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Lemmy is a failed Reddit alternative

I first joined Lemmy back during the big Reddit exodus of last year. I like many others wanted an alternative to Reddit, and I thought that this might've been the one. I made two accounts, one on lemmy.world and another on sh.itjust.works, in the June of last year that I used on and off for about 4 months....

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Then getting mad when we call them out on their trolling

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"displace". Techbro talk for "save investors money and cut jobs while providing a worse service"

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That's great! Unfortunately for every one of them there's 4x more who gladly would

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Congrats! Going from Texas to Portland, think about transit going into it. In the right mindset for less commute, but play your cards right and maybe you won't even have to drive to work!

(Meta) So many questions here are not open ended. Does anyone care?

There are a significant amount of questions here that do not follow the criteria in the sidebar, especially “1. Open-ended question” and “5. An actual topic of discussion”. It seems some folks want others to do research for them, or to troubleshoot some random issue....

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Eh, yeah but we don't have the numbers to remove content left and right. Better to have mediocre content right now than 1 really good post every 2 weeks

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Agreed. To me, making them is one thing, it's like making a drawing at home. Is it moral? Not really. Should it be illegal? I don't think so.

Now, what this kid did, distributing them? Absolutely not okay. At that point it's not private, and you could hurt their own reputation.

This of course ignores the whole fact that she's underage, which is on its own wrong. AI generated csam is still csam.

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all good points, and I'll for sure say that I'm not qualified enough to be able to answer that. I also don't think politicians or moms groups or anyone are.

All I'll do is muddy the waters more. We as the vast majority of humanity think CSAM is sick, and those who consume it are not healthy. I've read that psychologists are split. Some think AI generated CSAM is bad, illegal, and only makes those who consume it worse. Others, however, suggest that it may actually curb urges, and ask why not let them generate it, it might actually reduce real children from being actually harmed.

I personally have no idea, and again am not qualified to answer those questions, but goddamn did AI really just barge in without us being ready for it. Fucking big tech again. "I'm sure society will figure it out"

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Exactly, and it begs the question too, where's the line? If you draw a stick figure of your crush with boobs is that a crime? Is it when you put an arrow and write her name next to it? AI just makes that more realistic, but it's the same basic premise.

Distributing it is where it crosses a hard line and becomes something that should not be encouraged.

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Mine went off in high humidity when I showered and forgot to turn on the fan

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Exactly right there with the not worrying. Getting started can be brutal. I always recommend people start without worrying about it, be okay with the idea that you're going to lose everything.

When you start really understanding how the tech works, then start playing with backups and how to recover. By that time you've probably set up enough that you are ready for a solution that doesn't require setting everything up again. When you're starting though? Getting it up and running is enough

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Nothing proves a backup like forcing yourself to simulate a recovery! I like to make one setting change, then make a backup, and then delete everything and try to rebuild it from scratch to see if I can do it and prove the setting change is still there

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Someone gave you an honest, well thought out comment and you went to "there is no where left on the internet".

The saying stands. You you smell shit while walking around, there was probably some shit around. If you smell it all day, check your shoe.

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People who don't like paying for labor declares new technology will finally let them automate people away. More at 11.

I remember decades ago when I was working at mcds as a greasy teenager when they told me that I only had a couple years left there, that our jobs would probably be automated soon. That stores without humans at all were just around the corner.

Any engineer who has worked with AI directly knows what it's great at (a slim number of finite tasks), what it appears to be great at (many many tasks), and what it is not good at (everything else). Corporate America sees no distinction.

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WD Red has always been my go-to, and in the last 8 years of homelabbing I haven't had a single one fail. Blues and Greens are not build for NAS operations, and you'll see them fail. Toshibas I haven't had a single one make it past a year, except for their gaming drives.

If you want the shortcut, the WD Elements usually go on sale at Best Buy regularly, and they're always a WD Red or White, which will also work. All of my drives have been one of those. You just shuck the internal drive out of the enclosure

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midwest.social has a few for the midwestern states

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It's all done by committee now, with marketers and lawyers in there cutting back anything that might remotely shy away the most tamest of movie goer.

