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Do you like Mastodon, but wish there was a privacy option to only post on your home instance without federating?

There's a fork of Mastodon for that called Hometown:

github.com/hometown-fork/homet

You can still post normal posts that federate, but Hometown also lets you post non-federating posts if you prefer.

It also has other differences such as rendering full articles from Write Freely (and other federated blogging services).

It's by @darius

p.s. Just to make clear, this information is intended for instance admins rather than end users.

If you're an end user who wants the option of instance-only posts, please contact your instance admin and send them the link to Hometown.

@switching.social why go half the way with a incomplete hack like this, when the Zot protocol (Zap & Hubzilla) can do detailed privacy settings per post in a federated manner. Hubzilla can also interact with non-privacy aware ActivityPub if you wish to do so.
@switching.social Not sure what you mean, but signing up on a public Hubzilla instance isn't any more difficult than any other website.
Disroot has some relatively recent how-tos on it:
#^https://howto.disroot.org/en/tutorials/social

@Elanndelh @Thib

I think you're right, Glitch is mentioned in the link:

"I don't intend to stray very far from mainline Mastodon with this fork. If you want something that provides a ton of new features and widgets and stuff, the Mastodon Glitch Edition fork is a wondrous kitchen sink of major and minor tweaks."

@switchingsocial there is also the glitch-soc fork of Mastodon that does the same and also other features as listed here: glitch-soc.github.io/docs/

@switchingsocial @darius Is there an actual reason this is not supported by mastodon itself? It could be added as an admin-togglable option,

@Corfiot @darius

I agree.

Apparently some of the features first used in the Glitch fork were later added to main Mastodon.

Maybe "hometown posts" will appear in Masto itself at some point?

@darius @Corfiot

It's an interesting debate on there, thanks for the link.

(I'd tend towards allowing it as long as it's not default.)

@switchingsocial
Could do with a fork of Pleroma that allows it - then small communities could just use a Raspberry Pi each rather than having to buy server space...
@darius @Corfiot
@DHeadshot @switchingsocial @Corfiot @darius No need to use a fork of Pleroma, just turn on whitelisting and off unauthenticated API access.
@mazuba
But that means you *only* have a local-only timeline, not both like the friend-camp mod!
@Corfiot @darius @switchingsocial
@DHeadshot @Corfiot @darius @switchingsocial ah, I misunderstood what your use case was.

Pleroma will probably support that at some point, yeah.
@darius @switchingsocial

So it seems it's ideological on the side of gargron. Forcing federation on you because otherwise it would destroy the fediverse. Thanks for the link.

@Corfiot @switchingsocial The fear is definitely a splintering of the fediverse, and I can't really argue on it any more than I have, so, here I am with a fork.

@switchingsocial @darius My own instance is running GlitchSoc and this feature has been available there for almost ever.I never needed it so far but I think it's a good thing to have.

@switchingsocial @darius

Glitch-soc too has instance-only posts...
What's different with Hometown?

@LienRag @switchingsocial My README explains exactly this. The wiki also has a justification and explanation for each major feature

@switchingsocial @darius It’s a shame this has to be a fork instead of being an option built in to standard Mastadon. Kind of curious why? Anyway if there’s an instance using this fork, or a list of them, it’d be helpful if you could post it for us non admins.

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