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instance meta, notice of closure 

I've thought about my experience with running an instance used by multiple people, and have decided that I don't feel like I will be able to reliably keep up with the moderation work required to keep things running well. Stressful social situations have never been my strong suit - as a matter of fact, it's demonstrably the thing I'm worst at.

Therefore, I have decided I will be moving to my own personal instance and will be sunsetting Transfur Online with no successor instance. I will permanently close operations either when I'm sure all users of Transfur Online who have wanted to migrate their accounts to a new instance has done so, or November 28th, 2020, whichever comes first. At that time, I will run the instance self-destruct command, and will allow the instance domain registration to lapse a few months later.

If someone else trustworthy wishes to take over responsibility for Transfur Online and keep it running, please let me know and we can work something out. I'd even be willing to continue working on it on the technical side - I, however, wouldn't be up to handle the social moderation aspect of things.

I have not determined what my personal instance domain and username will be yet. I'll let y'all know once I have.

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plural info post 

So I've honestly kinda been keeping my plurality a bit of a secret from my main account, but... I do see a lot of people on fedi with plural systems in recency, and maybe it's safer to do so now than it was a while back ago, so I'm going to give it a shot. At the very least, I've got friends here that'll back me up, I hope...

I'm one of three headmates, have been around the longest, most active, Holly. If a post doesn't end in a name or emoji, or there's no brackets around the text, assume it's me.

{Heya! I'm Rascal, I'm a raccoon but less toony and I don't... really have interest in changing all that much. That's Holly's thing. I've been around since March '13. I'll end posts in - :ms_raccoon: or I'll speak within brackets like these.}

[h-hi... i'm finny, i'm an eevee... i-i'm kinda nervous to talk like this... rascal's kinda making me post this >.< i-if i talk, i'll either end the post with - :eevee: or will post in these brackets]

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Just a note - if you're underage and I mistakenly interact with a post of yours, please let me know ASAP and I'll correct myself. I try to avoid that, but sometimes there's a post that appears on my timeline that's funny, I'm half awake lying in bed, and I forget to check the profile of the person that posted it

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holly lotor backstory 

so i'm reading about others' sona backstories and realized i haven't posted and tagged mine so lemme just put it all out here so i can tag it

Holly "chirrveon" Lotor was originally a hacked shiny Mew that someone almost randomly manipulated the data for prior to putting it in the game - just to mess around, see what happens. At some point during the game's execution when loading the modified file, however, things went very, very weird, very quickly.

Through unexpected, "undocumented" interactions between the data and the machine processing the code, the seemingly impenetrable wall dividing the virtual and the corporeal world was broken - and a shiny Mew came out of it, having been swept off of the memory it was located in, and spawned into a random place on Earth. This event went unknown to the person who played the game, as it just seemed like their edits resulted in the pokemon they modified being unceremoniously deleted. They just went back to their computer and kept playing with their old file, completely unaware that they just created a new being in the corporeal world...

The Mew, being essentially an entity of data in a world that doesn't expect the presence of an entity like theirs, found that they had the ability to alter and modify themselves and the world around them, as if re-writing code or data. The power they had is akin to the power of a goddess - they could easily rewrite the fundamental rules of how the universe works - but... they didn't want to be seen as a goddess. They want to be seen as an ordinary person, with maybe a few unordinary abilities to those who know them~

So, they made themselves a toony blue raccoon, got themselves a nice little place to live, and live their life out spreading fun and happiness

and transformation

I've now moved to a new account! If you're still following this account, please follow me at @transform . Thank you!

hey, does anyone have a good list of instances that a new incoming server should block? this instance's federation blocklist is... an absolute mess. things that should be suspended are silenced, things that shouldn't have any policy are silenced, and i can't really make heads or tails of what it's supposed to look like at the moment

if you're wondering the impact this might have on raccoon.army 

Note that this will not affect Raccoon Army, which runs on XMPP and lacks the same moderation challenges a fediverse instance does - the fediverse is designed to spread information and be seen publicly by new people, while XMPP is designed to help those whom already know each other to connect and talk privately.

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instance meta, notice of closure 

I've thought about my experience with running an instance used by multiple people, and have decided that I don't feel like I will be able to reliably keep up with the moderation work required to keep things running well. Stressful social situations have never been my strong suit - as a matter of fact, it's demonstrably the thing I'm worst at.

Therefore, I have decided I will be moving to my own personal instance and will be sunsetting Transfur Online with no successor instance. I will permanently close operations either when I'm sure all users of Transfur Online who have wanted to migrate their accounts to a new instance has done so, or November 28th, 2020, whichever comes first. At that time, I will run the instance self-destruct command, and will allow the instance domain registration to lapse a few months later.

