@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 😉 )
Heard it on TV, saw that I could host my own instance and made my own 😊
@rodti Did you actually start it before checking Mastodon out by any other means?
@Gargron I read up on Mastodon but didn't start an account until I had my own instance up and running.
@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.
@Gargron I registered mastodon.scot in April 2017 and had my own account on there until I started mas.to in (I think) March last year.
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 Lobste.rs and HackerNews.
@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 qoto.org
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.
@Gargron i just signed up minutes ago, part of a FOSS for the weekend challenge
@Gargron and then at least 4 other places to finally come to the conclusion that fediverse is not TLS 1.3 ready...
@Gargron Searching for a better and less restrictive social network on Google
this is my first account
not masto, but if pleroma didn't exist it would have been
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
@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 joinmastodon.org) so I signed up on the "default" mastodon.social.
@Gargron Looking up "Open source twitter alternative" and being sucked into the black hole of .social
@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
@Gargron I found the link to it on a Dev.To profile. I found it cool and made a account.
I found out about GNUSocial, and after some reading I found Mastodon, so I created this instance.
All in the same day
yeah basically I saw a LXC container template i proxmox, and that's how it started
kinda funny, it is ;)
@Gargron google search brought me to joinmastodon.org and an instance owned by the creator seemed most reliable lol
@Gargron KNZK GANG FOREVER (signups on .social we’re closed but the page was all “please sign up on this delightful Japanese instance instead”)
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.