In an attempt to simply the terminology in the fediverse, I propose we start referring to "instances" as "neighborhoods". Here's a short pitch:
* Has its own set of rules.
* Has its own "guard" (sysadmin) that makes sure there are no incidents.
* Is usually (but not always) focused on a common theme.
You can send an update to:
1. A specific person.
2. Your own neighborhood.
3. Entire network.
IMO this proposal would make things about 30% easier to understand for newcomers.
@r3bl an interesting point re terminology imho.
however, neighbourhood? spelling question aside - is it not:
* socio-cultural - as a person who never experienced neighbourhoods as having own rules, guards and such like - the term doesn't help.
* in terms of experience, people build their own #networks on social sites.
I wonder if #Gateway or some such might be more communicable here. Each gateway has own character allowing people to have multiple identities and networks?
@ahanon It's one of those words I will never remember how to spell correctly.
@r3bl oh! Lol! UK style is with a u, American do without.
Used to illustrate the lack of term's universality rather than promoting English spellng Nazism.. 😉
@r3bl Is it realm?
A single-user instance for @email@example.com. I may or may not be interested in creating a few bots that you can follow, but the registration on this instance will always remain closed.