Soooooo – I don't want to spoil this for everyone, but how is federation gonna work if mastdodon.social is the only central hub where people will search for your known handle?
The benefit of a central platform like Twitter is that there can be no other @bascht accounts, once I registered and verified myself. Messages from @bascht and @bascht look indistinguishable to me: https://mastodon.social/@bascht/1583254
@bascht That's a question of UI, should be solvable
@hidden It's not so much a question of UI as of trust. So far I've seen at least two nick names I know from Twitter that are now completely different persons – they signed up earlier and grabbed the name. I know that this is a "feature" of the federation but I think this will cause quite some confusion.
@eylul yup. That's about the only thing I can image. But then it'd be about as "decentralised" as E-Mail. And people rarely host their own mail servers anymore, let alone want to pay for something like E-Mail. But I'm with you on that. :)
@ryanleesipes @bascht @bascht exactly! I really expect businesses or even those of us who maintain their blogs etc, to host their own instances if mastodon (and with it GNUsocial) really picks up. :) We do need one-click installs and managed hosting for it to get there through. This is too new. (this iteration at least) :)
@ryanleesipes @eylul @bascht @bascht I started with the CLI, because that's what most users want, right??? https://github.com/magicalraccoon/tootstream/pull/32
@bascht That's a logic error in my opinion, but it would require the 'engine' to parse each message, searching for instances where short usernames is the same but on different domains..
But it is probably needed, since the only thing that really uniquely identifies us is our fully qualified username username@instance
@bascht people shouldn't believe any given internet user is the person they claim to be, unless that person has confirmed they're that user. (which is what mastodon-bridge tries to do, or keybase if you like it more decentralized)
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