You know what I reckon would be cool? If all the throngs of organisations and companies who claim to be open would actually establish themselves in the distributed, open source Fediverse. That'd be cool.

If they wanted to join this Mastodon instance, I'd be happy to approve their accounts - all they'd have to write in response to "why do you want an account on our server?" is "We're keen to walk the talk and stop being hypocrites". If they write that, they're in.

@selea just another reason I'm pleased I didn't adopt their service (and set up my own mail service, which, frankly, is superb).

@selea full credit, though, to the folks at Mailcow.email, as I use their dockerised install.

@selea yes, I've found it librating, and an opportunity to be generous to my friends. I host email for myself and many others. 3 MailCow instances, all about 2-3 years old. They are remarkable and inspiring technology, created by impressive and generous folks.

@zleap @foxmask @selea that's always an option. The mailcow.email crew offer a managed service. But it costs $, because it requires their time and expertise. And doesn't depend on being able to exploit your data (and that of your correspondents).

@lightweight @zleap @foxmask @selea I think "time and expertise" are good reasons to pay $ for (unlike giving "the ability to exploit your data"). I personally feel confident in having self-hosted things to test and play with, but for critical things like email, with at least baseline security, certificates etc... not so much ๐Ÿ˜•

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@miren @zleap @foxmask @selea fair enough. We all have to make that call for ourselves. Having worked for companies offering those services for money, I know that I'm as capable as the folks running lots of those systems, and I've got self-interest as well, so I'm happy to back myself in that role. :)

@lightweight @miren @foxmask @selea

Perhaps we need to provide good quality information so people can make their own decisions.

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@miren @lightweight @foxmask @selea

I feel hhe same way I can set up a raspberry pi, sort of set up Apache or ngnix to serve basic web pages but doing all that securely is beyond me

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