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I have both German and English as my languages and as the languages my server supports.
Choosing a language on every post is kinda tedious, I forget to do it most of the time. Sometimes this leads to the post not being able to send, but on some subs it does send, but with the wrong language setting.
I mostly post in English, but unfortunately German is the default chosen setting, I think because it is in the top of the list.
I don't even think that a language setting necessarily is a bad idea, but the way it works it differs massively from reddit, right?
Also when I sent a post, I can't see which language I did choose, so I have to click edit to see if I set it correctly. It's not a good user experience to choose this setting but then not having indicated what influence it has and which setting I used to post.
Anyways, lemmy is great nonetheless.
cross-posted from: https://feddit.de/post/541247
> The community browser offers the possibility to search centrally for Lemmy communities.
> ::: spoiler spoiler
> There are still a few features planned...
I was looking for how to install Lemmy and found these videos, hope these can help if you need to install you instance.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/712978
> Does Lemmy currently use hashtags in any way? I'm assuming it doesn't since they don't show up in the UI anywhere. But while thinking about [non-lemmy software posting to lemmy communities](https://lemmy.ml/post/705776), I was wondering how lemmy would use hashtags.
> My suggestion would be for lemmy to handle hashtags in a similar way to current microblogging software, by putting them in the `tag` field and allow lemmy users to add #hashtags to their posts. [Lobsters](https://lobste.rs) displays tags beside post titles (though these tags are admin controlled I think). It seems like there is a maximum of 2 tags, which I think would be a reasonable limit for lemmy to display too. The UI could display the tags as badges, with some affordance to view any additional tags, and clicking a tag would show other posts with that tag.
> As for why, I think tags on lemmy would serve two main purposes:
> 1. They would enable better discoverability on non-lemmy software where hashtags are the main topical grouping mechanism right now.
> 1. While lemmy uses communities for topical grouping, some posts might fit into multiple categories, even unrelated categories. Crossposting sort of solves this, but crossposting can be considered spammy if it's done too much. And, on lemmy, crossposting creates another post which fractures the conversation. This may be desirable sometimes, but a poster may also prefer to keep all the conversation in one spot.
I saw from a recent post that [downvotes does not propagate](https://beehaw.org/post/244315). That seems counter-intuative to me, how does it actually work?
- Does my downvote affect the visibility on such a posts in my feed when I vote on it on my local instance?
- Does my downvotes on such an post impact the visibility of the post among my fellow lemmy-browsers on a third party instance?
- Will turning off downvotes on an instance give its posts and posters an *artificial boost* when federating compared to instances where posts can get downvotes?
I'm suspecting this can be used to create false consensus and artificially high visibility around posts.
A Lemmy post will often refer to a specific web link. Is there an API for the linked site to be notified about Lemmy posts referring to it (e.g. to be able to link back, or even to integrate Lemmy comments)?
This is a lemmy feature request. I'm happy to file an issue on github is people thinks this is worthwhile. I just want to gauge interest.
When creating a new post, could the `URL` field be expanded to also accept a lemmy community handle, i.e, email@example.com_? That way a user could create a post to announce a community that would link to the community, within the instance the user is on.
See [this post](https://lemmy.ml/post/690782) for an example. My lemmy account is on lemmy.ml. So when I follow the link in this post, I'm taken to lemmy.ca and can't directly follow the community. It'd be nicer if each instance detected that the link was a lemmy group and linked to the instance local community, in this case: https://firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm assuming this would just be a frontend thing and the ActivityPub json would still use the canonical url.
I'm running on a personal lemmy instance, and I've been able to simply re-subscribe to the communities that I was subscribed to on my previous lemmy.ml account.
But what if I didn't have that? How would I discover those communities?
On the micro blogging fediverse, I can use relays, follow other peoples boosts, or join gup.pe groups etc for content discovery and to give me federated content in general on which to do content discovery.
What does that look like in the lemmyverse niche of the fediverse? How does a small single person instance find new content? How do they get richer content search options etc? Right now, I'm just using search on lemmy.ml for that, but that's a work around, not a solution
It seems that it's just recently created communities, at least on the instance I'm on. Is that how it works everywhere..? I feel that "Trending" ≠ recently created. Either it should be renamed, or what I'd prefer is that a way to differentiate "trending" communities.