If someone else trustworthy wishes to take over responsibility for Transfur Online and keep it running, please let me know and we can work something out. I'd even be willing to continue working on it on the technical side - I, however, wouldn't be up to handle the social moderation aspect of things.

I have not determined what my personal instance domain and username will be yet. I'll let y'all know once I have.

appendix to this huge rant 

As this post makes it further beyond the spaces I tend to frequent, I see I've received new arguments.

Note that if you read this and said, "huh, i don't see these same problems here", we likely are on very different parts of the federated world that, on a fundamental level, disagrees with how federation should be handled. There's a reason why i'm not saying "the solution is to not restrict federation!!" If not restricting federation at all works for you and your instance's users, and y'all don't mind the ad hominem and the chaos of it all, that's cool for you. I'm just gonna... uh... not though. yeah. thanks for reading though

I do get that a lot of this is social norms stuff, and I do agree that if everyone cultivated their timelines, yes, the drama would disappear. I feel like if it could be engineered in a way so that this never *became* a problem, it'd also take care of it. I feel like the latter's probably something that, while would require some creative thinking, I feel like is a more likely solution than requiring a vast majority's careful participation. I will acknowledge I'm providing no solutions here, only problems, but it is what it is.

I disagree with the argument that blocklists and individual-level blocking is an effective solution, as this is exactly what was done on twitter. People left Twitter for a reason, didn't they, and it wasn't just because they were being banned, right? I can, however, acknowledge that having a ton of small instances would probably create new issues of its own, and those should be tackled if and when they came. I believe having a system where people can vet for each other's instances could be a potential solution, for example - a reputation board of sorts.

I see that Pleroma fixed not having image descriptions available to write in the pleroma frontend. That's great, and I now recant the statement that they didn't have them available. I will, however, replace it with this: why did it take so long to add image descriptions to the pleroma frontend?

Anyways, I've spent enough time ranting, and this post extended a lot further out than I expected. I'm muting this thread, I'm gonna go step off of the fedi and do something fun.

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LONG rant about the fediverse 

I feel like the solutions the fediverse had to the problems of twitter only created its own, unique problems and failed to truly account for the target audiences that would be attracted to an alternate twitter.

sure, it's no longer one giant, centralized network ruled by a giant company and paid for by ad money. instead, it's a few large instances that everyone flocks to with many tiny instances dangling from threads. payment is taken care of from those who have disposable income and run by those who have been able to burrow their way into the tech world, often times this is the same person. This doesn't help with the growing racism problem, as the people who tend to be able to do both of these tend to be white and in or around the tech industry (myself included, I will be honest.)

sure, we now don't have to worry about being stuck under bad moderation - if staff is bad, you can just move! But instead, instance admins have to keep both eyes open wide for any bad instance or good instance gone bad that might sneak into their radar, and decide if they're worth cutting off manually. if one of those good instances gone bad is a large instance? well, better be prepared to decide between "defending why you didn't defederate $BadInstance" or "defending why you're disconnecting everyone between $BadInstance to $YourInstance" And if you think any of this is clear cut, just you wait. The game of fediverse telephone makes everything muddy, with everyone having the strongest opinion on everything, and if you choose to dig down deep for the source of it all, you'll usually find a few people just mis-communicated. Or racism. Could also be racism.

Yes, you can tailor-make your experience to what you want it to be by running your own instance! Here's your options for software:
- Vanilla Mastodon. Hope you're ready to make your own fork and deal with annoying upstream merges if you want to change anything of real substance, or have features that should by all means be available upstream but isn't for "arbitrary reasons"!
- Glitch-Soc Mastodon. Hope you can afford a VPS with 8 GB of RAM, or else your setup just got twice as complicated!
- Pleroma. Hopefully the good parts of the fediverse haven't decide to proactively de-federate from your instance for running Pleroma, since usually when they see pleroma, it's from an instance they're blocking! And why can't you set image descriptions on the default frontend? And why was there a debug "ignore federated blocks" option that persisted for far longer than it should've? And why are there people claiming the dev team is bad? And wh-
- Misskey. Best of luck being one of the few English instance owners using Misskey!
- *insert small fediverse server project here*. Best of luck being one of the few instance owners using *project name here*!

Sure, you no longer have people from completely different universes of thought just waltzing into your posts and harassing y-pffffffttttt, I'm sorry, I can't say that with a straight face.

And yeah, you don't have people screenshot dunking and calling a user out because staff actions aren't considered sufficient at taking care of the issue. Instead, you have people screenshot dunking and calling a user out as well as calling for defederation with an instance, because its staff actions aren't considered sufficient at taking care of the issue. You also get bonus discourse over screenshot dunking, as moderation on the fediverse should be good enough to not warrant screenshot dunking, right? Right????

