Proud of how the server architecture of and the code of Mastodon is keeping up with the load, but wishing for this to transform into new Mastodon servers springing up.

If you were considering starting a Mastodon server, right now would be a pretty good time. Anyone can do it from source, see docs:

There are also hosting providers (not affiliated with me) which are super easy to work with without technical knowledge, like and

☝️ If you started a new server for the Spanish community, let me know and I'll give you a shout out.

There's a few basic requirements for it to be listed on as well, such as having a backup admin ("bus factor" 😅) and having some basic rules against harassment, so if you pass those as well I'll gladly put your server on

Here those requirements are spelled out:

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@Gargron Just have a question. Iran faced an internet blackout a few weeks ago and our internet became some sort of interanet. BTW, some of our servers had access to international internet. We started discussing about making a mastodon instance on one of those servers, and we had a big question mark in mind. Will it be connected with other instances? So we can spread the news about Iran in case of an internet blackout ...

@haghiri75 It depends on how it's setup. If the Mastodon server is on a machine that has connection to the outside world, then it will federate with other servers just fine, and your users from Iran will be able to access it and talk to people from the rest of the world.

If the machine is cut off as well, it'll be in the intranet.

@Gargron Thank you very much for quick reply. So, It makes us sure about the case of internet blackouts here.

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@haghiri75 @Gargron can a country do a full blackout tho? What happens if you try to SSH out for example?

@sergiogmn @haghiri75 @Gargron Or Tor? That should work.

(If you can't download the Tor browser and it's blocked, get either the Brave Browser or the Dissenter Browser. Not a fan of Dissenter personally, but both come with Tor, and usually aren't blocked by most firewalls.)

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