There are many toots I would've boosted if they'd started with a capital letter
@Gargron This good post. Please boost.
@Gargron what if they were
@Gargron ok boomer
@Gargron I have the same thing about image descriptions
@zenhob Yeah, those have to start with a capital letter too
@Gargron Well said, Eugene.
@Gargron you write the software; why not just hard code it in?
@Gargron i feel the exact opposite way
@Gargron BOOST THIS THEN FUCKER
@Gargron Where are Mastodon reactions?
@Gargron @reitrace i do understand why you won't implement it, but i think each mastodon update should bring some big new features to end users. i think having a really feature-packed software is something that should be a good thing. also i'm not sure, but the extra load should be handleable by most servers nowadays and reactions would be another thing that would set mastodon apart from twitter.
cc @Gargron for continuing this thread in the work-related account
@koyu @reitrace Anything related to statuses is in Mastodon's "hot path". That shit gets loaded everywhere. Notifications? Statuses. Profiles? Statuses. Threads? Statuses. Inside statuses? Statuses. Performance degradations related to statuses would be felt very strongly in the application, and reactions are something each status would have multiple of.
Besides, the UI would likely be awful. You think a 500 char status is long, add 200 different reaction buttons underneath.
@koyu @reitrace We've decided to limit an announcement to 8 different types of reactions to save space, but that's a problem: A single person can decide which 8 reactions it's going to be, if they're quick to do all 8. If you want it to be like Discord where people can spell things using reactions, the order is important, so sorting by most votes and then cutting off isn't allowed. In Discord it works because rooms are small and consists of mostly trustworthy people. Social media is wild west.
@koyu @reitrace You need to think of the implications, though. Discord is a chat, most messages just fly by, even announcements are relatively short-lived because boosts aren't a thing, embeds aren't a thing. A post on Mastodon has the potential to be spread around 3 years later, people post their artwork, report news, things that if they got vandalized it would be felt for a long time.
That might just lead to an insane mess of a product. That doesn't mean I disagree with the idea of reactions - the idea intrigues me. But then again we can just toot an emoji as a reaction, which I often enough already do.
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