Comment on State of Lotide?
Perhaps! I agree that instances need to be able to have their own branding. But the current interface reminds me of YCombinator, which has a lot of users.
It might depend on the meaning of a lot. I think this kind of visual flare appeals to a small usergroup, but that can be fine as well.
But a flagship instance you might want to have the most inviting an inclusive branding and interface that you can while following the goals one wants t meet.