• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Better Mastodon Aliases

    November 15th, 2022
    mastodon, tech
    When I joined Mastodon I was @jefftk@schelling.pt. A few days ago that server had an incident and I moved to mastodon.mit.edu, becoming @jefftk@mastodon.mit.edu. This got me thinking about a wart in the current Mastodon design: while you can normally move followers with you if you switch instances, this requires the cooperation of the instance you're leaving. In this case that instance couldn't cooperate because its domain name had expired, but I could also imagine someone having a falling out with their local admins and getting kicked off in a way that precluded transfer.

    Ideally this would be like email: I send and receive email as jeff@jefftk.com. The actual server I use is gmail.com, but the people I interact with don't need to know that. If I ever want to move to a different email server I don't need Gmail's permission and I don't need to tell my contacts; I can do it entirely on my end. Similarly jefftk.com currently points to a Contabo VPS, but if I had an issue with them I could move anywhere just by adjusting my domain settings.

    Current Mastodon is partway there: I can give out @jeff@jefftk.com, which uses a webfinger file (thanks, Chris) to redirect @[anything]@jefftk.com to @jefftk@mastodon.mit.edu. But then the original address is forgotten, and it only records that they're following my mastodon.mit.edu account.

    One way for this to work would be that when following someone you store both their current account name and a canonical account name. Almost everything would use the former, but once a day in your instance would check whether the canonical account still pointed to the same place and adjust if necessary.

    (For more discussion along these lines see Issue 3796.)

    Comment via: facebook, mastodon

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    Be less scared of overconfidence

    deferring to markets • deferring to experts • deferring to low-information heuristics • why they fail • blindness to outliers • what to do instead

    via benkuhn.net November 30, 2022

    Corncob Dolls

    I went to a farm and at the farm I got to see a corncrib and the corn that had fell out of the corncrib that no one wanted I got to use my fingers to take off the corn kernels and once the cobs were empty I put them in a bag and then once I got back to the…

    via Anna Wise's Blog Posts November 7, 2022

    Light Switch

    When I got my loft bed it was just so annoying every morning to have to get out of bed, climb down the ladder, turn the light on, and climb back up, just so I could see stuff. I decided to make a string for my light switch because I really wanted to be abl…

    via Lily Wise's Blog Posts November 7, 2022

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact