the fediverse

if you're tired of twitter (or you got banned from it like me) then you're probably looking for a decent replacement to meet people and discuss various topics of interest. the fediverse is currently the best replacement, but when you first get into it, it may be difficult to understand. the first thing that's different from twitter is the fact that there are multiple instances – thousands of them. they're like E-mail servers except for microblogging, in a nutshell, and they can run different software. currently, the most popular servers use Mastodon, Pleroma, or Misskey. you can look at each and see what feels best for you. Pleroma is the easiest to run, which is why a lot of instances use it, and it supports both its own layout as well as the Mastodon layout, so if you want an easy decision, you should probably go with a server running Pleroma.

with that out of the way, assuming you don't want to run your own server, you're probably wondering which of the thousands of servers you should use. well, if you're like me, you'll want a hands-off instance that simulates how twitter was before 2015. somewhere you can follow a few people and say what's on your mind, and not get banned for it. if this sounds like you, you're in luck, because this is exactly what this list of instances is for. I try to compile a list of instances with transparent moderation policies where you can follow almost anyone, anywhere in the fediverse.

to be included in the list below, the instance must:

before you choose an instance, please make sure you would make a good fit. free speech / limited moderation does not invite spammy or annoying behaviour to any of these instances. this list is simply a starting point for you to narrow your choice. also be aware that every instance has its own posting and media limits, so be sure to double-check if you often write long posts or upload large files.

if you are an instance administrator and would like your instance to be listed, please talk to @wowaname@anime.website on fedi, or contact me via E-mail.

this page is currently in a rough state; I will try to improve it in my free time, and I will take suggestions on how to better present the information here.

Pleroma

instance limited moderation i.e. free speech? nsfw allowed? block policy notes
anime.website yes, U.S. jurisdiction yes limits federation in exceptional circumstances my instance
blob.cat no, U.S. jurisdiction if tagged federates with all instances
bsd.moe yes, Moldova/U.K./U.S. jurisdiction yes blocks disclosed
cofe.rocks yes, German jurisdiction if tagged. no loli, shota, gore, animal cruelty blocks disclosed registration currently requires invite
freespeechextremist.com yes, U.S. jurisdiction if tagged. no loli- or shotacon federates with all instances
neckbeard.xyz yes, U.S. jurisdiction if tagged federates with all instances
pl.smuglo.li yes, U.S. jurisdiction yes federates with all instances no explicitly-stated rules, but generally hands-off moderation
pleroma.fr no, French jurisdiction if tagged. no loli- or shotacon blocks disclosed
shitposter.club yes, U.S. jurisdiction. no sharing personal information (e.g. doxing) if tagged. no loli, shota, gore federates with all instances
the.hedgehoghunter.club yes, German jurisdiction if tagged blocks disclosed

Mastodon

instance limited moderation i.e. free speech? nsfw allowed? block policy notes
baraag.net yes, U.S. jurisdiction, no doxing gore must be tagged, only fictional artistic work allowed federates with all instances uses Cloudflare
fosstodon.org no, French/U.K. jurisdiction no blocks disclosed uses Cloudflare (masto.host serves media through Cloudflare)
gameliberty.club yes, U.S. jurisdiction if tagged federates with all instances
mstdn.io no, French/German jurisdiction if tagged or unlisted blocks disclosed uses Cloudflare
qoto.org yes, U.S./European jurisdiction if tagged federates with all instances

Misskey

instance limited moderation i.e. free speech? nsfw allowed? block policy notes
catgirl.life yes, U.S. jurisdiction if tagged federates with all instances
skippers-bin.com yes, U.S. jurisdiction (same rules as neckbeard.xyz) if tagged federates with all instances