Hello folks. We’ve been having a think about the future of this forum. We love the little community that we have here (including you silent lurkers!) but we have some ongoing issues:
- What we are working on with Indienet etc is a natural successor to this forum. However, it is nowhere near ready for use yet, and we want to have something for discussion and less formal communication.
- Discourse is not necessarily aligned with our values, and can change at any time. They added Google search by default, and even though this is hosted on our own subdomain, an increasing number of resources are pulled from Discourse’s CDN, and we can’t guarantee the trustworthiness.
- Discourse costs us $100 per month. While it’s a reasonable price, I’m not sure that we have enough people on here to justify the cost.
So we’re considering whether we should set up a Mastodon instance for Indie, and direct discussions from there.
Advantages of Mastodon over Discourse is:
- People can federate from their own instances rather than joining ours.
- Our values are more closely align with Mastodon. We (well, @aral) have experience running Mastodon ourselves, so we could set it up and maintain it while keeping everything on our own server space.
- As a community, we usually move from topic to topic fairly chronologically, so I think it Mastodon’s chronology should work for us.
- A few people come to this forum for Better Blocker support. Mastodon doesn’t particularly lend itself to support questions. But then both this forum and Mastodon require signup, so I’m not sure it’s the best place for support anyway.
- Mastodon isn’t a forum, so may not lend itself to discussion of topics in the same way. Sure, there’s hashtags, but will it still work?
- We would not host an instance of Mastodon for everyone, just for Indie. So in order to join in a discussion, you would have to either join an existing instance or set up your own Mastodon instance.
Anyway… no decisions have been made yet. I just wanted to float the idea, and see what the rest of you think. This forum is nothing but some empty web pages without you, so your opinions are very much appreciated!