I don't like wading into Meta Discourse but since it is clogging my TL right now: if you want people to spread out better over the Fediverse etc etc, tooting that people shouldn't join Masto dot social is not very useful in isolation. Tell people where you think people SHOULD go instead, and not just "a smaller instance", share specific recommendations of "if you're interested in X, go to Y.Z" that will help people point their friends in the right direction!
@maloki I'm pretty sure scholar has a policy against institutional accounts which it would fall under (and Exilian's sort of borderline scholarly, I kind of think of us as "creatives but oft collaborating with scholars"). Not sure about Hackers-Town, will check.
The ideal solution really I guess would be for Exilian to run its own instance, but I don't know that any of us involved in it have the spoons or time (and I'm not sure about the tech capability) to take that on at least at the moment.
@maloki That'd be a possibility if our income/donations increase: annoyingly what we pay for our webforum hosting has just gone up, and we've got some other cool but not cheap (by our limited budget standards) plans for the coming months. I'll keep it in mind though and mention it as a possibility to our treasurer next time we chat :)
Generalist Hometown instance with a strong focus on community standards. No TERF, no SWERF, no Nazi, no Centrist.