mindset but there are solutions:

          • Having multiple communities like OP said is a good thing, let’s see which one rises to the top.
          • There are already Lemmy clients that can subscribe to accounts on multiple instances and merge everything seamlessly for you.
          • A multireddit-like feature will probably be implemented eventually, and I suspect it will also be a client feature not a server feature, because it makes much more sense on the client.
          • @tsz
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            911 months ago

            How are users that aren’t interested in following the state of each community supposed to know which one is “on top” or the best community to post to or watch for relevant information? I don’t agree that making meta-level knowledge of the site mandatory to successfully navigating it is healthy or smart for the long term success of lemmy.

            • Big Duck Energy
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              1111 months ago

              How did you pick between Coke and Pepsi? You picked the one you liked. Choice is a good thing, I think you’re making this harder than it needs to be.

              • @[email protected]
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                811 months ago

                A lot of these arguments are starting to sound like Reddit is astroturfing around here.

                • Big Duck Energy
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                  A lot of people are fresh off of Reddit and are looking for an exact clone of Reddit, which is fair enough. They don’t understand Federation and think Lemmy needs to stop doing it, lol. Like, Squables is that way - - - >

            • lemmyvore
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              811 months ago

              How are users that aren’t interested in following the state of each community supposed to know which one is “on top” or the best community

              The same way they have been doing it on reddit. You browse around, see a community that looks interesting and you subscribe. Notice that you have two related communities and you merge them in your client.

              I don’t agree that making meta-level knowledge of the site mandatory to successfully navigating it is healthy or smart for the long term success of lemmy.

              I mean, you need to know how a service works in order to use it effectively. Lemmy works a certain way and that’s that.

              Not sure which you’re arguing for – that Lemmy should be simpler (I think it’s fairly simple for what it is) or that clients should be simpler (which is happening as we speak) – but either way it’s going to work out. Hell, Twitter’s mechanics are a lot less intuitive and it still managed to make it big.

            • HobbitFoot
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              311 months ago

              How are users that aren’t interested in following the state of each community supposed to know which one is “on top” or the best community to post to or watch for relevant information? I

              Look at c/all and see which communities consistently are at the top. If you like one community over the other, upvote and comment on that community’s posts.

          • @IrBill
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            111 months ago

            Could you explain point two in more detail? I know you said account, but I’m hoping by community might be a feature, where I could subscribe to c/android and it’d maybe fetch all the c/android’s across all fediverse instances?

        • @[email protected]
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          611 months ago

          The beehaw and world defederation (which I assume you are referencing) is temporary because beehaw believes the increased traffic cannot be moderated without proper mod tools.

          And while you’re right about mainstream things like gaming or technology won’t have a single main community, I feel more niche communities will be able to setup their main communities. Obviouly that’s just my opinion, but there are some signs of that happening already. (c/piracy for example)

          • @dustojnikhummer
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            011 months ago

            Given instances can get defederated because of one sublemmy… pressing big X to doubt on that

              • @dustojnikhummer
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                111 months ago

                Okay, it is a stupid name, I admit. Better alternative?

                • Earl Turlet
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                  1111 months ago

                  Lemmy already calls it a community. It’s all over the UI, code, everything. Why call it something else?

            • HobbitFoot
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              511 months ago

              Instances will be judged on the subs they choose to host. Federating is a voluntary activity and defederating is the solution for other admins when one instance fails to keep their instance from turning into a Nazi bar.

    • fmstrat
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      5611 months ago

      Don’t like the direction of one? You get options. Like them both? Subscribe to both. It’s like getting Gamers Nexus and LTT, different perspective but overlapping community.

    • @[email protected]
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      4911 months ago

      It’s just like having different subreddits about the same topic. Just subscribe to both.

      • AlmightySnoo 🐢🇮🇱🇺🇦
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        I think what he meant is why launch a second exact same community, with merely 300 subscribers, when there’s already an established one like [email protected] which has now more than 15k subscribers? I noticed that behavior with the r/neovim mods too, they refused to join an existing community. My guess is simply that they want to be in a community where they are still in charge of everything, they’re too addicted to their mod “powers” to let go of them.

