Five years ago today, "Clock Kid" brought his science project to school and was arrested.
Honestly, I think that posting or boosting block recommendations just makes the Fediverse a worse place for all of us. Let users decide for themselves whom to block, or in rare cases, let the admin (dentmaster, tootmaster, pleromaster, etc) decide for that instance. I keep seeing these poorly researched blockrec threads, where it turns out that no one told the admin or the responsible instance about some issue.
I wish #Fedilab's number notification made some sense. Is that the number minutes since the most recent post was downloaded? There are no new unread posts, so that can't be it.
It's an irritation that makes me want to throw the tablet across the room.
Why is this number there, continuing to increase, then you find no new posts?
For the record, at least on their HatThieves.es Pleroma instance, it wasn't a followbot. It was a single person that subscribed to thousands of random people. I know, because I had a short conversation with "ale" about the behavior. He/she believes they are helping federation by subscribing to so many people.
I tried to persuade the person to limit subscriptions to a number he/she could actually follow, but my Spanish isn't good enough.
Just wondering whether and how a tag with non-ASCII characters (for instance #karaböcek ) displays, and whether it is normalized or used as is.
Lack of good search _is_ a complicating factor. Friendica and Diaspora both have partial solutions to the discoverability issue. Pump.io has (has?) a centralized firehose, where all public posts can be sent. All because socnets are almost useless if you cannot find people to communicate with.
On Mastodon being complicated:
If you're not a Tweetdeck user, the thousand-column interface _is_ complicated.
Some of the complications around federation come from trying to hide such details from users. If a user saw every contact as a full user @ hostname address, they'd quickly figure out that some people are using different servers / instances. It would change their expectations.
My first impression is "well it is #Alabama", but I've actually worked in that state a couple of times without experiencing anything negative. I felt like I could go almost anywhere without much issue.
I have to add that the last time I worked there, I was near an old closed-down Army base with an adjacent wooded area. I did not feel like it would be safe to wander in the woods ... but I don't think that was about race.