The issue between zap and mastodon 3.2.1 has been quickly resolved so can focus on ascertaining if it could be a replacement for pleroma at some point.

Observations so far:

  • Looks more like FB than twitter (not in any way important for me but preferable for family/friends who heavily favour the former over the latter).
  • Less jargon-y than before.
  • Focus on security, privacy and controls to protect against abuse
  • Plug n’ play apps allowing user to tailor experience (to a degree)
  • Circles (or Access Control Lists)
  • Multiple channels (identities) to one account
  • Different channel types: social media or group
  • Nice new activity indicator
  • Individual permissions applicable per connection
  • Stream loading can be pretty slow (last refresh took around 10 seconds) - possibly due to the ARM64 device its hosted on though doubtful given its single user following only about 26 accounts and the SBC has 4GB RAM and 6 cores, and according to grafana is non-plussed
  • Haven’t worked out yet if there is a way to apply content warnings to outgoing posts.. there are tools to do so for incoming based on a number of criteria (though it doesn’t appear to work for me either yet)
  • Documentation is sparse, not sure of API details for encouraging the dev to hook up for webmentions


  • Haven’t checked out photos/galleries so not pre-emptively judging
  • Has file share\DAV capabilities - no opinion yet
  • Calendar & Events - if there is future compatability with Mobilizon then this could be good.. and maybe if I ever encourage family to join then it’ll be a great feature.. currently no opinion
  • Diaspora connectivity


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J K 🇯🇵🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 replied to this post here

hmm at some point in the process the + and - were replaced by * .. top section is + or positive, middle is - or negative.

Gidi replied to this post here

@jk when you say 'social media channel type', do you mean the soap box style (shouting in the void) way of posting we're used to on Twitter, Pleroma, Mastodon? I was also thinking of trying and that's what I'm looking for rather than private groups.

J K 🇯🇵🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 replied to this post here

@gidi from what I've noticed so far, there are 7 types:
standard social media account: public & restricted,
groups: normal, restricted & moderated and,
collections: normal & restricted

I'm not sure what collections are to be honest, but this is the document about groups: zap

J K 🇯🇵🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 replied to this post here

@gidi this is what it says on the channel creation page which might give some indication as to what collections might be:

"A channel is a unique network identity. It can represent a person (social network profile), a forum (group), a business or celebrity page, a newsfeed, and many other things. "

Gidi replied to this post here

@jk thanks. I recognize some of these things as the channel types of Friendica (where I also got the term soapbox from). I’m just gonna have to try it one day… (Sorry for the delete and redraft)

J K 🇯🇵🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 replied to this post here

@gidi yeah, I previously hosted friendica a few years back. Would probably have opted for friendica over zap now but for the lack of postgresql support.