Lemmy is booming

I have never before received so many reactions and comments on my Lemmy posts before, so it’s obvious to see, that there are many new members here.
Welcome to all the new! And I’m looking forward to see more of you here.
Cheers!

  • @that_one_guy@lemmy.ml
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    571 year ago

    The Reddit exodus has begun! My only regret is not learning about lemmy and the fediverse before things blew up over there.

    • @goddard_guryon@lemmy.ml
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      1 year ago

      As one of the emigredditors, hell yeah! Personally though, I’m still testing the waters and making myself more comfortable here; it’s eerily quiet here as compared to reddit, but I hope it’s just a matter of time :)

        • Tretiak
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          91 year ago

          I prefer Cory Doctorow’s “enshittification.”

            • @Nechesh@beehaw.org
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              61 year ago

              Yes it’s been declining for quite some time. There’s new good things in smaller subs too, but the “all” feed and most popular ones have become unbearable.

              • @SturgiesYrFase@lemmy.ml
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                41 year ago

                The problem with reddit comes from the top. The APIocolypse is just the latest symptom of core degradation. There’s also the rampant abuse of power by mods on some of the most popular subs, the far right/fascists and homophobic/transphobic rhetoric going unpunished by a lot of mods but then coming down on the people who push back against it, the massive influx of bot activity etc etc etc.

                Reddit, while being more popular than ever, is now a rotten husk of the beautiful dream it used to be…

      • @that_one_guy@lemmy.ml
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        121 year ago

        Yes there’s definitely a need for more users to really make things take off, but I believe that’s a matter of time, assuming reddit doesn’t take a fairly large change of course in the near future. Got to say, it feels a lot more friendly than reddit has lately.

        • @goddard_guryon@lemmy.ml
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          91 year ago

          Definitely, especially as someone who always felt a little reserved while writing comments in large subs, talking in a smaller community feels a little more welcoming (・ω<) I’m not too hopeful about reddit’s decision making either, even though I see a lot of subs planning a strike in protest to their latest policy

    • Have people been clearing out their reddit comment and post history on the way out the door?

      I used power delete suite on my 10 year old account. Figuring that when API access gets shut off old.reddit and the ability to edit and delete old comments will go too.

      • Rentlar
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        51 year ago

        I haven’t gotten rid of my content and don’t plan to. I had a good six years signed up with Reddit. Some of my comments include tech support and advice. Sure, I’ve had heated arguments and swore at times but I’m happy to keep what I have so that people don’t get confused looking at old historical threads.

  • The dogspaw
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    371 year ago

    I did not even know lemmy was a thing till people on reddit started talking about it

    • Tretiak
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      1 year ago

      Same here. r/Privacy was where I first heard of it.

      • Provoked Gamer
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        For me, I first heard of it in r/piracy a few months ago, but I actually started understanding what Lemmy is all about all throughout Reddit during the APIpocalypse a few days ago.

  • @k_o_t@lemmy.ml
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    361 year ago

    a few years ago it was literally a handful of ppl posting 90% of links and talking to each other, witnessing firsthand how complicated it is to get over that initial user retention bump, but i’m convinced we’re over it now :)

    • @d3Xt3r@lemmy.ml
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      111 year ago

      Not sure if this is the right place to ask sorry, but how do I tell which comments are new on a thread I’ve already visited? Like on the frontpage it says “x new comments”, but when I go into the thread I can’t tell which ones are new. I’m accessing Lemmy using a browser.

      • @k_o_t@lemmy.ml
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        71 year ago

        iiuc easiest way to tell is to just sort comments by new, also very new comments are temporarily highlighted by a lighter grey background, but that’s about it i think 🤷‍♀️

        • @d3Xt3r@lemmy.ml
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          21 year ago

          So there’s no way to easily see which child comments are new since you’ve last visited the thread?

          • @omnilynx@lemmy.ml
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            81 year ago

            Even if not, it should be fairly simple to make an extension or userscript that does it. All the necessary data is already on the page. If Lemmy really does blow up I’m sure we’ll get something like RES that gives us more frontend customization options.

