"Stop! I caused the Narguuse man who was new on Alabama, the screaming constipated eggs."
Now I'm crowdsourcing a larger dataset. Enter the 1st line of a novel/short story (I have 7700 already!) & at the end of the month I'll try again.
He answered the door to find a stranger there, spittle dripping from their hard, determined face.
“Are you Jim?” the stranger asked him.
The stranger dropped two objects at his feet; one a black eye mask, the other a square of torn red textile.
“What is this?”
“The Lone Ranger’s Mask and the piece of Superman’s cape I tugged,” the stranger replied. “Now prepare to be messed around with...Jim.”
“Listen, I don’t know—“
“NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!” the stranger thundered.
ie, they work really hard to have no downtime and do maintenance silently in the background. The Wandering Shop is a smaller operation, and we do take occasional downtime to do maintenance, like the websites of old.
I think we have a more focused, welcoming community, but YMMV.
@chuckwendig this doesn’t counter the rest of your arguments, but @phildini wrote a blog post a few months ago talking about having made wandering.shop in part as a place for SFF writers; today is #wip Wednesday there. So it might be an SFF instance, but it’s in the category of a convention - which is for writers as well as readers.
The Shop has definitely gotten rather more populated in the last couple of days, but it’s still open to new accounts.
My defining trait is that I am profoundly lazy. I spend my limited non-laziness on ALL THAT BOOK-WRITIN', so if I have to spend it on LEARNIN' NEW SOCIAL MEDIAS I'm probably just gonna move to a cave and yell at the bats instead because that sounds easier. That's on me, to be clear, not on anybody else, but I like shit easy like Sunday Morning.
Sure, sure. Honestly, my bigger worry, which I think you've touched on, is that the strength of non-central control is also the biggest weakness. Folks creating their own instances is like folks setting up message boards on their own websites in the late 1990s/early 2000s. We all did it, and we all eventually abandoned those and shut those down. That'll happen here, and folks' posts/contacts will vanish.
@chuckwendig Translation: Run your own Mastodon server, with you as the only user, where you put things for your followers/audience (as opposed to socializing with your friends/a community/a special interest group).
@chuckwendig There's not, but you can get a permalink to a toot from the timestamp in the upper right corner and use that to link to the toot you want to quote; it's not a perfect solution but it works in a pinch.
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!