People have lots of ideas of what the Internet is for or should be.

They are all wrong.

The Internet's purpose is to repetitively degrade the quality of images using lossy compression.

So is the general model for instances to build an instance, create a Patreon page, wait and see if it can sustain itself? That seems a lot more capitalistic than it seems many users on here would otherwise be comfortable with. Are there other models that are thriving?

Sure, let's name the service after a now extinct animal.

Mastodon for Tech Folks

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!