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# Pleroma Frequently Questioned Answers
## What is Pleroma?
Pleroma is an [ActivityPub](https://www.w3.org/tr/activitypub) implementation
that provides a usable homeserver for interacting with the fediverse. It
implements rich support for different types of ActivityStreams objects, allowing
for a wide range of usage possibilities. But most people just use it for
shitposting.
### Pleroma is not Mastodon
Pleroma is not Mastodon. If you think of it in the same way as you would Mastodon,
you may find yourself becoming frustrated when something doesn't work or doesn't
exist. Usually, this is because the feature you are looking to use has been
implemented in a completely different way. However, if you think of Pleroma as
Pleroma, you may observe that there is a logic to all of this nonsense.
However, for the convenience of leveraging a rich mobile app ecosystem, Pleroma
supports the majority of the Mastodon 2.6 API and some of the upcoming Mastodon
2.7 APIs. Also, for the convenience of new users, the Mastodon Web Client is
available in the same place as it would be on Mastodon (`/web`).
### Pleroma is not GNU Social
Pleroma is also not GNU Social. While it is true that the GNU Social API is
supported via emulation, this API has been deprecated and will be removed in
the next development cycle after all clients have been ported to either use
the Mastodon APIs or the ActivityPub C2S APIs.
Some confusion relating to Pleroma and GNU Social also comes from previous use
of the GNU Social backend to prototype the Pleroma FE client. This was done
to avoid having a chicken and egg problem: having a nice backend is useless if
there is no working client.
Also, because of the stagnation involving the development of GNU Social and
availability of a converter from GNU Social to Pleroma, many GNU Social instances
have been switching to Pleroma as an upgrade path.
### I was told that Pleroma was developed by Nazis!
![Go away.](data/go-away.jpg)
Pleroma is not developed by nazis. In fact, the Pleroma development team has
been recognized widely as being one of the most diverse and LGBT-inclusive
development projects in FOSS today.
An unfortunate side effect of making technology accessible to everyone is that
people with unpopular political views may use the technology. In essence, this
is the case here.
### So if it's not nazis, what is the Pleroma community in a nutshell?
We have provided an informative video in the form of an Super Nintendo Entertainment
System ROM file.
Download [this file](data/badapple.sfc), flash it to a Super Everdrive developer
cartridge, insert it into an NTSC Super Nintendo Entertainment System, plug in
an SNES RGB cable by [@amic@nulled.red](https://nulled.red/@amic) to your
television, and turn the NTSC Super Nintendo Entertainment System on.
You will find out everything you need to know. Unless your Super Everdrive is a
clone, in which case you should just use an emulator like RetroArch instead.
## Why Pleroma?
Because it's easy enough to install on a Raspberry Pi and host on your mom's
DSL connection, and that's good enough for posting dank memes to the Internet.
Because the message filtering tools actually work.
Because deletions are actually somewhat deniable.
Because you're kin with Lain.
Because you like having to learn how to admin PostgreSQL in order to fix your
instance without losing all data.
If you're still not convinced, why not read this [blog post about it](https://blog.soykaf.com/post/what-is-pleroma/)?
Whatever the reason, let the dank meme posting commence.
### Why is it called Pleroma?
There's quite a lot to unpack here, as there's multiple levels to this.
Carl Jung uses the term Pleroma to refer to the concept of "nothing and
everything." This is directly a reference to the design of the Pleroma
software itself: it's just a backend which acts as an agent for your bidding.
In order to make use of Pleroma, you must have a client such as Pleroma FE
which is usually included. Thus, Pleroma is nothing on it's own, but
becomes everything when combined with an external client.
Beyond this, the Jungian reference is a direct reference to Gnosticism,
wherein Pleroma is described as the "totality of divine powers." How
this reflects upon our view toward the fediverse at large is open to
interpretation.
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