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wanted: true
featured: true
banner: "pic.jpg"
authors: ["Jane Doe", "Mike Cole"]
avatar: "./img/mikecole.png"
authors: [{"name": "John Snow", "url": "", "network": "socialhome"}]
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Required for "featured" posts only, an image wide enough to be used as a fullscreen background, should be placed in `/source/_posts/exact-post-file-name` folder. See [example](./source/_posts/why-use-federated-networks).
Required for "featured" posts only. Add the name you wish to be shown as the author.
Optional for "featured" posts. If you want to add your avatar to the article, add a round .png image to `/source/img/authors` folder, then add its path to metadata. If you don't add an image, the default avatar will be shown. Avatar dimensions will be 85x85px.
Required for "featured" posts only. Add an array of object(s): name you wish to be shown as the author, and one website link. If it's the link to yout account on Fediverse, specify network name - lower case, without spaces.
### Writing an internal article
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root: /
permalink: :lang/:layout/:title/
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limit: 42
content: true
# hexo-renderer-markdown-it
html: true
xhtmlOut: false
breaks: false
linkify: true
typographer: true
quotes: '鈥溾濃樷'
- markdown-it-abbr
- markdown-it-footnote
- markdown-it-ins
- markdown-it-sub
- markdown-it-sup
# Minimum level for ID creation. (Ex. h2 to h6)
level: 2
# A suffix that is prepended to the number given if the ID is repeated.
collisionSuffix: 'v'
# If `true`, creates an anchor tag with a permalink besides the heading.
permalink: false
# Class used for the permalink anchor tag.
permalinkClass: header-anchor
# The symbol used to make the permalink
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"title": "Fediverse saves you from pickup artists, and 7 more reasons you should make a Fediverse account",
"url": ""
"title": "The Centralization of Power on the Internet",
"url": ""
"url": " "
"title": "Distributed social networking in 2017: a review",
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"url": ""
layout: "post"
title: "Fediverse saves you from pickup artists, and 7 more reasons you should make a Fediverse account"
date: 2018-07-05
- fediverse
"The Internet is huge, with millions of websites. But Internet users concentrate on large well-known platforms. We are all familiar with the names of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, Vkontakte, Google, YouTube, Tinder. These services may be useful, but they are not the only ones."
url: "/en/post/fediverse-saves-from-pickup-artists-and-7-more-reasons-to-join"
lang: en
featured: true
banner: "banner.jpg"
authors: [{"name": "@lostinlight", "url": "", "network": "mastodon"}]
The Internet is huge with millions of websites and web services, however, like in offline world people tend to move from countryside to towns to cities, Internet users concentrate on large well-known platforms. We are all familiar with the names of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, Vkontakte, Google, YouTube, Tinder. These services may be useful, but they aren't the only ones.
Compared to popular mass giants, Fediverse networks are like precious gems. Few people heard of them, but they are out there, waiting for you to find them.
![sign welcoming to Fediverse](fediverse-sign.jpg)
"Fediverse" means federated universe. There's no one website to sign up to. Instead you will find [hundreds]( of websites (servers) powered by citizens all around the world, independent from and uncontrolled by any single company. These servers are all interconnected, so no matter where you register[^1], you'll be able to connect with friends and users of other servers.
Instead of listing "one hundred suits them all" reasons why you should switch to federated social platforms, let's look at reasons for each particular person. That's what Fediverse is good at - _providing choices_.
<ul class="article-list">
* __If you're an extrovert, linguist__
Federated socializing is your cup of tea. Currently[^2] there are about 2.000.000 registered users in the Fediverse online world. Compared to corporate giants, that's like a small eco village.
![image of Fediverse network icons](fediverse-garden.jpg)
It's natural in Fediverse to welcome new users, to start conversations with anyone who shares your interests, to follow strangers. Do you easily connect with people from other cultures and regions? Would you like to broaden your social network and become neighbours and friends with people from somewhere on the other side of the map from you? We have communities dedicated to all sorts of [hobbies](/en/portal/servers/index.html#hobbies), [regions](/en/portal/servers/index.html#regional), [languages](/en/portal/servers/index.html#languages), political and social [views](/en/portal/servers/index.html#political-and-social-views), [business](/en/portal/servers/index.html#economics-business), [ecology and animal](/en/portal/servers/index.html#ecology-animal-lovers) related servers, [books, shows and games](/en/portal/servers/index.html#entertainment). Choose your community.
