My theory is that having local-only posts encourages a stronger community, which encourages more posting in general, which leads to more federated AND more local posts.
I believe that offering local-only posts *strengthens* federation.
(Comparative stats above were collected by me looking at the instance/activity endpoint on similarly sized servers to Friend Camp.)
We have some people on Friend Camp who *almost never* post federated, and that's okay. Their presence here helps keep other people who *do* federate engaged and enjoying their time on Friend Camp!
@darius let's just pretend you did give a talk but you didn't federate it
@mewo2 I've decided to actually write this talk as an article for my Patreon backers which is basically the same thing
@darius cool, although it seems like something it would be useful to share with the fediverse more broadly
@mewo2 I'll probably share it at a later date with the public
I have a feeling that BBS sysops have known that for some time. Early on, BBSes were topical, and supported only limited networking with other BBSes. The latter for practical reasons, of course (expensive long distance charges encouraged sysops to minimize their netmail traffic); but, it'd turn out having a healthy, local community just *felt* right too. It happened that certain BBSes became world-famous just for the community they had.
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.