"We banned nearly 37M accounts between January and March of this year"
If you've ever wondered what it's like to fight spam at scale, here's what Reddit deals with.
When I occasionally say that I've very strong concerns about the Fediverse dealing successfully with abuse at this scale, this is the sort of thing I'm talking about.
@janek "Should be" is an ought vs. is wishful thinking argument.
Technology scales by providing efficiencies. Larger instances and centralisation will occur.
That's amplified by human nature which can keep track of only a small number of options.
The Web was promoted as a decentralising technology. It's proved otherwise.
There is no empirical basis to support what you're arguing.
I'm going to posit that if you're looking for a humanity-scale network, you need to be able to handle at least 1010 individual nodes. (Probably a few multiples of this given multiple roles, associations, and collective organisations, whether commecial, social, or other orientation.)
And that present Fediverse / Mastodon architecture doesn't accomodate this well.
On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.