The mastodon.social instance is under extremely heavy load, I don't do tracking so I don't know where exactly people are coming from but I know there's been a few high profile mentions of Mastodon in media/on Twitter. If this keeps up I will scale up further (I know all the arguments about this instance growing too big in the federation, but if the internet is already at your doorstep, should you go down or scale up? Scale up imo)
@Gargron I agree. A bad first impression and people will write Mastodon off. If they like it, they can always move to a different instance later.
@Gargron thanks for doing this. I think making the registration page a landing page redirecting new users to other servers semi-randomly would be a good idea, though.
@Gargron it might be worth pushing new registrations off to other servers - make the sign-up pick a random server from a list and take them there to sign up?
@Gargron Yep, looks like you need to scale up first.
I wonder, is it possible to scale it sideways, in a cluster, by federating instances with each other that trust each other/run by the same people and share a username namespace?
If not — should it be?
@Gargron you should totally scale up and also set up patreon or something like that for all costs. This instance probably be biggest one anyway.
@Gargron Maybe you can provide links to other instances from the account creation page to help distribute load?
@Gargron I've seen a lot of anxiety about the main Mastodon.social instance becoming too large relative to other federated instances and I am considering moving. My question is can I migrate my whole account to a new instance with all my follows/followers and history in tact or do I have to start a new account fresh on a new instance?
There currently isn't a way to redirect your old account to your new one or whatever though: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/177
so you'll have to do it the old fashioned way and announce your new account on the old one.
@Gargron Yes do what is necessary to keep things ticking over in the short term. Thanks site/concept looks great. All the best.
@Gargron Scaling up lets people use mastodon.social to get their feet wet before figuring out a smaller instance to move into
@Gargron Encourage federation at signup. Allow users to pick an one of several instances you control when they signup. Gives you sharding of load/users and federation out of the box.
@Gargron It seems it would be nice for the software to essentially have a message to the effect of "this instance is under high load—have you considered signing up with an instance from the following list?" on the sign-up page?
@Gargron Is there a guide on how to submit a node to join? and maybe these could be promoted on the signup page to consider.
@Gargron definitely scale up. Instances seem cool but idk how visible they are as a dude who just knows about this place as a twitter alt with better features.
@Gargron As soon as account migration is possible, people will be able to move to other instances, so the population of this instance should grow less quickly. But this is a long term solution, scaling up is an appropriate short term solution :)
@Gargron I actually plan to move instances eventually, but I've heard there's some bugs with displaying comment replies when dealing with other instances?
@Gargron totally agree! If there was a solid and user friendly way to migrate accounts to other instances in the federation this might be the time to write a blog post about it.
Personally my love of certain things makes me favor icosahedron. But this was the first site I saw mentioned and it's so far the lodestone. :)
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