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 I would agree that the federate timeline is not great. I rarely look at it, and when I do it's by accident. I love my local timeline though, and I've been told many times that the local feed is one of the best things about the instance. I agree. We work really hard to keep our local timeline relevant and accessible.
@mike @Gargron @trwnh @dansup Agreed! I know for a fact that many Fosstodon users love their local timelines. Ive also been part of several other smaller or regional servers that take food care of their local timeline as it plays an important role for the development of the community.
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