A while ago I asked my patrons what features they'd like to see in future Mastodon releases. Now, I'd like to ask you, my followers. I'd like to hear what people outside of GitHub think.

@Gargron A nicer set of symbolic icons in the web interface.

The current ones look generic and kinda bad.

@tbernard @Gargron I remember how the old TweetDeck had a composer that was above all the columns. That would be lovely 😍

@tbernard @Gargron I like that its always there on the side as you scroll but it would be nice if it expanded when you interacted with it or something

@tbernard @Gargron I personally like that in the default theme the icons are kinda consistent with their meanings on other platforms. Maybe a nice add would be a better guide on custom theming those icons, or custom theming in general?

@dave @Gargron Just to clarify, I don't care about custom theming, I just want the default to look nicer. The current metaphors aren't really the problem, it's that they're badly drawn in this icon set.

@Gargron Format in the toots text (bold, italics) and more emojis, lots of emojis.

@Gargron Please fix escaping in RSS feeds. Causes double escaping in some clients. (You'll see the HTML codes in the client)

@gargron I don't care about features so much.
Multiple media embed types? Mix and match?
Profile page tweaks?

I think a lot of people would appreciate work to lower the tech cost of operating an instance. Efficiencies would make hosting cheaper and help uptake. would benefit, and so would independent operators.

@Gargron if square images could show up in full on the tl without getting cropped to a 2:1 preview, that would make my heart sing. other than that i’m basically happy lol

@hyperlink @Gargron (maybe optionally?) (also Pinafore has an option that does this I think, if you want it now and are ok with a single column view)

@laser @Pixley It's already up to server admins but please do not rely on it to post stuff that could affect your relationship with your employer. You don't know if all search engines respect the opt-out, you don't know if someone's gonna see it on a public timeline, or through a boost on someone else's page, or in a thread somewhere. Please use the followers-only visibility option, it solves most problems bar personal snitching.

@Gargron I didn't know that first part. Also, yes I am aware of the possibility of people seeing my posts, but I feel like this is a reasonable amount of protection to users and if it doesnt really seem to effect anything as you are implying, then it should be the default.

@Blakely @Gargron I agree with this one — I’d love to be able to search, at least for my own old posts, with better accuracy:

@LuigiEsq @Blakely Luigi, you can already do that? It's radtown's search that doesn't work.

@Gargron @Blakely A lot of times I search for a toot and it doesn’t show up until I get the specific correct combination of keywords!

@LuigiEsq @Blakely What can I do about that though? Do you want better handling of typos, or a synonym dictionary?

@Gargron @Blakely I don’t know! I was wondering if there was something that could be done. I don’t know how this tech magic works. So currently if you search for a keyword, does every post you’ve made with that word in it show up?

@Gargron @Blakely weird. There have been times when I’ve search for like, x, but didn’t find the post until I searched for x + y, but maybe I just didn’t see it. Okay crisis averted.

@LuigiEsq @Gargron sounds like it is a problem not just on radtown and would be worth considering fixing.

@Gargron @LuigiEsq @Blakely for whatever reason search seems to be super brittle, across servers

@Gargron @LuigiEsq @Blakely I've been on more than one instance that initially had keyword search, and then at some point it silently broke. at this point I default to archive search, which does kinda suck because you can only request one archive every seven days so at max I can have seven days of recent, thus still highly-relevant, posts that I can't search

@Gargron the ability to clear any column (including lists, hashtag columns etc.) AND refresh each one (an "undo" for the clear)

it can be useful for people who like to keep an eye on news ... as a "bookmark" of what has already been read, and what hasn't yet

i know it's already possible in the notification column (but you can't undo it there either), but it would be nice to have something like that for all of them :)

@Gargron oh, and also the ability to add accounts to lists without having to follow them first

or, if it's made that way because of privacy or security stuff - then AT LEAST an ability to filter out those toots from the home column (so that they only appear in the list the account is added to, instead of the list AND the home column)

@lashman @Gargron I reeeeeeeally want this feature. I can't follow newsbots because they pollute my feed, but I can't add them to lists without. Either that or a way to filter out some content from my home feed would be really appreciated.


