Follow requests rant
Content is premier. Bots re-post or boost content, but *people* think about a topic, draw their own conclusions, then write about them.
One of the first clues an account is just a bot is if there is no original content in the account stream. If someone has not yet come out of their shell enough to say something in their own words, that is fine. But how can I learn anything about them if they simply sample other people's thoughts and express none of their own?
And he was probably sitting at a browser using uBlock to do exactly that.
There is nothing wrong with wanting an automated method to filter portions of the internet. Could it be misused? of course. But publicly curated ad/malware/resource abuse/privacy/cookie blocking lists seem to do a reasonable job.
One of the more interesting things I have been noticing lately is #insularity.
As a site grows in number of active users, they tend to interact *more* with other users who are not on the same instance. The largest instances with real people consistently drop to a bit below 30%.
My working assumption (without specific evidence) is #social people explore by conversation, exposing themselves to new ideas, people.
There are, of course, exceptions.
"What is up with this? I followed somebody but their toots are not showing up in my timeline!"
Maybe you *requested* to follow them. In the #fediverse people can choose to approve their followers, and your request might not have been approved, may even have been rejected.
It is a different world view here on #Mastodon compared with the bird site. How many followers is not a good metric here.
Runs on Librem 5, Day 32 - GNOME Archive Manager
Not a report, but interested in your opinion. Qoto appears to be being used by Gabvertisers. E.g. DavidBond@qoto.org
They appear to be meatpuppets or similar mostly to advocate on behalf of, recruit, and increase SEO of Gab. Does this violate the Qoto policy against advertising?
@tengo You should be aware that Gab is gaming the fediverse using bots and other techniques to pollute the statistics. For some reason they seem to think SEO is useful.
Purism is not, itself, blocking Gab. Their app is a fork of Tusky, which is one of many which have chosen, based on the #ToleranceParadox, to block people logging into Gab.
You can read a bit about the Tolerance Paradox on en.Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance
And some more great accounts to #FollowFriday!
* @fssofdeath - Lovely human!
* @Framasoft - Defenders of the [digital] Universe | Les défenseurs de l'univers
* @wobin - Lovely human!
* @email@example.com - un humain charmant !
* @Snowden - Lovely human!
@DestinationLinux had a reasonably extended discussion in 133 about #Purism's #Librem5, starting a few seconds before the 1 hour mark. Much of it revolved around how other online conversations are less about the #Linux (the #GNOME, #Phosh, #upstreaming, etc. work) and more about the company.
But hey, they had other things on their agenda.