Open Collective
Open Collective

vmst•io has been archived.

vmst•io has been archived and is no longer active.

vmst•io is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in interacting with respectful people.


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from vmst•io

Updates on our activities and progress.

Financial Simplification

To all members who have been contributing to our operations using Open Collective for the past year, thank you. Active members may have seen us add and remove things to our offerings in the 18 months we've been in operation. Our foc...
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Published on April 5, 2024 by Michael Stanclift

October 9 Outage

I slept very well last night, unfortunately when I got out of bed I learned there was blast crater where our Mastodon instance used to be. Our hosting provider, Digital Ocean, is experiencing a massive outage of their entire managed Kuberne...
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Published on October 9, 2023 by Michael Stanclift

Quarterly Report

It’s been just over three months since I opened up registration on It’s time to write our first Quarterly Report....
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Published on February 8, 2023 by Michael Stanclift


Transparent and open finances.

Zero Out

from Michael Stanclift to vmst•io
-$451.25 USD
Reimbursement #196946
Contribution #599993
Contribution #599993
Today’s balance

--.-- USD

Total raised

$451.25 USD

Total disbursed

$451.25 USD

Estimated annual budget

$179.47 USD


Your social media feed should be filled with what matters to you most, not what a corporation thinks you should see. Mastodon is radically different social media, back in the hands of the people. Mastodon treats you like a person, not a product.

No tracking. No advertising.

This Open Collective funds the continued operation of the Mastodon instance

But Mastodon isn’t just the domain, or a single a website—it is a federation (think Star Trek 🖖) Nearly 4,000 independent communities (and growing) running Mastodon form a coherent network, where while every instance is different, each one is part of the whole. Mastodon is built on open standards, using sustainable technologies (i.e. no blockchain) that have powered the web for decades.

Thanks to the network's spread out and independent nature there are more moderators who you can approach for personal help, and servers with strict codes of conduct. It also has tools to help you manage your usage, limit notifications, and control your experience. Mastodon comes with effective anti-abuse tools to help protect yourself.

Mastodon is also part of a larger system of ActivityPub powered sites that can all interact together. There are millions of users across nearly 9,000 ActivityPub powered sites. Some like Mastodon, some more like other video and picture sharing social media sites you're used to on the Internet. But without lock-in, without making you the product.

You can even use ActivityPub to power commenting and interacting to posts from on your own blog!