There's a fairly new development in fedi software, that I haven't seen discussed by the people I follow here.
Akkoma is a hard fork from Pleroma, and is very much going its own way. To quote from the blog post announcing the project:
> Pleroma has ever been an uneasy alliance between “free speech” people and free software people, and as the project’s creator aligned more with the former group over time, it was only really a matter of time before something acted as a catalyst to break the alliance.
It's been a bit more than a month, and the project looks like it's going to do fine. It's distinguished by a focus on personal expression, better moderation/federation tools (to keep the gross bits of fedi at bay), and a focus on community instances as opposed to single-user instances.
More interesting tidbits.
They've just put their Code of Conduct in place too: https://akkoma.dev/AkkomaGang/akkoma/src/branch/develop/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md
> the community must create an environment which is **safe** and **equitable**
There's also a web tool to help with translations. Catalan was the first language to reach 100% coverage! (French and Dutch are now there too)
@tfb Huh. On one hand I'm happy to see a CoC but on the other hand it is pretty lacking in how issues will be solved (tactics like contact X then people X,Y&Z will gather info, then A&B are outcomes) and there's a fair amount of focus on forgiving behavior and not trusting victims.
@trevorflowers I don’t think a big bureaucratic process is a reasonable expectation of a small project. A CoC to make it clear what sort of behavior is and isn’t welcome is; after that, it’s a question of watching how the project develops.
I see nothing in there about not trusting victims, quite the opposite, it specifically calls out "white fragility" style behavior. There’s nothing about forgiviness in there: there is a statement that if people stop behaving badly, they should be judged on their changed behavior. That’s correct.
In any case, focusing on that is pretty misguided IMO. That’s a tiny section at the end of a document that starts out clearly stating the goal of a safe and equitable space.
Remember, this is a group of people who aren’t playing nice with the Pleroma devs.
@tfb I do believe that the intention is good. I've just seen this "lightweight" approach fail because there's no plan for what will happen when (not if) a violation occurs. It's like having laws but no judicial system. Random side note: One of the first bureaucracies was created by the Qin dynasty to prevent nepotism and other forms of biased treatment in government and to plan for when it occurred.
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