Since the reason so many people moved because of the third-party app changes, wouldn't it make sense for a Lemmy app to be made. Obviously not yet since the developers are already under a lot of stress with the amount of new users Lemmy is gaining.
Still, it would make me 100% swap full-time to Lemmy. Keep up the good work though.
It would be nice to be able to consolidate posts from multiple communities into a single view/feed- for example, combining the two !gaming communities on both Lemmy.ml and Beehaw.org. is this possible currently?
lemmy.ml is overloaded, use other instances instead
This site is currently struggling to handle the amount of new users. I have already upgraded the server, but it will go down regardless if half of Reddit tries to join.
However Lemmy is federated software, meaning you can interact seamlessly with communities on other instances like beehaw.org or [lemmy.one](https://lemmy.one). The [documentation](https://join-lemmy.org/docs/en/index.html) explains in more detail how this works. Use the [instance list](https://join-lemmy.org/instances) to find one where you can register. Then use the [Community Browser](https://browse.feddit.de/) to find interesting communities. Paste the community url into the search field to follow it.
You can help other Reddit refugees by inviting them to the same Lemmy instance where you joined. This way we can spread the load across many different servers. And users with similar interests will end up together on the same instances. Others on the same instance can also automatically see posts from all the communities that you follow.
Edit: If you moderate a large subreddit, do not link your users directly to lemmy.ml in your announcements. That way the server will only go down sooner.
lemmy.ml is overloaded, use other instances instead
Does anyone else think that community names and display names can end up looking really messy?
It can get even worse if the user has display name with multiple words and non standard characters. And if they don't have the display name set, then there is "@" before their username.
My suggestions would be...
For display names, limit them to one word, and disable special characters.
For community names, maybe do it like reddit did, and don't show the display name of the community, but rather just the name.
Display name should be still visible when u open the community page though.
I also think that having @before the names that haven't picked the display name is also unnecessary. At least I don't see much benefit in that. Maybe I'm wrong...
Finally, @instance.example, should be visually separated. For example, different font weight or color.
That would make it look something like this:
With forewarning about a huge influx of users, you *know* Lemmy.ml will go down. *Even if* people go to https://join-lemmy.org/instances and disperse among the great instances there, the servers will go down.
**Ruqqus had this issue too**. Every time there was a mass exodus from Reddit, Ruqqus would go down, and hardly reap the rewards.
Even if it's not sustainable, just for one month, I'd like to see Lemmy.ml drastically boost their server power. If we can raise money as a community, what kind of server could we get for 100$? 500$? 1,000$?
I created a community here, and then tried to follow it from my Mastodon account. On Mastodon it says the follow request is pending approval. But I don't see any way to approve it from here on lemmy.ml. Any suggestions?
It's easy to discover communities on my instance via the dedicated page in the hamburger menu. But let's say I want to follow a community on another instance, such as [!email@example.com](https://lemmy.ml/c/lemmy) . I might have found its name mentioned in a post or comment. When I click on the provided link, I'm thrown on that instances web page, from which I of course can't subscribe.
So what I instead have to do is to copy the description of the link and paste it in my instance's search bar. Which isn't easy, since it's a link, so there isn't even a straightforward way to select the link text without clicking the link. This seems very unintuitive and makes the process of joining a whole bunch of communities tedious. Is there a better way?
Hey fellow Lemmy Users!
As far as i can tell, instance blocking is good for not destroying the All feed but what bugs me is that it seems like i am not able to subscribe to communities of blocked instances. I know that the big instances will try not to "abuse" this "power" for censoring the endusers choice but i think having this option is not good. I dont know if its possible with ActivityPub to limit connections between instances or if it always needs to be a true/false thing.
There could be different stages of blocking:
- Users from instance x are blocked on our instance / our Users are not affected if they want to interact with instance x
- Post from instance x are blocked in our All feed but our users can still access the instance
- Full block, just like it is now
If i'm *completely* wrong about blocking, sorry for wasting your time.
Tell me what you think about this!
How important are reddit-style flairs for people? There's the raised issue https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/317 which has it listed as a far-future, with questions as far as how to handle federation.
Personally, having at least an initial implementation done on a community level would be largely sufficient, with expansion to instance-wide being optional. The situation I've found most useful, personally, is sports-related groups with your favored team being your flair. This gives context to comments without constantly having to say "as a X fan"
We all know about how Reddit closed-sourced back in 2017 and will be killing off third-party apps this July, what will Lemmy.ml do to avoid facing the same fate? Reddit started off like this (open, aiming for freedom) and it all went downhill from there.
I've seen lots of discussion on reddit of users trying to get others to join Lemmy and the prevailing reply is that it is too difficult to navigate and comprehend. Having to answer multiple questions and wait for manual verification is combersome and is limiting growth at a time when nothing should be standing in Lemmy's way. Combine this with server/instance selection analysis paralysis, and you get my point.
