The role of mastodon.social in the Mastodon ecosystem
@Gargron I can only guess that the active number of people coincide with people using the mastodon.social server to test it out, and understanding how Mastodon works, and then either leaving it altogether or finding a new instance to call home. Just saying decentralized creates a lot of confusion, and is something easier to learn by experiencing I think.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.