Hello Wandering Shoppers! This will probably be a bit of a thread, so buckle in! In April 2017, @Annalee and I started this mastodon instance, because twitter had done something stupid (honestly, who can even remember what), and there was a lot of excitement around this new software called Mastodon written by this person called @Gargron.
Annalee suggested using the wandering.shop domain, so that we could bring in SFF writers and those who wanted a home on the internet with a theme
We got a response that surprised both of us, I think because we were taking a stand with a clear Code of Conduct and a light theme around who we wanted on the Shop.
By dint of how active we were in those early days, and how long we've been around, wandering.shop is now in the top 5% of all English-speaking mastodon servers, by statuses posted.
We've kept on keeping on through 5 years (good lord) of waxes and wanes in the fediverse.
With this most recent wave, @Annalee and I have realized that the time has come for new caretakers for the Shop. It's probably obvious that we aren't as active as we once were, and if the Shop is going to continue and grow it needs new keepers.
I very much do not want the Shop to go away! But other people need to take up the running of it.
Our hope is that people in the community are ready to take up the caretaking. If you are one of those people, please speak up in The Wandering Shop discord. I'll probably make a new channel for this shortly.
If you're not in the Discord, DM me and I'll send you an invite.
The last set of details:
- we do not have candidates for this already chosen
- we are NOT shutting down the Shop, today or this week. We don't even have plans to shut it down, because we're hoping the community can pick it up
- we will of course be _very careful_ in selecting the next caretakers, but this will not be a community vote, because that's not how the shop has been run.
The next caretakers can make more things democratic, if they want, that will be up to them.
I don't have great words to describe how strangely impactful the Shop has been for me, and how much I have enjoyed seeing it grow. No matter what happens, I will be happy to have helped make this space, and meet all of you.
I'm excited to see what this community does next, and I can't wait to meet the folks who are going to be the next caretakers.
@phildini I think I'm unlikely to have time/energy for admining. But I'd be interested in the Discord and would feel ok chipping in a few bucks here or there. (Which could well be a regular payment for example via Patreon or Liberapay)
The new caretakers are going to need a plan for how to fund the shop, and that will be part of our criteria for handing over the keys.
@phildini I’d be happy to help fund, but I’m afraid I’ve got too much going on in my life to admin, unless it was a shared “team” thing.
@phildini @Annalee thank you both so much for creating and cultivating this lovely shop, where I have enjoyed so much coffee and conversation! Thank you also for passing the responsibility into new hands, and so transparently as well - it would have been a shame to wake up one day to see the shop had wandered away from us.
I hope you can enjoy the shop as carefree patrons in the near future!
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.