So a feature I think mastodon instances could really use is for instance A to "log into" an account on instance B and show the content there.
Twidere on my phone can show feeds for masto dot social, or cybre dot space, or whatever. But if I open up the cybre dot space site, it'll only show me my cybre dot space feed. There's no Mastodon web interface that asks you what instance you want to "log into" and view content from.
I think this is a problem because there's a lot of room for experimentation with mastodon/activitypub UX right now, but that experimentation is disfavored because trying out another instance briefly is a "heavy" operation, requiring you to migrate your account (which there's still no automated way to do). Letting you jump on a new instance and view your existing account instead of a new blank one would serve as a sort of "try before you buy".
@mcc this is something I was opining about a few days ago and the consensus seemed to culminate with: I want to filter the fediverse feed by one or more mastodon instances. And then being able to "pin" that as a new timeline alongside the other timelines
@mcc are you thinking along the lines of multiple account timeliens merged into the "home" timeline in tweetdeck?
In response to this people linked me pinafore.social and halcyon.cybre.space , which are both web frontends to "any mastodon instance". What if there was a site like one of these but with a builtin signup flow? Halcyon links to joinmastodon, pinafore assumes you just understand Mastodon already. What if you could sign up for an account *through* Halcyon, somehow?
That might help resolve the issue where people look at joinmastodon.org and are still just blankly like "but I don't understand how this works"
@mcc It would be great for apps if they could create accounts, but right now they can't, because we didn't want to make creating spam accounts easier, didn't want to let apps see user data like password/e-mail, plus e-mail verification flow still requires the website
@Gargron doing it this way would also allow the landed-on page to do things like show a one last "while you're here, you know you can just log directly into mastodon.social? here's what it looks like" page, or allow the landed-on instance to decide NOT to link back to known spam sites or non-whitelisted sites at the end of the signup process
@Gargron @mcc is this an official policy? I envision creating an app that is backed by its own instance. That would simplify the on-boarding process and remove multiple barriers to entry. Since it would be my own instance, I could create new users via the app (adding other safe guards to prevent abuse/spam account generation).
@VamptVo I mention this because a problem I have on Mastodon is it's like… it's like I'm afraid of talking too loud at a quiet party? I don't post on mastodon unless I have Something To Say. If I were in a Discord with some of my mastodon-using friends tho I wouldn't feel this way, I'd just gibber freely
@mcc I started building one of those but never got around to finishing it! I think it makes a lot of sense. A valuable part of ActivityPub is the ability to reuinte communities that are currently spread across different services like Twitter, Slack, Discord, etc.
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