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Is it possible to run just one private Mastodon instance? Not connected to the other Mastodon instances?

@chantal I think so, so long as you don't follow users on other instances from your private instance

@chantal You can block some federation but Mastodon instances are meant to be distributed.

@chantal There is no option to turn off federation. Mastodon was not built with that use case in mind.
Obviously there are hacks you could use but non of them are really easy and never saw it done properly without just forking the code and changing the way Mastodon work but would require a lot of development work.
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