Idea: enabling "quote tweets" in Hometown but only for accounts that are self-identified as bots (aka the Service actor in activitypub). That way you're by definition not using the feature to dogpile on a person. There are so many times I want to surface some cool bot content but with a little commentary or context.

Note that this is just an idea, not a plan for Hometown. Curious to think what others think of it.


There's a bunch to unpack here...

The idea of dogpiling being "inevitable" is a complex one. It does indeed happen, and it's true that quote post would make it more difficult to mute such conversations, but as you correctly point out, it's already possible to simply embed a URL and have the same essential effect.

At the same time, as we see on Twitter, quote tweets also have a great deal of value, value that's simply not possible to capture here right now.


And so what's the benefit of only allowing quotes for bots? The value is there either way.

Now, I'm sure people will say I'm wrong, that dogpiling is that much worse... but I get plenty of hate speech in replies and straight up mentions, so I don't see that quotes are really any different.

@emacsen Sure but that's not what I'm trying to discuss here. What I'm trying to do instead is find a specific subset of use cases that we can implement it for that allows for *some* value to be added without even risking the dogpiling at all.

As an aside, I think on Twitter people certainly felt that abuse got worse after QTs were officially implemented. I'm not saying that's necessarily true or false (I don't have a study to back it up) but the perception is there, and real.


I hear your idea, but either you believe dogpiling is a terrible problem like Eugen does, and you say "No quotes", or you think it's not a problem and you say "Go for it", but when it only works for bots, then the behavior is not very predictable. I can envision a lot of "Why does this work some of the time but not others?" and then in some sense, it encourages bots, which many on the Fediverse dislike too.

In other words, I think it's a bad idea to implement this bot-only thing. Some people mark themselves as bot, making it even more confusing. :blobcat_smile:

If you decide to implement quote-boosts, you might be interested in
this discussion about how they should federate in the Misskey repo.

@tastytea @darius

lol yes I wonder if this would lead to a sort of perverse incentive of bots? It's not an immediate benefit but it might be.

But what @darius is suggesting is client only means it *shouldn't* notify the actor though? It's just a URL with preview and some clever client side code? I think it would be good to make the quote-boosts of different software compatible with each other. Instances with that feature could display it properly instead of the fallback. Does it matter if the bot account is notified?

@tastytea @darius

What I'm saying is a little different.

The argument against quote-boosts is that they lead to dogpiling. That's essentially what Eugen means when he says "invecitably leads to toxicity" (a phrasing that deeply bugs me, but let's move on).

The question is, if we can quote something without notifying, is that dogpiling?

If I post a wikipedia article and comment on it, is that also dogpiling the wikipedia article?

I think the answer is no because there's no AP activity?


@tastytea @darius

So then if I post a link to, or a photo of a post, but offer no notification, is that also dogpiling?

I am being a little purposefully provocative here, because a QB would have a button to do that action, but I do think the question remains to some extent.

I do genuinely sympathize with the anti-QB position, but I also see real utility too, and the protection is bypassed if a post is send as an image rather than a boost.

I guess it feels a bit weak as protection.


@emacsen @tastytea @darius could a bot take the content of a toot and build a quote, leaving off the original poster, then post as part of the thread?

@lufthans @tastytea @darius

I'm not sure I understand what the bot is doing, other than making a preview?


"I'm not sure I understand what the bot is doing, other than making a preview?"

I can quote toot via copy-pasta and remove the original tooter

Is there something beyond that for QB?

Well, aside from unnecessary emojis :)

Trying to learn as I often talk w/ people about Fediverse, but really have only ever used Fediverse and G+

Dunno if this will skip Darius' and Serge's notifications after dropping them from the list, will ping them about it in another toot


@lufthans @darius

The thing that @darius was suggesting did a preview and and *I believe* also adhered to the misskey QB activity for boosts?

The other way to do it is just preview differently, without a notification, which is essentially the same as quoting.

At least that's my understanding.

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