A quick note that, if you're trying to convert friends to Mastodon, you can give them this quick guide on getting started: https://github.com/xiyudu/fediphilosophy
Note that lots of people are joining Mastodon lately, which might be why quite a few servers seem to be having problems. Many Mastodon servers are passion projects by individuals, so please be patient!
Also, many popular servers are full, which is why we made a new one. (Seriously, I made this one because the ones I wanted to join were full...) We're still welcoming new members!
@kinozhao Thank you for starting this server! I am actually in an applied social psychology program, but in many ways more interested in philosophy (and have really enjoyed your Asymptomic Philosophers blog, by the way).
I might totally consider joining if that were deemed appropriate. But does that mean I would have to close my zirk.us account in order to apply? Is there any advantage compared to just following everybody from my own server? Sorry if these are obvious questions.
@chrisschuck Hi Chris, thank you for the kind note! We welcome people from all disciplines. The "engage with philosophy" clause is mostly a guide for new users to know what to expect (namely, lots of philosophy convos on the timeline).
If you're thinking of migrating your account, the way to do that is: first, register an account on fediphilosophy; second, download your old data and upload it here; third, set your current account to be redirected here. Here's a guide: https://docs.joinmastodon.org/user/moving/ I haven't done it myself, but I know that at least a couple of current fediphilosophy accounts are migrated accounts.
I don't know if there's any advantage. Usually the advantages of moving accounts are: 1) you think the new server is more stable than the old one; 2) you prefer the culture at the new server; 3) you prefer the domain name of the new server; 4) the new server has better config (such as allowing edit posts). I don't think 1 or 2 are true of zirk.us in comparison to fediphilosophy. (My guess is we'll have pretty similar cultures) 3 is personal preference. I don't know enough about 4. So, it's really up to you!
@kinozhao Thanks for the quick reply! This is very helpful. Zirk.us seems like a very stable interface with a decent-sized group including some philosophers; I guess I can always follow you guys from over here for the time being until things settle a little more. Thank you again for all the hard work you've done with this, and your other outreach.
Fediphilosophy is a place for current researchers (including graduate students) and teachers whose work engage with philosophy to network and relax.