I wonder if this looks better
@Gargron y'know I love that you're, like, looking at things and going "hmm" and playing with them until they look right, rather than holding a meeting to see what you can A/B test along key demographic lines to utilitize your core paradigms on a go-forward basis or what the hell ever
@Gargron That's better. One of the issues i noticed about Mastodon when signing up was that it uses computer science tech jargon to describe its features (fediverse, instance, decentralized, etc.). Social Networking and products/services in general are more effective when they use less difficult, easy to understand words to explain complex things.
@Gargron Not sure if its politically correct but i wish y'all named "instances" to "tribes".
"Here, you can pick which Mastodon website you want to be in. Unlike other social networks, Mastodon works much like tribes. Each tribe (Mastodon website) has it's own set of interests & rules about what you can say within its tribe. Once you pick a tribe you can not only talk to other people within that tribe, but you can also talk to people from other tribes within the Mastodon social network."
Yes, that would be much better and would avoid any drama from PC issues. Also, the federated timeline should just be called the "Global timeline". It's less scary for users (federated sounds like federal, aka FBI), is more accurate from an end user point of view. Not only that, but the icon for the federated timeline is already a globe.
Local timeline = Neighborhood timeline
Federated timeline = Global timeline
@kasaikumin languages is simple and makes sense, yes (would add it to /instance, no need for new endpoint), but I don't know how topics would work. For meaningful categorization we need consensus on terms, which means no freeform text input. But then we'd need to come up with a comprehensive list of categories to hardcode...
@Gargron I do not know whether I welcome this innovation. What about the people who don't want to associate themselves with a particular interest group?
Most users are logged on to generalist instances, aren't they?
It can also be interesting to take a look at communities you are not yet bound to.