Idea for joinmastodon.org (those are dropdowns).
I thought about the instances.social wizard and tooter.today a lot. And I couldn't come up with any options better than interest and language. I don't think new people know what size of community they prefer, nor do they want to choose things like "untagged NSFW"
The contrast and spacing on this sucks a little. I need to do something about that.
I wonder if this looks better
@Gargron y'know I love that you're, like, looking at things and going "hmm" and playing with them until they look right, rather than holding a meeting to see what you can A/B test along key demographic lines to utilitize your core paradigms on a go-forward basis or what the hell ever
@Gargron Oh and to actually answer the question that looks lovely but the "and here is where I can sign up" kinda makes it sound like other instances are totally off-limits - maybe something like "and these places would be happiest to see me" or something like that
@kasaikumin languages is simple and makes sense, yes (would add it to /instance, no need for new endpoint), but I don't know how topics would work. For meaningful categorization we need consensus on terms, which means no freeform text input. But then we'd need to come up with a comprehensive list of categories to hardcode...
@Gargron I do not know whether I welcome this innovation. What about the people who don't want to associate themselves with a particular interest group?
Most users are logged on to generalist instances, aren't they?
It can also be interesting to take a look at communities you are not yet bound to.
@Gargron This is good. joinmastodon's "here's a huge list of websites, good luck" is an *insanely* intimidating first step to getting newbies on board, to the extent that I pointedly didn't direct people to it and instead suggested specific instances to them. Emphasizing human interests over tech-y attributes (and using less jargon-y language in the process) helps lower that barrier.
@Gargron for their first instance, they maybe don't know the size of the community but if they move, they will maybe want to know. I would and some friends of mine too.
Maybe add a dropdown:
"I like to"
2- "take part in community"
3- "feel close to others"
(1 is for big communities, 2 medium sized and 3 for little ones)
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