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Re: Privacy Respecting Replacement for facebook groups

From: Marinus Savoritias
Subject: Re: Privacy Respecting Replacement for facebook groups
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2020 10:42:36 +0200

There is also matrix which does have communities and rooms. I think its more accustomed to what you would need than XMPP.

And there are many clients including an emacs one and a terminal one.

Hosting can be a little more tricky though. Maybe you can use something like freedombox to setup a server. They make it easy for you to do so.

Marinus Savoritias

On 9/29/20 6:11 PM, Lori Nagel via libreplanet-discuss wrote:
    Hello everyone, I'm trying to figure out a privacy  respecting
    replacement for facebook groups.  I want something that is easy to
    join, (so no requirement that you learn email encryption, system
    administration or anything "hard"  but also something that even Richard
    Stallman wouldn't object to (not that I'm trying to recruit him to join
    it, just some people are really zealots about stuff, if it doesn't have
    javascript that is also a bonus.)
    I've also considered things like email lists, matermost, irc and
    forums, and I've dismissed them for the following reasons.
    1. Lots of people just ignore email thesse days, plus it isn't really
    very real time.
    2. irc is just a chat channel, too many bots and while it is real time,
    it doesn't really have any persistance of topics.
    3. Forums tend to be too public with just anyone can join it, and while
    you can have private forums or private sections of forums, you need to
    be an administrator to set that all up.  Plus forums tend to have
    things like spralling topics,  and things that either get out of date,
    or else there is no conversation about the subject (thread necromancy
    vs an empty forum.)  I want to create a small group that is highly
    engaged with the subject, chatting everyday etc.
    4. Email messages from lists you need to get info from can end up in
    spam if you don't set up email right.  It is too easy to miss important
    messages cause you get consumed with marketing or things you
    inadvertantly signed up for and should not have.
    5. Matermost is like discord, but then I would have to set it up, and
    I'm not a professional system admin. If i spend all my time learning
    professional system admin skills, then I won't get to do what I want,
    which is interacting with people.
    Just on a whim I also checked into Dissporia and, mastadon
    doesn't really have groups yet, and I don't think all the source code
    for is included.

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