do you have a domain name for your family (immediate/extended/found/etc)? if so, what do you use it for, and do other family members use it regularly also?

@redoak nope

every time i've tried to do something 'family focused' they all bitch and moan and grouse about 'not google' or 'not imessage' or some similar horseshittery

i've made headway with my cohort and younger but its still wildly hit or miss at times

i just gave the fuck up and told them if they want to see what i'm up to or get in touch they will need to re-think some choices and... i dont talk to a decent chunk of my family anymore
@redoak family as in 'blood relatives'

i have chosen my true family a bit more wisely over the years and those folks and i use various oss and non monopoly options for communications and more

@redoak I do but my extended family is so tech illiterate I haven't bothered to set anything up because it won't get used 😅 I had considered setting up a Google business account and aliasing Gmail to it, but that's prohibitively expensive for that use case.

Also considered setting up some other domain and making the last names subdomains for different branches of the family.

@redoak I have one for my family. several years ago I set up static HTML sites for my kids and they put some basic stuff up. (they were around 9 and 10 at the time)

I'd love to switch over their email too, but I also don't want to be the only person who can help them debug problems they have with it.

@redoak my dad purchased our last name dot us when we first moved to the states. it has gsuite on it and all of the family's email addresses. there used to be a family homepage with photos and such but various social networks and other services obseleted that. i have my lastname dot me for my personal website

@redoak having a firstname @ lastname email address is still miles more professional than any other mass market option

@alex agree. my last name was too common for that by the time i tried (and 8 or 9 years ago there were fewer TLDs to choose from!) but i was able to get close enough.

@redoak Yes. Limited to immediate family. It was a way to provide the tweens docs and email that we could have some administrative control. As they got older, they just went directly to those companies and made accounts. Anyway, I maintain the domain for email and docs in a lame effort to reduce how much we are dominated by the decisions of unaccountable amoral corporations, business execs, and immature tech nerds. :/

I have plans to provide other services, but they seem to always remain plans.

@redoak I do! I registered the domain name to be a help to tech-illiterate relatives. I wanted to be able to supply them with email addresses that would be an attractive alternative to the privacy-invading email services so many people use. It’s seen some use, but not as much as I had hoped. Isn’t that always the way?

@redoak sort-of: I have a domain for my own personal use, but I'm running an xmpp server with it and most of my relatives have an account and use it to talk with me (and sadly afaik with nobody else)

@redoak I have a domain registered specifically for a Matrix/Synapse server that I wrangled a few family members into using (because I will never go back to FB and getting us to agree on one particular other Corp!Service was never happening, so I just built something and said "if you want in, let me know.")

It's not named for us, but I registered it for family purposes, if that counts.

@redoak @djsundog i do (found, mostly; it's not under a legal name), and my homepage is there <>, but at present i’m the only one

@redoak @Johann150 Yes. Mail (only 3 users) and some self hosted blogs etc.

@redoak @acdw Yes. Mail, sometimes. No, too complicated

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