The linked mastodon blog post sums up my thoughts, but the TLDR is essentially this:
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don't let dreams of decentralization interfere with the greater goal of achieving the network effect.
We should all be telling people to go to lemmy.ml and sign up. The devs should be too, and they should rethink/remove the questions and waiting period. Hell, just put a captcha. Discussions about servers and analogies to email as an example of federated service we all already use is a waste of breath. We shouldn't have barriers to entry.
EDIT: I've just found kbin.social and find it has superior signup options. It's just: make an account (email/password), or sign up with Google or Apple. No server talk. Upside is the layout is nice and it acts as a Lemmy instance (threads) as well as a mastodon instance (microblogging). Only downside currently is that their android/iOS app is in development and isn't ready yet, so desktop only.
I think this might be the better recommendation for newbies at the moment.
- **Switching from a *consumer* to a *creator***: I realized that if I want more people to engage w/ content, I have to be the change I want to see. I interact w/ content more regularly as a result
- **Update settings so that 'Sort Type = New'**: There isn't as much content as Reddit just yet, and so the default 'sort by active' threads results in seeing the same threads for too long in many communities. Changing my view to 'new' highlighted new content more clearly, and seeing others make the effort to create new conversations encouraged me to try to comment on their content.
- **Try the desktop/mobile/app versions**: The experiences are different across the multiple platforms. Find out which one works best for your workflow
I'd like to set up and federate an instance of Lemmy with the purpose of inviting friends and family. I imagine that they'd appreciate having spaces limited to family members where posting information or photos wouldn't erode their anonymity elsewhere in the fediverse.
Is there a way to make some communities private so that only those who are invited can view or post within them?
When searching, I only see [one mention of private communities](https://lemmy.eus/post/324) as a feature that isn't finished. But, that post appears to be 3 years old.
Thanks so much! I'm really enjoying the community here.
Subreddit = Community
1. Make an account on [this](/signup) or an [other](https://join-lemmy.org/instances) Server.
2. Search [here](https://browse.feddit.de/) for an community, e.g. "linux".
3. Copy the URL form step 2 into the [search](/search).
4. Shortly you should be able to join your desired community.
# Could it be more complicated?
From what i can gather, it could be beneficial to, for example, have an instance which would become the main place to get videogame content on Lemmy. Most communities would be for specific games or AAA companies, but it could also have c/general for asking questions or topics which are non specific to any community, or c/meta, which would work as a place to discuss the state of the instance.
Overall, nothing that different from the actual status quo, but this way, we could consider instances as hubs for certain topics, which would then specialize with the /c/s within said instance. Instead of having 7 c/technology across instances, we could have @Tech.no and subdivide it into c/topic1, c/topic2, etc. (was supposed to come up with smthing but came empty handed shut up i dont browse that sub) .
What im mostly seeing here is that popular instances themselves are not different from reddit. The most popular instances on lemmy are beehaw.org and lemmy.ml, which have the same m.o, if you will, of reddit. Which is good, theyre popular for a reason, but in a way, theyre competing with each other. Not financially, but there will be overlap between certain /c/s.
Of course im not asking if its possible. Its just a matter of running the server and having the right infrastructure. My question is if you think its feasible to decentralize lemmy from the main instances, or even a good idea in the first place. Maybe you think its ok the way things currently are? Or maybe what i said is supposed to be the goal and im just late to the party? What are your thoughts?
Rule #2 is possibly our most important one:
> Be respectful. Everyone should feel welcome here.
Learn to disagree without being rude or disrespectful.
It can be difficult sometimes, since western social media *thrives* on collective outrage, and they knowingly ingrain this into us for years. But please do adhere to this rule, and it will make this place much more enjoyable.
We will not hesitate to issue temp bans (usually a day or two) for those who make everyone's experience unpleasant.Hit the report button if you see this behavior.
I've heard many people saying that the front-end looks old and needs more work, but I've never heard someone describe how it could look better. To me, it looks perfectly fine. I wish it had a card layout similar to libreddit, but aside from that, I think it's nice. If people want a completely different look, then there's [lemmyBB](https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmyBB), and there will probably be other front-ends in the future. However, we should hear opinions about which styles people want.
Hi, reddit refugee here. I figured out that lemmy does not have a sideloading community similar to https://libreddit.kavin.rocks/r/sideloaded so i made one
Feel free to join at https://lemmy.ml/c/sideloaded
In the absence of relays it should be trivial for instance admins to follow each other's "discovery" community.
Only admins would be allowed to post to that community and they should publish a post on a weekly basis so that new servers who've just subscribed to their discovery community can fetch the post and show it to their users.
