Idle question to server admins:
Is there a significant impact on hosting costs if you choose to federate?
And, how much does it cost to run an instance?
(While I know mastodon.art and other art-focused instances exist, I'd really like an art/craft focused instance aimed more at being able to connect and talk shop with other artists.
But I'm also poor, and for legal reasons I'm unsure if I could accept donations to help with costs.)
@julianruf @mdfrg Rough numbers still interest me, though I was hoping to hear from admins of bigger instances so I could get an idea of how much having a lot of users or a jump in traffic to the instance adds to costs.
I'm assuming that federating will generate more traffic, but I could be wrong - I only have a layperson's knowledge of how that works.