Can't have that plot! You might upset them! Can't go that route, that's untested, we don't know how audiences might take it.

So we get these boring bland flat characters and storylines because there was zero risk taken in making the film. Nothing risked, nothing gained, movie industry. Then they wonder why no one cares about going to the movies anymore.

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Unfortunately both 0.19.4 and 0.19.5 are hanging for me when spinning up my containers, getting some weird issue with inbox timeouts. Opened a bug here

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You exist because we allow it - you will end, because we demand it

Sovereign Nature

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Boooooo.

Also if it's not called "The quest for more money" than they should all be ashamed. More than they already are.

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Goddamn do republicans love to forget history. They hear "They used to be left" and then think that's the end of the story.

Republicans and Democrats switched sides during Lincoln's time. So anything that was "Left" around that time is now the right. Republicans love saying now they were the party that freed the slaves because of Lincoln, but really the democrats then have flipped.

So, to say "Weren't they left wing" is a bad notion, because those "wings" meant completely different things back then. The fact is that the KKK and racists have always been on the wrong side of history. Right now they label themselves Republicans. In Civil War era they called themselves Democrats, who at the time were anti-big government, pro-slavery, and dominated most of the south.

"Moderation tools are nonexistent on here. It also eats up storage like crazy [...] The software is downright frustrating to work with" - Can any other instance admins relate to this?

After a year online the free speech-focused instance 'Burggit' is shutting down. Among other motivations, the admins point to grievances with the Lemmy software as one of the main reasons for shutting down the instance. In a first post asking about migrating to Sharkey, one of the admins states:...

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(instance admin here, but for a small one) woof well, for me, I agree, but I wouldn't use that wording.

Lemmy for sure isn't a plug and play site. Setting it up took leaps and bounds, learning way more about nginx than I ever really cared to, and figuring out documentation that was very clearly out of date. Very little logging or error messaging exists to help with that problem.

Very little errors exist at all, it's very much a "happy path" project. That's why we get constant spinners everywhere, because when an HTTP error occurs there's no actual error message. (Come on guys, just add it to your standard HTTP messages, if statusCode < 200 || >= 300 then show a toast message).

But yeah, the moderation tools have to be the worst. Lemmy has an amazing development group that's separate from the main developers who have patched together a good set of tools, from automods to CSAM and illegal scanning, huge props to them - but these issues are routinely ignored by the main devs. I was shocked, honestly shocked that when we were under CSAM attacks that there was not an immediate roundtable of the head devs to try to solve the problem officially. Here was a problem that 99% of countries would immediately and gladly throw us, the instance admins, in jail over and they just handwaved it away. In fact, I don't know that there was ever an official post about it, or even that there are things coming to help with it.

I love Lemmy and being here, and the devs have done a great job at building this platform for us, but we're at a critical point right now. It's no longer software that is just fun side projects and building stuff that looks cool, it has some real issues now that it has a real userbase. I'm definitely one to say "But it's FOSS, and other people can pick up and submit a PR" - but it also says something when the head devs just completely ignore a massively huge issue with it.

Bugs and caches and that sort of thing I can overlook. Those I can wait on and see them get smoothed out over time. Actual issues that could land me in jail or get the feds to beat down my door? Those I kind of expect a fast response.

So, I'll say I'm extremely conflicted. I want to host lemmy long term, and I'm happy to bring the fediverse to a few more people, but the csam attacks really altered my view of the devs.