Ability to store locally (with granularity) would be paramount for me but I guess that's something that should be handled by the client...


In one of the release you generated the ability to follow someone without following his toot.
Is there a way to have this option when viewing one's profile, either in the webclient or via the profile's URL in a browser?

i.e now there are two options: toots and "toots and replies" (not counting "medias" obviously).
A third option "toots not boosts" would be very useful.


A better representation of the comments tree of any post (ability to at least see that different branches exist, and to visit them at least one at a time).

@Gargron allow pinned tag searches to be shown in the single column mode.

@Gargron I'd like to see posts with fancy backgrounds like they have on Facebook. A minimum viable version would involve a colored background and larger, center-aligned text. For federation purposes, it could either gracefully fall back to a plain text post or do some voodoo with SVG to send it as an image.

@Gargron An autodelete toots after x amount of time feature, would save the server operating costs (unless I'm mistaken) and allow a bit of ephemeral style posting. I understand that wouldn't make toots go away forever because everything gets archived anyways by data hoarders, but it would still be nice to keep profiles tidy. Software like this exists but it's not the greatest implementation of such a feature.

@Gargron I'd still dearly love good personae management, a la Circles, etc. One thing for friends, one for family, one for professional acquaintances, etc.

I know that this is 1. a Hard Problem and 2. we already have Lists here, but the Lists interface and support is difficult to use without a lot lot of clicking and poking. So maybe if Lists were better-integrated (easier to manage list members and use?) I'd miss a little less of the rest.

Thanks for asking!

@jond yeah, I begged for lists, but the interface is so tedious that I don't even use them.

It's easier to make seperate accounts.

what called .
An unlimited set of predefined topics accompanied by a description, visibility level and header image, to which individual posts can be posted.
Each 'Collection' can be individually followed, or a person can follow the entire account as they already do, but opt-out of individual Collections.
The Collection's creator can also set which Collections should be automatically followed when someone follows them.

i.e. I could follow just your Mastodon-related posts, and people could easily opt-out of my StarTrek posts.

Hashtag filters come close, but they tend to be per-column or for your entire account. In other words, it doesn't allow me to hide USPOL for just certain posters, or just to view posts from you.

@FiXato @Gargron

Very interesting idea, very useful if people uses them.
The last part may be the difficult one though...
Maybe a few pre-selected (though personnalisable instance-wise or by the user) collections could be put next to the "toot" button so posting to them would cost the same energy than regular tooting?
I'd think of "shitposting", "trolling", "humor", "my life", "rant", this sort of very generic categories that nearly everybody uses.

@LienRag Google popularised it by promoting some user's Collections by highlighting them on the public Collections page, and referencing them on users' streams/timelines.
While that kind of promotion isn't really a fit for the Fediverse imho, I can see instance admins mentioning some of them on a separate public collections page, similar to the current hashtags.

@Gargron thanks for asking. I can pin a hashtag which is super useful but I want to be able to pin multiple hashtags together in one tab. That’s my iterative ask. Long term style groups would be nice.

@mnw you already can, there's some edit feature to it.

@maloki thanks for the help maybe I need to do this on the web client, my iOS client doesn’t seem to have it. I can only add more filters to the existing result not expand the result set. Thank you for letting me know it’s implemented already! :-)

@mnw you can already add additional hashtags to a pinned hashtag column, under the slider control button on the column header:

@djsundog thanks for the input maybe my client is out of date ! :-) appreciate the help

@Gargron the ability to mute notifications from a user without hiding a user's replies on your posts completely would be very nice to have

@Gargron in the past i've actually completely missed full conversations because someone was added that i had muted

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