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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.

@kristinHenry @scott agreed. I was going to ask if you’d brought it up with Elijah et al.

Also, is it just a financial thing, or a time thing?

@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 @darth_mall I'd be happy to help out as much as I can. Maybe a few of us could try a skype call and brainstorm? Or on any other live-talk-platform.

@scott and I completely understand about funding seeking. But many of us are happy to chip in when we can.

@scott @kristinHenry that’s what I was afraid of. I can certainly contribute more (in fact it’s past time for me to donate again), but time is not something I really have more of to give 🙁

@darth_mall @kristinHenry just buy more time! ;)

Maybe we can crowdsource the work. But I fear the spammers would all volunteer. :)

@scott @nicolaskruchten the Data Visualization Society datavisualizationsociety.com/ Apparently they're a bit better off on the financial side (raised $1.4k/m on patreon).

@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 ;) nicolas@kruchten.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. :) discourse.joinmastodon.org/c/i

@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).

@nicolaskruchten see vis.social/about/more for a doc on inclusion. I talked with @jschwabish on his podcast about this and I had dreams but just haven't been able to spare the emotional labor needed to cultivate. :)

@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: datavisualizationsociety.com/c

@nicolaskruchten @jschwabish oh yes, I like that a lot.

I really have to get in on this DVS action. :)

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