I asked a Wikipedia IRC channel for thoughts on starting a Mastodon instance. I got some interesting responses, and I was wondering how you all would respond to these questions. I added my thoughts, too.
"How is [Mastodon] useful for Wikipedia?"
Well, how's it useful for MIT? (cc @gdkar
"Isn't [Mastodon] just the original usenet?"
"Isn't [Mastodon] just Discord/Slack?"
(I might have overemphasized how different instances have different themes)
masto dot mit
@danielhglus @saper @Gargron @mareklach @eloquence heh. toooo beeee fair, it's not necessarily "useful for MIT" exactly; the MIT instance is run by people in SIPB ( the Student Information Processing Board ), rather than by IS&T or the administration. 🤷
( so it's definitely more a "oh hey running an instance seems like a cool thing to do and maybe some students, alums or other affiliates would use that!" thing than it "well it's useful /for MIT/" thing. for what that's worth. )
I think Mastodon is most potentially useful for Wikimedians engaged in organizing work like meetups, conferences, competitions, relationships with external orgs. It could also be useful for some WikiProjects that want to socialize a bit beyond the online work.
Basically, what Facebook groups like https://www.facebook.com/WikiProjectMedicine/ or https://www.facebook.com/wikimedia.indonesia/ and Twitter hashtags like #WikiLovesMonuments are used for currently.
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!