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I feel like a fucking huge traitor but

and ffs I linked something in the first post read it before asking question

Brb I'm in emotional roller-coaster rn

Back :bunhd:

Thanks a loooot everyone :blobmeltsoblove:
Also to make it clear another time : I'm not leaving, I'm only letting the ship sink.

So uh now that I'm more calm now I want to reply to some of the questions and plans for future

Don't worry I will try to find ideas for everyone to stay in contact if they wish to, this could be some simple page hosted on the ashes of niu with a link to all your alts next to your usernames/profile pic, or better, I will think about it, also if you have ideas you can reach me.

So yes, you will not miss anyone, this will stay as some kind of index to find all of you back :3

I will try to include all of this in a email for all of, including help to backup your datas.
In the meanwhile, ya can follow this useful doc

My heart is quite torned up too because so much memories here but well, not gonna re-say everything, public instances are too much for me.

I stopped the Patreon for a month, and will renew the stop each months, I don't want to take the page down because I still have the "founder" privileges on there so it would be dumb to loose it in case I start doing drawing of my feet for a living... well. So I will contact you on there one by one about this and restart it when everyone is aware. Non-replying people will be removed from it.



I still have plans for fedi, and really want to stay close to most of yall, but niu was drafty and didn't ended like I would want now, and I can't change that, I want to find back the fun of building something I had in 2017, but for now there will be some time of pause uhuh
I /might/ also have plans for a tiny human-scale server for really desperate friends that /really/ can't find a place outside, but please please please, I beg u, do find somewhere else if you can because I will have very high standard of comfness for myself, including being very ideologically strict or other stuff like that, so unless you beg allegiance to your local queer-anarchist-nerd-gamer-socialist party ya might not find anything cool there.
Again, this is a sketch, and my last sketch ended having broken foundations, and I don't want it to end badly for me and others, so don't put hope at all in that.

I love you all and again, thanks you. :blobcatheart:

For people that move already, please don't delete your account ASAP for obvious reasons, I wouldn't be able to build a "where you went" page if you remove your account from here, since it will act as a reference for me to verify you are you :o

So uh, concerning "niu index project" (to keep in touch where everyone went) something that will keep all users email/username/password and that would be kept almost indefinitely on the domain should be enough imho?
Like a big index that would redirect to a tiny bio page you can customize or delete when connected.

Should be lightweight enough and instance agnostic to be in use for others too :blobcatthinking:

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🔴⚠️, very important ⚠️🔴 

🔴⚠️, very important ⚠️🔴 

@Miaourt running an instance well is hard and i don't think you could've known this 3 years ago
fedi itself has changed over time, too

@Miaourt Quite sad news tbh. I knew it would come at some point, nothing is eternal, but It's still sad :(
My niu anniversary is on 21th november and I have to say that it was 2 incredible years that you and the community managed to offer me with niu. Tbh I'll stay on niu until the end, and will switch to once it's done.

Once again thanks for all the stuff you've done for us, and I would like to keep in touch !

@Miaourt wait, niu's shutting down

so that's where the new weebs are coming from, huh

@FimbulFlower @Miaourt there's an export feature in settings, you'll get a tar.gz archive with all your media and a huuuge json file with posts

@Miaourt oh okay I thought it only grabbed my followers. Thank you miaourt.

@Miaourt could you please give us time to delete our accounts after you make that page? bc after niu is down, these accounts will stay in fedi forever as ghosts, and we will be unable to do anything about it

@leip4Ier yeah ofc, as I said niu will go down in march, so it should let you enough time to do whatever you need before.

@Miaourt oh, i just thought that you would be gathering data for the who went where page right before shutting the servers down. is that not so? (sorry for asking many questions ^^")


Id rather not being present in this index.

@cafou ofc, if you deleted your account before you will not be able to be found there

And I will let people delete their tiny page from the index if they want, as I said.

