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@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 I think promoting regional instances would help greatly. This would create more sense of community on the local servers while still being connected to the fediverse.

@LPS @yarmo @kev oh no, that's a great idea. I'm going to have to setup a community instance for the weird little town I live in now aren't I?

@oppen @yarmo @kev That seems to be the idea behind friend.camp (50ish people or so) by @darius

@yarmo @kev (thanks for reminding me I have a Lobste.rs account.)

@yarmo @kev As it turns out, "decentralized" is a system property that is more intended as a freedom for technical/admin users and that regular users just acknowledge. Just like not every user of Gimp is actually writing code for it even though they could. Most people just don't want to go through all the hassle. They just want to use the system.

@tfidf @kev I'm not asking everyone to have their own server. The registration process is the same on the large and the small instances.

@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.

@sheogorath @yarmo yeah, that’s true. I think the convoluted nature of getting started with masto puts a lot of people off. Still though, it’s pretty great here. 😊

@kev @yarmo Well, no doubt in that :D I started out as "this is the loneliest social media ever" and look at me :D I never had more people reading my nonsense :X

I still question their sanity, but hey, somehow it's fun! :D

@sheogorath @yarmo @kev How do the same people having trouble with finding an instance select an e-mail provider? Do they ever buy a car? Or vote in any elections? Choose what socks to wear?

@pro

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.

@kev @yarmo

@sheogorath @kev @yarmo @pro
My first Fediverse account was / is on my own self run #Friendica node, one could do the same for Mastodon, but Masto has some downsides for single user nodes. Or do they now have some ways to let you know about other servers and other user and relay posts?
I am not up to date, just realized that.
@utzer @sheogorath @kev @yarmo I'm running Pleroma. It uses less RAM and CPU than Mastodon for a single-user Fediverse instance. I'm only paying $3/mo to host this.
@pro @kev @sheogorath @yarmo

Yeah, one could run Friendica on a Raspberry Pi3 or 4 at home. There is some people doing this. It is part of #Yunohost (think Mastodon too)
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