The post itself would contain an updated list of that instance's communities so that users from remote instances can click on them and subscribe to them. If an instance is very large, the weekly post could contain only the recommended communities and maybe some interesting instance stats or information.
**Edit:** to give some context, due to the way federation works communities of instance A are only visible to users of instance B if at least one person from instance B has already subscribed to that community.
Mastodon has relays to solve the kick-starting problem. But in the absence of relays it should be fairly easy to have a single specific community that's highly discoverable and from where users select other communities that they could be interested in and thus become the first user that makes those communities visible to other users of their instance.
Hey guys, just curious, can we have multiple nodes for the same lemmy instance? If not, is this something that's on the radar?
This would really help alleviate the load on a single server and make things much more stable and help with availability. I'm not sure if this functionality exists or if it is planned. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I'm genuinely so excited to see some of the more focussed communities blossom on this platform as they have on Reddit over the years. Which are your favourites and which do you think could succeed here?
Disclaimer: I don’t know anything about coding or how this stuff works in the background.
But I’m a fairly old reddit user excited with Lemmy who thinks that the **the limitation to the creation of communities is a good thing** and that there’s always a chance to make stuff differently.
The concept I would like to brainstorm is: branching.
Instead of simply giving the ability to create new communities to users, would it be possible (and desirable) to just branch existing communities? As an example, let’s imagine that DnD discussions start to dominate the gaming community (yeah, I know, it’s just for theoretical hypothesis). Could the mods at a certain point decide to create a sub community for DnD inside the gaming community? When people would subscribe to “gaming” they would see the existing branches and decide if they want to subscribe to gaming in general or just that one set of games in particular. Apart from the benefit to the user, a mapping of Lemmy’s communities would also be much more easy to visualize.
I don’t know… this just occurred to me and wanted to share.
Like a cross-instance hub for people to share the communities they make/enjoy, and maybe like a pinned post with a big list of active communities?
I feel like something like this might be good for discovery.
I’m on Safari iOS 15, not sure if that matters. Anytime I post a comment, it doesn’t actually get posted. Doesn’t matter if I disable content blockers, they just never appear.
PMs work, upvoting works, I’m not even sure if this post will work though. Any ideas?
Every time I look at reddit or twitter they're designed to be filled with the most vile or annoying posts imaginable to keep you scrolling and this place just... doesn't have that. It's relieving to not be inherently angry just scrolling through new posts
Okay - Lemmy is cool, and is experiencing a boost...
It would be important (while there's lots of eyes looking on it, especially the folks who will look on June 12-13th) for the instance picker to look presentable.
Something that doesn't look like a monoculture of one political ideology..
Right now, it starts off with Marxist / communist stuff right at the top (if that's your cup of tea, and you won't read, just down vote and move on).
However - I would argue the viability of a reddit alternative is one that starts off as a neutral pallet cleanser: just the tame instance descriptions on page one. If you want a themed instance you'll most certainly pick that tag or category while browsing.
I don't want it vanishing into obscurity because people write it off as a fringe gab-like offshoot that got kicked out of other places.
The software itself shouldn't spiral into only one sort of person using it, while driving away others.
Gotta have some way to slowly turn people socialist :) boiling the frog here, don't go all RMS extreme and be all gross and out of touch.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/1149454
> Don't exactly know the best way for this to be made. I'm guessing a special page built into the platform might actually be the best way. It'd just provide a list of all communities the instance federates with in order of ascending age.
> Or, maybe more easily, an admin run community for people to post about their new communities?
I see there's a /c/technology on lemmy.ml, but also a /c/technology on beehaw.org. As far as I can tell, they're completely independent and unrelated. This feels like it will create fractured communities, especially as more servers come online. Is there any plan for avoiding fragmentation? Is the expectation that the community for a particular topic will congregate around a single one of the instances?
First off, I apologize if I'm asking something that has been talked about over and over, but I didn't find much relevant information so far (aside from what I will discuss below).
From what I understand, post tags/flairs are a [requested feature](https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/317), but from [@firstname.lastname@example.org](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines)'s comment [here](https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/317#issuecomment-545109180), tags are already a thing?
Or does his answer mean that people can use a special syntax (like `[foo]` or `::bar::`) in post titles, which can then be searched like any other token?
Either way, I think it makes sense to allow tags in posts, like mastodon allows #hashtags, if only for the purpose of classification and moderation.
Indeed, I was looking at an eventual way to link https://lemmy.ml/c/Jerboa to the [Jerboa issues on GitHub](https://github.com/dessalines/jerboa/issues) using GitHub actions and [this action](https://github.com/marketplace/actions/create-an-issue), and the main problem I can see with this is the lack of machine-readable marker to differentiate bug reports and issues from the rest of the conversation on the community.
Do Lemmy mods have the permissions to edit a post's title? In which case they could indeed prefix bug reports and issues with `[bug]` or `[issue]`.