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Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server based on open web protocols like ActivityPub and OStatus. The social focus of the project is a viable decentralized alternative to commercial social media silos that returns the control of the content distribution channels to the people. The technical focus of the project is a good user interface, a clean REST API for 3rd party apps and robust anti-abuse tools.

Ruby on Rails is used for the back-end, while React.js and Redux are used for the dynamic front-end. A static front-end for public resources (profiles and statuses) is also provided.

This repository specifically is for Plural Café and has three branches:

  • main (edge on Docker Hub) for all development and staging work,
  • glitch for all commits from upstream that will automatically be synched to this repository, and
  • production (latest on Docker Hub) for what goes onto the main website.

In addition, there are several repositories in this GitHub organization:

  • pluralcafe/mastodon is this repository and is the codebase for what Plural Café runs,
  • pluralcafe/utils are an assortment of scripts and tutorials to help in Mastodon system administration or general helper files this instance uses,
  • pluralcafe/barkeep is forked from mbilokonsky/ambassador and serves as the Ambassador bot that is run on the instance.

This instance is a fork of a fork: this has the Mastodon Glitch Edition commits. Documentation for Mastodon Glitch Edition can be found here. Anyone wishing to use Glitch Edition in a Docker image for their own site can use the pluralcafe/mastodon:glitch image.

Notable changes from upstream

See output of git log glitch..main --oneline | grep -v '[mM]erge' | less for a (more) complete history.

  • <ol> margin issue fixed so numbered lists aren't cut off a few pixels shy of 1 number
  • HTML summary/details tags are allowed in toots
  • gemini protocol links are supported (not yet supported: automatically marking gemini:// text as links)
  • authentication required for account api endpoints to block some naive scrapers