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@Azuredusk10 @bonfire @fediverse @ivan

Having worked on a lot of projects with low/no budget, particularly at their beginning, I wonder if a good 'solidarity' support structure could be designed?

Im thinking free to get going, with some explanation of resources required to keep it going and requests for contributions.

Maybe some easy way for the hoster to have good visibility into resource usage and to trigger requests - that could optionally go out to the instance 'admin' and/or their users (give the admin some choices)

Also have some clearly defined streams for regular contributions where you may then avoid requests

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The playground has been upgraded with a few tweaks plus an initial release of the topics functionality. Keen to see how you all use it! We need to add some docs, but in the meantime you should know you can tag a topic in a post by using + for a mention instead of @, so for example +bonfire +fediverse
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Hey @ivan

I've been thinking a lot about how we could make federated social networks more accessible for people who:

  • Don't want to learn how to set up hosting or use the terminal.
  • Have a limited knowledge of instances, federation, and all the technical workings of the Fediverse.
  • Want an online space for their community which isn't Facebook.

I know you mentioned it's something your team's been considering a lot as well.

I wanted to wireframe a Bonfire setup process which doesn't require any technical knowledge. No finding a hosting provider, and no using a terminal. I also wanted to experiment with concepts which users would be familiar with from other digital products, like "trial" and "upgrade," by offering hosting as a service which can be bought and managed within Bonfire.

My idea is that users can set up a test instance on a Bonfire-hosted server as a "free trial," with a limit on the resources which this instance can use. Once they have tried out Bonfire's features and customised their instance to suit their needs, they can then pay for a hosting plan with a partner company. Their instance's data is then transferred from the Bonfire-hosted server to the partner company's server, and any appropriate DNS records are set up automatically (either for the address, or for their own custom domain).

Here's my prototype:

What do you think of the idea?