We are looking for someone who would be willing to provide a build server for Lemmy's continuous integration. This is used to ensure that new changes and pull requests pass all the checks, and that the code is written well. At the moment we are using a small VPS for this purpose (2 vCPU, 2 GB RAM). This works but is quite slow, and can slow down the development process with unnecessary waiting times.
For this reason we are looking for a community member with a spare server or computer, who would be willing to provide it as a build server. There are no specific hardware requirements, but the faster the better. The build server has to run 24/7 and run the [Drone Docker Runner](https://docs.drone.io/runner/docker/overview/). The setup is very easy, especially if your machine is already running docker. If you have such a server and are willing to provide it, please comment below with the specs.
Additionally we are also looking for an ARM builder, so that we can provide official releases for this platform as well. Note that some Raspberry Pi models seem unable to build Lemmy (our 4GB memory builder failed), so please try if the compilation works on your device. If you can provide an ARM builder, also comment below with the specs.
Let's say you're on reddit and someone posts an imgur gallery, from an app like Boost you can view and browse that album without leaving boost.
But if I post a link to a mastodon toot that has 4 images, and I click the post in jerboa it will instead open a new window into the actual mastodon page.
I've argued for the value of "post once distribute everywhere" but if that paradigm isn't right for the fediverse at the very least the ux for linking mastodon image posts could be improved. Instead of posting once distributing everywhere it would be at least possible to post once and then link everywhere. (this doesn't fix issues like trying to get stuff like pixelfed working but it's worth a thought)
The land of Lemmy, a vast expanse,
A place for all to share their thoughts and glance
At the latest memes and news from around,
With communities for every topic that can be found.
There's !funny for the jokes that make us laugh,
!asklemmy for the questions that we want to ask,
And !science for the latest discoveries to be found,
Lemmy has a place for everyone on the ground.
Whether you're looking for advice or want to share your own,
Lemmy's the place to go where you'll never be alone.
So come and join the conversation,
On the land of Lemmy, where ideas take flight without hesitation.
I've asked about this before, see my post history. But the fact that pixelfed, mastodon, and lemmy can all be subscribed to from one instance or another, isn't a replacement for a "post once distribute everywhere" solution.
Yes its true that a pixelfed and a mastodon can follow one another and because you can post images to mastodon and pixelfed images can have text they can often be basically identical in terms of potential feed content. But lemmy is something that I would post to communities.
It would be helpful if I could use an app to simultaneously post to my mastodon, my pixelfed, and to a range of lemmy communities and or cross posting between communities on lemmy.
I suggested in my previous post the ability to post to a mastodon with certain hashtags triggering getting sent to different lemmy communities. I think that still works as an idea but I think perhaps this new framing helps explain why it's not as simple as "have them follow your pixelfed from their mastodon". If posting once to distribute to both mastodon and lemmy community makes sense then I don't see why it shouldn't be reasonable that there are some cases where the same is true of pixelfed and mastodon (I said in response to one comment that you might have different audiences)
I think the biggest issue with lemmy so far is lack of content and engagement. Same thing is true with mastodon. The anti viral design ethos of mastodon encourages people to avoid tools like "post once distribute everywhere" I think perhaps people view it as potential for spam. But we really need some actual tools to make posting content easier.
I make a lot of art with neural networks. I don't want to dump stuff all at once but I'd prefer to space it out for people. Is that feature built into the web client or is there a way to do it via script or something?
There is a reason Why Lemmy Is Almost Does Not Have Any Activity, Which is:
No One Can Join Lemmy & Interact With it.
If We take a look at "join-lemmy.org/instances" We will come up with the following :
- Most English Lemmy Instances Does Not Offer Register Now Service.
- Even English Lemmy Instances that offer Register Now Service Does not allow you to create a Community.
- If You Calculate the Average Registrations Per The Whole Page of Lemmy Instances (The Average amount of registrations at Lemmy as a Whole) You Will Find it less than 1,300 Not a day, Not a Week, Per MONTH (Less than 50 users per day). With Some instances have zero Average monthly registrations.
