I had a conversation over in this reply chain a couple days ago which I think presents some interesting points regarding how difficult it currently is for someone to find the “right” instance - or, from a less idealistic angle, to find information about the available instances at all.
To summarize the points made:
- Creating an algorithm to scrape About pages for keywords would be a serious pain, especially when trying to account for all the languages.
- There is not a lot of incentive for a single person or small group to put together and maintain a useful, searchable instance listing site.
- Adding some kind of instance-specific customizable metadata to the API would spread out the work and the maintenance, plus better fit the fundamental underlying ideology of decentralization and customization.
Is adding some sort of topic and moderation keyword metadata feasible? Or has there been any discussion on the topic?