Let's think about what Richard Feynman meant when he said "what do you care what other people think?"
It's been released as pre-alpha. That's responsible. If it has a greater magnetic attraction to naive early adopters than other software, whose problem is it? Ours or the Darwin Awards?
However, the Diaspora github readme says this in bold:
"PLEASE, DO NOT RUN IN PRODUCTION. IT IS FUN TO GET RUNNING, BUT EXPECT THINGS TO BE BROKEN"
So, shame on the register for calling this news.
So I'm not surprised users ran out to try it.
We all started somewhere and were inexperienced, but there was a time, before Google Groups, where the ability to signup to a mailing list was a small hurdle that helped weed out some of the mailing list distraction. September never ends.