For now we just mirror on #Mastodon about 1500 #Twitter accounts of EU officials and MEPs as listed by Wikidata and https://european-union.europa.eu/contact-eu/social-media-channels_en.
That's depressing, because Mastodon is the opposite of an "internet platform". Indeed the #fediverse is a prime example for the slogan "build protocols, not platforms".
#ResPublicae is not in the business of providing platforms.
Another example is #ECHA providing clarifications on complex EU regulations in response to public interactions.
Current language count on #ResPublicae: 29.
#MastoAdmin: improvements to the signal:noise ratio based on the posting patterns of the past few months.
A couple dozen very chatty individual authors (each with over 2000 posts so far) now have crossposting disabled for retweets and/or replies, based on a subjective judgement that these posts were not predominantly related to EU policy.
Those handles typically had limited following, so the impacts on the fediverse were probably minimal so far, but sometimes it's good to be proactive.
Dear #mastoadmin crowd, does anyone know how interactions are calculated in the #Mastodon admin dashboard? Also asked at
Dear #MastoAdmin crowd, any idea how to force an update of the "interactions" statistics on the /admin/dashboard page?
Any and all "tootctl cache" commands failed to update the figure, which has been stuck for many days to the same (unrealistic) number.
A particularly prolific user was reported by a mastodon.social user for the volume of their posts. Configuration was exceptionally changed for that user in order to not crosspost RTs and replies.
Such suggestions are welcome directly to this admin account. Reports may not always reach us.
For transparency and in case it helps people considering whether to self-host a similar #Mastodon instance, the operating costs of #ResPublicae are currently a little less than 25 €/month (VAT included).
Without any performance optimisation whatsoever, the instance is currently quite overprovisioned and should have enough capacity to withstand over 1 year of growth.
Using a smaller instance would cut hosting costs by some 10 €/month, but reducing #MastoAdmin time costs is more important.
One frustrating #MastoAdmin experience is receiving a non-obvious moderation report from another instance and not being able to reply with a comment. I understand that #Mastodon wants to protect the identity of reporters (presumably) but this doesn't foster cooperative gardening of the shared space that is the #fediverse.
The overall database we can share in #CC0 but no single license on the text and media would be available.
Some data scrubbing might also be needed if #Mastodon doesn't yet provide a native way to provide dumps of public-only information.
This service is experimental and offered without promises of permanence.
A long-term #digitalpreservation service for the EU's communication on social media would be useful, but we're not such a service. (A suitable institutional home would need to be found.)
We're very happy to see #EUvoice https://social.network.europa.eu/explore, a #Mastodon instance run for the #EU by the European Commission (@EC_DIGIT + @EDPS). Hopefully it will grow and improve fast. The sooner ResPublicae.eu becomes redundant, the better.
Given the changed circumstances, there's no longer a need to consider offering local accounts in the future. The frontpage has been updated accordingly.
🇩🇪 Endlich könnt ihr Informationen der EU-Institutionen, EU-Politiker, EU-Fraktionen usw. auch über inoffizielle Mastodon-Mirrorkonten beziehen: https://respublicae.eu/explore
🇬🇧At last you can follow EU institutions, politicians and groups via inofficial Mastodon mirror accounts: https://respublicae.eu/explore
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