        Back to OP, I think the whole thread and the way r/Android mods just hoped to absorb users of this community is completely inappropriate and simply disrespectful.

        • @[email protected]
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          1011 months ago

          Same reason there’s been games, gaming, truegaming, patientgaming, etc. Overtime each community can come to develop their own style.

      • @yesterdayshero
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        1411 months ago

        But they’re the same topic, so there’s a good chance there’s gonna be repeated content across both. Particularly if not everyone is subscribed to all instances.

        I’m subscribing to both, but will be interesting to see how duplicate content across instances are federated in the future.

        • @AtheistAndroid
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          1511 months ago

          If two of the same topic is posted, the one in the instance with more people will be higher on the active list than the other, so if you’re subbed to both, you’ll see that one first and interact with it. I’ve seen duplicate topics across several of my subs on Reddit regularly.

          • @yesterdayshero
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            411 months ago

            Yeah but I’d see one, scroll a little further and see another. Then scroll a little further and see another. Sure you might see some repeated posts on Reddit, but the problem is exacerbated if there are multiple instances of the same topic.

            For example, if I saw the same post on /r/Google and /r/Android. The problem could be four times or more worse due to there being multiple instances of Google and Android federated.

            I’m enjoying Lemmy, but it’ll be interesting to see how this might be dealt with for those that want a single feed per topic.

          • @outbound5231
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            211 months ago

            Are there any Lemmy clients that support viewing multi-communities? For example, I’d prefer viewing all posts for all instances of Android over the combined subscribed list.

            • HobbitFoot
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              211 months ago

              I thought that was built in to all Lemmy clients. All non-home instances I’m subscribed to are presented as @instance because the instance location is just as important as the sub’s name.

              • @outbound5231
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                Just to clarify, I don’t want to view all of the content from my subscribed communities in a single view. I want to be able to tap on something like Android and then only view the content from all instances with the same community name that I’m subscribed to.

                • @[email protected]
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                  211 months ago

                  I wouldn’t even want it restricted to the same community name, make it customizable. I’d love to be able to set up Android and FossDroid on the same feed for example. Or all the different selfhosted/homelab/datahoarders/etc. communities.

                • HobbitFoot
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                  111 months ago

                  Not right now. I imagine this would be added in an app sooner than the official distribution due to priorities.

        • Paradox
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          211 months ago

          It’s not hard to dedupe content. My RSS client has a feature that can hide duplicate articles based on a few different parameters. It’s not impossible to add something to Lemmy that does the same

          Also, back in reddit ancient history, there used to be a feature called “other discussions” which let you see the same link’s comments on other subreddits

        • Recreational Placebos
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          411 months ago

          I think that’s a bug, and doesn’t mean anything. Unless there’s a new bug I’m unaware of, which is completely possible.

    • Ghostalmedia
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      1511 months ago

      This feels like the argument people made against Android when Google announced that any manufacturer could have their own separate distribution.

    • @[email protected]
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      611 months ago

      What Wander replied. Also you can subscribe to which community has the most subscribers/most active. Having a couple communities of the same topic can also mean the communities can be smaller than one huge community. A smaller community can have better discussions than one huge community.

    • @[email protected]
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      511 months ago

      I mean there’s a subreddit for gaming and then there’s a subreddit for console gaming and a subreddit for patient gaming and a subreddit for video games in the subreddit for PlayStation etc…

      I understand a little confusion but if anything only having one subreddit for Android was a problem to begin with. And places like Android apps or Android gaming we’re probably a little too specialized

    • @yesterdayshero
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      511 months ago

      I’m with you. I’m already seeing duplicate posts/links shared across instances. Trying to work out how managing subscriptions will look as the platform grows.

    • @ghariksforge
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      311 months ago

      Friendly competition is always good.

    • 🌴 𝓣𝓸𝓾𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓽
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      I actually like the idea of a lot of the bigger subs getting their own instances. Makes it easier to organize different topics than the flair by just creating separate communities.

