here's how to find a good instance:
or if there's an instance in your area, consider joining that one!
https://rva.party Richmond VA (shameless plug)
https://pdx.social Portland OR
https://a2mi.social Ann Arbor MI
https://mspsocial.net Twin Cities (MN)
https://jawns.club Philadelphia PA
https://lazy8.social NYC, queer tech rebels
https://chaos.social German, mostly CCC hackers
@io I hope someone told Mastadon to cheer up.
@io Were there actually headlines saying mastodon was down? D:
@io Yes! This is very important information. Even if you don't use them often, informing others you ate contactable on other instances can be great help.
@io ... laughing at self 'cause I have a backup masto.social account and when Tootplanet was down I totally forgot about it. "Woe masto is gonnnne..."
@io Which doesn't however help in that you're not able to interact with people on mastodon.social (or any other instance) as long as it's down. 😉 So either people better have backup accounts - or we figure out a better idea to not make users unable to interact once their instance is (temporarily) unavailable. Actually this is what still bugs me the most about the whole decentralization approach: Reliabilty goes up for the whole network but eventually down for individual users...
@io hi @hanabel i'm hoping you can see the ... uh, toots ... i'm replying to! About how the cool stuff is happening on other instances (or neighborhoods as @jalcine and @alexhillman suggest) rather than mastadon.social which is for has been for better or worse functioning as sort of a default landing place
@io grgron must close mastodon.social subscriptions to solve this.
@io That's true! I'm part of Fosstodon and I had no idea Mastodon.social was down.
What happens in that case though? Once the instance gets up again it syncs all the missed toots from the fediverse? Or just continues from where its state before going down?
@io Mastodon is very similar to IRC. Your favorite IRC server goes down that doesn't mean FreeNode dies. It means you go to a different server to get back on.
Consider using a smaller instance. You should also look for instances that are located closer to you with a lower TTL. You can export your favs/blocks/follows and import them into an account on the smaller instance so nothing appears different to you at your second home.
@io HEY RICHMOND! *waves from DC*
@0xKruzr HI DC! come visit soon!
This so much!! Mastodon was made with this sort of situation in mind.
Toots from Richmond, VA and around the world. Stick around for good vibes.