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@njoseph why does the author use instances.social rather than fediverse.network - instances.social is NOT a "comprehensive list" of intsances, it represents a small minority of instances missing most of the the small ones - you know, the ones that would tip this scale. id love to see that stat compiled based on fediverse.network information

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@cosine More small instances wouldn't affect the argument. Even a couple of hundred 100-person instances wouldn't affect the look of that graph much. The statement that most people are on one of 2-3 instances still holds.

@clacke yes, that's correct i think

i have my own reasons that i think the argument misses the point but that is fair

@cosine @BestGirlGrace @njoseph I think that one point it misses is that federation, if not undermined from the get-go as in the given examples, has the power to keep a giant honest. It provides an escape hatch for disgruntled people, and has the chance of fostering a loyal opposition.

It *is* unfair that self-hosting is only available to those with the skills and resources (and we should work continually on lowering the level of skills and resources required!), but people with skills and resources provide a better check on the power balance than no people at all.
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