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Honestly this "finding an instance" thing seems to be a much bigger barrier to entry than it was ~1-2 years ago when I was more active here

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To the extent that it's already stopped me from being active here for a month and it's making me consider just checking out of Mastodon for a while til the problem is better solved? lol

But maybe I'm missing something

@emerican it was the hardest thing about getting started. It took me a couple of days before I just picked one of the big ones.

Constantly thinking about switching to a more specialised instance but it seems like too much work.

@emerican that's basically why I ended up starting my own instance

@emerican I usually search on hashtags and find other like minded people. The Fediverse is a big place.

Instance doesn't really matter.

@emerican I would still support you trying to get more people on board though. It may be worthwhile to start a specialized Mastodon or Pleroma instance just for your own cause because then you could coordinate and curate the audience you want and not be beholden to the moderation of some random instance (even if generally the Fediverse is pretty chill with Leftist thought). You can still embrace the decentralized nature of the Fediverse and accept people on other instances joining the conversation and nothing prevents users from having multiple accounts, but a specialized instance makes sense if your goal is to make the barrier to entering the Fediverse something a tech normie doesn't need to think about. The first impression of "local" timeline experience being filled with Left-leaning content and not the mixed bag of watching the entire federated timeline may also cause new users to feel more at "home" rather than being confused on what to do next after getting an account.

@emerican to me that's not really a problem. it's like moving to a new city and finding out which district suits you best. you can only find out by actually living in the city for some time, talking to people, taking walks... it's part of the fun that it takes some time.

@emerican

Could you elaborate on this? I've been on a small instance run by a friend that only ever had a few users and still have had a fairly good experience because federation is working. From where I sit, so long as there is maintenance to defederate where needed, choice of instance isn't a huge deal.

@emerican

That's what I get for not checking earlier threads first.

The barriers to running your own instance are not insurmountable, but it's definitely more accessible to people with an IT background. Still, it might be a good option for you if these are the barriers you're facing.

Plus, you've already got experience keeping up a website, so you're likely not starting from zero in the department of necessary technical skills.

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