Being the idea originator, and being also waiting for comments from the Fediverse, on a rainy afternoon, I will get the ball rolling…
Rate My Instance - My first home on the Fediverse.
Instance name: QOTO, https://qoto.org
Local theme, if any? Ours is declared as a STEM, science tech engineering and maths focused/friendly instance.
Open to new registrations? Yes, and growing at about 50 new users a day. Currently 5,300 users.
The GOOD :
A lot to say here. Starting with the fact it accepts new people, some other interesting ones are by invite only.
Being a techie and into diverse interests, QOTO seemed a nice place for me. I joined there and received a welcome reply to my shy first toot (don’t we all remember those?).
A month later, about 2300 posts from my account, and I have been nominated for a Moderator election we have running this month. I like it, and not doing this to increase our intake of users, seriously, but because I think it is a good idea.
Good things include the server being professionally hosted, backed up daily, no funding is requested from members (it runs along with the sys admin other business net presence).
We don’t have much traffic in our Local feed, surprisingly since there are 5,300 accounts atm. But that is not a bad thing. We are like a neighbourhood café, in some senses.
QOTO also has other services which people can chose to use - video, audio, a Forum, file storage. Each of those is available upon registration.
Having been an active Forum user, moderator and Staff in various sites over the years, I am enjoying the freedom of posting in Mastodon via QOTO too since it allows LONG POSTS.
Not like twitters measly 240 characters; or mastodon vanilla 500 chars. We get 65 Thousand, and that seems plenty. I have done various posts with up to 3,000 chars, abd feel really cramped in a couple other instances where I do have secondary accounts, and hard limits of 500 Chars. (definitively an Ugly in my opinion)
(Famous Last Words, sounding like Bill Gates saying nobody would need more than 1 MB of RAM for computing, lol)
The BAD :
Uhm… Not so active a Local timeline as I would like. I am doing my best to improve that, as local users can attest. And that’s without spammy posts, honest. (those wouldn’t fly long term, as we have a serious place. Ocasional banter is fine, but consistent off theme posting is a sign you maybe should be elsewhere.
NOT a General posting instance, of the anything goes kind. (although I do not consider this Bad, listing here as some people might want a generalist place)
The UGLY :
I don’t know if there’s anything to list under Ugly, other than a surprisingly low posting originating locally, for a system with over 5 Thousand users.
I will return, re-red and possibly edit this post later as I reflect upon it.
Hope you find it useful, and contribute to the #RateMyInstance movement!
My Overall Rating, if any ? 4.5 or 9 out of 10.