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.


This doesn't mean that culture is /impossible/, but it's got to be, well, /cultivated/.

I'd welcomed a friend from elsewhere to Mastodon recently, and helped orient them after the sign-up process dumped them to a blank page.

The fact that there's no automatic welcoming / orientation message or committee, particularly on large instances (30k), is ... disorienting. And with Mastodon growing at the rate of 200,000 users every 10 days, at an accelerating rate, that's a lot of onboarding.


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