* __If you're an introvert, nerd, geek, scholar, developer__
A wonder you're still not part of Fediverse! It's your space, it's full of people like you. We're scattered across Fediverse servers, searching for kindred spirits. There are communities for [researchers](/en/portal/servers/index.html#sciences), [bookworms](/en/portal/servers/index.html#humanities), [game developers](/en/portal/servers/index.html#gamedev), web developers and [techies](/en/portal/servers/index.html#servers-for-techies), as well as servers run by respectable [organizations](/en/portal/servers/index.html#run-by-tech-savvy-organizations) and [entities](/en/portal/servers/index.html#notable-mention).
* __If you're a content creator, freelance artist__
Your content should be yours, without granting the explicit rights to any corporate third parties. Fediverse communities have high opinions of creators and willingly support their work through donations. We have communities for [writers, artists and photographers](/en/portal/servers/index.html#humanities). Here're recommentations on [how to become a successful artist on Mastodon]( Share your talents with fedizens.
* __If you've been censored on centralized platforms__
Federated social networks do not have one holy administrator who decides whom and what to ban. You'll find [multiple](/en/portal/servers/index.html#safe-spaces) servers for sensitive, vulnerable communities. Unlike on mainstream social networks, you will not be silenced for personal views. It's customary to share some images and content adding a special #NSFW tag (not safe for work): for spoilers, content inappropriate for children or for people at work. Remember still that each server is run by a volunteer, living in some country with its laws and regulations. Most servers have local rules, and your administrator has the power to ask you leave if you do something nasty. You'll be able to migrate to another server and do nasty things again, but you'd rather not. Spammers are not welcome, Fediverse administrators quickly react and share information withing the community. Other users have the ability to "ignore" or "mute" people who irritate them. **Being nice to each other** is a tradition here.
* __If you care about privacy, are a privacy advocate or NGO__
Then you definitely heard about [Snowden revelations](, [Cambridge]( [Analytica](, [Equifax breach](, [Twitter Masking](, [Securus / LocationSmart](, [Exactis leak](, [manipulative practices](, multiple user data hacks, and so on and so forth. Big centralized websites with big juicy collections of data are [useful]( for mass surveillance.
Are your friends aware of it? By leaving mainstream networks behind and joining Fediverse you do not automatically gain privacy. Securing data is hard, and federated networks will not protect you from targeted state surveillance. They will, however, protect from corporate mass surveillance. Especially if you spin up your own personal server, secure it, and host it at home. By inviting friends and family to Fediverse you help them treat their personal data wisely, you also help them broaden horizons, find out more about free and open source movements, become technically skilled. Everyone curious who likes to explore will learn in Fediverse.
As a privacy rights organization, by opening your own server or your official Fediverse account on one of the existing servers, and inviting followers on mainstream networks to join you in Fediverse, you help make bulk data collection more diffuclt and costly.
* __If you're a troll__
Fediverse has a [server]( in your honour! Be nice to each other.
![image of a nice feditroll](feditroll.jpg)
* __If you don't like to share your telephone number with "pickup artists"__
Those who invented "pickup" thingy were on a mission to help people stay single, right? When someone weird approaches you in real life and you don't know what to make of them, why share your phone number or email? If you wish to test their Internet IQ and determination, tell them you'll meet them in Fediverse. A Fediverse account resembles an email and includes your nickname and your server URL - for example, Anyone who really wants to connect with you, will find the way to join Fediverse and search for your profile.
* __If you're a big corp engineer, secret agent__
Then you're clever. Are you capable of empathy? Come on the light side. Transparency is your power, and there's nothing old-fashioned about privacy for your family and loved ones. Just like for all the other citizens of the world. If you know that at heart, you will be invaluable in building social networking the right way.
__Not convinced yet? Ask this__
<a href="/en/crystalball" target="_blank" rel="noopener" class="u-block u-center u-emphasize btn-action">CRYSTAL BALL</a>
...and it will show the reason just for you.
Federated networks won't track you, bombard with "personalized" ads or predefine your timeline (stream) with algorithms. You will be the one to decide what to see in your timeline, by following the topics you're interested in (subscribing to tags in [diaspora](/en/diaspora), [Mastodon](/en/mastodon)), connecting with people you like, joining groups and forums (in [Friendica](/en/friendica), [Hubzilla](/en/hubzilla)). Come join us!
Fediverse networks are not ideal. They lack some features provided by mass networks. This is because they are not backed by millions of dollars big companies have, they're developed by people like you and me, in their spare time, for free or for donations from the community. If you want to help improve any of the federated platforms, don't hesitate to ask how to help and start contributing. Welcome!
