@LAGilman @Gargron This. It would also be awesome to have something that helps narrow the choices. "I am a professional writer who also wants to see horse stuff" would be nice, and having to create a new account every time is prone to causing issues once the population rises. I'd love to have my name across everything, but that means joining everything immediately.
what context is it that you are missing?
this is the landingpage we hope to direct people to:
it explains what mastodon.
instance.social is linked on that page to let you help to find an instance you like.
@Gargron Is there a way that you know of to "forward" my account to another instance?
I joined a few hours ago and got everything all set up before really realizing how the instances worked.
@ryanlittlefield Right now I'm bottle-necking on my media storage server. It's really Big, 6TB drive, but its ARM CPU is dying under the current load. I have funds to purchase a better one or switch to another service, it's just a matter of annoyingly bothersome devops (moving 412GB of files?)
@trwnh I had that fear too, until I took the plunge. I can tell you that it is not that bad, really - you can import your follows, many people will recognize (based on your new follow) that you have moved and will re-follow you at your new home... And you don't need to delete your old account, so your toots will live on.
@frankiesaxx @arx still think we should have true data portability, preferably as part of the w3c spec. more services need to allow for this. right now, i have no real reason to move off of this instance, except to reduce the load. having full portability would allow people to move more easily. same way you can simply import emails to a new server with IMAP.
@trwnh @frankiesaxx Well, importing emails doesn't solve the bigger issue, which is informing everyone about your new email address (unless you use your own domain). For proper portability, you would also need a way to automatically notify all your followers to follow at the new location. But I agree, portability should be (and I believe is?) a long-termish goal.
@trwnh @frankiesaxx Forwarding is one option, but it relies on your previous instance to stay online. An alternative would be a way to prove your identity across instances, but that would require some public / private key stuff (or some other identity mechanism). With that, you could announce from your *new* instance that you have moved, proving that it’s really you and not an imposter.