Migration of Windows Insiders magazine to Mbin

Hello members of the Windows Insiders magazine,

After much contemplation, I have made the decision to migrate this magazine, in addition to the other magazines I moderate, to Mbin.

kbin.social is clearly no longer under active development, and in addition to suffering from several technical problems, kbin.social is also suffering from a huge spam problem. As such, from the perspective of both a user of Kbin and a moderator of several magazines, I believe the best way to move forward is to migrate these magazines over to Mbin.

This magazine will be moving over to kbin.run at @windowsinsiders

I will continue to check in over here occasionally for the next few weeks, but otherwise from here on out this magazine is considered inactive and will not be fully moderated. Going forward, any new threads or discussions should instead be posted in the new magazine.

Of course if you don’t want to move your account to a different instance, you absolutely do not have to! That’s the beauty of federated social media and ActivityPub. All you have to do is subscribe to the new magazine at @windowsinsiders and continue on as usual!

Thanks for all the discussions and contributions y’all have made in these magazines, and I hope to see you over there!

viking,
@viking@infosec.pub avatar

Is kbin confirmed dead? I’ve blocked a ton of communities there since they can’t seem to control the spam bots and was wondering about that.

BenjMathis1,
BenjMathis1 avatar

@viking there's been no official announcement or anything, but the last change to Kbin's software was about 4 months ago, and there are no admins here who have the ability to block or ban accounts or other instances, so spam can only be hidden not removed from magazines that still have moderators.

Gamers_Mate,

@BenjMathis1 Wait does that mean when I get rid of spam on the magazines I am a moderator of I am only hiding it on kbin?

BenjMathis1,
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@Gamers_Mate pretty much, yeah. The post is hidden in the magazine and on the spam account's profile, but the post isn't fully deleted. And the spam account isn't affected in any way, even if we directly report it as there's no one here with admin privileges who can actually delete accounts or posts.

Gamers_Mate,

@BenjMathis1
I just made an account on mbin just in case. Though I will still be using Kbin it doesnt hurt to try it.

I think Kbins main problem is what a lot of open source projects go through which is all the contributions being from programmers having a team of programmers is great but having artists admins community managers is important as well.

Ernest is currently the main dev and community manager when he is not programming which is a lot of work for one person.

The last update did mention applications for becoming a site moderator which I think means on the instance level and not magazine level.

Also I noticed on mbin I got a notification from your comment where it says @username even though it links to kbin social I am guessing it looks at the username and not the instance it is from when someone mentions a username?

BenjMathis1,
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@Gamers_Mate Oh, 100% Everything around Kbin aside, Ernest had a ton of stuff going on in his personal life that should totally take precedent over this here.

I did see the post about applications for instance-wide moderators, which Kbin definitely needs. But I don't believe any action has been taken past the announcement yet.

But that's really interesting. I just checked and I got a notification for your last comment over on my Mbin account as well. I don't know if maybe it has something to do with the fact that my Mbin account is subscribed to this magazine as well and got looped in as well or what? I may have to look into it and see if either it's just a bug or if I'm doing something wrong lol.

e-five,
@e-five@kbin.run avatar

Just saw the convo about the mention thing. At the moment, it's a known issue. Something we'll have to fix eventually. Mastodon seems to use tag field with keys like type: mention, username: x to signify who to actually notify. /kbin and Mbin do seem to parse the body text instead, so we'll probably want to fix it to be specific and not rely on the flaky body text parsing

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