Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

I'm considering a policy regarding federation with larger instances that might run as follows:

In the spirit of decentralisation, Scholar Social will silence Mastodon instances whose user count is greater than 10,000, unless they have closed registrations

Documentation on what "silencing" means here:

docs.joinmastodon.org/usage/mo

tl;dr—you will still be able to follow users on a silenced instance, but they will not appear on the timeline

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle in thinking about this policy, what is your cutoff for scholar.social? When will you close registrations? Also, will that limit change if you find a growing population of inactive accounts?

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Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@drb If scholar.social ever got to 10k users, I'd shut down registrations, I think

I might be tempted to do it before then, if the moderation responsibilities started getting too heavy

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Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle ok. Seems like something based on the moderation workload makes the most sense. I'd imagine the % of inactive accounts could get quite high over time as people move in and out.

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