Here’s my original reply (expanded now!), in plaintext (avoiding the
image limit issue):
Hey Jean those are definitely some of the problems we’re trying to tackle, and no one’s gotten it Just Right yet.
That’s because it’s dynamic. It has to be constantly negotiated, like
language. It’s an aspect of language. This is practically impossible
if there is no cohesive community of discourse.
Everyone’s looking for a tech fix that will keep on working, or a
moderator that will play mom and tidy up when people misbehave. But
the only solution is to prevent context collapse, and enable actual
conversations, rather than sequences of volleys. Maybe a scheduled
five minute voice call should be required to enable posting. Just a
It’s actually kinda crazy that every platform needs to reimplement a
social layer. Everyone should have their own places they like to hang
out, where they pick the tools and furniture they like and enforce the
policies they’re comfortable with. It’s funny if you think of it: this
exists for code, you can skip from github to gitlab to
https://sourcehut.org/ with very little friction.
But you can’t do the same thing for your conversations. You can’t take
them with you when you move. They tend to be a choke-chain for the
platform owner to yank on.
Waiting for this vision to come to fruition:
Your scuttlebutt is the data you carry with you - imagine a little slice of a parallel universe in your pocket. This data is yours and you can interact with it however you like.
These apps are different kinds of magic glasses to help you interact with this reality. Try different glasses on, change them when you’re bored, make some new ones that fit you better … your scuttleverse doesn’t mind - it’s just data.