This tool makes it easy to find a Mastodon instance if you're not sure where to start.
It's got 58 users, an uptime of 99.9374546902%, and registrations are open! They've also made 9642 posts and are connected to 432 other instances.
(last checked: Sun Jun 4 14:00:25 2017)
It ranks instances according to a simple scoring algorithm. We have a "core score" that's derived by the HTTPS score of the instance, whether it has a description, whether the description is longer than tweet length, and whether the instance supports IPV6. This core score is then multiplied by an exponential function of the instance's uptime (getting exponentially worse as the instance's uptime is worse), and then divided by a parabolic scale of the number of users on the instance.
The end result of this is that the service ranks services heavily according to security factors like HTTPS support, predictability for new users via checking descriptions, makes sure that the service has high-quality uptime, and tries to recommend servers that are neither too full nor too empty (I've chosen 60 people as the sweet joining spot)
Tons of credit to instances.mastodon.xyz, which maintains most of the data used here.
If you want to view a whole list of instances and judge them en masse for yourself, check them out at instances.mastodon.xyz.
Me! @email@example.com on the Maly instance. If this tool is useful to you (or you're glad that it exists), I'd appreciate your checking out my super neato glitch art and futurology news newsletter Glitchet, and maybe seeing if you're feeling generous on my Patreon.
You sure can! It's available on GitHub.