Good news or bad news: Raddle already supports federation
Some of you might be in favor of federation, others are skeptical/against. The Point is, raddle federates already.
First off all I think we should clear out confusion that is caused by different definition we use for the word federation, just to make sure we speak of the same thing when we speak about federation.
I use this definition:
Federation describes a systemic connection and exchange between autonomous systems.
What it does not mean: loosing autonomy, if you don't want to.
But how does raddle federate? What blockshit does it use to make magic?
The system that I describe as raddle consists of 3 elements.
- Someone that creates and maintains the software.
- the software and it's hardware infrastructure that is required to let it run
- a user/friend/comunity that interacts with the software to reach each other
The software allows hyperlinks to refer from raddle to other webpages, other collectives, other whatsoever. It also supports RSS feed reader, so a user could read in one spot content from different server and interact with it, based on the permissions they have on a given website.
The user/friend/community that interacts with the software postmill, is not limited to the interaction with postmill. It is likely that they are organized in others spaces too, and by that create a network between the postmill software and anything else they interact with. The federation works purely by intentional human defined action. It works so well :-p , that I can use even my voice to speak with others about raddle and use my ears and brain (and all the rest of the body that is required to make this crappy body somewhat functional) to receive information that I'll pass over to raddle. This is federation and there is nothing bad about it (except that a world, where we wouldn't depend so much on technology to facilitate our federated interaction, and find more resource efficient means to organize ourselves within this environment without being as much of a burden to it would be exceptional better imho but it seems unreachable atm). So we remain cyborgs for the moment.
This method of federation clearly has some limitation. For example we can't directly engage from within the software postmill in a discourse with kollektiva.social or kollektiva.media. We can also not host a postmill instance, that had a specific regional focus, or being specifically organized around a matter that one wishes to have an entire community dedicated for (I know that some insist that this is something pointless, while other hold arguments of the opposite. If I find the time, and people remain interested in what I have to say on the matter, I might devote some time writing a critique.) , that would be able to directly interact with raddle.
If this would be something worth to accomplish is a different question. The important point for me making this post is:
autonomy, federation and privacy are not exposing or excluding each other.
They can, but it is not an requirement. They can be also very beneficial for each, depending on its implementations.
ziq presented some arguments in an OP why this would be something to better avoid. I'd like to mention, that it s part of a conversation that was prior held with me, where I addressed already parts of it as a mere miss understanding how federation can work.
I don't enjoy repetitive argumentation, so I just make a short comment and then leave a link. Suggesting that federation will inevitable benefit the fashs, the capitalists, the tankies with their left unity scam (I agree on the left unity scam part) to continue the narrative spin with saying raddle is already federated, is as best will a not well thought of argumentation, at worse intentional manipulative. (idk if I'm to harsh/confrontational with those words, take it as an information that I don't like this type of discourse)
btw: federated software protocol with permission control of who can access the content and whom not does exist. If you're not granted access, you won't see anything, doesn't matter how fash you are. But that's a discussion not worth to have atm, since it's not the details we disagree with, but the mere logic behind federation and autonomy.