i think the most important part of mastodon is not necessarily the tech side of decentralization, but the decentralization of community management. a monolith cannot handle small communities and how to manage their various issues. decentralized platforms can excel on that.
@archangelic yeah, just so. decentralization is about power relationships.
there are in fact legitimate _technical_ reasons to prefer centralization of many systems, it's just that our technical culture fails by not considering _concentration of power_ a likely failure mode. (well, honestly, by considering it a goal most of the time.)
@brennen @archangelic @garbados I realized the other day that Reddit, despite all its problems, illustrates this distinction: although technologically centralized, community management is distributed, so it's _possible_ with enough deliberate effort to have a good subreddit. I thought comparing that with Mastodon etc was interesting.
@jamey @brennen @archangelic @garbados My experience of reddit is that small, well-defined communities tend to have good subreddits. "Fans of X" is generally a good subreddit unless X has a toxic fandom (e.g. much of computer gaming, or attractive female celebrities).
Broader communities (like, say, politics) tend to have terrible subreddits.
For example, you may have a healthy community focusing on a specific less-mainstream branch of politics... but it's gonna get brigaded, and it's difficult to avoid that unless you have a bot watching the sources of the brigades, and banning anyone who posts there.
I mean, SRS works, and you can have something like /r/srsdiscussion without it getting brigaded, but there's hard, well-defended wall around the Fempire.
(heck, you could say the same about r/KotakuInAction/)
Reddit is a great example of a large corporation failing to control such a wide range of communities