@ADHDefy Before I started TILvids, I was just a creator who wanted to get away from YouTube. I looked around, and pretty much found the same experience you did, which was really a shame because #PeerTube deserves better than that.
So, I started my own instance, with a dedicated focus on edutainment content. It's a ton of work, but I enjoy doing it and being able to contribute to the #decentralization movement. I hope tilvids.com can be a good example of the potential for the PeerTube ecosystem!
I have a couple of channels on the SDF instance, "toobnix.org", with what I think is good content, and I feel the instance as a whole has something going for it, at least if you like retrocomputing and musical/visual arts stuff.
Mind, this is not the first toobnix ― SDF as a community has been around since the BBS days, and has made at least one previous attempt at a video-sharing site. Maybe that makes a difference.
I think peertube's crucial flaw is discoverability. I genuinely cannot tell if peertube is a barren wasteland or if I simply am not searching correctly.
@tio @tilvids @ADHDefy yeah, that's what I've done. I have an instance set up to mirror content from instances I follow, with open follow requests. I don't really understand why anyone would disable following of their instance? Just makes everything harder to use.
This seems to be the only way to actually follow content from multiple instances *of your choosing* which is incredibly confusing, even as a developer
@rolenthedeep @ADHDefy This is why I de-emphasize PeerTube's existence in the mainstream of the site. It's just a really hard concept for regular people to grok in the current landscape. Instead, I do the work of promoting TILvids as a destination to discover content, which is easier for people to understand.
Long-term plan is to use TILvids as a way to draw people into the ecosystem, and as creators on the site get large enough, encourage them to start their own instances and federate back-and-forth with each other.
So probably the best way to think about it is a branch of the main fediverse that has its "fediness" camouflaged so that it's more approachable by the masses.
@tilvids @ADHDefy my own experience was rather negative too. After a long search I found a peer tube instance that was open and "seemed" welcoming to new uploads. So I joined it and then tried to post a video, where it stayed in limbo, so I contacted the admin. The admin said why even bother using peertube, just go and use youtube instead. This left such a negative experience I have since refused to even look at #peertube again.