[^1]: To be sure which other networks your chosen Fediverse network connects with, check "Connects" information on each network's page
[^2]: Two million registered users is an approximation, as of June 2018
layout: "post"
title: "Why use federated networks (updated)"
date: 2018-06-21
- fediverse
"This article is a stub. You can help the Fediverse website by expanding it. Anyone welcome to contribute. It may be a less technical article, for your friend and your grandma. Explaining with examples why privacy is important, how corporate entities are misusing their capabilities, etc."
url: "/en/post/why-use-federated-networks"
lang: en
featured: true
banner: "banner.jpg"
- Jane Doe
This article is a stub. You can help the Fediverse website by expanding it. Anyone welcome to contribute.
It may be a less technical article, for your friend and your grandma. Explaining with vivid examples why privacy is important, how corporate entities are misusing their capabilities, etc.
See [this article]( by M. Marlinspike elaborating on why federation *is not* the future.
There are few articles about the strong points of federated / decentralized networks on the net. Some of those are research papers using obscure scientific language. Would be nice to have a thorough writing on why Moxy didn't get the point of federation. May be its point is not about providing same smooth experience for everyone (which, really, is quite hard). May be its point is in promoting a new concept, users expecting to lose certain convenient features of centralized systems in exchange for benefits that a centralized system can not guarantee. Singling out these benefits, as well as describing weak points of centralized systems is desirable. Add facts / links to many recent data breaches, misuse of centralized networks, etc.
Please, join and [contribute]( to complete this article.
layout: "crystalball"
title: "Fediverse Crystal Ball"
layout: "post"
title: "Themed servers"
This is a list of themed servers. Currently it includes mostly [Mastodon](/en/mastodon) servers. This will change in future updates.
Servers are not restricted to their theme. They only help people with common interests find their community.
<ul class="article-list">
#### [Notable mention](#notable-mention)
* - by FOSS lab of Brazilian Ministry of Culture
* - for the MIT community
* - by Academic Computer Club at Ume氓 University, Sweden
* - by University of La Rochelle
* - by Redbrick, computer networking society of Dublin City University
* - for l'Universit茅 d'Evry-Val-d'Essonne students
* - for French public servants who are involved in innovative projects
#### [Run by tech-savvy organizations](#run-by-tech-savvy-organizations)
* - for the OpenStreetMap Community
* - for francophone OpenStreetMap Community
* - CCC related
* - by Framasoft, association promoting FOSS, providing privacy-respecting services
* - by DO:TOPIA, Denmark based tech activism collective
* - by Hackerlab
* - by Hacklab-in-Mama hackerspace, Zagreb
* - by WeHost, non-profit internet service provider, Amsterdam
* - by G3L, libre software association
* - by New Zealand Open Source Society
* - by Quadrature du Net, association for the defence of digital rights and freedoms
* - by Roflcopter, [CHATONS]( member
* - by Zaclys, association offering francophone privacy-respecting services
* - by Buffalomesh, mesh network in Buffalo, NY
* - by Chinwag project
* - by Eunivers online edition
* - by Freifunk Muensterland
* - by Unixcorn
#### [Servers for techies](#servers-for-techies)
* - infosec and IT security discussions
* - powers of cryptography and cryptanalysis
* - hacking centric: programming, Linux, BSD, Ethics, whatever
* - for humans and geeks
* - for people interested in technology
* - dedicated to Free and Open Source Software
* - for people who support or build Free Libre Open Source Software
* - for Linux lovers, users, sysadmins, and the like
* - to bring together enthusiasts of free software
* - for geeks, FOSS and cat lovers, [CHATONS]( member
* - conversations about IT, Open Source, Linux
* - cat, FOSS, nix
* - dedicated to Linux and technologies
* - for people interested in functional programming and languages
* - for anyone interested in CSS or general web development
* - for old hardware fans
* - for Maths people
* - all things Technology, hacking, security and reverse engineering
* - for *BSD users and devs
* - automotive- and engineering-related topics
* - all things artificial neural network-related
* - home to developer, programmer, coder
* - for VPN operators, users and enthusiasts
#### [Gamedev](#gamedev)
* - gamedev and related professions
* - by gamers, for gamers
* - general trends toward tech, games, and everything fluffy
* - for those part of or interested in the ROBLOX and RBXDev community
* - for tech, gaming, and good times
* - Unity Japan
* - esports-centric with focus on competitive gaming
* - amateur videogame making: game writers, game players welcome
#### [Entertainment](#entertainment)
* - theme Star Trek
* - theme Star Wars
* - theme World of WarShips
* - for Aikatsu fans
* - for Pok茅mon enthusiasts
* - for Splatoon 2 players
#### [Humanities](#humanities)
* - for artists
* - for art
* - painting community
* - for artists and commissioners
* - freely share all types of art, uncensored, 18+
* - for book-lovers
* - for sharing and discussing books
* - for authors and their readers
* - community for poets, writers, bloggers
* - science fiction and fantasy community
* - for writers, photographers, painters, cartoonists and people with imagination
* - for creative people, writers, developers and thinkers
* - dedicated to discovering books
