Why has mastodon.social gone invite-only two weeks ago? I grew tired of it being used as a hallway, where people enter, make a mess, then move on. It is my home, and I've put a lot into keeping it fast, secure and up-to-date.

Being invite-only means safer timelines, primarily, as trolls and people whose first instinct on a new social platform is to upload their uncensored dick have a harder time getting in.

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@Gargron are there any plans to enable admins to have open registrations but require manual approvals?

Currently the choice is “anyone can join” or “no one can join unless I explicitly invite them”, which is the main reason I haven’t opened up my own instance for others to join. I’m happy to let people in, but I want to vet them first!

I figure that setup could also work for your exact situation.

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Bobadon.rocks

Bobadon.rocks is a general purpose instance created by Bobby Moss for his own personal use. He is now sharing the free user slots masto.host provides with those looking to host their accounts away from larger instances like mastodon.social.