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Mastodon has a feature to move accounts from one instance to another instance. I spent some time recently exploring how this works so that we could support it in I used this to consolidate my ActivityPub presence from multiple Mastodon accounts to just, powered by my blog and From what I can tell, this feature is not well-documented. It does not exist in the ActivityPub spec. The “Move” activity examples in the companion ActivityStreams spec also do not cover moving accounts.

Most #IndieWeb capable services allow you to log in with just your domain name, which is pretty awesome. But then they display login info like

Logged in as

which looks strange to most people. Since they're also parsing the h-card, I think we could make this look nicer. We could display the person's name instead of their domain. Or if we wanted to make it look closer to the fediverse, we could use nickname@domain. Of course, we could always fall back to using the domain if none of the above are available.

I'll be making this change on my personal services soon.


…and I don’t mean a single-user one for your own personal use. This is happening Hi! I hope you had a great weekend. While you were off, you know, having

This is Mastodon’s moment, and it has a very serious chance of succeeding. The thing that will help it (and the internet, and the concept of actual decent, social social networks) is more, smaller instances.

This is the fediverse's moment. I think the fediverse and the Web would be better served if more people learned about the wider fediverse instead of just mastodon. Just like with web browsers, we need a plurality of software. Chrome being the largest, most dominant browser isn't good for the Web and mastodon being the largest, most dominant fediverse software isn't good for the fediverse.

I have gone down a mini rabbit hole. Unlike many rabbit holes, I can map out how I got here. I perused Adactio's blog, saw a link to a blog about writing, and clicked on an article that looked interesting. Then I read a piece of advice about writing more, saw a link to another site, then clicked on another article that looked interesting. I went through three different sites to find the article I found, all the while not seeking any piece of information in particular. Like all things, internet rabbit hole exploration can be fun and teach you a thing or two. Like all things too, moderation is advised.

I've learned that most of the things that English speakers are taught about grammar are pure opinion and have no effect on the language. Starting a sentence with a conjunction, ending a sentence with a preposition, splitting an infinitive, or using a double negative are things that early British writers decided didn't meet their tastes at the time when the language was just beginning to be accepted as a literary language. They don't have any basis in linguistics or comprehension; they're based on morals and classism. For example, they thought double negatives are illogical because, mathematically, the words would cancel out, so people who used double negatives must be less logical. But there are plenty of languages where these features are used or even required, e.g. Spanish makes use of double negation a lot.

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