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I’m super not knowledgeable about codecs and shit, but IIRC there’s one that the rpi 4 is just garbage at dealing with. x265 I think it’s called?


Seconding Jellyfin. I used to run XBMC as God intended on my old OG Xbox but Kodi is so bloated and garbo these days from what I’ve seen.



A vague interest in taking my data away from “Big Tech” led me to get hosting a few years back and use a private email solution professionally hosted. Last year, I bought a pi then went through a breakup and didn’t touch it until recently haha.

I just had to rebuild from scratch but I’m running Flame dashboard, Vaultwarden, Nextcloud, Baikal, and a rickroll server disguised as a Docs app, because I’m a red blooded American. :P (and the boring stuff lol)


Spoilers: The girl is actually Zelda, not the boy. DJ AIR HORN INTENSIFIES



Tell me you never actually visited without telling me you never actually visited.

Besides, you all whine about the sub WAY more than that sub whines about anything, and don’t get me started on how infantile drivers get if you provide evidence that “just one more lane, bro” never works.

Cry on, little baby. Cry on.



It would suck if that happened but I’m happier having deleted my old 15 year like 750k karma main and stripping my new one as we speak. I’ve won enough coin flips to not mind when I Iose one though so whatevs :P


Did anybody else lose the ability to report? I guess that’s why I got a week ban for “report abuse” even though the linked report was agreed with and actioned by Reddit, they’re starting to take down anyone flagging the Christoterroism shit since Spez has allied up with Musk.


“We want Reddit but we couldn’t go to a Reddit clone because we wanted a Reddit clone WE were in charge of but coding is hard”


I just have a pi 4 running OpenMediaVault with docker and portainer. 😅


The Beehaw thing pissed me off because it was a systemic version of the post I’ve been so fuckin tired of - “Why isn’t this Reddit and when will it become Reddit?”

Really wish the people who want a 1 for 1 walled garden Reddit clone would just Go to one of the 1 for 1 walled garden Reddit clones instead of users demanding devs make it Reddit and server owners defederating from everyone in an attempt to be the winning walled off lemmy server instead of using it as intended.


Thank you! That’s fucking dumb though. Just more of the same I’ve seen everywhere else on Lemmy, “I know this isn’t Reddit or designed to be Reddit and was explicitly designed to NOT be Reddit, but WHY ISN’T IT REDDIT AND WHEN WILL IT BE REDDIT?!”

Seriously, half that post is “While we left a central authority to escape central authority, we will be working until this becomes a central authority to avoid all the things about decentralization that make it decentralized”

Really wish all the people who want a Reddit clone would just…go to one of the Reddit clones.



My understanding is that a ban would only apply to that community or instance if done by the instance. I’m not 100% on that though.


I think it’s just going to become Reddit because nobody will shut the fuck up about it not being Reddit, if it does I’ll just leave this too lmao. “We came here because there’s no singular central archive NOW MAKE EVERYTHING FEED A CENTRAL ARCHIVE”


Another day another “When will the thing not meant to be Reddit be Reddit” post


I’ve been offloading various services to self hosting for a few years anyway, so moving to a decentralized social media is just a logical progression for me anyway haha. I primarily use a private email host and I have self hosted apps to replace Google Docs and the like along with music/media stuff.


It was my first one, early on as a teen, I’m spitballing numbers because I deleted it but I had it probably like 15 years give or take a few.


I nuked my 15 year 750k karma “main” recently because I ran afoul of a super mod who banned me from like 8 subs in one fell swoop because I talked shit on his favorite game or some dumb shit. IDGAF it’s just the internet I’ll burn my next one too if it feels appropriate (and I probably will now, I just want to find one of those comment scrambler things I’ve read about.)


First off, pro tip, if you commented again because your first was “stuck” with the spinny button, try refreshing and check if it took before you comment again. I have to do that most of the time and it takes and just doesn’t update correctly. @ruud@ruud@lemmy.world is working on it but last I heard he has no idea wtf is up with that lol.

As for the comment itself, the big one is Tildes, but I know of at least two others I don’t recall the names of. One I think is more new and reactionary but Tildes and (I believe) the third have been around for a while. People are flocking here because it’s trending in conversations around alternatives because it’s decentralized. The problem is those people don’t WANT a decentralized service because then it means, well, there’s no central organizational authority (almost like that’s what the word means or something.)

They’re bailing on Reddit because the leadership is spazzing out (so hard to not write spezzing out lol), they’re avoiding Tildes because they think it’s too much like Reddit and whoever built it is equally going to go sideways on everyone, they’re avoiding the others because they don’t have the population yet to be interesting, but then they’re coming here and getting mad that it ISN’T Reddit. They want a 100:100 ratio of control:UX (usability, centrality, aesthetic, etc etc,) to both not be beholden to a central authority while ALSO having everything handfed to them from a single access point, and that’s not how things work.