- If You Dig Deeper You Will Find that a lot of the instances in the page block other instances, meaning even if the user could register at one instance he will not be able to even interact With the whole community.
I think that this issues need to be addressed in order to make this project worth it For the Developers & the users.
I was watching a YouTuber and he mentioned in a couple of his videos that he has a subreddit and a discord. Lots of subreddits have discord. I find this interesting because it sort of reflects an earlier period of social media when different functions could be handled by different companies. Famously reddit didn't have proper image uploads so imgur stepped in. Reddit didn't have very good live community chat so people hacked together a solution with discord.
Rather than request lemmy cover this existing functionality it seems like it would be good to explicitly hand off some of this stuff to other projects like matrix/element. Having communities with a default "matrix/element chat server" seems like it would be a good idea. Sure that could be jist stuck as a hyperlink in the description but a form field would help push people in that direction. If nothing else I think it would make sense as a social practice to spread.
Just a random thought.
This is just a random thought but I was wondering if recursive communities would be useful?
What I mean is this: say you have a community for car stuff: /c/cars
And you want to have a community for Asian import cars versus another community for offroading. You could make /c/offroading and /c/importscars but you could also hypothetically organize it with /c/cars/offroading and /c/cars/importcars
I don't know if this would actually be worth doing at all. It's just something I've thought about for years with reddit. It's also I think kind of how usenet worked?
I had an awful night. I was surrounded by incredibly racist, sexist, ignorant, and insensitive people.
I was astounded by the lack of basic knowledge about the world that was possible. I knew conceptually that ignorant people with relative privilege existed, but seeing it in action is another thing. It just hit me in the gut to hear slurs flying around, and hearing unironical defenses for fascism, apartheid, and social Darwinism.
This got me thinking. I have to be honest. I sometimes fear Lemmy could be a place for violence and dogma, but after tonight, after being surrounded by absolute pieces of shit, I have to recognize this place is much more special than I gave it credit for.
Here in Lemmy, I consistently see posts that reflect a sound understanding of how the world works, be it ecology, politics and economics, programming, heck, even basic sciences. I also see humane concern for the wellbeing of others, regardless of who they are*.
*Well, to be fair, maybe I do see a bit less concern for those who are most destroying the livelihoods of others. But even they are sometimes seen as victims of a system.
The point is I am grateful for you. I love that you aim to grow your knowledge about the world. I love that you're empathetic and kind*. I love that this place is inclusive and fosters growth among us.
In the early days of social media, there was a lot more interoperability. You could auto post to Twitter from Facebook, Instagram could post to Twitter, subscribe to subreddits via rss etc.
Social media companies wanted to grow their share and one way to do that was make it easy for people to post from one platform to many.
But with the rise of social externalities (bots, spam, political ops) and the plateauing of growth, lots of these companies closed down their APIs. YouTuber Tom Scott talks about this era some here: https://youtu.be/BxV14h0kFs0
One of the major things that attracts me to the fediverse is the renewal of interoperable promise.
A tool that a lot of people used back in the day and now less so due to the lack of api support is "post once, publish everywhere" tools.
Does anybody know of such a tool for the fediverse?
The use case I see: I post some pictures to my pixelfed account, those automatically get posted to my mastodon account, and if they have certain hashtags or something then get posted to relevant lemmy communities.
I think one thing the recent "alternative frontends for lemmy" shows is the universality of a lot of content for different user interfaces.
Different frontends serve different use cases (following people on mastodon versus mutual friendships on friendica versus following subject matter groups on lemmy) and their user interfaces create different kinds of community (thousands of followers on mastodon in a porous discourse versus tighter private communities focused on specific subjects on lemmy).
It makes sense to decouple to a degree content and frontend. I think having the ability to post once distribute to many different frontends and community types is powerful and something unfederated media simply can't provide.
I just realized that lemmy doesn't have karma like reddit. I've never paid much attention to karma. But even so it does seem to play an important role in moderation on reddit.
For instance, many subs put a karma restriction on who can post which helps decrease trolls.
And while it's true that karma gives an incentive for people to seek karma I think it's overall regulatory principle might be worth considering as a trade off.