So help me here does mastodon run disparately on a distributed network of servers? i.e. if I spin one up am I helping overall distributed bandwidth? Or is it like a private/public server instance?
You sign up on a server, and you can follow people from yours and any other server. Each server runs Mastodon for its members
@luppano so there is no 'main' server - sign up on someone's-that's the "local" but can interact with everyone globally - "federated" yes?
@bigendiansmalls With some weirdness around how subs count are updated and privacy settings of your toots across two differents instances.
@bigendiansmalls Both-ish I think. The Local Timeline is per-instance. The Federated Timeline is network wide. I don't know yet how that federation handles bandwidth n stuff.
@selfish per instance - so how does one know what that means / who that contains? still trying to wrap my head around the model ...
@bigendiansmalls you are helping bandwidth because less people will be transferring data from the main server to see your message if you're on a different server.
@bigendiansmalls The amount of distribution would depend on the # of users on your instance, as in it's not like a 'pool' of users evenly distributed.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!