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Please be patient with those that don't understand "federation" the way you do.

To geeks federation means a world of endless possibilities. Don't like something? Roll your own instance and change it.

For non-geeks, federations quite reasonably means something different. It's a world of fixed possibilities and limited tools to discover/explore those possibilities.

Both views are valid and as people develop tools to lower the barriers to instance creation/discovery the divide will lessen.

I don't understand federation well enough to know what the tradeoffs of running my own instance are. Gotta do some reading 🤔

Help, I can't decide which instance to move to 😩

Decision making via consensus means no accountability.

You don't want consensus. You want the right person to make the decision.

Ben Ng boosted

Engineering & Management: the timeless struggle between what is expedient and what is effective. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ben Ng boosted

hypothesis: if too many early users sign up on mastodon.social instead of other instances, federation will end up becoming a second-class feature. (imagine what email today would look like if gmail had existed in the 90s.)

other instances need to be able to compete with mastodon.social for growth, or github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/ should be implemented.

Stay in school, kids. The world needs crypto and distributed systems more than ever.

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