Mastodon account(s), server search

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Thu May 25 18:23:37 CEST 2023


Am Donnerstag 01 Dezember 2022 17:42:47 schrieb Bernhard Reiter:
> seems to be a good time to start an official Mastodon account
> for GnuPG and related topics like Gpg4win and OpenPGP.

this plan was frozen
 first by the future OpenPGP standards (see gnupg-devel@ from the 26th on).
 secondly by me being unable to work for several weeks

> At least for announcements and some interaction as the interest
> is growing for this decentral platform.

I'm picking it up again and assume ongoing interest.

== Server selection details

>  initial rough requirements:
>  * located in Europe
     (preferred, because many GnuPG / Gpg4win people 
      know the legal environment in the EU better)
>  * can be volunteeringly paid for
>  * some volume / track record to expect a good administration
>  * a moderation and contents policy that allows for respectful
>    exchange, but is liberal in that commercial Free Software
>    topics (and broad other topics) are allowed as well.
>  * (optional) Free Software and privacy friendly organisation

Found more:
 * can take the potential load ( as 20k followers)
 * (optional) Tor network access
 * German any English?

The latter is a question if we should make two account, one for Englisch and 
one for German. There are quite a lot of German speaking Gpg4win and GnuPG 
users, it probably is the second largest group after English.

Thanks again for the server suggestions, my current ranking is:
  1. 35k account
     Has everything, strong point: Tor access.
     Weak point: no advertising
     I've asked, and it is okay to write about professional
     Free Software products as long as it does not flood the public timeline.
  2. 18k
     Servers rented in Germany, Responsible Person in the US. No Tor.
     No FS preferance.
     Strong point: Infosec community (and moderators from that topic)

  3. 16k
     No Tor.
     weak point: English post only.
All are suitable servers and we could migrate of course.
Maybe I'm looking for a server which is a little bit smaller as a forth 
alternative. (I've gave servers a brief look, but I 
haven't found a good match. ;) )

Best Regards

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