Could Feneas adopt Disintermedia?
I'd like to propose that Feneas adopt Disintermedia, as it has fediverse.party and WeDistribute.
Like those two, Disintermedia has been a research project exploring decentralized technologies, with strong advocacy for software freedom, collaborative development, and cooperative organization (everything from "rough consensus and running code" to formal platform cooperatives). So far it's mostly been a one-man-band (with a few people helping on and off behind the scenes), but I'd love to build a team around it, as Light has with FP, and Deadsuperhero with WD.
All it would need is:
- a wiki - happy to use a GL one (but it would be cool if Feneas hosted an instance of Smallest Federated Wiki)
- a blog - happy to use anything (but would be cool to try an AP blogging app like Plume, or Writefreely). I also intend to write pieces for WD, and maybe the FP Chronicles/ Knowledge pages, but the Dis blog would be for stuff that doesn't fit their brief. My workflow plan from now on would be to put everything on the wiki first, and use the blog to feature stuff that's reached 1.0 quality, as well as putting up news about the project itself.
Other things I would like to set up are:
- a simple homepage (Index, About, Contact etc) - maybe using a static site generator? Does git.feneas have GL pages working?
- DNS for disintermedia.net.nz (maybe with subdomains like blog.disintermedia.net.nz)
- forwarding of email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (and maybe a few other addresses?)
- an official fediverse account (eg on friendica.feneas), although this is less important if the blog is federated.
Some of my more ambitious project ideas for Disintermedia are:
- a podcast, probably interviews (although maybe also an audio version of blog posts?)
- a PeerTube channel, consisting mainly of short videos of my desktop as I demonstrate how to use various free code apps (might apply for the SourceHut fund)
- Fyre Exyt - a website that walks users through the process of extracting their data from datafarms, sorting and filtering it, deleting their datafarm accounts, creating accounts in user-respecting replacement services, and uploading their data into them, or onto their own device, as appropriate.
- Popup Servers - Demo instances of various federated server packages, which people can use to learn about self-hosting, a bit like the way the FreeCodeCamp web course works. The demo would walk the user through installing and configuring the package, setting up DNS and backups, maintenance and troubleshooting, and so on. Each demo instance would only exist for a fixed amount of time (eg 48 hours) and then be deleted. But maybe with an option to export the instance to another hosting provider within that time.
Dis has been hosted by CoActivate.org since its inception about 12 years ago (2008 I think). But CoA has been down for months, and I've heard nothing from the guy who runs it, so it may not be coming back. Even if it does, it's been in maintenance mode for years, with bits gradually falling off. It's been time for a change for a while, but the extended downtime has lit a fire under me to do something about it.
For the sake of transparency, I've also approached the P2P Foundation as a potential organizational host. I've been slowly moving a lot of the more generic research pages (mainly lists of free code software in various categories) onto their wiki for the last few years, both to make them more discoverable, and to prepare for the eventual heat death of CoActivate. If they are interested, perhaps Dis could be a joint project between Feneas and P2PF?
I'm open to any thoughts/ suggestions/ other feedback. What does everyone think?