Where solarpunks organize for a better world!

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by ProdigalFrog to c/meta


Each month we pin a post to give all members an update on the state of the instance, as well as a place to direct public comments and discussions, so let's get to the updatin'!

Community highlights

This month we thought to shake up our usual routine to highlight new communities and instead decided to highlight some nice, but older communities. So have a look at these and maybe add them to your list of subscriptions:

Any other communities you would like to highlight? Comment below!

Transfer to new server

After our last attempt to move our Lemmy instance to a new server had to be reverted at the end of 2023, we tried again this month. The new server has been hosting the Pictrs image backend and the various frontends for a while now, but yesterday we finally also migrated the main database and the backend to it.

The new server (a refurbished Intel Xeon with 64GB RAM) is probably somewhat oversized for a small Lemmy instance like ours, but it looks like the multiple times faster NVMe database storage array finally fixes the performance issues we had before.

Let's hope this time we will not run into hardware issues like with the previous dedicated server.

A brand spankin' new Wiki

SLRPNK now hosts a fully functional wiki for our communities to utilize, based on the DocuWiki project.

Currently, only community Moderators can edit the wiki, and like our XMPP instance, you'll be able to use your SLRPNK login to access it, along with editing privileges for your community automatically given.

We have a quick-start guide written that should help you with the first steps of how to create your community wiki.

A few plugins have been added to the wiki to extend its functionality, such as a WYSIWYG editor in addition to the standard markup editor, along with some other bells and whistles. You can find a complete list of the plugins used here.

If you need any help getting your community page setup, you can either leave a comment in this thread below, or message one of the admins, and we'll do our best to get you up and running. :)

Other technical additions

You might have noticed the new bot account that was added as an instance admin last month. This account is currently connected to two additional services that we added:

An automatic RSS feed poster that can be added to communities. Let us know if that is something you are interested for a community you moderate here.

An instance level auto-moderation bot that scans new posts and comments for spam. The software behind this is still a bit of a work in progress, but it should allow us to react more quickly to future spam-waves from multiple accounts.

If you have other suggestions on how to utilize this bot, let us know.

Server Stats

With another month, comes another round of stats!

Right off the bat, the hardware upgrade is having a noticeable effect on the latency of the server, which is pretty darn sweet.

And 65 new solarpunks joined us last month, bringing the total up from 1,138 members to 1,203. Hopefully they find this to be a good home. :)

The monthly users are holding steady, with a slight increase up from 290 to 299. With that amount of people, there always seems to be something interesting to see or read on the server just from our users alone. Counting people coming in from other instances, it really is booming around here!

The Big News

We're proud to announce that Slrpnk.net is now officially sponsored by Exxon Mobile™ as part of their Global Green Outreach for Innovative Forward Thinkers™ program.

In collaboration with them, we'll be featuring new eco-friendly technologies that were produced with net-zero emissions as a long-term goal, which has only been made possible thanks to Exxon's Big Heart Good Guy Partner™ initiative.

Starting us off this month is this fine Gasoline powered Alarm Clock, which gets an unthinkable 24 hours to the gallon! The efficiency wizards at Exxon have truly outdone themselves. Hopefully we'll see one of these pop up in every home in the coming decades.

Open discussion

That about wraps up this month's news. If you have anything you'd like to ask regarding the site, our new tools, or anything else related to this community, let us know.

If you've created a new community or would like to make your own announcements about something happening on the server, you're also welcome to post them down below!

All comments will get extra visibility up until the beginning of next month.

Have a great April, everyone! ^^

submitted 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) by j_roby to c/memes


I kinda made this post out of spite for the fact the most previous post in this community, whose title I quoted/copied, was getting so many downvotes... At the time I posted this, the previous post had about a 30% downvote rate, and it really, really made me mad.

I am relieved tho to see people in the comments here who have real, actual empathy for their fellow humans. Thank you for contributing here.

It blows my mind how normalized it is to hate on those who are struggling. Especially in 20fucking23 when so many of us now are on the verge of it ourselves. Let's be better, everyone - to everyone. I beg you.

submitted 5 months ago by aeleoglyphic to c/solarpunk

I am so so divided on if I should vote for biden or not. I wanna vote third party to at least do something or should I just stay home and protest and advocate where I can? Thoughts?

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by stabby_cicada to c/memes

Edit: Jesus Christ, people. If you buy a $150 Thinkpad made by slave labor instead of a $1,200 MacBook made by slave labor, you're still supporting a capitalist economy based on slave labor. We all do. We have no choice. The number of smug liberals in the comments saying "well I buy a cheap used laptop" or "well I buy coffee beans and make my own coffee" are completely missing the fucking point.

