OK question: If instance A and instance B do NOT federate, can a user from instance A follow a user from instance B?
@schlink yes, and they will federate.
@TheKinrar wait, what do you mean "they will federate"? The two users? For clarity, I think we should reserve the word "federate" for something that instances do...
@schlink I'm talking of the instances ^^
@schlink What do you understand as "federate"? In my definition it is the act of A following B. Do you mean when domain blocks are used by the admin of one of these? (Domain blocks are a last-resort tool of dealing with troublesome instances)
1. Sounds like "federation" is more the technical ability for users to subscribe across instances.
2. It seems the biggest thing that a makes an instance unique is specifically the local timeline. Clearly this lends itself to establishing a culture, so I'm not discounting it. Just trying to understand
3. Do you encourage users to maintain different accounts on different instances?
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