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Lexi Alexander @Lexialex

This is a very white space. All POCs need to recruit fam

@Lexialex Are you talking about octodon.social or Mastodon as a whole?

@starbreaker *whispers* they’re not the same thing?

@Lexialex @starbreaker

Safe to say you mean both. And you are 100 percent correct on it being super white.

Instances are like email servers. You are on Octodon.social. Mine is Kitty.Town. (this might help? it's a how-to medium.com/@GinnyMcQueen/toot-)



The name for a specific Mastodon server is an instance -- a very programmer-jargony term. (Yeah, it's very tech-bro, here. We welcome and crave diversity!)

Just as I can be bob@gmail.com and bob@hotmail.com, your Mastodon server is octodon.social, and nobody else _on your server_ can have the Lexialex username... but someone could create the same username on kitty.town.

The How-To that Ginny linked to you is a great resource, and feel free to ask for any clarification.

@Lexialex @starbreaker @GinnyMcQueen I found out about this after joining as well! The link is a great summation of Mastodon. Instances are groups under the Mastodon umbrella, so there's no one Mastodon location like Twitter or Facebook. I think using hashtags will allow us to communicate and connect with anyone using Mastodon in any Instance/group. @CobaltVelvet runs this group and looks to be doing a pretty good job! octodon.social/about/more

@webistrying @Lexialex @starbreaker @GinnyMcQueen @CobaltVelvet In my experience, this isn't something you need to think about much. Instances can have their own rules, and sometimes following someone is more technically awkward than it should be, but that's about it in terms of how decentralization affects daily use.

@Lexialex @starbreaker Imagine a big group of friends and family goes out to dinner and reserves a big table. Imagine several other big groups ALSO book the same restaurant. They all arrive at various overlapping times. Turns out you know the guy at the next table, so you start chatting. He introduces you to the person next to him, and you all talk. This happens all around the restaurant.

Mastodon is the restaurant, the different reserved tables are the instances.

@demonkind @starbreaker very good. But why does it take skill to get a table. Shouldn’t a table be easy to access for all?

@Lexialex @demonkind It should be, but right now if you want to add a table you pretty much have to get an IKEA flatpack and build it first.

I understand that @gargron and the other developers are working on this, but until web hosting providers provide "one-click" installs for Mastodon the way Dreamhost provides them for stuff like WordPress, you'll need some sysadmin skills to set up your own instance.

@starbreaker @Lexialex @demonkind Heeeeyyyy actually you don't need skills to get a Mastodon server, as there are hosts that will provide one for you, notably maastodon.net/ (that's MaaS as in Mastodon As A Service) and masto.host/

@Gargron @starbreaker @Lexialex @demonkind

I feel like there's a meme about someone showing up to offer something exactly when you need it but I can't remember the meme

but it would apply here pretty well I think

@Lexialex @starbreaker They /are/ easy access for anyone who is comfortable in this sort of tech spaces. The challenge, very real and important, is to find a way to make these spaces more welcoming to the unfamiliar and the (justly) suspicious.

@Lexialex You should check out @Are0h and @chosafine, they've been working on this (they each run their own server!)