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Okay, let's do a straw poll. You need to recommend a Mastodon instance to a new user. You know nothing about them except that they're generally left-leaning. What instance do you recommend to them in good faith, and why?

Please note that I am specifically asking about Mastodon instances.

If you see this after January 3, 2022, please don't respond to or boost it; this is meant to be fairly rapid-response. <3

@noelle I’d say mastodon.lol is good. It’s a bit more general, but it’s what I picked. I saw the “for anti-fascists” and dove right on in.

@HerbSteelbranch @noelle +1 for .lol

The admin does a good enough job of keeping the lights on the fash out. The locals are generally pretty nice; I don't think I have ever had a bad interaction.

Beyond that, it's a pretty chill place to host your account and access the greater fediverse from.

@noelle If a cooperative or commons approach to running a Mastodon instance interests them... Social.coop; beyond that they can find and follow people on any instance and in that way cultivate their own space...

@noelle It's always a bit tricky, given some instances aren't accepting any new accounts, whilst some will upon request, or via invitations.

Generally, though, there's quite a few that would fit: rage.love, weirder.earth, sunbeam.city, cybre.space, octodon.social..

@noelle I’m left leaning and ended up on mas.to if that’s any help?

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