It will contain whatever people want them to contain

@Miaourt Sounds awesome. One thing worth considering is if it's possible to retain something of a read-only ActivityPub "API", so that throwing the full username or url in the mastodon search bar on another instance still displays something useful.

I wonder if a few static JSON files are sufficient or if that'll be more complicated...

@ayo I think I will try to make it as static as possible, but it will definitely need to be somehow dynamic to handle edits and stuff.

Maybe after some years the page will go full static and yall will need to email me to change stuff lol

>[...] to a tiny bio page you can customize or delete when connected.
I think it would be too complex to be left alone.
I'd rather propose a non-user customizable bio (only you could modify or erase it) made from the account bio as last seen at the moment of closing.

@Chuculate dw, It wouldn't be too much complex trust me, it's just keeping user's mail, username, password, tiny bio, tiny avi and link where they moved in a tiny db

It's not gonna weight more than a few mb in the end and would run easily on a potato :blobsmilesweat2:

@Miaourt @Chuculate how about a website with simple text and terminal -style view with command "listuser" and pretty much list of all the users in text with old and new instances and a button to get csv of all users new instances?

@Miaourt let me know if you want help! i know a little bit of webdev (though i still have quite a bit to learn!)

@Miaourt It does make me sad that it's going
I'm gonna miss our little corner of the internet

But don't let people bulli you about it Léo

At the end of the day it's your server and you can shut it down if you desire to.

You are a great admin and the time I spent on Niu I'll cherish forever!

EN : Just a random niuser having a speech to thank Miaourt 

Ah flûte... J'espère que c'est rien de grave.
Eh ben bon courage pour la suite ! Si masto te crée plus de soucis qu'autre chose, effectivement pense à toi d'abord !
Après tout, c'est là tout l'intérêt : ça ne s'arrêtera pas pour autant, et si un de ces 4 tu veux revenir et participer d'une façon ou d'une autre, ça sera toujours là :)
Je te souhaite bon vent alors ! (dans le bon sens :)

@Miaourt you're a qt, do what you need to do

if anything i'm grateful for you to create this instance, i've met so many nice qts here, including you :blobcatsnuggle:

so no you're not a traitor, you're amazing and we love you 💜

@Miaourt no

Your good health is more important than a software

@Miaourt nope, your are great person. without niu i maybe have left fediverse some days after i made my account to check fedi out ^^v you have some great ppl on your server ^^
@Miaourt at least you are closing it unlike me who fucked their users over by locking instance down and converting it to absolute monarchy
@hj @Miaourt its easy to just lock down and only have your current userbase to deal with, tbh
@wowaname @Miaourt only if you have like 10 users to deal with, not with hundreds. Also, upholding the rules is still a thing unless you like me declare a despotism on your instance, performing a coup on yourself, technically.
@Miaourt bless you léo, you've maintained a wonderful, unpaid, volunteer service for 3 years, that's more than most people here can say

you've given nothing but value to the fediverse, no matter what you may think or how you feel niu has become a platform for people you'd prefer it not be. me, and probably hundreds or even thousands of people wouldn't be here as a part of this wonderful community without niu's open arms to take us in as we joined, and through that gift so many people have made so many beautiful connections that will hold through trials and trials again, the weathering of time, and whatever the world may throw at them.

if you think that you're taking something away from the fediverse, you're not. you *gave* something to the fediverse -- something wonderful -- on your donated time and that you can't do that anymore is not damage to the world, only a lack of benefit.

even though we never talked too much, I've always considered you a friend, so try to drop me a follow on your new account when it comes around, yea? see you on the other side.
@Miaourt When something that's supposed to be a fun hobby turns into a fun-eating chore, it's time to walk away, or at least reevaluate why you're doing it.


@Miaourt i said on my other account that it may have been better to "hand over the keys" of the instance to someone else who could admin it, but i understand if you dont want to give up niu to another owner

@Miaourt you're not. anime avatar trump supporters just ruin everything.

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@Miaourt would you consider transferring niu to other people, maybe?

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