It's my impression that most mastodon instances are operated under the "benevolent dictator" model, but is that the case? Is there a survey of the instances and how they govern themselves?
@cstanhope i understand that more or less is the same for every service that you do not run yourself. I'm a guest i have to respect the rules of the owner/,manager/admin , if i don't like the rules i need to find another place . At least they are benevolent :-)
On mastodon there is sunbeam.city that was inspired by social coop.
Outside mastodon theres a few platforms run by cooperatives of user/owners. #platformcoop
Plus there are #coops which have set up platforms for use of their members, but where the #coops purpose isnt the platform.
eg. https://community.coops.tech/ - its also open to people who are not in the member coops (its a coop of coops). So for them coops.tech is a benevolent dictator.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
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