Derek Lackaff

So I have to select all the languages I don't understand to filter them from my feed? Wouldn't opting in to specific languages be an easier filtering UI?

@Alisca Hm, I agree. Are the filters supposed to apply to followed users in addition to local/federated timelines?

@lackaff that would be odd, filtering out people you follow by language.

I had heard a rumour *looks around, all shifty-like* a rumour that the problem is that those accounts on the fed TL havent specified a language in their account, defeating the filter.

@Alisca Ha, OK, if it is account-based filter, rather than a message-based filter, that's a different issue. The "followed-user filtering" use case I was thinking about was following a multilingual user, and only displaying messages in specified languages.

@lackaff maybe Instance-level? Aren't these messages from any other instance that has a follower on Social? My brain hasnt Arrived yet with how the Federated TL works.

@Alisca Excuse me, but I can't filter the language I don't understand like Japanese on the fed TL, either. What do you mean, haven't specified a language in their account? can I do that?



Good point - I had a look at my profile settings too and I can't find it. It might be at the Instance level, not the Profile level?

I bet there's a team of people looking into it right now. *crickets*

@Alisca @arrow

There's an open issue about this in the github (, we can only hope a solution is on the way!

@Alisca yeah, I also checked the language setting. It just didn't work.

Guess so. lol

@arrow also, checking OFF the languages which you DONT wanna see is a little mind-fuck way to configure it.

@lackaff unfortunately I’ve forgotten the details and where it was posted, but I think I’ve once heard that a opt-in solution isn’t feasible / reliable from a technical point of view given the tools that are available

@julianruf It's an interesting problem. The federated timeline seems too massive to interact with regardless of languages, but I imagine local timelines are also unwieldy for larger instances.

@lackaff Absolutely. Some kind of language filtering is definitely needed in order to be able to follow at least the local timeline. In the past the current opt-out solution has worked relatively well, I don’t know why it doesn’t work very well right now.

Opt-in filtering of course would be even cooler but there seem to be too many technical obstacles.

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