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I miss Majordomo and Listserv mailing lists. They used to be so common! You would find a list for one of your interests, sign up, and then you would be set to go. Any subscriber could send email to one address, and all the other subscribers would get a copy of the message. Discussions happened, community formed.

Do you know of any interesting mailing lists that are around now? Not tech ones, not some stupid mailchimp annoyance, but real community-focused email discussion lists. Anybody?

@skiring If you think community radio is ok then anonradio has a majordomo listserve at sdf.
The other ones are likely technical and, really, the anonradio one is extremely low traffic.
Hmm. Now I don't remember where I saw the link.
sdf.org/?tutorials/social_netw
I know it's anonradio-l@sdf.org
maybe @snowdusk_ or @SDF can point to the right way and other lists.

@gemlog @snowdusk_@mastodon.sdf.org @SDF Thanks. I am interested in community radio and have listened to the wasabi thing a few times. I'll keep that list in mind.

@skiring holy crap man I wonder how many people are around on here that remember majordomo and listserv.

I remember using a java knockoff of majordomo back in my college days for a list among friends.

@manawyddan My favourite Listserv list was the Losers' Mailing List. The intro message said something like "You've been subscribed to the Losers' Mailing List, and you will get many messages every day through this list. Now, listen carefully. This is a Listerv list. If you want to unsubscribe, you must go read the directions for how to unsubscribe from a Listerv List. Then you must follow those directions to unsubscribe. It's easy. If you do not follow those exact directions, you will remain on this list forever."

People were subscribed by folks who thought they needed to learn how to use mailing lists properly. Or by their enemies, I don't know.

The mail that came through the list was mostly "get me off this list!" and "unsubscribe!!!" and so forth. List members would get into yelling matches with each other: "No, YOU get ME off this list!!!! I did not subscribe you!" and it went around in circles, forever. It was just beautiful: all the people who could not follow directions, locked in a special hell where they yelled at each other all day long. It gave me such delight.

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What sets mastodon.host appart?

As a general instance, we are not centered on a specific theme, or a specific language. Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the few rules we have.

We always run the latest stable version of Mastodon, providing you a stock experience, with the following modifications:

  • 2048 character limit (not 500).
  • 512 character limits for the account's bio (not 160).
  • full column width (not fixed size).
  • more search results (20 instead of 5 per type of search).
  • Audio upload (not limited to videos only).
  • full text search of statuses (not restricted to searching tags and users).
  • trending tags are displayed on the main UI ( and a more complete view is available here)
  • boosts and replies are shown in the timelines (more complete view for everyone).
  • Your mastodon.host account is also a XMPP account (Federated Instant Messaging, take a look online to find a client and use your mastodon.host username and password to configure it, you can also use our online web client). Woohoo! two services in one!
  • We also have a very good view of the federation (our federated timeline gives you a more broad view of the Mastodon network than a 'normal' instance, there's a lot to read in a lot of languages).
  • We also host a Peertube instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • In the same vein, we host a Funkwhale instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • If you want to be on a more quiet, moderated instance, or use another AP implementation, we host a Pleroma instance for the convenience. This is the same fediverse as with Mastodon, but with a different default UI and way more optimized backend. Try and see which one you prefer !
  • Now if you want a different UI, the stock mastodon one does not please you, you can check Pinafore.
  • We do also host for the convenience a video Conference server ( Jitsi Meet )
  • We have a mastodon relay for other instances to bootstrap their timelines: https://relay.mastodon.host

Although we are a medium+ sized instance, we'd like to keep the feeling that you are at home and safe here.