Hi, I'm Aurynn. I run, an instance entirely hosted in Aotearoa New Zealand, on the Catalyst Cloud OpenStack cloud!

Cloud Island is a general-purpose instance, with a lot of really cool folks doing really cool things.

I toot mostly about cloud technology as I work on the Cloud Island infrastructure, general life, and sometimes .

I also do sometimes!

I am transgender. Trans rights are human rights.


I also do and I'm a engineer type. Most of my recent work has been on and

I also play videogames! And talk about videogames, but considerably less than I used to.

I also seem to have elected myself as a bit of a fediverse ambassador, so please do feel free to ask me questions you might have. 🙂

@aurynn you showed up on my “suggest you follow” list :D thank you for your insight into the inner machinations, I’m new here and it’s very interesting!

@phoebe You're very welcome, I'm happy to answer any questions you might have!

@aurynn As an admin worrying about load and such does it bother you when people post a lot of random content / don’t try to participate in the community? (I realise these are mostly self-hosted or services run by Nice People™️ and it makes me more considerate of what I’m posting out there).

I know that seems like the oddest thing to ask about but I’m that person at a party who tries to find social cues asap to fit in 😅

@phoebe The network exists to provide people with community, and the network doesn't respond in the way people are used to from Twitter or Instagram regarding getting lots of boosts or likes.

If people are just posting and expecting to get reactions they're not going to have have those expectations met and will drift away eventually or convert into community participants. 🙂

@phoebe so, not really, since that load will drop off over time.

I'm more worried about ensuring that I have the right knobs to scale my system when it needs to scale.

@aurynn is favouriting a lot of toots (hehe! I love the name) considered poor form? I have an auto-like reaction for things I like! But wouldn’t want to spam my timeline. And I will stop asking questions haha!

@phoebe Favourite toots as much as you like. 🙂 They're only used between you and the toot your favourite, there's no algorithms that try to promote toots based on number of likes or interactions. It's a nice way to show the author of a toot that you liked what they had to say. 🙂

@aurynn also I’m looking forward to watching you scale the server! To infinity and beyond!

@aurynn That’s good to know! This reminds me the most of communities when I was growing up.. you had to participate to get the most out of them even if it was hard work (like spamming LFG in WoW - I just dated myself)

@aurynn Nice to meet another Fediverse enthusiast. I'm going to follow you!

@cowboy I have no interest in talking to a scammer, go away

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