My boyfriend was using Pixelfed for months before he found out about the local/network timelines.
He doesn't understand the point, and told me I should make it easier to discover accounts and content.
Not everyone uses these platforms the same, and I wouldn't be surprised if most people never check local or network timelines.
@dansup hiding public timelines makes sense for pixelfed but not for mastodon imo. mastodon sites have more of a community niche because of being primarily text posts, whereas pixelfed is generalistic due to being more oriented to media sharing
@trwnh One could argue that it would be more important to focus on discovery and relevancy than a firehose of randomness that may overwhelm people. The medium is irrelevant.
@dansup It's not a firehose on most Mastodon sites, is the point. We're on one of the few sites that is an exception to that ;)
@Gargron @trwnh @dansup As the admin of an instance with about 10 active users I can confirm that the federated timeline is more than 50% garbage even on our very small instance. But again, I do use the federated timeline sometimes as a means of discovery, although it's not really very effective unless I'm getting lucky.
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