so it would seem that mastodon doesn't really have UI for threads, doesn't support QTs, and doesn't support search of posts except for hashtags
for being ostensibly a clone or replacement to twitter, it doesn't actually have the features needed to support the way i use twitter
@Rrrrrrr i mean yes, you can do it if you really want to, but the UI support is zero
when really it should be frictionless for me to use it the way i want to
I'm pretty new to mastodon myself and hacking into the UI to personalise it to my liking. Also kind of curious on how to add new features in due time.
You can donate and join the developer chat to see if there's interest perhaps.
There's some discussion going on here still, especially with new users coming in. Since its open source there are plenty of avenues.
Technically one could always build a workaround for this if they want it enough.
@acidshill yeah there were a few design decisions made explicitly to be different from twitter for a variety of reasons, some of which i agree with but many of which i dont
1. re search, yeah its different from twitter, but specifically here its just disabled bc i havent set up the infra for it
2. there's a masto fork that supports QTs, i'm thinking of adopting it (its also just a rendering diff, just paste the link in a toot)
3. yeah the threading UI is uhhhh not great
@pee_zombie the forking also seems like potentially a problem? like, i think it's good that instances can do things differently and still talk to each other, but i strongly suspect that it's gonna cause issues when they're using different sets of features, different design, different assumptions for how things work
@acidshill not really, its already been happening for many years. it works bc there's a common underlying specification, ActivityPub, with multiple implementations (Mastodon, Pleroma, GoToSocial, PixelFed etc). the entire point of the fediverse is that you can use whatever software you like
@pee_zombie yes, and i also notice that whenever i've used or played with mastodon, i've never seen uhh RTs or whatever from non-mastodon servers
maybe that's just because the userbase is smaller? but there's a difference between mere protocol compatibility and actual functional integration of data/content posted on different platforms
@pee_zombie probably not
i've spent maybe 4 hours on mastodon in my life, these are very much first impressions
a Schelling point for those who seek one