Hi and good morning! I would like to write an update on my (German) articles about joining #mastodon, and I admit I'm not up to date about the cool and quirky instances that do fun stuff, like ephemeral.glitch.social that deletes toots based on the moon phase. Can you please help? Thank you for answers and boosts! 💖
You probably already have that covered: I think it's important to learn that
- there are lots of different instances
- bigger is not always better.
When I joined, I chose mastodon.social just because it was the easy choice. I now know that it's so huge that it brings some drawbacks e.g. unusable local timeline (and I think also some instances stopped federation with it because of its size?).
I would choose different today, but as of now am too lazy to switch.
If you can, it would be great to encourage people to think wisely about their instance choice, but at the same time not make them afraid to make a bad choice.
@TQ probably the hometown instances? They have a bigger focus on local by default, and I don't think there very well known. There's even an interesting article about how that fact doesn't even hurt federation that much, but it does make people more aware of "privacy" and makes them choose more consciously who they share toots with.
I cannot find the article now, but I think it was a "looking back" kind of blog post after a year (or so?) or running friend.camp (the author's Hometown instance).
@darius, did you write something like that or am I imagining it? I cannot find the article now, I should have bookmarked it 😕 I promise I will if you send a link 😅
@darius Is that the article with the statistics and stuff? I don't find them, and I remembered it different (visually).
Maybe not hard numbers, but the conclusion that after looking at the numbers, it was clear that federation wasn't hurt (as in, people were sharing with the fediverse as a whole at about the same rate as other instances) and there were more local/private toots or something?
@TQ there's that one instance that doesn't allow the letter "e", right? I forget the word for that.
mathstodon.xyz has inline LaTeX support
trollian.social (or whatever the Homestuck instance is) has some kind of features for defining and automatically applying a typing quirk
goodchristian.website is more a meme than anything anyone actually uses, as far as I recall, but it had some rules like that each post had to have at least one censored word (like th*s)
@TQ oulipo.social for no e, dolphin.town for just e
@TQ let's see and there's botsin.space for automated posters, plus tilde.town is some cool project that's like, it's a server that anyone can add functionality to, and its Mastodon instance is only one of its functions, or something
I hope these are the kind of things you are looking for
@lukesci Totally, yes! Thank you!
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