@aral I wish there was a lightweight Mastodon server that was specifically geared to single person instances.

Do you know of one?

@e88 @aral what's the benefit of gearing an instance for a single person? A social activity feed for one seems counter intuitive unless I'm missing something.


@mcneely @e88 The fediverse is federated so you can speak to anyone on any other instance. An instance of one means that you don’t have to moderate anyone else, just yourself.

Take that as a core tenet and you have the (which doesn’t have to use ActivityPub but could interoperate with it if desired).


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@aral @e88 basically the idea of a single user instance is trading moderation control for local (instance) interactivity and just planning to federate where you want?

I can understand the appeal in that

@mcneely @aral @e88 you will get improved #privacy too: your IP is logged by your own instance and your full DMs history is managed by you.

@emanuele @aral @e88 would DMs still be open to the sysadmin of the recipient?

@mcneely @aral @e88 unfortunately yes (for now). But due to the federated nature of the system, anyone interested to my entire DMs history should hack my instance or gain access to all the federated servers.

@e88 @aral @mcneely don’t you miss the local timeline for discovery and the “community” feeling? I’m new here, so not sure if there are alternatives for that.

@andregil yes lonely in the beginning. I need to seek out people to follow with this account

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