Alright, I wanted to not talk about Twitter like everyone else for the past few weeks, and just focus on Mastodon, with all of the growth tech.lgbt has been getting. We closed registration again (though invites are open), because we had to deal with so much growth that our servers weren’t very happy.
But over the weekend I decided that it was time to finally just go. I was already one foot out the door on the platform, but now I’m fully set. Frustratingly, I can’t even log in to some of my old accounts anymore to delete them. With the two that I can get into, I’m currently keeping them up to direct people to my Mastodon account, as well as avoid the (assumedly small) chance of impersonation. You know, the kind where they take my full name as a username. Not just pay $8 and get a display name that matches me.
I bet this will be like Facebook: I’ll keep it for a while saying, “I need it for X”, only to realize that I don’t even do that thing before finally deleting it. I guess we’ll see. I usually get into moods of wanting to delete a bunch of stuff about myself from the internet, and shut down a lot of accounts until I get tired of the number of steps and barriers to do so.
Social media has unfortunately consumed far more of my life over the past month than I ever really want it to. A lot of it has been working on infrastructure, which scratches an itch that I haven’t felt in a long while, but also made me stressed since my decisions affected the experience of thousands of other people.
The other thing that I’ve been managing has been community management, both from inside and outside of the instance. We’ve been building out a larger mod team, a new Terms of Service and Code of Conduct, and will start looking toward building a community manager role and framework. Another thing that is a lot of work, but I feel is valuable for our community.
I don’t want infinite growth. But I do want to make a space for anyone who feels welcome, makes others feel welcome, and wants to feel safe in their community. It’s a job that is worth the time and effort.
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