So signal is having technical difficulties due to user influx. Signal didn't want to decentralize because it wanted to be able to continue to provide a reliable exoerience. Yet here they are unable to provide a reliable experience BECAUSE they are centralized.



It's actually the exact opposite. If Signal was decentralised, such an exodus would either have lead to people flocking to a big "main" instance, which would not have taken the load.

This instance could have stopped accepting newcomers(like mastodon), but that would just have lead to less people actually making the switch, or them flooding smaller instances which can't take the load either.

The newcomers are non tech savvy. No new instances would have appeared to take the load.


I think its very likely some new instances would be set up (likely more set up by existing users rather than newcomers?)

Whether enough would be set up to facilitate such a huge influx seamlessly is however another question @Hawk1291

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