I have been considering the ability to hide following/follower counts on pixelfed.
I have noticed that is one of the addicting aspects of social media and I don't want pixelfed to be a platform that encourages addiction. We don't have shareholders to impress and we have a social responsibility to build better alternatives.
@dansup I think it's a great idea!
@dansup I would highly, highly support that decision.
@dansup I also think this is worth considering at least. I don't really know why those numbers may be useful. Willing to read some arguments in favor of them though.
@danipozo @dansup The one argument I've heard is in identifying throwaways and sockpuppet accounts -- a bad actor can build a post history with an account, get barely any followers, then start posting borderline things and you won't be able to judge if they're sincere or trolling.
I think that matters a lot less with platforms not based on discussion or engagement. At least, for public pages of photos, it's not strictly necessary; low-quality content is visually distinctive.
@dansup Thank you! I don't like seeing counts at all.
@dansup would you still be able to check out who a user follows if they have that info public? cause that's always been a good method to find similar/relevant accounts.
I was considering the same thing. No one wants think they're posting in a vacuum, but the reward mechanic for social media needs to change, and hard.
@dansup do it
@Cedara It is almost done!
Such a nice idea.
@dansup that's a great idea.
I don't think I would miss them.
(Army of one)
@dansup oh yes please! I easily get addicted/obsessed with this and not having the ability to see this would help a lot :)
@dansup make viewing other peoples follower count a setting, and disable it by default
i dont think it's rather addicting but I want you to make pixelfed about communities on the internet, not a large public forum of everyone showing themselves off.
@dansup Do it! Friendship is not a popularity contest
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