@Gargron A major issue amounting to the less new instances is the somewhat cumbersome Mastodon setup for a new instance.
It would really help if we could provide Mastodon setup guides for common cloud platforms like AWS, GCP, Azure etc.
@mewmew @Gargron @mastohost @rootkea this is a an unhelpful hot take. It certainly does not defeat the purpose. I agree that in a perfect world we should all host our own instance but that is not an option for many people. mastohost is has shown to be very responsive. and also you can move your instance to self hosted later on as long as you own your domain.
@mewmew for that statement to be true, it would require that you couldn’t start a server without masto.host approval.
On a decentralized network each node can fully run without contact with a central authority. Masto.host doesn’t change that.
You can move your instance in and out of Masto.host and the centralization of power is the same as running Mastodon on AWS, Digital Ocean or even if you run your own server you rely on the ISP central network
@mewmew I understand your point but the same would happen if most instances were hosted on Digital Ocean or another hosting provider
So, saying that Masto.host defeats the purpose of decentralization is not very accurate IMO, since I run a small part of the network. Probably there are more Mastodon instances depending on CloudFlare than on me.
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