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I just saw a thing boosted about Mastodon's rules about no NFTs. A friend of mine manufactured a "KILL NFTs" enamel pin - I just got mine this week. He sells them on eBay.

I am a lover of stories; particularly those that are a little weird in some way. I grew up either with, or perhaps in, comic books. The short stories of and several books by were formative for me. Lately I’ve enjoyed stories from and more. Currently reading by and listening to the album C’mon by . Aloha!

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.

Thank you


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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.


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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.


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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)


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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.


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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, 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.

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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 domain, so that we could bring in SFF writers and those who wanted a home on the internet with a theme

In today's Brewing Community post, Rivqa Rafael shares how online cons don't always work even for Extremely Online People.

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The other place felt noisy, like the kind of conversation where I know my voice adds nothing even if it could rise above the din.

I write. Sometimes. I used to a lot more than I have now. Flavors of fiction like yogurt, from plain to whatever flavor would make fantasy/sci-fi/spec

I put up a short story series a few years back on Medium, might migrate them over to my own blog? Idk. Anyway. Hello!

@shopbot @phildini
I've set aside the book I've been trying to write for the past eight months and I'm now stewing over a different concept for the third book in my Starship Teapot series. This one sees Lem and the crew dealing with an injustice involving Bexley's quarter-sibling.

@daviddlevine @phildini

I’ve personally been happy with “Mast” for quite a while now. It might be worth a look.

@shopbot @phildini I’m writing a sequel to my dark mm paranormal romance, Carillon’s Curse. I’m a little beyond the midpoint, and paralyzing anxiety has set in. I’m on a week off from actual writing and am doing some light editing and research and cutting in chapters. This happens around the second act almost every time for me. It’s like a bad case of flop sweat.


1. Don't be a downer in replies for no good reason.

2. No unsolicited advice.

3. If someone says something nice to you, boost a post of theirs that you like.

4. If someone is rude/unhelpful/a downer in your replies, block-unblock them to get them off your follower list (or just block them if they don't follow you).

5. Use hashtags sometimes, and when you do, click on them and boost the good stuff to federate it about.

#meta #tootorial

Attention Wandering Shoppers.

I have made accounts approval-based (instead of closed reg) for today and possibly longer. If you have friends looking for a place, feel free to direct them here.

Tip for people seeing friends join -- it is not a good fediverse neighbor! Myself and a bunch of other admins blocked it a couple years ago because the people who were running it were unfriendly to the point of abusive!

They admit to some of this in their own FAQ:

Get your friends on good servers. 💚

(Like here, for example! I'll send an invite code to anyone, and any Shop member can make invites)

also i recommend Not using the “official” app because

you cant access the federated timeline, cant post unlisted, and its missing lots of other things that make the fediverse unique / usable

and honestly its very misleading for new users to not have an entire timeline, that their posts get shared to, visible to them

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Phildini @ The Shop's choices:

Wandering Shop

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.