Mastodon's monthly active user numbers have risen by 84,579 since the Twitter buyout story broke on Monday (and I do mean across the Mastodon network, not this server)
@Gargron count me in 😜
But forreal, grateful folks are exploring the possibility space. There’s still so much to come!
@Gargron I'd like to welcome all the new users! Feel free to follow & ask me if you have any questions!
@Gargron 🚀 to the mesosphere!
*then* the exosphere. We don't want to hit escape velocity too fast, lest the software explode.
@Gargron and I hope it keeps on growing! Everyone I've talked about why they won't use Mastodon did that there are no active users here so I hope we can prove them wrong
@nonordinarytiles These timelines require some of the heaviest database queries to display, so I have disabled them here to make everything else work faster.
@Gargron Got it. But how am I supposed to find new accounts and follow new people? I use these views mainly to find new content.
@nonordinarytiles Check out the explore tab! I don't know if Tusky has added it yet, but we have an official Android app that does have it. Or the web app.
@Mek101 @Gargron @nonordinarytiles maybe mastodon.social should stop accepting new users at all to cope with the load a bit better and to distribute the wave more evenly. Seems like many people just go for mastodon.social because they can not really differenciate that it's only one of alle the instances and that they could select more or less arbitrary between them because of federation...
@jr AFAIK mastodon.social stopped accepting new users some time ago, directing them to mastodon.online 👀 and now if you try to enter mastodon.social from a browser, it redirects you to joinmastodon.org/communities
@nonordinarytiles Join a different instance, mastodon.social is so large that (as you've found) it offers a degraded experience.
Then maybe it would be a nice feature if #mastodon could periodically (say once per minute?) pre-generate this timeline, and then everyone gets this cached timeline for the next minute.
Might be a nice "first aid measure" for overloaded instances?
@Gargron @tinloaf @nonordinarytiles most clients are running on massively powerful devices that are more than capable of filtering a few hundred items at a time. The server does not need to filter timelines for clients. As you say, it has a huge resource cost, so why do extra work to put that load on the server?
@rolenthedeep @Gargron @tinloaf @nonordinarytiles This would still have the network load though. Also, transmitting blocked content might be a data protection issue. Also, never assume that everybody can afford a powerful device.
The only thing I can think of on the top of my head and what you're maybe doing already is to pregenerate the full content on the server and then calculate the filters on the server before transmitting.
@gunchleoc @Gargron @tinloaf @nonordinarytiles we're talking about filtering text here. It really isn't that demanding unless you're doing it for thousands of users at the same time, which is the case presently. Bandwidth is also negligible if you only fetch media after filtering toots.
*any* device capable of accessing mastodon in any way is capable of this task.
@Gargron I remember when the WhatsApp / Facebook acquisition happened and there were few days where people moved to other messengers (Threema in particular). I hope this won’t be a similar situation but more people adopt and stick to Mastodon (etc.)
@zatnosk Yes, presumably, though I am not aware of any such servers and doubt it would make a difference on the numbers.
@Gargron It feels like this is a good indication of how people would quite like to have safety and respect on their networks.
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