Our harassment policy

The Free Radical policy on harassment is pretty simple: I will not allow anyone – local or federated – to let a guest feel unsafe. This is my living room and no one can come here and harass my friends.

My general guideline is to take the minimum action necessary to address a problem. If a guest can themselves silence an annoying person and that fixes it, awesome. If the problem escalates and requires dropping the banhammer on a whole instance, then so be it.

I wholeheartedly support other instances that do what it takes to protect their users.

Thoughts on logo commission

I want to have a cool logo but I can’t really justify paying to commission one to my family. Conversely, I’m not going to ask an artist to work for free, because I value their work and don’t want to imply that I don’t. So, how I can I reconcile these seemingly incompatible requirements? I’m not sure, but I’ve been tossing this around:

  • One or more artists submit rough drafts of their ideas,
  • I select one that resonates with me and help the artist develop it,
  • That artist gives me exclusive rights to the design so that there aren’t 43 instances with “my” branding, but
  • The artist keeps all merchandising rights, and I help them advertise stickers, t-shirts, etc.

Releastically, that probably wouldn’t generate a lot of revenue (although I’d certainly buy some stuff for myself). However, the artist would get 100% of all income from it. If I’m the only one who buys a t-shirt, it’s not that great a deal for them. If I help them sell a hundred shirts or somehow become Internet famous, that could be a nice chunk of change, of which my cut would be $0.00.

I’m neither a businessman nor an artist, so I’m not clear if this idea is brilliant or terrible. What do you think?

Hosting costs – November 2017

In the spirit of continued transparency, and because I haven’t remembered to do this in a while, this is an accounting of Free Radical’s hosting costs for November 2017:

  • The DigitalOcean droplet and persistent block storage (for PostgreSQL) was $22.00.
  • The Amazon Web Services S3 media and backup storage cost $3.59.

The DigitalOcean CPU usage graph runs consistently at about 5%. Memory is always at about 70%, with most of it used by PostgreSQL for caching. Disk usage is at about 0% except during hourly backups. Bandwidth averages about 20Kbps except during those same offsite backups.

In summary, this glorious hot mess costs a total of about $25 per month and has a ridiculous amount of room for future growth.

If you’d like to help support Free Radical, please send $5 in cash to your nearest hungry-looking person and tell them Tek says hi.