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Alright, friends, I've set up a repo and a chat for the nameless #Goodreads alternative project! It's pretty empty atm, but now there's a central base where we can discuss and start working from:

If you have questions or want to discuss the project or contribute, check out the Gitter link, which lets you log in with a GitHub, GitLab, or Twitter account:

I'm excited to see where this goes!

@hummingrain @codingquark @Stoori @carbontwelve @tootbrute


Sign found outside the bathroom at my favorite cafe in Karachi

Well, I've thought about it several times now, which means I have to at least start the project: a proper open source #Goodreads #alternative that's maybe potentially federated.

I have no idea if it's a project I'll finish, but I certainly want it to exist, so I'm willing to work on it! If anyone wants to contribute or team up with me, I'd be glad to have the help! I'll probably write it in PHP and JavaScript because that's what I know and it's available in most web hosting!


‘I will reckon with a gathering sense that regular travelers like me are loving the world to death. And that perhaps this love might be better expressed by letting it be.’

Strong piece from a travel writer with heavy airline miles and a direct sense of the destruction and needlessness of long-flight/far-travel vacations.


so there’s a new search engine for the fediverse:

most people probably don’t expect their public posts to be searchable, especially if they use mastodon, so here’s how to opt out (for mastodon): open your settings and go to Preferences > Other, then check “Opt out of search engine indexing”.

if you’re an instance admin, you can opt your entire instance through robots.txt. you can set this up in nginx:

instance block, meta 

When you've been long enough in the fedi:

At work a document has a material definition ”SIS 1312”. Your first thought is ”nice”.

Nazis on the Fediverse, block recommendation 

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