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Here's a blog post from last year from Nolan Lawson, developer of Pinafore. In it, he succinctly explains what Mastodon is, how "instances" work, the Fediverse, and why Mastodon philosophically is not, and will never be, the birdsite.
It's an enthusiastic but ultimately realistic overview, and I think it's a great starting point for recent arrivals who are still trying to make sense of it all. https://nolanlawson.com/2017/10/23/what-is-mastodon-and-why-is-it-better-than-twitter/
@A_Feral_David Hey, welcome back! I don't think there's actually any reason to "switch" instances; with something like Pinafore you can be on multiple instances at once. The same author of that last post also wrote this (which is something I've been thinking a lot about, too): https://nolanlawson.com/2018/01/02/decentralized-identity-and-decentralized-social-networks/
I think there isn't any reason not to try out multiple instances and experiment with what feels most like "home" (which, honestly, may change from moment to moment or day to day).
@jennatar Pinafore sounds cool and I wish to subscribe to its news letter
@A_Feral_David I would add that there are a lot of benefits to maintaining a presence here at dot-social. Right now it IS, true to its name, very social. Its code of conduct explicitly bans hate-tweets, Nazis, and dogpiling. And its admin is none other than Mastodon's own creator and primary developer, so it will probably be more stable and "persistent"-ly online than other instances.
But it's a very large "room" compared to other instances; it all comes down to what you want to see in Local!
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