It all started with a wake-up call on February 25 when a couple of trustworthy moderators were banned by Facebook, automated and wrongfully. One of them was Ammon Johns, who I’ve known for years and the most reasonable person I know writing stuff online.
Facebook is plagued by spam, abuse, and scams. Facebook is a high-frequency dopamine-delivering platform. Facebook must have harsh measures for fighting any wrongdoing.
It’s evident that such algorithms go wrong, and I’ve been banned a couple of times in the past. The problem is that it can take days or weeks - if at all - to get your account reinstated.
This requirement and policy are not compatible with how we envision our user support and prompt engineering community.
I was sorry for this hassle for @Ammon .
But I was also thankful for the reminder of how unreliable Facebook can be as a business partner, namely the User Community for AIPRM in our case. I could have been following, after all. Then what? Lose access to my community? Lose many hours invested into this community not.
It was a hack - there was no time and no certainty if AIPRM would become “big enough,” i.e. worth setting up something serious.
So we are moving off of Facebook effective today March 3.
The volume of content became chaotic anyways, already.
Why not Discord?
Discord is also a “cloud service” with another company keeping our data.
No thanks; we are 100% self-hosted. We set the server up at Linux level, Firewall level.
But Discord is “popular” in the AI Community!
Yes, and the gamers, and crypto, and NFTs. Everything where note, even the dopamine trigger from Facebook, is not enough.
We’re not looking to cultivate or brag about 100s of likes within minutes.
The AIPRM community is not about high-traffic / low engagement, not about dopamine kicks.
We are looking to cultivate a community of a few but high-engaged users.
If you’re looking for more dopamine kicks, the AIPRM Community is the wrong place.
Discord is also not web indexed, and I never took just 1 piece of content from a Discord channel and found it useful, over web-indexed sources.
Why not XYZ Platform?
Most of them are just hosted SaaS platforms.
Older message boards like PHPBB are outdated.
Why not LinkedIn groups?
AAgain, it would not be self-hosted.
And frankly - why is everyone on a platform where you cannot even copy/paste/drag an image into a post? Ridiculous.
AIPRM Forum on the web
The AIPRM community is now located at forum.aiprm.com and is operated by AIPRM; no social media platform to have a say in our user support. It’s web-indexed already and the posts will help many existing and future AIPRM users without having to join a “social media platform.”