Pretty straight question.

I see Lemm.ee is now the second most populated instance based on https://lemmy.fediverse.observer/list, with 3634 monthly active users.

I also know that Lemmy devs said that

lemmy.ml is bigger than beehaw, and only costs 80 euros per month for a dedicated server.

https://lemmy.ml/comment/2372503

As lemmy.ml has 3561 monthly active users, should we consider that around 3,5k-4k users is the sweet spot for an instance population, and stop recommending the ones that reached that threshold?

  • @willyaA
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    179 months ago

    From what I’ve seen on these larger instances, they’re taking in a lot of $$$ in donations.

      • @[email protected]
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        129 months ago

        Why would they stop? That revenue model has been working just fine for Wikipedia for over a decade now.

        • @[email protected]OP
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          69 months ago

          Wikipedia has to ask for donations several times. I’m not sure it’s 100% future proof for instances to have to rely on large donations

          • alex [they, il]
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            89 months ago

            Someone on lemmygrad.ml posted this as a comment, for users of instances that block it:

            wikipedia itself is more than fine, they just spend a ton of money on other projects thats what the donation drives are mostly funding (most of which suck tbh). Another org that does just fine funding itself through donation is the Organization for Transformative Works (i.e archiveofourown.org)

            (if someone could repost this that’s not on an instance blocked by sopuli that would be much appreciated)

          • @[email protected]
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            39 months ago

            Might awant to research that a bit more, Wikipedia has enough money and almost has always had more than enough, those pleading messages just more so ensure the (far) future of Wikipedia continues

          • @[email protected]
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            29 months ago

            wikipedia itself is more than fine, they just spend a ton of money on other projects thats what the donation drives are mostly funding (most of which suck tbh). Another org that does just fine funding itself through donation is the Organization for Transformative Works (i.e archiveofourown.org)

            (if someone could repost this that’s not on an instance blocked by sopuli that would be much appreciated)

          • @[email protected]
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            -29 months ago

            what do you suggest, robbing a bank? if you want something, you have to pay for it, that is how world works.

      • @willyaA
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        49 months ago

        Well I’m not sure. I’d have to see the stats and specs used to run said instances. Lemm.ee alone has already generated enough cash to last quite a few years if they stopped today and kept the donations for the actual server/upgrades. sunaurus has already said he can pay it himself indefinitely.