We've heard a lot of advice to move away from Mastodon.social to smaller instances. While https://joinmastodon.org/ is useful, how about some reviews from the people on the ground?
What's good about your instance? What's bad? Who is it for? Any special features or rules?
Tell us, and tag it #InstanceReviews.
I'm in Space. https://im-in.space.
It's a smallish instance (about 500 users, but not many active). I don't often look at the local timeline, it moves so slowly.
It uses the glitch.social fork of the Mastodon code, which adds some cool features.
It has the Portal 2 as a logo, and some light-hearted modifications, like the post button being marked Launch. Cosmonauts welcome, but it's for everyone. There's a sensible block list and CoC. @kdy is in charge.
Hey you! Review your instance, and remember to tag it #InstanceReviews.
(I mean, if you want, please...)
I personally feel that the strong push to move away from mastodon.social is largely unfounded. If you are happy with the instance. Awesome. That is the only thing that should matter.
With that said:
I have accounts on Glitch.Social (#GlitchSoc), and Elekk.xyz.
Glitch.Social - A room full of amazing technical geeks. Discussion: hacking with hardware, and software alike.
Elekk.xyz - Run by my absolute favorite admin Ellie. Users are primarily of the gaming slant.
@y6nH How about a happy band of photographers on photog.social?
@y6nH who’s saying to move away from mastodon.social?
@dotdapple Without naming names, some feel that Gargron's position as the lead developer of the Mastodon software and the "benevolent dictator for life" of .social gives him too much power. As .social has grown, he's reduced the investment in moderation and community care, and used it to trial some problematic unreleased features.
And having one dominant instance (outside Japan) undermines the point of a federated network. It's starting to resemble the centralized services it aimed to replace.
Great idea. Might also be good if people indicate instance account limits and where the account number stands in relation. No point introducing an instance if it's quota has been met.
Along the same lines, admins, if an instance is just full of dead accounts (sign ups that have never posted once), you might want to deal with those after a while.
The admin, @matt, of the instance I'm on has purged empty accounts over 1.5yrs old. I think that length of time is generous, frankly.
@y6nH since cybre registrations aren't open, i feel like it'd be silly for me to list the stuff i like about here? but i do like being here a lot
I'm from Sunbeam.city, we're a cooperatively run #solarpunk instance with a libertarian socialist community.
It's a wonderful community to be a part of. My only real issue is that sometimes federation issues makes some conversations unreadable. Any decisions the admin makes have to be ratified by the co-operative, so it ensures any hierarchy we have is as flat and justified as possible.
@sadcatstarry Yes, I have an account on pleroma.site too. It's important to remember that Mastodon is not the only server software on the Fediverse. People considering a move: try a Pleroma instance, it might suit you better. It even has a Mastodon-style web interface if you prefer that.
@y6nH I really like aus.social - 'strayan, chill, and policies that my interested but exhausted psyche is very grateful for.
A generalist Mastodon instance with a nice domain name. Running on Glitch Social's fork with a custom theme!