If anyone has any questions about the platform or the fediverse (federated universe!), I'll try to answer them! (But depending on how many I get, maybe not all of them 😅)
@Gargron I'd like to check out other instances, but I'm not even sure where to look for instructions. help the bronco?
@Bronco You can see a list on joinmastodon.org, a bigger list on instances.social; on each server you'll find a preview of the timeline.
@Gargron I haven't done the research ...have you figured out why the new huge wave of interest for masto all of a sudden?
@chaeseco It's hard to pinpoint all the factors, there's a lot of feedback loops ("virality"), but I think combination of the 2 years of foundational work over here, Twitter refusing to ban Alex Jones, Twitter killing 3rd party apps, and other unfavourable decisions. From there, word of mouth, a Wired article today, etc.
@gargron @chaeseco Twitter recently banned a TON of leftist shitposters and all their backup accounts as well as recently making "Terf" a high priority slur. I came in with a wave of people just wanting to follow banned friends and have a decent admin policy. Got lucky that Eugen is the nicest and best.
@Gargron For me it was partly this TV-program with Marleen Stikker of Waag Institute that made me come back to Mastodon and even create an own instance https://waag.org/en/article/zomergasten-choice-marleen
@Gargron I'll love to know your position on this https://medium.com/@cassolotl/i-left-mastodon-yesterday-4c5796b0f548 My reason n1 to be here is that mastodon is supposed to be community driven .
@bitomule When there is a large community there are a lot of wildly different opinions. Someone still has to call the shots and steer it, make compromises between different groups; and that means a person to blame when it doesn't go your way. I am not perfect and do not claim to be, I am simply making this software the way I think is best.
@Gargron thank you! Just wanted to hear you position. I agree with the article than maybe a more complete review process and real user blocking would be nice. Again, thanks for answering and keep the good work!
@bitomule @Gargron I read the article and it really didn't hold up. I clicked on the links, and follow the GitHub Issues. Rather than supporting the author's statement, they read a lot like Eugen just got a lot of abuses hurled at from a bunch of entitled children.
I agree many of the concerns in these Issues were valid but the way people approach these requests is reprehensible. The author is reprehensible.
@Gargron If I use a smaller instance but all my friends are on mastodon.social, is there a part of the Mastodon experience they are getting that I am missing out on?
@char @Gargron Big instances like m.s have access to a larger group of people via the local and federated timelines, smaller instances tend to have a more cohesive culture and better moderation so there’s tradeoff in both directions.
I feel like the sweet spot is the 500-1500 users zone but that’s my personal preference
@Gargron is there a server platform out there you think is doing any cool, envelope pushing features with/around the standard?
@socialism_doer Envelope pushing... That's a tall order. PeerTube and Pixelfed are cool and promising platforms, but they are recreating something that already exists, but with a federated spin. Federation itself is a fantastic idea that transforms the way these platforms work, but the features are not necessarily unique.
@Ironraptor It's not ideal yet. You have to tell your followers to re-follow manually, but you can at least set a banner on your profile pointing to new account, and it will exclude your old account from mentions autocomplete.
@Ironraptor @Gargron you can export your following, block, and mute lists and you can put a tag on your old profile saying you’ve moved to a new account (all available in settings) but you cant make your followers autofollow the new account and your history (posts, interactions, etc) wont move
@Gargron That's awesome. I've been trying to figure out how to do it on my instance, but couldn't find a way.
@zachbrooks Redecentralize the internet. Liberate social media from commercial ownership. Enable communities to self-govern.
@Gargron if I’m on server A and someone else is on server B. Nobody on server B is following me yet (so basically server B is unaware of me). If I interact with a user on server B, will my interactions reach them?
@robin @Gargron yes. If you’re having trouble pulling up something from server b to interact with, copying the address (include the https) of a post or user into the search bar will cause your server to fetch that post/user (i think remote interaction functionality is being made easier in an upcoming update though, so this may change)
@Gargron Is it necessary to use an app on my phone? I haven't yet and things appear to be okay, but what do I know? I'm a nube
@Gargron Are there any plans to make it easier to discover profiles to follow? e.g. “Checkout these profiles that your friends are following”
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!