@er1n The most toxic thing for Mastodon/Fediverse is the all the people who spread this idea that it's a ghost town. We could be expanding even faster if people stopped spewing such kneejerk bullshit. It doesn't have Kanye West, but it's a hell of a lot more social here. More decentralized projects need to utilize decentralization better like Mastodon does.
@woozle @er1n We don't need to be huge, I'm already enjoying this place as it is. So much that I've had to cut back. But the beauty of the fediverse is that you can still be as small a community as you want to be. You can still form that small elite club and have your own timeline there, even if the whole world joins the fediverse overnight.
Call it the "niche effect".
Mastodon should be full of niches. The present structure helps this a little, but more could be done. (Wasn't Gargron talking about adding something equivalent to Groups / Communities a few months back? If he's not going to do it, someone should.)
@woozle @Alonealastalovedalongthe @er1n I do still believe the current direction is the right one. Instances themselves are branded and function as communities. This not only heavily encourages decentralization, but gives it more tangible meaning.
You're right about there being more to be done, and I think a good place to start is education towards running your own Mastodon/Pleroma/whatever else server.