Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

I've gotten several questions about if we could have local posting here, which led me to do a little bit of research to see what it would be like to add that here.

So far, from what I've seen, it might be more trouble than it's worth, from an instance management perspective. However, I'd love to get a wider amount of input on this! Let me explain a bit more of what I found out in depth:

Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

Benefits:

- By using glitch-soc or hometown, we not only get local-only posting, but a bunch of new features as well!

- Easy to migrate to a those forks, just need to do a few git commands and rebuild assets

- Maintainers are actively working on and accept questions on those forks

- Makes our instance feel much more customized to ourselves

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Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

Detriments:

- None of the native mobile apps seem to support those features, so you'd have to use the web client to locally post

- Both those forks, currently, have one primary maintainer each. I'm worried about what that implies if something happens to either of them

- Since these are forked from the main Mastodon repo, we would typically have to wait for upstream updates a bit longer (currently, we'd have to roll back a version which could be really messy)

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Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

One last negative:

- If something happens and I have to roll back to the upstream branch, that would be amazingly messy. Old posts would be broken, and posts meant to only be shared with certain groups of people would be shared with the fediverse again.

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Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

So, that's what I have discovered thus far. However, that reflects my perspective only. Since you lovely people are paying me to maintain this place, it's much more responsible to ask all of you how you feel before making a decision!

Knowing the positives and negatives, do you still want local-only posting? If so, how do you want that implemented? Please only vote if you are on Merveilles. I'll make a similar poll for Patreon patrons!

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Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

This poll will run for a week to get responses, and I'll boost partway as a reminder. Cheers y'all!

Merveilles meta, re: local posting 

@somnius thank you for all the work you do making sure we have a little place on the fediverse to call home!

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