This hyper capitalisation of the social sphere is exactly why other #platforms feel so toxic. The fact that these platforms are run in the interests of capital and not the interests of their communities is surely clear by now.
We have to make sure not to include too many dopaminergic elements into our spaces. Everything that rewards you "out of nothing" will eventually be exploitable. It is good that we don't have too much focus on likes, favs and trends here, so far. If we keep it that way, we will prevail.
faves and boosts tend to be softer here than on that aviary unfortunateness place, but they're still that social media thing (tm). at least you can turn them off on individual accounts (or period), and there's no quote-RTing
if some corporation sets up hundreds (or thousands, or more) of instances at once though, that could be a problem (or at least requiring more work, or more coding, like you said).
social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]