Edit - because my favorite manager said "Bring me solutions, not problems" a few things that would really help immediately -

  • Integrate db0's CSAM checker natively, more or less a plug and play option, or a checkbox. His checker sits at an endpoint. The admin page of lemmy could easily have you plop in the endpoint and it would start checking
  • Have an image management portal, with capabilities to:
    • Auto remove images after X time (to help with ballooning storage costs)
    • Perma-delete images and users (maybe blurred too if the CSAM checker flagged it, so I don't need eye bleach) (Edit again, 0.19.4 might have fixed this, I need to upgrade so I'll see)
    • Federating image purges, so one purge on one server will force purge it on everyone else's
    • ~~Disabling of caching other server's images ~~ (Edit again, I see 0.19.4 just dropped which has this, so this is good). This way I'm only responsible for my own users.
    • View images that are not related to a post (DM'd messages that I'm hosting, or people just uploading images to my site)
  • Bring in a logging system into the UI itself, so I can keep tabs on the error logs. I can pipe them somewhere, but this would be a major plus as an admin
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I was not handling it fine, it was generally chaotic, and in the Matrix chats I remember it being chaotic, for both attacks. Luckily by the second one we had db0's tooling to help a bit more, but there still many of us who were exposed to the images. We lost a lot of instances during those two attacks from admins who justifiably didn't want to take on the risk.

I completely understand how crazy it was, but the lack of response from you guys was disheartening, it really did make me wonder if I should continue hosting or if I should bail out. Ultimately, I decided to stay obviously, but had to do some hard extra steps, like reducing privacy and registering with the feds for CSAM.

So like I said, I'm torn. I respect you guys for everything you do, but that was a moment where all other development should have stopped to immediately address a real problem, and while you think a roundtable would have just been feel good, I think we could have kept a lot of instances online if it had been done. Assurances that yes, new changes are coming, and official suggestions like "Here are the endpoints to delete the images", or nominating db0 or someone as the person in charge of the outbreak. It was honestly a scary time, and for us owners who accept a lot of risk, for many of them it was too much.

Anyway, I have a habitual case of foot in mouth disease, so it was immediately after posting that comment that I heard about 0.19.4, and immediately felt stupid. I tried it last night but I kept getting timeout errors and something about "Could not get user's /inbox" or something, I'll try 0.19.5 today. Thank you for bringing additional mod tools, they've been hugely needed. I know they're not glamorous to make, but they keep the communities healthy and strong.

Edit: 0.19.5 also failed. I wrote up a github bug on it, until then I unfortunately have to stay on 0.19.3
https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/4850

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I fully understand that, and I explained it in my reply to nutomic. It's not that I wanted to just pile on, but rather at an emergency like that, an all-stop would have been justified in my opinion, to stop all work and go into emergency "What can we all do to stop this and prevent it". All other issues were secondary in that moment compared to stopping CSAM, and it didn't feel that way. They added it to the pile of issues, and I'm glad to see changes came out, but in that moment I didn't see much if any support from them

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This is what excites me the most. There are huge potentials for plugins, and I think it'll ease some of the strain from the core engineers. Most of the "ideas" I see posted really could be plugins. Things like badges on posts, verification of links, etc etc could all be plugins that individuals could make. The problem with developing against the core repo is that you have to learn and understand the core repo, so you don't fuck up something else in some other place accidentally. Plugins are a neat way where we can say "I'm a function that does one thing, just do the thing here, and then do what you need to with that data"

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Fully agree with it, but they're still extremely popular, and people will gladly keep handing over their money.

For me, I say "Ok" to them wanting us to get used to not owning our content - followed with "Then I'll pay rental prices. Which means I'm not buying at $60+ dollars, if all I get to do is rent it then I'll pay <$15 going forward."

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Big companies will constantly work against open standards.

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The all feed. They knew mods in communities were removing their spam posts, so they created communities they could post constantly to and all viewers would see them

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ah your instance has debugging enabled. Message your instance admins to remove it.

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Same here, and I get weird dirty looks. I've heard of people getting verbally assaulted wearing them, my go-to line ready is "I'm sick, I didn't want to get people like you sick, but if you don't care..." starts to pull down mask

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I always wear them in airports. Airplanes I have stopped caring, but airports have so. many. people.

My story is I was in Denver, sitting in a chair. This was long before covid. The only chair left was one by those moving walkways in the middle of their concourses. I was sitting there reading and some guy literally turned to his right and just sneezed directly in my face. Wet drips literally down my cheek. He just casually rolled away on it, never said anything. I was sick the next day.

