The Mastodon experience is reminiscent of some graduate university mixers I attended. (God awful long ago.)
Example: School of Architecture events - Super interesting people, surprising dialogue, beautiful design, whacky ideas, deliberate inclusion, diversity celebrated. Inspiring. Even the music was new. The food meh, but the drinks, yikes! And there was always the scene on the balcony ...
Congratulations Mastodon. Go! Be great.
A loose affiliation of compulsively inclusive folks.