@deadsuperhero @nightpool @theoutrider @gargron I personally think the onboarding of diaspora with the newhere hashtag is really bad. I've tried it twice on different instances, first on joindiaspora years ago and later on datataffel, where I have my current d* presence. Both times gave me nothing of value from my newhere post, I didn't find any interesting people, and there is no discoverability not filled with bots and news.
@zatnosk @nightpool @theoutrider @Gargron It could definitely be better. They used to feature a Community Spotlight, which was good for early user discovery. I've always felt that Diaspora lacked a proper user directory - Friendica and Hubzilla have them, and users can opt in to a shared global directory between instances.
I will also admit that the bot posts have seriously hurt original content discovery.
@Gargron It's mostly harmless, but isn't it kind of useless too? Surely most people who join instances won't do so w/o reading who runs them. Also, if you're making an aux account for some specific purpose, maybe one that should keep a fairly low profile, isn't it counterproductive to be showing up in the followers (maybe following?) list of someone with a lot of exposure immediately? I like stuff that doesn't assume how I'm going to use the resources it gives me I guess
@Gargron I like that! It beats having a completely void TL at start, and if people need help with something, they have somebody to turn to immediately (though that could be draining for you and other admins, dnsnsm)
@gargron glad it's popular! it's a strategy that's worked really really well for other social networks in the past and I think it works even *better* with mastodon then it does for them
also it gives me a reason to whip my account in to shape lol :P
you should also swing by https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/4870 when you get a minute, wrote up some other thoughts on this class of problems.
I think this is nice because it helps make a sense of community on the instance, plus people have at this point chosen an instance based on the admins' decisions re the instance. So it's actually based somewhat on their decisions.
Plus I love my instance admins :)