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.
Let's talk about what it takes to run the Wandering Shop.
In brass tacks:
~$120 / month, about ~$1500 / year
and at least 10 hours a month sysadmin/admin time.
Ideally there would be more sysadmins and admins! And, Ideally the funds for keeping the Shop going would come from the community
(right now, about $70 of that $120 comes from the community, and the rest out of pocket from me. My wife would probably love to not be spending $720/year on this lol)
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.
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.