Mastodon is like a city 🏙️
Your instance is your apartment building 🏢
Local is your neighbors 👩🏭👨🍳👨🏫🧓
Global is the whole part of the city you can see from your apartment 🏢🏘️🏚️
Home is the friends in your living room 🛋️
@bluepupboi And sometimes another apartment building catches fire and we all point and laugh.
@avocadofriend that's what the decrepit one is
@bluepupboi help, some of my friends are peeing on the furniture.
@bluepupboi I think this analogy is very effective in helping understand the function of moderation. The moderators work for the instance, or apartment building, rather than Mastadon as a whole. So their role is less that of elected government officials and more that of landlords. They serve the instance like a property, protecting the property and enforcing the intended rules of use set by the property owner. They don't serve the tenants.