hey @darius :)

has like, a "follower timeline" been thought about for hometown?

just curious atm. in a "what are the people that i attract talking about right now" kinda mood

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@tychi so the way Mastodon works, if someone follows you and you don't follow them, and nobody else on your server follows them, then your server doesn't store information about what that person posts. So building that kind of timeline would drastically increase the workload of the server and also have privacy implications where people who aren't followed by you are still being "followed" by you. It's related to why you need to follow an account to add it to a list.

@darius @tychi could you just auto follow-back with an alternate account and boom 💥 there’s your list?

@ols @tychi yes but that is essentially a federation bot: an automated account that exists to expand a network for surveillance (and it is surveillance on a personal level) purposes. Lots of people don't like those, it feels like something of a social violation.

@darius that is 100% what it is. I know their usage is divisive and wasn't sure which side of the fence you were on (though probably could have guessed) and therefore didn't want to offer my opinion alongside the suggestion 😃
As an aside, your auto-generated avatar on my instance looks super disappointed with this conversation 😆

@ols hah wow. Is the avatar supposed to override my provided avatar by design, or is there a piece of metadata my profile isn't providing?

@darius thanks for the context! that makes a lot of sens-- i hadn't thought about how inefficient that would be.

hope you're having a nice night!

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