I just set up a mastodon instance, and wanted to know a little more about the federation relays. I don’t see any information about them later than 2018, when the functionality was still being developed.
Essentially, it’s a challenge to get people to join and use my instance because their’s no content for them to interact with.
Is there a list of relays somewhere? I noticed that the functionality will allow you to put in any URL, and it will be perpetually stuck “Waiting for relay’s approval” even though google.com is clearly not a mastodon relay.