@kev I wonder if casual users just reading about Mastodon and dipping their toe in the water, select mastodon.social as their instance - precisely because it is the biggest and therefore should be the most reliable with the best uptime and running the latest version.
So it becomes a vicious circle.
That is exactly what I thought.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko