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Today's lesson: Medium is bad. They've suspended our account and blocked access to all our published stories for bogus reasons and with only 12 hours notice.

@Gargron @ekaitz_zarraga @Technowix@niu.moe

> Your Medium account is in violation of our policies and is in danger of being suspended. Please review our policy for crypto accounts and posts on Medium: help.medium.com/hc/en-us/artic

We don't even write about cryptocurrencies at all…

@Liberapay

you should contact Medium about that issue: help.medium.com/hc/en-us/artic

on a second thought they may grant your account back

@1iceloops123 @liberapay

:Steemit is a blogging and social networking website that uses its Steem blockchain-based rewards platform for publishers. The Steem blockchain produces Steem and Steem Dollars which are magic bean tokens ..." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steemit

Better spray some "scam-away" because this one sounds like it either is one or will be taken over by one.

@Liberapay Medium - being mostly a no-frills blog platform - is mostly interesting for exposure, isn't it? Are there other reasons to not just use your own, self-hosted blog?

@maho @Liberapay The only reasons to use Medium are 1) pretty composer, 2) good CSS for legibility, 3) social network edfects from being tacked onto Twitter.

Assuming you find a better solution for #1 and maybe #2, you can just syndicate your articles to Medium.

@trwnh @Liberapay

Sounds like 1 is just a question of using a nice Markdown / WIYSIWIG-plugin, 2 comes down to a website theme ... that leaves point 3 which I can understand is a non-easily-replaceable feature.

@maho @Liberapay iirc, Medium uses limited HTML and not Markdown, but it has an article importer. Syndicating to multiple websites and silos is not too hard, with IFTTT or other scripts

@trwnh @Liberapay

I'm aware of that. Does not mean a homebrew solution can't be superior 😉

@maho @Liberapay Yes, I think there are many Wordpress plugins and at least one Jekyll plugin. Medium also has a posts API: indieweb.org/POSSE#Medium

@Liberapay blocked access?! 😤 Did you check the internet archive for a copy of your posts?

@Liberapay so what did you do to offend them? (Are they worried about their claps?)

@Liberapay
I've never liked Medium and I don't know why so many people seem to think it's the cat's pajamas.

Also self-hosted blogging is a solved problem and there are plenty of Medium clone minimalist skins for your platform of choice.

@Liberapay With so many other options I don't know why Medium seems to be favored for blogging. But perhaps I am missing something.
@bob @liberapay Reach.  The network effect is a powerful thing and audience for your articles is important to many.

@maiyannah @Liberapay @bob Also, I guess, wp.com became too mainstream a while ago. Some people tend to look for the next "new cool thing" to be there when this happens.

@Liberapay They did that to one of ours a few weeks ago too. Apparently something triggered their spam filter. They apologised and re-enabled it after a while, but it had already been damaging and looked bad for us :(

Hurrah for independent Web sites and their #RSS feeds 🙂

I'm surprised @Liberapay doesn't run its blog on an open source platform where it owns the data and these kinds of decisions.

@Liberapay Let me know if I can help with anything, if you want another platform that you don't have to maintain (and doesn't arbitrarily remove blogs). Happy to give you custom domains, etc. for free.

@Liberapay

Y'all are having some very bad luck this month, I hope the self-hosted solutions that were recommended will work

@Liberapay Facebook showed us that we need liberation of services. So we need more #federation services!

@Liberapay

Let us all know where y'all land, if you end up with a new URL so we can re-toot it.

@Liberapay ghost.org/ rubyonrails.org/ gohugo.io/ getgrav.org/

...heck there are even people with blogs based on bash scripts (and python, liberapay way python right? check github, fork something or so)

@azzamsa This is water under the bridge now. Our blog being unavailable for a little while was an insignificant inconvenience compared to the Mangopay fiasco of the summer.

@Liberapay if you have access to Medium's zipball export of your articles, I have a tool which automatically converts them to jekyll:

git.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/unmediumif

@Liberapay even though @thurloat boosted this into my timeline several months after it was originally posted it is a good reminder about the hazards of being at the mercy of siloed systems.

Other examples: Fran Blanche has been locked out of her Patreon account for a week for some sort of "security reason" they still haven't resolved, and Dave Jones was banned from live streaming EEVblog for 3 months without warning because YouTube suddenly decided a video from over 6 months ago violated ToS.

@msh @Liberapay its frustrating that so many of these slights are flash-in-the-pan, and forgiven after a week of being in the spotlight.

I imagine this is how many companies feel about the commons clause on their OSS licenses, that people will forget soon and won't require a change.

@thurloat @Liberapay the Commons Clause effectively converts a license to a closed "source available" license and has the potential to be quite disruptive in a bad way. This is a reminder that OSS alone doesn't make you immune to consolidation of power.

If your livelihood can be turned upside down by the whims of a single corporation, or single project dev/leader, or single *anything*, you should think of a contingency plan (migration, forking, etc).

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