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Hello friends! A few announcements...

1. C4Social is now Magic Stone.

2. Ecko is the new name for our fork of .

3. Acropolis is the new name for our fork of *.

These new names are part of a transition from an experimentation phase into something more like testing.

For updates, Watch our repos at github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko and github.com/magicstone-dev/acro.

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c4.social was just updated to the first known deployment of Ecko, Magic Stone's newly named fork of . Registration is open if you want to test it out.

In the coming weeks we'll be working through issues in the tracker including making it work on Yunohost!

Watch github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko for updates.

Our Community Q&A session starts in about 15 minutes! Time to

Reminder: you can hear it on our Discord (discord.gg/pine64) or TILvids (tilvids.com/a/pine64tilvids/vi)!

You can ask questions in the Discord chat, or on our IRC (irc.pine64.org). Channel name
on either platform is "#q-and-a".

See you there!

If you'd like to try running your own instance of Ecko, our community-driven Mastodon fork, or Acropolis, same for diaspora*, YunoHost is the easiest way.

You can install YunoHost on an old laptop, raspberry pi, virtual machine, or remote server and learn what it's like to self-host these apps or one of many others (CryptPad is another favorite as Google Docs replacement).

Have you already tried? I'd love to hear about your experience getting any of the above setup. What didn't make sense? What took a long time? How can we help make it smoother and easier to provide what your community needs?

@weex We're one of those Ecko servers - just wanted to say a big thanks for what you & the other contributors are doing 馃檹

Here are some stats for Ecko. It's fun seeing things that look like exponentials even if it is super early.

ecko.fediverse.observer/stats

According to Fediverse Observer, the fedi just passed 4.5m users on nearly 15k servers, who've sent more than 500m messages. fediverse.observer/stats

Ever think about how tacos are just burritos with commitment issues?

As an editor on the Fediverse Enhancement Proposal team I'm pleased to share a new proposal on Web Monetization from Diogo of GNU Social!

Find the draft proposal here codeberg.org/fediverse/fep/src

Feedback is appreciated at socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/

Codeberg is a non-profit run code repository. I like it as an alternative to GitHub for new projects that may be come core to a fledgling community.

Magic Stone now has an org there at codeberg.org/org/magicstone should we want to do a greenfield project.

One of the things I love about buying used over the internet is the assortment of notes and cards that are sometimes included.

This one feels like one of those little objects that could be the center of its own story.

Maintainers SHOULD close user issues that are left open without action for an uncomfortable period of time. (2.4.19)

Buried in the Collective Code Construction Contract is the clause above. I'm not sure what an uncomfortable period of time is, but early on it's probably not long, like a month or two.

Early on we tried to populate the issue trackers with what we thought were valid problems, but today we have something better. Problems being raised by our community of user-admins!

It's truly awesome to see this feedback loop in action. We've already got some good problems to solve, like being able to handle Markdown and LaTeX and working better with Debian packaging.

Learn more at magicstone.dev

Docker/Ruby guru wanted!馃槏

We use docker-compose for deployment of Ecko at c4.social but for a couple of weeks haven't been able to build a docker image that would pass health check. What's strange is that it seems to be due to a change in one of our docker build dependencies with the result that bundle can't be found! Even build of earlier code fail. 馃槶

If you're excited by FOSS and container builds and want to take a crack at something that has flummoxed the few of us in Magic Stone, or if you have a radically better way to run this Mastodon fork, the issue is here for your input github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko 馃檹

Really strange error running Ecko in docker. No change in the Dockerfile or Gemfile.lock but bundler's complaining that sidekiq isn't installed.

Any docker geniuses out there?

github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko

You want themes? We got themes. 馃槀

Having trouble currently with the latest Ecko docker builds but this is on ecko.magicstone.dev which is managed via YunoHost.

Is there a way to have a user's toots only show up in a list and not in my home timeline?

We've just created a new code repository for Ecko plugins at github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko

If you have any issues implementing your own plugin for Ecko or adapting an existing plugin to your codebase please post them there.

馃帀 Happy New Year!! 馃巻

A new version of Ecko has just been released on YunoHost. Version 2021-12-27~ynh1 integrates donations through Stripe, adds five new themes, and fixes some issues with import/export of blocklists.

Ecko is Magic Stone's community-driven fork of Mastodon. You can install it via YunoHost at install-app.yunohost.org/?app=, via docker-compose or from source at our repo linked below.

鈿狅笍 The Magic Stone community follows the Collective Code Construction Contract. Please post any bug reports or feature requests in the form of a problem statement at github.com/magicstone-dev/ecko

Big thanks to @jorge and @PaulaToThePeople for great feedback and support for Ecko!

La Red Nib枚 se viste de sus propios colores gracias a los nuevos temas disponibles en #Ecko :mastodon:

Agradecemos especialmente a @weex por haber hecho estos cambios posibles y por impulsar el proyecto ecko junto a la comunidad de usuarios del #fediverso.

A new version of Acropolis was just released for YunoHost. 馃帀

is Magic Stone's fork of *, one of the first federated apps ever made which is built around "aspects" or circles of people that you want to share with. Sign up at dogieda.org if you want to try it.

Magic Stone is a community that develops technology to support members of the community. We are experimenting with a new development model and welcome contributions of all kinds including advice, code, documentation, bug reports and feature requests. Learn more at magicstone.dev

馃洜锔 If administration is your thing, is the easiest way. Version 2021.12.27~ynh1 makes it possible to create admin accounts from command line and changes the nodeinfo software name so that Acropolis nodes can now be seen at acropolis.fediverse.observer/l

鈿狅笍 Please report issues at github.com/YunoHost-Apps/acrop

Nib枚 is a Latin American platform about science and technology, including social responsibility and inclusivity.

They've set up their own Mastodon instance with a main account at:

鉃★笍 @equipo (in Spanish and Portuguese)

Nib枚's website is at niboe.info and their instance is at red.niboe.info

#Nib枚 #Niboe #Science #Scientific #SciComm #Academic #Technology #Tech #News #Espa帽ol #Espanol #Portugu锚s #Portugues #LatinAmerica #Fediverse

It was great to get back in the office after these holidays.

Worked on bumping YunoHost for Ecko and Acropolis, more FAQs, and testing the donations CLI.

More satisfying than any high-calorie feast!

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Creating magic through evolution of the Fediverse. Running Ecko, a community-driven fork of Mastodon managed using the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4) by the Magic Stone Community. C4 is a protocol for asynchronous, non-blocking, distributed, problem-focused software development.