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

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Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle

Instead of using a fixed number, is it possible to base it on ratios of all the users on mastodon instances? That way as mastodon grows as a whole, each instance can react accordingly? (so for example: any instance over 15% of the total users will be silenced until they shut reg)

I do like the general idea of silencing overly large instances though, cause I feel like the only people I've met are here or on mastodon.social

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@fluoricburn I kind of like that, and may revise the number upward as time goes on

But then I also kind of like the fixed number because it means that the ratio of people with moderation ability to users never falls below 1:10,000

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle

True. I forget that more instances can be made if (hypothetically) all current instances reach that establish threshold.

Sounds like good policy to me! 👍

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