* - for anyone into data, visualization, creative coding, related arts and research
* - place for your photos
* - dedicated to talking about and sharing music
* - for fans of recorded music
* - for Australian galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records people
* - for linguists and linguist-adjacent people
#### [Sciences](#sciences)
* - for researchers, undergrads, journal editors, librarians, administrators
* - discussions for scientists and science enthusiasts
* - dedicated to the higher education and research
* - to help educators improve the School Libraries Resource Network
#### [Hobbies](#hobbies)
* - for people that make stuff
* - for podcast creators, listeners, and enthusiasts
* - for radio amateurs, DXers and anyone interested to geek out about radio
* - for musicians, by musicians
* - for metal friends
* - for electronic music enthusiasts, and electro music makers
* - focused on travel, world affairs and jet setting lifestyles
* - for board gamers and the games they love
* - hobby of pipe collecting and pipe smoking
* - for beermakers
* - dedicated to motosports
* - have the freedom to discuss, share and show off your guns
* - for those who Love liberty, guns, and independence
* - conversations about digital preservation
* - anime-centric community
* - anime, manga
* - focused on spitituality, witchcraft and various shades of woo
* - for witches
* - for anyone curious about witchcraft
* - place to discuss Stellar, cryptocurrencies and blockchain
#### [Languages](#languages)
* - for those interested in Esperanto
* - for people speaking Portugese
* - main instance language is Hebrew
* - for Persian speaking folks
* - for Hungarian speakers
* - Slovenian (multilingual) instance
* - Chinese instance
* - primarily for Spanish speaking people
#### [Regional](#regional)
* - Bonn, Germany
* - Berlin, Germany
* - M眉nsterland, Germany
* - Ruhr area, Germany
* - like-minded people in Brussels, Belgium
* - Finland
* - Norway
* - Norway
* - Sweden
* - Greece
* - Belgium
* - Catalonia
* - Occitania
* Queensland, Australia
* - Uruguay
* - Scotland, or who identify as Scottish
* - UK tech community
* - the Isle of Man
* - Brazil
* - companies and startups in Florian贸polis, Brazil
* - users latinos, especially from Chile
* - citizens of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, and Alaska
* - Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
* - Memphis tech community, USA
* - tech and beer in Orlando, USA
* - residents and stakeholders in the Valley, USA
* - Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
* - community of Kokomo city, Indiana, USA
* - for Africa, by Africans
* - Poland
#### [Political and social views](#political-and-social-views)
* - for leftists, socialists, anarchists, Marxists, social democrats, social liberals
* - for hackers, social anarchists, and anarchist hackers
* - a community driven instance for people who love liberty
* - for voluntaryists, anarcho-capitalists, non-aggression centered activists
* - for social anarchists
* - for comrades, combatants, fighters
* - for freedom of thought, of opinion, of conversation
* - for libertarians, classical liberals, right-of-center thinkers, gun owners
* - for center-leftists worldwide
* - focusing on the solarpunk aesthetic (anarchist, anti-capitalist, utopian)
#### [Economics, business](#economics-business)
* - discussing finance and investing
* - a safe space for entrepreneurs
#### [Ecology, animal lovers](#ecology-animal-lovers)
* - francophone movement for ecological transition
#### [Safe spaces](#safe-spaces)
* - all trans people welcome
* - for queer folk and non-queer folk alike
* - space for queer people to be positive and have fun
* - for social justice activists, LGBTQIA+ people
* - for LGBT+ and allies
* - for tech workers, academics, students, and others in tech who are LGBTQA+ or allies
* - a safe place for nonwhite people on the fediverse
* - emphasis on kindness
* - feminist movement and queer/lgbt+
* - for queer, feminist and anarchist people
#### [For people with a sense of self-irony](#for-people-with-a-sense-of-self-irony)
* - the sky is the limit
* - for people who like to sleep
* - "nice place for silly people"
* - mild trolling encouraged, but not required
* - toots are ephemeral and disappear after a while
* - instance where you can only say the letter 'e'
* - for bots
#### [Characters](#characters)
* - for dragons, and people who like dragons
* - for monsters, demons, aliens, strange creatures, and those who love them
* - for pony fans
#### [Subcultures](#subcultures)
* - for furries, by furries
#### [Notable generalistic](#notable-generalistic)
* - will be open for up to 100 users, for sanity and sustainability
* - refuses to block or silence any instances
* - no censorship, no instances are blocked
* - no logs, has Tor .onion address
* - for those who help to get us onto the best possible future
* - beautiful landing
* - instance committed to truth in discourse
* - a small community for jokes, goofs, and bits
* - powered by 100% clean energy
* - by sysadmins, with a goal to provide robust experience for tens of thousands of users
* - wise recommendation to set up own node, if possible, for healthy ecosystem
* - runs glitch-soc, a version of Mastodon with experimental new features
* - an instance for nice people
* - instance francophone
* - for good and fun times
* - always running on the last tagged release
* - leave big social media and get back to social networking
#### Disclaimer
Following instances skipped: closed registration *at the moment of checking*, running old code, description not understood due to language barrier or scarce description, long blocklists, experimental servers.