Don't tell yourself your consumption is moral. All of us make unethical choices every day because there is no ethical consumption under capitalism. Accept your shame and guilt and let it drive you to do better.

submitted 6 months ago by stabby_cicada to c/memes
i loved you mommy (slrpnk.net)
submitted 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) by stabby_cicada to c/vegan
submitted 3 months ago by veganpizza69@lemmy.world to c/climate
submitted 2 months ago by j_roby to c/memes
submitted 6 months ago by stabby_cicada to c/memes
submitted 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago) by stabby_cicada to c/memes

You can tell this is an ancient meme because it prices college at 4 years at $9,000 per year instead of 5 years at $30,000 per year 😆

submitted 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) by j_roby to c/shoplifting

Alt text: an image of a poster with the text "Did you see: - A tent in the Wood? - Someone shoplifting? - A person sleeping in their car? No! You fucking didn't! People are struggling, don't make it worse

submitted 1 month ago by stabby_cicada to c/memes
submitted 2 months ago by mambabasa to c/anarchism
submitted 7 months ago by stabby_cicada to c/memes
submitted 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) by stabby_cicada to c/shoplifting

Image description: a two panel meme with a bearded man speaking.

Panel 1: "You wanna know what I do when I see people stealing food or baby formula?"

Panel 2: "Fucking nothing because I'm not a fucking asshole."

submitted 3 months ago by AEMarling to c/solarpunk

In short, US residents need to shut it down before Genocide Joe escalates us to World War III.

submitted 3 days ago by stabby_cicada to c/solarpunk
submitted 1 month ago by Five to c/twoxchromosomes
submitted 2 months ago by BuddyTheBeefalo@lemmy.ml to c/vegan
submitted 6 months ago by andrewrgross to c/memes

West Coast baby

submitted 7 months ago by stabby_cicada to c/memes
submitted 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) by greatwhitebuffalo41 to c/twoxchromosomes

The official stance of this community is that any woman is a woman. If you identify as a woman, you are a woman and you are welcome here. We will not tolerate anti trans hate.

Also sorry for mod absence, work has been CHAOS.

We are now accepting mod applications! Please fill out the mod application if you'd like a chance to become a new mod here. Due to the nature of this community, please only apply if you identify as a woman.

submitted 5 months ago by j_roby to c/memes
submitted 3 days ago by AEMarling to c/solarpunk

Listening to a recent episode of the Solarpunk Presents podcast reminded me the importance of consistently calling out cryptocurrency as a wasteful scam. The podcast hosts fail to do that, and because bad actors will continue to try to push crypto, we must condemn it with equal persistence.

Solarpunks must be skeptical of anyone saying it’s important to buy something, like a Tesla, or buy in, with cryptocurrency. Capitalists want nothing more than to co-opt radical movements, neutralizing them, to sell products.

People shilling crypto will tell you it decentralizes power. So that’s a lie, but solarpunks who believe it may be fooled into investing in this Ponzi scheme that burns more energy than some countries. Crypto will centralize power in billionaires, increasing their wealth and decreasing their accountability. That’s why Space Karen Elon Musk pushes crypto. The freer the market, the faster it devolves to monopoly. Rather than decentralizing anything, crypto would steer us toward a Bladerunner dystopia with its all-powerful Tyrell corporation.

Promoting crypto on a solarpunk podcast would be unforgivable. That’s not quite what happens on S5E1 “Let’s Talk Tech.” The hosts seem to understand crypto has no part in a solarpunk future or its prefigurative present. But they don’t come out and say that, adopting a tone of impartiality. At best, I would call this disingenuous. And it reeks of the both-sides-ism that corporate media used to paralyze climate action discourse for decades.

Crypto is not “appropriate tech,” and discussing it without any clarity is inappropriate.


The mods of reddit/r/twoxchromosomes knew that their sub name was gender essentialist from a month after they created a "women's" sub with chromosomes in the name. They had every opportunity to do the right thing and migrate their community to a different /r/. But they didn't, they continued to promote a sub built on transphobia until it was a default sub putting gender essentialism in front of every single new user on the site.

The migration to Lemmy is the perfect time to undo the wrongs of the past. It's a brand new community and we have a chance to do some good. We're not beholden to the names of the past.

Mods: Please please please PLEASE lock this community, delete all posts, and pin a redirect to a community with a better name. Why not /c/women or /c/genderdiversity? There are a hundred names better than this one. What's the justification for the twoxchromosomes name

The name XX was chosen just because it illustrates the essence of this subreddit and its target Redditors–girly and geeky, and subtly awesome. (You can look here and here to see how the name came about.)

Really? We're going to associate girliness with a genotype? We're going to brag about being cisgender? There is no excuse for platforming these ideas. Now is the time to do better.

view more: next ›


1,222 readers
127 users here now

What is Solarpunk?

A SolarPunk Manifesto

Basic Rules:

For any community related question or to just test some function: !meta@slrpnk.net

Try our Photon & Alexandrite frontends.

We also host a lightweight frontend.

All accounts also work with XMPP chat automatically incl. our Movim client.

Learn more about us on our Wiki.

founded 2 years ago