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.


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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.

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@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.

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@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.

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