Comments on 2019-04-06 Social Lasagne

Thanks for mentioning Darcy Alex. Just a few clarifications. Yes, Darcy wants to earn money, and if it eventually turns a profit, I won’t mind that.

But the money is more a means to an end: I think that if any social media platform grows beyond a certain size, it is absolutely vital to have a trained and supported content policy (read: moderation) staff tending it. And that means that while volunteers are awesome and vital in most communities, they cannot do it alone. This is work, potentially traumatizing and for sure draining.

So these people need at the very least a support system. This means good technological infrastructure (tools that don’t suck and make their life easier), but also the psychological support, a decent wage if they do it full-time, empowerment and so on. And all of that costs money.

Having seen what ad-driven VC-backed business models do to best intentions, I want to change this: If moderation is the thing that costs money, we need to realize this and ask for exactly that money. I crunched the numbers, it should be possible to sustain this, even if only a (healthy) fraction of the users pitch in. But yes, it’s the hardest work. 🙂

Paolo is our main (and basically only) backend-developer so far, and he does this in his free time (since Darcy has next to no income or funding so far. Our awesome Patreon patrons pitch in about 200 US$ per month, and that is great so we don’t have to worry about hosting bills and petty expenses. But it doesn’t pay anyone’s rent.) That said: is more of a playground prototype than anything. Not everything that we want for Darcy will be in there, nor will we promise that everything that Paolo wants for his personal space make it into Darcy. The feature-overlap is pretty healthy though. 🙂

Christian Buggedei 2019-04-07 08:08 UTC

Caring and helping moderators is definitely something we need to do better. It’s draining in the Fediverse (Mastodon and friends) and it’s terrible in the Adverse (Facebook and friends).

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-07 08:30 UTC

I posted an interesting comment (in my humble opinion) to Mastodon, Pluspora, and Lasagna. Result:

  1. Mastodon: seven likes, four reshare, four comments
  2. Pluspora: nothing
  3. Lasagna: six interesting comments

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-08 13:42 UTC

Feature requests for Lasagna. Gotta collect them somewhere. I posted them to Lasagne and I’m keeping a copy here for myself to come back to one day, perhaps.

Anyway, here goes:

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-14 08:17 UTC

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