The sign up section has been moved to a separate page, the confusingly interchanging usage of tech jargon like "instance" and "server" has been removed in favour of "community". The questions "can I move my account later" and "can I talk to people from other communities" is answered upfront. Categories are now at the front and the communities are grouped by language with a prominent language filter option. Communities that don't offer instant sign-up are now clearly marked as such upfront.
@jeroenpraat Translating joinmastodon.org is not your job or responsibility and having to translate a new string should not be a factor in changing website copy to improve its effectiveness.
I will trust suggestions that come from interviewing random people with no preconception of what Mastodon is over someone's personal opinion. You are a sysadmin. You know what a server is. A random person doesn't. Tech jargon alienates. Community is more intuitive in that context.
@Gargron Than we disagree. Hopefully you are right.
@Gargron One more thing:
"Just like when signing up for an e-mail address, one community is going to be hosting your account and be part of your online identity."
This is really confusing, because people don't consider an email provider a community. It was a good comparison when it was named a server (like email server), but this doesn't make sense. Better to skip the email comparison and change it to:
"This community will host your account and be part of your online identity."
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!