What about a temporary residence?

An instance that hosts people interested in mastodon, introduces them around and empowers them to either find an instance they might enjoy or make their own?

You get 6mos. on the instance and after that you spread your wings migrating with all your new friends to an instance of your own.

This would help spread the idea of decentralization and to an extent, self-hosting.

@sikkdays that's something mastodon Kolektiva is doing, to an extent. a broad landing pad without a specific topic requirement, although at least right now we're not offering explicit support to show people around

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