We are facing a lot of problems with joindiaspora and I think it's time to change our strategy about it.
At the moment, we simply don't deal with joindiaspora. But there are many downsides. They almost all come from one point: people don't make any difference between "diaspora*" and "joindiaspora". Result: when "joindiaspora" is slow / buggy / down, it's "diaspora*" which slow / buggy / down. When "joindiaspora" doesn't respect privacy (Amazon, Google analytics which has now be removed), it's "diaspora*" which doesn't respect privacy.
We have to make it damn clear that diaspora* is a project to build a free social web, diaspora* is a software when joindiaspora is an installation of this software.
You don't have to use joindiaspora to use diaspora. You shouldn't use it (we arrive to another bad point: joindiaspora is overloaded).
The approach to use diaspora* should be the following, I want to use diaspora*:
I set up my own pod
I can't set up, no time|money|knowledge => I find a friend of mine who has a pod / is able to set up one.
I know nobody who has a pod => I go to poduptime and choose a pod which respect the criteria I have (privacy, hosted country, etc).
Guys, I listen to you, what can we do to make that every diaspora user will know that?