We've brought twitter to the fediverse. We've joked about gargron essentially wanting to make "twitter 2", well, I'm here to tell you that it was a success. This is a second twitter - not better than the original, but different. And since everyone was promised a better time, nobody's happy, and everyone's leaving.

Maybe this is a problem with social networks in general. Perhaps I should follow the examples of some friends I have and just stick to the close friends I have with no social media accounts beyond, like, steam and linkedin, because i kinda have to have those. Or maybe there's just something wrong about how the fediverse was built that didn't truly account for all of the problems of twitter, or the problems that its implementation would create. Either way, I think it's safe to say that the fediverse is not the beacon of hope many hoped it to be, myself included.

personal account meta :boost_requested:​ 

all this junk happening on the fediverse lately made me realize that i should tailor my experience a lot more, i really need to start fresh

i won't be deleting this account, i love it on vulpine club, but i WILL be clearing all my followers/following and will be more picky about who i interact with and who i let follow me

i won't just let anyone follow me anymore if they have an age in bio, i'm only gonna let people follow if i've interacted enough with them that i feel comfortable with it

SO with that in mind

momentarily, i'll be clearing out everything, i've vetted my follows a lot and i'll start with a clean slate again

feel free to send a request again, but please wait at least 30 minutes from the time of this post to make sure everything's all cleaned out but just know if we don't know each other well i probably won't accept, and i'm gonna expect a huge inundation of requests so bear with me as i go through them, and feel free to signal boost so our mutual mutuals? will see

furry tf, form thoughts 

after a particular roleplay with a particular partner, I lied down in bed and realized I felt some sensation of phantom bat wings on my back...h-heeeck....

🐈⚠️🐈⚠️🐈
KITTY EMERGENCY ON KITTY.TOWN!!

HEY FRANCE.

THIS KITTEN NEEDS A HOME. HELP US FIND SOMEONE ASAP. IT IS SLEEPING OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN.

FOR FRENCH INFO: @inmysocks

I can acquire financial help for initial veterinary and supply costs for you if needed.

LOOK AT THIS FACE. ADOPT THIS CAT.

TF kink, laser-targeted post at Holly Chirrveon Lotor 

My math book: TFAE

What it means: The Following Are Equivalent

What my head thinks: TransForm Almost Everyone

furry cloning, re: keysmash, caps, advertisment 

unfortunately, despite the promising build-up, it doesn't allow me to make multiple holly raccoons unless if they're in the form of virtual machines

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keysmash, caps, advertisment, cloning 

asdkfjhaklsdfjlaksdfjalksfdjalksfdjalkjsdfhlakshfdjakjhfdsn if this were targeted advertising they would've HIT the fucking BULLSEYE

after seeing someone post about doing it, i'm now curious - has anyone ever actually went and forked pleroma glimpse-style before?

Fediverse admin PSA 

Attention to #Mastoadmins

We are considering dropping support for host-meta and XRD support (inherited from GNU Social/OStatus) in next #Mastodon version, as the webfinger spec is enough and simpler.

As far as we know, no fediverse implementation relies solely on host-meta or XRD, so that wouldn't be a big change.

That being said, some deployments do (partly because of a guide I wrote ages ago, in OStatus times) depend on host-meta. That could be the case, for instance, if you installed Mastodon so that it is on social.domain.org but serving @foo@domain.org. In this case, please check that https://domain.org/.well-known/webfinger redirects to, or proxies, https://social.domain.org/.well-known/webfinger.

With nginx, this could be done like this:

location /.well-known/webfinger {
return 301 https://social.example.org$request_uri;
}

#Mastoadmin #Mastodev

post-tf, eye contact, second-person view, dubconish? continuation to last image, implied slow identity altering 

I changed back again and- wha? O-on one hand, I have my jacket back, but... t-those aren't my usual ears... o-or maybe they are... they feel so nice up there, b-but i'm a raccoon, not a bunny! ...o-or, then again... maybe i have been and am supposed to be a raccbun... >~<

i feel like i should start setting up a consistent maintenance schedule where i update and restart everything, like, once a week or once every other week at a specific time

silly thoughts about past and transformation 

thinking about how, when i was in 5th grade, i did a presentation for one of my classes on DNA

and i'm 95% confident that my reason for being interested enough in DNA to do it for a presentation was that i wanted to learn how to change DNA so i could become an animal

yes, even when i was little, i was still very much into the concept of being turned into various animals

furry tf, dubcon, i explore a different drawing style 

So, uh... I tried to change back for a moment and...

I, uh... don't think I can actually fully change back >~>

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Transfur Online

Bust out your 56k modems and grow a tail or two (or nine), because Transfur Online's here and you're invited! Here, tech and furry transformation combine, and you're quite literally free to be whatever you like. So pop in that 1 Million Free Hours CD you found lying around and stay a while - you might just find it a rather life-changing experience ;)