I'm just gonna put it out there: if you decide to run a federated social media server of any kind, strongly consider keeping it invite only and capping its size from the beginning. If your server has fewer than 100 active people on it and you have some level of trust or shared values, then moderation is a single person task that you as the admin can handle. At least in my experience.
I'm considering writing a "how to run a nice little community in the fediverse" guide with some best practices.
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I've decided to drop the stipulation that public posts should be narrowly focused on humanities topics.
That rule was conceived as an experiment with the way that Mastodon instances are structured, and I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't really work.
I've also re-opened registrations for the time being. If the public timeline rule kept you from moving to humanities.one, now's a good time to reconsider.
Anyway, I'm going to start posting about current US legislation on a dedicated account. The idea is to give followers the heads up about issues/solutions moving through US Congress so they can contact their elected officials. Follow @contactCongress if you're interested.
Can't remember if it was on Mastodon or that other site, but someone pointed out that all of the game dev and theory books published by Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press are available from their site as free PDFs: https://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/publication-category/books/
New post on a few of the practical and ethical hitches that arise when the plan is to embrace personal websites as an alternative to social media: http://lrhodes.net/upstreamist/returning-personal-web
I've decided to let cultureramp.com lapse, so I'm moving some of the better pieces over to my personal site, starting with my 2012 series on the (then) new games journalism: http://lrhodes.net/elsewhere/ludorenaissance
Syndicated here in case anyone would care to subscribe: http://lrhodes.net/digest/feed
I don't intend to promote every post, but just in case anyone who might be interested missed the first one, I've updated my old-school blog with some new links to interesting stuff I saw this week: http://lrhodes.net/digest/20190108
I hadn't seen this before, but this may be an even better resource: https://theunitedstates.io
It's a set of open source government tracking tools maintained by the Sunlight Foundation, GovTrack.us, the NYT and the EFF!
Docs for the API: https://api.govinfo.gov/docs
This is all relevant to my interests.
Topics for discussion include anthropology, archaeology, the arts, civics, ethnic and gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, religion, and so on.
Professionals, academics, students and amateurs welcome.