cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/684661
> From the README:
> Mastodon 4.x radically changed the frontend, to much dismay from the actual community. It's now a (slow) webapp, which requires access to lots of API routes that were previously unavailable to unauthenticated parties. It gives the public a much deeper view into your (private) community, both non-techincal (instance home pages now show an 'explore' page nobody asked for, that shows public content from instances you federate with. [you have to fully disable trending]), and on a technical level (toots and search API are publicly available allowing for much easier programmatic scraping).
So, this appears to be a third party site that aggregates information from multiple instances via public API and then allows full text searching on them. To be implemented in a way that doesn't allow defederation, yet claims to respect blocking.
Technical details are still vague
This might be a bit old now, as it start up a few weeks ago, but it's an alternative to gup.pe groups, with the key difference that it allows an admin to manage to group membership. Could be worth talking to the dev for an interview
Aus.social is banning cops from the instance. Interesting potential for an article, not so much from the point of aus.social specifically, but more widely in regards to cops on the fediverse, given the recent raspberry pi incident.