Since my former #pixelfed instance pixfed.com has been shut down, I've considered finding a new home instance and creating an account again. But where? Among all larger instances listed on fedidb.org, it is quite impossible to know who's behind the specific instance and how reliable the administrators are.
Wish this part of the fediverse was more transparent!
I agree, I think it would be great if at least instance admins could be specified on the instance homepage (as in Mastodon) and in aggregators like #FediDB.
It would be super useful also for instance admins, so that they know who to get in touch with in order to federate their server.
@thilosophus Making the admin account more visible won't necessarily help with determining how reliable the admin is. A lot of Fedi admins are very quiet people who post little or prefer to keep separate "admin accounts" with few public posts. Those won't help much in decision making. But data like https://fediverse.observer/list (All Columns) - might help. Look at months (server lifespan), uptime, version, and maybe server location if it's important. @tommi @dansup
@tommi Not sure what you mean by "federate instances"? AFAIK, you can follow any user, no matter admin or not, on another server to "acquaint" your servers and start getting messages from there.
@lightone Exactly. What if I find an instance I want my server to become an “aquaintant” of, but I know no users inside it?
At least admins should be well known.
@tommi If a server doesn't show any public activity, federating with it will be a problem.
Yet, even in Mastodon, and in other networks (i.e. Friendica), admins may leave an email, instead of their username.
To be clear, I agree that having a special input field to indicate the admin account is a valid idea. But for your purpose might be more useful if software has some /explore page with preview of server's public timeline. I think Pixelfed was going to have this feature? Not sure when.
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