@Gargron Totally agree. Thank you for all your work on Mastodon.
They (Cohost) think they're better because they're nonprofit, but there are plenty of bad nonprofits. I mean, just look at all the problems with philanthropy.
Profit or not, by creating a closed platform, they're looking to put themselves in a position of dominating other people, if Cohost is successful.
Decentralization isn't everything. It's not the goal in itself. There is a long tail of product design decisions that make or break a platform (which is why I find it kind of silly that Bluesky spent 2 years arguing over protocol design, though that's a different story). But that point is that decentralization is the foundation for a viable platform. Without it you're doomed to repeat the path of hundreds of social media apps of the past... Just a different paint on the same exact structure.
Disappointed to learn Cohost has been started by people from the fediverse. You know what the fediverse is but you learned the wrong lessons from it. Yes, I also think some servers are not operated professionally and blocks often get misused, but that is not a reason to replace a free and open system with a locked down one. I wrote on why decentralization matters back in 2018:
@jplebreton Hmm. Intrigued but skeptical. It doesn't seem to be open source or federated, so if I invest in building community there and then don't like how they're running it in future (or they shut it down) it's tough luck.
I think they've only identified half the reason I want to get off corporate social media - they're nonprofit, good for them - but there are plenty of bad nonprofits!
In case anyone feels the need to jump straight to Obergefell... please stop, it's not even comparable in impact and takes attention away from millions of people with urgent needs. We're talking about visitation and adoption rights versus medical autonomy.
Besides, Lawrence v Texas is way closer, much scarier, and less than 20 years old. If you want to be scared about something, be scared about that.
@vultureculture I can’t find it anymore but Sridhar Ramesh had a good line about how you know a person is unpopular if they didn’t have the confidence to leave up any unpopular posts.