Helpful FAQ for newbies (such as myself):
People coming from Twitter see Mastodon as this drop-in replacement, and that’s just not the case.
Maybe mastodon.social is, but Mastodon as a network *encourages* division into groups. That’s what many instances are all about. That’s why the local timeline exists. A local timeline with 250k+ users (like on mastodon.social) is useless. But a few thousand users? That’s manageable and useful for discovering new people to follow.
Mastodon got me thinking about how you can solve trust and consensus issues in distributed systems without resorting to an unscalable solution like a blockchain.
The biggest possible problem with federation-based systems like Mastodon is that of the malicious instance; I wonder if the existing code has safeguards in place to try to mitigate this.
henlo mister don
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