This all-or-nothing approach to open registrations is unnecessarily limited and doesn't let people looking for an instance freely choose because it withholds valuable information.
I made a couple of issues in support of club-like instances nine months ago, both for Mastodon and instances-soc. Discussion died quick though. Any noise is good noise at this point.
@lawremipsum There's probably a case of "that doesn't apply for any of the instances I would join, so why bother" among the contributors it seems.
That seems like it would be a marketable feature for Masto, though - clubs have useful purpose. I've been seeing people who are being turned away from Mastodon because the moderation isn't "good enough". There are instances suitable for them, but they aren't visible at all because they're closed for open registration. Catch-22.
@Chelseaknits I don't feel strongly that it needs to grow? I do like stories like @britvulcan 's, who was able to find the instance in the instance picker when registrations were open, and found a good home serendipitously.
Adding ~1 good-fit user a month would probably be good just to keep things dynamic and accommodate some natural turnover?
gosh knows if I could articulate ~how~ to achieve that.
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