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It'd be great if you could switch instances but take all your toots, follows and followers with you. I'd more inclined to move to another instance to lessen the server load on this main one if I didn't have to start over.

@snwh if someone doesn't care enough to follow you on your new instance, why worry about it?

@kai it makes less work for other people to maintain who they follow. But I'm mainly concerned about continuity. If on the surface the transitions were seamless and no one really noticed if you switched instances than it would be great.

@snwh it would be great, but it shouldn't keep you from moving.

If you want a permanent home, you could host through masto.host

@kai I don't want permanence. ;) and I don't think it's something people should have to think about either. I'd like to see it be that anyone can seamlessly hop to another instance and take all their followers, etc. with them.

@snwh I would like to see that too. I just don't think it should stop you from moving if you want. Or, set up an alt account.

@snwh to be honest, all of that is fine but the post history is somewhat overrated. As someone once said, only your enemies scroll past about a week ago. It's mostly the following and followers connections that make the difference.

@wilbr either or, it's more about owning your data, imo. If you can transfer all or some of them from one instance to another (and not leave them behind) it'd be great.

@snwh @wilbr this is something that's been discussed at length in the github issues for Mastodon - searching for "migratory accounts" should unearth the bulk. There are some bits of how the federation works that make it complex in a few ways, but it's a popular desire and needs some better solutions.

@djsundog @wilbr I have no doubt what I would love to be ideal would be technically complicated to implement

@snwh im pretty sure you can take your toots and follows

and you can notify your followers with a few toots and the "I moved accounts" option in settings. ;)

@mooshoe the following it the main thing, I don't want to make people who follow me have to have the inconvenience of my indecision. ;)

@snwh you make a good point, I wouldnt want to loose a lot of followers but on mastodon I dont really care because for me it's more about bring out there (talking to
intresting people) than being about me. (follower count)

I would try moving ;)

@snwh @schlink posted a bit about this yesterday.

gist.github.com/sts10/e8117653

octodon.social/@schlink/100561

(i say from my mastodon.social account, because even though i have accounts on three other instances, i just like this one)

@zacanger @schlink neat

(I will neither confirm or deny taking my username on other instances and pointing it to this one)

@vinzv I did that when I moved to this instance, however it doesn't export followers.

@snwh I just had a convo about this with another person, who said this was relatively easy.

@mooshoe - can you lend some insight?

@Modern_Industrial @snwh I think sam was just suggesting a feature as he's already switched instances but for everyone else here are the settings. Account migration just posts a notice on your profile that you've moved

@snwh agreed! If only could use some sort of pgp identity verify... and then broadcast to followers where you are now located on new instance and it just migrates 🤔

@snwh all it would require would be a mastodon equivalent of a http redirect, and the source and target instance and clients to support it. surely some implementation effort but it would ease sunsetting mastodon instances, which is something we will see in the future

@snwh I tried to explain the migration situation here briefly: troet.mortzu.de/@cvigano/10057
TLDR: this is a thing that has been built into Mastodon to some degree, haven't tried it out yet.

@snwh I think that would go a long way to the decentralised mission. A person of influence could be silenced by the instance owner.

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