@pixelfed Will Pixelfed.social accept new registrations in the future?
@CaptainStack Nope, registration is permanently closed.
Users will be able to invite people in the near future, so you might be able to get an account that way.
@dansup Why did they choose to close it? I would think an official instance from the creators of the software would help adoption. Like mastodon.social helps Mastodon as a whole federated community grow.
@CaptainStack I chose to close pixelfed.social registration to encourage the growth of other instances.
@dansup I think that makes sense, but I will say when I am in situations like this it tends to give me a lot of decision paralysis. I don't want to accidentally choose an instance that will shut down in a few years, or that takes forever to update the software, or that becomes a ghost town.
@JoYo @dansup Of course, which is why I think it's so important for these projects to lead with flagship official servers. I'm a full time software engineer but I'm not ready to take on self-hosting. Pixelfed.social has around 7,000 users, the second biggest has just over 1,000, the third under 500. I think a big and successful primary instance (pixelfed.social) will raise the tide for all the other servers more than the other way around. But that's just my opinion.
@JoYo I don't expect it to spring up like a venture capitalist funded social network, I just want it to be as accessible as possible precisely because I want the open source and decentralized community to take control back from venture-capital social media.
Open source projects fail all the time. There's no guarantee of success here. Nobody knows what will happen, but I think there's a reason Mastodon maintains mastodon.social. I think it helps the platform overall.
@JoYo But isn't that the broader fediverse that has 2.5 million? I know they can talk to each other and that's part of the point, but I still think the d-web is new enough that it needs big strong nodes.
@JoYo Well I'd like to see a lot bigger and stronger because I want to see these open source, decentralized, and community owned/managed supplant the Facebooks and Twitters of the world.
And like, it seems like we disagree on strategy here and that's fine. These are just my opinions/suggestions for what I think would help growth overall and long term.
@JoYo I'm sure that's true, but I assume that's because of resources, not because they think closing will help Mastodon grow. I could be wrong - but if I was recommending Mastodon to the average person I'd recommend mastodon.social, even though I'm personally on fosstodon.org.
@JoYo 7,000 users is really not that big. Social media relies on a network effect and you really aren't going to get that until you have millions of users.
@JoYo Judging by the list of instances, it looks like it's under 10,000.
@pixelfed I first mistook this as a badge as in “Dansup is a Pixelfed sponsor”.
@heluecht Not yet, that is planned. We'll use the same format Mastodon uses for custom fields.
@pixelfed does pixelfed dark theme?
@survivor303 Yes, dark mode is a beta feature.
@pixelfed great \o/ is it too bad to ask account for .social instance? ;)
@pixelfed i know thats why i asked and it is like "official" instance so.. but ok. does pixelfed offer instagram import tool?
@survivor303 There is no official instance, Instagram Import is a feature on our roadmap!
@pixelfed ok, not like "real" official but erveyone is there ;)
@JoYo i will host my own, mastodon and pixelfed is coming but for now, surely i wanted to check it out and with liable server.
@pixelfed about that import tool, please do somekind parser for that json file what comes with that exporting zip. so content gets their real date and timestamps.
@pixelfed A way to easily specify a license for the photos would also be great.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!