I’ve been thinking of switching instances recently. Do you believe that you’ve found your “forever instance”?

@jiewawa why do you feel like switching? mastodon.online is too “general” for you?


@ilyess I find the local feed to be pretty rubbish lately. I’m having to mute accounts daily just to find interesting posts. I think the insurance is also too big and poorly moderated. I know the moderation teams on other instances better than on here.

@jiewawa yeah there is no particular theme on this one. Anything goes lol. I gotta admit I rarely even go on the local timeline. I spend most of my time “home” or browsing posts of specific hashtags of interest.

@ilyess I spend most my time on the home timeline too. I transferred all my followings over from my previous account.
A while ago, I realised that Metatext lets you follow an instance’s home feed from the accounts page, and as most of the accounts I follow are spread over a few instances, I decided to add their instances in “browse” mode. There was a lot less spam and a lot of what people were talking about was stuff that I’m interested in.

@ilyess also, when looking at a few instances’ About pages, I noticed some hostility towards the Gargron run instances. There weren’t many but it was enough to notice.
The reasons that I chose this instance initially were that I thought it had a large, but not too large community and it being run by the lead developer of mastodon.
Now I’m not sure if those are good reasons. It’s not a bad instance, and I’d be happy staying here, but I also think moving could lead to a better experience.

@jiewawa allows you to follow specific instances’ feeds? 😮 I had no idea. I’m totally giving that a shot!

Do you have a particular instance in mind or you’re still looking?

@jiewawa I can’t figure out how to follow an instance feed on Metatext. How do you do it?

@ilyess actually I probably worded it wrong. You add it as an account in “browse” mode. Go to the account settings, click add, type the url, then click browse.

You have to log back into your own account if you want to engage with anything though, which is less than ideal. I’m just following a few instances that I already follow a lot of people on. I normally only check it once a week or so.

@jiewawa Oh I see. I got it to work! Thanks for the tip :)

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