The End of an Era
I, like most of my cohorts, have decided to shut down our Pleroma/Akkoma/whatever the fuck instances down.
I, personally, don't want it to be permanent but for some of my closest friends it is. While saddening, it came almost entirely as expected. *oma is horrible software written in a horrible language by horrible people that was not fun to poke around in trying to fix. The fediverse was fun once, and then just stagnated. Doesn't help that many of them (if you're reading this, I'm not talking about you) are genuinely insufferable.
It's sad to see anyone or anything go. It's even more sad when the reasons why someone goes completely make sense. It's awful that it had to end like this, but it was going to happen sooner or later. I doubt anything new will save us either, bluesky is still completely centralised and it's run by a different breed of garbage people. While them actually getting paid for their work definitely will bring higher quality work, the reference implementation relies on AWS and is currently nowhere near actually usable by anyone other than the select few they invite. Maybe I'll be wrong. I don't have my hopes up.
Froth.zone is closed until further notice. I do plan on bringing it back if and only if all this blows over, maybe as just the API for archival and XMPP purposes. I'm shutting it down for multiple reasons: solidarity with my friends, a recent complete lack of interest, a dislike of a stagnant community full of infighting, and a lack of time. Nothing else will go away anytime soon. I have no plans to get rid of anything else.
If, for some reason, any of you want to contact me, I will still be on Matrix, discord, email, XMPP, and basically everything else I was on too. I'm not going anywhere. Maybe we'll meet again. Don't know where. Don't know when. But we'll meet again, some sunny day.
So long, and thanks for all the fish, Sam
PS: I have decided to archive all of my git repos involving the fediverse. I will unarchive them if I ever come back. I have 0 plans on ever deleting them.