Another day, yet another piece attacking ,astodon and federation in general, (https://rosenzweig.io/blog/the-federation-fallacy.html), while it's true that 3 instances hosting over half the userbase is less than ideal, what these pieces all fail to account for is that despite technically federation not being new, Mastodon is a platform that is popularizing the concept to a wider audience than practically anything before it, most importantly because even people who don't have their own instance now know that they could.
the "everyone should be a sysadmin" critique is spot-on
@deejoe Well, kind of, but you have to start somewhere. Declaring a system failed, because it's not perfect and completely accessible to everyone from the get go is just stupid & almost smells like a Twitter interview take home exercise.
Did computers fail because at first not everyone could own one and they were room-sized? I don't think that's how it works.
Mastodon is a bit difficult as a result of it being RoR as that's what Eugen knows and could build this in....
@MatejLach @deejoe IMHO as a non-technical user of Mastodon, is that having flagship/landing instances was a genius move. General users looking for an alternative who are accustomed to wall garden type services will look for a single site to access for their initial taste. After a brief initiation they discover the there is a larger community out there and they'll emigrate, like I did. Baby steps:)
Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.