'There's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have,' Mastodon's founder says.

I think they twitter will become a lot more lax on bans, potentially more strict on banning people who make fun of elon. I think trump will return to twitter. Overall, seems like a ginormous win for the libertarians/ancaps.

I think we should capitalize on this moment and bring way more people to the fediverse.

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I think this is a good time to remind people: these sort of opportunities will often present themselves due to a combination of factors well beyond any fediverse user’s control. Trying to force them to occur is like trying to build a house out of unpacked sand, it’ll quickly fall apart.

What advocates need to do is to focus on building a solid foundation within the Fediverse so that these opportunities can be capitalized on more effectively each time. We don’t want it where people join then leave when the hype dies down, when they see a lack of content, or get annoyed with platform quirks. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of discourse tries to focus on marketing-first and assumes the rest will sort itself out. It’s the opposite actually.

Relating to the topic at hand though, I agree with Eugen. Direct people to other instances. Do not let mastodon.social’s downtime dissuade people. If anything, this might be a good opportunity to spread traffic across instances.

What advocates need to do is to focus on building a solid foundation within the Fediverse

Agreed. Utterly important and at the same time the Achilles Heel of the Fediverse. I am advocating on the developer side of this, and recently created a poll about how many people are developing the fedi, upon which millions of fedizens rely. That number is likely little more than a hundred persons, working mostly individually and alone. That is shockingly few. And it gets worse if looking at the evolution of the (technical) ecosystem, where there’s hardly any collaboration at all. The open standards have stalled from their recommendation status onwards, and only progress since was mostly app-specific plus what devs gleaned from each other’s codebases. On the dev side my conclusion is that the technology adoption lifecycle is broken and that we need to fix it by focusing on the unique dynamics that exist in our grassroots community of fedizens. Some of those are likely (and hopefully) to be addressed in the Social Coding Movement, but that hasn’t officially launched yet.

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little more than a hundred persons, working mostly individually and alone. That is shockingly few.

You’re not wrong, the more the better, but having worked in open source that’s about five times what I expected. There’s critical security stuff that millions of companies and projects relied on maintained by approximately one person.

Well, if you spread out that number then it is also about 1 person per project. Mastodon has 2 maintainers (didn’t check but they likely have some active contributors as well and a community that shares some of the burden too).

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Well, if you spread out that number then it is also about 1 person per project. Mastodon has 2 maintainers (didn’t check but they likely have some active contributors as well and a community that shares some of the burden too).

I originally misread and thought you were just talking about Mastodon, not the entire system, but still 0-2 for the minor projects and 5-10 active for the bigger ones is what I expected.

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