I don't understand why some people are so insistent on Mastodon needing a language filter.
Are they somehow offended by being reminded that other languages exist?
If anything I like a variety of languages showing up on the timeline, it's a reminder that hey, this is a global network, this is a place where everybody can come and talk and that it's designed for everyone, not just one particular class of user.
if anything this should push people to build better translation apis. Show more
@jake Maybe think about it more like birdsite then, how you find people to follow on there.
Find a few people you think are interesting from other sites, they tend to boost other people who also say interesting things, and so on.
Make the whole thing grow organically rather than just going through a list.
@troubleMoney like you, I like seeing toots in a variety of languages. I could see how a language filter would improve the signal:noise ratio for users, though.
Mastodon is different from corporate media because it is designed to empower, and not impose on the end user. I know it's not your intention and I respect your viewpoint, but refusal to implement this common-sense feature could be interpreted as monoglot shaming. Is it really so bad to let users filter out toots they can't read?
@knirirr The calls for it I've seen have certainly been written in English but that doesn't mean much.
I also wouldn't be surprised if it was primarily native English speakers, I'd assume that everybody else is kinda used to content on the internet not being in their native language
@troubleMoney It's going to be a challenge for scaling; when I joined, most of the federated tl was english with a bit of french, so it was easy for me to lurk it and find conversations to hop into and people to follow. Now it's 80% noise and 20% signal, so if I was new without an established social graph, that finding process would be much harder, and I'd be less likely to stick around simply because of sifting labor required to find content I find valuable. Would <3 a lang filter.