          • @iod@lemmy.ml
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            31 year ago

            Wondering the same. Some comments are highlighted for me and some aren’t.

            Might be a bug or might be grounds for a feature request.

    • comfy
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      91 year ago

      I come back after a couple of weeks and we’ve quadrupled at least. It comes in waves, and now I’m thinking it may not stop (until some reddit staff make their own BlueSky equivalent, of course)

        • comfy
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          21 year ago

          Hah, this is the second “September” I’ve been through, and it’s huge, but I think the eternal one will be the next one. At least a lot of people are learning that lemmy.ml isn’t a neutral flagship instance; the hug of death may have been a blessing in disguise, encouraging people to spread to the other instances a little bit more.

          Most people who have come over have been pretty good about the thing and tried to learn about the local culture instead of just inventing “reddit, but here” again, honestly, but it’s just that the few troublemakers tend to be louder and argumentative.

          • @SturgiesYrFase@lemmy.ml
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            21 year ago

            So I’m part of both Septembers for you then!

            My deepest apologies…

            I’m really liking lemmy/fediverse, and I feel like I’m being quite respectful, trying to be part of the community that’s already here not force it to be Reddit 2.0. I have, sadly, seen a few people being, for lack of a better word, dickheads. They seem to be new, and carrying on with the Reddit toxicity.

            Part of why I didn’t just buckle down and use the Reddit app when the APIocolypse hits is because I was sick of the toxic nature of so much of the interaction on Reddit. I know there’ll be trolls coming, just hope the fediverse can avoid what Reddit became.

  • @naeap@lemmy.ml
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    291 year ago

    it’s absolutely awesome here! :⁠-⁠D
    I feel like being part of the internet of my youth again.

    • Scrubbles
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      111 year ago

      Random bullshit posts, random memes, it’s like when Reddit started! Content made by people, not companies pushing whatever agenda they have

      • Tretiak
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        91 year ago

        Eh, I’m fine with neutral and minimal moderation of sorts. Anyone that was around to see Voat.co and Ruqqus.com saw it disintegrate pretty quickly, due to the lawlessness and lack of content moderation.

  • sukotaiB
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    291 year ago

    i tried lemmy a few months ago but i didn’t find enough content. I’m happy to see popularity is going up, and the new android app is a real game changer

    • Scrubbles
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      91 year ago

      I’m still learning too, it’s a bit of a struggle at first. My advice to Lemmy developers is make onboarding easier and the number one development priority - especially before Reddit drops the hammer July 1.

      Stick with it, it makes more sense as you go

      • @jjjm182@lemmy.one
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        111 year ago

        Yeah Beehaw seems to have been removed from the ‘Join a Server’ page. I tried maybe 15 times to join Lemmy.ml as well. Honestly hoping these are just small bumps in the road, so it’s easier for new users to join!

        • Scrubbles
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          81 year ago

          They should really have on the join lemmy server a guided wizard, like what are you interested in, and then it should basically give them server to join and a “Or I’ll choose my own”. But then you still have the "Wait I thought I was signing up for lemmy, not lemmy.foo.bar.baz issue. Decentralized is great, but we need a bit of centralization to help onboarding.

          • Tmpod
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            81 year ago

            Definitely! There needs to be some improvements to user onboarding, it’s always one of the biggest painpoints with decentralized platforms.

      • @fuzzzerd@lemmy.ml
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        51 year ago

        Based on their funding post a few days ago, they’re on a digital ocean droplet that costs $18/month or something, so there’s plenty of room to scale that up. Whether or not they can afford it or get enough donations to keep it up is debatable. Point is the hosting requirements are fairly low.

      • Jakob :lemmy:
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        41 year ago

        I run my own Fediverse Instances.

        Friendica, Lemmy, Pixelfed, Peertube…

    • @naoseiquemsou@lemmy.ml
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      I’m another reddit refugee and came just yesterday. I’m worried about happening the same that happened with koo when a lot of people migrated from twitter. They had to spend a lot into new resources, and expected a huge growth, but it turned out to be more of a temporary spike than anything. The majority of people already went back to twitter.

