Hey any speakers wanna take a turn running There are thousands of people trying to figure this place out and they are currently asking about it on twitter.


Se habla español.

@liaizon Do you think there would be support for a Spanish language relay? I could start one, if people will use it.

@jelutz77 definitely!

@Maximusblack Would you like to help answer random questions about how to use this place on twitter?

sorry, I'm also new.

@Maximusblack It could be simple things like explaining that there are lots of instances to choose from or that all the mobile apps have different names like Fedilab and Toot and are not just called Mastodon

Have a look into this rather old FAQ for GNU Social anc check if it is still usefull. If so, I have a Spanish translation of it as .doc that could be put into an etherpad an dlinked to.

I just saw that "The Unofficial GNU Social Manuals" (documentation for users and admins) is still online, avaliable in English and Spanish:

It's still the best manual / FAQ for GNU Social, IMO: precise language w/o being too technical, a lot of screenshots (perhaps difficutlt to tackle with for those interested in Mastodon).

Have a look and perhaps get link to general answers in that docu for the most common questions.


Instructions are on that page.
My email is also there for issues.

@simsa03 Many things are useful but many outdated. We should probably update it with current information if we were to try to share it to new comers

@simsa03 Gnu Social doesnt federate with most of the fediverse anymore sadly so I am not personally interested in sharing much k formation to new folks about it. I think its a bit too confusing to new folks to have to remember what old stuff doesn’t work with the new stuff.

Yes, I can relate to that. (Although the federation issue for GS is less due to GS but for other platforms abandoning oastatus-support.)

@liaizon si, yes i can

@ArtistMarciaX Would you want to spend a few hours answering questions on this twitter account?

@liaizon sure, but when?

@ArtistMarciaX asap. I can give you the login info

@simsa03 I would argue its due to GS not being actively developed.

@jelutz77 this is great I will make a post about it later. One thing. your OpenGraph preview says on it which might be confusing to people.

@liaizon oh shit, i hadn’t realized it was for tonight. Maybe i should have before i offered (I’m working atm, sorry)

@ArtistMarciaX tomorrow would be good too or the next day.

@liaizon tomorrow night my time (central usa) would work. Ill keep you up to date if something goes awry

@liaizon It could be. It did say that before, but I fixed the error; it might take some time to update, and I have no power over that.

@liaizon Interesting: it appears that has been down for a few hours now...

@liaizon However, what is OpenGraph and where do you see this?

@jelutz77 the thing in the box is called an OpenGraph preview. It is being made by automatically when a link is posted to place that supports them.

@liaizon Ah, I see. I should probably post it again, as it should update the preview.


Instructions are on that page.
My email is also there for issues.

Would that prevent other platforms from keeping oastatus support?

@simsa03 Activitypub is the direct descendant of Ostatus. A Mastodon had a tons of extra complexity to support both so ostatus was removed. Pleroma has announced a similar move. Having to support multiple federation protocols significantly makes development harder.

I've been aware of this, and if it's the complexity on Mastodon's (or Pleroma's) side that makes it harder for Mastodon (Pleroma) to support several protocols, then that doesn't seem to be the fault either of GS or GS keeping Oastatus. But be it as it may, this is water under the bridge as decisions have already been made and GS seems to develop Activiypub support in order for it to be part of the federation..