Centralized systems like Reddit or Google “just work” because all data exists exclusively on their servers under their control. You get a pretty, snappy experience because you get THEIR experience THEY crafted to access THEIR systems. You have VERY limited control, but it “just works” and the super non techy just get the magic scrolling sauce they crave without a clue of how any of it happens. It’s a 10:90 split of control:UX.

Here, There’s no central authority to burn the Earth, and if you don’t like how Instance A is run, you can fire up your own instance and do what the fuck ever you want to on it. You have ultimate control, but that means that all the content and data is scattered across the web, across servers, across the globe. Everyone is doing their own thing, the way they want, controlling access and content the way they want, and no two instances are the same. It’s great for that but you can’t have some big central compilation service without a big central authority hosting and controlling it all from up high. For example, if I run lemmy.yeet, and I don’t like what lemmy.beet is doing, I can stop federating with that instance entirely and our home users will have no access to the other’s instance. It’s a 90:10 split of control:UX.

I appreciate your analogy of traveling to a foreign place, ironically I just typed up a long page using the globe as a lemmy analogy (countries = instances, cities = communities, London exists in like 3 countries, doesn’t mean they’re connected) so it’s quite fitting haha.

As you can see, I’m open to discussing it and I try to help people understand because while I’m techy I get that most people just play on their magic rectangle and never think about it again. It just irks me watching people, in keeping with the analogy, going to India and demanding that they install toilets STAT OR ELSE.


Unless I’m mistaken, you’re overthinking the “import” concept. I do think that your home instance caches info from communities you visit (MAYBE that influences what you see in all but I don’t know really,) but otherwise there’s no “importing” of anything. Otherwise, yeah the passport analogy isn’t far off. You don’t have an account on lemmy.ml, but it recognizes you as a registered user of lemmy.world and you get to interact as normal, you get tagged as @Swoggles@lemmy.world just like your passport says you hail from insert home country here. (I assume lol)

If you visit /c/aww@lemmy.ml for example, you’re connecting to lemmy.ml as @Swoggles@lemmy.world. You’re not bringing that community into lemmy.world, you’re visiting it in lemmy.ml, as someone from lemmy.world (and as mentioned would appear if you comment as @Swoggles@lemmy.world. Because “visiting.”) /c/aww@lemmy.world is just /c/aww on lemmy.world. It has zero at all to do with /c/aww on lemmy.ml, and they have zero at all to do with /c/aww on lemm.ee. All completely independent communities existing on different instances. There’s no connections, no correlations, just somebody made /c/aww on lemmy.world, somebody also made /c/aww on lemmy.ml. They don’t connect or anything. London, France has nothing to do with London, England, and /c/aww@lemmy.world has nothing to do with /c/aww@lemmy.ml.

Won’t this model lead to like, heavy fragmentation of communities?

This is where people get lost coming from Reddit. Lemmy is not Reddit, and it isn’t designed to be Reddit. Lemmy is designed to be a decentralized alternative, which offers far greater control at the cost of UX (usability, cohesiveness, whatever.) There aren’t “single” communities, because that isn’t what this is for. Decentralization is the point. Being able to (as one user put it) “make my own /c/aww with blackjack and hookers” is the point. That I can spin up a Docker container on my pi and build my own single user Lemmy instance as a home base, is the point.

It isn’t meant or designed to provide a single central point of compilation, it’s existence is for the exact opposite - Nobody has ultimate control because any one instance owner’s power only extends so far as their server. The fragmentation everybody laments coming from Reddit actually provides redundancy, have you ever had a sub you like on Reddit get shut down for this that or the other reason? That’s it, it’s gone, sucks to suck. If you want more /c/aww, you CAN follow every /c/aww you can find - /c/aww@lemmy.world, /c/aww@lemmy.ml, /c/aww@lemm.ee, etc can ALL be in your sub feed. However, if @ruud (the owner of lemmy.world) decides he fucking hates adorable animals and nukes /c/aww@lemmy.world, you still have /c/aww on every other instance available.

