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Pasty (tfw gf) @Pasty

have there been really popular instances in the past that now do not exist or are barely active?

@Pasty I had a rlly big instance once, everyone used it. But I deleted it

@pasty gnutan or soykaf maybe? I'm not privy to details since it was before my time but at least one (I think the latter) had a visit from horsepussy police
@roka @pasty Soykaf might've not been the largest instance, but it will never be forgotten! ;_;7
@Pasty hackers.town was not *huge* but I kinda miss it.