Alright, since general-purpose instances seem to be closed these days, and smaller-focused instances are flourishing, lets make a list of good instances people on mastodon.social can move to! Places with good moderation, relatively good uptime, open (or fill out an application) and nice communities.
What is the instance
Who is it for
(This is to help people who want to leave Mastodon.social for example)
social.coop is accepting applications; it's an instance for people who work in/around or are interested in cooperatives and solidarity economy projects. the instance itself is run as a member cooperative.
@Canageek my suggestion:
Food, cooking, gardening, home crafts, diy, etc but you aren't limited to these topics
@Canageek rage.love is a general instance with strong moderation, a diverse mod team, is about half USA and half international users. Our tl is pretty lively and the community is friendly. We're mostly English speaking but there's a strong French presence too.
over at https://donphan.social we’re accepting all kinds of contents, but are a Pokémon themed server. It’s still pretty quiet despite being three years old in a few months. I actively moderate it and try to be as reactive as possible.
We welcome all and any Pokémon fans from the fediverse looking for a home!
A super lgbt+ friendly general instance that's pretty well moderated. It's featured on joinmastodon.org but it's not very active which is a shame bc of how good it is.
@Canageek I should add that we're currently invite only, so a prerequisite would be that you know someone who's already on hellsite.
Sorry I forgot to mention that
Small explicitly leftist instance that wants to be a safe and comfy space for all wlw (including aces, aros, trans and nonbinary nonbinary folks, and questioning people)
@Canageek lgbt.io.. well, you can probably guess. =:) Allies are also entirely welcome. We're not a furry instance per se, but we're a large minority. ^_^
We've been around since relatively early in the fediverse, and we'll be around for a long time yet.
I still have my mastodon.art account, but I've kinda set it to "dormant" and moved back over here. If you're strictly into art, then it's great, but there isn't always a whole lot "going on" if you're used to that. My biggest audience seems to be here, and I'm OK with that.
@flugennock just so you're aware in the very near future a lot of people who aren't on Mastodon that social will no longer be able to see your posts due to the issues with mastodon.socials moderators attacking people
@kronos @Canageek @perfor @flugennock
I don't think it's sad for Mastodon.social so much as it's sad for Mastodon as a whole. It shows that people can't overcome personality issues in decentralized communities any more than they could on a centralized network like Twitter. At least on Twitter you would just block the offender. Here they can ban an entire instance full of innocent users.
I used to run 3 accounts — here on .social and on todon.nl and mastodon.art — but that got to be kind of a pain. The other 2 are still active, but "dormant".
Still thinking about kolektiva.social a lot lately; a lot of activist media folks I know from Birdland are there, I have a fistful of followers from over there, and it looks like a good place to be for dissident activist media stuff.
it's a nice instance, not just for foxes and other furries
also it has good local moderation (meaning it doesn't really get instance blocked) and relatively open federation (only blocks the worst instances), so it's one of the instances with the highest degree of federation, if you're into the "big fedi" experience, like me.
There is also https://mathstodon.xyz for people interested in mathematics.
And https://scicomm.xyz for people into science communication.
There is already a list of communities at https://joinmastodon.org/communities but many instances are missing because of their rather high technical standards.
@Canageek I see weirder.earth and kith.kitchen have already been mentioned, so I'll suggest:
a smallish general instance with open registration. i had a side account there for a while and they seem very chill and nice.
@Canageek I've not been there for a while, but I remember queer.party being good as a small, queer-oriented instance
I can't say much about it atm but the admin was personally really nice to me so I always feel like I should probably recommend it, you know?
@Canageek Hmmm, my instance nerdculture.de is a general purpose instance and is open... Why do you have the impressions that general purpose instances are closed?
@ij all the ones that I was recommended when I asked for suggestions had closed registrations, it appears there aren't many left because they get full very quickly
@Canageek Well, I try to moderate my instance like removing spammers and bots. Bots are even suspended automatically by script. Otherwise the instance would have thousands of bots as well, I guess... ;)
@Canageek I'm not an expert and these things can be very subjective but activism.openworlds is like an ancient and venerable gentleman's club sort of like the junior ganymede but what with the downturn in gentlemen's gentlemen now having very few active members. A nice place to sit and fall asleep drooling on a large cigar till some chap finds you. A lot of technical white noise in the background helps with the nodding off.