@kev While the decision to stop expanding mastodon.social was the right one, one could argue he should not have made the second one. I can’t help but feel he’s making the situation worse.
A decision could have been made to either make a series of instances, run by different people, and promote those. Or, even better, invest more in promoting existing instances to better distribute the influx of users.
(Copy pasted my lobste.rs reply)
@yarmo @kev sad truth from multiple occasions that I had with people is: people seem overwhelmed by the request to chose their instance. Always being afraid of making the wrong choice. It wasn't different for me. My first toot talked about Mastodon being the loneliest social media I've ever experienced. Things worked out, but facts are, telling someone got to "example.social" and sign up. Makes people a lot more likely than telling them select one of those instances.
Go ahead, ask people on the street for their email address. Most of them will be: yahoo, gmail, microsoft, and probably some older regionally popular providers (due to phone/landline/internet contracts or similar).
It's amazing how little people (want to) decide on the internet. They just follow what's popular and "free" for the most part and stick with it. That's not choice, that chance.
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.