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"

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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

@Gargron I think the line running through the left is a bit distracting. Otherwise, it looks good.

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Try to pick aggressively poor combinations and see what you get

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I'm an [artist] and I speak [English] and this is where I can sign up:

I think that would be better placement/wording for the dropdown menus.

Here is a video demo, with bad data: webmshare.com/6jbez

Actually getting the categorization data from somewhere is gonna be a challenge.

@Gargron /api/v1/instance/languages or /api/v1/instance/topics are planned?

@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...

@kasaikumin But in both cases waiting until a new release is out and installed on most servers AND the server admins took the time to enter those details, that would take forever.

@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 Maybe add "you can follow anyone, no matter what instance you pick" (or something like that) to the bottom text box?

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