This is the point that makes me mad about other Reddit exiles (not you.) They came to lemmy to leave a central authority, and got mad that there isn’t a central authority. I try to point out that more 1 for 1 Reddit clones exist, but they get mad because that’s “not what they want.” Control and ease of use(the smooth singular experience of Reddit, Google, etc) are diametrically opposed. Either everything “just works” because everything is owned by and exists on Reddit servers, or you have to put in a little leg work to have control over your data etc because having control means I can get mad at lemmy.ml and block my server from federating with them, or I can tinker with the code and someone else’s client doesn’t understand what it’s seeing, or any other number of things that can occur with the backend being in our hands vs a singular entity like a company. You just…can’t have both, but Reddit exiles are mad about that. They want total decentralization of infrastructure and ownership, but want centralization of content, which just isn’t possible without that single central pillar running the show (some people argue for communities that exist to scrape and clone every copy of a given /c/ across the fediverse to create a “supercommunity” but that just sounds like stealing with extra steps to me lol.)


“Yea I get that they’re different servers with different communities on a platform with no central authority…but what if every /c/aww got fed into a single community by a central authority?”

Some of them are like “No not like that just a single community that scrapes every other instance of the community to pull it all and feed it all through the one compilation community” Sooooooo…stealing? lol


That’s why I’m so frustrated about it “WTF Why isn’t this Reddit”

Bro there are Reddit clones if you want em YOU CAME HERE BECAUSE IT’S NOT THAT STOP DEMANDING THAT IT BE THAT


I see alot of people using an email analogy that people don’t seem to follow, I saw another analogy so I’ll give it a go (and probably butcher it haha.)

You have the planet, right? “Lemmy” as a concept, the “Fediverse” is the planet. Then, you have countries. Large, all encompassing central entities, each with it’s own ruling government and systems. What you can get away with in Ireland, might not be legal in Turkey. Instances (or servers) like lemmy.world, lemmy.ml, etc are the “countries.” Each can have it’s own standards, practices, rules, etc. Then the communities are like cities in those countries, beholden to the larger entity but otherwise allowed to run themselves and do what they do.

For your last question, let’s look at those communities (cities, per our analogy.) Say I live in Franklin, Maine. Around town, if you’re talking about home you don’t say Franklin, Maine all the time do you? It’s just Franklin, because if you’re in Maine (or your home country if not US) it’s presumed you’re talking about the Franklin that you’re in (or the Franklin down the road if you live two cities over.)

There’s still a Franklin in Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, and like 40 other states. ^(Thanks wiki :P) So if I wanted to talk about or visit one of THOSE Franklins, I would specify Franklin, Idaho, or Franklin, Illinois. That’s the “Fediverse.”

(Pretend for a minute we are in a community /c/puppies for this bit so it’s less confusing) This group, for us, is just /c/puppies because it’s our local /c/puppies, just as I from your perspective am just @CannaVet because we are both in our home “country” of lemmy.world (the instance/server.) If you look at one of the replies to the comment you replied to, you will see someone as @JakeBacon@lemm.ee. He is visiting our “country” of lemmy.world, from his home “country” of lemm.ee. Over in the “country” of lemm.ee, they may also have a community (city) of /c/puppies which is notated as such to HIM because it’s local to his home country just as ours is to us - but for us to visit would be “traveling” so we would visit /c/puppies@lemm.ee because we’re leaving home and visiting another country. For him to come here he has to come to /c/puppies@lemmy.world because HE would be the “traveler.”

Same with users, I’m just @CannaVet and you’re just @Swoggles because we’re “at home” on lemmy.world, but if we click around and are perusing a community on lemmy.ml we would show as @CannaVet@lemmy.world and @Swoggles@lemmy.world because we’re “traveling.” There may be a @Cannavet@lemmy.ml, but on lemmy.ml they would just be @CannaVet and I would be @CannaVet@lemmy.world, because I’m visiting their “country.” If they come here I’m @CannaVet and they’re @CannaVet@lemmy.ml.

We’re different users, with different accounts, on different servers, completely unrelated. Communities work the same way - I may run /c/stuff@lemmy.world however I want, but somebody might be running /c/stuff@lemmy.ml completely differently with completely different rules and content entirely over on that instance.

As for exploring different instances, you can go most anywhere you want (mostly, my understanding is instances can block other instances from access, but I’m not super in the know about that.) Using the “all” button in search and browsing will open you up to other instance’s content vs the “local” button that keeps you in your “home country.”

I don’t understand entirely how to link out to other instances, but if you click a link and end up logged out on a different server, you can manually visit by adding the community to the end of your URL like so-

lemmy.world/c/technology@lemmy.ml

This will keep you on lemmy.world and ensure you’re “just visiting” where you’re trying to go. Once everyone has a better grasp this shouldn’t be a problem but I’ve run into this issue a few times.

