I think everybody took a chance when they came onto Mastodon, or chose their instance. And some adjustment is necessary as you work out what you like, and branch out to try things.
I think the internet should feel like that again. Where taking a chance isn't a bad idea.
A system that rewards people for maintaining their own sites, helps people stay connected but only on their terms, keeps track of things but doesn't track *you* more than you want it to. We've learned plenty in 20 years.