Hi, folks. I no longer have the capacity to run vis.social. Thank you for all of your donations over the past year to cover the costs. We're now spending ~$55/mo. on hosting, plus some administrative costs (like the domain name).
Anyone interested in shepherding vis.social?
@scott sorry to hear that, hope that you'll stick around. Thanks for bringing all the data vis folks to the Fediverse!
@ted Thank you, Ted. I just haven't been able to give it the needed attention for months and anticipate that situation not changing for a while. Maybe just a co-moderator and someone to help raise funds is what I need. :)
@scott Would be really great if DVS could do that. vis.social is a nice alternative for folks who aren't as slack-centered.
@darth_mall @kristinHenry Just a time thing. I mentioned the cost because I don't like asking people for money, but I also don't want to pay for this all myself. :) So part of taking over or helping out would probably involve doing a little more planning than I've done around the financial side. (Hint: I've done no planning, really.) Whenever I ask for more, the same people very generously donate, but I don't think we should rely on the same donors over and over. Then again I'm no fundraised. :)
@scott and I completely understand about funding seeking. But many of us are happy to chip in when we can.
@scott just reposted this in the DVS slack.
@nicolaskruchten Thanks and what is DVS? :)
@scott sorry, DVS = the Data Visualization Society!
@scott What's the main hosting cost? Storage, cpu, or bandwidth?
@scott Too bad... would that mean to shutdown vis.social?
@DominikHaas not if someone else is willing to take the reins or help out. :)
@scott I don't think I can spend the time. Also I'm just starting with DataViz, but I'm could spend a few $ per month to help cover the costs, if that's any help?
@DominikHaas Sure, that does help, thanks. See vis.social/about/more for donation info.
@scott can we talk about what kind of effort is required to moderate/manage spam? If I can get a handle on what's required I might be able to do it and then DVS would be more willing to manage the financial aspects ;) email@example.com
@nicolaskruchten I love that idea. There's not a huge amount of effort. Mostly I rely on people here to report spam. So when I get a report I just click into it and block the account. But we do have a lot of users with no posts that seem like latent spam bot accounts. Part of what I do here is follow the Mastodon admin forums. I wait for others to develop better spam-fighting solutions, then redeploy them here. :) https://discourse.joinmastodon.org/c/instance-admin
@scott OK thanks! I think the "latent spam bots" is probably what we'd want to clean up I think. What are your hopes and dreams for the right person/group to take this over in terms of "fit"?
@nicolaskruchten well, someone who can devote more time to inclusion and actively bringing in folks who aren't mostly white/male/tech (my Twitter followers).
@scott @jschwabish makes sense! Do you think your original goals align with the DVS idea as it has evolved so far? Here is the DVS code of conduct today: https://www.datavisualizationsociety.com/code-of-conduct
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