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lookin4 wrote

I am sorry, I think I can not offer a proper description or explain the ideas and goals in detail. Mainly because I am a non-native speaker of the english language, so it will surely lack of easy language and I have no profound knowledge about mesh-networking.

Freifunk is a grassroots-movement whose goals are to de-centralise and de-commercialize the connections to the internet and to promote connections among the participants to empower communications, file transfers and information without being dependent on the internet (and therefor commercial providers and their policies on which hardware you must use, for what purpose do you use the service, at what cost, how much privacy is granted, ...). With mesh-networking everybody connects with everyone, so there is no hierarchy and almighty authority who is in control and could act oppressor.

See also:

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lookin4 wrote

Tl;Dr: Make long range wifi receivers, connect them to wifi, and then use software to make it into one fast internet line.

After reading your text I remain curious, but skeptic. Is it really that simple? Do the original operators of the WiFi get notice of this unintentionally share of bandwidth - or does the satellite act like a usual client? When they are reading the logs I am pretty sure they will recognize the increasing size of transferred data, which may result in narrowing down the range or discontinue the service.

Let me know what you think, thanks.

Basically a good idea, but not literally radical, because someone needs to be a customer of a provider. It reproduces capitalism while the means of production remain in the hands of a few.

It is probably better (but not more easy by all means) to set-up mesh networks. Have you ever heard of Freifunk?

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lookin4 wrote

Well, thank you for the link! Does somebody know how to download that document within Tor? I want to have a local copy of it and mirror it outside of Google's servers.

Our wiki have storage for it, which would make it easy and privacy-friendly for forums and their sidebars to link to it.

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lookin4 wrote (edited )

Aha. Are there plans to develop and implement an algorithm? Or to vote on the forums that should appear there? Maybe it could be done via a bot (weekly voting threads) and automation (writing the results to the database/place inside Postmill-files).

But as this may be a lot of work, in the meantime it would be helpful when the list has a public known history to know how and when it was last updated.

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lookin4 wrote (edited )

were they both urban communes?

Yes. One in a city with inhabitants >50.000 and the other >500.000

How many people?

We we're about 25 people, with a wide range of different ages.

How did you guys divide up tasks?

It depends. Everybody is responsible to keep their own room clean, if they are able to do it physically. The house-kitchen was cleaned by one for all on a date, where they had time to do it voluntarily, usually after the common supper prepared also by one for all that evening. Preparing food before and after that for oneself is done on its own. To get bulk supply of basic food, toilet paper, detergent etc. for all of us was a voluntary task of one, to get basic drinks of another one. All other nutrition stuff (e.g. favorite jam, clothes) was individual.

Was there sufficient privacy?

In my opinion: Definitely. Everybody has it's own room, which could be locked.

What were the finances like - rent, costs, etc...? Did you save money by doing this?

Ground and house were bought a few years before my moving in by the founding communardes with money they saved, they got as wage and funds by friends and supporters who already built similar projects and a credit from a so-called leftist bank.

The communardes and their friends founded a collective in form of a corporation for legal purposes, whose only task is to act as property owner and to ensure that no single person or the board as a whole can abuse their power to sell everything. With statues, social charter it was ensured everyone who lived there is a member of the collective, share their income, that majority vote make way for consensus. It also describes how to act as landlord and tenant at the same time.

What kinds of creative group projects did you undertake?

We had a sharing economy, meet regularly to talk about our individual and common expenses and variation of our income. There were a social assembly to exchange on our joy, curiosity, bliss, worries, anxieties, rage, insecurity, ... In working-groups we discussed about necessary repairs of the house the collectively-owned car, reproduction work, upcoming visits and events, our cooperation with the community-supported agriculture, accommodation, giving workshops, networking...

Two times a year we did trips, and another two times, in spring and autumn, were used to commonly do huge maintenance work around the house.

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lookin4 wrote

Unfortunately, no. This might be because we are distant-relatives. Their partner and the majority of the family however are also not a big fan of this, but they seem to deal with it more relaxed than I do... but perhaps this is my distorted perception since I don't see them regularly.

There are hopefully more conflicts and worries related to it than imagined, which leads someday to their quitting the military. Or the call of duty transforms, when becoming a parent. Their mind and civil education offers better options than to be at war for the state corporations.

Tip: Try to identify their motivation for joining. It could be the uniform, the companionship, the desire for authority or leadership, the thrill, adventure, reputation or whatnot. Even if you don't get the idea of some or all of the above, explain them it can be found in civil jobs, too. Make a pitch for firefighters, paramedics, emergency management.

Good luck! If you want, keep us up-to-date. At least I am very curious.

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lookin4 wrote

Thanks /u/Tequila_Wolf & /u/ziq!

By the way: I contacted "Millosh"*, asking them if they can offer us some database dumps. The ones once offered to anyone are no longer available. See here...


(* Millosh's a Wiki admin ("sysop") like many other users on-site, but as the suspected founder according to Wikiindex they have probably access to the server.)

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lookin4 wrote

where I can found forums?

You want to create forums, did I understand that correctly? Beneath of the List of forums you'll find a button allowing you to do exactly this. I'm curious what you have in mind - feel free to post about it in f/newforums afterwards to spread the news.

Glad that you are here to take part in Raddle. Enjoy!

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lookin4 wrote

Dear /u/Fossidarity, /u/GrimWillow, /u/Tequila_Wolf

What do you think about hosting a sandbox instance of MediaWiki? I have no doubt that it would be worthy, because of the possible growth (in terms of quantity and quality) of our whole community: the active users and our interactions in the forums. I will volunteer to take part in this experiment.

Does the server meet the requirements for it? If not, there is also DokuWiki - with no need for a database, all sites are saved in text files.

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lookin4 wrote

Yes, why not... but in my opinion only under certain circumstances.

  1. The one(s) legally responsible for running Raddle know and accept that a wiki may involve risks, because it is in it's nature to be wide open for contributions. Even if the w/Terms_of_Service covering everything published in theory and there can be mods, too. But possible violations can be placed quicker and more easy than on the forums - either with a registered accounts or without.

  2. As the current wiki only supports Markdown and seems very simple, meaning there is a lack of important features like categorization, inter-wiki links for different languages, templates, statistics, more detailed format-tools, including of media and proper player for them. Also speaking of import-functionality and usage-familiarity, because most people's experience with Wikipedia, I would be in favor of using MediaWiki.

to be continued...