      But at least for me, I’m here to stay.

      • @mortrek@lemmy.ml
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        101 year ago

        Yeah, I’m done with Reddit. Been using it since near when it started, and I’ve gotten to watch it slowly rot… I’m either here to stay, or I’m just done with it all. Either way, I’m not going back to Reddit.

        • TerrorBite :veripawed3:
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          71 year ago

          Over the years I’ve unsubscribed from more and more of Reddit’s default subs. I think I’m only still subbed to aww and til, and I rarely comment on those. Almost all my engagement is with niche subreddits for my topics of interest via a third party app, so until now I’ve avoided all the rot. If I lose the app, I lose interest in Reddit.

  • @ayye@lemmy.ml
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    211 year ago

    Lemmy and the fediverse are such unique and cool concepts. I hope to see Lemmy grow even more in the future!

    • Joshua
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      91 year ago

      Reddit Boost developer for me. Jerboa app is terrible lol.

      • @pingveno@lemmy.ml
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        141 year ago

        Any reason not to just improve Jerboa? I don’t see anything fundamentally bad with it, and usually it’s not great to have a large number of apps for a (currently) narrow use.

        • @jax@lemmy.cloudhub.social
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          91 year ago

          People in the Lemmy matrix chat are working on a new Android app (not sure if it’s a redsign of Jerboa or a new app though).

        • Joshua
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          51 year ago

          Why is it bad to have multiple apps? Just like the dozen of Reddit apps on Android, competition is a good thing.

          Plus not everyone wants the same UI, and trying to make a UI that fits everyone is impossible. For example, I cannot stand Sync for Reddit, but I love Boost for Reddit.

          • @pingveno@lemmy.ml
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            21 year ago

            There’s only a finite amount of resources to work on apps for a given platform. It works fine for Reddit because Reddit is one of the top websites in the world. If all of Lemmy was a subreddit, it wouldn’t make it into the top 1000 subreddits. Spreading the amount of effort you can derive from that number of users over a large number of apps is a recipe for low quality apps. I’m not saying just have one app, but think carefully about whether it’s better for the ecosystem to simply improve the existing offerings.

      • suoko
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        81 year ago

        It’s not bad at all. It just needs to be refined

    • chrismarquardt
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      91 year ago

      Christian might want to talk to Paul Haddad @paul@tapbots.social‬ (Tweetbot dev who switched over and now makes Ivory for Mastodon)

  • @wiki_me@lemmy.ml
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    181 year ago

    Yep, fediverse observer reports monthly active users count has doubled in four days, no real change in revenue (money donated) it seems which is a shame. The conversion rate needs to improve IMO and it seems that the option to donate is not attracting the attention it deserves. I think lemmy needs more improvements so it will be able to retain a bigger chunk of the users that is exploring the platform, look at what happened to mastodon and the fediverse after the migration after elon musk buyout , According to the statistics almost half the users are gone.

    • @Rhabuko@feddit.de
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      151 year ago

      no real change in revenue (money donated) it seems which is a shame.

      I mean, I’m only here since yesterday? Of course I will wait a month and see how things turn out before I invest money. And the problem with Mastodon was that the official app in the appstore was a absolute poorly designed lackluster that didn’t even support lists. Most people don’t look for third party apps.

      Lemmy seems fine so far as alternative. You get enough recognition and responses, compared to a newly created Mastodon account.

      • Tmpod
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        31 year ago

        Yeah, the statement was poorly made. The point of Lemmy isn’t to make money either way. Any financial contribution should be immediately put back into the community, i.e investing in infrastructure, in my opinion.

      • @wiki_me@lemmy.ml
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        11 year ago

        I mean, I’m only here since yesterday? Of course I will wait a month and see how things turn out before I invest money

        I am not judging , but in for profit social media companies don’t wait to start making money off you, twitter makes about 20$ a year from a active user, for meta (facebook, instagram, whatsup) it’s almost 40 dollars.

