Boris Mann

Open Source. Community. Decentralized Web. Building dev tools at Fission. Cooks & eats.



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From the wiki:

What?: is is an experiment in user-controlled social media. It is a community hub for people interested in co-ops and development of free/libre social media - these define the common core field of discussion, though they are far from the only things discussed.

We primarily run a MastodonMastodon
Mastodon is an open source federated micro-blogging platform.
The Mastodon documentation site covers what a microblog and federation are:

Similar to how blogging is the act of publishing updates to a website, microblogging is the act of publishing small updates to a stream of updates on your profile. You can publish text posts and optionally attach media such as pictures, audio, video, or polls. Mastodon lets you follow friends and discover new ones.
social media server: one node in the Fediverse, a federated network of social media applications which communicate using the Activity Pub and OStatus protocols.

Why?: What distinguishes us from most other social media there is that we are both funded and governed by our members: we are a co-operative. The organisation and running of the site is accountable to its members, and not only will we not be monetising our users by selling their data to third parties, but they decide what we do. is the home page for the Mastodon server. I’m a member, my Mastodon account is @[email protected].

Open CollectiveOpen Collective
Open Collective is an online funding platform for open and transparent communities. It provides the tools to raise money and share your finances in full transparency.
The platform itself is open source on Github under an [[MIT License]]. The front end is a [[React]] app powered by [[NextJS]].
[[Fission]] is a Fiscal Host
is what they use to collect funds

They use Loomio for organizational discussion and decision making

To join, fill out the application form. The main thing it asks for:

In up to 500 characters (the maximum length of a toot on Mastodon), can you tell us a bit about yourself? For instance, why you wish to join, and what hopes or aspirations you have for the site and/or your participation? We’d like to build a picture of how our members want to use the site.