Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

I'm considering a policy regarding federation with larger instances that might run as follows:

In the spirit of decentralisation, Scholar Social will silence Mastodon instances whose user count is greater than 10,000, unless they have closed registrations

Documentation on what "silencing" means here:

docs.joinmastodon.org/usage/mo

tl;drβ€”you will still be able to follow users on a silenced instance, but they will not appear on the timeline

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Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle I think it's tricky because there may be some which have high user counts but fewer active users. art is one example. The admin there was saying only a small % are active. e.g. my scholar acct

That and I worry about whether/how the whole we may make choices which silence people who are brand new & getting the hang of things and thus have joined .social. otoh. I can def see the logic for it & silencing is not blocking.

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Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@platypus I wonder if there's a good way to get active user numbers for an instance ...

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle @platypus Is there anyway of doing this which isn't scraping? Not sure there is, which runs against some instances anti-bot policies, no?

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@WilliamConey @platypus Tbh, I think 10k active users is way too huge for an instance to be effectively moderated anyway, so I'm okay with using total users, even if that's an over-estimate

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle @platypus you can check the activity endpoint eg glitch.social/api/v1/instance/ to get weekly statistics

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bea @platypus Is the "logins" there unique logins, as in "x users logged in" or is it "x logins occurred"?

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bgcarlisle @platypus unique logins in the last week as in x users logged in. statuses is ones posted by local users.

Fediverse meta; instance policy; actually looking for input 

@bea Thanks!

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