The DRS Lemmy Instance
Learn more about Lemmy, the federated social media platform, and why it's so important for the DRS community.
Direct Registration is Everything
The most crucial financial discovery that retail investors have made is that they have the option to hold shares in their own name. This advancement is thanks to a large worldwide community which fuels volunteer research and development - and thanks to the online platforms which retail investors can use to connect, to discuss, and to learn.
The DRS Lemmy
Lemmy is an open source social media platform which resembles Reddit in navigation and interface.
In addition to being open source, Lemmy can be hosted by anyone on their own server, is completely customizable, and has complete transparency into the admin and moderation actions on that server. There are no advertisements, there is no profit motive, and no corporate investors influencing operating policy.
The same team behind DRSGME.org and WhyDRS.org is hosting a Lemmy instance as a service to the investing community. Having a place to freely discuss DRS is necessary to spread the word. You can join in by navigating to lemmy.whynotdrs.org - or keep reading for more information about Lemmy.
An Apes Guide to Lemmy
We've written an extensive introduction and explainer which you can find hosted on Lemmy by clicking here. A selection of the same information about Lemmy will be covered below. Hope to see you there - free to collaborate outside the influence of a private company and their advertisers!
What is Lemmy?
Lemmy is open source software used for running individually hosted social media networks in the style of Reddit. It is built on the ActivityPub protocol, and is part of the Fediverse.
How is Lemmy structured and moderated compared to Reddit?
Lemmy has Instance (AKA server) administrators and Community moderators
The analog is Reddit admins and Subreddit moderators
Instance admins can perform all mod actions on all communities, just like Reddit admins can perform all mod actions on all subreddits
Meanwhile, Community/Subreddit mods only moderate their community or subreddit
What is the Fediverse?
The Fediverse refers to a collection of social media software which all are open source, independently hosted, and can choose to interact with each other. These software are all built on the same protocol and can interact with each other and share users. When instances opt in to the broader system, they are ‘federated’.
Tips for signing up
When you make an account on a federated Lemmy instance like this one, you can interact with all other instances and communities which are federated. The differences between instances are up to individual instance admins, who decide who can sign up and what content is allowed on their instance along with moderation rules.
When signing up, Lemmy can freeze up if the username you are trying to register already exists or if you are using a password longer than 63 characters long. As detailed in the instance policies, limiting data collection means that no email account recovery is supported. Please ensure that you save your login information somewhere securely such as a KeePass data file, or Bitwarden password manager. After signing up, there is a verification process which is manual. Our DRS instance admins do their best to check and approve applicants quickly.
Lemmy on desktop or mobile
Once you have your account created and approved, you can choose to browse Lemmy through an app or other client. You can find some apps here:-https://join-lemmy.org/apps/
Have you reviewed our Instance Policies?
TL;DR: Treat everything you submit to the lemmy.whynotdrs.org instance as public. Instance admins will attempt to reduce data collection as much as practicable, and will maintain open access for anyone to view posts and comments on the instance.
Following Reddit communities via Lemmy
The lemmit.online instance replicates a number of Reddit subs to Lemmy communities through an automated bot which crossposts content posts, but not comments. You can follow those communities through your Lemmy account no matter which instance you signed up on.
For Superstonk specifically, just follow-!Superstonk@lemmit.online
For other subs, find the community you are interested in following, and
then paste the community’s tag (listed in the community’s sidebar) into
the search function on our instance. For example:
The '0 subscribers' means 0 subscribers from the DRS instance. After pasting this code there from the sidebar or formatting it yourself (!, then the sub name, then @lemmit.online) give the search several seconds to populate, and then you will be able to navigate there. You can also navigate there automatically by clicking that link - the ! format navigates you to a community through whatever instance you are logged in with.
How to start a new community on this instance
Click the Create Community option along the top. You’ll need to select the community name, the URL, and optionally can include sidebar content.
On Lemmy, Communities are automatically moderated by the person who creates them. That user can appoint other moderators, pin stickies, and moderate content on that community. It’s very similar to how Subreddits are made and operated.
On the-lemmy.whynotdrs.org-instance, we welcome all communities who wish to discuss the financial markets and surrounding topics including specific stocks, investing styles, rules and regulations, crypto and web3, and the culture around money itself.
Public Moderation Logs: How they work and how to search them
Lemmy’s moderation logs for all instance administrator actions and community moderator actions are available for public review at all times - and do not require sign up to access.
Moderation logs are collected together for all federated instances, and so can be difficult to parse in real time without searching for a specific mod. Once you type the name of an individual mod, select them from the dropdown and you can review all mod or admin actions they have taken. Posts which were removed can also be viewed and scrutinized here. There is complete transparency into moderation actions.