Cliffs Notes-

Instances (lemmy.ml, lemmy.ml, lemm.ee, etc) are top level “countries” and run things as they see fit

Communities (/c/puppies, /c/lemmy.world, etc) are “cities” bound by instance administration and can exist on multiple instances completely independently of eachother, like how London, England exists independently of London, France.

If you run into trouble visiting communities on other instances, manually navigate with lemmy.world/c/commname@instance.url (or lemmy.ml/c/commname.url if you’re registered on lemmy.ml, etc etc.)

Sorry for the wall, hope it’s at all helpful lol.


Tildes is the main one I’m aware of but I’ve read of a few others that I don’t recall the names of.


Lemmy.world has a little guide. I totally understand there being a learning curve, I’m IT so don’t have much trouble but I get that people are flocking from “just works” land and most people have zero idea how any tech works.

My problem isn’t people struggling to learn how this different system works, my problem is people who come HERE instead of one of the available more direct Reddit clones then refusing to learn how this system works, bitching that it isn’t Reddit, and start harping that the devs need to make it Reddit. If you just want New Reddit, that option is available. A couple, in fact. Lemmy got some buzz though and people want to be cool kids, instead of picking the more suitable option for them. Shit’s frustrating to me as a user, and I feel for the devs who have been working on this specific vision for this project then just wake up to 1,000 “MAKE IT REDDIT I WANT EVERYTHING ON ONE INSTANCE CAUSE I’M USED TO IT” posts.

Rant aside, I’m no Lemmy expert but if you have questions about how things work, I’ll do my best to help.


Alongside that more reasonable point of individual features, alot of people are mad that the service is instance based and are angry that that there isn’t a single iteration of communities, IE only one /c/aww or /c/vets or whatever.

Basically they fled a central organizational authority and got mad there’s no central organizational authority.


Reddit refugees be like “Why isn’t this Reddit and when will the devs LiStEn To ThIeR uSeRs AnD mAkE iT rEdDiT”


I can get that, and have been overall understanding. I’ve been trying to do my part to explain this isn’t that - it’s the uptick in hostility over it that has me irate. “I don’t get it,” “not for me,” all fine. “Devs need to make it work like Reddit or else” can fuck off.


I’ve heard it runs real nice on pi in a docker container. If you’re just using it as a private instance you wouldn’t have to worry about scaling.




I’d rather them do that than the taking up arms to demand Lemmy become Reddit I’ve been seeing all over the place.


I’m not opposed to some sort of client side conglomeration, but almost every person I’m seeing isn’t looking for a tool to use on their own to customize their feed - they want every iteration of a community name automatically congealed into a single community for them to sub to a la Reddit…

Which can’t be done without a central authority. Some people argue makinf a new community which scrapes every iteration of a community name automatically, but that’s just content theft at that point.


I know it’s not the conversation we’re having, but nothing makes me hate anti-LGBTQIA+ folk quite like the “I hate my wife” shtick.

“GAYS ARE RUINING MARRAIGE” My brother in Christ, just yesterday I heard you joke about finding your wife a pair of concrete shoes. You did perfectly well destroying the concept of marriage all on your own.


Then why don’t you just…subscribe to those communities instead of demanding it work like Reddit?

You’re attacking me for explaining how Lemmy works under the implication of “like Reddit or not” while in the same breath screeching that it isn’t like Reddit. If you want a Reddit clone go to a Reddit clone, what’s so hard about that? Giving up the chance to bitch about devs with stated goals contrary to yours not doing the things you want?


Without one, the user base gets fragmented pretty quickly.

A- I’ve seen a few community browsers pop up, you can find one in most intro threads and there’s also a built in explorer.

B- That’s the entire point


Did you not read my comment at all? I’m saying it is NOT a Reddit clone, and shouldn’t give into pressure to become one. The entire point of federation is that instances and communities exist independently of each other, but half of the comments and posts I’ve seen are just bitching there’s no central authority running the show on the system that explicitly touts it’s lack of central authority. It’s going to KFC and throwing a bitch fit they won’t serve you lasagna.

Why is that necessarily a bad thing? Wouldn’t it increase the usefulness of federation?

It’s a bad thing (and also not really possible) because it would require a central authority to organize that through. If you want to follow three communities…Just follow three communities. It’s not that hard.

You left Reddit because of the actions of a central authority, went to an alternative that advertises the lack thereof, then cried that there’s no central authority. It’s fine if you want that, but GO TO ONE OF THOSE OPTIONS instead of demanding devs toss their vision out the window for your comfort.


c/veterans@lemmy.world
I think I have the syntax right on this, but I've spun up a new community for US veterans on lemmy.world! Hope to see you all there so we can get social and help lift eachother up! [This should link properly](/c/veterans@lemmy.world)
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