@Joshuamcvey what would you like a deeper dive on, maybe i can help either explain or point you to some resources
@freemo I guess I want pretty general info. I can do the research myself later, but here's my thoughts:
How big is the biggest instance and how does Qoto compare?
More info on how the block lists work (instance-wide and personal).
What block lists are most used?
And what kind of vulnerability do instances have to bad actors doing false reporting?
@Joshuamcvey I can touch on some of this.
The biggest instances mastadon.social, and ther eare several general instances bigger than us. QOTO is the largest STEM instance on the fedi including, as far as I know, tech instances.
In terms of reach (the number of people who can see you and are seen) QOTO is in the top 20 of all instances. We are not however the least blocked. This number is based on a bomcination of blocking and being blocked so we have one of the biggest reaches. The servers that do block us have massive block lists (and are frankly very toxic). As such those instances have very small reach compared to us.
When a server blocks annother they simply do not communicate, this applies on a personal level as well.
the most used blocklist is here, it is also the most responsible as they do due dilligance on the instances they block and report this: https://fediblock.neocities.org/
There is sadly a lot of vulnerability to false reporting and is up to the instance admin to bother to reach out to the other admin and do some due dilligance. There are many irresponsible servers looking for reasons to block and as such this is a constant problem.
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@Joshuamcvey depends how you want to learn about it... we have tons of posts discussing it, links to historic posts... block lists with threads discussing it, our own forum discussing a few blocks and issues... but no one single place.