2020/02/07 1:27:35 PM UTC

@Gargron Where's the option for "Mastodon signed up to me"?

2020/02/07 1:29:38 PM UTC

@Gargron I think this poll is missing "setup a server". At least that's what I'd have to select, guessing there are others (at least you πŸ˜‰ )

2020/02/07 1:30:21 PM UTC

@Gargron Where's the option "I don't remember how I got here..." πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

2020/02/07 1:31:28 PM UTC

@Gargron "specific server" being

2020/02/07 1:34:03 PM UTC

Heard it on TV, saw that I could host my own instance and made my own 😊

2020/02/07 1:48:54 PM UTC

@Gargron Could do with a 'started own instance' option 😜

2020/02/07 1:49:12 PM UTC

@rodti Did you actually start it before checking Mastodon out by any other means?

2020/02/07 1:49:45 PM UTC

@Gargron I read up on Mastodon but didn't start an account until I had my own instance up and running.

2020/02/07 1:51:51 PM UTC

@Gargron I realise this is maybe a fringe case, but I self-host a whole pile of stuff and so when I read about Mastodon I thought 'this is for me' and had an instance spun up in about ten minutes.

2020/02/07 1:54:11 PM UTC

@Gargron I registered in April 2017 and had my own account on there until I started in (I think) March last year.

2020/02/07 1:54:49 PM UTC

@rodti @Gargron Yep, same here. I thought about signing up on another server, but was like, "nah, I want to run my own first." I had been working on this set of scripts for self-hosting:

and that's what I'm currently using to run this instance from the official docker containers. I got my first set of peeps to follow off of threads about Mastodon on and HackerNews.

2020/02/07 1:55:49 PM UTC


2020/02/07 1:57:24 PM UTC

@Gargron Count me in the "first account on my own instance" crowd

2020/02/07 2:06:12 PM UTC

@Gargron As I recall my thinking when I first signed up was "I want whatever the official server is" and after a google search found that was M.S. I was only on there for maybe a week, if that, before I started my own server

I had no issues with M.S moderation at the time, but I didnt trust giving someone else the power to dictate to me what is or is not acceptable and hold my account hostage. So when I started my account it was intended to be a one man server but that quickly changed.

2020/02/07 11:56:35 PM UTC

@Gargron i just signed up minutes ago, part of a FOSS for the weekend challenge

2020/02/08 2:39:30 AM UTC

@Gargron and then at least 4 other places to finally come to the conclusion that fediverse is not TLS 1.3 ready...

2020/02/08 5:20:14 AM UTC

@Gargron @emerican convinced me to do it, so I looked it up on DuckDuckGo! Been meaning to created a Mastodon account for a while, but I never got around to doing it. Glad I have now, though!

2020/02/08 5:21:08 AM UTC

@Gargron @emerican convinced me to do it! I looked Mastodon up on DuckDuckGo! Been meaning to created a Mastodon account for a while, but I never got around to doing it. Glad I have now, though!

2020/02/08 10:41:34 AM UTC

@Gargron bought a domain and launched my own Mastodon instance :)

2020/02/08 10:47:23 AM UTC

@Gargron Wow! So many "own" instances! Love this! 🌌

2020/02/08 11:25:24 AM UTC

@Gargron Searching for a better and less restrictive social network on Google

2020/02/09 3:11:29 PM UTC

@Gargron I started my own instance
this is my first account
not masto, but if pleroma didn't exist it would have been

2020/02/09 3:14:24 PM UTC

@Gargron well if we're only talking Mastodon it's because I set up an instance, if we're talking about the Fediverse, it's because of the news articles about Gab

2020/02/09 3:14:49 PM UTC

@Gargron None of the above (it started from a discussion on Twitter).

2020/02/09 3:16:18 PM UTC

@lottev what, I didn't join on Gab! But only because that's how I heard of it.

2020/02/09 3:18:57 PM UTC

@mewmew lol i see, you're better than me then bc i did join gab >>;;;

but that was before it went fedi, i first heard of fedi technically through gnusocial, but they said "fuck mastodon" and i had no idea what that was, so i looked it up and i was like "uhhhh ok that sounds pretty bad" and didn't do anything with it until way later, when i found out pleroma existed

2020/02/09 3:19:59 PM UTC

@Gargron I wanted to try out the concept of federated social media for a while. I first looked for a Russian-language instance, but I didn't find a good enough one (there weren't any on so I signed up on the "default"

2020/02/09 3:30:57 PM UTC

@Gargron Looking up "Open source twitter alternative" and being sucked into the black hole of .social

2020/02/09 3:46:12 PM UTC

@Gargron Set up an instance with some friends (not this one, I've moved to a personal instance since)

2020/02/09 3:56:24 PM UTC

@Gargron tbh i set up a server before I even looked up what federation was lmao
A friend said the word "mastodon" to me while I was going through a FOSS binge and I was like "hell, I've got server space" and then I showed up on the scene, read my own about page to get the gist and now I live here lmao

2020/02/09 4:01:25 PM UTC

@pettter @Gargron

β€œIn Sovjet Russia Mastodon signed up to me.”

2020/02/09 4:32:50 PM UTC

@Gargron I didn't want to install gnu/social or postActiv and pleroma wasn't out yet so you know, no other choice except extinct mammal.

2020/02/09 4:49:10 PM UTC

@Gargron I found the link to it on a Dev.To profile. I found it cool and made a account.

2020/02/09 4:55:30 PM UTC


I found out about GNUSocial, and after some reading I found Mastodon, so I created this instance.
All in the same day

2020/02/09 5:02:38 PM UTC

@selea Finding out about GNUsocial in 2016-2018 is kinda funny.

2020/02/09 5:23:15 PM UTC


yeah basically I saw a LXC container template i proxmox, and that's how it started

kinda funny, it is ;)

2020/02/09 5:44:29 PM UTC

@Gargron I just set up this instance... no step before that :-)

2020/02/09 6:07:55 PM UTC

@Gargron Invite was sent by friend, not on your list to vote...

2020/02/09 11:50:55 PM UTC

@Gargron google search brought me to and an instance owned by the creator seemed most reliable lol

2020/02/09 11:53:52 PM UTC

@Gargron KNZK GANG FOREVER (signups on .social we’re closed but the page was all β€œplease sign up on this delightful Japanese instance instead”)

2020/02/14 2:02:58 PM UTC

At the time I was noticing more and more censorship and trolling crap in centralized silos like reddit, so I began looking for alternatives.

Most of them were centralized, so it was the same bull.

Then I found the wedistribute blog, and began exploring sites like GnuSocial, but it was horribly designed and you couldn't even block people. Finally I found Mastodon and gave it a try; a few months later the Nazis took over twitter and I closed my account for good.