It has come to my attention that Mastodon, and/or OSocial, and/or the Fediverse, are no longer what they once were. They're being flooded by Normals. Or People who Don't Speak my Language. または私のアルファベットを使用しない人。

It's becoming like ... birdland.

Or worse: Facebook.

So, here's a thought for you: Facebook was once literally Harvard.

And whatever you think of FB or Harvard, it most certainly isn't any more. Which is a thought you might want to keep in mind. Because change.


If you joined Mastodon because it was small and quirky and whatever non-mainstream group you align with felt like it was welcomed, and comfortable, and safe here, I've got some really bad news.

You didn't find a space that was inherently suited to your wants, but one that happened to support them. Because of scale and founding cohorts.

Those are the first two characteristics to be lost in any growing community. Unless it was dead-normal to start with, and even then I'd bet against it.


@dredmorbius If anything, my biggest issue with Diaspora was that normal people weren't there. It seemed to be 100% people who wouldn't fit in Facebook or Twitter, and I kinda want a mix of everyone.

@ocdtrekkie Places which appeal to, and attract, /only/ societies misfits ... tend to become communities of misfits.

I suspect that was a part of Imzy's problem as well.

I'd like to see a broader appeal. I'm seeing it.

@ocdtrekkie This. I very much enjoy the new people I'm meeting here, and it's nice to hang out with people among who choice of distro is no weirder than Windows or Mac. But I miss interactions with people whom I have established connections. Which is important to me in a social network. @dredmorbius

@dredmorbius interesting, you are the bearer of bad news I I read more of your posts.

@dredmorbius I get the feeling you are sounding the dooms day trumpets because you are on the fourth largest instance.

When we sort out account migration, you will be able to move. Less people in an instance usually equates to higher specialization of that instance.

Just going to leave this link here, if you want to help speed development.

@NthTensor Actually, the complaint isn't mine at all. I'm enjoying the ride.

I've /definitely/ seen grousing by others, though. And wanted to address a few points:

* The perception is real (As is the pain)
* This is inevitable. Fighting this will make you /very/ unhappy
* The FB:Harvard thing. I mean, c'mon, Facebook used to be /The Facebook/ and now it's ... /Facebook/
* Looking for solutions, including community accomodation, /and/ moderation, is necessary
* Dynamics

@dredmorbius A lot of people have the illusion of ownership as they once were a significant part of the community. That is not the way it works.

Or more precisely: If it works that way, it is broken.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct! Thank you. is maintained by Sujitech, LLC.