Fuck that guy, fuck gross people. Mask won't protect me against that, but ffs if your sick just wear one.

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people so easily triggered that a person wearing a mask makes them have to yell at someone

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Yeughh, I'm sorry, it's the absolute worst. I begudgingly understand if you need to fly when you're sick, after all - what if you get sick while on vacation? Most people can't just not go to work for an additional 2 weeks while you recover, and buy a hotel room for that long. At the very least though get a mask and just keep it contained.

Sure I have an immune system, it doesn't mean I want to use it when I'm going on vacation!

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I agree with this. I pass by a theater regularly and my spouse and I just haven't seen any need to go. Personally, I blame their marketing teams. All the trailers are the same, they either give away the whole story or they don't tell us anything about the story. It's all action scenes, they all blend together, and just blech. So I don't go to the theater anymore.

Then the theaters are gross now, people are rude, staff have just given up, it's not a fun experience for me anymore. Even Dune 2 I just waited until it was out and watched it at home, and had a much better experience.

So I agree, theaters aren't dead, but they have fallen into a rut of corporate complacency and aren't trying hard enough to get out of it.

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The story you can't miss with a huge twist at the end

Oh great! I love twists when I know they're coming! It wouldn't be fun if I didn't know it was coming!

Then they are shocked when I don't see the point in spending my money on it

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Bingo. And now that they bought Alamo drafthouse even the good theaters are slipping away.

Fully agree, I have an OLED at home, a good sound system, a giant couch, and I can make a lot more popcorn for pennies compared to them. I'm very happy waiting for something and watching it later.

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This is how I see it too, there's the trope that it's only neckbeards who can't get any, but really I see it as the future of pornography. Sex work is real work, they deserve to get paid for it. Creators have said that it is leaps and bounds better than the standard porn industry in terms of how they're exploited and treated, because they're their own Boss

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Waiting can be good if there is something on the horizon, but often with tech if you wait for the next thing you'll find there's another new thing on the horizon then. You do kind of have to decide that you're putting your stake in the ground at some point

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Then whenever you're ready. Just do a table of price per TB and go then. Best Buy usually has WD Elements on sale every other week where you can pick up an external for cheaper, then just shuck it and you get a WD red or white you can just pop into your NAS. I did 16TBs not too long ago and they were the cheapest per TB

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Thank you for what you do though, it's not glamorous work I'm sure but average person like me appreciates what you do

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I'm sure they will be slightly inconvenienced for the duration of a single meeting

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My only point here would be I'd switch from actual ownership to more of an "option" ownership option. Similar to stock options, every time you pay rent you get more of the "options". When a sale event happens, you can exercise your options and have a chance to buy the property there. Or, if they want to exercise now they can and they'd own shares of the building there. Once it tips to 50% then the shareholders own it.

Every year you receive more options, you are under no obligation to exercise them. However, every year you rent you receive more options. If you leave and you did exercise your options you get the value you put in back, but if you didn't the options go back into the pool.

I think this is similar to co-ops in large cities, where there is a contract that the owners can start owning the building themselves over time.

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It was just a thought, I don't have all the details worked out. But essentially yes, just like a co-op except since in a co-op you own, these would be options, where they unlock every year on renewal, giving you the option to own. There would have to be a whole new concept for it, a normalized thing similar to a corporation but specific to land ownership, because yes pretty much any rental property would be one, every building

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Thank you. You're not there because you're winning an Oscar, you're there to make a quick buck and have a bit of fun while you do it. Cate Blanchett I guarantee didn't go into Thor because she thought it was going to be some revolutionary experience.

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I saw his show! Absolutely deserved, the whole cast did an amazing job. I don't know how much longer it's on, but if you can make it to new York it's worth seeing!

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I've had this argument with other people, but essentially at this point there is no licensing beyond server ownership here, and most servers don't have any licenses defined. Even if they do, then sure they did something wrong... but how would you ever prove it or enforce it? The only way to actually disallow them is to switch from open federation to closed - which goes against what we're trying to build with federation.

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