I often find content warnings a bit excessive and - as a reader - a cumbersome user experience.

But I also understand that people want and need more control over what they get to see and read, on a more granular level.

I wish people could block or unsubscribe from specific hash-tags, so I could use them as a "softer" warning.

...and while we're at it:

I think following only specific hash-tags of a user would also be nice.

I can't be the only one?

That would also mean people probably start using hash-tags in a sensible way again (I would hope) and would bring a whole new semantic level to the content here.

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...and maybe it could even be separate from hash-tags. Much like the CW, let me (optionally) set a topic or two on each post.

Make topics behave like a sub-feed of each user, that can I follow or block explicitly.

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Sorry for brain dumping without doing any research first.

Sometimes one just needs to get it out 😆

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I think a toot topic idea is feasible. Max three.

@fribbledom sub feed could be useful, but I think only a very small fraction of users would use them, so it would be of rather limited use.

I think that groups would be a much more useful feature. Groups were implemented in GNU Social as far as I know, and I really hope they come back in Mastodon and Pleroma.

@loke @fribbledom
Groups are good if we manage to handle the spams they attract.

I think sub-feed will be well adopted if they guarantee a better audience.
If the functionality is implemented, and followers are rude about how followed person abide to the sub-categorizing rules. I, as a follower, will unfollow someone who fail to categorize his toots, and where I am not interested in 50% of his toots.

@fribbledom there was a link aggregator built around topics in this way that I found really interesting, but sadly is a dead project. There's a new one, littr.me that I hope incorporates topic tags.

I'd love the option to follow hashtags and even users only discussing certain topics, or filtering out certain topics. Unfortunately hashtags aren't popular on fedi really, and so information is less organized. There is nothing stopping us from doing this filtering client side though. Fedilab does quite a bit similar to this.

@fribbledom Being able to combine hash tag filtering with account filtering would be awesome. More so if you had it based on pseudo groups (e.g., people I follow).

100% agree with the hashtag filtering.

@fribbledom I decided that if I ever create a front-end for Mastodon, it would probably be arranged like an IRC client (or Discord, Slack) where you could create a channel out of a hashtag (or set of them). That way, you could see the topics that match when you're ready for that topic.

It would be different from the multi-column layout because it is behind that click to see the results (besides maybe an unread count).


Yeah, I had similar thoughts for . Alas, another project that's currently a bit blocked but I'd love to get back to and polish.

@fribbledom One thing I really liked about Diaspora was the entire circles approach (Google+ used it also). It fit well with the immense variety of circles I seem to intersect.

But, too many projects. :) I'm struggling enough with the ones I have now, so I had to push it back and just live with what I have.


I think it would be a good idea if user has to set his interests as hashtags in his profile. Then he would choose at least one of these hashtags (or a default _misc_) for every toot.

Followers would then choose some or all of these hashtags for every person they follow.

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