I have a curiosity about, and interest in mastodon so reading your posts as background. Very helpful. Thanks. One of the first things I did was read the installation guide and realized it was going to take something quite a bit more than a typical home power user to get it operational.
That’s too bad, and it’s too bad about the Raspberry Pi – as that seems a good operating model. Perhaps someone will have the idea to build and sell a preconfigured mastodon distribution on an SD card the way the NOOB card works.
Good luck with getting it working. I’m interested in experimenting with it a bit, in a small group, just to understand it better.