"Mastodon and the W3C" has 100 "fans" on Medium. Not bad
I think the commercial networks are bound to keep screwing up sooner or later. One of the things Mastodon offers which the silos don't is self-determination.
Like, hypothetically, I could make a stupid design decision in the software, but even then there's forks and community input.
The only way for silo users to counteract top-down abuse is leaving to.. well, us
@jonathanmh I think they use OpenCollective (which is kinda like Patreon but for orgs). One of the interesting bits is that they use democracy software for executive decisions https://medium.com/open-collective/social-coop-a-cooperative-decentralized-social-network-c10980c9ed91