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Stephen Downes

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My first reaction is to say that these aren't problems. Except, of course, they were actually stated by problems by an unrepresentative sample of former Mastodon users now on BlueSky. What were they? The most common response "had to do with feeling unwelcome, being scolded, and getting lectured," for example, for not using content warnings. Others referenced "how hard it was to find people and topics they wanted to follow." A third group "found the process of picking an instance, signing up, and getting set up genuinely confusing." Finally, others "talked about a seriousness that precluded shitposting or goofiness." It's like, they want it to be Twitter, but it was never meant to be Twitter. People are supposed to be nice to each other, and if they can't, maybe they belong on BlueSky. In my view, at least.

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