@Gargron I think this poll is missing "setup a server". At least that's what I'd have to select, guessing there are others (at least you 😉 )
@Gargron I read up on Mastodon but didn't start an account until I had my own instance up and running.
@Gargron I realise this is maybe a fringe case, but I self-host a whole pile of stuff and so when I read about Mastodon I thought 'this is for me' and had an instance spun up in about ten minutes.
@Gargron I registered mastodon.scot in April 2017 and had my own account on there until I started mas.to in (I think) March last year.
@Gargron As I recall my thinking when I first signed up was "I want whatever the official server is" and after a google search found that was M.S. I was only on there for maybe a week, if that, before I started my own server qoto.org
I had no issues with M.S moderation at the time, but I didnt trust giving someone else the power to dictate to me what is or is not acceptable and hold my account hostage. So when I started my account it was intended to be a one man server but that quickly changed.
@Gargron and then at least 4 other places to finally come to the conclusion that fediverse is not TLS 1.3 ready...
@Gargron I wanted to try out the concept of federated social media for a while. I first looked for a Russian-language instance, but I didn't find a good enough one (there weren't any on joinmastodon.org) so I signed up on the "default" mastodon.social.
@Gargron Looking up "Open source twitter alternative" and being sucked into the black hole of .social
@Gargron tbh i set up a server before I even looked up what federation was lmao
A friend said the word "mastodon" to me while I was going through a FOSS binge and I was like "hell, I've got server space" and then I showed up on the scene, read my own about page to get the gist and now I live here lmao
I found out about GNUSocial, and after some reading I found Mastodon, so I created this instance.
All in the same day
yeah basically I saw a LXC container template i proxmox, and that's how it started
kinda funny, it is ;)
@Gargron google search brought me to joinmastodon.org and an instance owned by the creator seemed most reliable lol
@Gargron KNZK GANG FOREVER (signups on .social we’re closed but the page was all “please sign up on this delightful Japanese instance instead”)
At the time I was noticing more and more censorship and trolling crap in centralized silos like reddit, so I began looking for alternatives.
Most of them were centralized, so it was the same bull.
Then I found the wedistribute blog, and began exploring sites like GnuSocial, but it was horribly designed and you couldn't even block people. Finally I found Mastodon and gave it a try; a few months later the Nazis took over twitter and I closed my account for good.
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