We are getting dangerously close to remote follows in Pixelfed 🚀
@heluecht Wow. I'm glad I disabled it, projects like Friendica data mining the fediverse for suggestion algorithms and detecting new profiles is exactly what I wanted to prevent.
Thank you for validating this decision 😉
do you advertise how many contacts are in your phonebook? in your email account? most likely not. and it's no one's business, unless i choose to publish that information for whatever reason. it certainly shouldn't be exposed by default.
and you can't even trust any claimed follows/followers unless you verify that both actors list each other reciprocally.
What practical reason is there for this? Perhaps you can say that spambots tend to have high following / low followers, but this is not the best way to identify a spambot.
>I think that these numbers are no data that needs to be protected.
Why not? Actually, the default state of info is "unpublished", so that's backwards.
@heluecht @dansup By "backwards", I mean the base assumption should be that software should by default publish the least amount of information possible, unless the user explicitly opts into sharing more. So one should not ask whether data needs to be protected, but rather, should it be published in the first place at all?
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