      • mintiefresh
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        2011 months ago

        Yeah, I like this idea a lot. Just like programming.dev having a bunch of programming related communities.

        Also, it’s a bit nice (imo) to not have EVERY community on Lemmy.world.

        In any case, I will just follow both.

        • 🌴 𝓣𝓸𝓾𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓽
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          711 months ago

          IMHO, Lemmy.world is better for like general discussion communities such as memes, TIL, AMA, earthpics, etc. Anything on that instance will always be “general”. Like, [email protected] would be for like general news and updates but [email protected] (not a real instance but just as an example) could be all about art and culture.

          • @Darkm0d
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            111 months ago

            This has finally made all of this make a bit more sense with the way that’s worded. I’m still not sure if I’m doing everything right. If the Portland community I see on the instance I’m on is the right one or the o oy one or what the hell. 😂😅

    • @slinky317
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      Yeah, I feel like they’re a little late to the party. They should have had this ready to go once they decided they were going to prolong their protest.

      • @[email protected]
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        Yeah but… It just feels weird that the Reddit mods came blasting here as if they were the true Android representatives from Google.

  • @books
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    3911 months ago

    So, if I’m understanding correctly… the mods from reddit, started their own instance are are trying to siphon users over to that?

    • Mike
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      I don’t think this thread was created by one of them — the creator of this thread isn’t listed as a mod over there.

      Like @Devgard I was tempted to lock or delete this thread — I feel like it’s a bit of a shitty thing to post — but it’s pretty clear from the upvotes that most people are excited for it. So… Whatever will be, will be!

      • calr0x
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        1111 months ago

        No matter how it plays out this is a fucking hero response.

      • @SubNoize
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        911 months ago

        Mate, correct response. Infighting makes us just as bad as Reddit

        • @[email protected]
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          311 months ago

          The subscribe button is a bug that should be fixed in the next release. As a work around, if you click any other button in that page, the issue should be fixed. Try it.

  • @techgearwhips
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    Good stuff. Getting to used to using Reddit less and less.

  • @Captain_Nipples
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    Crazy. Android was one of, if not THE first, subreddit I subscribed to when I joined Reddit. I was rooting my Galaxy S Edge… Before a shitload of major subreddits were even created… Here we are, almost 12 years later, starting over. Now I’m on my 2 year old GS 21 Ultra

    • @Mr_Blott
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      211 months ago

      Crazy. I joined Reddit before Android OS even existed 😂

  • Hairyblue
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    I was part of that subreddit and welcome them to the Fediverse. But I’m in kbin and my efforts to join them are not working. Hope there is a fix for this soon.

    Side question: Is there a website with a list of all interest/communities and its address so we could just search that website and add all the sites we wanted to kbin?

    • @Armetron
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      https://lemmyverse.net/communities Once you go to the site on the top right there’s an icon of a house click it and set your local instance. From there you’re free to search all communities by name and by instance location and once you click on them it will open using your local instance automatically. From there you simply have to subscribe

      • @sv1sjp
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        Nice sumup,I will copy your message to promote it to other people from other services (with credits of you ofc)

    • LeclipseOP
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      211 months ago

      I should have used libreddit in the first place. Will update the post

  • @Crow
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    411 months ago

    For android to stay federated with other servers do they need to download all the posts from other servers to their server? I’m not too sure how the fediverse works.

    • Soullioness
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      Not quite. From what I’ve read, I think only text is downloaded, pictures and other media are just links. So not everything needs to be downloaded. Also to trigger/maintain this connection (federation) at least one person from your instance needs to be subscribed.

      But you won’t find this community in the search bar because you’re not federated yet. So to trigger the initial federation you’ll need to search for the full URL, the entire URL including “https://” (https://lemdro.id/c/android) It won’t show up at first, so try again in a few seconds, and sometimes you’ll need to try a lot of times if the instances are running slowly. But eventually your instance will find the other community on the other instance.

      But at the time I’m writing this lemdro.id is apparently offline so it won’t work at all right now.

  • @[email protected]
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    Welcome! I was subbed over there and looking forward to participating more over here to get the community going!