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jadedctrl wrote

Question: GNU Social has been around longer and is also a libre federated Twitter-like network. What advantages are there to using Mastodon over it?

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tlckl wrote

Mastodon is compatible with GNU social. You can read posts from GNU Social and even interact with GNU social users, so the end result is really just a more Twitter-like, nicer interface.

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ziq wrote

So they pledge to ban fashes?

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tlckl wrote

So the network is distributed across several "instances". While nothing stops fashy instances from existing, they are excluded from communication with other instances. Racists can be instance-wide blocked even if they're on another instance.

The biggest instance, mastodon.social, has a pretty strong antifascist policy, explicitly prohibiting hate speech and fascism.

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tlckl wrote

Here's a few other instances:

  • icosahedron.website: Even stronger content policy than mastodon.social. Run by a comrade like mastodon.social.
  • anticapitalist.party: Explicitly anticapitalist instance.
  • gnusocial.no: Although not a Mastodon server, it is compatible with Mastodon. Home of rms.
  • lgbt.io: Mastodon for LGBT with extra moderation and anti-harassment measures.
  • mathstodon.xyz: For math nerds, run by AMS (American Mathematical Society). Supports LaTeX.
  • soc.ialis.me: For socialists. Mostly marxists. Be aware of tankies.
  • octodon.social: Nice domain. Run by a comrade. Not very moderated due to only one staff.

Ultimately, the choice is pretty unimportant. The only differences it makes are:

  • your domain.
  • the local timeline (if the instance is small, people may communicate within it and have fun there). This is partially the reason why there are so many specialized mastodon server.
  • trust (do you trust the owner to protect your privacy etc.?)
  • content policy and moderation (all the ones I've listed have good moderation, but you must still be aware that not all servers have that many moderators, so if you pick a low-staff instance, you will have to do some blocking by yourself)
  • possibly interface and modding.
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tlckl wrote

Yeah, your instance choice doesn't restrict communication. You can still communicate with users on other instances.

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an_whale wrote

Is it popular though I don't know anybody using it