Add your own themed instance via [merge request]( If your server already has many users, it will be nice of you to let other servers grow, for a healthier decentralization.
## Other research links
- [Friendica world overview](
- [Fediverse pirate servers](
- [Mastodon server distribution]( research by Leah
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"parser": "babel-eslint",
"env": {
"browser": true,
"jquery": true
"node": true
"extends": [
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sass = require('../../node_modules/gulp-sass'),
sourcemaps = require('../../node_modules/gulp-sourcemaps'),
stylelint = require('../../node_modules/gulp-stylelint'),
tinypng = require('../../node_modules/gulp-tinypng-extended'),
uglify = require('../../node_modules/gulp-uglify');
tinypng = require('../../node_modules/gulp-tinypng-extended'),
uglify = require('../../node_modules/gulp-uglify'),
webpack = require('webpack-stream');
function customPlumber (errTitle) {
return plumber({
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.pipe(customPlumber('Ouch! Error Running Scripts'))
.pipe(webpack( require('./webpack.config.js') ))
.pipe(rename({ suffix: '.min' })) // for using in dev mode
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optionFive: Design promo materials. Print and distribute
stickers: stickers
thanks: Thank you. See you in # name (context for translation)
# Internal articles
faq4newbs: FAQ for newcomers
whyUseFediverse: Why use federated networks
const date ='-').join('.');
let avatarPath ="";
if (page.avatar) {
avatarPath = page.avatar;
} else {
avatarPath = "default-avatar.png";
<section class="">
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<a href="<%- post.url %>" class="post__preview featured">
<img src="/<%- post.path %><%- post.banner%>" alt="featured post image">
<img class="post__avatar" src="/img/authors/<%= avatarPath %>" alt="author">
<div class="post__content">
<p class="post__title u-emphasize u-center">
<%- post.title %>
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<p class="post__text"><%- post.preview %></p>
<p class="post__meta u-emphasize">
<%= date %>
<span>by <% { %><%= author %> <% }) %></span>
<span>by <% { %><%= %><i>, </i> <% }) %></span>
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<link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico">
<meta property="og:title" content="Fediverse Wiki">
<meta property="og:description" content="Fediverse Wiki">
<meta property="og:image" content="<%= config.url %>/<% if (page.path.match(/post/) && page.ogImage) { %><%=page.path%><%=page.ogImage%><% } else { %><%=page.ogImage || config.ogImage%><% } %>" />
<meta property="og:image" content="<%= config.url %>/<% if (page.path.match(/post/) && page.banner) { %><%=page.path%><%=page.banner%><% } else { %><%=config.ogImage%><% } %>" />
<% if (page.title) { %>
let avatarPath ="";
if (page.avatar) {
avatarPath = page.avatar;
} else {
avatarPath = "default-avatar.png";
<header class="hero-header" style="background: url('<% if (page.banner) { %> <%= page.banner %> <% } else { %> /img/knowledge-bg.jpg <% } %>') <% if (page.percent) { %> <%= page.percent %> <% } else { %> 50% 50% <% } %> no-repeat;">
<div class="heading">
<h1><%= page.title %></h1>
<h4 class="subheading"><%= page.subtitle || "" %></h4>
<% if (page.authors) { %>
<h4>Author: <% { %><%= author %> <% }) %></h4>
<img class="heading__avatar" src="/img/authors/<%= avatarPath %>" alt="author">
<strong class="author">By:
<% { %>
<a href="<%= author.url %>"><%= %>
<% if ( { %>
<span class="hero-icon"><svg role="img"><use xlink:href="#icon-<%= %>"></use></svg></span>