Something fedi gets very wrong is that it tries so hard to basically be Twitter but decentralised, but it tries so hard it blows past the decentralised part and has created essentially a single unified fediverse.
Which sounds beautiful. But it's hard for an instance to have its own culture when every fedi implementation, especially Mastodon, is federation first and foremost. Its goal is to get you and your users connected to the fediverse. In this it excels, mostly, albeit with kinda shoddy mod tools. I just fear the emphasis on this has been at the expense of the ability to have any kind of significantly large subculture on an instance.
It doesn't mean the fediverse isn't good, mind, it just sort of feels like a centralised system still. I know that's the point, but, I dislike that.
What we basically have on fedi is Twitter except with even more chaotic ad-hoc moderation that varies from instance to instance. If the only point of running an instance is to make your own rules, because you sure as hell can't maintain a thriving community very easily because that is not what Mastodon is for... what's the point?
I know some instances do have some of their own culture but they tend to be the smaller ones. Otherwise it's mostly just the same shit with a different moderator policy.
re: fedi meta
@Elizafox I wish not-mastodon existed
@Elizafox I wonder if this is part of why we didn't gel with mastodon.xyz.
re: fedi meta & reddit
this is mst3k