Now that the rubber band has been removed from the claws of Lobsters, there’s been work to make the site easier to administrate without system access, as IIRC, make the site more modular to support non-Lobste.rs lobsters instances.
I like the lobste.rs usage model, its community, and its cultural norms. Sites like Barnacles and Write.Narwhal.Space seek to deliver all of this, but with a different scope such as boostrapping businesses or writing things. Perhaps these “sub-lobsters,” including Lobste.rs itself, could partner more closely in an effort to promote each other, develop the codebase further, and promote the creation of new sites with different scopes, but the familiar Lobste.rs function and personality. Maybe way down the road, some kind of federation?
I think the idea is worth talking about, especially now that @pushcx is in charge of both Lobste.rs and Barnacles.