I like the idea of this forum with a focus 'how to get hubzilla into the public' aka hubzilla advocacy.
While discussing a general strategy in first hand to then get into specific strategies might be a better aproach, I'd like to start with a specific one. For the following reason:
SESTA/FOSTA a new law that just has passed in the US. If I understood correct, its changes will take effect from now on. It was to be told being a law to tackle sex trafficking, but is in fact a discriminative tool stigmaticing sexworkers and eliminating their online communities. (and acting against free expression, starting with a minority)
That in fact is adding more economic pressure on them and making them more volunarable for sex trafficking.
...sex trafficking is an issue, that's out of question. But on how to counter this issue, sexworkers are the subject matter experts of their own field.
They (many) have decided online communities as something important to them. An right that the US is acting against now.
The initative #AssemblyFour
is this activly countering now through their freshly opend service at switter.at. (mastodon with some modification)
(if I know correct, in leading position of this initative are ppl being #sexworker
and a transwomen.)
During the first days +20.000 users have joined. Right now they are gaining coveradge by 'big news'.
See here for example:https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/11/17188772/trump-sesta-fosta-bill-switter-sex-workers-mastodon
Obviosly sexworker have different needs on how a plattform should work.
Mastodon is great, but is missing a couple of functions that could be of great interest to them.
My idea would be to find out how #hubzilla
with it's current functions could be best used for their needs, creating a test acc., writing a short summary and presenting it to AssemblyFour.
If you're afraid about bad reputation for hubzilla, keep in mind that it's done in the context of supporting an anyway already marginalized group against state repression.
pls let me know what do you think of it.