    • @potcandan@lemmy.one
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      71 year ago

      its sort of depressing that they will rely on donations though. would be nice if there was some way for them to make money without gambling on random ppl

      • @wiki_me@lemmy.ml
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        91 year ago

        Fundraising when done well can be good, wikipedia (wikimedia foundation) made about 150M in 2021.

        Having an instance that shows ads (even duckduckgo style ads that are privacy respecting) could be good (with funds going to development), maybe rysolv (or some other bounty site) could also provide revenue or getting paid for custom development or just paying a retainer so when need development a developer will be available.

        Sponsorship (where you show the logo in the front page given a company clicks) like vue.js does it is also an option.

        One problem with FOSS is that there isn’t anything like a endowment , with enough money invested you theoretically could use the 4 percent rule and fund lemmy forever.

        • Dessalines
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          51 year ago

          We only have 2-3 full time devs at the moment, it wouldn’t take much to fund us at all. Youtube streamers make more than most open source devs :(

          We might try to do yearly funding drives after this year when our NLnet grant runs out.

          Here’s ou, donation page if anyone would like to support our time: https://join-lemmy.org/donate

          • vxnxnt
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            31 year ago

            when our NLnet grant runs out.

            That’s unfortunate to hear…

            Any possibility of renewing it/reapplying somehow?

            • Dessalines
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              21 year ago

              We’ve renewed it for several years now, but most of the important activitypub work is done. Now we’re focused on code maintainence, performance, ancillary features, and front-end work.

        • @potcandan@lemmy.one
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          01 year ago

          Yeah it works but Wikipedia is constantly threatening to close up because of lack of donations right? That’s a huge fault that persists no matter how well done their fundraising campaign. I wonder are there examples of fundraising where they gather more than enough to foot the bills? Do they expand then like a business would or do they save that excess for next year? I have to assume they’d invest and grow it. Is Wikipedia or lemmy an example of FOSS though? It’s not as simple as open sourced software once you put it on the web and build a business behind it. Maybe the bones of it was FOSS but we’re passed that point now yeah? Obviously I have more questions than answers, just an interested layman. Cheers.

          • @wiki_me@lemmy.ml
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            21 year ago

            Yeah it works but Wikipedia is constantly threatening to close up because of lack of donations right? That’s a huge fault that persists no matter how well done their fundraising campaign.

            I don’t think i saw that wording in years, and they probably exaggerated , There are other examples of open source projects that fund multiple develoepers , thunderbird, krita, blender , iirc for some of them people say they are competitive with closed source alternatives.

            Is Wikipedia or lemmy an example of FOSS though?

            Yeah for lemmy the code is open source and for wikipedia the code and content are open source.

            • @potcandan@lemmy.one
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              I guess I just don’t get how being open sourced code is really relevant to Wikipedia? The code is not special is it? They don’t need donations to pay for elite programmers, it’s servers and IT people. The code being open source means that someone else can copy their own Wikipedia if they felt like competing and thought for some reason that they could. The fact that Wikipedia Foundation is non-profit basically precludes this but I think you answered my question basically anyway, they don’t rely on only donations.

              • @wiki_me@lemmy.ml
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                I guess I just don’t get how being open sourced code is really relevant to Wikipedia? The code is not special is it? They don’t need donations to pay for elite programmers, it’s servers and IT people. The code being open source means that someone else can copy their own Wikipedia if they felt like competing and thought for some reason that they could. The fact that Wikipedia Foundation is non-profit basically precludes this but I think you answered my question basically anyway, they don’t rely on only donations.

                It’s relevant that it’s open source because you don’t have to pay for it and a competitor could arise (iirc there is a startup that does that, provide a “better” user interface to wikipedia), and the software is pretty complex so you should pay full time programmers and UX researchers and designers.

                • @potcandan@lemmy.one
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                  11 year ago

                  I guess so. I would really love to see the paid competitor that successfully displaces Wikipedia. It would have to be extremely impressive wouldn’t it? Like paradigm shift level impressive. Any startup that currently claims to do it “better” will also need to make it available for free, or instantly fail because of no users ever bothering to sign up.

