appendix to this huge rant
As this post makes it further beyond the spaces I tend to frequent, I see I've received new arguments.
Note that if you read this and said, "huh, i don't see these same problems here", we likely are on very different parts of the federated world that, on a fundamental level, disagrees with how federation should be handled. There's a reason why i'm not saying "the solution is to not restrict federation!!" If not restricting federation at all works for you and your instance's users, and y'all don't mind the ad hominem and the chaos of it all, that's cool for you. I'm just gonna... uh... not though. yeah. thanks for reading though
I do get that a lot of this is social norms stuff, and I do agree that if everyone cultivated their timelines, yes, the drama would disappear. I feel like if it could be engineered in a way so that this never *became* a problem, it'd also take care of it. I feel like the latter's probably something that, while would require some creative thinking, I feel like is a more likely solution than requiring a vast majority's careful participation. I will acknowledge I'm providing no solutions here, only problems, but it is what it is.
I disagree with the argument that blocklists and individual-level blocking is an effective solution, as this is exactly what was done on twitter. People left Twitter for a reason, didn't they, and it wasn't just because they were being banned, right? I can, however, acknowledge that having a ton of small instances would probably create new issues of its own, and those should be tackled if and when they came. I believe having a system where people can vet for each other's instances could be a potential solution, for example - a reputation board of sorts.
I see that Pleroma fixed not having image descriptions available to write in the pleroma frontend. That's great, and I now recant the statement that they didn't have them available. I will, however, replace it with this: why did it take so long to add image descriptions to the pleroma frontend?
Anyways, I've spent enough time ranting, and this post extended a lot further out than I expected. I'm muting this thread, I'm gonna go step off of the fedi and do something fun.
Bust out your 56k modems and grow a tail or two (or nine), because Transfur Online's here and you're invited! Here, tech and furry transformation combine, and you're quite literally free to be whatever you like.
So pop in that 1 Million Free Hours CD you found lying around and stay a while - you might just find it a rather life-changing experience ;)