              • The Wikipedia software is used by many institutions. When i still worked in uni, we tried it for our group internal documenting. In the end went for a less complex wiki software, though. :-)

                • @potcandan@lemmy.one
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                  I mean it’s a different topic, aside from how a business (for profit or not) takes software (foss or not) and makes money from it. Wikipedia software is used a lot I’m just saying it’s not relevant to what I was talking about. Like if companies didn’t use this free software for internal documenting they would use something else, no biggie. In the same way that if the worlds largest online encyclopedia no longer had Wikipedia software, they would use something else, no biggie. The word wiki is like the word kleenex and that’s great for the founder of wikipedia, maybe? But it’s still just tissue paper.

      • CleoTheWizard
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        81 year ago

        I’ve thought about this. It’s likely that ads could happen but possibly only on specific instances so that some instances could remain relying on donations.

        I see donations as mostly a problem for the app itself. The instances could begin charging a fee for hosting or whatever. So long as it’s reasonable, I see no issue

  • terevos
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    171 year ago

    I hope Lemmy does well whether reddit implodes or not. Great concept!

  • @bionicjoey@lemmy.ca
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    161 year ago

    And this is only the second day since the API changes were announced. I expect there will be lots of people coming over in the month of June, and probably another big influx on July first when Reddit apps shut down for real

    • Scrubbles
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      41 year ago

      I’m taking the opportunity of learning Lemmy, standing up my own instance, and creating a couple of niche communities that I care about. That way when the hammer drops I have links ready to go to post everywhere. I also have created “how-to” posts to help people if they choose to migrate.

      I see some people telling people they need to migrate though, and that’s not working. People resist that sort of talk. I’m trying to keep it “Hey, letting you know this exists if you want to try it out, you don’t have to but we’re here if you get curious”

  • @Drops_of_dew@beehaw.org
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    141 year ago

    Messaging from the Jerboa app I just downloaded from the play store.

    A few nights ago I discovered Lemmy as I needed to find a Reddit alternative fast knowing I will longer be able to use Reddit is Fun.

    I’ve been a Redditor for almost 12 years now, I remember when it was a wild community where there was freedom of speech, few bots, it was the best source of memes next to cheezeburger, which was how I discovered Reddit.

    I used it nearly everyday, and watched it’s decline, I remember when Elena Pao or whatever the fuck her name bought into the company, since then it’s become snipped more and more to the point I don’t recognize it anymore.

    It transformed into some sort of money hungry beast, that is destroying its self from the inside out, trying to get people to use their shitty ad riddled app with a shitty interface.

    I am so happy I found you guys, I really want to see Reddit’s blackouts go on indefinitely, infact I just wanna watch it burn. It’s dead to me, the owners suck, it’s just as bad as Facebook and the other main social media platforms now.

    Any person I know who uses Reddit, I will point them here.

    • Jay K
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      I wish clicking that link in jerboa would go to that community in the app instead of opening a browser window.

      • @676@lemmy.ca
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        I wish the same. Also if I could navigate comments with the volume buttons

        Edit: If you change the app settings and add link you can make it open the link in app. The problem is Google made it so apps have to get verified

          • Jay K
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            A setting to open links to lemmy communities or posts in the app? I don’t see that in jerboa. How would it even know that a link points to a lemmy instance anyway?

            • @Nyanix@beehaw.org
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              If you’re on Android Settings > Apps > Default Apps > Opening Links > Jerboa > Tick all the boxes

              • Jay K
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                I see now, that’s not a great solution since it will only work for the whitelisted sites. I’ve seen talk of mastodon adopting a custom url scheme (https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/2291). Maybe lemmy should consider something like that too.

                Edit: also, checking those settings messed up opening images, when you click on an image, it takes you back to the main screen in the app.

  • @sorrowstouch@lemmy.ml
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    141 year ago

    This site’s like a breath of fresh air, small communities and the excitement of not quite know what you’re doing lol, no muscle memory open close and open again